There are plenty of great places to have a night out in Reno, but the Grand Sierra Resort is your best bet for one stop shopping, offering excellent dining, bowling, movies, an arcade, shopping, and outdoor activities, allowing couples to pull together a great date night. You could even plan a date weekend and have a mini vacation.
Where to stay
Room rates start at $58 per night, depending when you choose to stay, and weekend rates start $138. The more than 2,000 rooms have recently been renovated with modern and luxurious updates and touches that will make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Where to eat
There are 11 restaurants in the GSR, ranging from family friendly favorite Johnny Rockets to the more upscale Charlie Palmer Steak. Start date night right with a good meal (send the kids and the babysitter to Johnny Rockets with plenty of money for the jukebox) at either Charlie Palmer Steak or Briscola Italian Restaurant.
At Charlie Palmer, executive chef Dave Holman is working his magic in the kitchen, cooking steak, chicken, and seafood to perfection. Start with the market oysters on the half shell, served with a green apple mignonette and cocktail sauce. If seafood isn't your thing, try Bellwether Farms ricotta ravioli, served with fresh peas and baby carrots, generously topped with pamesano reggiano. If you're feeling extra romantic, split the 42 ounce Porterhouse for two. For those who might not be able to agree on an entree, why not get two dishes and split them? The fontina crusted Berkshire pork chop is served with brandied cherries, smoke chorizo, and natural pan sauce. The pan roasted Alaskan halibut, served with braised baby artichokes and basil emulsion, is also a good choice. Be sure to save room for the chocolate peanut butter bar or the vanilla bean creme brûlée. Both are bound to please even the sweetest sweet tooth.
Evoking a Roman-style social club, Briscola offers warm, comfortable ambiance. The walls are decorated with '50s and '60s Italian film posters, a neutral paint palette, and plenty of comfortable leather furniture. Headed up by Massimo Riggio, the menu offers Sicilian-style Italian dishes that will please any palette. Start your meal off with the Briscola Market Salad, which will be loved by meat and veggie lovers alike; the salad combines a trio of lettuces with artichokes, salami, fontina cheese, kidney beans, and more, all tossed with the house vinaigrette. The North Beach Cioppino is inspired by the delicious seafood stew found at restaurants along the wharf in San Francisco — the hearty soup makes for a filling entree. If seafood isn't to your taste, try the chicken marsala, served in a traditional marsala sauce on a bed of polenta. If it's something sweet you crave to finish off your meal, try the cannoli or the tiramisu.
What to do after dinner
After dinner, date night can go two ways.
If dancing's your thing, Flirt Thursdays are happening at Lex Nightclub every Thursday night at 8 p.m. Specialty cocktails are available from $5-$7 and, if you're still hungry, appetizers from Charlie Palmer Steak are available for $8. If country is more your speed, Country Night: Music and Dancing offers free music and dancing in the race and sports book every Thurs., Fri., and Sat. night at 10 p.m.
If you're looking for something a little more competitive, head over to the bowling center (you might even let the kids join you for this one), which features 50 lanes, professional instruction, and cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday nights. The bowling center is open 24 hours, so even if you take in a show and feel like the night is still young, you can squeeze in a game or two before heading to your room for bed.
If the babysitter had to head home, treat the kids to a late night out at FunQuest, a 40,000 square foot arcade with more games than you can play (even in a marathon gaming session), a play area, a climbing area, and a mechanical bull. There's also a 9,000 square foot laser tag arena, the largest in Reno.
If you're feeling relaxed and want to wind down, take in a film at the Grand Cinema. Always showing a mix of major Hollywood flicks and independent art films, there's something for everyone. So grab a love seat, some popcorn and Junior Mints, and enjoy a $4 flick.
No matter what you choose to do, you can't go wrong spending date night at the Grand Sierra Resort.
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