Looking for some offbeat date spots? Look no further...

By Emma Engelfried
February 10, 2017

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and whether or not its your type of holiday, we could all use a reason to celebrate. Here are a few spots that forgo the white linen table cloths and prefixe menus but do not scrimp on the good food and date worthy ambiance.

Alicia Fusion Bistro

Most Seattleites would agree that the $4 banh mi sandwiches of Saigon and Seattle Delis are hard to beat, but Valentine’s Day might call for a bit more ambiance than quick counter service. If Vietnamese food is your jam, check out Alicia Fusion Bistro in Leschi. While the banh mi will run you ten bucks, the cozy, candlelit spot on Lake Washington is totally worth it. Really want to splurge? Step out of the sandwich box and get some oysters on the half shell with kimchi puree and lamb chops with crispy garlic and soy glaze. 200 Lake Washington Blvd, 206-324-6388, website

Eastern Cafe

Coffee seeming like the safest best this February 14th? Eastern Cafe has your back. Snag a secluded spot on the mezzanine, order your crepe and coffee and enjoy the moment. Things going particularly well? Switch to wine once your done with your latte. 510 Maynard Ave S, 206-623-1776, website

Crepe and a latte, sweetheart? Photo: Eastern Cafe

Island Soul

Mid-February and spring is almost upon us, but we still have a stretch until consistently sunny days. That doesn’t mean that your almost spring celebration can’t involve some tropical flavor. Check out this awesome Columbia City spot. Start with a daiquiri and some fried plantains then move on to some curried goat with a side of coconut cornbread or pork rib tips with collard greens. 4869 Rainier Ave S. 206-329-1202, website

Meskel Ethiopian

Nothing says romance like sharing and what better way practice than by enjoying a plate full of Ethiopian curries and veggies atop injera, traditional East African flat bread. Order a combination and dig in. 2605 E Cherry St, 206-860-1724, website

Humble Pie

The epitome of neighborhood joint, Humble Pie does its best to source each one of its ingredients as close to home as possible. Love your date as much as the Earth? Share a pie, grab some local brews, and cozy up by the woodfired pizza oven for a romantic Valentine’s evening. The chickens boking outside should add to the mood. 525 Rainier Ave S, 206-329-5133, website