What are the most romantic restaurants in Charlotte?

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Sarah Crosland

Spending a romantic dining out evening in Charlotte isn’t hard. Many of the city’s restaurants set the scene with flickering candlelight, intimate seating, and cozy settings. Looking for the top spots to impress your date? Here are three you’ll want to consider.

McNinch House
This uptown restaurant’s hushed rooms are said to have been where some of the city’s biggest banking deals have gone down. But in the elegant historic mansion, diners are greeted warmly and given candlelit tables in rooms that feel like someone’s personal home. The fare, which has a French influence, is exquisitely served alongside an extensive wine list. And if all that’s not enough to set the mood, women are given a single-stem red rose as their parting gift each night.

Customshop
This cozy restaurant with its exposed brick walls and dark wood booths, is the perfect place for a glass of wine alongside some of its inventive fare. Dishes like housemade gnocchi and house sliced carpaccio are definitely musts from the entrée list, but this is also an excellent choice if you’re seeking a good spot to just go for dessert. The restaurant’s famed bread pudding is a gooey dessert stuffed with apples and walnuts and drenched in caramel. One warning: Sharing it might sound romantic, but you’ll probably want your own.

Zebra
This sophisticated French restaurant has been a staple in Charlotte’s fine dining scene for years. With a wine list featuring more than 900 bottles and a nightly tasting menu, it’s a favorite for special occasions—and those looking for impressively prepared fare in an intimate setting.

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