Food & Drink

These are Atlanta’s Most Romantic Restaurants

Published On 01/15/2014 Published On 01/15/2014
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1. Aria 490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

A chic yet comfortable Buckhead establishment, Aria offers a menu featuring modern American fare that changes seasonally. In the summer months, you can't go wrong with the butter-braised lobster, black truffle potatoes, and broccoli mousseline, especially when you pair it with one of their craft cocktails, like the Ten Too Late (gin, tea, honey, lemon). Aria has a much more casual feel than its first decade and a half (swapping all white everything for warmer hues), but it's retained the elegance that makes it a prime date spot.

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2. Sun Dial Restaurant and Bar 210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 (Downtown)

Scope out views of the ATL from the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza where you can get locally sourced American vittles like saffron corn cream shrimp & grits plus entrees including crab-/spinach-stuffed prawns w/ Hollandaise, and roasted lamb, all from Chef Jason Starnes.

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3. Bacchanalia 1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Midtown)

An award-winning and highly acclaimed American joint in Midtown from chefs/owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison, Bacchanalia plates organic and seasonal eats from an a la carte menu, or choose their delectable five-course prix fixe option.

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4. Tantra 2285 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Buckhead)

Tantra Restaurant & Bar, located in the center of Buckhead, is an American restaurant whose dishes transport you to other exotic lands via savory experience. Sounds heady? This menu item speaks for itself: large plump scallops caramelized in a basil rub with a dried lime beurre blanc, and there's more where that came from.

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5. Gunshow 924 Garrett St SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow is a Brazilian churrascaria-meets-dim sum eatery in Glenwood with rock music and ticketed reservations. Diners sit at communal metal tables while chefs roll trolleys around the dining room featuring small plates from the open kitchen. Cocktail service follows suit with a roaming bar cart and tableside preparations (get the Toasted Old Fashioned). The menu rotates weekly but always features bold dishes like faux beef bone marrow, Buffalo chicken livers, French-style mussels with beef fat fries, and Vietnamese-style popcorn shrimp. An evening at Gunshow is like a night at dinner theater: take your seat, pick your poison, and enjoy the culinary show.

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6. Wrecking Bar Brewpub 292 Moreland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

Founded by a home-brewing couple and located in the basement of Little Five Points' historic Victor H. Kriegshaber House, Wrecking Bar Brewpub is an award-winning neighborhood staple serving up a diverse range of approachable, comforting beers like the Sow Your Wild Oatmeal Porter, the pine-flavored Spruce Juice Pale Ale, and the bright, fruity Partition Rustic Urban Ale. Beers aside, Wrecking Bar Brewpub's also upheld for its house burgers, made with grass-fed beef and all the fixings.

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7. {three} Sheets 6017 Sandy Springs Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30328 (Sandy Springs)

Three Sheets is a comfortably furnished dinner den with cushy brown leather couches, a chandelier of clear glass globes, and curtained-off red-draped private dining areas. The folks at TS regularly hosts live rock/blues/jazz/funk bands and serve small plates, signature 'tails, and cigars. TS also hosts a grilled cheese and wine dinner, which is as amazing as it sounds.

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8. Prohibition 56 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Technically, this 1920s-style speakeasy isn't members only. But if you don't secure the password and punch it into a phone booth at the entrance, you're gonna have a bad time.