5 Most Romantic Restaurants in Raleigh Where You Can Woo Your Special Someone

November 25, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe
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If you are looking for great  romantic restaurants in Raleigh North Carolina then you’ll want to be sure to check out one of Raleigh’s fine upscale and high end restaurants and eating establishments. I know that seems obvious and redundant, but hey you never know who might need what advice so that one is on the house. With many different styles and cultures of cuisines, and a myriad of upscale atmospheres, the restaurants in Raleigh have more to offer than meets the eye. Although there are many options to choose from, in this article today we have compiled a list of some of the top rated romantic restaurants in the whole Raleigh area. The list includes the restaurant's location, a Yelp review, a summary of the restaurant's style, and even a convenient link to the restaurant's website in case you want to order takeout or just want to preview the menu before you go in person. We’ve even included links where you can get a GiftYa E-Gift Card for each and every one of the participating restaurants.

As a reminder a GiftYa digital gift card is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. A gift card that functions just like every other gift card. It lets you make purchases at a participating bar, restaurant, or store up to the face value of the gift card. However, unlike traditional gift cards. GiftYa digital gift cards come with a few additional benefits. For instance, unlike a traditional gift card, a GiftYa can be sent straight to your phone in seconds. That way you don’t need to deliver a GiftYa in person if you want to give it as a gift. You don’t even have to go to a store in person if you want one for yourself. You can just visit the GiftYa website and pick one up today.

Since GiftYa cards are sent directly to your phone you never have to worry about misplacing them or forgetting to take them with you. In most instances you are going to have your phone with you so in most instances you will have your GiftYa cards right in your pocket. In addition to that, your GiftYa also keeps track of the balance for you. Which is so much nicer than having to try to remember how much was left over on those antiquated plastic gift cards. I mean you can’t write it on them very easily so idk what you’re supposed to do if you don’t use the total value the first time? Just guess the next time you are in town? 

Second Empire Restaurant And Tavern

Historic. Upscale. Unforgettable


330 Hillsborough St | Raleigh| second-empire.com

Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern comes in at the top of the list today for a couple of reasons. But first of all is the location. Located in downtown Raleigh’s historic Victorian Dodd-Hinsdale House (from 1879), Second Empire combines the weight of history, with an upscale menu and etiquette to create an atmosphere that makes for an unforgettable dining experience. So if you are really looking to impress that date of yours, this is THE romantic restaurant to take them to in Raleigh North Carolina.

The menu features gourmet cuisine that is comprised of a contemporary and modern American menu. And you can choose to enjoy your meal in one of their two dining atmospheres. Upstairs is elegant, yet relaxing and charming. With the grace of the ambiance creating a very relaxing atmosphere. Whereas downstairs is the tavern and the atrium is a more casual environment where you might enjoy light conversation or a round of drinks.

“Perfect Place for a Very Special Dinner!This was our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We wanted a special dinner for just the two of us that would be romantic, delicious, and memorable. Second Empire met all of those expectations!

Every aspect of our evening was wonderful. Our table was in a lovely bay window location. Service was impeccable. Thank you for an Anniversary dinner we will always remember for all the right reasons.” - Yelp Review 

Second Empire Restaurant And Tavern doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding romantic restaurants and attractions in Raleigh!

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

Perfecting Prime since 1979


4509 Creedmoor Rd | Raleigh | perryssteakhouse.com

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille has earned a faithful following over the decades. AlLthough it started out as a small butchers shop, the success of the business ledlead it to expand into a restaurant. And then several other successful restaurants after that. And you can now enjoy one ofon eo their locations right in Raleigh. And Perry’s is really the place to take your date if you know they are craving a prime cut of steak. Because you know Perry’s can deliver with a history of dealing with the finest quality cuts of beef for nearly five decades., and growing and expanding the entire time. There must be something to the Perry’s Steakhouse formula that is working. How else would the business just keep expanding over and over again and spread its reputation wider and wider?

“A meal, an experience, a must try before you die! Everything was superb, attention to detail, great wait staff and lots of things to choose from. Went for anniversary and they left petals on the table and we got a small dessert. Very nice and can't wait to try more options when we return.” - Yelp Review

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is one of the thousands of restaurants that accepts digital GiftYa gift cards but it is also among one of the highest rated romantic restaurants in Raleigh!


An Elevated Take on Classic North Carolina Cuisine


2519 Fairview Rd | Raleigh | mandolinraleigh.com

Mandolin comes in at number three on the list today. It earned that spot by having a four star rating with over four hundred reviews. It’s hard to maintain that level of consistency when the opponent you are up against is the vitriol of social media and the internet.But asiu=ide from being beloved by the locals there is a lot about Mandolin to love.

