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29 Romantic Restaurants for Date Night in Atlanta

Last Updated: January 22, 2021

Call us biased, but we think ATL is one of the most romantic (and delicious) cities in the U.S.A.! And we can prove it with these restaurants that truly deliver both gourmet cuisine and romance. Here are our top picks for the top 29 romantic restaurants and places in Atlanta, perfect for you and your boo’s next night out on the town. Restaurants listed below in no particular order. 
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1. Aria

Buckhead mainstay Aria is consistently named of the top restaurants in Atlanta, and we invite you to come SEE why for yourself! To start off your meal, enjoy their lobster appetizer consisting of soft, buttery lobster and smooth, creamy truffle potatoes. For a main course, their scallops are always perfectly seared. Linger over dessert and enjoy their gorgeous interiors, renovated recently in 2016 and a sight to behold.

2. Arnette’s Chop Shop

Arnette’s Chop Shop in Brookhaven consistently delivers fantastic service and mouthwatering steakhouse favorites and tasty sides. Their bar and patio are a blast in the summertime. For the ultimate wow factor, order up their 36oz Porterhouse and a flaming Baked Alaska for dessert.

3. Yebo

Yebo is the perfect date night option for so many different reasons. You get a two-in-one with Yebo–in the summer, it’s “Yebo Beach Haus” with fun, coastal decor and in the winter months, Yebo transforms into cozy, apres-ski chic “Yebo Ski Haus” with festive winter decorations everywhere. Sidle on up to the bar for a hot toddy in the winter months or bask in the warm Atlanta sunshine on their patio when it’s warm out. Their curry pie and hanger steak are some of the best things on the menu!

4. Casi Cielo

Is it just us or is the dining scene in Sandy Springs like, really heating up? Casi Cielo is one of the the newest additions to the neighborhood serving upscale Oaxacan fare. The octopus is to die for, their blue corn tortillas are handmade and cooked the traditional way, and all of their mezcal drinks are super tasty. We’re obsessed.

5. Canoe

Enjoy delicious Southern and New American food with a view with your boo at classic Canoe. Nestled along the Chattahoochee River, Canoe has been delighting Atlanta diners for years and truly is one of the most romantic restaurants in Atlanta. Plan ahead and book your reservation in advance as they get filled up, and be sure to come back to try their brunch!

6. Boccalupo

Enjoy handmade pasta right in the heart of Inman Park at Boccalupo! Their risotto is perfectly savory, and their bruschetta is a great way to start your meal. Black spaghetti is also their specialty if you want a dish that’s truly authentic Italian.

Le Bilboquet - French Onion Soup | Photo: Facebook/lebilboquetatlanta
Le Bilboquet – French Onion Soup | Photo: Facebook/lebilboquetatlanta

7. Le Bilboquet

Le Bilboquet is a total experience. Enjoy top tier French cuisine in their light and airy dining room. Whatever you do, don’t skip dessert! Their pastries are to die for. You can even make a whole evening out of it with a meander around the Shops of Buckhead!

8. Nikolai’s Roof

When you think date night, you think Italian, you think French, but how does a bit of Russian flare sound? Nikolai’s Roof on top of the Hilton in downtown boasts one of the most stunning views of Atlanta’s evergrowing skyline. The menu is ever-changing with the seasons as they source their ingredients from local purveyors, but you can expect only the best from this award-winning Atlanta institution.

The Garden Room - Interior | Photo: thegardenroomatlanta.com
The Garden Room – Interior | Photo: thegardenroomatlanta.com

9. The Garden Room

You can catch us and the rest of Atlanta snapping pics for IG at the Garden Room. 😉 The Garden Room is new to the Atlanta dining scene and has breathtaking interiors full of rich greenery and artfully arranged florals that you have to see to believe. Some items on the menu include and wagyu coulotte and lemon lobster rolls, but it’s their cocktail and drink menu that really shines.

Le Colonial - Lemon Tarte | Photo: Facebook/lecolonialatlanta
Le Colonial – Lemon Tarte | Photo: Facebook/lecolonialatlanta

10. Le Colonial

The Buckhead crowd knows newcomer Le Colonial is the real deal. This French-Vietnamese place is always packed and has the best of both of those worlds: Parisian-Style leather banquettes and seating, Vietnamese staples like pho and bo luc lac (shaking beef), and a French tarte au citron (lemon tart) that will have you saying, “Je l’adore!”

11. Chai Yo Modern Thai

Chai Yo Modern Thai is an Atlanta Eats staff favorite and with one just one date night visit, you’ll understand why. This sexy, upscale Buckhead spot is serving Thai cuisine that truly impresses.

12. Bistro Niko

Take your sweetie to enjoy classic French fare at this Buckhead staple. You’ll love the classic red French bistro booths, the open kitchen letting you PEAK into your meal being made, and classic French fare like escargot, perfectly cooked scallops, and profiteroles.

