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Local Love: 4 Enchanting Date Night Restaurants in Gilbert

February is the month of love with Valentine’s Day being front and center. Show some love to your special someone and small businesses by choosing a local Arizona spot this V-day. From authentic Italian and New American food to modern Asian cuisine, there’s something for every couple to enjoy.

When planning a date night with your significant other, you can never go wrong with classic Italian food. Italian food is arguably one of the most romantic kinds of food out there, or at least that’s what films like “Lady and the Tramp” have led us to believe with the famous spaghetti kiss scene.

Cocktail bars are another great spot for celebrating love whether it’s romantic, platonic or familial. Impress your guest with rooftop views, upscale bar food and creative cocktails at the Sotol Modern Cocktail Kitchen. 

Asian food offers a vast array of dishes so even if you or your special someone have different tastes, both of you can find satisfying dishes at Clever Koi. Connect as you sip on cocktails and take a food journey through many of the continent's culinary hotspots.

For couples who prefer casual date nights and those who need a place where the kids or furry friends can third-wheel, OHSO Brewery is the best place for your Valentine’s Day celebrations. With a dog park, food, activities, and brews you can’t go wrong.

Create cherished and lasting memories with your loved ones this February by taking them to one of the many magical date night spots in Gilbert. 

Crust Simply Italian

Nothing says “I love you” like authentic Italian food with East Coast inspiration. Crust has been serving delicious Italian dishes to Valley residents and visitors for more than 15 years, now that’s amore. Share spaghetti and meatballs with your loved one to have a classic “Lady and the Tramp” moment or opt for a New York pizza to pay homage to the owner’s East Coast roots. The menu includes an array of appetizers, salads, pasta, pizzas and more. Don’t forget to share a sweet treat with your sweetheart by ordering some tiramisu or a cannoli. crustrestaurants.com

Sotol Modern Cocktail Kitchen

Cheers to Valentine’s Day at Sotol Modern Cocktail Kitchen, a sophisticated date night choice in the heart of Downtown Gilbert. This locally owned and operated cocktail bar has rooftop seating to offer beautiful city views and surrounding mountains. It serves New American food inspired by Arizona and the Sonoran Desert and various cocktails, mocktails and other beverages. This trendy spot also makes the perfect outing for Galentine’s Day or a solo date spot where you can raise a glass to yourself or your girl gang. sotolmck.com

Clever Koi

This hip and modern eatery serves dishes from a variety of Asian countries. Dishes reflect the flavors and techniques from regions like Thailand, Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan, and Indo-China. From steamed buns to house-made dumplings and progressive noodle dishes, Clever Koi has a dish for everyone whether you’re a bold or picky eater. There’s also an extensive cocktail program, so you can drink through the Asian countries as well. Show your date just how clever you are by taking them on a food journey at Clever Koi this Valentine’s Day. cleverkoi.com

OHSO Brewery

For those who prefer a more casual setting for dates or outings with friends or family, OHSO Brewery is the perfect spot. It offers a large menu of classic brewery foods like cheeseburgers, pretzels and dips, tacos, mac n cheese and more. It also offers a kids' menu, making this a great date night location when you can’t find a babysitter. The downtown Gilbert location also has an enclosed dog park if you don’t want to leave your furry family member at home. Sip a beer, enjoy some delicious food and play games in the spacious outdoor area that everyone in the fam is guaranteed to love. Ohsobrewery.com

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