8 of the Most Romantic Restaurants in Raleigh No Matter Your Budget


Raleigh boasts an elegant dining scene with a variety of restaurants for hungry couples to try. We want to help you plan the perfect date night, no matter how much you’re looking to spend. From sleek, modern spots to intimate, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, these eight are among the most romantic restaurants in Raleigh. Make a reservation or just show up and see where the night takes you!


Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern

When it comes to fine dining in Raleigh, Second Empire is second to none. Savor an elegant, gourmet dinner in the restored Dodd-Hinsdale house from 1879. The historic building is the perfect backdrop for your evening, and the polished service and world-class wine selection will impress even the most discerning date. The seasonal menu offers first courses that are perfect for sharing and fresh-baked pastries and specially-selected dessert wines to end on the sweetest note.



If you’re seeking an intimate and classy atmosphere, Mandolin is one of the best romantic restaurants in Raleigh serving Southern-inspired American cuisine. The menus change daily to make the most of farm-fresh local ingredients. Enjoy the Devil Shoal Oysters on the Half Shell or indulge in Steak or Chicken and Waffles. For a unique dessert, the cheese plate provides a taste of several local and regional slices of cheese, crackers, rye bread and assorted seasonal condiments.


Saint Jacques

Don’t let the unassuming exterior of Saint Jacques fool you – this strip mall eatery is one of the coziest romantic restaurants in Raleigh! Walk in and see for yourself: tables dressed in white tablecloths, an amazing selection of digestifs and fine wines and foods made from produce sourced from North Carolina farmers are just a few reasons to fall in love with Saint Jacques. There is a regular menu as well as a vegan/vegetarian menu in case your companion doesn’t eat meat. Leave room for the melt-in-your-mouth profiteroles topped with vanilla ice cream for dessert!


Glenwood Grill

Glenwood Grill is the place to go for an upscale dining experience without the hefty price tag. The menu offers American food inspired by the coastal Carolinas and the American South, plus a stellar wine list. Enjoy conversation with your date in the quiet and upscale dining room. End your meal with a piece of dreamy Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie topped with salted caramel gelato and chocolate sauce.


Vinos Finos Tapas and Wine Bar

If you prefer a more modern atmosphere, Vinos Finos has you covered. Get cozy at the dimly-lit bar or outside on the patio. Be adventurous and share a few tapas or Argentine empanadas with your beau. Try a wine flight featuring some of the best wines from South America, and don’t forget to ask your server about the daily dessert selection!


Seasons 52

The Best Romantic Restaurants in Raleigh


Pull out all the stops at Seasons 52! The dark and romantic restaurant is full of lush greenery and has small tables for double-dates or corner booths where couples can sit close together. Every dish is made using local ingredients when possible, from the Fig & Bacon Flatbread to the Wood-grilled Filet Mignon. The demi-tasse desserts are perfect for sharing and are just big enough to satisfy your sweet cravings without going overboard.



Keep it light and go on a culinary adventure at Buku, an Asian fusion restaurant inspired by global street food favorites. The casual fine-dining restaurant has a romantic waterfall and a chic, modern lounge vibe. Mix and match reasonably-priced small plates like Tuna Tataki and Korean Deviled Eggs, and work up to a main course like Pan-seared Chilean Sea Bass or Bibimbap. Try the wine flight of the month or go for one of their cleverly-named cocktails such as the Blazing Saddles or the Merci Bouquet.


Bida Manda

Indulge in Authentic Laotian cuisine in a comfortable, laid-back yet romantic setting at Bida Manda. When you walk in, you’ll instantly feel welcomed by the fancy table settings, heavy curtains, dimmed lights and warm interior design. The menu offers a combination of popular Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese appetizers like Fresh Summer Rolls and Laotian entrees like Crispy Pork Belly Soup and Caramelized Ginger Pork Ribs. Toast a special occasion with a delicious champagne cocktail served with one of their house-made sugar cubes!


Dress to impress and have a wonderful evening at these romantic restaurants in Raleigh! Did we miss a great date night spot? We’d love to hear your recommendations on restaurants and dishes to try! If you’re shopping for a new home in the area, we hope you’ll stop by Park Central Apartments and let us show you around. We’d love to introduce you to our high-rise apartment community in the Midtown District of North Hills.  Visit Park Central online at ParkCentralRaleigh.com to schedule a tour or call us directly at (919) 800-0619.


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