In a city that is home to around dozen chefs that have been semifinalist of the James Beard award, both visitors and local residents alike know there are going to be many world-class restaurants in Atlanta, offering a variety of places for a memorable and romantic date night. These romantic restaurants boast intimate ambiance, chef-driven menus, and impressive wine lists, as well as some with live music or stunning views. With a wide range of cuisine, there is sure to be a perfect restaurant for an anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or just a regular date night.
Atlas offers an innovative, fresh approach to traditional dishes, serving a menu that changes daily and driven by partnerships with over a dozen different local farms. The romantic Dining Room showcases season, fine dining American cuisine. The Tavern at Atlas offers a unique experience and a menu of well-portioned small plates and seasonal cocktails in a renovated library and lounge. The Dining Room at Atlas is open from 5:30pm until 10:00pm Sunday to Thursday and 5:30pm until 10:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The Tavern at Atlas is open daily from 4:00pm until close.
88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-600-6471
© Bistro Niko
The Bistro Niko give a nod to the city of Paris, France right in the middle of Atlanta’s Buckhead district. Serving classic, simple, and authentic French cuisine, Bistro Niko also offers a good wine list, interesting cocktails, and a rather extensive list of craft beers that provides something for all tastes. Lunch is offered Monday to Saturday from 11:30am until 5:00pm, dinner is served seven days a week starting at 5:00pm until 10:00pm Sunday to Thursday and 11:00pm Friday and Saturday. A Sunday brunch is available from 11:00am until 3:00pm with live jazz music.
3344 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone: 404-261-6456
The Canoe restaurant is nestled away from everything along the tranquil banks of the region’s Chattahoochee River, but still conveniently in the city. Over the year, Canoe has become one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the United States, including being inducted into the 2005 Fine Dining Hall of Fame of Nation’s Restaurant News. Open for lunch Monday to Friday, dinner seven days a week, and brunch on Sundays. With natural aesthetics that include winding walkways and colorful gardens combined with culinary expertise, the restaurant provides a flavorful and rich experience for all the senses.
4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339, Phone: 770-432-2663
The Aria restaurants doesn’t believe in having an approach to dining that’s “one-size-fits-all.” The restaurant strives to make memorable meals an everyday occurance through its daily changing menus that highlight simple preparations and real ingredients, its versatile decor, and an engaging staff. Both tasting menus and a la carte menus are offered, and dinner reservations are not necessary, but recommended. The menu at Aria features modern American cuisine paired with distinctive cocktails and an award-winning list of wines served in a hip, cozy dining room. Dishes include a variety of seafood and steaks, as well as venison, slow braised pork, and more.
490 East Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-233-7673
Pricci is an Italian restaurant offering friendly service, dramatic interior decor, and a creative menu. The contemporary restaurant aims to provide every customer with a stylish and fun dining experience. Classy, yet still casual, the Pricci restaurant features a menu of innovative dishes that combine modern flair with classic cuisine, resulting in a broad array of pizza, pasta, meats, salads, and desserts. Pricci is open for lunch Monday to Friday from 11:30am until 2:30pm. Dinner is served seven days a week, 5:00pm until 10:00pm Sunday to Thursday and until 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
500 Pharr Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-237-2941
© Babette's Cafe
Babette’s Cafe is an Italian and French restaurant located only a few minutes from the downtown area of Atlanta, Georgia, but feels likes it’s much further away. Marla Adams, the owner and chef of Babette’s Cafe, was inspired by the the Academy award-winning movie and story by Isak Dinesen, “Babette’s Feast.” Adams brings the story of community, grace, and food to delicious and vivid life in a European rustic setting. The menu at Babette’s Cafe features traditional culinary techniques, locally sourced produce, and slowly braised meats that offers diners a unique meal with just a bit of a romantic twist and exotic touch.
