Are you looking for a special place to take your significant other for a romantic dinner in Raleigh, North Carolina? Raleigh has plenty of great restaurants to choose from, but here are my top picks for the best romantic restaurants in the city:
Top Restaurant for a Romantic Evening in Raleigh, North Carolina – 518 West Italian Cafe
518 West Italian Café is my top pick for a romantic evening in Raleigh that won’t break the bank. The entrée prices are very reasonable, and you can also get just a half-order of many of the entrée pastas. The wine list is also quite good, and North Carolina wines are sometimes featured by the glass.
518 West has a very romantic atmosphere, with brick walls, a lovely bar, and a small goldfish pond on the first floor. The second-floor tables that look down over the first floor are particularly romantic. But, if you can get it, the most romantic table in the entire restaurant is the lone table that is perched on a tiny landing off the stairs between the first and second floor.
518 West is aptly named after its location, which is at 518 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27603.
Top Restaurant for a Romantic Evening in Raleigh, North Carolina – Solas
If being hip is as important to you as being romantic, then Solas is the restaurant for you in Raleigh. In the heart of Raleigh’s Glenwood South district, Solas offers the option of three separate romantic dining experiences. You can eat in the main restaurant on the first floor, or check out the lounge on the second floor, which has a glass floor that overlooks the main restaurant. Finally, you can dine on the rooftop patio, which is definitely one of the trendiest places to be in Raleigh. The lighting and furnishings are very sleek and elegant throughout the entire restaurant.
Because this is a very posh restaurant, the dress code is strictly enforced, so please be sure to check it out here before you go to Solas. Solas is located at 419 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603.
Top Restaurant for a Romantic Evening in Raleigh, North Carolina – Bloomsbury Bistro
Bloomsbury Bistro is an intimate restaurant with dim, calming lighting – perfect for a romantic night out in Raleigh. The best thing about Bloomsbury Bistro by far is the food. The entire menu changes on a regular basis, but no matter when you go, you are sure to have an excellent culinary experience. The restaurant often has a special 3-course tasting menu at a fixed price, which is highly recommended, especially because the dessert that comes with the tasting menu is always a sampler plate that is intended for sharing. Very romantic!
The Bloomsbury Bistro is located at 509 W. Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27608.
Sources: Personal experience, 518 West Italian Café website; Solas website; Bloomsbury Bistro website.