Foodies pick the 10 most romantic restaurants in the Triad for Valentine’s Day
Ah, Valentine’s Day. Do you heart it or hate it?
Oh well, whether you fall into the category of adoring it or the latter, it matters not. Because if only 50 percent of your coupledom hates V-Day, that means the other 50 percent of you has to suck it up and do something, such as go out to eat. We’re here to help you with that. We’ve asked our followers and friends for some feedback to supply you with the top 10 most romantic restaurants in the Triad.
And to the person who chimed in with their vote as McDonald’s (and you know who you are), well, I’m guessing you’re just joking. If not, you deserve to be single.
1) Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar, Winston-Salem
Definitely more shout-outs for Spring House for most romantic than any other. I call Spring House my happy place. The old mansion is gorgeous, cozy and comfortable with an outgoing chef and unparalleled service. Seriously, if you tell me you got lousy service at Spring House, I’ll assume you’re punking me or that you got punked. More often than not, Mr. Foodie and I opt for drinks and small plates on a velvet sofa and a small table in the Library Bar. There’s hardly a weekend that goes by that the House isn’t already the venue for the romantic celebration, so it makes sense that for Valentine’s Day, Spring is (the) King (of hearts).
2) Gia, Greensboro
Gia is swanky. Gia is seductive. This sexy eatery made the list before, so it’s a shoo-in already for a great Valentine’s Day date. Lots of small plates to eat with your hands and that’s hot (if you’re not gross).
3) Marisol Restaurant, Greensboro
This one is special. The exquisite menu that changes all the time, the piano bar, the refinery, the technique, the memorizing the menu by heart. It’s what makes Marisol one of the quintessential spots for a decadent, romantic date night. They don’t come cheap here at Marisol, and you don’t book your reservation thinking otherwise. Marisol needs to be enjoyed at least once in your life.
4) Bernardin’s at the Zevely House, Winston-Salem
There’s nothing more romantic than a century-old house full of history and creaky floors and awesome dishes like kangaroo and elk. If only it wasn’t too cold for the patio. If you’re hoping to pop the question, Bernardin’s is a good place to be.
5 ) 1618 West, Greensboro
Get the very famous-super-delicious-incredible-and-cannot be outmatched, Calamari. It’s heaven. Get an entree too. Like the steak. Or the halibut. Just enjoy.
6) 1703 Restaurant & Catering, Winston-Salem
Quiet and understated. I’m hopeful that 1703 is going to be booked for Valentine’s Day, which is on a Wednesday. If you want to be a rebel and celebrate on Tuesday instead, may I suggest that you take the opportunity to enjoy Chef Curtis Hackaday’s Tapas Tuesday? He’ll make incredibly sexy things such as octopus and something with organs that will make you so happy to be alive. And happy people are romantic people. Just saying…
7) Meridian Restaurant, Winston-Salem
A metropolitan feel with lots of big, wide windows that allow the gleaming sunset to pour in. Followed by the lights of the Brookstown area if you can dare take your eyes off the activity in the kitchen. The wine service and cocktails are amazing. You’ll still be romanced in the copper-topped bar if you just opt for delicious small plates. It’s just perfect date night ambiance.
8) Tavern in Old Salem, Winston-Salem
After your romantic handholding stroll down Main Street, you’ll enter the Tavern, where it’s all about the rustic candlelight. At night, the family-owned tavern keepers lose the period dress and turn the lights down low for a warm and intimate supper. The food is amazing; The drinks are wonderful and handmade desserts make for a sweet evening indeed.
9) Undercurrent Restaurant, Greensboro
A go-to spot for special occasions with a chef-driven menu with locally-sourced ingredients. Undercurrent has such an elegant dining room and takes special care of all of its customers.
10-tie) Ryan’s Restaurant Steakhouse, Chops & Seafood, Winston-Salem
This made the list, though, I think Ryan’s is getting more casual as it ages. It’s still the go-to on prom night and engagement parties. The dark finishes and the feel of eating in the woods add to the romantic appeal.
10-tie) LaRue, Greensboro
LaRue is in a new, larger space. Chef Trey Bell’s new kitchen is basically the size of his entire former restaurant. And I really, really loved the former location with its speakeasy style and itty bittiness. I wasn’t sure I’d like the larger space. But it is still beautifully appointed, and it’s well, leaning toward French, so that’s very romantic already.
It’s up to you how to use this list for your enjoyment. We’re pretty sure all of these restaurants have something going on for Valentine’s Day. Get your reservations asap and eat your heart out.
Happy Heart Day, foodies!
Kristi Maier is a food writer, blogger and cheerleader for all things local who even enjoys cooking in her kitchen, though her kidlets seldom appreciate her efforts.