Top 5 Date Night Restaurants in Mississauga

Published October 2, 2014 at 12:17 pm


Hey guys, I have an idea. Next time you go on a date in Mississauga, change it up a little. Perhaps she is getting a little sick of the big box restaurant dates or the 50-minute ride to a Toronto restaurant and the $20 for parking charge that will inevitably accompany your road trip. 

Or maybe you just haven’t really explored everything the city has to offer!

Well, we’re here to help!

In honour of Valentine’s Day, here are 5 great date night restaurant in Mississauga:

5 – Aielli 

Want to impress your date? Head to Aielli Restaurant! This place is a little more chill. You won’t find any late-night dancing here, but you are in Port Credit, so there is still a lot to do afterwards. It is one of the finer Italian restaurants in Mississauga that caters to its customers and it is a great place to dine. Its 30-year history in Port Credit is a testament to what they do best – food and wine. It’s the perfect place for a hearty Italian meal created by Chef/Proprietor Luigi Macerola. The resto boasts old school Italian wall murals that create a charming and intimate setting for a nice romantic date.

4 – Rogues

Rogues Restaurant, located on Dundas St. W in Mississauga, has been around for over 30 years–very impressive for any resto. At Rogues, you can expect traditional fine dining with a twist. The environment is elegant and they have also taken care not to make it too pretentious or stuffy so you feel right at home. They have a large open kitchen so you can watch the Executive Chef Bevan Terry in action. The menu is inspired by the delicious cuisine of northern Italy and the Mediterranean. 

3 – Casalinga Ristorante

Located in the southwest corner of Mississauga on Royal Windsor and Southdown (yes that is still Mississauga) in a plaza is one of the best kept Italian restaurants in the city called Casalinga. This place can’t be any bigger than 40 seats and gets packed pretty fast, especially on weekends. They offer house-made gnocchi (small dumplings made from potato, semolina or flour that are usually served with sauce) and house-made gnocchi is usually hard to find, especially in Mississauga. That right there it says a lot about the restaurant. They also have thin crust pizza cooked in a stone oven. Casalinga has been around for a few years now and if they keep serving this hearty Italian food, they will be here for generations to come.

2 – 17 Steakhouse & Bar

This might be a date night for a special occasion, as 17 Steakhouse is the epitome of fine dining. There is something for everyone on the menu with varying price points, so don’t let “fine dining”  scare you away from having lunch or hosting a business meeting or get together. 17 Steakhouse is a majestic, Vegas-style game-changer in the city. Millions were spent designing the 32,000 sq. ft. space filled with over the top features such as a gorgeous oversized freshwater aquarium filled with a colourful array of African cichlid fish that’s visible from both the main bar and one of the two private dining rooms. The menu includes a number of U.S., Ontario and Alberta prime cuts of beef, including the tenderloin, strip loin, prime T-bone, porterhouse and tomahawk. You will also find Japanese A5 wagyu and a reasonably priced American flat iron wagyu. You will definitely not leave this place feeling hungry! 

1 – Michael’s Back Door

Before we start talking about the food and the restaurant, we’ve got to say that we love the name and where Michael’s is located. The setup is so unlike anything else in Mississauga, as it is located at the back of a building in Clarkson off Lakeshore Road and is almost a secret because it’s completely hidden from public view. As you park in the back alley, you will find a glass solarium protruding from the back. It’s almost like you are walking into a secret location. This isn’t a big place, so make reservations — especially on Friday and Saturday nights. This would be a perfect place for a date and they even have a piano room that can accommodate 40 people, which is great for a corporate dinner. They recently introduced a wine room for up to 16, which is great for family parties when you just don’t want to cook at home. Michael’s is expanding so much that it might have a front door one day. Also, Michael’s Back Door has been around since 1981, so you know they’re doing something right.

  1. Michael’s Back Door Restaurant
  2. 17 Steakhouse and Bar – permanently closed
  3. Casalinga Ristorante
  4. Rogues Restaurant
  5. Aielli Ristorante
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