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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Herons restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2994)
$50 and over
American
Cary
About the restaurant
One of only 64 Forbes Five-Star restaurants in the world, Herons is the signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa and annually acclaimed among the best restaurants in and around Raleigh, North Carolina. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the intimate, 98-seat dining room features a full-view kitchen, a meticulously curated private art collection and floor-to-ceiling window views of the surrounding gardens and grounds.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We had a wonderful time! Obviously this restaurant is top of the line, and our experience was wonderful. Jada in particular made us feel very well taken care of and helped us take beautiful photos at the end of the night. The decor (carpet and booths/chairs) did strike our eye as a bit outdated, but still very comfortable, well-lit, and well-accented.
A photo of Vin Rouge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4443)
$31 to $50
French
Durham
About the restaurant
Vin rouge is a French Bistro. We focus on classic preparations served in a true bistro atmosphere. We have beautiful patio and garden areas for those who prefer to dine outside. Please indicate your preference for dining inside or out. We look forward to cooking for you soon!
Top review
SGoldyvip
Dined 3 days ago
One of our favorite dining places! Consistently delicious food and great service.
A photo of Amalia's Authentic Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (739)
$50 and over
Italian
Wake Forest
About the restaurant
Amalia Fumelli is the inspiration behind Amalia’s Authentic Italian Restaurant. She was born in Italy in 1932, and grew up on a farm. As she grew up, she took an interest in cooking and learned everything about the Italian kitchen from her mother and grandmother. For countless hours each day, Amalia began making hand-made pasta with her rolling pin on an old, wooden table. After many years, she had mastered her pasta creations through her skilled handiwork, precise cutting skills, and the amount of love she put into her work.

Over time, Amalia has passed all of her secrets and knowledge about food along to her children and grandchildren. One grandchild in particular, Filippo Fanfani, gained a passion for the art of cooking through her guidance. As a child, he spent all his days at his grandmother’s house preparing meals for his family. The two have a strong bond, that began with their conjoining love of creating meals that are enjoyable for everyone.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We absolutely enjoyed our first experience at Amalia’s. My wife and I went for our fourth anniversary, and from walking in the door to walking out for the evening, we received nothing but excellent service, warm and friendly conversation, and fantastic food. The owners were so gracious in coming by once or twice to ask how the food was, and our server, Steve, walked us through the menu so well. It was his first night working there, but you could tell it was not his first night in the food service business. He knew the menu, had great recommendations for pairings, and he was so respectful of our time and space while also keeping us well served. We’ll definitely be going back and will always recommend to friends and family. Cheers to you, Amalia’s. That was my favorite restaurant dining experience, ever.
A photo of Il Palio restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1694)
$50 and over
Italian
Chapel Hill
About the restaurant
Il Palio is an intimate restaurant in the Siena Hotel. We strive to emulate the best of the great Italian tradition of hospitality and quality at the table and in the glass. Our vision is simple – use the best local and Italian ingredients as purely as possible and serve them with comfort and pride. We cook as an Italian might in North Carolina.

Top review
GrandmaAnn
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
We haven't been to Il Palio in a while and enjoyed food and service.
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Raleigh restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1754)
$50 and over
Unspecified
Raleigh
About the restaurant
Your Raleigh Fleming's is located at the Crabtree Valley Mall, just north of the Raleigh Beltline on Glenwood Avenue and only a short distance from RBC Center and North Carolina State University. Fleming's in Raleigh is an outstanding choice to enjoy an exceptional Prime steak, glass of wine or handcrafted cocktail. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, hosting a business dinner or simply wanting to enjoy a night out - we will create a safe and memorable evening in our Dining Room or Outdoor Patio. If you prefer to enjoy your fine dining experience at home, you can order and pay for lunch or dinner online and then pick up curbside or select from one of our delivery partners.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Our waiter was absolutely amazing, to say the least! Very personable, easy to talk to, checked on our team the appropriate amount of times (we were well taken care of, but not pestered), very polite, and remembered things like he had a photographic memory (we were all very impressed). The majority of us said he was one of the best waiters we had ever experienced, by far! Wish he could join us everywhere we went! :) 100 out of 10 for Kendrick!!! Only detail to mention would be that the steaks did get mixed up around the table when served, but we were a large group and it was a few other staff members from Fleming's (not Kendrick) that served us. On that note, Kendrick was amazing in making sure everything was corrected for us all in a quick and efficient manner. All of this and Kendrick was able to do two of these large groups and more on his own! Can't put into words how impressed I was!
A photo of The Melting Pot - Raleigh restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1794)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Raleigh
About the restaurant
The triangle's favorite celebration restaurant. "The Melting Pot is pure entertainment" declares the NY Times. Whether it's a romantic dinner for two or a gathering of friends for a bridal or baby shower, Girl's Night Out, or birthday The Melting Pot has the recipe to make all your occasions special. Relax in our inviting,elegant atmosphere and let our attentive servers guide you through our selection of fondues, sauces and fine wines. Winner of an "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Amazing experience, the ambiance, & server we had was excellent. He recommended drinks to try, explained the menu, we told him we were vegan so he made sure we received correct food.
A photo of Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2876)
$30 and under
Italian
Raleigh
About the restaurant

