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Romantic Restaurants in Charlotte

Dining for Valentine's Day, an anniversary, big date, or any special occasion

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Charlotte has a huge variety of fine dining establishments, but not all have romance on the agenda. Here is a listing of Charlotte's most romantic restaurants for the perfect date-night, Valentine's Day dinner or anniversary celebration. Your favorite not on the list? Let me know at charlotte@aboutguide.com

Barrington's Restaurant
7822 Fairview Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28226
704-364-5755

Nestled in the Fox Croft East Shopping Center in South Park, this intimate restaurant serves up upscale American cuisine courtesy of Chef Bruce Moffett. Barrington's is only open Monday through Saturday for dinner only, so reservations are recommended as space is limited.

Bentley's on 27
201 S. College St. #2750
Charlotte, NC 28244
704-343-9201

This restaurants is known for excellent views of the Queen City, and it doesn't disappoint. Owner Jim Emad's vision includes classic French dishes prepared and presented at the table with the use of a gueridon - a mobile cooking cart used in French tableside service. 27th Floor Charlotte Plaza

Bonterra Dining and Wine Room
1829 Cleveland Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28203
704-333-9463

Ambiance and good food are about all Bonterra needs to make this list. Owner John Duncan, who also owns Mac's Speed Shop and Las Ramblas, opened Bonterra Dining and Wine room in 1999 in the former Dilworth Methodist Episcopal Church South where much of the original architecture remains. Blake Hartwick began his run as Executive Chef in 2000.

Carpe Diem
1535 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC
704-377-7976

Sisters Tricia Maddrey and Bonnie Warford opened Carpe Diem in 1989 and while in its third Charlotte location, the same quality food and atmosphere remains the same. Chef John Blumreich prepares delectable New American cuisine in an elegant atmosphere complete with mahogany doors, copper lighting and marble floors.

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
139 S Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 601-4141

"Superior service and excellent ambiance" reads one review of this restaurant. If you look up other reviews, you'll see that's a trend. Calling the salad bar here a salad bar is an injustice. It's been referred to as a "salad paradise" by some, as it includes a huge amount of various meats and cheeses to compliment your salad. Chima has an incredible selection of meat, and here's the best part - you eat until you've had your fill. The staff circles the dining area with plate after plate of different meats, from chicken to bacon wrapped mignon to sirloin and parmesan infused selection (and so many more).

Copper
311 East Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 333-0063
Located in the Mayor House of SouthEnd, Copper puts a modern, upscale presentation on classic Indian cuisine. The interior is intimate, with contemporary Indian art and music. If there's a trend that resonates in reviews of Copper, it's " beautiful decor, fanciful plating, and superior service."

The Fig Tree Restaurant
1601 East 7th Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
704-332-3322

Owner Sara Scheidler and Chef Greg Zanitsch opened The Fig Tree in 2005, providing seasonal Continental Cuisine with French and Italian influences in one of Charlotte's Registered Historic Landmark homes -- the Lucas Home -- in the charming Elizabeth neighborhood.

Luce Restaurant & Bar
214 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 344-9222

Billed as "authentic" Italian cuisine, Luce doesn't disappoint. The gnocchi is excellent, the decro oppulent, and the ambiance intimate. Luce's website bills the restaurant as "Charlotte’s premier Italian restaurant." They offer "a warm inviting atmosphere, our fine Italian marble, sandstone balusters and Venetian plaster are accented by art from esteemed Ben Long. We offer fine northern Italian fare with house made pasta, prime meats and the freshest seafood. Our very extensive wine list features Tuscan and Piedmonte wines, with some great selections for all over Italy."

McNinch House Restaurant
511 N. Church St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
704-332-6159

The McNinch House was the residence of Charlotte's McNinch family from 1891 until 1978 when Mattie McNinch -- who never married -- passed away. Ellen Davis then purchased the home, helping to fund the ongoing restoration as part of the Fourth Ward revitalization project. The McNinch House Restaurant fine features richly molded woodwork and ten tiled fireplaces where visitors feast on seven courses in a Victorian setting by reservation only.

The Melting Pot
901 S. Kings Drive, Suite 140B
Charlotte, NC 28204
704-334-4400

Who doesn't love fondue? At The Melting Pot you and your date converse while preparing and feasting on your meal right at your table. Once the food is brought to your table there are very few staff interruptions making for a great night out.

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