The Springs Cinema & Taphouse - Pizza | Photo: Facebook/hespringscinema
The Springs Cinema & Taphouse – Pizza | Photo: Facebook/hespringscinema

13. The Springs Cinema & Taphouse

You can’t go wrong with dinner and a movie, and it’s even better when you can combine them into one! Date night doesn’t have to mean just fine dining. The Springs Cinema & Taphouse is the perfect option for you and your honey. Settle into one of their soft, buttery leather recliners, and order up an old-fashioned. It’s date night!

 
Tiny Lou's - Blondie
Tiny Lou’s – Blondie

14. Tiny Lou’s

Enjoy classic French fare with a visit to Tiny Lou’s in the newly renovated Hotel Clermont. We love their intimate and sexy atmosphere with vintage inspired decor that nods to the past. The pastries are also of note, from Young Gun Claudia Martinez

Gypsy Kitchen - Patio | Photo: Facebook/gypsykitchen
Gypsy Kitchen – Patio | Photo: Facebook/gypsykitchen

15. Gypsy Kitchen

Can you say olé? Buckhead spot Gypsy Kitchen is patio dining at its best. Your date will delight in their tapas, sangria, and wine offerings, and they often have live music for dinner and a show! 

Charcuterie board at 9 Mile Station
9 Mile Station – Charcuterie Board

16. 9-Mile Station

Gorgeous location/view + outstanding menu is sometimes a hard combo to come by, but honestly, 9 Mile Station on top of Ponce City Market delivers on both fronts. We love their brunch offerings, like the toad in the hole. After your dinner, you can enjoy some more rooftop fun with all the other rooftop happenings that always are going on at PCM.

17. The Optimist

Have a sHELL of a date at The Optimist in West Midtown. One bite of their fresh seafood and you’ll understand why Chef Ford Fry is a legend in ATL and beyond. We love their gumbo, crave their lobster rolls on the reg, and can always find room to slurp down some of their fresh oysters.

18. NAM Kitchen

NAM Kitchen in Sandy Springs’ newest exciting development, City Springs, is another Atlanta Eats staff favorite. The pho and the banh mi (only on the lunch menu) are phenomenal, but you’ll also love this place at dinner. Please order the sauteed filet mignon! We would have never thought Vietnamese for steak, but we’re converts now. NAM Kitchen also boasts an elegant and modern interior that really elevate the whole experience, and you can even catch a show or concert afterwards.

19. Barcelona Wine Bar

With new restaurants in Atlanta popping up every day, we still find ourselves coming back again and again to Barcelona… for brunch, for birthdays, and for date night. It really is one of the most romantic restaurants in Atlanta. It also seems like the rest of Atlanta is just as impressed, as both their West Midtown and Inman Park locations are always bustling. Always! Split a carafe of sangria with your date, share some patatas bravas and albondigas, and have a fabulous time with this Spanish spot.

20. St. Cecilia

Another Chef Ford Fry spot, St. Cecilia is a great date night spot for freshly made pasta. High ceilings, excellent service, and fresh crudo that’ll delight your senses. You and your date will love this elegant Italian option!

Wonderkid - Interiors | Photo: wonderkidatl.com
Wonderkid – Interiors | Photo: wonderkidatl.com

21. Wonderkid 

Take a trip through time with a trip to Wonderkid–a true treat if you’re dating a vintage loving lady. Think sexy, 70s vibes with an unfancy and affordable homegrown diner menu. Unlike the diners you or your parents may have grown up with, there’s an expansive and inventive cocktail menu you and your date will enjoy embibing. A truly special place in the heart of the Atlanta Dairies complex, make this place your next date night go-to. 

Ruby Chow - Interiors | Photo: rubychows.com
Ruby Chow – Interiors | Photo: rubychows.com

22. Ruby Chow’s 

New to ATL, Ruby Chow’s, from the chef behind Le Fat in West Midtown, has opened up a new venture by Ponce City Market  that’s perfect for date night. The interiors are luxe and there is  some heated outdoor seating as well if you prefer to dine outside. Their menu is an eclectic mix of pan-Asian tapas, with baos and pork belly and very interesting soy sauce egg dish called Shoyu Tomago. Take a short walk over to Ponce City Market for some gelato from Honeysuckle Gelato post date!

Mille-feuille from Ecco Buckhead.
Ecco Buckhead – Mille-Feuille

23. Ecco Buckhead

Taking the concept from Midtown to Buckhead, Ecco is bringing it’s iconic dishes and decor to another tony Atlanta neighborhood. Whether you’re there for a quick happy hour drink on the way home, digging in to epic fried goat cheese balls and wood-fired flatbreads, or relaxing on a cozy date night with the one you love, Ecco brings high end dishes and service to every occasion.

