Food & Drink

These are Atlanta’s Most Romantic Restaurants

Published On 01/15/2014 Published On 01/15/2014

Valentine's Day is less than a month away, but fear not -- booking a table at one of the ATL's most romantic restaurants will not only save you from the totally romantic lame option of cooking for your date on V-Day, it'll allow you to concentrate on what's really important: ordering the second-cheapest bottle of wine on the menu.

Sun Dial

The Sun Dial
Downtown
One couple per day gets engaged at The Sun Dial on average. No pressure or anything. With the best view in Atlanta -- rotating on top of The Westin --  what do you expect to happen?

Bacchanalia
Home Park
With a name that means “drunken revelry”, you might think this would be a divey college bar. Instead, it’s consistently rated the number one restaurant in Atlanta, thanks to a five-course prix fixe menu of entirely organic (and mostly local) eats that make it the perfect place to take your number one girl. Or any girl, really.

Tantra

Tantra
Buckhead
If the name isn’t enough to convince you that this Persian/Indian eatery is the place to get you in the mood, check out the painting in the main dining room: it’s a tasteful depiction of two people... um, doing the thing that you take girls to romantic restaurants for in the first place. 

Gunshow
Ormewood Park
Atlanta mega­chef Kevin Gillespie’s newest place in Glenwood Park may not sound amorous, but once the carts of meat-laden dim sum (braised short rib & lemon spaetzle!) start rolling out, both you and your date may want to plant a smooch on the chef's bearded cheek.

Aria

Aria
Buckhead
Don’t let the white tablecloths and gorgeous interior fool you: Aria will happily satisfy surf 'n' turf-style needs (butter-braised Maine Lobster w/ black truffle potatoes, center cut Angus beef filet mignon), but they'll make it hard to pick the aforementioned second cheapest bottle of wine... 'cause their list doesn't have any prices!

Wrecking Bar Brewpub
Little Five Points
Set up beneath an early 20th-C Victorian house, this cozy basement bar is the perfect place to have a craft cocktail/housemade craft beer, hold hands, share pub-style eats (stout-steamed Maine mussels!), have another craft cocktail/housemade craft beer, and repeat.

{three} Sheets

{three} Sheets
Sandy Springs
The North side’s lounge mixes small bites and high-­end Scotch with a dark, romantic atmosphere. Don’t worry about it being too stuffy, though. These are the guys who do the grilled cheese and wine pairings, after all.

Prohibition
Buckhead
This clandestine speakeasy's password-only entrance, dark wood interior, leather couches, and cigar selection all conspire to give it a vintage, sexy vibe, and will distract your date from the fact that they don't serve food -- so she'll just have to fill up on period-appropriate cocktails like the “Lady Violet”.

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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-dim sum-style eatery in Glenwood with eclectic cuisine, rock music, and ticketed reservations. Diners sit at metal communal tables, and are approached by chefs who have left the open kitchen to present the menu on rolling food carts and trays. Cocktail service follows suit, with tableside preparations from the bar cart (get the Toasted Old Fashioned). The menu rotates weekly, featuring bold, creative 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.

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