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Explore Tempe this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, February 14, 2023.

In February, love is definitely in the air, or maybe it’s just Tempe this time of year! This Valentine’s Day, tempt your taste buds at a romantic dinner or take your honey out for a night on the town. Here’s our list of Tempe area restaurants with special Valentine’s Day offerings and a few fun date night ideas.

Patio dining in Tempe

If you want to treat your Valentine to a lovely meal and ambiance, you can’t go wrong with a restaurant offering an amazing outdoor patio space. Postino WineCafe, Pedal Haus Brewery, Top of the Rock Restaurant and Caffe Boa are delicious options and have great patios to relax the night away. Visit our blog featuring Tempe restaurants with the best patios for more options.

Enjoy your favorite meal at a local park

The weather is so beautiful outside; consider stopping by a Tempe restaurant for your favorite dishes to-go and set up a picnic dinner at a local Tempe park. Check out some fun parks and nearby dining options.

Postino Annex
Postino Annex in Tempe

Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
Dazzle through The District at Tempe Market Place and snap the ultimate V-Day shot in front a love-themed floral installation!

A smiling person stands in front of a lip-shaped floral installation at Tempe Marketplace/
Photo credit: Honeysblooms

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill at Tempe Marketplace

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-2920
This Valentine’s Day, treat your lover to a three-course meal with all the fixings at Thirsty Lion Gastropub. This feast includes a house or Caesar salad to start, an entrée choice of Black Cherry BBQ Pork Tenderloin with white cheddar mashed potatoes, sautéed brussels sprouts and butternut squash; Grilled Atlantic Salmon paired with jasmine cilantro rice or the 14 oz. Grilled Rib Eye Steak served with grilled asparagus and creamy mashed potatoes. Enjoy with a glass of featured wine like La Marca Prosecco or the Underwood Rose and rich. Conclude your meal with a velvety Whiskey Bing Cherry Bread Pudding or Whiskey Apple Crumble for dessert to end the perfect romantic dinner (meals range from $39, $45 to $65). We definitely recommend reservations for your perfect evening.

Downtown Tempe and near ASU

Canopy by Hilton Downtown Tempe

108 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-6800

Alter Ego at Canopy by Hilton Downtown Tempe
Alter Ego, named “2020 Best Hotel Restaurant” by Phoenix New Times, presents a delicious 3-course meal on Saturday, February 11th – Tuesday, February 14th. Enjoy dinner for 2 for $65 per person. Book your reservation on OpenTable or call (602) 612-7871.

Galentine’s at Alibi Rooftop Bar at Canopy by Hilton Downtown Tempe
Grab your girls and head to Alibi! Tempe’s best rooftop bar on the 14th floor becomes your home for brunch on Saturday, February 11th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ladies can enjoy $6 mimosas, $20 bottles of rose, amazing rooftop views and yummy food! No cover to attend but reservations are required on eventbrite here. Visit the event website, or follow along on Instagram to see the latest details.

Alibi Bar Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown
Alibi Rooftop Bar

The Westin Tempe

11 E. 7th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-8885

Terra Tempe Kitchen & Spirits
This Valentine’s Day weekend, celebrate with the one you love at Terra Tempe Kitchen & Spirits with a specially curated menu by Chef Mario Ventura from Tuesday, February 14 – Sunday, February 19, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Located on the ground floor of The Westin Tempe, Terra Tempe’s limited-time Valentine’s Day dinner menu will be available for dine-in guests and features plenty of decadent dishes with a romantic twist. Lovebirds will enjoy dishes such as Half Dozen Oysters; Strawberry Salad; Butter Cast Iron Braised Short Rib with herb whipped potatoes, fried Brussel sprouts, baby carrots and pomegranate jus; and Queen Creek Olive Oil Poached Chilean Sea Bass with fava beans, yellow baby squash, truffle emulsion and white bean puree, among others. End the evening on a sweet note with Arizona Red Velvet Opera Cake! Reserve a spot on OpenTable here.

Foch Cafe & Bistro

21 E. 6th St. #146, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 398-8534

Enjoy dinner and wine tasting this Valentine’s Day with your Hunny at Foch Cafe & Bistro, a locally owned restaurant with American-European-inspired dishes and more. The Valentines Day Wine Tasting Dinner includes a five course dinner, each course paired with a wine from Wagner Family of Wines. Reserve your spot by calling (480) 398-8534.

Terra Tempe at the Westin Tempe
Terra Tempe at the Westin Tempe

Need a fun activity for Valentine’s Day? We have you covered!

Spend the day at the Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden is always gorgeous, but spring is when it comes to life. Wildflowers will bloom, and there’s an excellent on-site restaurant called Gertrude’s, where you can enjoy a delicious meal on their lovely patio. While at the Garden, enjoy the Museum of the Moon exhibit, showcasing a 23-foot diameter glowing moon that provides detailed views of the lunar surface by UK artist Luke Jerram, fused with a stellar soundtrack by composer Dan Jones. On display February 7 -14, 2023.

Go for a scenic hike
Tempe and the surrounding Phoenix area have many hiking options to explore. Make it a sunrise or sunset hike to add some romance! We did all the homework on the best hikes in and around Tempe. For a quick hike with amazing views, check out “A” Mountain, located in the heart of Downtown Tempe. It only takes about 20 minutes to hike, but you can stay for the sunset views as long as you’d like.

Chihuly in the Desert at Desert Botanical Garden web2
Chihuly in the Desert at Desert Botanical Garden

Rent a boat on Tempe Town Lake
For a bit of fun, rent a swan, duck, or dragon-themed pedal boat at Boat Rentals of America – Tempe Town Lake. Or, test out their new donut boat to make it a double date. If you’d rather experience the lake on dry land, rent a surrey bike to cruise the perimeter. They have both two-person and four-person bikes available for rent.

Head to Downtown Tempe for Second Sundays
Make your way to Downtown Tempe this Sunday for Second Sundays, February 13, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy live music and entertainment, snack vendors, and an outdoor market featuring homemade goods and gifts from local Arizonan artisans, crafters and makers. This event is FREE and both family and pet friendly.

Swan Boat at Tempe Town Lake
Swan boat at Tempe Town Lake

Need more date ideas?

To save you some time, we put this list of perfect date ideas in Tempe.

Weekend getaway? Stay & play at of Tempe’s awesome hotels.

Don’t forget to tag us on social! @tempetourism #OurTempe

Written Alicia Griffith

Alicia is an ASU Alumna and Tucson native who is unapologetically herself. When she is not sharing her passion for Tempe, she is a devoted dog mom and reality TV enthusiast who has a weakness for charcuterie boards and wine!

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