Our Best Places to Watch the Superbowl article was so popular that we decided to help out those in need of suggestions for Valentine’s Day.
These restaurants were chosen because of their consistency of excellent food and service and atmosphere appropriate for the occasion.
42nd Street Oyster Bar
508 West Jones Street • Raleigh, NC 27603
42nd Street Oyster Bar is one of the best seafood restaurants in Raleigh and offers a special prix fixe menu for two for Valentine’s Day.
518 West Jones Street • Raleigh, NC 27603
518 West is an Italian restaurant specializing in seasonal fresh pastas, wood fired pizzas, seafood, steaks. 518 West has a very light and open atmosphere. You may want to choose to celebrate early: Monday is 1/2 price off all bottles of wine.
136 East Hargett Street • Raleigh, NC 27601
Located in a beautiful historic building in downtown Raleigh, Caffé Luna serves authentic Italian cuisine with a Tuscan flair.
4351 The Circle at North Hills • Raleigh, NC 27609
A true French brasserie, Coquette features traditional French meals, an exclusively French wine list, European beers, and classic French cocktails.
5629 Creedmoor Road • Raleigh, NC 27612 • (919) 787-3373
Dos Taquitos is easily one of the best Mexican restaurants in Raleigh, with excellent service and a romantic atmosphere. One caveat: the seating is a little close for intimate conversations.
135 South Wilmington Street • Raleigh, NC 27603
Gravy serves Italian dishes in an contemporary setting. Gravy has reasonably priced but excellent wine choices. Review.
Hayes Barton Cafe
2000 Fairview Road • Raleigh, NC 27608
Hayes Barton Cafe offers traditional American fare in an intimate 40s-themed setting. Hayes Barton also offers several choices of excellent cakes.
8111 Creedmoor Road • Raleigh, NC 27613
Margaux’s is in the running for the best restaurant in Raleigh. With its cool urban interior, Margaux’s almost seems out of place in North Raleigh, sort of like …
8111 Creedmoor Road # 137 • Raleigh, NC 27613
Oliver Twist serves small plates and specialty (read very tasty) martinis. There is frequently live music, and the choice of seating at tables and couches.
3601 Capital Boulevard • Raleigh, NC 27604
6204 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 120 • Raleigh, NC 27612
Sawasdee has a quiet atmosphere and some of the best Thai food in Raleigh, along with …
3080 Wake Forest Road • Raleigh, NC 27609
Shaba-Shabu has an upscale not-quite-formal atmosphere and the choice of Thai and some of the best sushi in Raleigh, except for …
319 Fayetteville Street • Raleigh, NC 27601
Sono has excellent original sushi rolls and a cool urban ambiance.
414 Glenwood Avenue • Raleigh, NC 27603 • (919) 833-2888
Sullivan’s Steakhouse, along with Angus Barn, is where we turn to on the rare occasion that we go out for steak. Sullivan’s is offering a Valentine’s Day special February 11-14, $89 per couple.
6101 Glenwood Avenue • Raleigh, NC 27612
If there is a better Greek restaurant in Raleigh, we’ve never heard of it. Plus, the atmosphere is very romantic, especially the outdoor seating.
The Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Avenue • Raleigh, NC 27617
A nationally recognized steakhouse with one of the largest wine cellars in the country, you cannot go wrong with The Angus Barn. The Angus Barn does not have the most intimate setting on the restaurants on this list, but always serves a great meal.
The Melting Pot
3100 Wake Forest Road • Raleigh, NC 27609
Fondue, low light, sharing food over an open flame, strawberries dipped in chocolate for dessert. How could anyone botch up a date here?
7439 Six Forks Road • Raleigh, NC 27615
Tokyo House is not as hip as some of the downtown restaurant and does not have the most intimate setting. But, you’ll have to look long and hard to find better sushi in Raleigh.
Zely and Ritz
301 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 100 • Raleigh, NC 27603
We saved the best for last. Zely and Ritz takes the concept of small plates to a new level. The food is organic and sourced from Coon Rock Farm in Hillsborough and other local suppliers. Zely and Ritz has a special three course Valentine’s Day menu that is definitely worth checking out.