Where to Eat on Your Next Date Night in Saratoga
Wondering where to go on a first date in Saratoga? Celebrating an important anniversary? Just looking for the perfect date night restaurant?
Saratoga Springs is the ideal place to go for a dinner date in the Capital Region. With so many great restaurants to choose from in Saratoga, you'll probably want to plan several dates!
After dinner, we recommend catching a show at SPAC or strolling down Broadway to sit and watch the ducks in Congress Park.
Where to Go on a First Date
While we don't necessarily recommend dinner on a first date (drinks or coffee is enough, but activities like going to a paint & sip night are way more fun and less awkward), we're using first date here to mean casual, hip, and fun for early in a relationship or when you're not celebrating any special milestones.
If you do end up going to one of these restaurants on your frist date, though, beware: it just might become your go-to spot!
Right on Broadway with two great patio sections, Boca is a perfect early date destination. Offering both entrees and tapas-style small plates, Boca is the type of place where you can figure out how well someone shares.
We went back and forth on recommending Mexican for a first date, but a few of Cantina's margaritas and you'll be laughing like old friends! We especially like the tables for two on the front patio, where you can sit and people watch together.
This Tuscan-style restaurant has an awesome covered patio and a totally refurbished inside that will get you both in a romantic mood. Since they're known for their wood-fired pizza, we recommend getting two to split (and finding out if anyone has weird tastes in toppings...)!
Henry St Taproom
The fun, casual, and hip atmosphere here make Henry St Taproom perfect for dates. They offer beer flights and an ever-changing board of drafts from all over the world, as well as specialty cocktails and great farm-fresh food.
A Korean BBQ and Mexican fusion restaurant, Kraverie is fun and casual. We especially like this for a date early on because you'll both be trying something new together!
A pub and teahouse, the Local is perfect for dates when you're not sure you're ready for dinner, but if things go well... you won't rule it out, either. The Local also has the advantage of being in the cute Beekman Street Arts District away from the crowds on Broadway.
Where to Go When You're Upping Your Game
We all know that there comes a point in the relationship - before you're really committed, but after you've decided you like this person - when you need to up your game a bit. These are restaurants for defining the relationship, celebrating small milestones, or going out for occasions like birthdays or a new job.
Close to the track, Brook Tavern has a beautiful porch, an excellent selection of small and large plates (in case you're still not sure about the sharing and/or you're ready to let on that you do not share food, thank you very much). If you're ready to try dining in, Brook Tavern also does Tuesday to Go!
Located on Division Street about a block off Broadway, Chianti is a Northern Italian restaurant in an elegant setting. Treat yourself to a plate of Italian aged meats while you wait for your scrumptious pasta entrees. (No Lady & the Tramp action though, please.)
Tucked away off Broadway on High Rock Ave, Jacob & Anthony's has great steaks that won't break the bank. Also offering seafood cocktails and a raw bar, Jacob & Anthony's is sure to impress your date, and tell you a little more about their tastes.
Dining at Mouzon House, you almost feel like the house, gardens, and restaurant were plucked whole from New Orleans' French Quarter and placed gently in the rolling hills of Saratoga Springs. You and your date will love the farm-fresh menu, gorgeous open-air veranda, and the sounds of live music on weekend evenings.
Thirsty Owl Bistro
Located on South Broadway, dining at Thirsty Owl is your chance to show off your wine knowledge (or bond over your mutual lack of know-how). The food is delicious and the wines are even better (and locally crafted in the Finger Lakes)!
Whether you choose to sit inside or outside, have pizza or pasta, you can't go wrong with Wheatfields. There's something for everyone and your date will appreciate the variety of their beer and wine lists.
A little out of town on Route 9, the Wishing Well is a gorgeous, lodge-like restaurant perfect for year-round dates when things are getting serious. The best part? The Wishing Well is also a great wedding venue, so it's good to make some shared memories.
Where to Go for a Special Occasion
Of course, you can go to any restaurant any time, but we like to think of these places as special occasion spots. Somewhere to go for your anniversary or the night you're planning to propose.
Located at the beautiful Saratoga National Golf Club, Prime is one of the places to go for steak in Saratoga. For a more formal evening, dine inside. But we just love the sprawling patio here, so if the weather's nice we recommend eating outside!
Salt & Char
If you're looking for Manhattan-level service, then Salt & Char is your fine dining date night restaurant. They also offer occasional tasting dinners, which are perfect for special occasions or celebrations.
Another one for the memory book, Longfellows is not only an excellent restaurant, but also a hotel and wedding venue. If you're thinking you want to get married in Saratoga, what better place to propose?
Located at the Saratoga Casino Hotel, Morton's is the perfect spot to celebrate a big win (or a big anniversary). Make it an overnight and enjoy all the casino and hotel have to offer for your date night.
Though 15 Church and the (seasonal) Porch at 15 Church have very different feels, we love them both as special occasion places. The Porch is perfect for the casual couple who still want to celebrate, while the restaurant is ideal for a romantic dinner with great food and fabulous service.