Overflow Parking are few feets away from our lot.
League Lot – 209 N. Dawson Street
State Government Parking Deck (West) – 329 N McDowell Street
Streetside Along Lane Street

On Friday's and Saturday's only accommodate parties as large as 6.



Mulino provides a dining experience that takes the curious on a richly rewarding gastronomic journey across the Italian culinary landscape and rewards the intrepid adventurer with simple yet sumptuous cuisine, wines, and a complementary culinary education in the history of Italian cuisine all in a very cozy environment.

Patio seating is first come first serve for reservations.

Located in downtown Raleigh and minutes from the Raleigh Convention Center, Mulino can accommodate parties from 2-250.

For Parties of 12 or more, a large party menu will be required. For details, please navigate to: https://mulinoraleigh.com/menus/limited-menu/
Top review
TrentP
Dined 5 days ago
Mulino's is always a great dinner to celebrate or enjoy fresh authentic Italian food
A photo of East End Bistrot Raleigh restaurant
4.6
4.6 (208)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Raleigh
About the restaurant
East End Bistrot reflects our love for beautiful spaces, exquisite food & wine, and impeccable service.

Our menu is rooted in classic French flavors and techniques with some Asian inspiration using beautiful, high-quality ingredients from near and far.

The extensive list of fine and rare wines hand-selected by our sommelier to complement our menus and the exemplary service from our team of knowledgeable, personable hospitality professionals elevate the East End Bistrot experience to new heights.
Top review
TerenceM
Dined 5 days ago
Food, service and ambiance were amazing. Worth every bit. A little expensive for a daily place to eat, but definitely for a special night, date night, etc.
A photo of Nazara restaurant
4.4
4.4 (106)
$30 and under
Indian
Cary
About the restaurant
Managed by passionate and a seasoned team of operators, Nazara awakens the inner soul through colorful ambiance, rich Indian palate, and complex tastes with a seductive dining room, a fashionable bar, intimate private lounge, and outdoor seating. We strive to create memorable dining experiences day after day. Guests can sample the vibrant flavors of India through Nazara’s various dining options. Our menu features classic Indian cuisine reinvented for today’s more discerning palate. We invite you to indulge in India’s culinary treasures, time after time.
The team shares a vision of the future for Indian cuisine, an endeavor to improve the purest traditional and regional cuisines, while simultaneously creating innovative, modern dishes and interpretation while maintaining traditional integrity. The bar and wine cellar carry a depth of offerings that exceed the expectations of our guests on a regular basis.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Service is EXCELLENT! Food delicious. Ambience A+
A photo of Botanical Lounge restaurant
4.3
4.3 (26)
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Raleigh
About the restaurant
A strictly 21 and up establishment, Botanical is an indoor / outdoor lounge concept located on the bustling Glenwood South Entertainment District. We specialize in Craft Cocktails, a Full Champagne Bar, and Tapas style Small Bites. Capability to be indoor/outdoor venue by opening the bifold doors that run the length of the entire venue to the covered outdoor patio. Enjoy our amazing Fried Brussel Sprouts or infamous Filet Sliders on our comfortable velvet couches before your night gets started!

Dont forget to check out our awarding winning rooftop bar, Highgarden venue. This is a completely open-air concept with an amazing view of downtown Raleigh. With plenty of cabana and high-top seating, as well as walking room, you will get the Miami roof top vibe in the center of downtown Raleigh. Find a table by one of our gas fire pits and enjoy a cocktail tree while watching the sunset!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 25, 2024
Very enjoyable atmosphere with a DJ on one end of the rooftop. Nice view of the city and great drinks.
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