BIG ROMANCE IN SMALL TOWNS

Restaurants in Western Wake offer a range of romantic and polished dining experiences.

BY MONIQUE M. ROGERS

Romantic dining means different things to different people. Some people appreciate the classical experience with a candlelit linen-covered table and the most elegant food and wine served, while others appreciate a more casual setting, perhaps eating comfort foods, admiring art, and listening to music. And even others enjoy being out on the town, sharing more exotic dishes and sipping a wine, beer, or fancy cocktail.

But when you think of romantic restaurants, do you think it has to mean dining in a big city? Not necessarily.
The communities around Raleigh offer some truly special romantic treasures right in Western Wake.

Western Wake, indeed, has a variety of interesting and upscale restaurants that are perfect for that
special romantic dinner. Here are 12 top romantic dining restaurants convenient to all of Western
Wake communities.


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Angus Barn

9401 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh


Elegant dining in a rustic barn? Never an oxymoron when you’re talking about the Triangle’s—arguably the South’s—most legendary steakhouse. It’s a legend that lives up to its own reputation, hardly an easy feat.

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Azitra

8411 Brier Creek Parkway, Raleigh
535 Zang Street, Broomfield, CO

Vibrant tastes of contemporary cuisine from India, served in an elegant setting.

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Capital City Chop House

151 Airgate Drive, Morrisville
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Capital City Chop House Raleigh, actually located in Morrisville, offers a cozy romantic atmosphere with comfortable dining and an expansive seafood and steak selection. The personable waitstaff are informative in presenting their menu, and main dishes run the gamut from classic Filet Mignon to Australian Lamb and Pan-Roasted North Carolina Rainbow Trout. Complete your entrée with a signature sauce or a lobster tail, and choose among a variety of inventive sides and starters—like the Crispy Grit Napolean (fried grit cakes layered with pepper-jack pimento cheese and topped with roasted heirloom tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and a balsamic glaze).

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photo by ginny williams

 

Garibaldi Trattoria

900 North Main Street, Fuquay-Varina

Prefer a traditional Italian diner? Garibaldi Trattoria, located in Fuquay-Varina, may be just what you’re looking for. This casual, brightly colored cafe is welcoming in its simplicity and charm. But the food is far from simple, and the menu features all of the classics: Chicken Marsala, Veal Piccata, and pastas like Penna alla Vodka and Gnocchi Bolognese. However, it’s signature dishes like the Costolletta di Carolina—featuring a pan-seared double-cut pork chop, caramelized pears, Gorgonzola with a cider reduction, and roasted rosemary potatoes au gratin—that elevate the experience beyond the norm.

Authentic Italian cuisine from Chef Rob Sumber, complemented by a robust wine list.

Authentic Italian cuisine from Chef Rob Sumber, complemented by a robust wine list.

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Jimmy V’s Steak House
& Tavern

MacGregor Village
107 Edinburgh South Drive, Cary

Seafood and steaks showcased in comfortable
upscale dining.

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photo courtesy of endoedibles.com

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Herons

The Umstead Hotel and Spa
100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary

Celebrated American cuisine—Herons boasts the coveted Five-Star rating from Forbes and AAA’s Five-Diamond award—in a luxury setting known for serving the best in local, seasonal fare.

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 Chef’s Palette

3460 Ten Ten Road, Cary

For a more casual romantic ambiance, check out Chef’s Palette, located in Cary. Chef’s Palette has an eclectic environment including live music and trivia. The airy dining room offers the elegance of white linen tablecloths with the charm of local artwork displayed on the walls and available to purchase. But the artwork is not limited to the walls. Main dishes range from fish n’chips to filet mignon or duck breast. Gluten-free options are also available.

In this polished-casual setting, Chef Ryan Summers, winner of the 2016 N.C. Competition Dining Series, brings an artistic flair to a menu of home-made dishes.

In this polished-casual setting, Chef Ryan Summers, winner of the 2016 N.C. Competition Dining Series, brings an artistic flair to a menu of home-made dishes.

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photo by T. Wayne Grimes

 

Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar

8314 Chapel Hill Road, Cary

Locally sourced, globally inspired farm-to-fork fare that gives a nod to American, Asian, Caribbean, and
Mediterranean cuisines.

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Rey’s Restaurant

1130 Buck Jones Road, Cary

Where continental cuisine meets New Orleans heat, served in an elegant ambiance that transports diners to the charm and allure of French Quarter fine dining.

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Lugano Ristorante

1060 Darrington Drive, Cary

Modern Italian dining served in a classic setting of white linens and candlelight, complemented by a lengthy wine list.

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Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

7307 Tryon Road, Cary

Contemporary Southern cuisine in a classic farm-to-table motif, set in polished comfort.

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The Verandah Restaurant & Bar at the Mayton Inn

301 S. Academy Street, Cary

Subtle sophistication and signature seasonal dishes are defining elements at this lovely dining venue inside a charming and elegant inn, where Southern comfort and sincere hospitality know no bounds. 

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photo by colin crossman

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photo by colin crossman