Tall glasses of ice-cold sweet tea, flowering white dogwood trees, and an abundance of romantic restaurants make Atlanta a perfect destination for date night.
Soak in the swaying Spanish moss, the sprawling cityscape views, and the enticing fare when you head to Georgia's capital for an intimate getaway for two. Then, pack up that appetite, and reserve a table at any of Atlanta's most romantic restaurants for an ardently amorous dinner.
After a love-soaked day of Civil Rights History, picnics in Piedmont Park, and stimulating urban art, you'll surely be hungry for more.
Follow along with our handy guide to discover the most sweeping skyline views, best patios, and more in Atlanta!
Romantic Atlanta Restaurants
There's no more surefire way to feel fancy than to head to Buckhead for an intimate evening of eating, drinking, and canoodling. Naturally, your significant other will be singing your praises when you escort them to Aria.
Consistently topping any of the 'best romantic restaurants of Atlanta' lists, Aria continues to impress us with their versatile menu and elegant decor. Statuesque columns, white table cloths, and dim lighting instantly elevate the mood and prime you and your companion for a most memorable meal.
Whether sitting at a gray leather banquet or on their private patio, Chef Gerry Klaskala's modern American cuisine is undeniably delicious. First, begin with a serving of their luxurious butter braised Maine lobster with truffled potatoes and broccoli mousseline. Or, for a lighter option, reach for the yellowtail hamachi sashimi.
For a seaworthy main, savor bites of their seared scallops adorned by ratatouille, red pepper vinaigrette, and fine herbs. Or keep it fowl friendly with the lightly glazed spiced honey duck served with fuji apples, savoy cabbage, and carrots.
Attempt to save room for one of the resident pastry chef's delectable seasonal creations. Try the upside-down maple caramel nut cake with malt ice cream.
Chai Yo Modern Thai
Most Thai restaurants rely on the ambiance but lack the seasoning or honed chef skills to deliver a sensational menu. Not at Chai Yo! A pitch-perfect date night spot due to its overwhelmingly sexy decor.
This Asian eatery focuses on chef-driven modern Thai cuisine and craft cocktails. Brimming with imagination and inspiration, each bite of crispy pork belly or lemongrass scented lobster is filled with exquisite care.
Pause for a moment when you enter Chai Yo's stunning interior. Then, thoroughly soak in the funky natural wood accents, minimalistic light fixtures, and tree-inspired art.
Nab a cozy green leather banquet table and peruse their cocktail menu. We recommend the invigorating 'Thai Me Down' featuring spicy tequila, citrus, Kaffir lime-infused ice, and a spice-dusted rim. Dreaming of something more creamy? Try the 'Chai Talay' with vodka, lemongrass syrup, house-made coconut cream, and lime.
Kick things off with an order of 'Toong Tong' or crispy dumplings stuffed with chicken, shrimp, and shiitake mushroom. Or for a more warming appetizer, delight in their lobster-filled Tom Kha.
Be sure to check out their carb-licious noodle dishes. Opt for the pan-fried Chilean sea bass for a more filling entree, drizzled in black pepper garlic sauce and accompanied by crab fried rice and bok choy.
Hoping to impress your honey with your hipster cred? Pretend you are tres chic when you explore the South African flavors of Yebo Beach Haus.
Effortlessly stylish with an elegant black and white color palette, the decor of Yebo is pure Instagram bait and features white-washed walls, woven drum lights, and funky touches such as a black matte surfboard or cheeky orange Vespa.
Depending on when you and your lover visit, you'll be privy to Yebo Ski Haus (December through February) or the normal Yebo Beach Haus.
Dining apres-ski? Enjoy cozy winter decor, crackling outdoor fire pits, and warming dishes such as wild mushroom soup or chocolate fondue.
Don your most formal threads, as an elegant dress code, is encouraged, and break into a bottle of Napa Valley Merlot.
Giggle over your most dramatic cheese pulls when you feast on the steaming crab dip packed with lump crab, gruyere cheese, and peppadew relish, or take a walk on the wild side and sample their ostrich sliders.
Next, embrace the earthy flavors of the rosemary marinated lamb chops served with roasted carrots, tomato couscous, mint chutney, and tzatziki sauce, or linger over their chicken paillard doused in South African shiraz balsamic.
