The Best Date Night Spots in the Exchange

Celebrate the season of love in the Exchange District.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means spending time with loved ones. While the time-honoured tradition of ‘date night’ happens all year, there’s something extra magic about a day dedicated to celebrating love.

Nestled in the Exchange District are a number of unique and intimate local restaurants, bars, and breweries, each with its own distinctive charm.  We’ve curated this list of top date night spots for whatever you’re in the mood for.

Check out spots tailored for cocktail connoisseurs, treat your tastebuds to some fine local fare, make your evening an experience, get cozy in an intimate corner, or try comfort food with a twist. Your loved ones will thank you!

Cocktail Connoisseurs

Amsterdam Tea Room and Bar

At Amsterdam Tea Room and Bar, you’ll find tea-inspired cocktails with a twist served in a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. They design their menu around tea rather than just cocktail types, applying a cook’s approach to flavour and drinks. Try one of their tea cocktail flights alongside some small plates for snacking.

103-211 Bannatyne Ave

Patent 5

Patent 5 is an award-winning distillery that serves cocktails made from the spirits they produce on-site. Head to their cozy and intimate cocktail room for a high-concept cocktail crafted with culinary techniques and unusual ingredients. They also serve some fine-looking cheeseboards and other snacks if you feel peckish.

108 Alexander Ave

Treat your Tastebuds

Deer + Almond

Deer + Almond is helmed by co-chefs Mandel Hitzer and Kris Kurus and serves a four-course prix fixe menu inspired by regional Canadian fare.  Their warm, relaxed dining room makes way for their focus on fine, quality food.  Number 59 on Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants in 2023, this is one date night spot you don’t want to miss. Reservations are recommended!

85 Princess St

Peasant Cookery

Head to Peasant Cookery for hearty, upscale comfort food. They abide by a from-scratch philosophy, curing meat, pickling vegetables, and baking bread in-house. Choose from various dishes made with fresh, local ingredients and a gorgeous selection of wine, local beers, and cocktails. Plus, they’ve just started opening for brunch!

283 Bannatyne Ave

An Experiential Evening


Carnaval is an authentic “Churrascaria” steakhouse that fuses local ingredients and traditional Brazilian BBQ to create a unique culinary experience. Gauchos (Carvers) are ready to offer you cuts of seasoned beef, pork, chicken, and Brazilian sausage, all accompanied by traditional side items and house-baked Brazilian cheese bread. Brazilian and international wines, desserts, and aperitifs complete the menu.
100-270 Waterfront Dr

Little Brown Jug

Little Brown Jug is an open-concept brewery that makes beer with intention and precision. Situated in a heritage building, they utilize their spacious home to host various unique events and experiences. 

336 William Ave

Intimate and Cozy

Cordova Tapas and Wine

Visit Cordova Tapas and Wine to experience the Spanish art of dining. Enjoy tapas and other small plates alongside beer, wine, and cocktails in a dimly lit room with a cool ambiance. Cordova is a great place to start or end your night, and they often feature live music or DJs on the weekends.

93 Albert St

Nonsuch Brewing Co.

Nonsuch Brewing Co. serves up house-made beer, excellent culinary creations, and rotating menus from guest chefs. The interior is stylish and elegant, with many couches perfect for cozying up with a loved one. Not only is the food and beverage outstanding, but the design by Fireside makes this spot stand out as Instagram-worthy.

125 Pacific Ave

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Comfort Food with a Twist

Corrientes Argentine Pizza

Corrientes serves up Argentine pizza, empanadas, sandwiches, and salads in a brick-walled heritage building. Named after Corrientes Avenue, the cultural core of life and entertainment in Buenos Aires, this restaurant aims to be a meeting place for people seeking excellent food. Stop by for Latin American eats in a relaxing atmosphere.

137 Bannatyne Ave

Kevin’s Bistro

Kevin’s is a cozy bistro offering ‘divine comfort food.’ Treat yourself and your date to decadent mac and cheese, pasta, flatbreads, sandwiches, or shared plates made with fresh, local ingredients. It’s a neighbourhood favourite you don’t want to miss!

@kevinsbistro ​​
141 Bannatyne Ave

You can check out the complete list of restaurants in the Exchange for even more inspiration.