Looking for a night out on the town, or that next great brunch destination? Whether you’re trying to impress a first date or you’re just looking for something new, here are a few suggestions for romantic evenings and casual play dates that are fun and affordable.
Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
250 SW 3rd St.
Ready for a surprise? Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar has arguably the best happy-hour deal in town. Seriously. Every evening at 8 p.m. they offer great sushi rolls, sashimi, and nigiri for incredible prices. They also provide hibachi-style cuisine that adds to the ambiance and feel of authentic Japanese food. The service is great, and so is the hot sake, especially when it’s only $4.
Sada Sushi & Izakaya
151 NW Monroe Ave
Beautiful, quiet, and delicious, Sada Sushi is located in the same building as Taco Vino and D’Maggios, but downstairs. All the usual sushi rolls are present, and so too are plenty of flavor-and-fish-packed special rolls. The joint can accommodate intimate pairings to large groups, and offers aquarium fishies for the eyes’ feasting.
FireWorks Pub & Pizza
1115 SE 3rd St.
A quirky South Corvallis lounge, FireWorks offers both a wide range of uniquely-flavored pizzas cooked in wood-fired earth ovens, and a full bar of cocktails. Customers can dine indoors or outside in the restaurant’s covered and heated patio. The menu includes dozens of entrée options other than pizza, so check out a place that feels a little more exclusive, and impress your date by introducing them to something new.
151 NW Monroe Ave.
Great for a quiet drink with a date or friends, the Kingfish is an elegant waterfront bar that sits apart from the usual rowdy college crowd. Customers enjoy excellent service while trying some of the best cocktails in town. The lounge provides limited appetizers – mostly cured meats – but allows customers to order food from nearby restaurants like DeMaggio’s Pizza next door.
Tyee Wine Cellars
26335 Greenberry Rd.
For 30 years, the Tyee Winery, located at the Buchanan Family Century Farm, has created delicious, environmentally conscious wines for the community while embracing local values of sustainability. The winery caters to all ages, and both wine tastings and bottles are famous for their affordable prices. Visit Tyee’s website for information about scheduled wine tastings, picnics, and company-sponsored outdoor games and hikes.
The Vinwood Taphouse
1736 Main St., Philomath
The Vinwood Taphouse is perfect for a fancy but affordable date night, or a classy group gathering. It’s not open late, but has a young and hip sports-bar feel with a great selection of local beers available on tap. Choice menu items include classic appetizers like fries and chicken wings. Service is fast, and an early-bird breakfast or brunch is available on weekends.
MIX Asian Bistro
106 NW 2nd St.
What could be more entertaining than having delicious northern-style Chinese cuisine and tasty beers delivered to your private, soundproof karaoke room? What about your very own leather couches and big screen TV? If terrible singing isn’t your thing, then sit in a quiet downstairs dining area and enjoy your enormous helpings in peace.
Sky High Brewing & Pub
160 NW Jackson Ave.
With rooftop seating and their own brews on tap, this the perfect place for a casual date. They serve traditional pub fair with a bit of a twist, like the Bahn Mi Turkey Burger or the Pulled Pork Belly Reuben. If you’re looking for comfort food, try their Hi-Jack Mack. Made with Base Jump Amber Ale 3-cheese sauce, it’s not your mom’s mac and cheese.
100 SW 2nd St.
Squirrels is a staple in downtown Corvallis, and perfect for a casual date night. Couples can stay downstairs and play backgammon or cribbage, or they can head upstairs to play a variety of table games like pool, pinball, and foosball. They also have affordable food and drinks, especially during their happy hour. Enjoy $2 PBRs and $3 microbrews from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Upper Deck Sports Pub
175 SW Twin Oaks Circle
Lucky for us, Upper Deck Sports Pub just updated its menu this spring. Now when you want to catch some amateur indoor soccer or a Timbers game on one of their many screens, you can also chow down on a spicy-bean or beef burger, sandwich, or tasty appetizers. All their food is under $10, so you can also enjoy one of their 32 brews on tap for pretty cheap.
Bombs Away Cafe
2527 NW Monroe Ave
When Bombs is open, there’s a good chance there’s a show happening that night. This includes open mics, jam sessions, local acts, and touring bands. Bonus: the food is good, too! Bombs also works to use local and organic ingredients. For the spicier palette, check out the Atomic Nachos and El Diablo Burger. Burgers, enchiladas, taquitos, and other entrees range from $10 to $15.
2 Towns Ciderhouse
33930 SE Eastgate Cir
From relaxing on the patio to playing cornhole in the back room, cider enthusiasts can find their fun at 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Home of some “damn fine cider,” the ciderhouse offers an experience that you can’t buy in a six-pack. The selection of ciders is wider, which is a perfect excuse to buy a flight, and there are plenty of games and activities, like cornhole, darts, and free yoga, to keep patrons occupied while sipping their cider.
Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant
208 SW 2nd St., Albany
With a solid breakfast, lunch, and dinner lineup, Novak’s is a good choice any time of day. If Hungarian spaetzle and
641 NW Hickory St. #160, Albany
Serving up lunch and dinner, Frankie’s has indoor and outdoor seating as well as a small bar section. With a decent amount of options, zeroing in on the perfect meal isn’t always easy. Choose from soups, salads, burgers, roasted Portobello, or jambalaya just to name a few. If you do make a stop at the bar, a list of cocktails and eight rotating draft beers – often local and regional microbrews – await.