Charlotte is certainly not lacking in exquisite restaurants. From staples that have been here for decades to the new and exciting, Charlotteans are spoiled with choices no matter the occasion. Among the new and old, Charlotte is home to several establishments that should be at the top of your list for your next date night. As hopeless romantics (and amateur foodies), we put together a list of some of the most romantic restaurants the Queen City has to offer.
300 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 332-6507
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
300 East has called the Dilworth neighborhood home for more than 25 years — and “home” is exactly how you feel when you’re there. Set in a historic home that has been transformed into a culinary institution, it is dimly lit, cozy and filled with fireplaces. The menu is stacked with sharable items, however the top of your list of things to try should include the name Matilda Wong. The Matilda Wong is one of 300 East’s signature cocktails, beloved by Charlotteans, served in a pitcher and ideal for sharing.
100 W. Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28208 • (704) 353-6005
Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to midnight
Stoke, one of Charlotte’s newest, hottest restaurants, is housed in the lobby of Uptown’s newly renovated Marriott City Center. Stoke has all the provisions that a romantic evening demands: sharable charcuterie boards, oysters, sophisticated craft cocktails and a seriously cool and swanky space that comes with an open kitchen, a chef’s table and a mix of modern and rustic décor.
1100 Metropolitan Ave., Bldg. E, Ste. 100, Charlotte, NC 28204 • (704) 370-7755
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tucked away in the Metropolitan is Vivace, a Charlotte favorite for Italian cuisine. Vivace’s menu is composed of both traditional Italian cuisine as well as Italian cuisine with a twist. Apart from the seriously delicious food, flavorful cocktails and glitzy contemporary interior, Vivace is home to what is considered one of the best patios in Charlotte, with views of the skyline and the greenway. Nothing says romance like sharing spaghetti Lady and the Tramp-style while staring at the Charlotte skyline!
1601 E. Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204 • (704) 332-3322
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
It goes without saying that The Fig Tree is a Charlotte favorite. Housed in a restored bungalow built in 1913, The Fig Tree has an atmosphere that comes off as cozy, classic, romantic and charming. With an extensive wine list, an upscale menu, impeccable service and an intimate ambiance, The Fig Tree is often a go-to choice for special occasions and romantic date nights. If you’re looking for a fine dining date-night spot, The Fig Tree should be a top contender.
1701 Montford Drive, Charlotte, NC 28209 • (704) 525-5644
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Closed Sundays
Good Food on Montford is a Charlotte favorite for date nights because apart from their cool vibe and yummy cocktail selection, Good Food’s takes tapas to the next level. The “chilled” and “warm” tapas are the perfect size for sharing and sampling, with each one being more delicious than the last. The menu is not only fresh, it’s innovative. Good Food is a staple for dates in Charlotte for a reason. You can thank us later.
1500 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205 • (704) 348-1848
Hours: Sunday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Soul Gastrolounge located in the heart of Plaza Midwood has a lot to offer for a romantic night out, including small plates for sharing, high-end cocktails, dim lighting, a patio with great views … the list goes on and on. Perhaps one of the coolest things about Soul is that you’re getting upscale cuisine in a laid-back environment. For maximum romantic potential, cuddle up on one of the couches, order some delicious craft cocktails and share some sushi and small plates.
2000 South Blvd., Ste. 510, Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 594- 1922
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
O-Ku, one of Charlotte’s newest go-to sushi spots located in South End, has quickly become a QC favorite. Adorned with plush chairs, soft lighting and exposed brick, O-Ku is equal parts cool and cozy. Their menu is made up of makimono sushi, nigiri, sashimi and boxed-style sushi called Hakozushi as well as Chef’s Specialties that are flavorful and innovative. Everything from their sushi rolls to their craft cocktails is fresh — perfect for any date night out!
3116 N. Davidson St., Charlotte, NC 28205 • (704) 910-6543
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed Mondays
The Crêpe Cellar in NoDa is the type of restaurant that has high-quality cuisine but in a very low-key, cozy setting. Sharable appetizers and rotating specials for yummy items like the mussels of the day and their daily crepe special make your dining experience beyond delicious. Along with their enjoyable food menu, they have a list of seasonal cocktails that are fresh and flavorful along with local beer selections and an extensive wine list. Perhaps one of the most notable things on the menu, hence the name, are the dessert crêpes. SB Date Night Tip: Order one to share. You won’t regret it!
1535 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204 • (704) 377-7976
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Closed Sundays
Walking down Elizabeth Avenue and into Carpe Diem, you automatically feel the chic, sexy, romantic atmosphere. From the art nouveau décor to the ornate mahogany, you instantly feel the upscale and classy vibes. Apart from the atmosphere, Carpe Diem is known for their fresh and creative “New American” cuisine made largely from products sourced from local farms and purveyors. Between the atmosphere, the menu and the impeccable service, it’s no surprise that Carpe Diem is a favorite for date nights.
511 N. Church St., Charlotte, NC 28202 • (704) 332-6159
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday
Located in the Fourth Ward of Uptown is The McNinch House, a Victorian-era home circa 1892 that should be on every Charlottean’s food bucket list. Operating under a “reservations only” MO, The McNinch House offers a five-course menu, a seven-course menu and the “Chef’s Tasting Menu.” On each menu, there are award-winning wine pairings decided by The McNinch House’s wine steward. Due to the decadent purple accents throughout the house, the meticulous woodwork and the classical music, The McNinch House is known for its stunning décor and romantic atmosphere. If you’re looking for royal treatment in the Queen City, this is your spot!
214 N Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202 • (704) 344-9222
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Closed Sundays
In the heart of Uptown tucked away in the base of Hearst Tower is Luce. It’s on the smaller side with dim lighting and an impressive menu, and to us, that makes it a perfect date night spot! With freshly made pasta and an impressive wine list, the only issue you’ll face is having to choose what to select! SB Tip: Luce is a great choice for dinner before a show at the Blumenthal!
Whether you’re looking for the royal treatment or somewhere more laid-back, Charlotte’s got you, your date night and your taste buds covered! Enjoy!
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