Looking for a new restaurant to take your sweetheart to on that special date night? Here are our favorite restaurants in Durham and the Triangle with delicious food and that killer atmosphere that 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.
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The Best Restaurants in Durham
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!
Sushi Love 2812 Erwin Rd. #204
$$ – Sushi rolls and Japanese steak and seafood
You can buy one get one free sushi rolls every day at Sushi Love! The Durham Cares roll and the Sunrise Lava Roll are delicious, and order their Asian Pear martini to go with your meal.
Vin Rouge 2010 Hillsborough Rd.
$$$ – 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
$$$ – Local Full-Service Fondue
Try the Surf ‘n’ Turf entrée for two, which includes steak, lobster and ravioli. Finish your night with the Mocha Amaretto fondue with marshmallows, strawberries and more!
The Best Restaurants in Raleigh
Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse 8551 Brier Creek Pkwy
$$ – Authentic Brazilian Steakhouse and Salad Bar
At this all-you-can-eat steakhouse, put your rock on green if you want more meat, and put it on red if you want to take a break. Try the pork, lamb or steak, and the coconut flan for dessert!
The Pit 328 W. Davie St.
$ NC Whole-Hog, Pit-Cooked Barbeque
Order the pulled pork or ribs, if you know what’s good for you, and enjoy the complimentary hush puppies! Try a local beer on tap to go with your meal.
The Best Restaurants in Chapel Hill
Mint 504 W. Franklin St.
$$ – Contemporary Indian Cuisine
The portions at this restaurant are sizeable, and the garlic naan, tikki masala, or the chicken pasanda are to die for. For dessert, try the delicious gulab jamun!
The Best Restaurants in Pittsboro
Oakleaf 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro
$$$ – Sophisticated Farm to Table American Dining
The menu changes constantly, but order the steak or gnocchi if you can! Ask the bartender for drink suggestions to go with your meal or try whichever crème brûlée is on the menu for dessert.
The Best Restaurants in Cary & Apex
Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen 7307 Tryon Rd., Cary
$$ – Local Southern and American Cuisine
Start with the Voodoo Pig Bread, and order the catfish for dinner. Make sure that you order a drink from their extensive wine and local beer list!
Sushi IWA 2026 Creekside Crossings Dr., Apex
$$ – Sushi Bar and Asian Restaurant
You can buy one get and one free sushi roll every day here, so check out the My Girl roll or any of the salmon rolls. If you’re not interested in sushi, try the bacon fried rice or the Imperial Chicken dish!