Charlotte's Most Romantic Restaurants

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    Where to Dine For A Special Evening in Charlotte

    Copper Restaurant in Charlotte

    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. 

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    McNinch House Restaurant

    McNinch House
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    McNinch House Restaurant
    511 N. Church St.
    Charlotte, NC 28202

    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.


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    Barrington's Restaurant
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    Barrington's Restaurant
    7822 Fairview Rd.
    Charlotte, NC 28226

    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.

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    Bonterra Dining and Wine Room

    Bonterra Dining and Wine Room
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    Bonterra Dining and Wine Room
    1829 Cleveland Ave.
    Charlotte, NC 28203

    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.

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    Bentley's on 27

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

    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.

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    Copper Restaurant
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    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."

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    Carpe Diem

    Carpe Diem
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    Carpe Diem
    1535 Elizabeth Ave.
    Charlotte, NC

    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.

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    Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

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    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).

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    The Fig Tree Restaurant

    Fig Tree
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    The Fig Tree Restaurant
    1601 East 7th Street
    Charlotte, NC 28204

    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.

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    Luce Restaurant & Bar

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    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."