Whether you’re planning ahead or are a last-minute romantic, Rochester is chock-full of exciting places to wine, dine, laugh, and love. Here are five of our top romantic date ideas for Valentine's Day in Rochester, Minnesota.
1. Stam Chocolaterie
111 S Broadway, Suite 208
Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., reservations not required
This Valentine's Day, begin the night with dessert at Stam Chocolaterie. Flush with an assortment of European style chocolates, Stam's also serves desserts such as creme brulee and is famous for their gelato. Indulging in a delectable dessert before your meal sets a romantic tone for the evening.
2. The Doggery
18 3rd St SW
Open 4 p.m. to midnight, reservations not required
For pre-dinner libations or after meal festivities, stop by The Doggery. A true "gin joint," The Doggery specializes in handcrafted cocktails made with high-quality liquor. Reviews laud the creative drinks, highly skilled servers, and unique vibe—a truly sublime place for cozy conversation with your Valentine.
3. Redwood Room
300 1st Ave NW
Open 5-11 p.m., reservations recommended
Cited on Yelp as being one of the "best kept secrets in Rochester," Redwood Room boasts rich wood, dim lights, and jazz-age decor—everything you need for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner. The menu is Italian and French and has everything from Mediterranean Pizza to Shrimp Risotto and Coq Au Vin. Enjoy live music on Valentine’s Day from 6 to 10 p.m.
4. Chester's Kitchen and Bar
111 S Broadway (University Square)
Kitchen open 4 to 10 p.m., bar open until 2 a.m., reservations recommended
Prime Rib, Lobster Mac 'N' Cheese, and Parmesan Crusted Walleye all grace the menu of this highly-awarded American style restaurant. The atmosphere of Chester's is both comfortable and elegant, so you won’t have to dress to the nines in this beautiful dining room and bar.
5. Kid Ace at Mayo Civic Center
30 Civic Center Dr SE
7 p.m. in Exhibition Hall 3
If you’re searching for something quirky and unique to do on Valentine's Day, consider attending an illusionist show at Mayo Civic Center. Kid Ace is a magician and performer from Harlem, who appeared on the third season of America's Got Talent. The show is sure to provide great conversation for the rest of your date!
Is there an event or location that you would recommend for Valentine's Day? Let us know in the comments section below!