The sweet burbling of the Chattahoochee River provides the most tranquil soundtrack to any fine dining experience at Canoe. Nestled amongst the stunning waterfront in the cozy community of Vinings. Canoe's vibrant gardens, manicured landscape, and sensational sunsets all set the stage for an evening of romance.
Not just blessed by natural aesthetics alone, Canoe is an award-winning eatery. Canoe was inducted into the Nation's Restaurant News 2005 Fine Dining Hall of Fame. Featuring bold flavors and exemplary culinary expertise. Here, a dinner is ideal for any special anniversary, engagement, or occasion.
Post garden stroll, opt for Canoe's take on the classic Manhattan. Then pique your appetite with an order of oysters on the half shell. Finally, challenge your tastebuds with the creative peppercorn-crusted kangaroo served with pastrami beets and crunchy chocolate croutons.
Enjoy the bounty of the sea with the Gulf American red snapper, adorned with barbecued squash, wild rice risotto, and kale slaw. Or fulfill your red meat cravings with the wood-grilled 8oz beef tenderloin.
Is your idea of heaven tacos, tostadas, and tequila? Casi Cielo might just be your guardian angel swooping in to beam you and your date through those pearly gates.
Spice up your dinner routine with an injection of Oaxacan flavor and flare when you secure a reservation at Atlanta's newest romantic restaurant, Casi Cielo. Fueled by a passion for delivering exceptional dishes and creating lasting memories. The Chef at Cielo utilizes a mesmerizing connection of both locally grown ingredients and Mexican imports.
Mezcal mavens will flip over their collection, which happens to be the largest in the city. So, naturally, they should sample a flight accompanied by the traditional orange slice and grasshopper salt.
Not a fan of the smoke? Sip on an aptly named 'la llorona.' Composed of Patron Reposado, jalapeño juice, agave, and lime juice with a chile dusted rim.
Amp up your appetite with a classic aguachile de pescado. A lovely and light mix of sliced halibut, citrus powder, and chile jalapeño sauce. Then decide which tacos to devour.
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We are fans of the crispy mahi-mahi fried tacos. But, we can never turn down a bite of the delicious cochinillo or the suckling pig. Thoroughly drizzled with aguacatada sauce and topped with chicharrón.
Someone is bringing the heat to Atlanta, and it's not the NBA! Travel to the balmy tropical shores of Jamaica when you swing by West Midtown for a night at Rock Steady. Caribbean culture and flavors are on full display here, and their moody, modern interior only adds to their date night appeal.
Revel in the sexy low-lit lighting, black brick walls, and stylish accents of African art. Then, grab a seat underneath the textured and tribal-inspired ceiling lights.
Order a tropical-tasting drink like the Passa Passa. It is a delicious blend of rum with mango, pineapple, and house-made Caribbean syrup. Or, if you're abstaining, try their inventive 'Bossman' mocktail.
Meanwhile, embrace the sweet and the spice with their grilled jerk wing appetizer. Featuring jerk marinated grilled lollipop wings tossed in your choice of exciting house-made sauce.
Continue to stay on-brand with the Oxtail Fiore. A lovely mess of slow-cooked oxtails, shredded and tossed with Fiore pasta, white wine, and heirloom tomatoes. Or order the house favorite, Haitian whole fried snapper. Marinated for hours in epise, topped with pikliz and accompanied by Haitian black rice, plantains, and charred lime.
Sun Dial Restaurant
There are views, and then there are views! Sweep your lover off their feet when you take in the staggering 360-degree scenery from the 72nd floor of the Westin Peachtree Plaza.
A long-time favorite of tourists and locals alike, the Sun Dial restaurant boasts an outstanding cityscape. In addition, it showcases a creative take on contemporary southern comforts.
Marvel at the majesty of the Big Peach from every angle. Meanwhile, dining on fresh farm-to-table ingredients 723 feet in the sky.
If you can, time your dinner with the sunset for an unforgettable romantic reprieve. Wherever you dine, from the private tables of the upscale restaurant to their cocktail lounge, you are guaranteed a real Southern treat.
Fuel up on seafood chowder and fried green tomato and lobster salad before moving on to your main entree. Signature 'can't miss' specialties of the Sun Dial include the BBQ Pork Tomahawk with sweet potato and brussels sprout hash, smoked bacon, and chile honey. Or savor the pillowy soft sweet potato Gnocchi with roasted garlic, caramelized pearl onions, oyster mushrooms, baby kale, and nutty bourbon brown butter.
