February is the month of love, which means it’s the perfect time to splurge on an intimate dinner at one of Charlotte’s most romantic restaurants. Whether you want a multi-course tasting menu with white tablecloths and candles or a pink cocktail and heart-shaped dessert at a trendy rooftop bar, we’ve got you covered.
511 N Church Street.
The restaurant has a long-standing reputation for its five-course tasting menu and award-winning wine pairings, but it’s also the most popular spot for marriage proposals in Charlotte. Maybe it’s the antique silver and fine china on every table, or the edible flowers that adorn your poached pear salad. Whatever the reason, this restored Victorian house sees someone kneel 40-50 times a year.
1601 Elizabeth Ave.
Owner and Executive Chef Trey Wilson uses top-notch seasonal ingredients to create new takes on American cuisine in a rustic, hip atmosphere.
THE FIGUIER RESTAURANT
1601 E. 7th St.
Feast on elk chops and lobster tail paired with award-winning wines in a 1913 bungalow.
1961 E. 7th St.
Chef Daniel Wheeler’s menu emphasizes seasonal produce and a strong cocktail program.
DOT DOT DOT
4237 Park Road, Ste. B
Stefan Huebner’s creative cocktails may be the main attraction at this members-only speakeasy, but the saffron risotto with stuffed mushrooms will convince you to stay for dinner.
1500-B Central Avenue
Expect a bit of a wait at this no-reservation spot, known for its small plates like pork belly tacos with compressed watermelon and a rotating list of craft cocktails.
BARCELONA WINE BAR
101 W. Worthington Ave., Ste. 110
Choose from over 400 wines and enjoy Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired tapas and charcuterie boards.
1440 S. Tryon Street, Ste. 100
Chef Michael Noll serves up a mix of tapas and sharing plates in this open kitchen area with a log fire theme.
3920 Sharon Road, Ste. 160
Share a plate of beef carpaccio or truffle herb fries, but order a flatbread for yourself.
SOUTHERN DOGWOOD TABLE + BAR
4905 Ashley Park Lane, Ste. D
Grab a table for two and sip a cocktail in the dimly lit dining room, or sit at the chef’s counter and watch him prepare your meal.
GOOD CUISINE ON MONTFORD
1701 Montford Drive
Bruce Moffett’s small plate bistro brings together a variety of influences and flavors on one menu, and every dish is worth ordering.
4620 Piedmont Row Drive, Ste. 170B
Chef Bill Greene serves up a rotation of artistic small plates with unexpected pairings, like Thai pork ribs and yuzu tuna tartare.
222 S. Caldwell Street
Located on the 21st floor of Skye Condos, Chef Rocco Whalen’s restaurant is the perfect place to sip cocktails, eat oysters and see the city sparkle.
END & END
135 Levine des Arts Avenue, Ste. 100
Come for the raw bar but stay for drinks from bartender Brittany Kellum, then splurge on a slice of cheesecake.
THE BEAUTIFUL HELENA
300 S. Tryon Street, Suite 100
The downtown restaurant is inspired by a French brasserie, and Excellent chef alum Jamie Lynch serves up French classics like steak tartare, crispy duck confit and beef bourguignon.
SEA LEVEL NC
129 E. 5th St.
Sip a romantic libation like the Strawberries and Cream cocktail, and order a platter of raw oysters for a little aphrodisiac.