9 restaurants to try for date night in Charlotte

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If you don’t have your Valentine’s Day dinner plans locked down or you just want to scout out a spot for your next date night, we have exactly what you need. Below are some restaurants to ponder over for your next night out of, whether you are craving a visit to a steakhouse, an Italian café or anything in between.

Bonterra

1829 Cleveland Ave.

Found in a renovated church in Dilworth that dates back to the late 1800s, Bonterra Dining & Wine Room is absolutely stunning. Whether you are craving fine dining or a casual date night at the bar or patio, Bonterra has what you are looking for, taste wise and by price point.

Bonterra’s ambiance manages to be both elegant and welcoming. You will find original appetizers, steaks from the wood-fired grill and locally sourced fresh produce. Their seafood selections are also flown in at the peak of freshness. You and your special someone can split a bottle of wine from Bonterra’s beautiful wine cellar, or allow the experienced staff to help you select the perfect glass of wine to pair with your meal. They proudly offer 200 wines by the glass.

For a date night or Valentine’s Day visit that is even more intimate, private dining options include seating in the exquisite wine cellar or the choir loft, which overlooks the main dining room. Whatever you choose, the team at Bonterra can help put together the perfect evening for you and your loved one.

Estia’s Kouzina

609 N Main St.

Estia’s Kouzina, situated just outside of historic Belmont, makes for the perfect spot for date night or Valentine’s Day. The relaxed ambiance and incredible food will take you away as you relish your special evening together.  

Vicki and Gus Georgoulias, the husband-and-wife team behind the restaurant, add personal touch to Estia’s. With their profound love for their business, staff and food, they work to produce an authentic Greek dining experience unparalleled in the area.

Estia’s prides itself on its genuine Greek ingredients and a menu featuring authentic Mediterranean dishes. Start your meal with house-made pita bread and hummus or tzatziki, or try the keftedakia, which are beef and pork meatballs seasoned with spearmint and garlic. Follow it up with an entrée of mousaka or mussels bathed in tomato sauce, or try the feta and ouzo if you want something lighter. They even offer a 20-ounce, bone-in ribeye. Estia’s also offers wine and spirits to compliment your romantic evening.

Fran’s Filling Station

2410 Park Road

Settle into the inviting cozy atmosphere at Fran’s Filling Station in Dilworth with your loved one. It is sure to be an evening of good food and fun. The varied menu makes Fran’s an ideal spot for romantic dinners, business dinners and family gatherings, alike.

Fran’s passion for food and warm hospitality will quickly be apparent, between the lively taproom and the elegant dining room. On top of their special Valentine’s Day menu, in February you’ll happily find a $50 date night special Monday through Thursday that includes a shared appetizer, two entrees and a bottle of wine.

You can split some small plates at Fran’s with your special someone, whether it is a bowl of warm artichoke and crab dip, or their rich bacon-wrapped tater tots. They also offer lighter and heartier salad options.

“Fran’s Favorites” from their dinner menu is chockfull of classic comfort foods, including meatloaf, honey pecan-crusted chicken breast and pan-roasted pork chops. There are so many options on their menu to pick from for your next special night. Do not hesitate to ask the knowledgeable and friendly staff to help you pick your ideal romantic meal.

Gallery Restaurant

10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.

Thrill that special someone this Valentine’s Day with a date night at Gallery Restaurant at The Ballantyne Hotel. Their modern culinary techniques are paired with Southern approach to new American cuisine.

They will be offering a prix fixe dinner menu Feb. 14 through 16 for $95, which will feature four courses. You’ll start with delectable small bites, such as scallop crudo with olive dust and pine nut fennel salad, or perhaps a foie gras-chive blini with a sunny-side up quail egg and mango gastrique. Creative salad choices will follow. The main course options will include seafood, elk and even a vegetarian gnocchi option. Then, of course, there are decadent dessert options to top off your meal. Choose the “Hot for You” cinnamon chocolate mousse with a hot honey brownie or the “Berry Mine” vanilla choux puff with strawberry creme.

If you are feeling adventurous, the Gallery is also featuring “DINING IN THE DARK” on those same nights for $125, which is a delightful evening for the senses. This limited-seating experience will include a four-course dinner heightened with wine pairings and music. When you and your date arrive, you will both be given blindfolds and you will be escorted to your assigned table in the private dining room, which will include six tables of two. Make sure to specify you wish to dine in the dark when you make your reservation. This special experience will occur in a private dining room one time each of the three evenings at 6:30 p.m.

