Charlotte’s Most Romantic Restaurants Are Booking Up FAST

Yes, this is an article designed to get you thinking about Valentine’s Day Dinner with your sweetie, and you’d better get on it if you don’t have a reservation already (many on this list are already totally booked – at least via Open Table and RESY). Try calling the restaurant for avails (sometimes they hold spots from online services like OT) or book NOW for the weekend before or after for your romantic dinner, and cook something special up at home on this Tuesday night the 14th.

Here are our picks for Charlotte’s Most Romantic Restaurants, along with those of some of our favorite QC foodies ~ since no matter your relationship status or interest, it’s lovely to enjoy a beautiful meal in a beautiful restaurant any day of the year.


The Neighborhood Picks

Stagioni (Myers Park/Eastover)

Stagioni is one of my favorite restaurants for date night. From the perfectly curated wine list to pastas and pizzas, and the heavenly desserts like these Zeppoles, you’re in for a treat everytime!

Jessica from @thesweetseoul

Stagioni has a rustic old world feel that makes you sink in to your seat and want to stay forever. Great place to cozy up with a partner or friends and enjoy delicious food and wine.

Karen of @finer_with_thyme

Customshop (Elizabeth) (no online reservations for the 14th available)

Copper (Dilworth)

Red Salt by David Burke (Uptown)

ParaCLT (South End) (Not Open on Tuesdays, so celebrate before or after)

The combination of great music (we jammed out to some 90s R&B,) friendly service, innovative small plates, and top notch cocktails (order the Mez Me With That) will make this a night to remember. Any evening that kicks off with a Lobster Shooter is bound to be a success!


RH Rooftop Restaurant (Southpark) (no online reservations for the 14th available)

Oak Steakhouse (Southpark)

There is nothing I love more than a romantic night out with a dirty martini and steak. Oak Steakhouse has a great ambiance for a romantic night out.

Morgan from @sliceofclt

The New(ish)comers

Limani (no online evening reservations available for the 14th)

new to the scene, this spot serves up fresh seafood and Mediterranean food. They have an awesome bar that glows, and sets a nice mood – and if you walk further in, the space gets light, bright, and airy. The perimeter of the restaurant interior is lined with olive trees and pomegranates, and when combined with the seafood, makes you feel like you’re thousands of miles from Charlotte.

Andrew from @andrewloves_

Limani restaurant right now is definitely high up on my list of one of my favorite romantic restaurants ~ a cozy atmosphere here, with dim lighting later into the evening with soft music, and a menu that offers a variety of delicious dishes. 

They also have a great view inside , a stunning circular chandelier hanging against wooden beams, the bar also sets an amazing mood. 

the food is incredible, the staff is stellar which elevates your experience here & that’s a win win in my book. if you’re looking for the perfect romantic spot LIMANI has you covered

Shionda from @shiondafarrell

Yunta Nikkei (No online table reservations for the 14th; bar & sofas always first come)

Yunta is a great choice for a romantic night out to experience flavors of Peruvian and Nikkei cuisine. 

Morgan from @sliceofclt

Steak48 (no online reservations for the 14th available)

Sometimes date night calls for a steakhouse, and Steak48 is my favorite. All the food is excellent, cocktails are awesome, and they have a very extensive dessert menu. I love that every room has a different vibe – from the traditional white tablecloth steakhouse to a trendy bar to private, sultry booths encased in glass.

Andrew from @andrewloves_

Peppervine (no online reservations for the 14th available)

Indaco (no online reservations for the 14th available)

 This is one of the spots I bring people in a first date. The food is tasty, price is very reasonable, service is excellent, and the vibe is modern. The space makes you feel like you are in Boston or New York or some other large city – and there’s something to be said for that.

Andrew from @andrewloves_

The Traditional Favorites


La Belle Helene

McNinch House (no online reservations for the 14th available)

Barrington’s (no online reservations for the 14th available)

Fig Tree (no online reservations for the 14th available)

They say this is the perfect spot for dates, proposals, and special occasions, and they are right! My now-husband took me here after our engagement. It was my first visit and one I’ll always cherish. I love the classic menu options, the cozy atmosphere, and even the white tablecloths. 

Allie of @eatdrinkclt

Worth a Drive

Pump House on the Catawba River at Riverwalk

Kindred in Davidson