573 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, Phone: 404-523-9121
Bacchanalia, owned by Clifford Harrison and Anne Quatrano, first opened in 1993 and has since earned quite a reputation as one of the most celebrated and top restaurants in Atlanta. Serving a menu of contemporary American fare, Bacchanalia offers creative and light plates, as well as a prix fixe four-course menu. The menu changes slightly every evening and with the seasons. The seasonal menu at the Bacchanalia restaurant completely relies on organic ingredients, much of which is sourced from Clifford and Anne’s farm, offering a unique and fresh dining experience for each visit. Bacchanalia is open for dinner Monday to Saturday.
1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30318, Phone: 404-365-0410
8.Blue Ridge Grill
© Blue Ridge Grill
The Blue Ridge Grill has long been considered one of Atlanta, Georgia’s top restaurants, setting a standard in Buckhead for style. Paying a homage to Southern heritage and the Blue Ridge Mountains, signature dishes at the Blue Ridge Grill include hickory-grilled rib-eye steak, iron skillet-seared mussels, and grilled Georgia Trout. Along with main dining room, customers can relax before or after dinner at the bar or the enclosed porch. The porch area offers bar service, desserts, and appetizers in the comfort of a porch with wicker furniture. The downstairs bar features the restaurant’s full dining menu, spirits, and wine.
1261 West Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30327, Phone: 404-233-503
© Bones Restaurant
The Bones Restaurant first opened in 1979 with the goal of providing “only the finest service, steaks and seafood.” It has now become one of the best steakhouses in the city of Atlanta, as well as the country. In fact, Bones Restaurant has been the recipient of the “Best of Atlanta Steakhouse Award” for over sixteen years. Maine lobster, fresh seafood, and prime beef are served alongside regional specialties that reflect the owner’s southern roots. Bones Restaurant is open Monday through Friday for lunch from 11:30am until 2:30pm, and for dinner Sunday through Saturday from 5:30pm until 10:00pm.
3130 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-237-2663
10.Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse
© Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse
The Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse, open for dinner and Sunday brunch, believes a quality dining experience comes from a combination of gracious service and prime ingredients. The garden-fresh salad bar and twelve different cuts of meat served at the restaurant are hand selected every day to ensure only the best is served to customers. The meats served at Chama Gaúcha are aged at least forty-five days, are 100% USDA Prime, and seasoned to bring out the unique complexity and natural flavors of every cut of beef, chicken, pork, or lamb. These can be paired with world-renown vintage wines or authentic cocktails.
3365 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-842-0011
11.Chops Lobster Bar
© Chops Lobster Bar
The Chops Lobster Bar is an icon in Atlanta, known for exceptional service and food. The restaurant consistently is ranked as one of the country’s top steakhouses. USDA prime aged beef and high quality seafood flown in every day, along with class steakhouse sides, are served in a dining room with warm ambiance. Chops, located upstairs, is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30am until 2:30pm and dinner seven days a week from 5:30pm until 10:00pm. The Lobster Bar, located downstairs, is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30pm until 10:00pm.
70 West Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-262-2675
12.Cooks & Soldiers
© Cooks & Soldiers
Cooks & Soldiers, open for dinner seven days a week, gets its inspiration from the cuisine and people of the Basque region in France and Spain. Pintxos, similar to tapas, are found in the Basque country, traditionally served on top of bread and Pintxo Bar represent the convivial, casual aspect of Basque dining. The Cooks & Soldiers restaurant aims to recreate such an environment with its Pintxos Especiales and Pintxos Tradicionales. The Asador, the wood-fired grill, acts as the kitchen’s centerpiece, where whole seafood and meats are grilled over the hot coals. The asador dishes are made to be shared.
691 14th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, Phone: 404-996-2623
© Ecco Midtown
The Ecco Midtown explores the diversity and depth of the bold flavors of Europe in the comfort of an upscale and contemporary Midtown restaurant. The restaurant aims to provide memorable dining experience for all customers through its impressive wine list, fine dining standards for service, and excellent old-world style that keep people coming back to Ecco Midtown for more. The menu at Ecco Midtown features inventive mains inspired by European flavors, inspired pastas, award-winning flatbreads baked in a wood oven, and the popular fried goat cheese with honey. Dinners is served Sunday to Saturday starting at 5:30pm.
