10 Date Nights for the San Francisco Peninsula

Traditional flicks, barn dancing, stargazing and a less-traveled walking path. Discover your enthusiasm, grab your day and also hunt down the gelato taco vehicle.

Date night is stress: We love a regular hangout yet if you can not create something apart from having beverages at the very same bar you most likely to watch the game, your prospective companion would be far better off hanging with job buddies at a Bennigan’s (and the closest one remains in Sacramento for Chrissakes).

We have actually obtained 10 completely fleshed out date suggestions, all of them on the Peninsula and every single one of them guaranteed to leave you happier also if the partnership falls short to attain liftoff. They’re additionally all low-cost or totally free and do not need a lots of planning or effort because, well, we’re hectic, as well. Maximize it.

Capture classic movies stylishly at the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto
Opened in 1925, this theater now runs with the sole function of revealing traditional movies the means they were implied to be seen– on the big screen. A Peninsula site current screenings adhere to a “Hitchcock as well as Other Masters of Thriller” theme with some Frankenstein tributes blended in. Whether or not it’s your reaction to try to excite a date with your substantial expertise of classic flicks (you don’t do this?), this place is a fantastic justification to dress up for a motion picture in a beautiful cinema. We’re talking red velour curtains and also accent illumination. Evaluating times vary from matinees to 10 p.m. (though the norm is very early evening). Have a stroll down University Opportunity, get some dinner nearby and also delight in a movie on the big screen with your date past the most recent superhero film.

Tickets are $7. Idea: make certain you bring cash, as the theater doesn’t take cards.
The Stanford Theatre// Wed.– Sat.; showtimes differ
221 University Opportunity, Palo Alto, (650) 324– 3700.

Farm, excursion, consume and dance at Pie Ranch’s barn dancing in Pescadero.
Pie Cattle ranch in Pescadero hosts a selection of community occasions, including food education as well as young people programs (see below for pointers on seeing as well as other close-by coastside spots.) They additionally hold a lively Barn Dance every 3rd Saturday of the month. Dancing begins at 7 p.m. and also opts for 3 hrs, featuring live country-style songs as well as, certainly, dance.
Better yet, make a day or a whole night from it. The dance is come before by a 6 p.m. meal supper (bring a recipe to share as well as enjoy some company, if you agree) and the dinner is preceded by a volunteer session from 1 to 4 p.m. followed by a ranch tour (trip $12– 20, offering is free).
” If you involved the volunteer day, you would certainly start early, and also you’ve obtained your hands in our dirt, whether that be mulching or choosing or planting,” Simone Albuquerque, the ranch’s program manager, claims. “Working and also taking the excursion before the dancing are a great starter for a conversation– excellent for a first or 2nd day.” RSVPs to both the dancing and also the supper are urged however not required (you will not be turned away at the door if you neglect).

The day will certainly relocate swiftly– “before you understand it, it’s 9 p.m., and you’re under the celebrities with extremely little light contamination,” Albuquerque states. She passes on a few other complimentary suggestions: dress like you’re going to a ranch, although you’re going to dance.

Pie Ranch// Mon.– Fri. 12– 5 p.m., Sat & Sun 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Barn Dancing hrs: every 3rd Saturday of the Month from 7 p.m.– 10 p.m.
2080 Cabrillo Freeway, Pescadero, CA 94060, (650) 879– 0995.

Chow as well as cool at Off the Grid in Menlo Park.
Off the Grid began in San Francisco in 2010 as a market with a collection of food truck suppliers and also has considering that spread to 27 different cities in the Bay. Off the Grid Menlo Park takes place every Wednesday, rain or sparkle, from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Caltrain station car park, which isn’t typically a room you relate to lively groups yet it works. It includes a rotating actors of 9 food trucks including cuisines from Oriental to Russian to Mayan and various live music weekly.
Our favorites: Cochinita’s vaporcitos (typical Yucatan tamales steamed in banana leaves), the Waffle Roost’s ‘Spicy & I Know It’ fried hen as well as waffle sandwich or a Reverse Reese’s (a fudge ice cream taco with peanut butter dip) from Rocko’s Ice Cream Tacos.

Off the Grid Menlo Park, every Wednesday 5– 9 p.m., rainfall or luster.
1120 Merrill St., Menlo Park.

Score falafel at the only Peninsula dining establishment to make Yelp’s Top 100.
Factors to see Falafelle in Belmont: it’s cozy (little, that is), pleases vegans, vegetarians as well as meat eaters alike and also it’s # 15 on Yelp’s Top 100 places to eat for 2018. It’s the only position on the Peninsula to have actually made the listing (take that, Manresa!), which generally makes it a must-do even if you go home alone and also lonesome (it wasn’t the falafel’s fault). Take our recommendations: make a platter or customize your very own falafel sandwich with one of the most colorful garnishes you can get your hands on (beetroots, baked red peppers as well as spicy tahini, to name a few). As well as try the Baklava.
Falafelle// Tues.– Sat., 11 a.m.– 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
1035 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA.

