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While Raleigh doesn’t always come first to mind when imagining some of the world’s most romantic cities, it still has a bevy of incredibly romantic restaurants, perfect Valentine’s Day or special occasions.

Rey’s Restaurant
Rey’s Restaurant takes its cues from all of the usual fine-dining requirements, but also adds a unique touch of French Quarter taste and ingredients. The upscale restaurant’s priority is ambiance above all else, with low lighting and quality furniture that ensures patrons are immediately immersed in a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The unique menu manages to blend the Cajun cuisine of New Orleans’s with ingredients fit for a special occasion. Rey’s keeps the romance both within and outside of the kitchen.

Herons Restaurant
Herons Restaurant, located inside of the Umstead Hotel in Cary, is an elegant and gorgeous extension of everything that the hotel and spa stands for. The 98-seat dining room features an open kitchen and floor-to-ceiling windows with view of the hotel’s terrace, lawn and lake. Outdoor dining is closed during the winter, but reopens for the other three seasons in the year. Herons is more than just a favorite for those looking for a romantic night out: the restaurant has been recognized by national media, including Food & Wine, Condé Nast, Southern Living and more.

Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern
This historic Victorian home-turned-four-diamond-award-winning-restaurant is everything Raleigh residents love about their idyllic town: a mix of gorgeous, Southern timelessness with modern and timely updates. The original building has been kept almost full intact, with a working fireplace in the dining room. The renowned wine list will make for a truly memorable experience, and Second Empire even helps to bridge dinner with post-meal entertainment with a shuttle that will drop guests off at the Performing Arts Center and back.

Bloomsbury Bistro
Bloombury Bistro is located in the heart of Raleigh at Five Points, and serves nationally renowned cuisine while never sacrificing its comfortable neighborhood setting. The seasonal menu changes every six months, reflecting a true engagement with North Carolina’s food culture. Bloomsbury explores the boundaries and traditions of French cooking, and infuses every dish with more than just fresh ingredients, but ethnic and unique flavors that push the expectations of classic French cuisine. The restaurant has private dining rooms available that are ideal for a romantic dinner for two. And the five-course meal is a perfect selection a memorable meal.

Solas
Blending classic flavors from French cuisine, techniques found in Asian dishes and ingredients fit for a five-star restaurant, Solas takes taste to the next level. The key to its romantic appeal is also it’s incredible location and architecture. Along with the restaurant on Solas’s first floor, the three-floor venue also features a rooftop bar that overlooks downtown Raleigh. This spot is also home to DJs and dancing on the weekend, but it’s the chef’s three-course tasting menu this is a favorite of Solas dining patrons.

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