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Home to trendy eateries, intimate bars, cool coffee shops, and a plethora of fun, innovative activities at every turn, Atlanta features a variety of smart and fun things to do on a date. When it comes to celebrating love in The Big Peach, there are a wealth of fun things to see and do from visiting museums and strolling through art galleries to catching a movie, dining out at some of the coolest restaurants in the city, or enjoying a picnic on the grassy lawns of one of the urban city parks. Whether it’s a first date or a 50th anniversary, it can be a challenge to come up with an original fail-proof plan, so here follows a carefully considered pick of timeless romantic date ideas in Atlanta to help you hit the right note in your blossoming relationship.
© Honeysuckle Gelato
Located in the Ponce City Market, Honeysuckle Gelato is a casual counter-serve spin-off of a food truck that serves specialty coffee, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, and handmade gelato. The 182-square-foot shop just off the main drag of the Ponce City Market food court offers 12 flavors of gelato and two sorbets each week with flavors rotated every six to eight weeks. The delicious gelato is enhanced with toppings like house-made caramel sauce and cookies, chopped nuts, and more. Honeysuckle Gelato is a sustainable company and proudly gives 5% of their profits to the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) to help local families who struggle to get their next meal on the table. Honeysuckle Gelato is open Monday through Sunday at various hours.
675 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30308, Phone: 404-228-7825
© Food 101
Food 101 is a farm-to-table bar and eatery offering Southern classics with a modern twist in country-chic surrounds. Established in 1999, Food 101 is a flagship location of the 101 Concepts Restaurant Group and has been a neighborhood staple for 18 years, serving a variety of American, Italian, barbecue, and Irish pub food. Chefs at Food 101 use the freshest, locally sourced ingredients to create dishes that promise a deliciously satisfying dining experience. In addition to serving brunch, lunch, dinner and a Sunday supper, the eatery has a Barrel Bar, which offers an expensive list of libations, including craft beers, fine wines, imported spirits, and handcrafted cocktails.
4969 Roswell Rd #200, Atlanta, GA 30342, Phone: 404-497-9700
© Varasano’s Pizzeria
Varasano’s Pizzeria is a family-friendly pizzeria and Italian eatery owned and managed by Buckhead resident and world-renowned pizza authority, Jeff Varasano that serves authentic Italian fare in a vibrant atmosphere. The restaurant serves a range of handcrafted, wood-fired pizza with airy light bases and delicious toppings that are crisped to perfection, along with an array of handmade pasta with various sauces, fresh salads, and a variety of mouthwatering desserts, which are perfect to share! The cuisine is accompanied by a range of local and international wines, signature cocktails, craft beers, and imported spirits, as well as specialty and Italian coffees and liqueurs. Varasano’s Pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner in the week, and brunch, lunch, and dinner over the weekend.
2171 Peachtree Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30309, Phone: 404-352-8216
4.Smoke Ring Atlanta
© Smoke Ring Atlanta
Smoke Ring Atlanta is a rustic-chic smokehouse in Castleberry Hill that celebrates all things Georgia and serves contemporary cuisine such as smoked barbecue and Southern fare along with signature cocktails in a sleek and stylish space. Boasting a relaxed dining space and a vibrant bar scene, Smoke Ring serve s menu that features Georgia-style barbeque, Southern-inspired dishes like fried okra, pickles and chicken, brisket burritos, gourmet burgers, and smoked meatloaf, as well as a list of handcrafted cocktails using Southern spirits. The innovative spot is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
309 Nelson St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313, Phone: 404-228-6377
© Canoe Atlanta
Nestled on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Canoe is an acclaimed restaurant that serves farm-to-table New American cuisine in a breathtaking setting. One of Atlanta’s prettiest spots to enjoy brunch, lunch dinner against a backdrop of exquisite meandering river views, Canoe offers a rich, flavorful experience for all the senses with the spectacular setting accompanied by a menu of award-winning cuisine. As the river rolls gently by, diners can enjoy unique dishes such as a compressed watermelon salad with miso roasted plums and bresaola, and Block Island swordfish with Sapelo Island clams, avocado, and parmesan. The beautiful gardens and meandering walkways are perfect for an after-dinner stroll or a romantic moment on the banks of the river.
