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The Best Cary Eateries for a Romantic Date

(The Triangle Trend) — So you finally got up the courage to ask that special someone out? Or perhaps, you were asked out. Whatever the case, you’re not going to want to go just anywhere for what could turn out to be a date you won’t ever forget. Cary’s romance scene is thriving, so you’re in luck if you just so happen to be in the area. From steakhouses to cocktail bars, Italian diners, French cafes, and Asian Fusion Bars, you’re not going to want to miss out on any of these romantic date night venues.

Bellini Italian Cuisine

107 Edinburgh S Dr, Suite 119 Cary, NC 27511

The ambiance at Bellini is great for dates. Low lights and soft Italian music to top off an experience of culinary brilliance. If you and your date want great Italian food, this is the place. If you and your date want a great place to enjoy a romantic evening dinner, this is the place!

Alex & Teresa’s Pizzeria & Trattoria

941 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513

A hole in the wall that you have to try. Alex & Teresa’s is full-fledged authentic Italian food. They have pizza, fresh pasta, sandwiches, fresh bread, fresh mozzarella, and more cooked-to-order delicacies. The owners and chef are directly from Italy and it very much shows in the wonderfully authentic taste of their dishes.

Totopos Street Food And Tequila

1388 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 27511

Varied Mexican cuisine in a fun and festive environment. Think Mexican flavors and menu options with a lot more flair. You’ll see all the classics you’re used to, like fajitas and ACP, as well as the chef’s unique array of great ingredients and flavorful toppings. 


301 S Academy St Mayton Inn, Cary, NC 27511

Verandah is a delightfully refined bar in Cary. Deep inside the Mayton Inn, this restaurant and bar is a fun spot for lunch, happy hour, or dinner. They all operate with the intention of making “the unconventional feel like the norm.” If you’re looking for a comfortable dining experience with an upscale menu, we’d recommend giving them a try! The atmosphere is relaxed with a touch of elegance—perfect for a date.

Lugano Ristorante

1060 Darrington Dr, Cary, NC 27513

A solid Italian restaurant with a menu that doesn’t disappoint in presentation or taste. They strive to provide each guest with an experience they’ll remember. Their dinner menu includes calamari fritti, lobster corn chowder, Mediterranean pizza, chicken piccante strombolis, lasagna bolognese, and other Italian favorites.

Pro’s Epicurean Market & Cafe

211 E Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511

Pro’s Epicurean Market & Café is “an eclectic marketplace and café featuring a mix of Italian and French cuisine that provides the Triangle with an authentic taste of European flavors.”

They always have amazing sandwiches and other entrees.  While you’re there, you can also shop for wines, assorted vinegars and olive oils, and cheese. All kinds of cheese! Service is typically quick and attentive and the food is amazing. The atmosphere is casual with the option to order food to-go at the counter or to sit down (inside or outside).


215 E Chatham St, Suite 105 Cary, NC 27511

Wow, Cary just keeps getting better and better! Owned by Matt B of C. Grace fame, SideBar is a chic corner lounge located near Bond Bros Beer and Pizzeria Faulisi. The space is a classic L-shape with couches and a stuffed leather booth up front along with a long bar. A good-looking spot with interesting art-deco lamps overhead and great ambiance.

Chef’s Palette Restaurant & Bar

3460 Ten Ten Rd, Suite 118 Cary, NC 27518

Chef’s Palette is a friendly neighborhood bar and restaurant at the corner of Kildaire Farm Road and Ten Ten Road in Cary. The quality and variety of menu options are exceptional! You can dine in the bar or the main restaurant. The bar side is more relaxed and offers events like trivia and live music. The restaurant side feels more romantic and also works well for groups.

Tazza Kitchen

600 Ledgestone Way, Cary, NC 27519

A very nice restaurant in a convenient location with outdoor seating on a nice patio. Sandwiches, soups, salads, tacos, you can’t go wrong. You’ll also love the big open space, equipped with plenty of natural lighting and nice decor. The space boasts modern decor with a warm, rustic vibe, and has floor to ceiling windows that offer outside views.

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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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