Nestled at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains in northern Alabama, Huntsville is a high-tech city that has played a vital role in the development of space technology for the past 60 years. Nicknamed the ‘Rocket City,’ Huntsville has a rich history that spans from the 19th to the 21st century, ranging from the heritage of the state’s first English-speaking city and the hardships of the American Civil War to the incredible development of the space industry. When it comes to romantic wining and dining, Huntsville has a great selection of charming and elegant restaurants from which to choose.

1.1892 East Restaurant & Tavern

1892 East Restaurant & Tavern
© 1892 East Restaurant & Tavern

Located in the historic Five Points neighborhood of Huntsville, 1892 East Restaurant & Tavern is a casual bar and grill that serves distinctive New American cuisine made with the highest quality local, organic ingredients. Combining historic traditions with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the restaurant serves a seasonally changing southern-inspired menu featuring sublime dishes like blackened tenderloin, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, stuffed trout, and cassoulet. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including local and imported craft and draft beers, globally-inspired wines by the glass and the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. 1892 East Restaurant & Tavern is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday, and dinner only on Saturday.

720 Pratt Ave NE, Huntsville, AL 35801, Phone: 256-489-1242

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2.Commerce Kitchen

Commerce Kitchen
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Part of the Boyce Restaurant Concepts' portfolio, Commerce Kitchen, is a contemporary, sophisticated restaurant that specializes in down-home Southern cuisine and creative cocktails. The restaurant features a beautifully appointed dining space influenced by turn-of-the-century style with modern décor and an intimate ambiance. Seasonal menus feature classic dishes of New American cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and artisanal products such as roasted harissa salmon, buttermilk fried chicken, Gulf shrimp, and Falls Mill grits, and braised beef tagliatelle. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including local and imported craft and draft beers, globally-inspired wines by the glass and the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Commerce Kitchen is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, daily.

300 Franklin St SE, Huntsville, AL 35801, Phone: 256-382-6622

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3.Cotton Row

Cotton Row
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Nestled in the southwest corner of the Courthouse Square, Cotton Row is part of the Boyce Restaurant Concepts' portfolio and serves modern American cuisine in an elegant environment. Set in a historic three-story brick building that was built in 1821 along the cotton exchange, the restaurant features a stunning main dining space with centuries-old brick walls, rough-hewn wood and brick accents, comfortable banquette seating, and a full-service bar with industrial shelving. A charming sidewalk patio is perfect for alfresco dining and a basement wine cellar with thick walls, a low timber ceiling, and rail steel tables. Chef James Boyce creates sublime dishes such as braised black Angus beef short ribs with McEwen grits, J.T. Pollard cornmeal-crusted Apalachicola oysters, and Kodiak Island Alaskan halibut with abalone mushrooms. An extensive wine list features 500 labels is available to enjoy with the cuisine by the glass or bottle, along with handcrafted cocktails made with top-shelf spirits and a range of craft beers. Cotton Row is open for lunch and dinner, Wednesday through Friday, dinner only on Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday and Sunday brunch.

100 Southside Square, Huntsville, AL 35801, Phone: 256-382-9500

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4.Grille 29

Grille 29
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Located in the beautiful village of Providence, Grille 29 is a sophisticated yet casual steak and seafood restaurant that serves lunch and dinner, daily. The restaurant has classy décor in dark wood tones, ambient lighting, and a full-service bar that boasts a wide range of libations, including an extensive wine list with more than 100 varieties of bottled wine, half of which are available by the glass. The long-standing restaurant serves a creative menu of mouthwatering dishes prepared with seasonal ingredients, including filet mignon, shrimp with jumbo lump crab, New York strip steak, broiled jumbo scallops, and Firecracker Shrimp. Desserts to die for include classic crème brûlee, chocolate soufflé, and chocolate peanut butter truffle, which are made-to-order in the dining room. Grille 29 is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, daily.

445 Providence Main St NW #101, Huntsville, AL 35806, Phone: 256-489-9470

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5.Hildegard's German Cuisine

Hildegard's German Cuisine
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Located in the Pama Shopping Center on Whitesburg Drive, Hildegard’s German Cuisine is a low-key, casual restaurant that specializes in traditional German cuisine and imported beers. Established over a decade ago, the locally-owned and operated restaurant serves a variety of German cuisine, such as schnitzels, sausages, sauerkraut, and Laugen Bavarian pretzels. Dishes are crafted from scratch by hand using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and authentic German recipes and are accompanied by imported German beers and casual wines from around the world. Hildegard’s German Cuisine is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.

