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The Best Restaurants In Tualatin For A First Date

First dates can make or break potential relationships. They can carry a lot of nerves for both people involved and make the night more awkward than potentially romantic.

But when you find the right spot for the big night it can wash away everyone's worries. The great news for you is that Tualatin has a colorful food scene that features all kinds of cuisine and experiences.

When meeting people for the first time, the atmosphere can either ease tensions or heighten them. From fun to formal, we have the choices below for everyone trying to come up with dinner ideas for their first date.

Tualatin Station Bar & Grill

For many, a stuffy and uptight formal dining space may stress you out more than you already are. Luckily, Tualatin Station is the perfect place for a fun and relaxed first date.

This local bar and grill has an inviting atmosphere that can be great for those wanting to lessen the pressures of a first date. Getting drinks, sharing wings, and watching a game may be the perfect scenario for those down-to-Earth fun-loving folks.

Wrap and fries from Tualatin Station Bar and Grill

Getting the conversations to flow will be no issue in this lowkey sports bar. Even for those that don’t care for sports, the environment is all about good times without the overbearing noise of the chain restaurants.

Their famous chipotle blackberry chicken wings are the way to go if you and your date feel like trying something unique. Also the spicy thai sliders are to die for. They have meals and shareables that present all kinds of flavor profiles.

With delicious food and tasty drinks, this will be the perfect first date place you’ll always come back to as a couple.

18770 SW Boones Ferry Road, Tualatin, OR 97062

Monday-Sunday 11am-11pm

Ancestry Brewing

In this day-and-age we tend to know a bit about our date before we even meet them. Because of social media and dating apps we can learn some useful information for planning a first date. Here in the Pacific Northwest, beer is one of our pastimes.

At Ancestry Brewing, beer choices and beer quality is top-priority. With a menu full of options from IPAs, Ales, and Lagers, they have the perfect brew to pair with their incredible menu.

Hand-crafted beer and a burger at local restaurant

Speaking of their menu, the food is able to stand toe-to-toe with the handcrafted beers. Their offerings on the food menu are no slouch. The burgers and sandwiches are some of the best in the city.

If you know both you and your date-to-be are beer lovers, make your way to Ancestry for a tasting experience. It will be the perfect first date for any beer lovers out there.

20585 SW 115th Ave, Tualatin, OR 97062

Mon: Closed

Sun, Tues, Wed: 11:30am-8pm

Thurs-Sun: 11:30am-9pm

Hayden’s Lakefront Grill

For those of you wanting to dress to impress and have a serious date that many shy away from, there are options for you!

Hayden’s Lakefront Grill is a staple in the Tualatin food scene. It’s elegant without being intimidating. It’s fine dining for all.

The menu is packed with classics as well as unique dishes that will satisfy any type of eater. They also have the hand-crafted cocktails to pair with any entree. The honey-garlic glazed salmon goes great with the Bramble On, which is a delightfully light gin cocktail.

Fancy tuna dish at Tualatin restaurant

The atmosphere will set the scene for a romantic night. From the view of the water to the stellar wine list, everything comes together to offer the iconic date night experience.

After the entrees are out of the way, the deserts are perfect sharable end-of-evening treats. From crème brûlée to the chocolate lovin’ spoon cake, you two will be fighting over the last bite.

8187 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062

Mon-Sun: 3-9pm

Izumi Japanese Steakhouse

For those who don’t know, hibachi style cooking is delicious and impressively entertaining. The word hibachi actually refers to the flat-top grill that the cooking is performed on. But now the cooking is a performance that can entertain customers as they wait for their meal.

The chefs have personalities that shine through as they cook your meals live and in-person! The excitement from the cooking will leave you with quite the appetite.

Hibachi-style Japanese food in Tualatin, Oregon

They have entree options for everyone. Chicken, Steak, Scallops, Lobster and more, you are sure to crave more than one main protein, and fortunately for you, they offer combination plates. They can be prepared with teriyaki sauce, or their signature Izumi sauce.

Everyone that has been to a hibachi restaurant knows that it’s a fun time. If the first date jitters tend to get to you, this is a great environment to soothe any anxieties.

8125 SW Nyberg St, Tualatin, OR 97062

Lunch: Every Day 11am-2pm

Dinner: Sun-Thur 4:30pm-9pm Fri-Sat 4:30pm-9:30pm

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