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The Most Romantic Restaurants in Atlanta

When it comes to dining, romance is more than just a white tablecloth. It can mean a comfortable wine bar with nice light and food to share, a spot with a gorgeous view and perfect cocktails, and, yes, the kind of restaurant where you can't pronounce a single dish and you're weirdly scared of the server. Whichever of those screams romantic to you, Atlanta has plenty of dining options: traditionally fancy, sexily sophisticated, low-key and casual, and beyond. These are the most romantic restaurants in Atlanta -- white tablecloth not required.

Atlas

Buckhead
Posh locale for art lovers
Atlas is perfect for a couple looking to dine in the lap of luxury. The space in the St. Regis Hotel is tastefully appointed with rich green and caramel hues and dim lighting with a serious vibe. Enjoy the tasting menu (although a la carte is available) while indulging in a visual feast of artwork from the Lewis Collection that includes Picasso, Chagall, and Monet. 

Spring

Marietta
Minimalist charm by the railroad tracks
Spring, located off of Marietta Square (about 30 minutes north of Downtown Atlanta), is intimate without much flair. But it doesn’t get much more romantic than sharing an order of the foie gras torchon and a couple of Brian So’s elegantly crafted seasonal dishes. Reservations are highly recommended for this cozy spot.

Tin Tin

West Midtown
A Provençal wine bar with French bites
For a couple of oenophiles that want to spend the evening chatting over a bottle of wine, Tin Tin’s Provençal setting is the right place to do it. Grab a seat on the laid back patio by the large outdoor fireplace and cozy up. Tin Tin has light bites, but you can extend the night by dining at the adjacent, more formal, Aix.

Lyla Lila

Midtown
Stylish European fare in the heart of the city
With cozy enclaves and dazzling views of Peachtree Street, Lyla Lila is a lovely spot to snuggle up. Order a plate of the duck lasagna, a few glasses of wine, and save room for the chocolate budino. Lyla Lila happens to be across the street from the Fox Theatre making an excellent pre or post-theater bite.

Canoe

Vinings
Upscale dining down by the river
Canoe is a go-to spot for couples celebrating an occasion. Whether you and your date are celebrating something specific or just want a nice meal in a restaurant reminiscent of a hunting lodge, Canoe is a worthy destination. Go when it’s still light outside (or even in the twilight) to enjoy a stroll through their garden to the river. Carnivores: Don’t miss the exotic game on the menu, like the peppercorn crusted kangaroo loin.

Julianna’s Coffee & Crepes

Inman Park
Cozy cafe with Hungarian crepes 
Who says romance is only for the evening? If you and your honey find yourselves craving a breakfast date, head to Julianna’s Coffee & Crepes. The quint cafe is found on a side street off of Inman Park’s main drag. The European vibes are strong with an ivy-covered exterior, interior stone walls, and a small open kitchen to watch them make their Hungarian crepes. You can’t go wrong with sweet or savory, but why not order one of each and share? 

Marcel

West Midtown
Moody steakhouse with an excellent wine list
Marcel is dark and moody and, sometimes, that’s just what you need for date night. Ford Fry’s steakhouse serves classic fare with seasonal sides, and a deep wine list is stacked with interesting choices from around the world. Is there a dessert more romantic than a baked Alaska set aflame table-side? Probably not, which is why you have to order it if you really want to impress your date.

Babette’s Cafe

Poncey-Highland
Rustic European fare in a converted cottage
Serving up European eats, Babette’s is approachable in both setting and price. The converted cottage is a quaint departure from the cool minimalism that so many new restaurants channel. The dishes here fit the setting with an emphasis on rustic dishes like roasted meats and cassoulet. 

Himitsu

Buckhead
A reservations-only speakeasy with impressive cocktails
Himitsu is impossibly sexy from its secret entrance to its sleek, mid-century modern design.  
The cocktails are Japanese-inspired and the bites are supplied by adjacent Umi. The reservations-only policy means that it’s never overcrowded and you won’t have to fight for your date’s attention (unless a celeb enters the room, which is a common occurrence). If your date is hard to impress, then this will surely win them over.

By George

Downtown
French dining in a glamorous setting 
Did we include By George, a French restaurant on the ground floor of the recently opened Candler Hotel, just so we’d have an excuse to pepper in some French? Maybe. But, Hugh Acheson’s By George is ridiculously chic with glamorous Art Deco architecture and floor-to-ceiling windows, candlelit tables, and cozy booths. Nothing says l’amour like sharing a plate of steak tartare or escargot on toast. And, since it is in the Candler Hotel, you can stretch the evening into a romantic staycation. 

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Lia Picard is a contributor for Thrillist.