Eatery A (eateryadsm.com) The open kitchen turns out wood-fired pizzas and Mediterranean food like Moroccan carrots and fattoush. Inventive cocktails enhance a casually upscale experience. While you’re in the neighborhood, walk to Crème Cupcake and Dessert for after-dinner sweets.
Des Moines Arts Center (desmoinesartcenter.org) The 5,000-piece collection includes works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper and Henri Matisse. Stroll through more than 80,000 square feet of art for free.
Centro (centrodesmoines.com) Treat your date to upscale Italian fare such as seared sea scallops or pizza with aged Gorgonzola and toasted pecans.
Noce (nocedsm.com) Head to Noce, Des Moines’ jazz and cabaret club, for a Valentine's night of Sinatra, performed by crooner Max Wellman. What says romance more than the music of Ol’ Blue Eyes? Tickets to the show cost $30.
Django (djangodesmoines.com) The French know romance. They also know food. Django has all the perks of a fancy French restaurant, like a great wine list, bouillabaisse, and crepes, without stuffiness or attitude. Warm lighting and cozy booths make this a great date spot.
Des Moines Civic Center (desmoinesperformingarts.org) Celebrate with the classic The Sound of Music, playing at the civic center February 7-12 (AKA Valentine’s Day weekend). Tickets are $40 to $133.