First dates can be so, so stressful. Between online dating and old fashioned blind set-ups, there’s just no easy way to find the right one. If you’re reading this, you’ve at least found someone you want to take on a date. Woohoo! Now to the fun part. You have a million options at the beach for a romantic, low-pressure evening. We’re here with some unique ideas to make the most of your upcoming date:

1. Start the Night in the Right Mindset

It might sound silly, but what you wear and how you feel can completely change how the rest of the evening plays out. Pick an awesome outfit you completely love, have a cocktail to settle your nerves and grab a hot shower to start your routine.

Your date can tell when you feel amazing. A simple way to ease the first date jitters is to show up as your best self. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, but it’s always worth the effort. Try your best to go through your pre-date routine calmly and with time to spare.

2. Keep it Classic with an Intimate Restaurant

There are plenty of great restaurants around Jacksonville, but Marker 32 is a local favorite for special occasions. Impress your date with great views of the Intracoastal, our curated wine list and fantastic entrees.

We have some date night favorites on the menu that you just can’t miss. Here are some wonderful choices to get your night off on the right foot:

  • M32 Broiled Oysters with Bacon, Pecorino, Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Burrata of the Moment with Chef’s Garnishes and Toasted Housemade Bread
  • Seared Tuna with Sesame Scallion Rice, Bok Choy, Collard Greens Kimchi and White Miso Butter Sauce

3. Skip a Movie and Head to the Pool Hall

Juxtapose your romantic dinner with cheap beer and some good ‘ole competition at one of Jacksonville’s fun pool halls. Nothing lightens the mood and takes people out of their comfort zone than a fun game of ping pong or pool.

Loud music and lots of laughs is the perfect way to get to know your date for the night. Have a little too much fun? We don’t blame you. Stay smart and call an Uber for the ride home.

Impress Your Date with Great Views and Even Better Food

That’s a bold statement, we know. Mother Nature really knew what she was doing with the Intracoastal, but our chef also makes simple things beautiful. We use fresh ingredients, local seafood and hand-selected wines to create the perfect evening for you and your date.
Make your reservation here. We can’t wait to see you!