Dating on a Budget

Strapped for cash? Impress for less at these fun, flirty Silicon Valley spots.

Updated: August 30, 2004


Palo Alto Bowl

4329 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Keep things casual and plan a fun double date with bowling, karaoke and cocktails.

Municipal Rose Garden

Naglee Ave and Dana Ave, San Jose, CA 95112

Fragrant roses, a two-tiered fountain and shaded tables set the perfect scene for a romantic picnic.

San Jose Museum Of Art

110 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113

Catch a tour or lecture, grab a bite to eat at the cafe, then browse the museum--for free.

Restaurants & Bars


430 Kipling St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Snuggle up by the wood-burning fireplace on the patio with cocktails and bar bites under $10 from 5pm.

Lavanda Restaurant & Wine Bar

185 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Sip wine by the glass and nibble on a selection of small plates with your sweetie.


238 Race St, San Jose, CA 95126

Enjoy live music, split a hearty entree and sip homemade sangria, or try a wine tasting the first Thursday of every month.