Reinvent Date Night in San Mateo

Whether you’re looking for an idea to celebrate a special anniversary out on the town or to spice up a free evening at home, we’ve dug up the best ways to spend your date night time with your loved one any day of the week.

Try Some of our Best Small Town Fare: Bring the butterflies back and recreate your courtship days by enjoying a night out at a local restaurant.  We’ve rounded up a few great choices for a date night on the town:

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano’s Salmon Stuffed with Crab Meat and Mushrooms. Step into a little corner of Italy here in San Mateo and enjoy old-world Italian food and wine in a spacious yet warm dining room lined with Corinthian columns.

Wakuriya’s compact, upscale eatery offers multicourse kaiseki menus at fixed seating times. Wakuriya serves authentic Japanese cuisine with real Japanese hospitality and blend authentic recipes with a Pacific Rim twist.

Wine + Food = Love at Amour Amour! Unwind while enjoying some of the world’s premium wines, beers, coffees, and teas along with a variety of unique tapas. Start the evening with the crostini sampler.

Ramen Dojo’s Spicy Garlic Pork Ramen will please any palate. Noodle up to your favorite person. This quaint and casual neighborhood noodle house is popular, so grab your date and head out early or enjoy take away for two.

Espetus Churrascaria’s waiters in Brazilian gaucho attire serve all-you-can-eat slow roasted skewers of meat in an eye-catching setting. The art of grilling meets the art of eating at this Brazilian Steak House.

Mix in Some Entertainment: If you’re looking to try something new on your night out, try these local favorites…

Star Gazing at the College of San Mateo’s ‘Sky Tonight’ show on the second Fridays in the Planetarium is a dreamy way to spend your evening, as available. Alternatively, you may select ‘The Sky Tonight @ Home’.

Baking Arts classes are designed to accommodate the novice chef as well as the avid home cook looking to master new techniques. Bring your special someone to a relaxed, hands-on class for a true learning experience.

Paint and Sip at Create Mix and Mingle is your chance to relax, unwind and express yourself. Gain some liquid inspiration with wine, beer and snacks, available at the Wine Bar. A professional art instructor will guide you step by step to recreate a featured painting.

The City of San Carlos offers the Mid-Peninsula Wine Trail, which is made up of small, urban wineries, all located within walking distance that include Cuvee Wine CellarsDomenico WineryFlying Suitcase WinesOld County Cellars, among others.

Enjoy a scenic drive to the coast and hit La Nebbia Winery in Half Moon Bay. Here you’ll find great wine as well as bocce ball and glass blowing on-site. Make a stop ay Half Moon Bay Wine & Cheese Company in downtown Half Moon Bay which boasts a carefully crafted collection of Clos de la Tech wines as well as a number of the world’s finest artisanal and farmstead cheeses and don’t miss Barterra Winery.

Staying in? Plan an evening complete with a game of petanque, ping ping or bocce! Take an evening stroll under the stars, or visit the garden at twilight. Stop by your local Whole Foods just a short walk from our location at Bay Meadows and stock up on supplies to make a scrumptious dinner at home with these easy recipes sure to impress your date:

Chicken, Kalamata Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Tart. Sweet red peppers and salty olives complement the richness of the pastry.

Romantic Rice Bowl. Rice bowl for two please. This “rice-bowl-built-for-two” is ideal to serve from a large, decorative bowl with two pairs of chopsticks.

Herb-Roasted Lobster and Steak. Decadent and filling, this classic surf-and-turf combination features dry-aged beef alongside juicy lobster tails, all topped with homemade herb butter.

Seared Scallops. These would be great served as an appetizer, over cooked pasta or grains, or alongside steamed or grilled vegetables.

Chocolate Tart with Raspberries. The perfect end to a romantic meal, this beautiful tart is made with organic chocolate. Its high content of cocoa solids yields intense, chocolate flavor and a smooth consistency.

Sweet Strawberry Risotto.  A sweet treat for a date night, this silky, indulgent rice dessert, layered with fresh strawberries, is great warm but leftovers are also delicious served cold.

Bittersweet Boba Cocktail. Put a twist on the popular Asian-inspired bubble tea drink with Campari-infused boba. This deliciously sweet cocktail comes packed with a sparkle, using edible red glitter to rim the glass.

Strawberry Bellini. A little champagne, a rim of sugar and pink roses to match a rosy drink — what better sip could you ask for on your special datenight? This champagne cocktail is darling without being too sweet.


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