Atlanta is full of world-class and award-winning restaurants, so if you're planning a date night that needs to be perfect and memorable, trust in any of the city's top dining venues to guarantee that it will be. Not to mention, many of these restaurants also feature live music and epic views, all things that are sure to wow your date, in addition to the great food.
Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day, an anniversary, a special occasion, or if you just want an excuse to spend a special night with your special someone, these restaurants are sure to fit the bill.
Tucked away in a hidden corner of Zonolite Park, Floataway Café is one of Atlanta’s most romantic hidden gems. Set in a renovated warehouse and dishing up rustic, country French, Italian, and Mediterranean plates (think oven-roasted fish, handmade pasta, and farm-fresh produce), Floataway is the ultimate farm-to-table restaurant, sourcing 90 percent of its ingredients from family-owned farms (including the owner’s personal farm, Summerland).
For the most intimate experience, make sure to cozy up at a table in their courtyard that doubles as a romantic garden-style cafe with a starry canopy at night.
Renowned chef and restaurateur Anne Quatrano put Atlanta on the national culinary map when she opened Bacchanalia, one of the only high-end restaurants in Atlanta offering multi-course tasting menus made from local, seasonal ingredients.
Impress your date by ordering their four-course menu (three savory courses plus dessert), best when coupled with their carefully selected wine pairings. The menu is updated weekly, so check their website for the latest updates.
With more than 15 years of experience serving some of the best contemporary American dishes in Atlanta, Aria continuously tops nearly every hot restaurant list in the city. With a glam atmosphere dotted with modern art, metallic curtains, and striking chandeliers and a location in the heart of the ritzy Buckhead neighborhood, Aria is perfect for special occasions and amorous evenings. To up the romance factor, sit downstairs in their cozy, candlelit wine cellar.
Italians know that food is the language of love, and chef-owner Bruce Logue has weaved this attitude in his own restaurant, BoccaLupo, home to Atlanta’s best Italian-American soul food. With made-from-scratch pasta, BoccaLupo offers incredible classic Italian dishes, like luxurious tagliatelle (made with 20 egg yolks!) or vibrant squid-ink spaghetti, alongside dimly lit tables and a warm atmosphere.
On their patio sits a private, lush L-shaped couch, known by regulars as “table 800,” which is arguably the best spot in the house for an ultra-intimate meal separated from the rest of the crowd. Though BoccaLupo serves impeccable dishes in a cozy ambiance, no plate is over $19, making it an extremely affordable option for a romantic meal.
Since 1995, Canoe has epitomized the true southern experience, exceptional service, great food, and a picturesque view, the restaurant is nestled on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, with a postcard-worthy garden and terrace to boot. With a menu of modern American cuisine composed of fresh, seasonal ingredients, there’s something for everyone here, whether you’re a meat-and-potatoes dinner or an adventurous eater.
With a relaxed, welcoming ambiance, there’s not a bad seat in the house for a romantic, memorable evening, though we recommend a cocktail at their River Bar before dinner, where you'll find more than 300 quality wine selections, with nearly 30 available by the glass.
Midtown’s Euro-chic Ecco is a great romantic meal option, particularly before or after a show at the nearby Fox Theatre. With more than 95 percent of its products recycled or composted, Ecco is impressively eco-friendly without skimping on taste. Ecco is known for blending exotic flavors of Europe with unique preparation, with dishes like fried goat cheese drizzled with honey. Perhaps most impressive is its extensive wine list, which features many European wines exclusive to Ecco.
Ford Fry's Italian-inspired No. 246’s food speaks for itself. Chef Drew Belline blends high-quality and locally grown ingredients, letting in-season vegetables call the shots. A great way to start (or end) the night is with the beverage manager’s special house-made limoncello flights. For something truly special, pull up a chair at the “chef’s counter.” Guests get a private view of the kitchen, interacting with the chefs with behind-the-scenes glimpses of them in action.
Arguably Atlanta’s best sushi restaurant, Umi flies in over two dozen varieties of fish from around the world, primarily from Japan’s Tsukiji Market, daily. Though a table in their swanky dining room may be more private, the best seat in the house is at Umi’s impressive 23-foot custom white oak sushi bar, where chef Fuyuhiko Ito entertains and nourishes diners with his sashimi, nigiri, and modern Japanese small plates.
Though the quality fish is unparalleled in Atlanta, Umi has other comforts not normally found in sushi restaurants, such as craft coffee service, a full bar, and an incredible dessert menu.
Housed atop The Westin Peachtree Plaza, 723 feet above Peachtree Street, The Sun Dial is a stunning choice for a romantic dinner with breathtaking 360-degree views of the Atlanta skyline. Between tantalizing plates and live jazz, the restaurant carries a soothing, sophisticated ambiance. Some favorite items on its top-notch menu include the seared sea scallops with purple rice and andouille sausage and the butter-poached lobster with heirloom orange grits, baby carrots, cream corn sauce, and chive oil.
Steps away from the Atlanta Beltline, dinner at Kevin Rathbun Steak is truly a five-star dining experience. Boasting an exceptional wine list of more than 200 labels and a big-flavor menu including, perhaps, the best steaks in town. Cozy up in one of their plush booths and choose from their seasonal menu, including dishes like house-cured, grilled, thick-cut bacon with Sriracha-molasses, lobster fritters with lemon zest honey mustard or the always popular dry-aged Cowboy ribeye.
Chef Linton Hopkins was one of Atlanta’s fine dining pioneers when he opened Restaurant Eugene back in 2004. Still today, Eugene tops every “best of” list thanks in large part to the locally grown and chef-driven dishes, like warm vegetables à la grecque with cheddar and crisp ham. For a special occasion, try their extravagant Siberian Sturgeon Caviar, served with potato chips, capers, clabber, and chives. Their five-course tasting and wine pairing menu allows you to sample some of the chef’s best plates and score some bonus points on your date. Restaurant Eugene is many locals’ favorite spots to spend special occasions, known for its luxurious, intimate atmosphere and unparalleled service.
The sexy, sophisticated 10 Degrees South is one of Atlanta’s best-kept secrets, specializing in bold South African flavor. With white tablecloths, wood floors, dim lighting, and beautiful wooden chairs, the indoor patio at 10 Degrees South exudes the romantic, intimate feel of a South African bungalow.
The exotic menu fuses together French, Portuguese, Dutch, German and Malaysian tastes in dishes like chicken curry with traditional South African spices and herbs and giant prawns butterflied and grilled in the shells and bathed in lemon butter sauce. Make sure to order a glass of wine from their extensive South African wine list to complete your romantic meal.
Nikolai’s Roof, home to one of the best skyline views in Atlanta, is an upscale restaurant specializing in French-Russian cuisine. Housed on the 30th floor of the Hilton Atlanta hotel, floor-to-ceiling windows surround the plush booths and tables decked in white tablecloths.
Diners can choose a window-facing table for the most breathtaking views to accompany their decadent seasonal tasting menu. Sip on a glass of wine from the award-winning wine selection and cozy up to celebrate any special occasion in impeccable fashion.
The Blind Pig Parlor is an exclusive speakeasy, you need a password to enter, perfect for craft cocktails and shared small plates. Open only from Wednesday to Saturday, reservations are not available, so arrive early. Once you’ve arrived, head to the cushioned booths near the fireplace for a cozy, intimate date where you can order several small plates alongside a live jazz trio. Pair it with their "Guadalupe's Dream” cocktail, lunazul tequila, illegal mezcal, dry curaçao, and lime juice, to warm up your evening event more.