Hot Date, Cool Plate

Hot Date, Cool Plate

Dating these days is no easy feat. From old fashioned set ups, to semi blind dates, there are many variables to consider. What to wear (for girls) might immediately come to mind as the most important element, but even more important is selecting a place to go.  Does a fun, exciting restaurant with a romantic atmosphere have any influence on how the date will pan out?  Whether you think yes or no, an enjoyable dining experience definitely won’t hurt you.  Relationships thrive on things that you experience together and dining out and sharing a meal with someone is the perfect way to connect.

Below is a list of Queen City restaurants that I feel are good go-to date spots:


 The Summit Room: This is one of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte.  The dim lighting and relaxed atmosphere will put anyone at ease (not to mention their delicious craft cocktails).  Their menu is filled with Southern-inspired plates that change seasonally, so you can still expect to try something new, even if you’ve already been before.



workmans friend

The Workman’s Friend: This newcomer has already made quite the impression on the CLT dining scene.  Located in Plaza Midwood, this warm and inviting spot features a full bar and a “garden fare” menu that’s uniquely Irish.  I honestly couldn’t think of another place in Charlotte that made me feel like I’d stepped out of the Queen City vibe and right into the heart of Dublin.




Craft Growler & Tasting Room: Another one of my favorite local 704 spots.  Craft brings it with their extensive list of ever-changing draft beer options paired with their delicious cheese & charcuterie boards.  Again, the dim lighting and happy atmosphere is the perfect combo for a relaxing evening out.  Craft backs up to Unknown Brewery, so if you are feeling adventurous you can always hop over to Unknown afterwards for a post-dinner treat. In addition to their great beer, Unknown has various games in their tap room, including Cards Against Humanity, ping-pong, and an excellent corn-hole setup. Nothing like a little friendly date-night competition!




RuRu’s Taco & Tequila: Located in a beautiful and historic villa in Myers Park, RuRu’s has one of the most delightful patios in Charlotte.  The romantic outdoor cafĂ© lighting, fire pits and live music are immediately inviting.   RuRu’s also boasts an entertaining menu (spoiler alert: everything is named after something movie related), delicious food, a comforting ambience and amazing cocktails- you can’t go wrong with a night out at RuRu’s.  My favorite cocktail is “Dude Where’s My Car” – just make sure that this doesn’t actually prevent you from finding your car at the end of the night…



RuRu's 2

Soul Gastrolounge: Like Workman’s Friend, Soul is tucked away on the second floor of a brick building in the eclectic Plaza Midwood neighborhood. The restaurant has a small and intimate layout so chances are you’ll have to wait for a table. (They don’t take reservations.)  While you wait you can head downstairs to 22 (a cool art gallery that serves beer and wine) and Soul will text you when your table is ready.  Soul’s menu consists of an extensive list of tapas and sushi options- it’s best to each order a few small plates and share. The decor is warm and electric and a DJ spins while you are eating/drinking.  Soul has scored major points in my book with their unique creativity, taste and ambiance.




Liz Wohlrab
Finding and sharing hidden gems from Charlotte's lively bar and restaurant scene.


  1. I would say Fahrenheit I Uptown is a great date night spot with the views.

  2. 5 Church in Uptown is a great date night spot.

  3. Georges Brasserie in Southpark is great. Intimate setting and a French menu. What more do you need?

  4. Good Food on Montford is a great date night place

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