5 Great Ideas for a Romantic Date Night

Romantic Date Night

Looking for romantic date night ideas? How about dinner and a movie? If you find this old trick dull and boring, our five suggestions for a perfect night out might make you reconsider.

Dinner and a movie is considered a classic for a reason. There is something special about sharing some good food and a hearty laugh or cry with your date. However, stopping by the drive through at In-n-Out and renting a DVD from Redbox will probably not do the trick. Here are five great ways to put a spin on the old dinner and a movie date that will turn it into an unforgettable night out.

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant that offers a unique dining experience and a menu that stretches far beyond chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Simply imagine yourself sitting next to your date in a private booth softly illuminated by dimmed, intimate lighting. Your server starts your dinner with a hot pot of melted cheddar cheese and a tray of artisan bread, seafood, meat or a vegetarian selection.

Dinner at The Melting Pot is a mix of romance, entertainment, and some darn good food. You get to experience an interactive dining atmosphere and watch your food being cooked fondue style right at your table. Here, you are never in a rush. A full course dinner takes anywhere from an hour and a half to three hours, depending on your menu selection. It creates a perfect environment to enjoy time with your date while dipping something sweet or savory into a hot fondue pot.

The two of you will have fun while cooking your entrée together in a fondue pot. There is a surprising array of high-end, delectable items that the restaurant offers.

The Melting Pot’s special ocation menu features a four course dinner with items like lobster, shrimp, and filet mignon along with a variety of healthy and gluten free options. Once done with the main course, you can feed your date with a chocolate covered strawberry or another decadent dessert you deep into a hot chocolate fondue pot set on your table.

Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

Conversation hearts, truffles galore and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are symbols of Valentine’s Day for many lovers.

Obviously, women and chocolate go together like hugs and kisses, but not all chocolate will suffice. If you’re looking to WOW your sweetheart, don’t waste your time at Godiva or See’s Candies. Ginger Elizabeth is the best chocolatier in town!

This small chocolate shop is located in downtown Sacramento, where you can find a variety of flavors ranging from Earl Grey Tea to Raspberry Rose and Maya Chile. Gingers doesn’t make candy, they make real, creamy, rich, decadent chocolate! When you come into their shop, you will be pleasantly surprised with the delicious and unique flavors that melt in your mouth. Trust me, you will not fail to impress with this hidden gem!


Speaking of gems, you can’t go wrong with diamonds or gold, and luckily they come in all shapes and prices. Even these glamorous gifts can fit any budget, from $69 “starving student” valentine’s pendants to expensive rings that can be passed down for generations.

The key to getting good quality without spending a fortune is as simple as buying it from the right place. Notorious jewelry giants at large shopping malls often overprice their inventory so they can sell it to you at 50% off. Besides, unless you are a diamond expert, it’s hard to tell the difference between a good quality diamond and a cheaper stone. To get your money’s worth, find a jeweler you can trust.

We recommend a local, privately owned store called Jonathan K Jewelry. The company provides personal service and high quality jewelry at wholesale prices.


Unless your date is a middle school teenager, going to a neighborhood Regency Theater will not make their heart beat faster. However, there are two great ways to put a spin on a regular movie night.

Go old school and watch a movie at a drive-in theater before those are gone forever, or combine a dinner and a movie by checking out a brand new fusion of a restaurant and theaters called Studio Movie Grill. There are three drive-in theaters still up and running in Northern Cal, one in Concord, San Jose, and Sacramento. Picture yourself watching a new hit on a big screen while cuddling with your date in the comfort of your own car. As for the fusion theaters, those allow you to enjoy some good food without having to smuggle it into the theaters. It’s a full service restaurant where you get to watch a movie while eating your dinner. There are two locations open in California, one in Rocklin and one in Simi Valley near Santa Barbara.



Lika Emelyanova

Russian Time Magazine Contributor

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