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Fine Dining in Syracuse, NY

Fine Dining in Syracuse, NY
There aren’t many hot dining spots known for being in Syracuse, New York, but this doesn’t mean there aren’t good restaurants in the Salt City – especially for fine dining.

Just like any other city, there’s a dating scene in Syracuse, and couples need places to eat; restaurants beyond the typical Olive Garden, Cheesecake Factory and Red Lobster chains.

Here are five Syracuse fine dining restaurants, (not in any particular order) perfect for date night:

Genesee Grande – 1060 Restaurant

Located inside a four-star hotel, the 1060 restaurant is the place to go if you’re staying in the city for a day or two, or if you want a nice meal in Central NY. This fine dining experience offers ever-changing menus, a wide hand-picked selection of wines and cocktails. The 1060 restaurant uses local ingredients in their dishes from Eggplant Parmesan to Chicken Chardonnay.

Price: $$

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Francesca’s Cucina

An elegant eatery in between Armory Square and Washington Square, this family-owned Italian business is surrounded by a multitude of other Italian spots in Syracuse’s Little Italy, but its quality and deliciousness sets it apart. Though it is a great date spot, Francesca’s is a nice restaurant for families as well. “Celebrating food and family,” reads their website, the restaurant has an extensive menu, drink list, and seating indoor, outdoor and even a fire pit.

Price: $$


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Bistro Elephant 

It may be a little confusing because Bistro Elephant was once a stand-alone restaurant, but is now combined with “Lemongrass,” another eatery in Armory square. Hosting jazz nights along with a lengthy and pretty expensive wine list, this restaurant’s cuisines range from Thai and seafood to steak and large salads. The food here is elegant and delicious (along with their elegant prices) as a couple should expect to spend over $100 on this fine dining experience.

Price: $$$$


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This quaint, romantic steakhouse has a plethora of options, including gluten-free, seafood, chicken, veal, steaks and beyond. Since this restaurant is smaller than your average steakhouse, they offer call ahead seating which is a plus. Though a little on the pricey side, Daniella’s will give you a bang for your buck, leaving you so full, you likely won’t have room for their extensive list of desserts.

Price: $$$


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This is the cheapest and most laxed of the five restaurants. Pastabilities is likely the most known on this list as well. Located in Armory Square in Downtown Syracuse, this is a spot that’s pretty popular, and usually has a wait, especially on the weekends. Attracted mainly to their pasta and sauces which are both homemade, but their menu extends beyond noodles and sauce. Offering meat entrees and even burgers, Pastabilities is a must-eat for date night if you’re not willing to spend a hefty amount of money but still get a hefty amount of food.

Price: $$

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Syracuse is an oxymoron: it’s a small, big place. You may think you know where everything is from Destiny USA to SU, but there’s so much more to discover about the city beyond chain restaurants, giant malls and college campuses – especially with a significant or potential significant other. Now, get out there and get to fine dining in ‘Cuse!

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