Whether your goal is to celebrate a special occasion or simply step away from routine, date night most often means dining out. Our picks for the best date night restaurants Atlanta offers boast romantic settings plus menus that skew toward sophisticated flavors with nary a chicken finger in sight.
Extras like live musical entertainment, fireplaces or patios to suit the season, and even private tables offer temptations to linger at these romantic restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia. Our advice: Warn the babysitter it may be a late night.
Coolest Places To Stay In Atlanta For Date Night
If you don’t want your date night to end, here are some great hotels that are home to some of the best date night restaurants in Atlanta!
- Bar Margot. A stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta means you won’t have to drive home after your date night meal at Bar Margot. Located in Midtown, this hotel also offers a full-service spa and a modern health club. You can easily walk to the High Museum the next day.
- Nikolai’s Roof. You’ll find the amazing Nikolai’s Roof at Hilton Atlanta. The restaurant offers Belgian artisanal fine dining with Atlanta skyline views, and the hotel has everything you’d ever want. Located downtown, you’re within walking distance of the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park.
- Polaris. This Atlanta Hyatt Regency is 7 minutes’ walk from World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. Features 3 on-site eateries, including a rotating restaurant, Polaris, as well as a seasonal outdoor pool. Read more about Polaris below.
Aria, nestled in Buckhead, offers an upscale dining experience. Expect white tablecloths, dim lighting, attentive service, and mouthwatering dishes like duck confit, octopus tempura, braised lamb shank, and jumbo lump crab cake.
The generous wine list presents more than 270 different options, making this one of the most high-class wine bars in the city. More than 1,500 bottles of red and dessert wines are stored in a cellar that’s also home to a secret hideaway: A sole booth in the wine cellar is available for reservations, perfect for couples who seek pampering service in a private space. Dine surrounded by the peaceful quiet of resting wine bottles.
10 Degrees South
10 Degrees South is located in Buckhead but it feels like Johannesburg. Come to experience authentic contemporary South African culture and tastes in a candlelit dining room without jetlag.
The menu presents a fusion of French, Indian, Portuguese, Dutch, German and Malaysian cuisines in dishes that feature game meats, fresh seafood and seasonal produce flavored with intoxicating spices.
Continue the palate safari with a glass of wine from the extensive list of South African labels. Save room for dessert like Di’s Delight, a moist fruit sponge cake. Acoustic musical performances in the bar help set a romantic mood.
Bar Margot, located on the mezzanine level of the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta in west Midtown, is a funky hangout for grownups. Creative bites and dinner entrées like fresh oysters, crab toast, sweetbreads and frog legs, and kale salad are offered alongside top-notch beverages from coffee to cocktails, shaken and stirred by some of the city’s leading bartenders.
To help set a hearty mood, a deejay spins selections from the vinyl library of nearly 10,000 records by artists in a wide range of styles every Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m. to Midnight. Depending on time of day, day of week, and who has gathered, the vibe at Bar Margot ranges from relaxed to vibrant but is always enjoyable.
Stay Here: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
Bar Ti Amo
Renowned restaurateur Marco Betti, owner of Antica Posta Tuscan Restaurant & Bar, and Sauce Buckhead Pizza Bar, has opened a new venture – Bar Ti Amo – in the former Portofino space at 3199 Paces Ferry Place NW Atlanta, GA 30305 in Buckhead.
Bar Ti Amo is for lovers of Italian cuisine, offering meals all day, from breakfast to late night. The Tuscan native will focus on healthy, family-style meals at Bar Ti Amo. The name is meant to evoke a place of love where everyone can feel welcome. (“Ti Amo” means “I love you” in Italian. How romantic is that?!)
For lunch, guests can enjoy an array of veggie bowls and fresh salads, Italian soups, pastas, meats, poultry, fish, seafood and savory paninis. In the evenings, Bar Ti Amo will transform into a full-service restaurant, with a curated fine wine list, craft cocktails with an Italian flare like a Classic Negroni, an Italian Paloma and a Limoncello Lemon Drop.
One of the highlights of Bar Ti Amo is the late-night Italian Salotto Bar, open on weekends,
providing a chic and vibrant ambiance for patrons to unwind and enjoy the evening with friends
and loved ones.
Bistro Niko Atlanta
Bistro Niko is a nod to Paris with its modern French fare, right in the heart of Buckhead. Offering an attractive and extensive list of wines, cocktails and craft beer, you can be sure to find something to fit your taste.
Their menus offer French cuisine classics with an innovative twist through brunch, lunch and dinner. They have several stellar items ranging from Chef Gary’s specialty Charcuterie Board to Veal Tenderloins Chasseur, as well as fresh oysters and Maine scallops. You’re sure to enjoy a romantic night with your special person!
Canoe, set on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Vinings, boasts lush, manicured gardens that are picture-perfect—savor the view and fresh air by dining al fresco at a table on the terrace whenever the weather outside is delightful.
The menu includes modern American cuisine prepared from fresh, seasonal ingredients with options like slow-roasted rabbit, lamb Bolognese, grilled salmon and other delights. Consider starting your date night in the restaurant’s River Bar, sipping your pick among 300 wines.
City Winery Atlanta
City Winery Atlanta, in Ponce City Market across from Historic Fourth Ward Park, is a full-function winemaking facility and barrel room that also offers a concert venue, full-service restaurant and bar. Dishes on this menu are globally influenced and made to pair with wine since more than 400 different wines are available by the glass, including some made on site.
A “dinner and a show” date night is simple here since concert tickets automatically include dinner reservations. But if you prefer to skip live performances, you can opt for dining only.
