There are many fun things to do in Winston-Salem, including a diverse selection of eateries. From fine-dining establishments and classic steakhouses to charming sidewalk cafés and casual family-friendly eateries, Winston-Salem has a wide choice of restaurants to try for a romantic night out.
Head to Fratellis Italian Steakhouse for classic chophouse fare; tuck into traditional Moravian market-driven dishes like crawfish and grits and tomato bisque with blue cheese at the historic Tavern in Old Salem; and updated Southern fare with a French twist at the urbane, contemporary Katharine Brasserie and Bar. Here are some of the top spots to go for romantic wining and dining in Winston-Salem.
1. Katharine Brasserie and Bar
© Katharine Brasserie and Bar
Named after Katharine Reynolds, an upstanding citizen and beloved character of the Winston-Salem community, Katharine Brasserie and Bar is a suave, contemporary spot serving a creative brasserie menu of updated Southern fare with a French twist. Exuding the ambiance of a traditional French café spread over two levels boasting cozy dining spaces and a seasonal outdoor patio for alfresco summer dining. The brassiere’s menu taps into local ingredients to curate a range of innovative fare that calls for sharing, multi-course dining or casual nibbling over cocktails. Katharine Brasserie and Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.
401 North Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, Phone: 336-761-0203
2. Meridian Restaurant
© Meridian Restaurant
Renowned for being one of the Triad’s top destinations for world-class cuisine, the Meridian Restaurant is an elegant fine dining restaurant that serves an elevated menu of Mediterranean and New American fare and world-class wines. Opened in 2007, Meridian Restaurant draws inspiration from the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean and uses local, organic, and seasonal ingredients such as house-made sausages, locally made mozzarella, freshly baked bread, hand-rolled pasta, and fresh, organic salads and vegetables. Signature dishes include Classic French Onion Soup gratinée with aged Gruyère, Grilled Bistro Steak Frites Lyonnaise with Meridian steak sauce, and Seared Sea Scallop Risotto with wild foraged mushrooms. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews, top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails. The Meridian Restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
411 Marshall St SW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, Phone: 336-722-8889
3. 1703 Restaurant
© 1703 Restaurant
1703 Restaurant is a modern fine-dining restaurant specializing in fresh and local fare, world-class wines, and gracious hospitality and service. Conveniently located on the corner of Robinhood and Reynolda Roads in Buena Vista, the elegant restaurant serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch with several seasonally-inspired menus featuring dishes prepared with the highest quality of locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews, top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails and the restaurant offers full-catering services for special events.
1703 Robinhood Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27104, Phone: 336-725-5767
4. Bernardin’s Restaurant at zevely House
© Bernardin’s Restaurant @ zevely House
Bernardin’s Restaurant is a five-star, fine-dining restaurant renowned for its exceptional haute cuisine, globally-inspired wines, impeccable service, and elegantly romantic atmosphere. Located across Tryon Street from the Levine Center for the Arts, the beautifully appointed restaurant has arched ceilings, stylish décor, a charming dining room with a crackling fireplace and plush seating, and an outdoor patio for alfresco dining in the warmer months. The menu features contemporary American fare with Asian and French influences with dishes like grilled venison in a lingonberry and raspberry sauce, a pan-seared ostrich with a cumin fennel crust, and a variety of seafood options like crab cakes, seared scallops, fried oysters, and shrimp cocktail. Bernardin’s Restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner on Mondays and Saturdays.
901 W 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, Phone: 336-725-6666
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5. BLEU Restaurant & Bar
© BLEU Restaurant & Bar
Locally owned and operated Bleu Restaurant & Bar is located on Frontis Street, just off Hanes Mall Boulevard and serves an eclectic menu of inventive New American cuisine in a casual, contemporary setting. Exuding a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the restaurant has warmly decorated interiors with wood finishes, and large greenery-framed windows that boast lovely city views. The restaurant presents a menu of innovative cuisine prepared with high quality fresh locally sourced ingredients and regional produce and accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around the world, craft brews and beers and classic cocktails. Bleu Restaurant & Bar is open for lunch, brunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
3425 Frontis St, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, Phone: 336-760-2026
6. Di Lisio's Italian Restaurant
© Di Lisio's Italian Restaurant
Di Lisio's Italian Restaurant is a family-owned and operated restaurant that serves authentic Italian fare and a wide range of casual wines and spirits in a comfortable and relaxed setting. The warm and welcoming eatery offers a menu packed with sharing appetizers, homemade soups, fresh salads, entrées of fresh seafood, prime beef, veal and chicken, housemade sauces, wood-fired pizzas with various toppings and decadent sweet desserts. The delicious cuisine is accompanied by an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews, top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails, and the restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Saturday.