40 7th Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, Phone: 404-347-9555
14.Eight Sushi Lounge
© Eight Sushi Lounge
The Eight Sushi Lounge takes a modern approach to both not-so traditional and traditional dishes in an inviting space on the Westside of Atlanta. Eight Sushi Lounge aims to elevate the creation of sushi to an art form, taking a contemporary and innovative approach to sashimi, makis, sushi, and other Japanese specialities. Customers can dine on fresh sushi and other interesting menu options, such as miso-glazed steak and scallops seared with wasabi and sesame oil, in the dining room or outside on the restaurant’s patio. The eggs benedict feature quail eggs, spicy tuna, seaweed, and sticky rice.
930 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, Phone: 404-796-8888
Eugene is the flagship restaurant of the James Beard award-winning Chef Linton and Gina Hopkins. The restaurant lets a house-made, local pantry guide its menu, aiming to provide a “sense of place” for customers when they read the menu. Eugene is open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday from 5:30pm until 10:00pm and on Sundays from 5:30pm until 9:00pm. The restaurant boasts a goal of making as much of their from scratch as they possibly can. Simple sauces like gribiche, velouté, and hollandaise are made fresh by hand. More complicated techniques feature made in-house basic ingredients.
2277 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA30309, Phone: 404-355-0321
16.Kevin Rathbun Steak
© Kevin Rathbun Steak
The Kevin Rathbun Steak restaurant serves fresh shellfish and seafood, prime meats, and a variety of sides. This steakhouse features a chic and modern feel, housed within a converted warehouse along the Eastside of the BeltLine that has long attracted couples and expense-account diners. Menu items include dishes such as 20-ounce ribeyes and Sriracha molasses glazed pork served with sides like onion rings or creamed spinach. Kevin Rathbun Steak is open for dinner Monday to Thursday from 5:30pm until 10:00pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30pm until 11:00pm. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.
154 Krog St, Atlanta, Georgia 30307, Phone: 404-524-5600
Kyma in Atlanta, Georgia is a contemporary tavern serving fresh seafood with a rather inventive, but still approachable menu. Serving healthy, fresh food, including vegan and vegetarian menus, Kyma stays to its Mediterranean origins, providing a festive atmosphere and attentive hospitality. Customers will find upscale, creative Mediterranean cuisine and the largest selection of wine from Greece in the city. The restaurant features a bold display of fresh fish, white marble columns, and a ceiling painted deep blue with a dazzling display of constellations. Kyma is open for dinner Sunday through Saturday and dress is upscale casual.
3085 Piedmont Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-262-0702
18.La Grotta Ristorante
© La Grotta Ristorante
The family-owned and operated La Grotta Ristorante Italiano has become a bit of an icon in Atlanta, providing authentic Italian fare to residents and visitors of Atlanta since 1978. La Grotta offers a fine dining experience with an intimate, upscale, yet still cozy ambiance. Voted for more than eighteen years b y Atlanta Magazine as the “Best Italian Restaurant,” La Grotta Ristorante overlooks a stunning courtyard garden in the heart of the Buckhead neighborhood. The iconic Italian restaurant has also received a AAA Four Diamond Award for over twenty years and is a DiRona Award long time winner.
2637 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-231-1368
The steakhouse Restaurant Marcel boasts a luxe atmosphere and gets its name from the French boxer named Marcel who embraces spectacle. The restaurant serves steaks with much aging and love.The menu offered is a seasonal one, and as such, changes quite often. Lunch includes burgers, boozy shakes, and french fries from 11:30 until 2:30pm Monday through Friday. Dinner is served from 5:00pm until 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday and until 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. A late night menu is available on Friday and Saturday nights from 11:30pm until 2:00am.
1170 Howell Mill Rd, GA 30318, Phone: 404-665-4555
20.Nan Thai Fine Dining
© Nan Thai Fine Dining
For more than twelve consecutive years, Nan Thai Fine Dining in Atlanta has received the AAA Four Diamond Award. Since 1997, the owners have strived every day to provide Atlanta with a true Thai experience, serving a variety of dishes with intoxicating smells and made with fresh ingredients Nan Thai is open for lunch from 11:30am until 2:30pm Monday to Friday. Dinner is served from 5:30pm until 10:00pm Monday to Thursdays, 5:30pm until 11:00pm on Fridays, 5:00pm until 11:00pm on Saturdays, and 5:00pm until 10:00pm on Sundays.
