Who says a restaurant is an essential ingredient for a great date night? Try any of these date night dinners for two for your next date night in.
Yes, I know.
A lazy date night equals dinner and a movie.
And novelty is what makes the world go around.
But hey – we don’t always have time to get any more inventive.
In fact, sometimes just getting out of the house – even for that dinner and movie – seems almost impossible.
That’s why date nights in are an awesome alternative to your traditional date night. With date night at home, you don’t need to worry about all the logistics involved in leaving the house.
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And you know what – if you’re in the mood for a traditional date night dinner, well that can be achieved from home too!
Here’s my curated list of great date night meals. Either you can make them together OR one of you can choose to play chef for the night.
Heck, you can create two meals and make a contest out of it!
These 20 date night meals cover steak, seafood, and vegetarian options (and more!).
Date night dinners for two
These date night meals are special dishes that you can whip up for a fun date night at home.
And while they take a little bit more skill than grabbing some takeout, most are not super hard to make either.
Steak date night dinner recipes
Steak makes for a great date night meal as it's tasty, filling and fast.
Cast Iron Ribeye with Mushrooms
The ribeye’s intense flavor is highlighted using the cast iron sear/oven bake method for steak.
This delicious cut of meat is complemented by garlic mushrooms.
Mouth watering anyone?
Restaurant style steak recipe
A great cut of steak needs little extras. This restaurant style steak is an easy homemade dinner date idea.
Steak ciabatta with Italian roast tomato salsa
Take your steak sammich to the next level with this jewel in the crown of date night steak recipes.
The ultimate surf and turf recipe
This keto friendly recipe includes a juicy, rosemary flavored seared filet mignon steak topped with keto shrimp scampi.
The steak and shrimp are sitting on Parmesan cauliflower risotto.
Date nights are not just healthy for your marriage!
Seafood date night dinner recipes
I'm pretty much only a fan of prawns, salmon, and the kind of fish you get covered in batter kind of girl.
These seafood date night meals have been especially selected to pass the Katie test.
Fettuccine with beet, smoked salmon, and feta
This fettuccine is the most perfect pink color - just right for date night!
Made with beets, smoky salmon and salty feta, it's a flavor sensation.
Harissa garlic prawns with couscous
This simple recipe might be short on time, but it's big on taste. In under thirty minutes, you can be enjoying a delicious dish of garlic prawns accompanied by buttered couscous.
Lemon and rosemary salmon
I love salmon but have never had the confidence to cook it at home until now.
This is a perfect easy summer date night recipe, to be enjoyed al fresco with a fresh salad.
Prawn and chorizo Pasta
Keeping on the prawn theme, this dish is another quick and tasty date night meal, taking only fifteen minutes to cook.
Vegetarian date night meals
Mix up your date night dinner menu with these vegetarian options.
Healthy fettuccine Alfredo
This creamy mushroom pasta bowl is the definition of comfort and deliciousness in a bite.
What you might not know is this bowl of delicious Fettuccine is actually topped with a vegan cauliflower Alfredo sauce.
Healthy mushroom soup
This delicious mushroom soup is light yet tasty - perfect for a date night dinner entree or when you have dessert in mind!
Love a creamy soup? No problem - you can add in cream if you really want to.
Mushroom ravioli with parmesan cream sauce
If you're searching for something a little more challenging for your date night dinner, then this mushroom ravioli is it.
This meal becomes a true labor of love with the ravioli being made from scratch before being smothered with a rich, garlic and parmesan cream sauce.
Mushroom risotto recipe with peas
I still remember the first time I made a risotto. It had chicken and chili and cream and was super delicious.
I was hooked on risottos from that point.
This mushroom risotto with peas is silky smooth. It takes time to make but that is part of the charm!
Pesto spinach quinoa stuffed tomatoes
These healthy stuffed baked tomatoes are filled with a flavorful mixture of pesto quinoa and fresh spinach.
They're a perfect accompaniment to any of the date night steak recipes above or can be served as one of several small dishes.
Twice baked eggplant recipe
This twice baked eggplant is creamy and cheesy with the flavors of a twice baked potato with less of the carbs.
Chicken date night recipes
Asparagus stuffed chicken
This asparagus stuffed chicken is a delicious main dish for your date night dinner.
The recipe is gluten-free, paleo, keto, and Atkins diet friendly.
Authentic Jamaican brown stew chicken
This generously seasoned succulent chicken in smothered in a rich thick gravy.
Channel the flavors of the Carribean with this authentic Jamaican brown stew chicken.
Cranberry apricot chicken
This recipe became a family favorite after the cook's mom made it for her dad one Valentine's Day.
Doesn't that sound like the kind of date night meal you want?
Imagine apricots cooked down with fresh orange juice, cranberry juice and white wine, giving which the chicken a heavenly sweet coating.
Other great date night meals
How to make authentic Thai Green Curry
Thai green curry is up there with my fave meals.
I love all Thai food - it's one of the main reasons I love Thailand as a vacation destination.
This recipe is very similar to one my husband and I made when we took a cooking class in Phuket.
Have fun recreating this authentic Thai dish.
Yes love does mean what's yours is mine and what mine is yours... but sometimes you just don't want to share!
These individual cheeseboards are delicious, look amazing and can be created using your fave treats!
Stuffed cornish game hen with garlic and sage
This garlic and sage Cornish game hen is stuffed with delicious, homemade Anjou pear and baby bella mushroom stuffing.
It's a super special meal for a super special occasion.
Why not finish off your meal with one of these romantic desserts for two?
They’ll help to make every date night at home a special occasion.
And if you want to watch a date night movie maybe in your own backyard movie theater, no one will judge!
What’s your favorite date night dinner to have at home?
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