Garden & Gun Club - Interior Bar | Photo: Facebook/gardenandgunclub
Garden & Gun Club – Interior Bar | Photo: Facebook/gardenandgunclub

24. Garden & Gun Club

This gorgeous restaurant right at The Battery has all the speakeasy vibes. It’s great place to grab a drink before a Braves game, or make this restaurant the end destination in and of itself. There’s tons of fun and classic cocktails, like mint juleps and paper planes, and classic but elevated American eats like Lobster Rolls, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and Banana Pudding Pie.

a mano - Carbonara | Photo: amanoatl.com
a mano – Carbonara | Photo: amanoatl.com

25. A Mano

A mano has us coming back and back again for their classic pasta dishes. Their carbonara always hits the spot, and their cacio e pepe has just the right amount of creaminess and pepper to satisfy. The patio is cute-as-a-button, and you’re going to love the Italian skillet bread, drenched in olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. Gluten-free options are also available.

 

26. Ray’s On The River 

Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs is one of those rare places where the food is matched by the beautiful view. Set against the Chattahoochee just west of Northside Drive, Rays brings a fine-dining touch to a tranquil corner of the city. Ray’s menu includes $10 lunches and a couple of steaks that top $30, so whatever your reason for stopping by, your wallet will feel less stretched than your belly. If you’re looking for a table with a river view, be sure to get there early.

Forza Storico - Patio } Photo: Facebook/forzastorico
Forza Storico – Patio | Photo: Facebook/forzastorico

27. Forza Storico

Forza Storico, from the team behind Storico Fresco, has easily become the most happening spot in West Midtown, in the same complex as JCT Kitchen. Their patio is a wonderful place to share a smooch with your loved one, with plenty of heaters to keep you both cozy in the fall and winter time. The energy somehow simultaneously both lively and cozy, leading to a date that will earn you tons of brownie points. And did we also mention that the pasta is fantastic? 

 

28. Cabernet Steakhouse 

Cabernet Steakhouse is a date night spot that the guys will love just as much as the ladies. There are some serious Mad Men vibes inside at their cigar bar, where you can enjoy a smoke with your meal. A true gem that’s stood the test of time, and worth the trip to Alpharetta. 

 

29. The Select

With its sweeping, luxe interiors and chic cocktails, The Select is one of those restaurants where it’s equally about the ambiance as it is about the food. A part of the new Sandy Springs City Springs development, The Select has been making a name for itself in the community with rave reviews from diners and food critics alike. You’re going to love the miso sea bass and ever-changing pastry menu, as well as their patio with plentiful seating. The Select is also now open for brunch! 

Use our map below to find a spot near you!

Aria
Arnette's Chop Shop
Yebo
Casi Cielo
Canoe
Boccalupo
Le Bilboquet
Nikolai's Roof
The Garden Room
Le Colonial
Chai Yo Modern Thai
Bistro Niko
The Springs Cinema and Tap House
Tiny Lou's
Gypsy Kitchen
9 Mile Station
The Optimist
NAM Kitchen
Barcelona Wine Bar
Barcelona Wine Bar
St. Cecilia
Aria

Buckhead mainstay Aria is consistently named of the top restaurants in Atlanta, and we invite you to come SEE why for yourself! To start off your meal, enjoy their lobster appetizer consisting of soft, buttery lobster and smooth, creamy truffle potatoes. For a main course, their scallops are always perfectly seared. Linger over dessert and enjoy their gorgeous interiors, renovated recently in 2016 and a sight to behold.

Arnette's Chop Shop

Arnette’s Chop Shop in Brookhaven consistently delivers fantastic service and mouthwatering steakhouse favorites and tasty sides. Their bar and patio are a blast in the summertime. For the ultimate wow factor, order up their 36oz Porterhouse and a flaming Baked Alaska for dessert.

Yebo

Yebo is the perfect date night option for so many different reasons. You get a two-in-one with Yebo–in the summer, it’s “Yebo Beach Haus” with fun, coastal decor and in the winter months, Yebo transforms into cozy, apres-ski chic “Yebo Ski Haus” with festive winter decorations everywhere. Sidle on up to the bar for a hot toddy in the winter months or bask in the warm Atlanta sunshine on their patio when it’s warm out. Their curry pie and hanger steak are some of the best things on the menu!

Casi Cielo

Is it just us or is the dining scene in Sandy Springs like, really heating up? Casi Cielo is one of the the newest additions to the neighborhood serving upscale Oaxacan fare. The octopus is to die for, their blue corn tortillas are handmade and cooked the traditional way, and all of their mezcal drinks are super tasty. We’re obsessed.

Canoe

Enjoy delicious Southern and New American food with a view with your boo at classic Canoe. Nestled along the Chattahoochee River, Canoe has been delighting Atlanta diners for years and truly is one of the most romantic restaurants in Atlanta. Plan ahead and book your reservation in advance as they get filled up, and be sure to come back to try their brunch!