1350 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, Phone: 404-870-9933
© Park 75
The Park 75 restaurant is found inside of the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta’s Midtown, overlooking the three-story dramatic atrium of the hotel lobby and including a terrace and lounge. Classic dishes are served with modern twists, made with seasonal ingredients from throughout the world and local ingredients from the Atlanta area. The menu is constantly changing, with the executive chef creating new playful combinations of flavors and foods. Park 75 is open for breakfast seven days a week, opening at 6:30am Monday to Friday and at 7:00am on the weekends. Brunch is served on Sundays.
75 14th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, Phone: 404-253-3840
22.Sotto Sotto Restaurant
© Sotto Sotto Restaurant
The Sotto Sotto Restaurant has been a dining destination in the city of Atlanta, Georgia for more than fifteen years, and has been named by the New York Post as one of the country’s twenty best Italian restaurants, making it the most critically acclaimed and celebrated Italian restaurant in the city. The dishes served at Sotto Sotto are rooted firmly in Italian tradition that goes back for centuries, including ravioli with butter and sage sauce, risotto, and many other classic Italian dishes. The award-winning, all Italian wine list is the deepest of its kind in America’s southeastern region.
313 North Highland Ave, Inman Park Atlanta, GA 30307, Phone: 404-523-6678
The Staplehouse restaurant is one of Atlanta’s neighborhood restaurants, situated in the heart of the city’s Old 4th Ward. The Tasting Menu offered at Staplehouse regularly changes based on what is in season and what local farmers have available. The restaurant is the Giving Kitchen’s for-profit subsidiary. All after-tax profits made at Staplehouse are donated to the Giving Kitchen, a non-profit organization that serves the local restaurant community, providing emergency assistance for food service workers. Staplehouse is open for dinner Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 5:30pm until 10:00pm and until 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
541 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, Phone: 404-524-5005
© The Optimist
The Optimist in the city of Atlanta was founded by Ford Fry, owner of a handful of restaurants. The restaurant brings an experience of a seaside fish camp to the landlocked residents of Atlanta.The menu at The Optimist includes offerings ranging from fresh oysters sourced from the coast of Alabama and sea scallops from Maine to whole roasted trout sourced locally in Georgia. Customers can dine on sustainable, high quality seafood from some of the best suppliers in the United States. Drink options at The Optimist include handcrafted cocktails, an extensive wine list, and variety of beers.
914 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318, Phone: 404-477-6260
24 Best Romantic Restaurants in Atlanta
- Atlas, Photo: Atlas
- Bistro Niko, Photo: Bistro Niko
- Canoe, Photo: Canoe
- Aria, Photo: Aria
- Pricci, Photo: Pricci
- Babette's Cafe, Photo: Babette's Cafe
- Bacchanalia, Photo: Bacchanalia
- Blue Ridge Grill, Photo: Blue Ridge Grill
- Bones Restaurant, Photo: Bones Restaurant
- Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse, Photo: Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse
- Chops Lobster Bar, Photo: Chops Lobster Bar
- Cooks & Soldiers, Photo: Cooks & Soldiers
- Ecco Midtown, Photo: Ecco Midtown
- Eight Sushi Lounge, Photo: Eight Sushi Lounge
- Eugene, Photo: Eugene
- Kevin Rathbun Steak, Photo: Kevin Rathbun Steak
- Kyma, Photo: Kyma
- La Grotta Ristorante, Photo: La Grotta Ristorante
- Marcel, Photo: Marcel
- Nan Thai Fine Dining, Photo: Nan Thai Fine Dining
- Park 75, Photo: Park 75
- Sotto Sotto Restaurant, Photo: Sotto Sotto Restaurant
- Staplehouse, Photo: Staplehouse
- The Optimist, Photo: The Optimist
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