Stargaze (for free) at Foothill University Observatory on Fridays.
Consider on your own the romantic kind and curious about a date evening spent (actually) under the celebrities? Foothill College Observatory hosts public evening watchings every clear Friday (you can get verifications for viewings on the internet right here). What you’ll be looking at differs depending on the time of year as well as relevant expensive goings-on. The observatory flaunts 2 telescopes with impressive checking out capability– one computer-controlled reflector as well as one hydrogen-alpha solar telescope, for those of you aware of the topic (they also do daytime solar watchings). Evening watchings are complimentary (!) as well as led by staff from 9 to 11 p.m. Just bring $3 for parking.
Foothill University Observatory public evening viewings: 9– 11 p.m. every clear Friday.
Foothill University, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA (650) 949– 7288.

Do a simple walking to amazing views at Monte Bello Open Space Maintain in Los Gatos.
If you’re the outdoorsy kind (or you’re attempting to be) but you’re not in the state of mind to hike a 7-mile route on a day, Monte Bello Open Room Preserve’s Stevens Creek Nature Trail may satisfy. This 3-mile loophole flaunts a perspective where walkers can see Stevens Creek Canyon as well as a myriad of vegetation and also animals (speak that exact phrase on your date and view the fireworks) in the springtime and also summer season. Intend to absolutely excite? Take your day to the preserve’s super-secret permit-only trailhead as well as set it with a quit at Ridge Vineyards.
Monte Bello Open Area Preserve, Los Gatos, CA// Open up daily, half a hr prior to daybreak to half a hr after sundown.
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Area: (650) 691– 1200.

Stroll the yards or take tea at Filoli in Woodside.

Percy the Peacock making the rounds on the Filoli grounds. (Photo using Filoli Instagram).
Filoli is a country house on an expansive estate in Woodside that flaunts outstanding gardens set amidst 670 acres and just celebrated its 100th anniversary.
General admission is $22 and also includes access to your home and also yards, which prosper in springtime and also summer season when flowers remain in flower. Take a charming stroll after that hit the Quail’s Nest COFFEE SHOP in the estate’s visitor center. The menu is diverse and rather valued. Seeming like showing your day an added correct time? They additionally use a tea for 2 for under $30.
Filoli Historic House and Yard// Tues.– Sun., 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. (last admission goes to 4:30 p.m.).
Filoli Quail’s Nest Café// Tues.– Sunlight, 9:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
86 Canada Roadway, Woodside, CA.
( 650) 364– 8300.

Hamburgers and coastline at The Barn in Half Moon Bay.
The Barn in Fifty Percent Moon Bay is fabulous for its hamburgers (they additionally offer vegetarian options). Order at the counter, get hold of a table under some string lights and also warm lamps on the outside patio area as well as wait for your food with your day. Likewise notable on the menu: the pulled pork sandwich and the mac assault (deep-fried macaroni and cheese). Most importantly, the restaurant is a 10-minute drive from Fifty percent Moon Bay State Coastline, so you can walk the tracks on the high cliffs over or unwind and also capture some sun on the sand below (possibly your gastrointestinal system’s best bet, if you took our guidance and also chose the fried mac ‘n’ cheese). Hell, invest the entire day in HMB.
The Barn// Wed.– Sunlight. 11 a.m.– 9 p.m.
3068 Cabrillo Hwy N., Fifty Percent Moon Bay (650) 560– 8363.

Sip beer, stare at redwoods, value AppleJack’s in La Honda.
Let us suggest for you. You’re straying around the center of the woods in La Honda with your day (we’ll discuss later on) as well as you’re absolutely hopeless for an area to sit down as well as discuss some beers. One word: AppleJack’s.
This dive bar could be as unique as it gets and in the most effective method. It’s bordered by land preserves and plant and it’s got personality, excellent beers on tap as well as the periodic dog socializing on its front deck. Take pleasure in a few drinks with your date on the back patio area (which is bordered by redwoods) or have a beer at the dollar bill-covered bar (would certainly you anticipate anything much less?). It’s open up until 2 a.m. Thursday with Sunday so take your time. Some guidance: while there is a food menu, it’s short as well as mostly bar food– however we’re definitely fine keeping that, if you are.
AppleJack’s// 8790 Hwy 84, La Honda, CA.
Sun., Wed., 12– 10 p.m.; Thurs.– Saturday, 12 p.m.– 2 a.m., (650) 747– 0331.

Find out salsa, beverage coffee at Yard Brew in Palo Alto.
Have a coffee date with a spin (or, far better put, a dip) and maybe without the caffeine (or go all out, we’re not evaluating) at Yard Brew’s Salsa Nights. Once a month with the summertime– beginning April 27th and ending August 24th– the funky exterior coffee shop off Palo Alto’s Cal Ave will organize complimentary salsa lessons at 6:30 p.m. adhered to by an open dance beginning at 7:30 p.m.
” I allow individuals that are inspired to do whatever they feel like– I provide people an outlet to do what they wish to do,” claims owner Ryan Khalil. The course will certainly be led by salsa professional Taylor Kinney. Yard Make will be extending its typical service hours and offering its regular menu through the evening. “We will certainly be offering coffee yet we will not be behind the counter the whole time,” Khalil includes. “We’ll have some fun.” No matter if you can handle coffee late evening or not, we can all agree on something: it’s an excellent window for some salsa under the stars with a dancing companion.
Backyard Brew Salsa Nights// Call for information.
444 The Golden State Ave., Palo Alto (650) 704– 7785.