Vienna, VA Dating Guide

Published On: May 26, 2023|Categories: Dating Tips, First Dates, Local City Dating Guides|5 min read|

It’s time to spice things up with fresh and exciting experiences in Fairfax County with our 2023 Vienna City Dating Guide! Whether you’re looking for casual outings, active adventures, unique encounters, or a touch of romance, Vienna, VA, and its surroundings have an array of options to explore together. Discover new flavors at local eateries offering farm-to-table ingredients and specialty cocktails. Engage in thrilling activities like axe-throwing or golfing, perfect for breaking the ice and unleashing your competitive spirit. For a touch of culture, immerse yourselves in art and creativity at various museums and paint bars. And when it comes to romance, let the ambiance of charming restaurants set the stage for an unforgettable evening. Embrace the spirit of exploration and create lasting memories as you try something new with your date. ❤️

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☕️ Casual Date Spots

Caboose Brewing Company

“A Dining Experience beyond Standard Bar Fare,” to quote their own marketing. The Caboose Brewing Company has two locations in Vienna and Fairfax. A great spot to grab food and drinks as they pride themselves on their menu made with farm-to-table ingredients, and their selection of craft beer and specialty coffee. A solid choice for a date that offers an enhanced bar and grill experience.

Bo & Ivy Distillers

A small batch distillery located in D.C. that houses a cocktail room featuring many different seasonal cocktails and flights. Along with a delightful selection of alcoholic beverages, Bo & Ivy offers 1-hour long distillery tours and tastings on Saturdays. Great place to learn more about spirit distillation while trying what they have to offer.

Inca Social

With locations in both Vienna and Arlington, Inca Social offers a fun and unique experience in Peruvian cuisine featuring a healthy mix of seafood, beef, chicken, and vegetarian options. Along with an eclectic menu of food, Inca Social offers a sizeable beverage menu with 50% off bottles of wine every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Pizza Orso

A nice pizzeria that boasts an authentic wood-burning oven, fresh ingredients, and traditional Neapolitan Pizza. A great place for a casual pizza date!

Coastal Flats

A nice casual seafood restaurant located in Fairfax. Offering a wide selection of seafood dishes including trout, salmon filet, and sea bass along with a nice sandwich and turf foods (chicken, steak, etc.)

🏃🏾‍♂️ Active Date Spots

Room of Rage

For those interested in something a bit cathartic. Located in Morningside, Room of Rage is an axe-throwing establishment. While we are recommending their axe throwing first and foremost, Room of Rage also offers “smash rooms” where one can go wild with their destructive side (if that interests you). Also, their axe-throwing sessions are 30 mins to 1 hour long, so a great idea for a fun and active date.


With multiple locations in the DMV area, Topgolf offers a fun, casual, and beginner-friendly experience for an active date. With its all-weather facilities, food and beverage options, and many different game modes, Topgolf is a great place to have a fun date!


Who doesn’t love bowling? Bowlero is your place to go for a casual date. Offering a wide variety of food and beverages, and weekly specials to boot! Plus, Blacklight Bowling along with a nice sports bar, lounge, arcade, and more! What’s not to love?

The Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex. With many different locations to explore, there’s a smorgasbord of different art galleries, museums, and zoos to experience. There’s sure to be something that will trigger your curiosity.

🎭 Unique Date Spots

Jammin Java

Feel like going to a concert and grabbing some food as well? Jammin Java is for those looking for a fun musical outing for all ages. Aiming to offer live music of all types, as evidenced by their past performers, there’s sure to be something that scratches your musical itch. What about the food and drink? Jammin Java’s got a wide selection of drinks and specializes in “Union Pie Pizza,” a thin-crust Jersey-style bar pizza with high-quality toppings all the way to the edge of the pizza.

Muse Paintbar

A great place to let loose and let your creative side show. With many different classes offering different subjects to paint, there’s always something to get that brushwork going. Plus, they offer a great menu with many small eats and drinks to accompany your artistic evening.

Torpedo Art Factory Museum

A modern art museum housed in a 100-year-old munitions plant that houses many different mediums of art to experience. The museum offers courses you can sign up for ranging from printmaking, stained glass, ceramics, and more!

🌹 Romantic Date Spots

Iron Gate

Near Dupont Circle, Iron Gate is one of D.C.’s oldest continuously operating restaurants, with cuisine taking inspiration from Greece, Sicily, Sardinian, and Southern Italy. They offer a nice 3-course dinner meal plan, an extensive selection of wine, and an intimate dining room along with a wisteria-covered patio. A solid choice for couples looking to treat themselves to a night of romance.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Originally a 74-acre farm owned by Dr. Gardiner Means and Dr. Caroline Ware, the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens transformed into a beautiful display of nature with numerous gardens showcasing native and ornamental plant life. Beyond just plants, Meadowlark features 3 trails, ponds, and gazebos. Plus other fun and fascinating attractions like a historic log cabin dating back to 1755, year-round special events like Music in the Gardens by the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, and much more! Perfect for those in touch with nature or looking to get some fresh air.

St. Anselm

An upscale dining establishment located in the Union Market neighborhood that specializes in naturally raised grilled meats, free of hormones, antibiotics, and steroids. Some of their signature dishes include Ax Handle Ribeye (which is meant to be shared), Lamb Leg Steak, and Dorade.

Fiola Mare

A Michelin-Starred by the D.C. waterfront offering a high-class Italian seafood flavor. You’ll need to make a reservation here, as this restaurant offers best-in-class service from internationally acclaimed chef Fabio Trabocchi. While the menu changes based on what’s in season, the quality will always be guaranteed.

El Cielo

Located in the Union Market, El Cielo is a Michelin-Starred Colombian-inspired restaurant that offers an extravagant dining experience with upwards to 20 courses you can partake in. This place is reservation only, and definitely an expensive place, but if money is no option for you El Cielo is worth experiencing.

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