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20+ Date Ideas in SouthPark

Spend a day in SouthPark with your sweetie. 

Whether you're going on a first date, celebrating a milestone anniversary, or looking for your regular date night spot, SouthPark delivers with one-of-a-kind experiences for every kind of couple. From ritzy and romantic to cute and casual, discover 20+ date night ideas in SouthPark.


Ritzy & Romantic 

If your preferred date night includes dressing to the nines, enjoying a made-to-order meal that’s almost impossible to replicate at home, and doing so in an environment that’s equal parts intimate and swanky, make a reservation at one of these SouthPark spots.


Enjoy a magnificent meal featuring French and American cuisine and fresh seafood sourced from Hawaii at Bentley’s in Piedmont Town Center. You’ll experience authentic French tableside service, white table clothes, and exquisite food and drink curated by long-time Charlotte restaurateur Jim Emad.


Get a front-row seat to all the culinary action at Mizu’s seven-course robata-style dining experience available on Friday and Saturday nights. The SouthPark rooftop restaurant and bar from The Indigo Road hospitality group specializes in live wood-fired ancient Japanese cooking with Southern influences and Asian flavors. 

The Fox & Falcon by David Burke

The Fox & Falcon has intimate seating and high end bites that deliver high impact flavors. Every Wednesday, the restaurant at Sharon Square is offering a prix fixe three-course menu with optional wine pairing.

Oak Steakhouse

Order the certified angus beef prime ribeye or bone-in filet for a melt-in-your mouth steak dinner at Oak Steakhouse, another beloved concept from The Indigo Road team. Regularly named a top steakhouse in Charlotte, Oak Steakhouse’s mid-century modern aesthetic and dark lighting provide the perfect romantic ambience for a memorable date night with the special one in your life. 

The Palm

Experience a SouthPark tradition at The Palm at Phillips Place. The Palm has been a SouthPark institution since 1997, serving up sizzling steaks, fresh seafood, and heritage Italian dishes in a welcoming yet upscale setting.


From the owners of Artisanal in Banner Elk, North Carolina, Peppervine joined the SouthPark roster of restaurants in 2019. Since then, it’s been wowing patrons with a progressive menu of locally sourced small and large plates, a worldly wine list, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks.

Steak 48

Dine where local celebrities and athletes dine with an unforgettable meal at Steak 48 at APEX SouthPark. Recently named for North Carolina in Yelp’s ranking of “Best Steakhouse in Every State” and OpenTable’s “Top 100 Restaurants in America,” Steak 48 is where elegance and quality meet creating a culinary experience like no other.

Live music at SouthPark After Five

Cute & Casual 

When relaxed and laid-back is more of your date night vibe, these SouthPark experiences offer something special.

Paco’s Tacos & Tequila

Turn your date night into a Tex-Mex fiesta at Paco’s Tacos & Tequila at the Specialty Shops SouthPark. Grab margaritas and tacos for casual conversation over a tasty meal. If tequila is your liquor of choice, ask about the next tequila flight night when making plans.

Legion Brewing

Grab a beer and elevated, chef-driven bar food, like the caramelized short rib sliders, pork belly cuban, or pimento cheese and potato pierogis, at Legion Brewing, SouthPark’s first brewery. If you’re a fitness-focused couple, include the SouthPark Run Club on Wednesdays as part of your date night plans.

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

Can’t decide what to eat for date night? Get the best of both worlds in the fun, inviting environment at The Cowfish, where you’ll find burgers, sushi, and their famous fusion burgushi. 

Southern Pecan

Discover the flavors of the Gulf Coast at Southern Pecan at Phillips Place. Southern Pecan serves up made-from-scratch, regionally sourced Southern favorites, like gumbo, oysters, and catfish, in a fun and casual environment with blues and jazz music always on in the background. 

Little Mama’s 

Experience down-home Italian comfort food like your grandmother used to make at Little Mama’s, the sister concept to Mama Ricotta’s. From restaurateur Frank Scibelli and under the helm of executive chef Marc Jacksina, Little Mama’s is sure to fill you up with delicious Italian delicacies and special memories.

Trivia Night

Show your true feelings by showing off your competitive side together at trivia night at Rhino Market & Deli on Mondays or The Suffolk Punch every Thursday.

Picnic at the Park

Pop into Reid’s Fine Foods to build your own picnic, then head out to Symphony Park to enjoy the bounty and weather of the Carolinas. Plan ahead in case there is a show or event taking place at Symphony Park

Mano Bella SouthPark

Exciting & Experiential

While the culinary landscape in SouthPark is thriving, the neighborhood also offers other distinct experiences that are the perfect add-on for a night out on the town. 

Art & Aphrodisiacs 

Start with an early outing to view the current exhibition on display at Anne Neilson Fine Art, then grab a globally inspired dinner and drinks at nearby Yama Asian Fusion or Mano Bella. End the evening with ice cream from Golden Cow Creamery.

Cooking Class 

Sign up for a couples cooking class at Sur La Table in SouthPark Mall. After all, food is the way to one’s heart. Grab a beer to drink before or after at The Suffolk Punch

Omakase Dinner Experience

Moon Thai & Japanese takes dinner and a show to a new level with their 10-13 course Omakase dining experience. Watch as Executive Sushi Chef Kosuke Nikawadori hand crafts 2 appetizers, 1 soup, 6-8 sushi rolls, 1 sashimi plate, and 1 dessert for parties of up for 4 people, every day of the week.

Interior Design & Wine

Grab a glass of wine and small plates from RH Rooftop Restaurant, then walk through the three-story RH Charlotte showroom and daydream together of your future home or your next home updates.

A Parisian Afternoon

Escape to Paris in one afternoon with Tasting Experience or Tea Time at French bakery Chez Marie available every Thursday.

Speakeasy Vibe

Experience an intimate speakeasy-style night out at BAR ONE Lounge, the bar discretely attached to 800 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza. Get a specialty drink and pizza while enjoying live music on Monday and Thursday nights.  

SouthPark Staycation

Plan an overnight or weekend staycation at the Hyatt Centric Charlotte SouthPark hotel at APEX Charlotte, where you can enjoy rooftop restaurant Mizu, IRO Bar & Lounge, and more. Ask about the hotel’s Spa Package in partnership with neighboring Palestra Boutique Spa or the Discovering Crown Town Scavenger Hunt Package. Explore SouthPark’s other hotel options for more staycation ideas.

Find more things to do in SouthPark using the daily events calendar, or explore the 350+ ways to dineshop, and play in the neighborhood.

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