While Raleigh doesn't always pop up on lists of romantic cities, it offers quite a few very romantic restaurants. Whether you're looking for an intimate date night, a romantic celebration or a place to pop the question, here are the restaurants that should be on your list.
The romance starts with the historic victorian home that houses this four diamand award-winning restaurant. This restaurant has it all from roaring fireplaces in the dining rooms, to a spectacular menu and wine list, to top notch service. It's not inexpensive -- I have a friend who nicknamed it Second Mortgage -- but you'll have a beautiful and memorable evening. Make the evening super spectacular and combine dinner with theater tickets. Second Empire actually has a shuttle that will drop you off at the Performing Arts Center and bring you back so you don't have to deal with parking.
Located inside The Umstead Hotel in Cary, Heron's is an elegant and delicious dining experience. The artful decor is complemented by a creative menu that's exquisitely presented. Want to know more about Heron's? Check out Food & Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and Southern Living, just to name a few.