Make your special night even more memorable with a few bites of a decadent dessert. Try the Flourless Chocolate Cake, lightly topped with Bourbon chocolate sauce and a sprinkling of fresh berries.
The Garden Room
A euphoric escape into a lush world of tropical plants, draping flowers, and twinkling chandeliers. The Garden Room is breathing fresh life into Atlanta's cocktail scene.
Relax, rejuvenate, and unwind with your love when you step away from the hustle and bustle of the Big A and into this serene secret garden oasis. Everything here is social media fodder. From the ivory flowering tree above the bar to the wooden carousel horses planted in the foyer.
Whether you dine at the bar or a pink pillowed banquet underneath the whispering willows and climbing ivory. You'll swear you've been transported to wonderland.
After a few too many selfies, scan the cocktail menu and decide which unique creation to imbibe. Our favorites include the gin forward 'Bend and Snap' or the citrusy and spicy 'Boas and Coas.' It's made with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Cointreau, Ancho Reyes Verde, jalapeno, lime and served over pineapple ice cubes.
Next, feast on charred octopus with peppers, almonds, and curried squash. Then, dive into their lobster rolls. They're piled high with succulent miso flavored meat and sesame seeds and served in fluffy Parker House rolls.
Feeling feisty? Test your date's love for orange accented kisses when you order the flaming hot Cheeto chicken.
Food or art? Bacchanalia lets you be the judge. Prime your palate for pure pleasure at one of Atlanta's most romantic restaurants.
Known for their contemporary and inventive award-winning cuisine. Bacchanalia's four-course prix fixe menu is the move for any momentous occasion. Bacchanalia's clean and minimalistic ebony and brass aesthetic pave the way for the food to shine.
Woo your sugar with whisperings of seasonal organic ingredients and expert wine pairings. First, linger over bites of expertly plated crab fritters and Nantucket Bay scallops. Then, move on to Turbot with winter squash and caviar, or lobster.
Those looking to splurge even more can peruse their supplemental caviar service. Or order a few 'fruits de mer' to amp up the aphrodisia.
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Finally, trade spoonfuls of their elegant desserts, which could almost double as artwork. Order the stunning profiteroles. Adorned by delicata squash spiced gelato, crispy pepitas, and maple syrup.
Le Bilboquet has borrowed some charm from the City of Love and lavished it upon Atlanta. This Parisian-inspired enclave in bustling Buckhead is just the place to bring your beret-wearing beau.
Delight in top-tier French cuisine served with impeccable style at this romantic Atlanta restaurant. Cozy up at the mirrored and mahogany bar like a true European. Or reserve a velveted blue table for more privacy
Pop some bubbly to celebrate in style, or order a bottle of Chablis to share. Meanwhile, make your way through a generous charcuterie board.
Following your first course, attempt to sneak in some health with La Salade de Betteraves Et Chèvre. It features a vibrant medley of red and golden beets, sliced goat cheese, and oranges.
Soak up some of that otherworldly vino with a hearty serving of Le Paleron Bourguignon. Or try the Braised Beef Shoulder with jalapeno mashed potatoes, carrots, pearl onions, and bacon. We also love the duck leg confit with celery root, chestnut, fingerling potatoes, and thyme.
The pastry program here is unparalleled. So be sure to complete your meal with a delicate aperitif and a scoop of rich chocolate mousse.
The Painted Duck
First dates (or fiftieth) are always better when involving a fun activity. So, get those competitive juices flowing when you venture out to The Painted Duck. Take bets on who will knock out the first strike when you engage in a thrilling game of old-fashioned duckpin bowling.
Not feeling the bowling shoes look? The Painted Duck is a full-service gamery also offering horseshoe pits, knuckleball, air hockey, shuffleboard, and more.
Far more elegant than your average suds and spares alley. The Duck's overhanging glittering crystal chandeliers and quirky fowl-themed motif elevate the experience.
Romance your partner with a stiff drink like the 'Ornithology.' It features Thai herbal rum, Bruto Americano, Orgeat, lime, and pineapple. Then, set your sights on the sensational eats.
Just a tad peckish? Munch on some savory 'duck phat' fries or some duck nuggets covered in confit, herbs, and crunchy panko.
