XOXO – 14+ Tantalizing Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Grand Rapids

Cupid called, He Wants to Know What’s Going on This Valentine’s Day in Grand Rapids

It’s time to pop the big question… You know the one…

Hey — “What do you want to do for Valentine’s day?” 

There it is.

But before you start searching online for ideas – or for something that’s not sold out – rest assured; we did the searching for you.

That doesn’t mean you’re in the clear, though. You need to BOOK SOMETHING NOW. Because as we were searching we kept finding “SOLD OUT” signs plastered across the internet.

Look at our list, pick something, and book it now so you can go and enjoy your candlelit dinner, your red roses, and white linens. I’ll be at home rewatching the first episode of This is Us because if you get to spend an evening falling in love all over again, then I get to fall in love all over again with Jack Pearson. And remember folks, tip your waiter!

So, Where Can You Find Romantic Dinner Experiences for Valentine’s Day in Grand Rapids?

01: Feel the Heat at Danzon Cubano

Love is in the air, I can smell it!

Or.. is that pineapple? Maybe it’s the dedication they give to paying homage to the homeland, maybe it is the pineapple, but something about their Cuban cuisine really speaks to the food lover in me.

Along with their normal menu, Danzon Cubano will be offering a feature menu as well as signature cocktails curated for the evening. And in true romantic fashion – live music!

See their Valentine’s Day menu for yourself here

When: 4 pm – 10 pm | February 14 

Price: $25 per guest / $50 per couple (gratuity included but does not include beverages)

Make a reservation by phone, or online at the bottom of their website.

(616) 988-9788

Danzon Cubano is located at 1 Carlton Ave SE Suite A, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

02: Lovin’ on Lyon

Marcona on Lyon (modern Mediterranean cuisine) has something sweet in store for you! On the agenda this Valentine’s evening is a 6-course dining experience suitable for both vegetarians and omnivores.

Each course is accompanied by local sweets crafted by Grand Rapids’ own MoKoya Chocolates and Confections and to top things off, an additional $40 will get you a wine pairing.

Here is all of the goodness you can expect.

When: 4 pm – 10 pm | February 14

Price: $80 per guest (6 course tasting menu, does not include gratuity)

Make a reservation via their website, or by phone call (616) 828-1228

Marcona on Lyon is located at  623 Lyon St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

03: Wine & Dine at Reserve

Bring on the pasta. And bring the tide pen, because this downtown destination has got quite the cellar!

For three days this February, Reserve Wine and Food will be dishing out a 4-course tasting menu. Disclaimer: You may need a crash course in Italian before you read the menu out loud. Get a glimpse of what will be offered here

When: 4 pm – 10 pm | Feb 13 – 15

Price: $70 per guest (Does not include beverages)

Make a reservation by phone (616) 855-9463 or on their website.

Reserve Wine & Food is located at 201 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

04: Beer My Valentine

For the second year in a row, Grand Rapids Beer Tours is ready to take the wheel and let you experience the drink you love with the one you love. The tour features 11 beers paired with 8 dishes.

Not only does your ticket provide the transportation, beer, food, and even a tip for the bars – it’s your V.I.P. pass to the backstage of the breweries so you can learn about your beverage from the people who made it. The tour includes a stop at Harmony Hall, City Built Brewing Co., and Creston Brewery.

Find out more and purchase tickets here

When: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm | February 14

Price: $85

Tickets can be purchased online. Phone: (616) 901-9719

05: Jazz Up Your Date

This Nordic restaurant is a Grand Rapids staple, and they’re inviting you to feel the love. Let Sovengard show you and your date why the west side is the best side! While the beans haven’t quite yet been spilled on what Sovengard will be cooking up that evening, we do know this: there will be live jazz.

Have a look at their every day menu which will be offered in addition to their feature menu.

When: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm | February 14

12:00 am – 11:00pm | February 15

Price: No set pricing

Reservations can be made by phone call (616) 214-7202 or through Yelp. 

The Sovengard is located at 443 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

06: I’m so Fondue You

Take a little dip with your date at the Melting Pot. They’re serving up a prix-fixe menu for Valentine’s weekend that covers all of the bases: starters, salad, entree, and cheese & chocolate fondue. 

Purchase your ticket here.

When: Feb 14 – 16.

