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Romantic date ideas in Ames

February 2, 2024

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but love is in the air in Ames, Iowa all year round! Check out these romantic spots for wining, dining, and more!


Candlelight dinner

Nothing is more romantic than dim candlelight dining with soft music, great food, and even better company.

  • The Café is a favorite romantic spot in north Ames; you can’t go wrong here!
  • Aunt Maude’s is one of Ames’ best with American cuisine and delicious wine.
  • If you want to keep the romantic vibe but try something new, check out The Spice Thai Cuisine or Wasabi for sushi.


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Wine before you dine

Ames is full of wine wonders! Whether you need a pre-dinner drink or a late-night cocktail, these places offer the best of the best.

  • Enjoy wine from estate-grown grapes at Prairie Moon Winery that you can’t try anywhere else!
  • Have an appetizer and cocktail while enjoying the warm and cozy atmosphere that Della Viti offers (P.S. they were voted Story County’s Best Bar, Wine, and Happy Hour in 2023!) More happy hours here.
  • If you’re in the mood for something new, try Noir, a prohibition themed bar where you can experience the excitement of the roaring ‘20s.

wine at prairie moon


Eat your heart out

Love is in the air and on our plates at these local spots! Enjoy heart shaped food to really feel (and taste) the love this Valentine’s Day.


Staycation in Ames

Take destination date night to the next level and enjoy one of Ames’ wonderful beds & breakfasts or hotels.



Quality time

Sometimes, the most romantic thing is just spending time and having fun with that special someone.


Written by Rachel Gantt, Marketing & Communications Intern


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