Macaroni KID Cedar Falls - Waterloo: Date Night and Gift Guide

Great local restaurants, gift ideas, fun things to do, and how to spend the perfect night at home!

By Celia Even, Publisher Mom for Macaroni Kid Cedar Falls-Waterloo February 7, 2024
Valentine's day is fast approaching, but don't panic! We have some awesome ideas for date nights and gifts for your significant other (or partner, or any favorite person) that you can pick up throughout the year. And definitely before Wednesday(!).

***Remember to tell them Macaroni Kid sent you !***

Sometimes, we get super busy as parents and need to try to remember to spend some time with our significant other as well. So even if you can't get out of the house, pick up a gift card to use later or check out our ideas for a date night in   

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Ari'z Martini Lounge

504 Sycamore Street, Waterloo
Ari'z is the perfect place for a Valentine date night, or any date night! You're able to relax with your loved one in a chic and comfortable environment, without the crazy loud music and other distractions. We have a variety of yummy craft cocktails to choose from! The perfect feature for your Valentine Date night is our Red Velvet Martini. Check out our Facebook page for our updated February featured Valentine's Day menu and additional specials. Plus we have some BIG NEWS coming soon!

Blue Barn BBQ

623 East 18th Street, Cedar Falls
Avoid the hustle and bustle of dining out this Valentine's Day, and Dine-In with Blue Barn BBQ.  Reserve something special from the #bbqchef, along with all of your regular wood-fired favorites, at before it's too late!!  We'd LOVE to MEAT you soon!!

Chad's Pizza - Where 9 inches is small!

909 W. 23rd Street, Cedar Falls

Chad's Pizza Valentines Day Special is our 10th annual Get your lady what she really wants for Valentine’s Day: A Large Sausage! Enjoy a Large Sausage Pizza for only $9.99 ($10.69 with tax) on Wednesday, February 14. Wash it all down with our drink special -
$2.50 single wells and $3.50 double wells! 10:00 am - 12:00 am. (midnight)
Don't forget to ask about our loyalty program!


222 Main Street, Cedar Falls
Montage is a good date night location as we strive to always deliver the absolute best food and service. Our exquisite seasonal menu items and specials are sure to impress your date!
Valentine’s day specials:
Appetizer: Butternut squash croquettes with brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
Entrée: Harissa braised lamb shank with curry sweet potato and chili crisp corn flakes
Dessert: Red velvet cake with whipped mascarpone and berries

Tony's La Pizzeria

407 Main Street, Cedar Falls
Tony's supplies wonderful ambiance for a date night. Settle into one of our cozy private booths and slink away from the world for a minute and enjoy some of the freshest and finest pizza Iowa has to offer. Every Wednesday we offer a date night special: 2 side salads, a 12" specialty or up to 3 topping pizza, and a shared dessert for $29.58. This coincides with our 1/2 price wine by the bottle. For February we are offering a Lover's Special all month! Breadsticks, 12" up to 3 topping pizza, and a shared dessert for $29.58. Want the pizza heart shaped? You got it! Try our limited time only cocktail Love Potion or  for just $5!


Kravve Gourmet Popcorn and More

1457 Ansborough Ave, Waterloo
Check out Kravve to pick up some awesome, homemade gourmet popcorn for your favorite sweetheart! Stay tuned to the Facebook page for seasonal flavors and specials. 
**Mention that you saw Kravve on the Macaroni KID page and get $2 OFF a large or XL popcorn!**


Cadillac XBC

650 La Porte Road, Waterloo
Plan a fun date night at Cadillac XBC with their special St. Valentine Cosmic Party at 6pm ON Valentine's Day (Wednesday, 2/14). You could even take the kids or plan a double date! Get 90 minutes of bowling and Shoe Rental for up to 5 people, PLUS a Large single topping pizza, and a pitcher of soda for one low price!

Waterloo Community Playhouse

225 Commercial Street, Waterloo
Waterloo Community Playhouse offers high quality theatre productions for adults, children and families!


Here at Macaroni Kid, we also encourage you to shop and eat locally as much as you can. 

Check out these Main Street and Downtown websites for gifts and other date night ideas:

Cedar Falls Downtown

Independence Downtown

Waterloo Downtown


And sometimes you just don't want to go anywhere, or leave the kids, or see people, and there is nothing wrong with that... 

Check out these ideas for having  a romantic night in:

PLUS, Valentine's Day Recipes: