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Romantic Date Ideas in Oakland

Posted on 09 Mar, 2024 at 07:24 pm - by Isla Coventry

Sometimes it becomes a necessity to escape the daily life dirt, and spend some quality time with your significant one. And what’s better than travel? Rekindle your spark with the best things to do in Oakland CA as we have prepared a complete guide for you. Oakland is a town where you and your lovebird won’t be short on anything. From enjoying a cruise to feasting on a super delicious meal together, a trip to Oakland is a surefire way to keep the spark alive. Oakland has a slew of secluded, breathtaking, bustling, and romantic spots, so, let’s immerse ourselves in the loved-up holiday!


Oakland Date Ideas

If you're on the lookout for exciting date ideas, here's a compilation of the best ones guaranteed to make your outing truly unforgettable:


  • Dinner and Gondola Cruise at Lake Merritt

Located in Oakland, Lake Merritt boasts peaceful vibes that make it an idyllic spot for a relaxing stroll hand in hand with your loved one. And what could be better than enjoying a Gondola cruise at Lake Merritt? Dolce Vita Gondola welcomes you to enjoy a private gondola cruise experience. Make sure to get to the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill to munch on a lip-smacking romantic dinner while on the water.


  • Weekend Movie Date in Grand Lake:

Located next to Lake Merritt is the neighborhood of Grand Lake in Oakland, offering retail therapy, and amazing restaurants, and obviously it houses the famous Grand Lake Theater. Kick off your weekend date with a delicious brunch at one of the favorite Oakland spots, Shakewell serving Spanish and Mediterranean meals. Make sure to try out their Bomba Rice paellas and after finishing off your brunch, make your way to the Grand Lake Theater. This movie theater is gracefully decorated with a flamboyant, lighted marquee, and a panoramic staircase in the main hall.


  • Massages at the Piedmont Springs Spa

Let it all hang out together at Piedmont Springs Spa, located at the end of downtown, offering body scrubs, massages, and facials. Plus, you and your partner can also relish the steam room cherish the sauna, or opt for a hot tub in the spa.


  • Bowling and Wine Tasting at Jack London Square

Located a few feet away from the Ferry Terminal of Oakland, there's Rosenblum Cellars which is an authentic city gem, providing a perfect and peaceful atmosphere. Boasting a massive collection of great Californian Zinfandel, Rosenblum is a picture-perfect spot to start your date with a great session of wine tasting. Make your way to Plank if you and your partner wish to fulfill the cravings on the menu, they offer shared plates, salad, burgers, pizza, and the list goes on. Make sure to get yourself a lane to enjoy a bowling game. If bowling doesn't tickle your interest, opt for bocce ball and arcade games. Top off your date night with an ice cream from Ben's and Jerry's while enjoying the views at Jack London Square.


  • Hike and Picnic in the Middle of the Redwoods

If you and your partner are in search of some high-octane activities, opt for a hike at the amazing Redwood Regional Park. This secluded forest is located away from Redwood Road, set a few miles from Downtown Oakland. Plus. You can also go for Tres Sendas Trail which is located at the Northside of Chabot Space & Science Center on Piedmont Eve at Pomella.


  • Catch a Live Performance at Oakland Venue

Sign in for some upbeat fun at Oakland Venue. This venue brings in top-class performers so that you can enjoy your date. Catch live shows, give an ear to music, or watch some TV. Don't forget to check out the Continental Club, the Oakland Arena, and Yoshi's Jazz Club here.


Oakland Date Night Restaurants

If you are craving a delectable meal after exploring the city on a date night in Oakland with your significant one, head to one of these restaurants!


  • The Forge Handcrafted Pizza

The Forger Handcrafted Pizza is a laid-back and contemporary spot where mouth-watering wood-fired pizza is served with salads and appetizers. Main course options include burgers and pasta. Accompany your meal with a glass of wine or go for a crafted cocktail. Plus, there's a patio offering mesmerizing views of Oakland Inner Harbor.


  • Mua

Mua is a trendy restaurant that serves small plates with crafted cocktails. Make sure to try out their grilled romaine Caesar salad, garlic chili prawns, and crispy tofu along with black bean sweet chili sauce.


  • Iron and Oak at the Oakland Marriott City Center

One of the best romantic date spots is Iron and Oak at The Oakland Marriott City Center. This modern eatery serves dishes such as quinoa salad, freshly baked pizza, tacos, and fish. Moreover, you can immerse yourself in the delicious dessert along with sweets such as caramel cheesecake and tiramisu.


  • Vegan Mob

For some more comfort food options, consider heading to Vegan Mob. This restaurant caters to classic comfortable meals such as Mac and cheese, fried chicken, and deep fried cheese, which is everyone’s favorite!

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  • Isla Coventry

    Isla is known as one of the best female solo travel bloggers today. She has been to Europe, UAE, and America and has penned down her experience in her blogs to inspire other travel enthusiasts.

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