Whether this is your first date or date 100, here are some inspiring ideas for you to make it that much sweeter! Norfolk loves love so grab your special someone to have a romantic night out on Colley Avenue.

To Do


Catch a film at Colley’s iconic 1936 single screen movie theater, the Naro. Bright marquee letters light up Colley Avenue and the ever rotating movie selections are perfect for a date night with your special someone.


Just before the sun begins to set, discover Norfolk’s oldest independent coffee shop, Elliot’s Fair Grounds. You can grab a latte to go or savor the comfort of a hot cup of tea. With liquid warmth in hand, stroll the quaint neighborhoods of Ghent where houses date back to the 1800s with beautiful landscaping and architecture.

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Looking for a more hands-on activity? Check out the upcoming classes atPendulum Fine Meats for you and your loved one to partake in. One of our favorites is the Charcuterie class where you get to taste charcuterie and create your own charcuterie board. They also have a sausage making class where you can then take the sausage home and cook a romantic dinner together.



To Eat

The Green Onion

A dining favorite in Ghent, the Green Onion, is an unpretentious bistro that locally sources food for their French-inspired menu. One of their most beloved dishes is the Prince Edward Island mussels, spinach, garlic and butter broth that is perfect for dipping a toasted French baguette into. Sip on some French wine, indulge in their Steak Au Poivre (pepper encrusted rib eye, pommels frites, spinach topped with a rosemary Demi glacé) and enjoy the company of your sweetheart.

LeGrand Kitchen

This 28-seater intimate “finer-diner” restaurant is nestled at the northern end of Colley Avenue and has an ever-changing menu due to sourcing the freshest ingredients for your taste buds. We love their unique dishes like beef tongue with creamed chanterelles or their decadent sea scallops with grilled cauliflower, Asian pear, smoked peanut and nuoc Cham. A must-try is LeGrand’s burger which has made a name for itself in Norfolk and is absolutely mouthwatering.

Le Grand


Italians are romancers so what better way to treat your loved one than to an Italian dinner! This family run business has had their home in Norfolk for over 20 years and continues serving tasty plates of fresh pesto and slices of warm pizza. Get cozy inside while sipping fine wine and devouring delicious Italian cuisine!

To Drink

Elation Brewing Company

Their big leather sofas make for a cozy spot to cuddle up with a local brew, but they are also offering local Virginia wines and ciders for you to enjoy. If you are looking for entertainment, they also have live bands and acoustic players on the weekends.

Elation Brewery

Evening Night Cap at Press 626 

With the cozy house atmosphere and lit fireplace, Press 626 is arguably one of the most romantic places along Colley for a night cap. Their wine list is very extensive, but with an extremely knowledgeable team it instantly feels less intimidating. Although Press 626 is known for wine, their cocktails are equally as delicious. Whether you like a smooth whiskey or old-world red wine, Press 626 will set the mood for a loving evening.

Press 626