Looking for a touch of class? Do you need to impress an important business client or do you want to make your significant other feel extra special? We all need a night out that kicks it up a notch every once in a while. The Raleigh restaurants on this list feature trendy decor and delectable menu items.

Next time you want to treat yourself to something a little extra special, check out this list of the trendiest, most sophisticated restaurants in all of Raleigh:

ORO Restaurant

The moment you walk into ORO Restaurant and see the trendy decor, you immediately feel like it’s going to be a great evening! Request a table upstairs to get a bird’s eye view of the restaurant or take a seat downstairs by the large windows. ORO Restaurant features a fantastic wine and cocktail list in addition to shareable menu items. Try the butternut squash risotto cakes or the truffle mac and cheese!


Vidrio is a beautiful Mediterranean restaurant features a breathtaking wall of colorful glass art. It recently picked up a 2017 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its unique wine list, so you know you will have an excellent vino to pair with your dinner. Be sure to make a reservation, because the word is officially out about this trendy restaurant.

18 Seaboard

Located in Seaboard Station, 18 Seaboard serves modern, southern-inspired cuisine. Most of the ingredients are locally sourced. It recently appeared on the News and Observer’s list of the Triangle’s Best Restaurants in 2017 and deservedly so. Host a business event in one of its private dining area or treat your date to dinner on its outdoor mezzanine, overlooking the city.


Dine among a beautiful art collection! Iris is located inside the North Carolina Museum of Art. It features unique American dishes such as Maple Bourbon Glazed Quail Salad and Salmon Pappardelle. On most days, it’s only open for lunch, but on Friday evenings it stays open from 5:30-8pm. At Iris After Dark, enjoy small plates, an extended wine, and beer menu and live music.


Garland offers a unique menu of pan-Asian cuisine and is definitely one of Raleigh’s trendiest restaurants. It’s been featured in Saveur and Food & Wine Magazine. In addition to lunch and dinner, it recently started serving brunch on Saturdays. Check it out and see why everyone is talking about Garland!

Other trendy, sophisticated restaurants in Raleigh include, Buku, Mandolin, and The Oak, which has an amazing bourbon list. These restaurants are sure to add a classy vibe your next night out.

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This post was created in collaboration with 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication on 919Blog.com