Do you finally have time for a date night and want to make it extra special? Is there a business client in town or co-workers that you really need to impress? Everyone has an occasion that calls for an extra special dinner at a fine dining establishment. Luckily, Cary has no shortage of these fine dining restaurants to choose from to truly impress and have a good time all-around!

Check out our list of the top six most trendy, sophisticated fine dining restaurants in all of Cary which are sure to please.


Is there anything more sophisticated than dining inside of a Five Star hotel? Herons is located inside The Umstead Hotel & Spa, Cary’s most famous luxury hotel. This on-site restaurant provides every bit of the Five Star experience you would expect from The Umstead. The dining room features huge windows and beautiful artwork. The meals are expertly crafted and make use of the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Herons also boasts a fantastic wine list and has been recognized by Forbes, Food & Wine Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and Southern Living. If you are looking to impress, Herons is one of the best fine dining establishments you’ll find in Cary or anywhere in The Triangle region.

Herons is one of only 62 Forbes Five Star restaurants in the world

Herons is the signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the intimate 98-seat dining room features a full-view kitchen, original artwork and floor-to-ceiling windows with views. The Umstead is pleased to offer homegrown vegetables and herbs from their nearby dedicated farm.

The Culinary Team masterfully redefines American cooking by presenting classic ideas translated with local, seasonal ingredients and precise technique, brightening each ingredient’s flavor and purpose. Select from the 3 or 4 course prix fixe menu or indulge in the Chef’s Kaiseki Tasting Menu. This special tasting menu begins with a ceremonial tea service followed by 10 delectable courses, showcasing Executive Chef Steven Greene’s approach to food and driven by his choice and presentation.


Located inside The Mayton Inn, Verandah provides a first class dining experience for all guests. Dine inside or outside on the beautiful veranda while enjoying sophisticated, southern-inspired cuisine. The menu changes with the season, but you can expect to find delicious entrees such as Winter Squash Risotto, Steak Tartare, and Shrimp & Grits.

Bellini Fine Italian Cuisine

Bellini Fine Italian Cuisine serves up delicious Italian fare in a sophisticated setting. Its dinner menu features pasta dishes like Lobster Ravioli, in addition to other Italian favorites such as Veal Marsala and Chicken Saltimbocca. The dim lighting in the dining area definitely adds an air of romance to your evening!

Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar

Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar boasts an excellent wine list a creative menu that features such dishes such as Gorgonzola Polenta Cake, Crispy Sticky maple Leaf Farms Duck, and Veal Osso Buco.There’s also a nice, intimate loft that’s perfect for date night. Brush up on your wine knowledge before you go so you can impress your date by pairing your dinner with the perfect vino!

Deans Kitchen + Bar

Dean’s Kitchen + Bar features a seasonal menu that makes use of locally sourced products along with a craft beer and cocktail menu. The atmosphere is sophisticated, yet comfortable and makes for a great place to take business colleagues. Popular menu items include Oysters Rockefeller and Wild Mushroom Risotto.

Eighty8 Asian Bistro

Eighty8 Asian Bistro features a trendy bar and dining area with cool lighting. It’s great for a date and features live music on Friday nights. The menu features all of the sushi rolls you would expect along with specialties such as the Black Widow role, which is soft shell crab, eel, kani, and avocado topped with sweet chef sauce.

Other options for dining with a touch of class around town include Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, which offers southern-inspired dishes in a trendy atmosphere, or Ruth Chris Steakhouse, which is a great option for hosting guests that are looking for a familiar name associated with high-quality dining.

So what are some of your favorite fine dining restaurants in Cary? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Cary Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN