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Published January 30, 2023

The Best Date Night Spots In Houston

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by Houston Bucket List


So, you’ve matched, and now you need a killer date idea to swoon them while also showing off your savvy city skills. Or maybe you’re the married couple desperately in need of a night away from the kids. No matter your relationship status, we’ve got some fantastic date night hotspots that are sure to add a little spark to your special night out.

Étoile Cuisine et Bar

You’ll feel like you’re inside Julia Child’s kitchen at one of Houston’s most delicious French finds, Étoile! With an amazing bar and selection of authentic cuisine, it’s easy to get swept up in the sweet European whirlwind. Bon appetit!

Where: 1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77056

For more information on Étoile Cuisine et Bar.

Galveston Island Horse and Pony Rides

Long walks rides on the beach, anyone? Ride off into the sunset with Galveston Island Horse and Pony Rides. Take a trip a little south for a full afternoon of tours, horse rides on the beach, and so much more! Though it’s about an hour from Houston, this is the perfect spot if you’re looking to escape the bustle of the city. Plus, road trips can teach you a lot about a prospective boo — good things only, we hope. 

Where: 1929 Boddeker Rd, Galveston, TX 77550

For more information on Galveston Island Horse and Pony Rides.


Culture, food, and recreation blend effortlessly at POST in downtown Houston. Pop over for dinner or a show, or spend a whole day exploring the space. From events like flea markets and sneaker conventions to country music concerts and refined eats, POST has something for every couple’s vibe. 

Where: 401 Franklin St. Houston, TX 77201

For more information on Post.

Z on 23

There’s just something about a city rooftop that can elevate any date from good to great. Watch Houston’s skyline come to life at one of the most glamorous rooftops in the heart of downtown! Whether you’re looking to mingle and meet new friends or dine and date with a loved one, Z on 23 is the perfect spot to top off a great night with that special someone. 

Where: 1121 Walker St, 23rd Floor, Houston, TX 77002

For more information on Z on 23.

Take a Virtual Cooking Class At Well Done, urbanCHEF or Sur La Table

Food can be a love language for many, so put your skills to the test through this interactive date. Spice up your dating life with a simple cooking class from some of the best chefs in the city! Show off all your jaw-dropping cooking skills or try something new together. Whether you’re flirty or shy, this may be the perfect way to turn up the heat for any date.

Where: The comfort of your own home!

For more information on Well Done | urbanCHEF | Sur La Table

Showboat Drive In Theater

Anyone up for a double feature? Here’s a little twist to the classic dinner and a show duo. Pull in, park, and pile on the blankets, because this drive-in is a great way to get more bang for your buck! This casual, cute date idea can be the perfect way to swoon your movie star date. 

Where: 22422 Farm to Market 2920, Hockley, TX 77447

For more information on the Showboat Drive In.

13 Celsius

Charcuterie lovers unite! If you love wine, cheese, and fondue in all its glory, then 13 Celsius is the perfect spot for you and your date. This Insta-worthy spot stacks an incredible lineup of simple appetizers and an even better atmosphere for that perfect date moment! 

Where: 3000 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004

For more information on 13 Celsius.


You’ve been to all the restaurants, rooftops, and classes Houston has to offer. Now it's time to explore the hidden fun of the city as a couple, starting with the expansive Axelrad venue. This fan favorite highlights Houston’s laid-back, good-time vibes for couples looking to relax and enjoy a fun evening in the heart of the city. Whether it’s beer, games, or gazing at the glowing LED tree, this date spot will switch things up for the better!

Where: 1517 Alabama St, Houston, TX 77004

For more information on Axelrad.


Have a date night over innovative Japanese cuisine in the heart of downtown Houston. Esteemed Houston chefs have brought their unique vision to life at this laid-back spot with high-quality sushi and yakitori. 

Where: 409 Travis St, #366 Houston, TX 77002

For more information on Kokoro.