4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339, Phone: 770-432-2663
Atlas is one of Atlanta's most celebrated restaurants, acclaimed as an internationally-recommended culinary destination by Forbes Travel Guide, Wine Spectator, Eater Atlanta, and Jezebel. The restaurant was opened in 2015 within the city's St. Regis Hotel and is helmed by award-winning executive chef Christopher Grossman, operated as part of the Tavistock Restaurant Collection. Seasonal American small plates are served up nightly in the restaurant's dining room, including truffle pierogi dumplings, Georges Bank scallops, and butternut squash soup. Land and sea entrees include rack of lamb, lobster en croute, and the restaurant's signature Atlas burgers, prepared with wagyu beef. An impressive wine list highlights fine international bottles, while a signature cocktail list features unique fruit and spice infusions.
88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-600-6471
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© Babette's Cafe
Inspired by the Isak Dinesen story and award-winning film Babette's Feast, Babette's Café is a French café-style bistro with Italian and Spanish influences which offers a classic European dining experience. Established more than 25 years ago, the casual café is based in a charming converted cottage and serves a variety of culinary masterpieces which feature a touch of the exotic and a twist of the romantic. The menu boasts dishes like slowly-braised meats, fresh seafood, farm-fresh salads and vegetables, and incredible desserts like mascarpone filled crepes, lemon poppy seed pound cake, and chocolate martini. A hand-selected wine list features wines from around the world to accompany the delicious cuisine, which can be savored for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
573 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA, 30307, Phone: 404-523-9121
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Bacchanalia is one of Atlanta's most-celebrated restaurants serving contemporary American cuisine in a stylish and relaxed environment. Established in 1993 by Chefs/Owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison, Bacchanalia offers a menu of fresh and flavorful plates created with fresh locally sourced organic ingredients from Anne and Clifford's farm, Summerland, and presented with flair. Bacchanalia offers a four-course prix fixe menu made up of an appetizer, entrée cheese platter, and dessert, as well as an à la carte menu, which is available at the bar. The evolving menu changes slightly every evening and season, and a wine pairing suggestion is offered with many of the menu options. Bacchanalia is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30318, Phone: 404-365-0410
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Bones Restaurant is a classic steakhouse and dining institution that has been serving prime steaks, fresh seafood, and other award-winning cuisine in an elegant atmosphere for more than 40 years. Boasting a club-like ambiance with plush leather seating, dark wood accents, and soft lighting, Bones presents a menu of prime beef steaks, fresh seafood plates, including Maine lobster, and a variety of regional Southern-inspired specialties. The landmark wood-paneled steakhouse serves signature plates like the 28-ounce porterhouse and a towering mile-high ice cream pie, along with an extensive wine list of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed at dinner, or at the elegant bar, which also offers handmade cocktails and crisp martinis.
3130 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-237-2663
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Aria is a dinner-only eatery with elegant contemporary décor that serves classic New American fare along with a secret wine cellar table. Boasting a cozy, hip space with a relaxed ambiance, Aria offers a creative menu of modern American cuisine paired with an award-winning wine list and distinctive cocktails, and an array of sweet treats presented by Pastry Chef Kathryn King. The restaurant offers both à la carte and tasting menus, which features mouthwatering plates such as flawlessly braises short ribs, crispy duck confit, and scallops with sunchokes and Romanesco. Don’t miss the toasted lemon pound cake and warm cheesecake for dessert. Aria is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
490 East Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-233-7673
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11.Kevin Rathbun Steak
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Kevin Rathbun Steak is an award-winning steakhouse along the BeltLine’s Eastside trail set in a softly lit converted warehouse with leather banquettes, warm décor, and a stylish, chic ambiance. The modern chophouse has long attracted date-night couples and expense-account diners who frequent the restaurant to enjoy an array of prime steaks and meat dishes, such as 20-ounce ribeye steaks and pork belly glazed with Sriracha molasses, fresh seafood and crisp salads, Southern sides, and decadent desserts. A beautiful bar takes center stage in the restaurant and serves an extensive menu of libations, including craft beers, fine wines from around the world, and signature cocktails prepared with imported spirits and liqueurs.
154 Krog St NE #200, Atlanta, GA 30307, Phone: 404-524-5600
Ecco is a sleek eatery with an ever-changing menu of seasonally-inspired continental fare and a buzzing bar scene. Boasting a congenial spirit and multifaceted Italian menu, Ecco is set in a slightly imposing black box of a building but has cozy and inviting interiors with amber lighting, contemporary décor and a stylish finesse that draws diners in. The versatile restaurant presents an array of easy-eating, delicious cuisine such as antipasti plates of locally produced cured meats, fried goat cheese glazed with honey and black pepper, wood-fired pizza with various toppings – think house-made mozzarella and prosciutto, and homemade pappardelle with chili-braised pork. An impressive wine list offers easy-drinking wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the bottle or glass, along with craft beers and handcrafted cocktails. Ecco is open for dinner and drinks, Monday through Sunday.
