So you’ve made a match on Tinder and you want to noms their face (or other parts), but the rules of society—applicable to decent people—say you should fill their belly first. Well, instead of straining your brain, consider our top picks for date night, or date lunch. River views, candlelight, rustic decor, worldly cuisine—from casual to fancy-pantsy, these places are sure to hit all the right spots. In your mouths.
Evergreen Indian Restaurant, 136 SW 3rd St.
Treat your date to some candlelit Indian cuisine at Evergreen. Order the slow-cooked chicken, marinated in yogurt, herbs, and spices, or if you’re feeling noncommittal, the tandoori mixed grill with chicken, lamb, and shrimp. A la carte meals include rice or naan, and the Thali Dinner comes with rice, naan, curry, dal, soup, raita, and dessert. (Just ask the friendly wait staff to explain any unfamiliar words.) A la carte items begin at $9.95 and Thali Dinners at $12.95.
Gathering Together Farm, 25159 Grange Hall Rd., Philomath
Plants aplenty, rustic charm, gnarled wood decor: Gathering Together Farm is the perfect place for a lunch date. Nestled along Marys River beside some 50 acres of farmland, the eatery offers a rotating menu of Italian-influenced, farm-to-table, organic cuisine, with starters as low as $4 and personal artisan pizzas in the $10 range. Call 541-929-4270 now for reservations… before they close for winter on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Koriander, 215 SW 3rd St.
Keep it casual at Koriander, where Korean, Japanese, Thai, and Italian fuse to create a worldly menu and gelato bar. Koriander has everything from sushi and wings to $11 bibimbap bowls served hot and full of meat, veggies, egg, and rice. Meals are accompanied by small dishes, like kimchi and pickled eggs, and customers can choose from a selection of beers and wines.
del Ama, 136 SW Washington Ave.
Class up your act at del Ama and treat your date to a hand-crafted cocktail. For some spice, try the Pina de Fuego cocktail made with reposado tequila, jalapeno, and house-smoked pineapple juice, or for a taste of nature, try the Green Acres, with Tanqueray gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, cucumber, mint, and lime, each for $9. Appetizers are in the double-digit range and entrées reach up to $38—all are worth the price.
Riverview Mongolian Grill, 230 NW 1st St.
Those who feel no shame in packing it in on date day can get stuffed at Riverview Mongolian Grill, where all-you-can-eat lunch is $14 per person, and dinner is $16. Pick from a plethora of veggies, proteins, grains, and sauces. Get a taste of Deschutes with the Black Butte Porter sauce. Desserts start at $3.95 and there’s a selection of wine, beer, and other beverages for the choosing.
Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, 250 SW 3rd St.
Who doesn’t want grilled food flung in their face on a date? Tokyo Steakhouse doubles as a hibachi and sushi restaurant, with typical rolls in the single-digit price range, and chef rolls in the low to mid double digits. For a small fill try the Dragon Roll, made with raw eel and avocado. To those who freak out over raw things, get the Rock ‘n’ Roll, stacked with the freshest of fishes, cooked.