In no short supply of romantic restaurants situated in alluring settings, the Southeast U.S. is a wonderful destination for a memorable evening of romantic dining. Whether planning a special anniversary celebration, a proposal or simply to enjoy an ultra romantic evening with the one you love, here are several of the top rated restaurants for romance...Southern style.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Located within the famed Carolina Inn on the Chapel Hill Campus of the University of North Carolina, this award winning restaurant features progressive New American cuisine with Southern, Mediterranean and Italian influences that highlights the best from local and regional growers. The dining room provides an ambiance of elegant sophistication and terrace dining is available in good weather.
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Charleston, South Carolina
This charming restaurant is nestled in the gardens behind Wentworth Mansion in the heart of downtown Charleston. Housed in the original carriage house, the ambiance is elegantly cozy and intimate. The menu, which changes seasonally, is inspired by Charleston cuisine of the late 1800s with English, French and Caribbean influences and features fresh local ingredients. Several special dining events take place throughout the year.
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The Brown Hotel's award winning restaurant features American cuisine with touches of Kentucky inspiration and an extensive wine list. The restaurant's warm tones of wood and multi-hued stained glass create an intimate atmosphere for romantic dining.
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Pittsboro, North Carolina
Located about 15 minutes from Chapel Hill and North Carolina's only restaurant recipient of both AAA's Five Diamond Award and Mobil's Five Stars, the Fearrington House Restaurant offers sophisticated and intimate gourmet dining. The innovative French influenced regional cuisine highlights local fresh produce and the setting in the original Fearrington farm home-place features a series of lovely small dining rooms with romantic views of the gardens. This is also a top destination for culinary travelers to enjoy cooking classes and special food and wine events.
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Located in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley about 70 miles west of Washington, D.C., the award winning and world renowned restaurant at the Inn at Little Washington offers a memorable destination for romance. Ranked locally, nationally and worldwide among the best restaurants for gourmet cuisine and a superb wine list, this small intimate inn is a top choice for a sumptuous and magical romantic experience. See: A Review of the Inn at Little Washington from About.com's Guide to Honeymoons and Romantic Travel.
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Palm Beach, Florida
The multi award winning signature restaurant at The Breakers, L'Escalier features extraordinary contemporary French cuisine, complimented by a soft, seductive and luxurious ambiance. Menu options include a la carte selections or Petit and Grand Tasting menus. More about L'Escalier from About.com's Guide to Honeymoons and Romantic Travel
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Housed in a former 18-century Georgian mansion, complete with an occasionally seen ghost, this charming restaurant features American cuisine with popular regional and seafood specialties. Recalling the ambiance of yesteryear, the elegant old world dining rooms are accented with decorative chandeliers, working fireplaces and period antiques. For a romantic after dinner drink, plan a visit to the cozy tavern downstairs, where the historic setting and a jazz pianist add to the romantic atmosphere. (Tip: If you like shrimp and grits, don't miss the Olde Pink House shrimp and grits appetizer.)
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Quinones at Bacchanalia, sister restaurant to Bacchanalia, opened in 2005 as a culinary showplace for the prix fixe, multi-course tasting menu of modern Southern cuisine. The intimate restaurant design recalls old-world Southern elegance, featuring elements such as hand-blown Venetian glass chandeliers and antique mirrors. Dinner, which changes nightly, is served on Friday and Saturday.
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Alexandria, VA 22314
Surrounded by the charm of Old Town Alexandria, this award winning restaurant offers two different dining experiences, The Chef's Tasting Room and The Bistro. Featuring innovative "modern American cooking with classical French influences" and a stylish and inviting interior with natural lighting and brick fireplaces in each of the rooms, Restaurant Eve is a wonderful choice for special romantic occasions. If celebrating a birthday, be sure to call ahead of time to order one of the popular miniature birthday cakes.
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