40 7th Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, Phone: 404-347-9555
13.Park 75 Four Seasons
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Located inside the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta in Midtown, Park 75 is an award-winning restaurant overlooking the lobby’s dramatic three-story atrium and serves Sunday brunch to dessert and everything in between. The elegant restaurant, which also features a casual lounge and outdoor terrace presents a selection of evolving menus featuring classic dishes with modern twists, using seasonally sourced ingredients from around the globe. For something extra special, book the chef’s table in the kitchen for an unforgettable multi-course extravaganza that showcases the chef’s creative ideas and playful combinations, such as short rib grilled cheese and parsnip-sweet potato gratin with cinnamon marshmallows.
75 14th Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30309, Phone: 404-881-9898
© Sotto Sotto
Established in 1999, Sotto Sotto is one of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed Italian restaurants in Atlanta. Located on Highland Avenue in Inman Park, the award-winning restaurant has been named one of the 20 best Italian restaurants in the US by the New York Post and is the go-to spot to enjoy mouthwatering Italian cuisine, and people watch! Chef-owner Riccardo Ullio presents a menu of simple, regional food derived from centuries of culinary traditions, using fresh locally sourced ingredients and imported specialty products, and presented with impeccable flair. Signature dishes range from antipasti plates of assorted Italian meats and cheeses, house-cured sashimi tuna, seared jumbo sea scallops, and beef tenderloin carpaccio, to entrées of handmade pasta, risotto dishes, and fresh seafood and prime meats. Sotto Sotto is open for dinner Monday through Sunday.
313 North Highland Avenue, Inman Park Atlanta, GA 30307, Phone: 404-523-6678
© Pulcinella Pasta
Nestled between Peachtree Street and West Peachtree Street in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, Pulcinella Pasta is a cozy restaurant that serves classic Italian cuisine in a beautifully renovated 1930s bungalow with a fireplace. Named for the symbol of effervescence, joviality, and unbridled imagination, and character in the 17th century Comedy of Art, Pulcinella serves a menu of mouthwatering Italian cuisine such as risotto with smoked salmon, ravioli filled with Granny Smith apples, sausage, and parmesan, pizzocheri coi rapini tossed with sauteed rapini, shiitake mushrooms, and roasted garlic, and grilled beef tenderloin with roasted potatoes, spinach, and mozzarella. Pulcinella Pasta is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
1123 Peachtree Walk NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, Phone: 404-876-1114
© Restaurant Eugene
Restaurant Eugene is a fine dining establishment on Peachtree Road in the heart of Atlanta that offers an exceptional dining experience in a classy and elegant environment. Boasting a sleek and minimalist interior design with floor-to-ceiling drapes and décor in soft tones of grey, Restaurant Eugene presents a menu of undeniably excellent cuisine accompanied by expert wine pairings. Diners can sip pre-dinner cocktails against a backdrop of soft jazz music at the small bar before savoring the exquisite cuisine, which includes dishes such as English pea puree with dressed blue crab, sunchoke pickle and ham, black grouper with shrimp-shiitake fondue, leek and fava salad, and triple chocolate caramel with vanilla froth, chocolate cake and cocoa ribs.
2277 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, Phone: 404-355-0321
Located near Ansley Park in Atlanta, Atmosphere is a quaint French bistro that serves meticulously-prepared French-inspired dishes, decadent desserts, and handcrafted cocktails. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner; Atmosphere presents a distinctly Francophile menu with classic dishes such as appetizers of escargots baked in garlic butter, and artisan French cheeses and assorted cured meats, saucisson and rillettes; entrées of moules marinières, pan-seared trout with haricots verts, and coquilles Saint-Jacques. The delicious cuisine is accompanied by a list of fine wines from France and around the world, and a range of weekly specials is offered on both food and drinks.
