Valentine’s Day Date Ideas Your Darling Deserves


It’s hard to not splurge on the person you love so dearly. Luckily, there are a number of worthy places around the city ready to assist you in showing your love. 

Cincinnati Observatory, Valentine’s Night at the Observatory 

A dimly lit candlelight dinner for two, complete with dessert and a champagne toast. Follow that with a chance to gaze into a breathtaking network of celestial bodies, and the Cincinnati Observatory has successfully covered all the Valentine’s Day tropes we know we want.

3489 Observatory Pl., Mt. Lookout, (513) 321-5186

Forno Osteria & Bar, Valentine’s Day Dinner

The three-course Valentine’s meal at Forno Osteria & Bar is a modest and proven date night option. Classic Italian dishes paired with the intimate spaces of the Montgomery and Hyde Park restaurants are sure to deliver quality flavors and service to enjoy with your lovely company. 

9415 Montgomery Rd, Montgomery, (513) 231-5555

3514 Erie Ave, Hyde Park, (513) 818-8720

LouVino, Valentine’s Day Dinner

LouVino’s Valentine’s Day dinner is a romantic midwest riff on southern classics. The nights’ series of small plates cover both surf and turf, encompassing restaurant signatures and assuring your fix of all the good stuff. 

1142 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 813-3350

Candlelight: Valentine’s Day Special

Experience a night of multisensory music performed by the Listeso String Quartet. The Candlelight concert will see the Bell Event Centre lit up by an expansive and decadent arrangement of candles, setting the mood for a program of sentimental classics. 

444 Reading Rd, downtown, (513) 852-2787

Butcher and Barrel, Valentine’s Week Special Features Menu

Relish in the eclectic fusion of Latin American and Italian flavors cultivated at Butcher and the Barrel. The four-course Valentine’s special is offered Feb. 10-19 to accommodate that special date night for the busy couples looking for a de facto celebration. 

700 Race St., downtown, (513) 954-8974

The View at Shires’ Garden, Valentine’s Week Special Features Menu

Elevate your date night at The View at Shires’ Garden, a space overlooking downtown and bubbling with Cincinnati lore. A Valentine’s special featuring hearty, contemporary American cuisine and an impressive drink menu will usher you through your experience. 

309 Vine Street, 10th Floor, downtown, (513) 407-7501

Caffè Vivace, A Night To Remember When Love Was Young

Reminisce of the zeal of fledgling love while basking in the ambience of Brazilian and 12-string guitar performed by Paul Patterson & Friends. The cafe and jazz lounge offers a warm, intimate space and a number of comforting drinks from hot chocolate to mules. 

975 E. McMillian St., Walnut Hills, (513) 601-9897

Schwartz’s Point Jazz & Acoustic Club, Valentine’s Dinner Party 

Jump in a time capsule to the cozy and moody jazz clubs of the 1940s for an evening of jazz by singer Mandy Gaines and more of the area’s finest jazz musicians. Celebrate the romance with roses, appetizers, dinner, and desserts.

1901 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 208-4466

Loveland, Hearts Afire Weekend

Visit Ohio’s sweetheart for a fun-packed weekend in honor of the holiday core to the city’s communal identity. Various community events, live shows and deals will sprinkle across the city Feb. 10-12, from a couples painting class to a self-guided ice sculpture walking tour. 

See the weekend’s activity map

Karma in the Kitchen, Valentine’s Day Collection

No Valentine’s Day date night is final without rich chocolates to top it off. Chocolate strawberries or an assortment of other delicious chocolate products made at Karma in the Kitchen are available to be shipped and enjoyed wherever is comfortable. 

8779B Cincinnati Dayton Rd., West Chester, (513) 668-1943

Aronoff Center, Lovefest2

Sparks will fly as Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative brings eight romantic short plays to the stage. Ticket sales will help to raise money to celebrate the American Heart Association’s 100th Anniversary, bundling love, worthy causes and art into one.

650 Walnut St., downtown, (513) 621-2787

Funky Sunshine, Valentine’s Day DIY Tie Dye

Get crafty with your loved one at Funky Sunshine. Combine your brainpower and artistic–or disastrous–touches to make souvenirs to cherish forever. RSVP for the event by calling or messaging over social media

6448 Sherman Ave., Anderson Twp., (513) 443-8659

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