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Romantic Restaurant in Raleigh?

Hi y'all

I'm looking for a nice "romantic" restaurant in Raleigh for my 17th anniversary dinner.
Any suggestions, ideas, recommendations?


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  1. St. Jacques $$$
    Bloomsbury Bistro $$

    Bloomsbury Bistro
    509 W Whitaker Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608

    1. St. Jacques, Bloomsbury Bistro, Glenwood Grill, The Mint, Second Empire, Margaux


      Margaux's Restaurant
      8111 Creedmoor Rd Ste 111, Raleigh, NC 27613

      Bloomsbury Bistro
      509 W Whitaker Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608

      Glenwood Grill
      2603-151 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608

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      1. re: Tehama

        Mo's Diner

        Mo's Diner
        306 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

        1. re: jsb23nc

          Thanks y'all - will do my "research."

          1. re: rippsche

            I just have a feeling that you shouldn't bother with The Mint... it is nothing special. Also look into Flights (in North Hills Renaissance)

            1. re: burgeoningfoodie

              Second that. I also am not impressed with the Mint. Nor am I a big fan of Margeaux's. The atmosphere is not really romantic either, just a little weird.

              Of the picks above, I would lean towards Bloomsbury for the food or Second Empire for the ambiance.

      2. St Jacques is an excellent restaurant specializing in cuisine of the South of France. The owners and wait staff are friendly, efficient, and knowledgable. But this is not a particularly romantic spot. The dining area is a small box, the tables are too close together, and the acoustics are just not right.. Bottom line, this place does not scream, take me home and have your way with me, several times.

        1. Second Empire, in downtown Raleigh, or Heron's, at the Umstead Hotel, off I-40 west of Raleigh, near Cary.

          1. Take a look at AN in Cary across from SAS and Herons.

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            1. re: burgeoningfoodie

              Yes, An would be a good choice. And a big third for Herons. While in a hotel (it's a 5-star one), it's in a lovely setting. Excellent cuisine. Not sure about his schedule, but the harp player during Sunday brunch is very romantic. I usually shy away from hotel restaurants but Herons at the Umstead is truly special.

            2. It's probably not a popular suggestion, but it's tough to beat Ruth's Chris for a subdued, quiet dinner with excellent service and food. My idea of romantic is an atmosphere that doesn't distract you from the company you're with. Ruth's Chis does that well.

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              1. re: Fu Dee

                FuDee - just a general question for you. I haven't eaten at Ruth's Chris in a while precisely because the service was sub-par and the steaks not anywhere near as tender as they were in the past. My last assessment two years ago was that RC's had become "too corporate," and less focused on their original offerings. Did you ever have that experience and has it improved if you have? As far as steakhouses go, I always fund Sullivan's to win-out over RC's. On the plus, I like the atmosphere of RC's better than Sullivan's, though.

                1. re: Tehama

                  Just a note along the Ruth's Chris line. The person that started the company after taking over Chris' steakhouse will be speaking in the RDU area soon... I do believe.