920 East Coast Parkway, #01-25/26/27, Singapore 449875, Phone: 656-440-9705
Kyma is a chic Greek restaurant that serves creative, upscale Mediterranean fare accompanied by Atlanta's largest selection of Greek wines and served in an airy, blue and white dining room. Part of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, Kyma is a contemporary seafood tavern with an inventive menu that is true to its Mediterranean origins, featuring fresh seafood and shellfish, prime meats, handmade appetizers, and sweet syrupy desserts. Fresh fish are on display in glass cases, a deep blue ceiling showcases Kyma’s dazzling constellation, and white marble columns create a festive Mediterranean atmosphere, while an inviting patio offers an ideal setting for savoring a glass of Greek wine. Kyma is open for dinner only, Monday through Sunday.
3085 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-262-0702
19.Nan Thai Fine Dining
© Nan Thai Fine Dining
Nan Thai Fine Dining is a classy, high-end Thai restaurant with a Zen-like interior that serves authentic Thai cuisine and fine wines. Beautifully appointed and decorated interiors boast gold and red columns, Buddhist statuettes, and stunningly designed restrooms, while the kitchen produces an array of mouthwatering traditional Thai cuisine. Signature dishes include Chef’s selections such as Pla Sahm Rod - pan-roasted Chilean sea bass with crispy okra, bean curd, and eggplant; Panang Talay - pan seared jumbo prawns, calamari and sea scallops in panang curry served with coconut pumpkin rice; and Gang Klua Sapparod - roasted Maple leaf duck breast simmered in fresh pineapple red curry with basil. Nan Thai Fine Dining is open for lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
1350 Spring St NW #1, Atlanta, GA 30309, Phone: 404-870-9933
20.Chops Lobster Bar
© Chops Lobster Bar
Chops Lobster Bar is an iconic Atlanta dining institution renowned for its exceptional food and service. Frequently ranked as one of the top ten steakhouses in the country, Chops Lobster Bar serves a menu of ocean-fresh seafood, which is flown in fresh daily, along with USDA prime aged beef, and organic salads and vegetables. Located West Paces Ferry Road, the old-school chophouse boasts an elegant dining room with dark wood accents, leather seating, and a refined ambiance where diners are duly impressed by the mouthwatering cuisine, world-class wines, and signature cocktails. A downstairs bar offers a tranquil space for pre-dinner cocktails or apres-dinner drinks. Chops Lobster Bar is open for lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
70 West Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-262-2675
21.Two Urban Licks
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Two Urban Licks is a casual restaurant that serves well-crafted cuisine and cocktails in an airy, inviting ambiance. Located in the Fourth Ward, a neighborhood affectionately abbreviated as O4W steeped in Atlanta's history, Two Urban Licks boasts unique décor, including a 26-foot wine-on-tap barrel wall, and a floor-to-ceiling Todd Murphy painting, and presents a menu of delicious wood-fired cuisine, live rotating rotisseries, and a state-of-the-art craft beer program. The restaurant boasts a magical variety of spaces within its walls, as well as a patio and bocce court out back, and is a truly unique location if you are looking for an unusual spot for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch.
820 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, Phone: 404-522-4622
22.JCT. Kitchen & Bar
© JCT. Kitchen & Bar
JCT. Kitchen & Bar is a stylish Southern restaurant in Atlanta’s Westside Provisions District that serves a variety of refined comfort food, like house-made bacon mac and cheese, fried chicken, deviled eggs with country ham, and their famous Angry Mussels. A contemporary city-style upstairs bar serves up small plates, select entrées, and craft cocktails, and an outdoor patio and bar offer the perfect place for alfresco-style drinks while listening to live music. Pennsylvania-native Executive Chef Brian Horn marries simple ingredients with masterful culinary techniques to present a creative menu of innovative cuisine such as pan-seared sea scallops with Georgian peaches, shrimp, and grits, and hickory roasted heritage pork chops. JCT. Kitchen & Bar is open for lunch Monday through Saturday, and dinner Monday through Sunday.
1198 Howell Mill Rd #18, Atlanta, GA 30318, Phone: 404-355-2252
© Wisteria Restaurant
Nestled in the historic landscape of Atlanta's Inman Park, Wisteria Restaurant is a casual neighborhood bistro that serves modern Southern cuisine in an elegant and refined atmosphere. Established in 2001, Wisteria Restaurant was one of the first restaurants in the city to reinterpret the flavors and techniques of traditional Southern cooking, something which it still does today with a menu of classic favorites like Southern fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and fried okra. Paying homage to the seasons, the menu features an array of delicious dishes such as black-eyed pea hummus with sweet potato chips, pan-seared pork belly with poached pear, and pimento cheese deviled eggs with pickled okra and spiced pecans. A diverse and extensive wine list, an extensive craft beer collection, and an adventuresome cocktail program accompany the modern twists and Southern flare of the kitchen.
