Still planning for Valentine’s Day? Never fear—we have some options, from a romantic night out with your significant other, to a girl’s night in celebration of Galentine’s Day. See our top picks below: 

Dinner at The Fig Tree

Located in the heart of Elizabeth, The Fig Tree restaurant is consistently ranked as one of the most romantic restaurants in Charlotte. Make a reservation for you and your significant other—this spot is definitely more than first-date material. Be sure to grab the elk chop, and take advantage of the extensive wine list. 

Dinner + Drinks

Luckily for those staying in Elizabeth for Valentine’s Day, The Stanley and The Crunkleton are right next door. First, hit up The Stanley for dinner. Don’t miss out on the Surf and Turf small plate (veggie slaw, beef tartar, fried oysters, truffle aioli) and the duck breast. For after-dinner drinks, walk next door to The Crunkleton for some of the best classic cocktails in town. 


Take a more casual route with Valentine’s Day this year with a night at Pinhouse on Central Avenue. Get set up with bracelets to pour your own beer, and gear up for a game of duckpin bowling (with some added friendly competition). Keep an eye out for the food truck schedule to keep the party going. 

Charlotte Symphony Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1

Take romance to the next level with the arts. Starting on Valentine’s Day and running through the weekend, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is presenting a program on Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The program also includes works from Tchiakovsky’s Romeo and Juliet as well. 

Galentine’s Bonus: Optimist Hall + Cocktails at Idlewild

You can’t forget about your girls on Valentine’s Day! Celebrate your squad with a double header at Optimist Hall and Idlewild. On Thursday, February 13, head to Optimist Hall for their free celebration including tarot card readings, a flower bar, a braid bar, and other tenant specials. Then take the light rail to Idlewild and have the talented bartenders treat you to some delicious, custom libations to top off the night. 


Photo courtesy of Idlewild.