2357 Whitesburg Dr, Huntsville, AL 35801, Phone: 256-512-9776

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© Luciano

Luciano is an upscale Italian restaurant with an old-fashioned dining room with a piano bar and a charming outdoor terrace for alfresco dining. Boasting beautiful décor and an intimate, romantic ambiance, the elegant restaurant is perfect for candlelit dinners with live piano music on Friday and Saturday nights. Owned and operated by third-generation restauranteur, Anya Schrader, the restaurant serves upscale Italian fare prepared with local and artisan ingredients with dishes of fresh seafood, prime meats and chicken, house-made pasta, and from-scratch sauces, wood-fired pizzas and sublime desserts. A full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including local and imported craft and draft beers, casual wines from Italy by the glass and the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails, and the restaurant I open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Friday, dinner only Saturdays and Mondays and Sunday brunch.

964 Airport Rd SW #4, Huntsville, AL 35802, Phone: 256-880-9920

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7.Nick's Ristorante

Nick's Ristorante
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Nick's Ristorante is an upscale Italian restaurant with elegant surroundings that specializes in Northern Italian cuisine, fresh seafood, and prime steaks in a warm bistro-like setting. The warm and welcoming dining room has comfortable décor and a friendly, vibrant ambiance, and a casual cigar lounge is ideal for relaxing over drinks and cigars. The menu features traditional Italian fare cooked from old-country recipes with such as antipasti plates of bruschetta, meats and cheese, handmade pasta and wood-fired pizzas, ample helpings of gnocchi and house-made sausage, and 100% certified Angus beef steaks and grilled vegetables. A wine list offers easy-drinking wines to complement the food, along with imported and local beers, and desserts shouldn’t be missed! Nick's Ristorante is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

10300 Bailey Cove Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803, Phone: 256-489-8280

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8.Ol Heidelberg Cafe

Ol Heidelberg Cafe
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Located in the University Place Shopping Centre, Ol’ Heidelberg is a traditional German restaurant that has been serving authentic German cuisine since 1972. Owned by the Schrader family, the restaurant is one of the oldest and most recognized restaurants in Huntsville and has been drawing both locals and visitors alike with their outstanding cuisine, fine wines, and gracious hospitality. Signature dishes on the menu include Wiener Schnitzel, Schnitzel Cordon Bleu, Beef Rouladen, Pork Stroganoff, and Goulash, and sausage platters heave with Bratwurst, Knackwurst, Rauckwurst, Bratwurst Heidelberg, and Bratwurst Jarlsberg. The fare is accompanied by imported German beers, and casual wines from around the world, and the restaurant is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, daily.

6125 University Dr, Huntsville, AL 35806, Phone: 256-922-0556

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9.Phuket Thai Restaurant and Sushi

Phuket Thai Restaurant and Sushi
© Phuket Thai Restaurant and Sushi

Phuket Thai Restaurant and Sushi brings the varied tastes and flavors of the Far East to the heart of Huntsville with authentic Thai cuisine and fresh handmade sushi. Boasting a modern dining space with minimalist décor and a cosmopolitan atmosphere, the restaurant has gained a reputation for serving best Thai cuisine in town with a menu of traditional Thai cuisine. Dishes range from soups, salads, and handmade sushi to pad Thai, curries, rice and noodle dishes, satays, fresh seafood platters, and house specialties such as Spicy Catfish, Grilled Ribeye with Chili Dipping Sauce, and Drunken Noodle Seafood. Phuket Thai Restaurant and Sushi is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturday.

475 Providence Main St NW Ste 102, Huntsville, AL 35806, Phone: 256-829-8800

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10.Purveyor Huntsville

Purveyor Huntsville
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Purveyor Huntsville is the latest addition to downtown Huntsville’s dining scene and offers an unrivaled dining experience like no other. Located in The Avenue, Purveyor serves upmarket American fare and a variety of local craft beers, unique bourbons, and exclusive one-of-a-kind wines in a stylish, brick-lined space with a romantic ambiance. The restaurant boasts a lively, comfortable dining space with wood, copper, and brass accents, a long wooden bar, and tables made from a single, enormous oak tree, luxurious burgundy velvet high-backed banquettes, and a century-old stained-glass door from a church in Alabama. The bar serves an extensive selection of local craft beer, casual wines from around the world, and classic handcrafted cocktails, and the restaurant is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.

