The Best Date Night Restaurants in Atlanta

Looking for the perfect restaurant for date night? Need a special restaurant to celebrate a birthday or anniversary? From Tuscan-inspired dishes that melt in your mouth in Buckhead to signature steaks served in a swanky atmosphere in Midtown to sipping cocktails while enjoying stunning views of the Atlanta skyline in Downtown, bring on the romance and enjoy an intimate dining experience at some of the best date night restaurants in Atlanta.

Buckhead Atlanta

Anis Cafe & Bistro

The South of France defines romance, and Anis Cafe & Bistro in Buckhead delivers it. Owner Arnaud Michel charms guests with recipes from his youth in Montpelier, France. The converted house transports guests back to Provence with such delicacies as escargot au pastis and poulet roti, while they dine in the warm yellows of the sun-drenched atmosphere of the South of France.

Where: 2974 Grandview Ave. NE

Antica Posta

Henry Winkler once said that Buckhead’s Antica Posta may be one of the best Italian restaurants on the East Coast, and we agree. Not only will the Tuscan-inspired dishes melt in your mouth, but the quaint, intimate atmosphere will put romance in your heart. The Betti brothers understand that dining should be a relaxing, enjoyable experience, and they and their wait staff let you linger over your dinner and drinks while the romance simmers.

Where: 519 East Paces Ferry Road NE

Aria

Aria is the perfect restaurant for a romantic night out.
Aria is the perfect restaurant for a romantic night out.

Set in a converted house in Buckhead, Aria is the perfect place for a memorable evening. With its white linens and simple, yet sophisticated, traditional American dishes, it’s a slam dunk for a romantic night out. Chef and owner Gerry Klaskala and pastry chef Kathryn King are known far and wide for their eclectic gourmet fare and the restaurant continuously tops the charts as one of Atlanta’s best. Aria is also touted for its phenomenal dessert selection, so don’t overlook the sweet stuff during your romantic evening.

Where: 490 East Paces Ferry Road NE

Atlas

Atlas, located inside the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead, has been named one of Atlanta’s top restaurants. The restaurant boasts an impressive gallery of 20th century artwork, and the menu and atmosphere are just as priceless. Atlas offers the best in seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences, all made with fresh ingredients from local farms. The Tavern at Atlas offers a more casual dining experience with its perfectly portioned small plate menus and seasonal hand-shaken cocktails. For an unparalleled culinary experience, this chef-driven restaurant is second to none.

Where: 88 West Paces Ferry Road NW

Bistro Niko

For French cuisine in a romantic setting, look no further than Bistro Niko.
For French cuisine in a romantic setting, look no further than Bistro Niko.

Located in Buckhead and part of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, Bistro Niko has a knack for pairing French fare with romance. From the beautiful interior with its grand ceilings and artwork from Paris to the lovely patio that overlooks Peachtree, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two. From decadent pastas to roasted chicken and duck, dishes in this casual bistro strike the perfect balance between sophistication and comfort.

Where: 3344 Peachtree Road NE

Canoe

Travel a bit north of the city for a romantic dinner at Canoe.
Enjoy the ambiance during a romantic dinner at Canoe.

Located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Canoe offers a romantic setting with natural, yet manicured, lawns and a tranquil waterfront. Inside, diners settle into overstuffed booths or tables and enjoy an inspired decor that features an exposed kitchen and a ceiling that resembles the inside of a canoe. Located in Vinings, Canoe is one of the area’s most acclaimed restaurants, and diners can feast on such delicious treats as crisp Rhode Island calamari, grilled Bay of Fundy salmon, maple-marinated duck breast and garam masala rubbed lamb sirloin.

Where: 4199 Paces Ferry Road SE

Kyma

Take a trip to Greece by dining at Kyma.
Take a trip to Greece by dining at Kyma.

Kyma is a contemporary seafood tavern that is true to its Mediterranean (especially Greek) origins. Romance is always in the air as the white marble columns, whitewashed walls and dazzling constellation display on the deep blue ceiling take you away to the Greek islands. Kyma is part of the esteemed Buckhead Life Group, so you know the food and service will be outstanding, and it is. Kyma offers a variety of fish and seafood and specializes in the Greek technique of wood grilling with olive oil, lemon and oregano.

Where: 3085 Piedmont Road NE

Le Bilboquet

Le Bilboquet is located at Buckhead Village and offers a vibrant atmosphere reminiscent of a Parisian cafe. With lots of natural light, blue velvet banquettes, a two-color terrazzo floor and pewter bar, the restaurant offers classics such as crab and avocado salad, lemon veal scallopini and steamed mussels.

