Valentine’s Date Night for Every Budget

Whether you’re celebrating love-day with your partner or spouse, riding solo and loving yourself or spending Valentine’s Day with your best friends, we’ve got some great suggestions for activities for 1, 2 or a crowd to enjoy no matter what your budget is.

Family-Friendly Fine Dining
It’s not often that you find restaurants with high-quality food catering to families, but Citizen is doing just that this Valentine’s Day. There are a few early reservations (5pm) left and they’ll be serving a kid friendly buffet as well as their usual menu. Grab a bite and bring the whole family!

Feline Cafe
The Feline Café in Hintonburg has you covered for Valentine’s week. On the evenings of Feb. 12 through 15, they’re offering a Date Night package which includes beverages, desserts and a one-hour reservation in the cat lounge. Best of all, a portion of each ticket supports a local cat charity, and all the kitties are available for adoption!

Queen Street Fare
Head to Ottawa’s newest and most anticipated dining hall and treat yourself and your lover to some fancy cocktails and food from one of their incredible vendors. While you’re there, check out music from local and out-of-town artists alike.

DIY Cheese and Charcuterie from Red Apron (varies in price)
We offer an array of tasty local cheeses, housemade dips and charcuterie items, as well as all the accoutrements (In-house pickles, crackers and jams) you could want to build a stunning charcuterie board. Give us a shout to see what we have in the shop and let us help you put something just right together.


Skate the Gatineau Trails ($13/person)
This 3km skate trail in the middle of Gatineau Park is a stunning winter wonderland. It may be best suited for a weekend or a day off given it’s a bit of a drive (45 minutes out of downtown Ottawa), but we promise it will be worth it to skate hand-in-mittened-hand with your loved one. This is a great Family Day adventure, too! Stop by The Red Apron for portable lunch options to keep you and your little ones energized.

Get Cozy and Stay In
We love the idea of a cozy night at home on Valentines Day and The Red Apron makes it easier than ever with a meal fit for the love of your life! Order our Mad Hot Love 3-course Valentines dinner, grab a nice bottle of wine and spend a quiet night catching up. Don’t forget to grab some of our hand-painted Valentines Day cookies for after dinner, too! If you’d rather spend the night cooking together, see our post from last week for some delicious and impressive recipe ideas to make at home.