Some occasions call for elevated cuisine, good drinks and upscale ambiance – so grab your tie or little black dress and a date and try these favorite fine dining destinations.

Alexander City
Nestled away in the hills around Lake Martin, SpringHouse is a delightful surprise and a great place for a date night. The wine list is exquisite, and the staff will help you find the perfect pairing for your meal. You can enjoy dining on the patio if the weather is nice or inside by the fire for a cozier experience.

The Rawls
Founded in 1903, The Rawls offers a unique take on an elegant dining experience. From the roasted Gulf shrimp to the seared rack of lamb, all the meals have a gourmet twist on traditional Southern fare. Finish your meal with something sweet, as this is not the place to skip dessert.

360 Grille
Talk about dinner and a view! The only thing that beats the delicious meal at the 360 Grille is the full 360-degree view of the city and the Tennessee River. This revolving restaurant will captivate you with its panoramic windows and legendary menu.

Magnolia Spring
If steak is what you’re after then Jesse’s is where you need to be. From traditional entrees to choice cuts from the chopping block, this grand menu is sure to make an impression.

Cafe Dupont
Both elegant and relaxing, Cafe Dupont in downtown Birmingham is a great place for an intimate date night dinner. The menu is full of regional produce and farm-fresh food. Between the exposed brick and the seasonality of each and every dish, this destination strikes just the right balance between refined and relaxed.

The Wash House
Point Clear
Last but certainly not least is The Wash House. Tucked underneath moss-draped trees, this restaurant offers ambience as well as a wonderful menu  With its wide variety of dishes and generous cocktail and wine list, The Wash House does not disappoint.

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