We hear it all the time. "It doesn't have to be February to go on a date." And we totally agree. But we also know that the number of dates just happen to go up in February. (We won't call it "heart day" if you don't. Promise? Good.) You might not need Valentines Day, but it can be a tricky date to skip.  So we thought we'd take a minute to introduce you to some of the newest Harrisburg hotspots for your Valentine's dining enjoyment.

We don't have anything against chain restaurants. But let's agree that they can sometimes lack the kind of setting and character that can really add to a memory with the one you love. That's where Downtown and Midtown come in. Restaurant owners continue to find vacant or ready-for-reno spaces in Harrisburg's neighborhoods and they're transforming them into culinary destinations.

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Note Wine Bar in Harrisburg

note. bistro and wine bar

Welcome to a cozy corner spot where the food and wine pair perfectly for date night. (Or any night. We think you'll be back to note. sooner than later!) The meals coming out of this converted Victorian home are prepared from scratch for a seasonally-changing menu. 

Music at the Millworks

The Millworks

Explore the art gallery before you browse the farm-to-table-inspired menu, and then jam to the best local bands. The seasonally-changing menu at The Millworks features the best and most fresh local ingredients, and the old-mill-turned-restaurant and art gallery space create a rustic, romantic setting. Harrisburg-area nightlife insider Sara Bozich named The Millworks as one of her Top 5 Live Music Venues in Hershey and Harrisburg for a piece in the Visit Hershey Harrisburg Travel Guide.  

Drinks at Rubicon


Rubicon is the youngest of 3 children if you will. Owners Staci Bashore and Qui Qui Mussara opened Spanish-inspired Suba tapas and Italian-inspired Mangia Qui before adding French cuisines next door with Rubicon. All three have views of the beautiful Capitol Dome. (Politics by day, but a pretty sweet backdrop for a good night kiss when the stars are out!) 

Midtown Cinema

The Midtown Cinema experience starts in the lobby where it’s so much more than popcorn and sodas. It’s local, hand-crafted ice cream with off-the-wall but oh-so-delicious flavors from Urban Churn and it’s a throw-back and atmosphere with small crowds instead of throngs of face-paced movie-goers. See the best independent films and add a little culture to your date night!