A date night in the Indiana Dunes area is unlike anywhere else in the state. Couples can take romantic strolls along the 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline or hike together on the 70 miles of scenic hiking trails. In the evening, the beach makes for the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the lake. The communities around the Indiana Dunes aren't lacking in romance either. The charming downtown streets, wineries, and dessert shops are sure to make for a memorable date.

No romantic night would be complete without dinner. With so many restaurants to choose from, it might be hard to pick the very best for your special evening. So we asked our locals where their favorite date night spots are in the Indiana Dunes area. The favorite Indiana Dunes area date night restaurants are (in alphabetical order):

Aftermath Cidery

Aftermath Cidery's phenomenal ciders and wines paired with their flatbread pizzas make for the perfect casual date. The cozy atmosphere and friendly staff make everyone feel at home.

Photo of a cidery shop on a city street

Craft House

Locals can't say enough good things about Craft House in Chesterton. This casual date night spot serves craft beers on tap, specialty cocktails, and desserts large enough to share with your special someone. Grab a couple of stools at the bar or spend some one-on-one time together in one of the nice, secluded booths.

Craft House Meal and Brews

Don Quijote Restaurante and Imports

Dreaming of taking your date to Spain? Immerse yourself in Spanish food and culture at Don Quijote Restaurante and Imports in Valparaiso. Often called "The best and most authentic Spanish restaurant outside of Spain," this is the place to take a date you want to impress. Owners Carlos and Elena serve authentic tapas, paella, desserts, and Spanish wines.

Lucrezia Café

Lucrezia Café has a dreamy outdoor patio with stringed lights and the area’s tallest Japanese Maple tree. Locals especially love the atmosphere on the patio describing it as “cool, calming, and beautiful.” Lucrezia's cozy interior, attentive staff, and gourmet dishes will make a dinner date feel extra special.

Lucrezia Cafe


Radius is a Valparaiso hotspot with its innovative cocktails and live weekend entertainment. The menu is filled with "comfortably cool" dishes with a Greek-American flair. Chef Chris aims to make sure every customer receives only the very best service.

Radius Hamburger with Onion Rings

Running Vines Winery

Does drinking locally made wine sound like the perfect date? Chesterton's Running Vines Winery serves wines made right here in Porter County. Their flatbreads and cold plates are perfect for sharing. Running Vines Wine Bottles

Stacks Bar and Grill

Stacks Bar and Grill's casual library-themed atmosphere is the perfect date spot for the book lover in your life. Eat amongst the book stacks or enjoy the views of downtown Valparaiso from the rooftop dining area. Locals love the vibrant and creative menu options as well.

Wagner's Ribs

Nothing says romance like a rack of tasty ribs. Wagner's award-winning fall-off-the-bone ribs and tasty sides will fill you up and leave you satisfied. This casual date spot is 21 and older.Wagners Ribs