Romantic Restaurants in Western North Carolina

by Elizabeth Merriam

About Elizabeth Merriam

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Nashvillian Elizabeth Merriam has been a professional writer since 2000. Her work has appeared in more than 100 periodicals, including "Visual Arts News" and "Eastword." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and mathematics from Dalhousie University in Canada.

Romantic Restaurants in Western North Carolina

The western area of North Carolina is full of romantic getaway spots. Stay in a rustic log cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, be pampered at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa or enjoy the luxurious Inn on Biltmore Estate. The area offers many romantic restaurants as well, including those featured below, whether you like your romance in sandals or a suit.

The Dining Room at the Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate's dining room offers afternoon tea and dinner daily, with estate-raised beef and lamb, mountain trout and regional cuisine in elegant surroundings in an historic location. Enjoy the sensory delights of their award-winning Biltmore Wines, fresh-picked garden ingredients and regional cuisine in a beautiful, secluded setting with crisp white tablecloths and unobtrusive service. Biltmore also offers a Red Wine and Chocolate Seminar for couples. Biltmore 1 Approach Road Asheville, NC 28803 800--411--3812 biltmore.com

Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar

The Gamekeeper is a gourmet restaurant, blending elegance with simple charm and featuring beautiful mountain views indoors and out. Its seasonal menus draw from Southern fare and mountain cuisine, with dishes like mountain trout, ostrich and buffalo, and their extensive wine list has something for every occasion. Staff will decorate your table with upscale confetti on request. It has been recommended by the Charlotte Observer, Southern Living, Smoky Mountain Living and Turner South. Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar 3005 Shull's Mill Road Boone, NC 28607-9525 828-963-7400 gamekeeper-nc.com

Mela Indian Restaurant

Located in downtown Asheville, Mela Indian Restaurant serves authentic North and South Indian cuisine, including tandoori salmon salad, chicken tikka kabob and lamb vindaloo. Owner Anoop Krishnan says their inspirations come from the seasonings, spices and techniques of the plains of Punjab through the Malabar coast. Enjoy half-price wines on Mondays, half-price cocktails on Tuesdays and salsa dancing late on Fridays in a vibrant, gorgeous setting. Mela Indian Restaurant 70 North Lexington Avenue Asheville, NC 28801-2823 828-225-8880 melaasheville.com

Tupelo Honey Cafe

The Tupelo Honey Café offers New Southern dining, serving Southern classics with creative twists, like cheesy grit cakes drizzled with spicy red chili sauce or sweet potato pancakes. In the summer, couples can enjoy an informal, cozy brunch on their covered patio. They have two locations, one in downtown Asheville and the other in the Southside area of Asheville. They have been recommended by the The Food Network, the New York Times and Southern Living Magazine. Tupelo Honey Cafe 12 College Street Asheville, NC 28801-2803 828-255-4863 tupelohoneycafe.com Tupelo Honey Cafe 1829 Hendersonville Road Asheville, NC 28803 828-505-7676 tupelohoneycafe.com

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