Secret Garden Bar

Grab a drink with your date at this charming and floral-inspired bar. A modern greenhouse is a unique backdrop that will give you and your significant other lots to talk about. Even with the amazing locale, the craft coffee and cocktails dreamt up by head chef Jonathan Gallardo, take the spotlight. 

Where: In Bravery Chef Hall, 409 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002

For more information on Secret Garden Bar.

Rooftop Cinema Club in Houston

Houston’s skyline is already so romantic, but curling up against it to watch one of your favorite classics? That’s priceless. This venue will elevate the traditional movie date to a whole new level. 

Where: 1700 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056

For more information on Rooftop Cinema Club.


Would you believe us if we said $10 admission gets you unlimited play on almost 300 arcade games? See for yourself at Cidercade. This boozy arcade is a place for you and your partner’s inner child to run wild, and the venue is 21+ after 8 p.m. Treat yourself to nearly 50 taps of hard ciders, kombuchas, seltzers, and smoothies.

Where: 2320 Canal St Suite 100, Houston, TX 77003

For more information on Cidercade.

Hidden Omakase

When you and your beau are getting serious, this intimate experience is perfect for foodies with refined palettes. Hidden Omakase’s ultra-exclusive curated event offers only two seatings per night. At $175 per person, this spot is perfect to celebrate an anniversary or indulge in something out of the ordinary. Come with an open mind (and mouth) and prepare for a Japanese-inspired tasting menu like no other. 

Where: 5353 W. Alabama St, #102, Houston, TX 77056

For more information on Hidden Omakase.

Miller Outdoor Theatre

After your stroll through Hermann Park, stop by this outdoor theater for Houston’s performing arts. Bring your sweetheart to experience some of the city’s finest musical and dance acts live in the park.

Where: 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

For more information on Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Hermann Park

Texas weather can be a scorcher, but Hermann Park can be a perfect place to explore with your lover on cooler evenings or early mornings. Take a stroll around the grounds admiring everything the park offers, from sprawling flora to unique art installations. With over 445 acres, there’s plenty of beauty to behold.

Where: 1700 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004

For more information on Hermann Park.

James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace

When the sun goes down, it’s prime time for date night. But it’s also prime time to watch the Sunset light sequence at the Twilight Epiphany Skyspace. Starting about 10 minutes before sunset, the 40-minute sequence is a science-meets-art-lovers fantasy, where an LED light show projects onto the structure. If you and your date have been up all night, you can also visit their morning sequence, about an hour before sunrise. 

Where: Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, Houston, TX 77005

For more information on James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace.

Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

What once was a water reservoir is now an underground experience unlike any other. If you and your date are history buffs, be sure to take a guided or independent tour where you’ll learn about the unique architecture and use of Houston’s water system. Music lovers can be entertained with Underground Sounds, the location’s unique music series organized by Houston-based artists. If you’re a couple looking to destress together, try one of the sound healing meditation classes offered in the cistern. 

Where: 105b Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007

For more information on Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern.

Float Marriott Marquis’ Texas-shaped Lazy River

In the mood for a lazy day? Those can be romantic, too! Spice it up by heading over to the Marriott Marquis. On their rooftop, you’ll find a one-of-a-kind lazy river shaped like the Lone Star State itself. After floating for a bit, take a dip in the infinity pool and whirlpool, and grab a drink from the outside bar.

Where: 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010

For more information on Marriott Marquis.


Loro is a fusion of Asian cuisine and beloved Texas staples. The smokehouse and bar offer a menu filled with Japanese-inspired flavors on perfectly smoked or grilled meats. Its laid-back atmosphere encourages sharing plates and easy conversation. 

Where: 1001 W 11th St, Houston, TX 77008

For more information on Loro.

Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou

Talk about dinner with a view. Enjoy an evening under the trees and by the water at Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou. This summer night atmosphere is the perfect way to impress your date. With a stacked selection of surf, turf, and great wine, you’re sure to feed your appetite while getting a little taste of the great outdoors. 

Where: 1 Birdsall St, Houston, TX 77007

For more information on Brenner’s On The Bayou.