On February 14th, love will be in the air as men and women everywhere search for the perfect romantic dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their special someone.  What makes a restaurant romantic, you ask?  Let’s say a cozy ambiance, mouthwatering food and an exceptional drink selection, for starters. Greater Raleigh is home to so many wonderfully romantic restaurants that it was hard to only be able to highlight a few.

For a truly exquisite Valentine’s Day dinner, Heron’s of The Umstead Hotel and Spa has the full package.  Heron’s will feature a special Valentine’s tasting menu with wine pairings in addition to their usual outstanding cuisine. The elegant, dimly lit restaurant compliments the sleek and sultry Umstead hotel itself, where you can enjoy a Valentine’s Day package that includes an overnight stay, paired with hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries and sparkling wine. This is romance at its finest.

Inspired by the Tuscan hills of Florence, Posta Tuscan Grille is a downtown Raleigh gem that boasts Tuscan elegance and seamless service. They feature an extensive wine list and a tantalizing menu of Italian dishes. Here, you can dine intimately over candlelight, while taking in the downtown scene. To top it all off, Posta is attached to the Marriott Raleigh City Center, where you can spend the rest of the evening with a wonderful downtown view.

Search this comprehensive list of other dining options in Greater Raleigh to find the perfect romantic meal for you and your special someone.  Also, check out these Valentine’s Day and romance-themed deals, to see how you can turn a romantic dinner into a romantic getaway.