leanor’s Guide to the Perfect Valentine’s Date in Roosevelt, Seattle

Ah, Valentine’s Day. It’s a time of candy, teddy bears and poetic greeting cards. Undoubtedly, you have picked out the perfect gift for your special someone. But, have you thought about what you’re actually going to do on this most romantic of holidays? It’s true – it’s not always easy to put together a mind-blowing date that you’re partner will remember for years to come. Don’t worry, though. Eleanor Apartments has some foolproof ideas for putting together an amazing Valentine’s Day in Seattle.

1. Start With a Romantic Stroll

Believe us – it’s simple but effective. A popular date spot near Eleanor is Green Lake Park. You can engage in some good conversation while making your way around the lake’s serene and wildlife-rich loop. If you want to kick the romance up a notch, and you don’t mind some chilly weather, try renting out a pedal boat or sailboat from the Greenlake Boathouse. Or, if the stroll is enough, you can make your way to one of the many restaurants and bars that surround the area.

Another option is Ravenna Park, which is about a mile from Eleanor Apartments. Despite it being situated in an urban area, the park feels surprisingly private and woodsy. There are many trails available, so you’ll have a variety of options for hiking and biking. If you plan to start your date a little earlier, pack a lunch and stake a spot in one of the two picnic areas. Your one and only will be impressed with how much thought you put into your Valentine’s Day in Seattle.

2. Grab a Drink at Happy Hour or One of Our Favorite Bars

No matter what sort of drink floats your boat – wine, beer or cocktails – you’ll easily find a Seattle bar serving up something that you love near Eleanor!

Teacher’s Lounge

You won’t regret making a stop at this teacher-themed bar in the Greenwood neighborhood. Teacher’s Lounge pops up on the Eleanor Apartments radar since it has shown up on lists such as “The 25 Best Cocktails in Seattle” and “Seattle’s 7 Best Themed Bars”. The happy hour is every Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6:37 p.m. – yes, that is a punctual 6:37 p.m. so don’t be tardy.

Die Bierstube

Die Bierstube is an eclectic drinking establishment set against German décor. Here, you can try out over 10 German beers along with other rotating taps. Whatever beverage you choose, it’s sure to go well with the traditional German fare.

Monkey Pub

For a classic, dive bar feel, make your way to the world famous Monkey Pub. Some cheap drinks, jukebox tunes and a game of pool will always make for a fun Valentine’s Day in Seattle. That is unless you and your sweetheart are two very competitive people. In that case, our Eleanor Apartments matchmakers suggest sticking to just drinks and music.


If you want variety, you’ll certainly get it at Toronado. With access to more than 40 craft beers on tap and an extensive list of wine, scotch, bourbon and tequilas, you’ll probably need to order some bites from their farm-to-table food menu. Don’t eat and drink too much, however. You still have a dinner to get to.

3. Grab a Bite to Eat at One of the Many Great Restaurants

Now comes a very important part of the evening: the food. The say the best way to a lover’s heart is through their stomachs.

Salvatore Ristorante Italiano

You can’t go wrong with authentic Italian food, and this is an Eleanor Apartments favorite. Chef Salvatore Anania works hard to create dishes indicative of the food he enjoyed while growing up in southern Italy. This spot has become a favorite of locals and visitors alike.


If great service and atmosphere are what you want for your Valentine’s Day in Seattle, then you need to get a table at Pair. Pair is located in the Ravenna neighborhood and offers up a French bistro feel, which is perfect for a romantic Valentine’s evening. The smaller dishes allow for sharing and variety.

Zouave Restaurant

Zouave serves up Italian and French dishes. Chef Abe Berber takes great pride in his culinary creations. In fact, he believes in his food so much, he’ll make the effort to personally deliver your dinner to the table.


This is a well-known spot to Eleanor Apartments since it’s located in the heart of the Ravenna neighborhood. Salare draws its culinary inspiration from a diverse set of regions located all over the world. Experience American dishes as well as entrées influenced by the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.

4. Catch a Movie

We couldn’t forget one of the great traditions of Valentine’s Day: seeing a movie!  Whether you’re looking for an intimate theater or one with plenty of stadium seating, Seattle has you covered. Make sure to pick out a romantic flick playing at one of these locations, all of which are nice and close to Eleanor:

  1. Sundance Cinemas
  2. 7 Gables Theater
  3. Varsity Theater
  4. Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX

You see? Planning the perfect Valentine’s Day in Seattle is not so hard when you have Eleanor Apartments on your side.

We at Eleanor understand what Seattleites need to lead a fulfilling urban lifestyle. Our location, residences and amenities all embody our philosophy of Thoughtful Living. We want our residents to feel connected to their home as well as their community.  

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