131 MAIN

5970 Fairview Road

131 MAIN RESTAURANT, a popular local hot spot for great food, has recently opened a fourth location in SouthPark. Over the years, 131 MAIN has developed a raving fan base with fresh food made in-house daily, no freezers, a hickory wood fire grill and legendary service in a warm and inviting atmosphere. They turn a meal into a dining experience with options such as their “Boat to Table” program, with freshly caught fish shipped overnight from around the world directly to each restaurant’s kitchen and perfectly grilled over the hickory wood fire grill.

This upscale casual dining experience is an ideal option for date night, special occasions, business lunches and family outings. The newest location, opened by popular demand at 5970 Fairview Road, has the same vibe and relaxed environment that guests have come to love about all the 131 MAIN restaurants.

Along with legendary service and fresh food, the hickory wood fire grill seems to always be the center of attention with items such as the fall-off-the-bone delicious Danish Baby Back Ribs. They strive to wow every guest, every time. 

Napa on Providence

110 Perrin Pl.

Fresh ingredients prepared simply, bold wines and a vineyard aesthetic influenced by the natural surroundings are at the forefront of a Napa Valley dining experience giving it its one of a kind personality and culinary style.

Napa on Providence brings this comfortable dining style to Charlotte. They achieve this by using locally sourced ingredients for all of their Italian-and French-inspired dishes. Resident Executive Chef Ashley LaRose makes sure each dish integrates a varied assortment of ingredients that create an extraordinary taste.

With the taste comes extraordinary plate presentation. Napa also offers custom, in-house infused cocktails and an extensive thoughtfully picked wine list. Their drinks are the perfect accompaniment to any dining choice. The dining room seating provides an intimate setting for Valentine’s Day, date night, and other special celebrations. The bar area is also ideal for a livelier date night ambiance.

Pizzeria Omaggio

1055 Metropolitan Ave. #130

At Pizzeria Omaggio, you’ll find authentic Roman-style pizza. Their high quality, fresh ingredients are both sourced locally and also imported from Italy. They have even earned nominations for the best pizza in the state by The Daily Meal.com, patch.com and more.

Elevate your Valentine’s Day, date night casual business lunch or family meal with their seasonal menu items and specialty pizzas. They offer a wide variety of antipasti, homemade soups, salads, pastas and sandwiches, so there is something for everyone.

Pizzeria Omaggio is an impeccable location for your next romantic evening. In addition to an ample selection of wine, guests will find a liquor menu featuring famous Italian aperitifs and digestifs.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

6000 Fairview Road

Located in the attractive SouthPark area, Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s handsomely planned restaurant reflects a refined décor perfect for Valentine’s Day, date nights, birthdays, business meetings and private events. With over a decade of fine dining service, you will always feel welcomed by the experienced staff.

Ruth’s Chris specializes in memorable occasions. The team aims to make precious memories for diners as special as possible and looks forward to building relationships with visitors each time they come in. Be sure to include any special wishes and mention what you are celebrating when you make your reservation. The staff will love to have the chance to make your outing even more memorable than your last visit.

Ruth’s Chris’ SouthPark location offers a custom-made wine tower along with a superb wine list. Following your reservation, you can anticipate an evening of sizzling steaks or fine seafood, elegant dining, extraordinary service and an amazing dining experience.

Village Tavern

4201 Congress St.

Village Tavern has proudly been serving Charlotte since 1989. They serve lunch and dinner seven days a week, along with brunch on Sundays, so you can visit even if you are in the mood for a daytime date.

Their commitment to the highest quality food, wine and service at an affordable price is apparent. Their scratch-made recipes always use fresh ingredients, and they create an unforgettable dining experience with their exceptional service. Their new, award-winning wine list — along with their new craft cocktail list — is topped off with daily drink specials, including half price wine every Wednesday, so you will have great options on whatever night is date night.

When the weather allows, Village Tavern even has outdoor dining on their spacious patio. Nestled in the SouthPark area on the corner of Barclay Downs and Morrison, across from Symphony Park, Village Tavern makes for an ideal neighborhood gathering place for all.

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