471 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307, Phone: 404-525-3363
24.Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View
© Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View
Situated on the 71st floor of The Westin Peachtree Plaza, the Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View is a unique spinning hotel restaurant and bar with spectacular 360-degree views of the city frequent live jazz. Offering an unparalleled Atlanta dining experience that makes the most of the city’s proximity to local, farm-to-table ingredients, the tri-level complex features an upscale restaurant, an elegant cocktail lounge and an observatory level with a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of the magnificent skyline from 723 feet above the streets of the city. Helmed by Executive Chef Justin Mason, The Sun Dial Restaurant serves a menu of seasonal, contemporary American cuisine with a modern twist with dishes like Kona Kanpachi Israeli couscous with fennel, apple, and citrus broth and Louch Duart Salmon with tri-colored quinoa, dried fruit, toasted walnuts, and tzatziki sauce. The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Monday through Sunday.
210 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303, Phone: 404-589-7506
Located in the St. Regis Buckhead, Atlas Restaurant is the latest concept within the Tavistock Restaurant Collection portfolio and celebrates the best in seasonal American cuisine, artfully plated and presented with elegance and flair. Interiors boast lacquered walls adorned with original works by Picasso and Matisse and contemporary décor and furnishings, fitting partners to the deluxe menu, which features dishes prepared with fresh, locally sourced and organic where possible. Signature dishes include Maine lobster en croute with both bearnaise sauce and a lobster sabayon, pasta tossed in creme fraiche and topped with sturgeon caviar, and pan-roasted duck with persimmon and pickled butternut squash. The exceptional cuisine is accompanied by a hand-curated selection of fine wines and served in a relaxed, sleek environment. Atlas Restaurant is open for dinner only, Monday through Sunday.
88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-600-6471
25 Best Places to Visit in Atlanta on a Date
- Honeysuckle Gelato, Photo: Honeysuckle Gelato
- Food 101, Photo: Food 101
- Varasano’s Pizzeria, Photo: Varasano’s Pizzeria
- Smoke Ring Atlanta, Photo: Smoke Ring Atlanta
- Canoe Atlanta, Photo: Canoe Atlanta
- Atlas, Photo: Atlas
- Babette's Cafe, Photo: Babette's Cafe
- Bacchanalia, Photo: Bacchanalia
- Bones Restaurant, Photo: Courtesy of Adi - Fotolia.com
- Aria, Photo: Aria
- Kevin Rathbun Steak, Photo: Kevin Rathbun Steak
- Ecco, Photo: Ecco
- Park 75 Four Seasons, Photo: Courtesy of 9mot - Fotolia.com
- Sotto Sotto, Photo: Sotto Sotto
- Pulcinella Pasta, Photo: Pulcinella Pasta
- Restaurant Eugene, Photo: Restaurant Eugene
- Atmosphere, Photo: Atmosphere
- Kyma, Photo: Kyma
- Nan Thai Fine Dining, Photo: Nan Thai Fine Dining
- Chops Lobster Bar, Photo: Chops Lobster Bar
- Two Urban Licks, Photo: Two Urban Licks
- JCT. Kitchen & Bar, Photo: JCT. Kitchen & Bar
- Wisteria Restaurant, Photo: Wisteria Restaurant
- Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View, Photo: Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View
- ATLAS, Photo: ATLAS
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La Grotta Ristorante Italiano
La Grotta Ristorante Italiano is an iconic restaurant that has been serving authentic Italian cuisine since 1978. Located in the heart of Buckhead, the award-winning Northern Italian eatery offers an exceptional dining experience in a beautiful setting with beautifully manicured gardens and grounds and a charming courtyard. The restaurant features plush décor with leather banquettes and romantic brick archways, and a romantic Peachtree patio and private garden with fountains for alfresco dining on warm summer evenings. The family-owned and operated restaurant presents a menu of classic Northern Italian fare such as handmade pasta and risotto dishes, fresh seafood, meat entrées, fresh salads, and mouthwatering desserts, along with a hand-picked selection of local and international wines and imported spirits. La Grotta is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday and offers complimentary valet parking.
2637 Peachtree Road Northeast Atlanta, GA 30305, Phone: 404-231-1368