9 restaurants to try for date night in Charlotte

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If you don’t have your Valentine’s Day dinner plans locked down or you just want to scout out a spot for your next date night, we have exactly what you need. Below are some restaurants to ponder over for your next night out of, whether you are craving a visit to a steakhouse, an Italian café or anything in between.


1829 Cleveland Ave.

Found in a renovated church in Dilworth that dates back to the late 1800s, Bonterra Dining & Wine Room is absolutely stunning. Whether you are craving fine dining or a casual date night at the bar or patio, Bonterra has what you are looking for, taste wise and by price point.

Bonterra’s ambiance manages to be both elegant and welcoming. You will find original appetizers, steaks from the wood-fired grill and locally sourced fresh produce. Their seafood selections are also flown in at the peak of freshness. You and your special someone can split a bottle of wine from Bonterra’s beautiful wine cellar, or allow the experienced staff to help you select the perfect glass of wine to pair with your meal. They proudly offer 200 wines by the glass.

For a date night or Valentine’s Day visit that is even more intimate, private dining options include seating in the exquisite wine cellar or the choir loft, which overlooks the main dining room. Whatever you choose, the team at Bonterra can help put together the perfect evening for you and your loved one.

Estia’s Kouzina

609 N Main St.

Estia’s Kouzina, situated just outside of historic Belmont, makes for the perfect spot for date night or Valentine’s Day. The relaxed ambiance and incredible food will take you away as you relish your special evening together.

Vicki and Gus Georgoulias, the husband-and-wife team behind the restaurant, add personal touch to Estia’s. With their profound love for their business, staff and food, they work to produce an authentic Greek dining experience unparalleled in the area.

Estia’s prides itself on its genuine Greek ingredients and a menu featuring authentic Mediterranean dishes. Start your meal with house-made pita bread and hummus or tzatziki, or try the keftedakia, which are beef and pork meatballs seasoned with spearmint and garlic. Follow it up with an entrée of mousaka or mussels bathed in tomato sauce, or try the feta and ouzo if you want something lighter. They even offer a 20-ounce, bone-in ribeye. Estia’s also offers wine and spirits to compliment your romantic evening.

Fran’s Filling Station

2410 Park Road

Settle into the inviting cozy atmosphere at Fran’s Filling Station in Dilworth with your loved one. It is sure to be an evening of good food and fun. The varied menu makes Fran’s an ideal spot for romantic dinners, business dinners and family gatherings, alike.

Fran’s passion for food and warm hospitality will quickly be apparent, between the lively taproom and the elegant dining room. On top of their special Valentine’s Day menu, in February you’ll happily find a $50 date night special Monday through Thursday that includes a shared appetizer, two entrees and a bottle of wine.

You can split some small plates at Fran’s with your special someone, whether it is a bowl of warm artichoke and crab dip, or their rich bacon-wrapped tater tots. They also offer lighter and heartier salad options.

“Fran’s Favorites” from their dinner menu is chockfull of classic comfort foods, including meatloaf, honey pecan-crusted chicken breast and pan-roasted pork chops. There are so many options on their menu to pick from for your next special night. Do not hesitate to ask the knowledgeable and friendly staff to help you pick your ideal romantic meal.