Where: 3027 Bolling Way NE

St. Cecilia

St. Cecilia is well named because a dining experience in this Buckhead restaurant is, indeed, heavenly. Renowned chef-owner Ford Fry serves coastal European food in a dramatic three-story room with multicolored woods, white-tiled columns and a 20-seat marble bar that is perfect for a pre-dinner tête-à-tête. St. Cecilia is the complete package: Outstanding food, beautiful décor, and the aromatic smells from the kitchen make it a favorite for lovers.

Where: 3455 Peachtree Road NE

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Atlanta’s Eastside

Agave

Agave is an Inman Park neighborhood favorite. The eclectic Southwestern fare made with only the freshest ingredients is spectacular, and the atmosphere is just as inviting.  If it is date night you are interested in, ask to be seated in the side room or in the loft, where only a few tables make for a more intimate meal. On a chilly night, you may be able to enjoy a fireside dinner.

Where: 242 Boulevard SE

Kevin Rathbun Steak

Kevin Rathbun's Steakhouse is sure to set the mood.
Kevin Rathbun Steakhouse is sure to set the mood.

One of Atlanta’s top steak houses, Kevin Rathbun Steak is perfect for a special night out. What was once an old cotton warehouse in the Inman Park area suddenly became one of the best steak houses in the city. The rich atmosphere and warm tones of the restaurant lend to an intimate experience. And the completely chef-driven menu features prime steaks along with seafood and some creative appetizers and sides.

Where: 154 Krog St. NE, Suite 200

Sotto Sotto

Sotto Sotto, located in the Old Fourth Ward, has been a dining tradition for more than 15 years. Chef-owner Riccardo Ullio serves simple, regional food in an intimate dining room reminiscent of a seaside Roman villa. If the weather is nice, ask for a table on the outdoor patio. With such a romantic setting, you will definitely feel like re-enacting the “Lady and the Tramp” classic pasta scene.

Where: 313 North Highland Ave. NE

TWO Urban Licks

Consistently rated highly as the restaurant to impress someone, TWO Urban Licks lives up to the hype. Besides the lovely view of the Atlanta skyline, the rotating rotisseries are quite impressive, too.  Add to that, the 26-foot wine- on-tap barrel wall and TWO Urban Licks provides a dining experience unlike any other. Cozy up to your date and sip on an expert cocktail. Salmon chips are a terrific way to start your meal. Scallops, fish and steak – you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here.

Where: 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Wisteria

Begin your romantic evening at Wisteria by stopping at the bar.
Begin your romantic evening at Wisteria by stopping at the bar.

Who says Southern food can’t be elegant? Not Wisteria. Located in the historic Inman Park neighborhood, you will find Wisteria housed in a historical brick building with exposed ductwork, giving it a sophisticated yet trendy vibe at the same time. Unless you are a wine aficionado, let your server select a wine, as the wine “book” is quite extensive. Can’t miss dishes like coastal shrimp & grits or iron-skillet fried chicken are typical of the Wisteria style. Dessert lovers should save room for bread pudding with bourbon sauce.

Where: 471 North Highland Ave. NE

Midtown Atlanta

Atmosphere

Atmosphere is a quaint bistro located near Ansley Park that features meticulously prepared dishes, desserts and cocktails — plus romance. The soft lighting offers up an atmosphere of relaxed elegance, which lends itself to intimate conversations, laughter and a special evening.

Where: 1620 Piedmont Ave. NE

STK Atlanta

STK is the epitome of sexiness when it comes to Atlanta restaurants. The swanky atmosphere is perfect for a romantic birthday dinner. Sip a colorful cocktail as you nuzzle up to your sweetie in the comfy booths. Indulge in a a crispy calamari starter or a jumbo crab cake. Then be sure to order one of the signature steaks.

Where: 1075 Peachtree St. NE

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Atlanta’s Westside

Bacchanalia

Long heralded as Atlanta’s favorite five-star restaurant, Bacchanalia features contemporary American cuisine using the freshest possible ingredients. Headed by chef Anne Quatrano, the Westside eatery is a favorite for special occasions and romantic meals. The four-course prix fixe menu include an appetizer course, entrée course, cheese course and dessert course that is sure to make your taste buds flair.

Where: 1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW Suite 1

Downtown Atlanta

Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View

The amazing view makes the meal even better at the Sun Dial.

Start your romantic evening off with seafood chowder before crunching into a classic Caesar salad at Sun Dial. Entree choices include BBQ Pork Tomahawk, a 16-ounce New York strip steak and Colorado rack of lamb. Finish with a lemon cream cake or double-decker strawberry shortcake. It will be hours before you come back down to earth, both literally (because you’ll be dining at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza) and figuratively.

Where: 210 Peachtree St. NW

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Boasting intimate atmospheres, elegant décor and some of the most incredible cuisine, romantic restaurants in Atlanta offer the perfect setting for a special night out with your loved one. And keep the romance going with these fun date night ideas.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications. 

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