The Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Winston Salem

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Winston-Salem has many fine eating establishments with delectable food, but for that romantic evening, that well-deserved celebration, that special night – you want everything to be perfect and only the best will do. The atmosphere and ambience of an upscale dining experience will add just what you are looking for to any occasion.

The sign in front of Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar is black letters on a white concrete wall, part of the cement and wrought iron fence surrounding Spring House. There is a decorative pineapple as part of the logo You can see the patio with the pink umbrellas still closed up at the tables as they are not yet open. The house is a beautiful old white mansion, and we can see some of its small pane windows and large chimney in the picture and some alcoves.
Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar on Spring St in downtown Winston-Salem.
Photo by Kathy Solarino for MyWinston-Salem.com, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023

We have gathered a list of some of the fanciest restaurants in the area for you to consider.

1703 Restaurant & Catering

1703 is a contemporary restaurant that’s creative dishes are influenced by the use of seasonal ingredients, by their Chef de Cuisine Curtis Hackaday, who has been tantalizing diners since 2012. Reservations recommended.

Brunch served Sunday 10:30-2.

1703 Menu

  • 1703 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-725-5767
  • Hours

Bernardin’s

Bernardin’s uses only seasonal, local ingredients in its dishes and prides itself on its excellent service and atmosphere. From the soothing music to the delicious entrees and the specialty desserts, it is a dining experience.

Bernardin’s Menu

  • @ zevely House, 901 W 4th Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-725-6666
  • Hours
    • Mon-Sat, 5 pm-8:30 pm
    • Closed Sunday

Fratelli’s Italian Steak House

Fratelli’s is an American Steak and Seafood restaurant serving classic Italian dishes. They strive to provide distinction in food, wine, service and atmosphere, and the “best steak in town”

Fratelli’s Menu

  • 2000 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-448-1704
  • Hours
    • Tues-Sat, 4 pm-10 pm
    • Sun, 4 pm-9 pm
    • Closed Monday

Jeffrey Adams Restaurant on Fourth

Jeffrey Adams is a contemporary restaurant with a modern menu that uses the best regionally sourced beef, poultry and seasonal produce. Their service, like their food, is outstanding and keeps people coming back.

Jeffrey Adams Menu

  • 321 W 4th Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-448-1714
  • Hours
    • Tues-Thurs, 4 pm-9 pm
    • Fri & Sat, 4 pm-10 pm
    • Sun, 4 pm-9 pm
    • Closed Monday
Meridian Restaurant Has its name on a dark sign in white letters with a compass-type symbol on the front of a brick building with large windows at street level. The building is three stories with smaller windows above and balconies further down. There is a wrought iron fence in front of the building and some large trees along the left side.
Meridian Restaurant on Marshall St.
Photo by Kathy Solarino for MyWinston-Salem.com. © Cover Story Media, 2023

Meridian

Meridian offers an upscale menu in an atmosphere of casual elegance. The Mediterranean inspired menu features house-made sausage, mozzarella and bread and fare made with local, organic and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy a full dining experience or relax around the bar and order from their tapas menu.

Meridian Menu

  • 411 Marshall Street SW, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-722-8889
  • Hours
    • Tues-Sun, 4:30 pm-10 pm

Rooster’s – A Noble Grille

Rooster’s offers an upscale dining experience in a business casual atmosphere. They source locally and work with farmers to develop heirloom varieties just for their restaurants. They serve both lunch and dinner.

Rooster’s Menu

  • 380 Knollwood Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-777-8477
  • Hours
    • Lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30 am-2:30 pm
    • Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 5 pm-10 pm
    • Fri & Sat, 5 pm-11 pm
    • Closed Sunday

Ryan’s Restaurant – Steaks Chops Seafood

Ryan’s has been locally owned and under the same management since 1981 and over the year’s has consistently won Winston Salem Journal’s Best Fine Dining. The beautiful wooded views, the warm intimate atmosphere, and the succulent menu featuring juicy steaks, grilled fish, and fresh Maine lobster make this a wonderful experience.

Ryan’s Website; Ryan’s Menu PDF

  • 719 Coliseum Drive NW, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-724-6132
  • Hours
    • Mon-Thurs, 5 pm-9 pm
    • Fri & Sat, 5 pm-9:30 pm
    • Closed Sunday
Ryan's Steaks, shops Seafood is what the sign on the building says—white letters, dark brown sign, trimmed in red. The building has an almond color trim with a stone front. It is almost a hidden entrance down a path that is paved in brick with a paver wall and rock gardens. There are many trees and bushes and a green picket fence. They all wind along up to a door where you enter.
Ryans’ Restaurant entrance on Coliseum Drive. One of the things we love about Ryan’s is its foresty location!
Photo by Kathy Solarino for MyWinston-Salem.com, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023

Spring House Restaurant Kitchen & Bar

Spring House is a century-old southern mansion and a nationally recognized historic home that’s also an award winning restaurant. They offer Southern-style deliciousness, made from scratch, seasonally-inspired, from local growers. Served in one of their dining rooms or on their patio or in their library bar.

Spring House Menu

  • 450 N Spring Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-293-4797
  • Hours
    • Wed-Sat, 5 pm-9 pm
    • Closed Sun, Mon, Tues

The Downtown Grille

The Downtown Grille offers delicious food and great service in a sophisticated atmosphere. It’s extensive menu has something for everyone’s taste and they offer a carefully selected wine list to compliment the food.

Downtown Grille Menu

  • 500 W 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-930-1485
  • Hours
    • Tues-Thurs, 4:30 pm-9 pm
    • Fri & Sat, 4:30 pm-10 pm
    • Closed Sunday

The Katharine Brasserie & Bar

The Katharine features French cuisine meets Southern cooking. Rich flavors meld with local local culinary styles. The restaurant, like its food blends the warmth and elegance of the private dining room for special occasions with the airy and bright style of a french cafe as it flows into the mezzanine and patio. A place to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday 10-2.

The Katharine Menus

  • In Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, 401 N Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-721-0203
  • Hours

Best After Dinner Drink Specials

After your fine dining experience, don’t just head home. Take a stroll around the city, savor and relax, and maybe find one of the locations of wine, beer and cocktail specials to end your night on an upbeat note!

What has been your best fine dining experience? Let us know in comments and tell us why!

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