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Lusting after the whole bird? Keep with the theme, and order the whole roasted Peking duck. It's served family-style with peppered bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, and pillowy king's Hawaiian Rolls.
Wicker chaise lounges, tropical plants, and flowering orchids come together to create an exotic atmosphere of French Colonial South Eastern flair.
A stunning celebration of the flavors of French and Vietnamese cooking. Le Colonial is an epicurean love letter to 1920s French Colonial Southeast Asia. With a sophisticated interior that reinterprets life in this bygone era. Diners can feast their eyes on authentic photography, overhead fans, and leather banquettes.
Soak up some sunshine when you sit on the veranda with Parisian-style sidewalk café seating. Or, await your green curry in the main dining room. Then, kick things up a notch with a double order of Voi Cay, one of their signature cocktails. It's made of an intriguing blend of Corzo silver, Thai chili-infused Aperol, chicory cane syrup, and lime.
Marvel over just how tasty mushrooms can be with a serving of 'Banh Cuon' or chicken and mushroom ravioli. Made from Hanoi Steamed Rice Crêpe with Prestige Farms chicken, wood ear mushrooms, bean sprouts, and Nuoc Cham Sauce.
Alternatively, are you in the mood for pure protein? The visually arresting Spicy Yellowfin Tuna Tartare served with creamy Hass Avocado, Sweet Chili, cucumber, red shiso, soy caviar, and crispy taro chips is unbelievably addicting.
Sample a true Vietnamese staple with their standout Bo Luc Lac, or Shaking Beef. But don't forget to add on a plate of crispy egg noodles with wok-seared leafy greens for good measure.
Luxe shocks of neon color, billowing red drapes, and flowing lanterns bring undeniable visual appeal to Ruby Chow's. As glittering as their gem-related namesake, Ruby's amps up the ambiance by Ponce City Market for a thoroughly sensual evening of Asian eats.
Inside, appreciate the major boudoir vibes given off by the dim lighting, red floral accents, and Chinese-inspired wallpaper. Stay nice and toasty outside with their heat lamps and funky wicker patio chairs.
The cuisine here can best be described as 'Pan Asian tapas,' and you would be wise to order liberally.
If you are imbibing, their house-made cocktails hit the spot, and we love the experimental 'Soi Cowboy.' It's an intriguing blend of Ya Dong Thai Moonshine, Amaro CioCiaro, pineapple, cacao, and cinnamon.
Commence your banquet with a smattering of baos, as well as their sake butter mussels and Lion's Head Meatballs. Meanwhile, for some fusion food that will blow your mind, sample Ruby's version of Cacio E Pepe—combining the traditional pecorino romano and garlic cream with Szechuan pepper.
9 Mile Station
Sometimes all you need to spice up your love life is a searing sunset. So revel in one of the best lookouts of the city skyline at 9 Mile Station.
Perched on top of the famed Ponce City Market, 9 Mile Station's many fire pits, Adirondack chairs, and holiday-themed igloos offer ample opportunities to get just a little closer to your love.
Snuggle in for a sneaky kiss and perhaps even document the impressive panoramic scenery spanning Buckhead to downtown. Meanwhile, preparing to tackle the drink menu.
Beer drinkers will be in heaven, as 9 Mile Station boasts an impressive craft selection. Featuring both local and imported brews. Sip on the house favorite, Golden Draak. Or, opt for one of their three different varieties of Old Fashions.
Quell your date's worries and immediately order the Buratta. Lovingly tipped with bruleed figs, pistachios, arugula, and a drizzle of balsamic.
Succeeding your order of apps, twirl forkfuls of heavenly shrimp linguini with Béchamel, garlic sofrito, and sun-dried tomato, basil pesto into your mouth, and silently thank yourself for packing mints.
There's just something about life below the Mason-Dixon line that conjures images of chivalry and romance.
Long balmy days spent swaying on a wrap-around porch, Mint Julep in hand, or dusky nights atop the Ponce City Market, marveling at the city's skyscrapers, all add to Atlanta's allure.
Cuisine curious couples from all over head to the Big Peach for a hearty dose of Southern hospitality, sensational service, and international fare.
From juicy Jamaican-inspired bites of oxtail and jerk chicken to awe-inducing Chattahoochee river views and four-course tasting menus, the City in a Forest brings the flavor and the fire to any relationship.