Looking for a new restaurant to take your sweetheart to on an extra special date night? Here are our favorite restaurants in Durham with delicious food and a unique atmosphere you and your date will love! Don’t forget to get reservations if you plan on visiting on a holiday or a busy night of the week.
JuJu 737 Ninth St. #210
$$$ – Contemporary Asian tapas
Order several small plates to share with your date! The Braised Beef Short Tip Won Tons are to die for, and try sitting on the patio if the weather allows.
Mothers & Sons Trattoria 107 W. Chapel Hill St.
$$$ – Seasonal Italian cuisine specializing in homemade pasta
Come prepared to try the Primi and Secondi courses. The Bombolotti cacio e pepe is simple pasta at its finest, and the swordfish will make your night!
M Sushi 311 Holland St.
$$ – Sushi rolls with an emphasis on high-quality seafood
If you’re looking for fresh seafood and top notch ingredients, this is your restaurant! Every ingredient down to the rice vinegar is selected with care at this hidden gem of a restaurant.
Vin Rouge 2010 Hillsborough Rd.
$$$ – Authentic French cuisine
There’s no place better in the Triangle to eat raw oysters or the hangar steak with blue cheese. The bacon and gruyere macaroni and cheese is impeccable as well!
The Little Dipper 905 West Main St. #21A
$$$ – Local Full-Service Fondue
Try the Surf ‘n’ Turf entrée for two, which includes steak, lobster and ravioli. Finish your night with the Mocha Amaretto fondue with marshmallows, strawberries and more!
Dos Perros 200 North Magnum St.
$$ – Upscale Mexican serving vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free cuisine
Start with the Plantain Fritters, and for dinner go with the Carnitas or Carne Asada! Try the classic Top Shelf Margarita or mix things up with the spicy Hot Guava Margarita.
Mateo 109 West Chapel Hill St.
$$$ – Spanish tapas with a Southern flair
Be sure to try the BBQ Croquetta, Ensalada Verde and the Medula and to order a glass of wine from their Spanish wine menu. You won’t be disappointed!
Nana’s 2514 University Dr.
$$$ – Classic Durham fine dining using seasonal ingredients
If you haven’t been to Nana’s before, you have to try the risotto! Start with the Truffle Chicken Liver Pate before ordering the Grilled Ribeye Steak (if you’ve already had the risotto). Finish with Nana’s famous creme brulee!
Viceroy 335 West Main St.
$$ – Indian Cuisine and British Pub
Start with the Thai Mango Salad or the Goat Samosa and order the Lamb Durban for dinner. Finish off your dinner out with a Mumbai Mule, made with fresh syrups daily.
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