When romance tops the menu, nothing fills the bill like that perfect restaurant with just the right location, atmosphere conducive to quiet conversation and exceptional food and wine. Whether it’s popping a cork on a fine vintage wine or finally popping the question, three Raleigh, North Carolina restaurants offer exactly what you need in intimacy, price and menu selection.
Raleigh, North Carolina Top Restaurant: Ruth’s Chris Steak House in North Hills
Located conveniently just off the Beltline on North Hills Avenue, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse delivers when it comes to romance and fine dining.
Ruth’s Chris world-renowned USDA prime steak, sizzled to perfection, attracts beef afficionados from near and far. The restaurant prides itself on a much broader menu that has guests returning over and over again. From live Maine lobster, fresh-caught seafood, fork-tender veal and chicken and lamb chops that will melt in your mouth, the staff know how to please palettes and provide atmosphere and service to the most discriminating of guests.
The restaurant is famous for its creamed spinach and potato selections. Fresh salads and house-made dressings, delicious desserts and an array of appetizers guarantee a night to remember.
Ruth’s Chris offers variable special menu items, including a reasonably priced three-course Seasonal Classics Menu priced at $39.95. A four-course Prom Night menu is popular with the younger set and includes dessert for $50., including tax and gratuities.
The North Hills location makes guests feel as though they might be dining in New York City. Flower-lined sidewalks, romantic music from street speakers, valet parking and window shopping nearby have diners enjoying their evening before the meal even begins.
Since the first Ruth’s Chris restaurant opened in 1965, it has catered to people who enjoy life, fine dining and those their significant others close at hand.
Romance flourishes at Ruth’s Chris.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House North Hills
4381 Lassiter at
North Hills Ave
Raleigh, NC 27609
Romantic Dining in Raleigh, North Carolina: The Angus Barn
Raleigh, NC restaurant, The Angus Barn, has served up romantic dinners and steaks since the early 1960s, becoming one of the most successful restaurants in the nation. As of 2010, it claimed an annual sales volume of 10 million, a place in the 50 top grossing restaurants in the United States and a rank in the top 100 best restaurants in the nation.
Meals begin with a complimentary relish tray, crackers and delicious cheese served in individual crocks. Upon check-out, diners select one of the Angus Barn’s trademark apples from an entire barrel filled with polished country red apples.
The restaurant’s barn theme provides an atmosphere that is both casual and upscale at the same time. Plenty of romantic small tables are scattered throughout, many by windows.
The wine list at The Angus Barn goes beyond exceptional. Owners have worked with wine experts at Biltmore Estates, in California and top experts in the nuances of fine wines. Staff is highly trained and brings this expertise to your table, whether you are a beginning wine taster or a well-schooled wine connoisseur.
The menu is extensive and chefs pay attention to every detail. Choose from lobster, crab-stuffed flounder, seafood, lamb and so much more. Salads are an art unto themselves. Dessert trays are as delicious as they are a feast to the eyes.
The Angus Barn is located on Highway 70 west of Raleigh, near the Raleigh-Durham Airport. It is easily reached from Durham and I-40.
The Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617
Raleigh, North Carolina Top Romantic Restaurant: Sullivan’s Steakhouse
Tucked away in what was once the Creamery area of downtown Raleigh, Sullivan’s is as easy to find. Valet parking makes dining there convenient.
Sullivan’s Steakhouse is a 1940s Chicago-style steakhouse offering a piano bar and live jazz. The restaurant, separate from the bar area, provides large tables and many smaller tables and booths for those with romance in mind. Black-and-white-clad waiters and hosts attend to your restaurant needs – and pleasures.
An extensive menu offers some of the most mouth-watering dishes you have ever put into your mouth, including the finest certified Angus beer. Side dishes are so large that one side will serve three or four. Horseradish mashed potatoes and their wedge salad are renowned, as are their fabulous and decadent desserts. Extensive fine wine lists round out your dining experience.
Entrees run from $30. to $50 – a bit pricey for the area, but priceless when it comes to making memories. Sullivan’s produces the type of restaurant experience that has you talking about your special occasion for years to come.
Sullivan’s Steakhouse — Raleigh
414 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27603