Price: $65+ pp plus gratuity.

Reservations can be made online.

07: Bonne Sante!

Nothing says romance quite like French cuisine and The Littlebird has just that. In the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, this is the perfect place for lovebirds to enjoy dinner following an afternoon of ice-skating at Rosa Parks Circle. Be sure not to try their cocktail menu.

This menu shows their specials offered.

When: 4:30 pm – 11 pm | February 14

            4:30 pm – 11 pm | February 15

Price: No set pricing.

Reservations can be made by phone. (616) 419-4168

The Littlebird is located at 95 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

08: Keep Your Love Local

Featuring entrees full of West Michigan-farmed ingredients, you could say we’ve found the place for lovers of the local.

For Valentine’s Day, Terra will be offering a 3 course tasting menu including vegetarian options. Terra will be releasing their Valentine’s Day menu soon, but in the meantime we can be sure it will be nothing less than a rustic masterpiece, once again. Beverage pairing can be added for an additional $25

Reservations can be made here.

When: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm | February 14

Price: $75 per couple

Reservations can be made by phone. (616) 301-0998

Terra is located at 1429 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

09: Let Me Call You Sweetheart

…and then take your sweetie to the farm for a Prime Rib Dinner and live music at Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm.

When: 7pm – 10 pm | Feb 14

Price: $25 per person.

Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm is located at 3025 6 Mile Rd NW,Grand Rapids, MI 49544

10: Love Potion or Voodoo Valentine? You can Pick at the B.O.B.

It doesn’t matter if you’re head over heels or hot and bothered at the B.O.B this Valentine’s Day – you’ve got choices.

Special date night menus are in play at  Judson’s Steakhouse, Gilly’s Smoke House, and Bobarinos Pizzeria Thursday – Saturday.

Or, for singles, games, drink specials, and love potions are on tap.

When: February 13 – 15

Reservations: 616-356-2000

The BOB is located at 20 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids 49503

Looking for Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day that Don’t Revolve Around Food?

You’re in luck. If you forgot to make a restaurant reservation or just want a different option, here are a few to consider.

And if you’re the adventurous type, consider booking one of these active dates instead.

11: Swooning in the Snow

Snow? What snow? Take a winter stroll on this evening walk through the trees – with or without snow – at Blandford Nature Center. You and your snow angel can spend a romantic evening under the stars. No snowshoeing experience is needed! When the hike is over, you can cup your hands around a warm cup of cocoa and thaw by the fire outside. 

Sound  like your kind of night? Sign up here! More information can be found on their website (looks like you can join their waitlist at this point).

When: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | February 13

Price: $20 for members/$25 for non-members

(616) 735-6240

Blandford Nature Center is located at 1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids

12: Paint Your Date

No, you don’t literally paint your date, you just paint your date. Got it?

Visit Brush Studio to ‘Paint your Date’ on Valentine’s Day. It’s okay if you’re not much of a painter (or even at all) because an instructor will be available all evening to point your brush in the right direction!

Register here to appease your inner artist. View the event details for more information.

When: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | February 14

Price: $35 per guest

(616) 570-0682

Brush Studio is located at 50 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids 49506

13: Fused, Together

If your relationship is hot enough to melt glass, come on over and join this arty option for Valentine’s Day in Grand Rapids. Glass Fusing Date Night at The Mud Room lets you create fused glass votive holders or ring dishes.

Register here to save your spot. 

When: 6:30 pm | February 13

Price: $40 per couple

(616) 259-7269

The Mud Room is located at 1971 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids 49525

14: 50 Ice Sculptures Should do It

At least the chilly weather is good for something! Take your date downtown and tour the 50+ ice scultptures stationed along city streets. DIY your own tour or join up with one of the Ice Sculpture Walking Tours.

When: February 13 – 15, various times for tours.  

Price: free!

The Mud Room is located at 1971 E Beltine NE, Grand Rapids 49525

The Big List – Grand Rapids Valentine’s Day Events

Didn’t find what you were looking for above? Well, okay… here are more options. Actually, it’s everything we’ve found for Valentine’s Day in Grand Rapids so far.

We can’t promise events listed below aren’t sold out – some probably are – or if they aren’t – will be soon. Get hustling and make your reservations ASAP. And then, enjoy!

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