Boccalupo

Enjoy handmade pasta right in the heart of Inman Park at Boccalupo! Their risotto is perfectly savory, and their bruschetta is a great way to start your meal. Black spaghetti is also their specialty if you want a dish that’s truly authentic Italian.

Le Bilboquet

Le Bilboquet is a total experience. Enjoy top tier French cuisine in their light and airy dining room. Whatever you do, don’t skip dessert! Their pastries are to die for. You can even make a whole evening out of it with a meander around the Shops of Buckhead!

Nikolai's Roof

When you think date night, you think Italian, you think French, but how does a bit of Russian flare sound? Nikolai’s Roof on top of the Hilton in downtown boasts one of the most stunning views of Atlanta’s evergrowing skyline. The menu is ever-changing with the seasons as they source their ingredients from local purveyors, but you can expect only the best from this award-winning Atlanta institution.

The Garden Room
Le Colonial

The Buckhead crowd knows newcomer Le Colonial is the real deal. This French-Vietnamese place is always packed and has the best of both of those worlds: Parisian-Style leather banquettes and seating, Vietnamese staples like pho and bo luc lac (shaking beef), and a French tarte au citron (lemon tart) that will have you saying, “Je l’adore!”

Chai Yo Modern Thai

Chai Yo Modern Thai is an Atlanta Eats staff favorite and with one just one date night visit, you’ll understand why. This sexy, upscale Buckhead spot is serving Thai cuisine that truly impresses.

Bistro Niko

Take your sweetie to enjoy classic French fare at this Buckhead staple. You’ll love the classic red French bistro booths, the open kitchen letting you PEAK into your meal being made, and classic French fare like escargot, perfectly cooked scallops, and profiteroles.

The Springs Cinema and Tap House

You can’t go wrong with dinner and a movie, and it’s even better when you can combine them into one! Date night doesn’t have to mean just fine dining. The Springs Cinema & Taphouse is the perfect option for you and your honey. Settle into one of their soft, buttery leather recliners, and order up an old-fashioned. It’s date night!

Tiny Lou's

Enjoy classic French fare with a visit to Tiny Lou’s in the newly renovated Hotel Clermont. We love their intimate and sexy atmosphere with vintage inspired decor that nods to the past. The pastries are also of note, from Young Gun Claudia Martinez

Gypsy Kitchen

Can you say olé? Buckhead spot Gypsy Kitchen is patio dining at its best. Your date will delight in their tapas, sangria, and wine offerings.

9 Mile Station

Gorgeous location/view + outstanding menu is sometimes a hard combo to come by, but honestly, 9 Mile Station on top of Ponce City Market delivers on both fronts. We love their brunch offerings, like the toad in the hole. After your dinner, you can enjoy some more rooftop fun with all the other rooftop happenings that always are going on at PCM.

The Optimist

Have a sHELL of a date at The Optimist in West Midtown. One bite of their fresh seafood and you’ll understand why Chef Ford Fry is a legend in ATL and beyond. We love their gumbo, crave their lobster rolls on the reg, and can always find room to slurp down some of their fresh oysters.

NAM Kitchen

NAM Kitchen in Sandy Springs’ newest exciting development, City Springs, is another Atlanta Eats staff favorite. The pho and the banh mi (only on the lunch menu) are phenomenal, but you’ll also love this place at dinner. Please order the sauteed filet mignon! We would have never thought Vietnamese for steak, but we’re converts now. NAM Kitchen also boasts an elegant and modern interior that really elevate the whole experience, and you can even catch a show or concert afterwards.

Barcelona Wine Bar

With new restaurants in Atlanta popping up every day, we still find ourselves coming back again and again to Barcelona… for brunch, for birthdays, and for date night. It really is one of the most romantic restaurants in Atlanta. It also seems like the rest of Atlanta is just as impressed, as both their West Midtown and Inman Park locations are always bustling. Always! Split a carafe of sangria with your date, share some patatas bravas and albondigas, and have a fabulous time with this Spanish spot.

Barcelona Wine Bar

With new restaurants in Atlanta popping up every day, we still find ourselves coming back again and again to Barcelona… for brunch, for birthdays, and for date night. It really is one of the most romantic restaurants in Atlanta. It also seems like the rest of Atlanta is just as impressed, as both their West Midtown and Inman Park locations are always bustling. Always! Split a carafe of sangria with your date, share some patatas bravas and albondigas, and have a fabulous time with this Spanish spot.

St. Cecilia

Another Chef Ford Fry spot, St. Cecilia is a great date night spot for freshly made pasta. High ceilings, excellent service, and fresh crudo that’ll delight your senses. You and your date will love this elegant Italian option!

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