301 Brookstown Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, Phone: 336-546-7202
7. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
© Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is an American chain restaurant that serves classic steakhouse fare such as prime steaks, fresh seafood, hearty sides and hand-curated cocktails in an elegant lodge-like setting. The family-friendly restaurant is renowned for its scratch kitchen, which prepares signature menu items like hand-cut, dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, crisp salads, and vegetarian options with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients and regional produce. The food is accompanied by a wide range of libations from the full-service bar, including global wines, craft beers and microbrews on tap, top-shelf spirits, and signature cocktails. Diners can relax in the well-appointed dining room or on the outdoor patio for drink specials and bar snacks. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1215 Creekshire Way, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, Phone: 336-659-3973
8. Fratellis Italian Steakhouse
© Fratellis Italian Steakhouse
Located near Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, Fratellis Italian Steakhouse is a classic chophouse that specializes in serving certified USDA Angus beef steaks and traditional Italian favorites such as lasagna, spaghetti Bolognese, and fresh seafood platters. The hip restaurant takes diners back in time with prohibition-era décor, photographs, and vintage furnishings, and offers a menu of classic and contemporary cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. Famous for their Krispy Kreme bread pudding which is served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a Bourbon Cream, the menu also offers a range of pasta, pizzas, salads, soups, meat and chicken and seafood dishes. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews, top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails. Fratellis Italian Steakhouse is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
2000 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, Phone: 336-448-1704
Renowned for bold and innovative farm-to-fork cuisine prepared using locally sourced ingredients and seasonal produce, Jeffrey-Adams-on-Fourth is a contemporary urban eatery with a cozy fireplace lounge and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Owned by Jeff Bassett and Adam Andrews, Jeffrey-Adams-on-Fourth boasts an eclectic mix of unique dishes, Southern favorites, and comfort food such as signature appetizers of ahi tuna, entrées of perfectly cooked seafood risotto, four-ounce beef tenderloin with lobster and scallops, and a Southern classic of Fried Chicken. Boasting a prime location in downtown Winston-Salem with ample parking and beautiful city views, Jeffrey-Adams-on-Fourth is perfect for a romantic dinner for two. Jeffrey-Adams-on-Fourth is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
321 4th St NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, Phone: 336-448-1714
10. Milner's American Southern
© Milner's American Southern
Milner's American Southern is a family-owned and operated restaurant on South Stratford Road that serves contemporary Southern cuisine, local craft beers and casual wines against a backdrop of live jazz. Exuding an elegant, refined atmosphere with stylish décor and soft lighting, the restaurant offers a menu featuring a delicious variety of re-imagined Southern American classics using contemporary culinary techniques. Signature dishes include Moravian Cookie & Pecan-Crusted Salmon with sweet potato flapjacks, Grilled Joyce Farm’s Bison Flank Steak with herb roasted potatoes, and Black Rice and Roasted Vegetables. Pair cuisine with a glass or bottle of wine from the award-winning wine list or a handcrafted cocktail made with imported spirits and listen to live Jazz every Sunday night from the Charlie Culbreath Trio. Milner's American Southern is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday and dinner only on Saturday nights.
630 S Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, Phone: 336-768-2221
11. Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro
© Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro
Located in the historic west end neighborhood in downtown Winston-Salem, Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro is a charming bistro that serves refined Southern cuisine and an array of diverse wines in a cheerful, airy atmosphere with a cozy, covered patio. The bistro serves a menu of southern-inspired fare prepared with locally-sourced ingredients and regional produce with signature dishes like gourmet bacon-wrapped meatloaf, tomato pie with Parmigiano-Reggiano, shrimp + grits with prosciutto and sweet peppers, and boneless chicken breast with mac and cheese. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews, top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails. Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
878, 2516, W 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, Phone: 336-703-5400
12. Quanto Basta Italian Eatery and Wine Bar
© Quanto Basta Italian Eatery and Wine Bar
Quanto Basta Italian Eatery and Wine Bar is an upscale-casual restaurant helmed by Chef Tim Grandinetti that serves a variety of antipasti platters, housemade pasta dishes, Italian entrées of prime meats and chicken, and a selection of wonderfully delicious desserts. Exuding an earthy, rustic ambiance and a warm and welcoming ambiance that pays tribute to Grandinetti’s grandfather, the restaurant also offers a comprehensive wine list that includes over 200 labels, with more than 50 from Italy stored in a unique, climate-controlled Tuscan wine tower. Quanto Basta Italian Eatery and Wine Bar is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
680 W 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, Phone: 336-893-6144
13. River Birch Lodge
© River Birch Lodge
The River Birch Lodge is a locally-owned and operated restaurant on Robinhood Road that offers unique mountain-dining experience. Featuring large wooden rafters and crackling stone fireplaces that create a warm and welcoming glow, the restaurant serves New American cuisine and fine wines in a comfortable dining space. The menu features plates of succulent steaks and fresh seafood cooked on a wood-fired grill, gourmet pizzas, specialty soups, fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches, and wraps and is accompanied by an extensive wine list with wines by the glass and bottle, over 15 hand-crafted beers on tap, and a selection of handcrafted cocktails. The River Birch Lodge is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, and Sunday brunch.
