With hundreds of restaurants, cozy coffee shops, and swanky cocktail bars, Ann Arbor, Michigan, is full of romantic date night spots for couples who bond through their shared love of food and craft beverages.
Home to two fabulous boutique hotels too, you could easily extend your date night in Ann Arbor into a weekend getaway or romantic staycation.
Since Ann Arbor offers such a breadth of date-night activities, I’ve narrowed this list down to my favorite romantic experiences for couples in love with each other, of course, but also with food and drink.
So, read on for the most romantic date ideas in Ann Arbor for food-loving couples!
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Have a Romantic Night (or Weekend) in Ann Arbor
If you are visiting Ann Arbor for a romantic getaway, the first thing you’ll want to do is check into one of the city’s boutique hotels. With either of the hotels I recommend, you and your significant other can relax and spend quality time together.
For my readers local to Ann Arbor or the nearby Detroit area, either of these hotels would be perfect for a romantic staycation. No kids, no cleaning, no cooking, no responsibilities — just pure relaxation with the one you love.
Option 1: Weber’s Restaurant & Boutique Hotel
With an indoor saltwater pool, hot tub, sauna, and a fine dining restaurant, Weber’s Boutique Hotel & Restaurant has all the makings for a romantic evening for two.
With all of those amenities under one roof, there is no reason to leave the hotel. Yet, if you want to, you’ll only be a short drive from downtown Ann Arbor’s dining, shopping, and entertainment venues.
During your romantic stay at Weber’s, you can relax poolside before taking a steamy dip in the hot tub. Then, get dressed up for a night of dinner, drinks, and dancing at Weber’s Restaurant and The Habitat Bar.
Inside the restaurant, a pianist sets a romantic ambiance as you sip French martinis and Old Fashioneds. Following a round of pre-dinner cocktails, settle in for Alaskan king crab legs, Maryland crab cakes, a perfectly cooked filet mignon, or the famous prime rib.
Afterward, head over to The Habitat Bar, where live jazz music creates a date-night atmosphere every Friday and Saturday night.
With on-site fine dining and an indoor saltwater pool, an overnight stay at Weber’s would be a lovely way to celebrate an anniversary or special occasion in Ann Arbor.
Weber’s Restaurant & Boutique Hotel is located at 3050 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
Option 2: Graduate Ann Arbor
As I mentioned, Weber’s Restaurant & Boutique Hotel is ideal for couples looking for a relaxing getaway where amenities are conveniently under one roof. On the flip side, for couples wanting to spend their Ann Arbor date night at the downtown restaurants, I recommend Graduate Ann Arbor.
Located only steps from the University of Michigan campus, you’ll experience the comforts of a boutique hotel in a collegiate-inspired locale. I imagine if you met your sweetheart in college, staying at Graduate Ann Arbor could spark a little nostalgia.
With your own college flame at your side, take a stroll through campus. Then head downtown for dinner and enjoy a nightcap in the hotel’s old-school cocktail lounge.
Graduate Ann Arbor is located at 615 East Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
Go to Dinner & a Movie
Dinner and a movie is the classic date night, but you can give your date night an exotic twist in Ann Arbor!
First, dine at Taste Kitchen, where Chef Van combines his Vietnamese roots with traditional French techniques to create mouthwatering dishes such as salmon sashimi and seafood bouillabaisse.
Tables adorned with white linens, candles, and vases filled with fresh flowers create an uncomplicated yet glamorous setting for dining with your valentine.
Then, stroll hand-in-hand to the nearby State Theatre to watch a foreign film.
The State Theatre is located at 233 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. A short walk from the State Theatre, Taste Kitchen is located at 521 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
Get Hands-On at an Ann Arbor Cooking Class
Cooking with your partner is a bonding experience that can strengthen your relationship as you work on communication and teamwork skills.
Additionally, taking a cooking class together creates a memorable and tasty experience that you’ll recall any time you recreate the recipes during your future date nights at home.
In Ann Arbor, you’ll find in-person cooking and baking classes, cooking demonstrations, and virtual cooking classes offered by local businesses, including Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Fustini’s, Sur La Table, and The Lakehouse Bakery in nearby Chelsea.
Share Tapas and Sangria
One of the most intimate experiences we can have with another person is sharing a meal together. At Aventura that intimacy intensifies from sharing multiple small dishes with your dinner date. Let the conversation and sangria flow as your excitement builds with the arrival of each dish!
Aventura is located at 216 W Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
Get Cozy Over Coffee
Looking for a more casual date idea? In Ann Arbor, there is no shortage of local coffee shops for a romantic rendezvous.
Warm up in the chilly Michigan winter with a steamy latte, or take a fall stroll through the Arb with cups of Zingerman’s Tree Town blend in hand.
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth with Your Sweetie
Though scientific evidence may be lacking, some claim chocolate is an aphrodisiac for women. Whether you believe in the power of chocolate or just love the taste, you’ll want to track down Mindo Chocolate, artisanal chocolates made locally in Dexter, Michigan.
Also, if you or your partner loves chocolate, Zingerman’s Next Door stocks a case full of truffles and a retail display of chocolate bars from around the world. Ask the staff for their favorites, and you’ll walk away with truly unique chocolates.
Beyond chocolate, Ann Arbor is a sweet-toothed visitor’s dream destination.
Sip Craft Beverages with Your Sweetheart
For my final Ann Arbor date idea, I’m sharing one of my favorite date night activities — sharing a drink!
When my husband (then-boyfriend) and I had an overnight date in Ann Arbor, we indulged in a nightcap at the Graduate’s Allen Rumsey Supper Club, where I had a refreshing gin-based cocktail cleverly named after the local botanical garden.
For the adventurous-in-drinking couple, try something a bit different with a mead and cider tasting at Bløm Meadworks.
More Ann Arbor Date Ideas for Foodie Couples
From sweet and tender to exciting and exotic, Ann Arbor has date night spots for couples with a wide variety of tastes. Here are a few more ideas for your next date night or romantic getaway in Ann Arbor:
You may have heard oysters are an aphrodisiac. Why not test the theory at the seafood restaurant and martini lounge Black Pearl Ann Arbor? If you want to keep the evening going, check to see if there is live music at The Ark.
If you are looking to spice up your date night in Ann Arbor, share tacos, guacamole, and margaritas at Isalita.
When you want to keep the cozy vibes going, sleep in and spend the morning snuggled in bed. Then head to brunch at Sava’s!
If you are planning a romantic night in Ann Arbor …
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Also, the GPSmyCity app offers even more self-guided walking tours in Ann Arbor that could be fun date activities.
If you are wondering what GPSmyCity is, I’ve explained why it’s such a helpful resource for travelers in this post.
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