Perfect for an intimate evening for two, Valentine's Day, anniversaries and any other time you want to share a meal with the one you love. These restaurants offer romantic lighting, amazing food, and an atmosphere where you can have a quiet conversation. Actually, this list says a lot about the Durham food scene. The only restaurant on it that's not locally owned is The Melting Pot.
It's a little bit of Paris right here in Durham. From the mirror behind the bar, to the blackboard specials the look and feel of the place is very European. But the well-trained waiters speak perfect English and you don't need to translate the menu. Which,by the way, is fabulous. Great garden/outdoor dining area. Inside is warm, candle-lit and cozy.
Four Square is located in a renovated house and gets it's name from the old southern configuration of two rooms in front and two rooms in back, separated in the middle by a wide breeze way. The food is local, creative and fantastic. The atmosphere is elegant and intimate without being stuffy.
Fondue restaurants are always voted most romantic. Maybe it's the food sharing, maybe it's all that chocolate. If you want to go all out, make a reservation and order the Durham Melting Pot's Lover's Lane package. It includes private seating in a curtained booth, a special four course menu, a bottle of wine, roses and a souvenir photo. $150 per couple. Reservation required.
This is the most casual of the restaurants on this list and a great dining value. In good weather there's patio seating. Otherwise duck inside. The exposed brick walls and rough wood floors remain in this converted tobacco warehouse. Choose from the cool bar area or sit down at one of the candle lit tables and enjoy.
Nana's is a Durham mainstay and one of the early commers to the now-frequently-accoladed local foodie-scene. The restaurant has plenty of tables, but is configured into "rooms" so it feels much more intimate. Owner Scott Howell is often in the kitchen and his creations remain up-to-date and impressive.