As the name might suggest, the menu is inspired by the owner’s southern roots. So you know you are getting an authentic North Carolina experience when you stop in to eat at Mandolin. And the best thing about Mandolin, and a big reason it comes in so high on the list today, is that it is great for any sort of romantic occasion you might have in mind. Whether you are looking for an upscale and refined dinner, or just a casual date at the bar, Mandolin has something to offer you. And I think it’s that versatility that is a distinguishing factor in how much a restaurant cares about each individual's experience.

“We had at a great date night at Mandolin! Definitely recommend getting reservations before hand. It was nice to have our table waiting for us when we arrived...Good drink selection as well and well made mix drinks if that's what you decide to order.” - Yelp Review 

Get a GiftYa digital gift card for yourself or a loved one to Mandolinand enjoy one of the best romantic restaurants in Raleigh by following the link!

Oak Steakhouse Raleigh

New School Update to the Classic American Steakhouse


417 W Hargett St  | Raleigh | oaksteakhouserestaurant.com

Oak Steakhouse is another great option if you are looking to spend a romantic evening in Raleigh North Carolina. The cool thing about Oak Steakhouse is that it provides you with the classic steakhouse experience, but updated for the 21st Century. Some restaurants, especially upscale and fancy restaurants, often feel like they are stuck in the past. And sure, sometimes it's nice to feel like you're spending a night in a different decade. If you are trying to impress your date, it’s hard to go wrong with a modern stylish restaurant like Oak Steakhouse. On top of the modern and relaxing atmosphere you can obviously expect great steak at a restaurant named Oak Steakhouse, but on top of the steak they also have an extensive drink menu. So whether it's after dinner, or during dinner, you can get yourself or your date the custom crafted cocktail of your choosing to compliment your experience. 

“Excellent experience in the private room. Very professional waitstaff - prompt wine refills, smooth plating, all entrees came out simultaneously and piping!  The Parker house rolls are to die for-order them even if you don't eat carbs...I would definitely come back here for dinner.” - Yelp Review 

Grab a GiftYa digital gift card to Oak Steakhouse Raleigh by following the link right HERE and enjoy some of the best romantic restaurants in Raleigh you can find!

Saint Jacques

Romantic French Cuisine Right in Raleigh


6112 Falls Of Neuse Rd  | Raleigh | saintjacquesfrenchcuisine.com

So it amuses me  a great deal that a French restaurant is named Saint Jacques. Mostly because I can’t think of a Frenchier (is Frenchier a word even?) name than Jacques. But all of my amusement at the name aside, Saint Jacques is actually a pretty cool place. Not only can you take  a date there and enjoy fine upscale French cuisine in a soothing and relaxing atmosphere, they also go out of their way to support local organic produce. They are a proud supporter of Raleigh’s (and the Carolinas) local farmers and purveyors. Which I think is neat. Only in America can you get French cuisine that is made with organic local vegetables farmed right in America’s heartland. But if you want to enjoy some of that fine French cuisine made with American produce you would be wise to call ahead and reserve a table.

“One of the better French restaurants I've eaten at. This place is incredibly authentic. They have a special valentine's menu usually as well. This is the type of place you need to dress nice to come to. Definitely make reservations or prepare to be disappointed… Their food comes out absolutely beautiful, tiny works of art. Each dish is equally as flavorful… I highly recommend this place for a special occasion, date night, or any of their events. I'd be shocked if you end up disappointed.” - Yelp Review 

Saint Jacques is one of the best romantic restaurants in Raleigh and on top of that, they also accept GiftYa digital gift cards and you can grab one for you or someone on your list by following the link!

Congratulations you did it. You scrolled to the bottom of a webpage before eyour ADD got the best of you and you clicked open a new tab. What? That’s not a problem everybody has? Just me? Oh well, this is a little awkward,  but regardless mission accomplished! I’m proud of you for making  it this far. And now you finally have it, a list of the best romantic restaurants you can find in Raleigh. You will be sure to find something that fits your appetite and your wallet, and impresses your date, somewhere on that list I’m sure of it. 

And don’t worry the list is comprised of some of the best reviewed romantic restaurants in Raleigh you can find on the internet so you can be sure everything on the list has been well vetted. But even if you didn’t find what you’re looking for here, GiftYa has something to offer for everybody when they are in Raleigh looking for romantic restaurants. And remember you can grab a GiftYa digital gift card to the participating restaurants for you or a loved one and send them instantly and keep track of everything digitally..


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