201 Jefferson St N, Huntsville, AL 35801, Phone: 256-419-2555

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© Terranova's

Terranova’s offers a genuinely original Italian experience with a menu of authentic Italian cuisine, a wine list of globally-inspired vintages from around the world, and gracious hospitality. Perfect for a romantic dinner or celebration of love, Terranova’s is helmed by owner Dan Oliver, who utilizes fresh, organic ingredients from local purveyors to create mouthwatering dishes of Italian fare such as house-made pasta, prime meat, and fresh seafood and crisp salads. Signature entrées include fettuccine alfredo, chicken marsala, chicken scaloppini, lasagna, spaghetti, and a seafood platter of blue crab claw meat, sauteed shrimp, and bay scallops known as Lombardi. Desserts include strawberry tiramisu, Italian cream pie, cannoli, and a chocolate creation called Mount Vesuvius. The full-service bar offers casual Italian wines, craft beers, and creative specialty drinks. Terranova’s is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.

1420 Paramount Dr #1, Huntsville, AL 35806, Phone: 256-489-8883

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12.The Bottle

The Bottle
© The Bottle

The Bottle is a sophisticated, upscale bar and eatery that serves seasonal New American cuisine with Southern accents and French influences in a sleek dining space. The French-influenced eatery specializes in fresh seafood and prime steaks with signature dishes of jumbo lump Maryland style crab cakes, Hereford Choice beef steaks, rack of lamb, and freshly shucked raw oysters. Chefs Andy Howery and Chris McDonald creates seasonally changing menus of delicious dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. The cuisine is accompanied by local and imported craft and draft beers, casual wines by the glass and the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails, and the restaurant is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.

101 Washington St NE, Huntsville, AL 35801, Phone: 256-704-5555

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13.Connors Steak & Seafood

Connors Steak & Seafood
© Connors Steak & Seafood

Located in the Bridge Street Town Centre, Connors Steak & Seafood specializes in dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood, as well as house-made pasta and gourmet salads. The family-friendly restaurant features several dining spaces with modern décor in dark wood, fireplaces, and large windows with beautiful lake views. Appetizers range from pan-seared ahi tuna, truffled devil’s eggs, and batter-fried mushrooms followed by entrées of the finest prime steaks, succulent chops, and fresh seafood and creamy pasta dishes. The cuisine is accompanied by local and imported craft and draft beers, casual wines by the glass and the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Connors Steak & Seafood is open for lunch and dinner daily.

345 The Bridge St # 101, Huntsville, AL 35806, Phone: 256-327-8425

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14.Four Leaves Asian Restaurant

Four Leaves Asian Restaurant
© Four Leaves Asian Restaurant

Four Leaves Asian Restaurant is a modern restaurant that brings the tastes and flavors of Asian to the heart of Huntsville. The contemporary eatery features a spacious dining room and a sushi bar where expert sushi chefs prepare sushi, sashimi, nigiri and rolls with fresh, local and imported ingredients. Entrées range from General Tso's Chicken, Moo Goo Gai Pan, Kong Pao Chicken, Mongolian Beef, Green Curry Chicken, and Spicy Mango Shrimp. The menu also features Bento Boxes of soup, salad, seasonal tempura, teppanyaki, hibachi, sashimi, California rolls, and other fresh seafood dishes. The bar serves a variety of teas, juices, mocktails, and coffee, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.

7044 University Dr. NW A, Huntsville, AL 35806, Phone: 256-429-9393

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15.Mezza Luna

Mezza Luna
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Located in Valley Bend, Mezza Luna is a traditional trattoria that serves delicious Italian cuisine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The family-friendly restaurant has a charming dining room, an open kitchen with a wood-fired brick oven, and a lovely outdoor patio for alfresco dining and serves a seasonal menu of fresh Gulf seafood, naturally-raised meats and chicken, and locally grown organic salads and vegetables. Diners are taken on a journey through the landscapes of Tuscany, Andalusia, Sicily, and North Africa with wood-fired flatbreads and pizzas, delicious roasts and braises, and mouthwatering desserts like tiramisu and cannelloni. The cuisine is accompanied by award-winning wines from Italy, Spain, the south of France, and California, along with classic cocktails and craft beers. Mezza Luna is open for lunch and dinner, and Sunday brunch.

2724 Carl T Jones Dr. SE, Huntsville, AL 35802, Phone: 256-650-2514

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15 Best Restaurants in Huntsville, Alabama