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Date Night Outings in the Triangle with Outdoor Seating

While “dining in” used to be all the rage when it came to prestigious date nights that actually impressed that special somebody, outdoor seating has quickly become the envy among diners everywhere. Everyone loves health-conscientiousness, and there’s nothing like you and your boo being a good 6 feet away from the nearest table. Privacy and safety? Someone light the candles already. Looking to pull a ‘Lady & the Tramp’ in Chapel Hill sometime soon? Then look no farther than this list.


423 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Asian Fusion

Lantern is a marriage of Asian flavors and North Carolina ingredients sourced mainly from local farms and fisheries. It has been named one of “America’s Top 50 Restaurants” and “best farm-to-table restaurants” by Gourmet Magazine, one of “America’s 50 Most Amazing Wine Experiences” by Food & Wine, and named as “Restaurant of the Year” in 2009 by The News & Observer.

Fusion Fish

100 Meadowmont Village Cir, Suite 101, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Asian Fusion

Fusion Fish offers a selection of dishes featuring both Asian and American recipes, creating the perfect combination of global and local. Among their dishes, you’ll discover everything from potstickers to pulled pork ravioli to grilled salmon and poke bowls. They also have a premier selection of wine, sake, beer, and cocktails.

Crossroads Chapel Hill

211 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516


With its distinctly Southern soul and North Carolina Spirit, Crossroads infuses your experience with energy, great food, and a comforting sense of place. They serve authentic Carolina cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and exemplary service in a luxurious yet relaxed restaurant atmosphere.

Juju Asian Tapas + Bar

737 9th St, Suite 210, Durham, NC 27705

Asian Fusion

Juju: Asian Tapas + Bar is a new Asian fusion tapas dining experience in Durham. Juju is the exciting sister restaurant to Chapel Hill’s acclaimed Jujube, and serves up small plates with bold flavors, each prepared creatively with attention to tradition, whimsy, local integrity, and, of course, deliciousness.

Amberly Local

718 Slash Pine Dr, Cary, NC 27519


Amberly Local offers a delicious selection of sandwiches as well as meat and cheese boards. They encourage patrons to enjoy their great beer and wine selection along with their patio and their TVs to watch games.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

8030 Renaissance Pkwy, Suite 910, Durham, NC 27713


Firebirds is an American Restaurant and Steakhouse known for its scratch kitchen, bold flavors and inviting atmosphere. Their signature menu items include hand-cut, aged steaks and fresh seafood or their specialty crafted cocktails and select wines.

Luna Rotisserie & Tap Room

307 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510

Latin American

The menu at Luna captures the unique and varied cuisines of South America, yet respects its roots in the American South. Luna has a full bar and serves South American inspired cocktails, wines, and North Carolina craft beers.

Boxcar Bar + Arcade

621 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701


With over 70 games, a 7,000 square foot outdoor patio and gaming area, private event space, a Neapolitan-style pizza kitchen, and a full bar including 24 craft American drafts (and featuring a wide variety of local beer, liquor and wine)–Boxcar has a little something for everyone.

Boricua Soul

406 Blackwell St, Suite 150, Durham, NC 27701

Soul Food

Southern Soul, Caribbean Flair, Euro-African Roots. Mixing the best of Puerto Rico and the South in the heart of the America Tobacco Campus.

Crafts & Drafts NC

3117 Guess Rd, Suite B, Durham, NC 27705


Craft & Drafts is a crafting bar & bottle shop in North Durham that sells beer and wine along with various craft options for completing on site. They are currently disinfecting all craft items that are used.

The Wine Feed Downtown Durham

307 S Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27701

Wines Bar

The Wine Feed offers a full-service modern wine bar, monthly wine clubs, informative classes, private events, and international wine tours. The online patios at both the Raleigh and Durham locations are open for enjoying glasses of their international wines.

Tazza Kitchen Stone Creek Village

600 Ledgestone Way, Cary, NC 27519

Pizzeria & Cocktail Bar

Tazza is a high energy eatery centered on made from scratch wood fired cooking, thoughtfully sourced ingredients, and craft beverages. They currently offer in house and patio dining for dinner by reservation only. Tables are limited to 90 minute sessions. Their seasonal menu highlights brick oven pizzas, tacos, salads, sharable starters and mains, craft cocktails, beer, and wine.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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