From first date to foodie: where to take your date for dinner

If the way to your date's heart is through their stomach, Wellington has plenty of options to keep them happy

First date - Embassy Theatre

10 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria, Wellington

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Keep it classic and classy with gourmet snacks, cocktails, and a movie for that nerve-wracking first date. There's no better spot to go than one of the coolest cinemas in town, the Embassy Theatre.

Meet your date for some snacks and drinks before your film at the in-house bar, The Black Sparrow. Forget the popcorn and get some fries or flatbreads to share and break the first date ice. If you really want to win some brownie points, order some food and drinks to get delivered straight to your seat during the film.

Third date - Crumpet

109 Manners Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Three dates in and running out of ideas? Take your date to Wellington's best kept secret, Crumpet.

Nestled beside The Opera House on Manners Street, this cosy café and bar serves gourmet crumpets (yes, the breakfast food) and cocktails from their rolodex of classics, or the creative bartender's imagination. The intimate space is quiet enough to have some deep and meaningful conversation while the bustle of the central city carries on outside the window. The background jazz music and quirky touches will make for a memorable evening.

Romantic date - Cicio Cacio

167 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington

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Handmade pasta, candlelight, an open fire, and a menu entirely in Italian is the perfect recipe for romance. Cicio Cacio is serving all of the above daily at their cosy osteria.

Hidden down an unassuming alleyway in Newtown, the intimacy of this authentic Italian restaurant is sure to set the mood. The helpful staff will guide you through the menu of pasta, gnocchi and regional Italian cuisine, and the dozens of Italian wines on offer. The homely space makes you feel instantly relaxed, and tucked into a cosy corner you'll be free to gaze into your dates eyes all night long.

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