3324 Robinhood Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, Phone: 336-768-1111
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Nestled deep in a wooded setting just minutes from downtown Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University, Ryan’s has been serving upmarket cuisine in a refined setting since 1977. Boasting panoramic view of the surrounding oak trees and tinkling stream from large windows or the expansive outdoor deck and featuring a cozy lounge with plush sofas and a crackling fireplace, the restaurant is ideal for an intimate, romantic dinner. Award-winning Chef Ryan creates a tantalizing menu of delectable dishes such as steamed mussels in garlic butter and white wine, jumbo lump crab, oysters Rockefeller, prime ribs and steaks, live Maine lobster and freshly grilled fish. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews, top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails. Ryan’s is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
719 Coliseum Dr. NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, Phone: 336-724-6132
15. Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen and Bar
© Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen and Bar
Set in a beautifully restored historic house, Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen and Bar is a refined eatery that specializes in innovative Southern-inspired cuisine prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Committed to masterful cuisine, Chef Timothy Grandinetti presents seasonally-inspired menus of creative farm-to-table fare such as gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade soups, entrées of prime meats and chicken, fresh seafood, and sweet desserts. Guests can enjoy a drink in the elegant Library Bar which offers an array of expertly prepared libations mixed with house-made bitters, syrups, fresh juices, and locally grown seasonal ingredients. Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen and Bar is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
450 N Spring St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, Phone: 336-293-4797
16. The Basil Leaf Thai and Sushi Restaurant
© The Basil Leaf Thai and Sushi Restaurant
Located in a shopping center off Hanes Mall Boulevard, the Basil Leaf Thai and Sushi Restaurant is an Asian fusion-style restaurant in Winston-Salem that specializes in Thai curries, fresh sushi and sashimi, and other Asian fare. The menu features a wide variety of market-driven dishes such as Panang curry with kaffir and lime leaves, pan-fried rice noodle lad nar with broccoli, poo pad pong (deep-fried soft-shell crab) with Kari sauce, and fresh handmade sushi, sashimi and tempura. The food is accompanied by a variety of beers ranging from Sapporo to Tiger, and handcrafted cocktails. Basil Leaf Thai and Sushi Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
690 St George Square Ct, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, Phone: 336-283-9133
17. The Old Fourth Street Filling Station
© The Old Fourth Street Filling Station
The Old Fourth Street Filling Station is a trendy, upscale New American eatery and bar with a charming indoor dining room boasting a crackling fireplace and lovely covered outdoor terrace. Exuding the genteel charm of the historic West End of Winston Salem, the excellent dining haven boasts a casual, friendly dining atmosphere with friendly, professional staff and a serves a menu of contemporary market-driven cuisine and fine wines. The neighborhood favorite offers an inspired array of chef’s creations and delicious selections, along with a full bar and extensive wine list of wines by the glass and bottle, craft beers and signature cocktails. The Old Fourth Street Filling Station is open for lunch and dinner daily with curated specials every day and Sunday Brunch.
871 W 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, Phone: 336-724-7600
18. Village Tavern
© Village Tavern
Village Tavern Restaurant is a chain of scratch kitchens and craft bars that serve fresh, farm-to-table cuisine and market-driven fare with gracious hospitality and service and a warm and welcoming ambiance. Initially opened in 1984, the Village Tavern is committed to serving delicious, healthy and sustainable food prepared with fresh locally sourced ingredients and regional produce with signature dishes like appetizers of ahi tuna, Tavern nachos, Maryland-style crab cakes, and Colorado chips, and entrées of Baja Fish tacos, fresh salads, prime steaks and chops, wood-fired pizzas, and fresh seafood. The delicious cuisine is accompanied by an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers and microbrews, top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday.
Corner of Stratford Rd and Hanes Mall Blvd, 2000 Griffith Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, Phone: 336-760-8686
19. Willows Bistro
© Willows Bistro
Willows Bistro is a casual, neighborhood bistro that serves regionally-sourced New American cuisine and casual wines in a laid-back, relaxed setting. Established in 2009 by Chef Will Kingery and Norbert Cooper, the friendly bistro features eclectic décor with art-adorned walls and a romantic, torch-lit outdoor patio for alfresco-dining and serves a seasonally-inspired menu of market-driven cuisine. Signature dishes include Salmon and Grits, Grilled Ahi Tuna, Crab Cakes, Heritage Aberdeen Angus Filet, and Stir Fry Farro, along with freshly prepared salads, gourmet sandwiches, sharing appetizers and small plates and decadent desserts. Willows offers multiple bar offerings throughout the week as well as daily lunch and dinner specials, award-winning cocktails and an extensive wine list with vintages by the bottle and glass.
300 S Liberty St #125, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, Phone: 336-293-4601
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