Love is in the air! It’s the time of year for candy hearts, long-stem roses and romantic date nights. Whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day together or your fifteenth, finding the perfect spot to gaze into each other’s eyes over a meal can be daunting. If you’re struggling with where to take your date to dinner this Valentine’s Day, check out our list of the ten of the most romantic restaurants in Charlotte.
Where’s the perfect way to start (or end) the night? Merchant and Trade, of course! This restaurant and bar is located on the 19th floor of the Kimpton Hotel and is the newest spot for a skyline photo op with the Charlotte skyline. You and your plus one can enjoy some cocktails and small bites at either their indoor bar, outdoor terrace, private terrace, or lawn.
Charlotte’s premier fine-dining restaurant, Fig Tree, is located in a historic craftsman-style bungalow in the Elizabeth neighborhood. The elegant atmosphere of the restaurant is sure to leave your date in awe. Devour one of the many delicious dinner items while savoring a glass of wine from their award-winning wine list. Your date will swoon over both you and your restaurant choice.
The Cellar at Duckworth’s is the perfect spot for a candlelit dinner this Valentine’s day. Hidden away in the bottom floor of Duckworth’s in Uptown Charlotte, your date will love sipping on a handcrafted signature cocktails and soaking up the speakeasy vibes at this gastropub. Grab a few small plates to share or dine on one of their main dishes.
This cute and cozy tavern nestled in Uptown Charlotte is the perfect hidden gem to enjoy moderately priced American fare. Located in historic Fourth Ward, this restaurant is perfect for grabbing a booth and a bite to eat in a more relaxed atmosphere. Dining at Al Mike’s is first come, first serve, so be ready to relax at the bar for a bit or make it an early bird dinner to beat the rush.
If you’re looking for views to impress your date, look no further than Fahrenheit. Enjoy a selection from their extensive wine, beer, and cocktail list on the terrace before dinner. Dine on American cuisine while taking in a view of the city from the 21st floor of the Skye Condos on Caldwell St in Uptown. If you’re looking for the one of the best restaurants to snag a selfie with your boo in Charlotte, this is it.
Dot Dot Dot is a members only speakeasy-esque located in the back side of Park Road Shopping Center. For only $10, you can become a member and surprise you date with a one-of-a-kind night. Once you locate this secret oasis, you’ll experience innovative cocktails and unique dining perfect for a romantic night for two.
Experience Soul Gastrolounge this Valentine’s Day, an eclectic tapas restaurant and bar located in Plaza Midwood. With an extensive menu of small plates and cocktails, you’re sure to leave with a full belly and a heart full of love. They don’t take reservations, so make sure you get your name on the list early. Stick around after dinner for some dancing when the restaurant turns into a nightclub at 10p.
Crepe Cellar is the perfect combination of romantic and affordable. This restaurant nestled in the heart of NoDa has a great selection of dinner options. You’re guaranteed to fall in love with the cozy vibe in this European style gastropub. From salads and burgers to steak and duck, you and your date will both leave feeling satisfied.
For the dining experience to trump all dining experiences, make a reservation at McNinch House. Their three, five and seven course meals are simply to die for and are worth every penny. Splurge on the option to couple your meal with wine pairings and you’ll be educated on what you’re drinking by their very own wine steward. The food at this five-star restaurant will leave you in tears, because it’s just that good.
For a classic American menu and a classy date, spend your Valentine’s Day at Carpe Diem. This fine-dining establishment was opened by the same people who brought you Earl’s Grocery, so you know it must be good. Enjoy their mouth-watering filet or flavorful fish as you exchange googly-eyes with your love.