Planning a first date can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. If you're looking for a restaurant that offers more than just a delicious meal, Utah Valley has some unique options to make your first date truly memorable.

From cozy cafes with endless board games to upscale farm-to-table experiences, we've compiled a list of five exceptional restaurants perfect for a first date in Utah Valley.

5. Kitchen 88

Kitchen 88 Burger

  • Address: 513 S 500 E Ste. B, American Fork, UT 84003
  • (801) 980-2021

Originally a popular Utah County food truck, Kitchen Eighty-Eight has now made its home in a brick-and-mortar building and is an amazing first-date restaurant. Their in-house playlist is fantastic, the music is played at just the right volume, and the ambiance is casual yet upscale. The menu is diverse, offering something for everyone—from sandwiches and fries to tacos and entrée plates.

Known for their tender steak, the steak tacos are a must-try, packed with juicy steak, delicious mango slaw, and served on a tortilla packed with crispy cheese. For those looking for a less hands-on meal, the pork tenderloin and grilled steak entrees, accompanied by chimichurri and peri-peri sauces, are as beautiful as they are delicious. And don't forget to try their sweet potato fries!

4. Taste Artisan Chocolate

Taste Fondue

  • Address: 117 N University Ave, Provo, UT 84601
  • (801) 900-4061

Indulge your senses and add a touch of sweetness to your first date at Taste Artisan Chocolate. This chocolate lover's paradise offers some of the most exquisite chocolate in the Valley.

On Thursday nights, they host a Cheese and Chocolate Fondue event, where you can dip a variety of treats in their homemade cheese and chocolate creations. It's a unique and delicious activity that will leave a lasting impression. Make sure to reserve your spot on their website and plan ahead. 

3. Back Door Burger

Back Door Burger

  • (Located behind "Heber Hatchets") Address: 275 S 1400 E, Provo, UT 84606
  • (385) 236-9567

For a truly unconventional first date experience, head to Back Door Burger, located behind "Heber Hatchets" in downtown Provo. This hidden gem combines mouthwatering specialty burgers with the opportunity to enjoy axe throwing.

Test your aim, enjoy a delectable burger, and create unforgettable memories together in this one-of-a-kind setting.

The burgers here are a favorite in Utah Valley as they are truly unlike anything you’ve tasted. I mean, c’mon!A peanut butter and raspberry jalapeno pepper jelly burger? Don’t knock it til you try it!

We tried their Grumpy Claire with sauteed apples and savory caramel sauce and it did not disappoint!

2. Communal


  • Address: 102 N University Ave, Provo, UT 84601
  • (801) 373-8000

If you're looking for an upscale dining experience with a focus on sharing, Communal is the perfect choice for your first date. This higher-end restaurant offers farm-to-table dishes crafted with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The generous serving sizes encourage sharing, fostering a sense of intimacy and connection between you and your date…if that is the kind of thing you are going for.

Experience the culinary delights of Utah Valley in a refined atmosphere. Their seasonal menu never disappoints and is always bringing the best of what Utah Valley has to offer. The couscous risotto on their summer menu was out-of-this-world and I’d go back just for that dish. 

1. Mr. Shabu 

Mr. Shabu

  • Address: 1545 State St, Orem, UT 84097
  • 801-406-6573

For a first date that combines interactive dining with delicious flavors, look no further than Mr. Shabu in Orem. This newer addition to Utah Valley's dining scene offers the Asian art of hot pot. Select your favorite ingredients from a vast salad bar and a wide variety of meats, and then boil them in your choice of flavorful broth. This interactive and engaging dining experience is sure to spark conversation and create a memorable evening.

Mr. Shabu

When it comes to planning a first date in Utah County, the restaurant you choose can set the tone for the entire evening.

Whether you're a board game enthusiast, a chocolate lover, an adventurous foodie, or simply seeking a refined dining experience, these five unique restaurants in Utah Valley offer something for everyone. 

Step outside the ordinary and embark on a first date that will leave a lasting impression. Make your first date a memorable one with these exceptional dining destinations in Utah County.

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