Cozy, romantic restaurants in Tacoma & Pierce County

At the coziest restaurant in Pierce County, you can make new friends around a fire pit, roast marshmallows with a s’mores kit, and sip cider under a pavilion by a handcrafted water mill.

Mill Haus Cider Co., the expansive outdoor taproom and restaurant in Eatonville, won readers’ hearts in our TNT Diner poll. About 17 percent of more than 200 tallies went to this year-old destination not far from the Ashford entrance to Mount Rainier National Park.

A close runner-up, Marzano Italian Restaurant in Parkland garnered almost as many votes. In third place is Tacoma icon Over the Moon Cafe, commonly cited as the city’s most romantic restaurant.

A chunk of voters said their favorite was missing from the list. Shout-out to Cooks Tavern, which was nominated by a couple of readers. We tried to bring a wide variety of price points, cuisines and styles to the list of 40 choices.

Others that snagged several tallies: Bar Rosa, en Rama, Crudo & Cotto, Netshed No. 9 and Bourbon Street Creole Kitchen.

Read on for a look at the Top 5 and a few of TNT Diner’s favorites for all your cozy restaurant needs this winter and beyond.

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Fire pits and pavilions make the outdoor taproom at Mill Haus Cider Co. in Eatonville a great choice for a family-friendly outing. Donna Ragazzo and her son Jarin play corn hole on the lawn on July 7, 2022. Clare Grant [email protected]


303 Center St. E, Eatonville, 253-487-7065,

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