King + Duke
King + Duke is my favorite Ford Fry restaurant, especially for date night. It was named one of the best restaurants of the year by GQ Magazine and Esquire, and rightly so with behemoth 24-foot hearth celebrating the art of fireside cooking.
Select something light, like the scallops in brown butter, or go big with their signature 44 oz tomahawk steak. If you’ve come ready for a true feast, then consider the five-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings at the chef’s table.
Named one of the 20 best Italian restaurants in the US by the New York Post, Sotto Sotto is the go-to restaurant for celebrities, athletes, and even a past President. Chef-owner Riccardo Ullio serves simple, regional food in a lovely, romantic setting within Inman Park.
Start with a selection from the all-Italian extensive wine list and pair that with the smoked burrata. There is so much to love here – the homemade pasta, the risotto, the fish. Do what we do, and order several small plates to share.
Nikolai’s Roof, which sits atop the Hilton Atlanta, boasts world-class dining: It was the first restaurant in the Southeastern U.S. to receive the coveted Four Star Award from AAA, and has held onto the honor for 27 consecutive years (longer than any other restaurant in Atlanta).
The fine dining menu presents modern American cuisine with Russian influences, more than 900 wine options, and signature house-infused vodkas. Swanky sophisticated white-gloved dinner service with panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline is offered Tuesday through Saturday.
Stay Here: Hilton Atlanta
The Painted Pin
The Painted Pin, located on Buckhead’s industrial Miami Circle, is an upscale boutique adults-oriented bowling alley with impressive food and wine menus. Bowling is a classic date night activity, but this place surpasses the average alley: “We have well-rounded, high-quality beverage offerings with depth and breadth you’d expect of a fine dining restaurant,” says proprietor Justin Amick, who also happens to be one of Atlanta’s leading sommeliers.
Every wine on this menu is available by the glass and bottle, with an average of about 20 different labels featured on any given night. High-quality food options include fried oyster sliders, blackened mahi tacos, and prosciutto and pineapple wood-fired pizza, among other temptations.
Polaris revolves atop the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Atlanta. Alongside its chic retro vibe, the bar and restaurant offers a view that changes throughout the visit since the entire blue dome completes a full rotation every 45 minutes. Every seat in this dining room is a good one, since all tables are near the windows.
Bold flavors and creative presentations define these indulgent handcrafted cocktails, small plates and seasonal entrées.
Stay Here: Atlanta Hyatt Regency
Red Phone Booth
Red Phone Booth, located downtown Atlanta in the Dailey’s building, is a Prohibition-inspired speakeasy that’s so authentic to history the entry is hidden (inside an easy-to-spot red phone booth on the sidewalk) and a secret code is required for access. The code is so protected that we can’t publish it here, but we can reveal one way to get it: Dine at Amalfi Pizza upstairs and the server can share the code if you ask nicely after the meal.
It’s worth the effort to gain access to Red Phone Booth because the cocktails are top-notch, made to order with impressive details like fresh-squeezed juice, hand-chipped double-reverse osmosis ice, fresh-cut garnishes, and rare spirits. Cocktails are the primary focus, but small plate options include Neapolitan pizza (from the sister restaurant upstairs), fresh seafood, carpaccio, and an array of desserts.
The space has a rich masculine vibe with big leather couches and dark woods. Cigar smokers are welcome to light up; a complex air filtration system is in place to help ensure all visitors can breathe easy.
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The St. Regis Atlanta
The St. Regis Hotel Atlanta boasts a superb dining experience for a night out. Discover an elegant yet inviting atmosphere typified by exquisite cuisine at any of The St. Regis Atlanta’s dining and imbibing venues.
Chef-prepared fine dining menus of the freshest cuisines thoughtfully paired with wines from their collection of over 500 American varietals, craft beers from Atlanta’s most renowned microbreweries, or mixologist perfected cocktails make this one of Buckhead’s most enticing addresses for gathering.
Stay Here: The St. Regis Atlanta
South City Kitchen
South City Kitchen in Midtown feels extra warm and cozy when the weather outside is frightful thanks to its fabulous fireplace, but the Atlanta mainstay is a great date night option year-round. The menu offers sophisticated preparations of Southern favorites like she-crab soup, fried green tomatoes, Carolina trout, shrimp and Geechee Boy grits, pulled pork and other delights.
Plentiful drink options and attentive service also help make dinner here feel like a special treat. (Note that the restaurant is located inside a 1920s bungalow that’s not wheelchair accessible.)
The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View
The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View spins atop The Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta, the city’s fifth tallest building. The tri-level dining room and cocktail lounge, which was the site of Burt Reynolds’ 1981 movie Sharkey’s Machine, is a place to sit and gaze out at Atlanta while listening to mellow live jazz performances that entertain without interrupting conversation.
Sip a cool cocktail or bite into a delicious dish like vanilla butter poached prawns, sautéed duck, confit pork belly, herb-roasted lamb chops, bone-in ribeye and more. Save room for dessert like crème brulée.
Stay Here: The Westin Peachtree Plaza
Two Urban Licks
Two Urban Licks in Poncey-Highland combines dinner and a show with its knockout menu of fiery American cooking and live musical entertainment. Among the vast array of mouthwatering dishes on this menu are several featuring smoked meats and shellfish. What’s more, you can feel like thieves, “stealing” wine from the first-ever barrel tower of wine—a perfect date night experience to share with the one who stole your heart.
Blues performers take the stage on various evenings and other nights, radios blaring. Check out their website for the monthly music lineup. Note that the volume and energy of this place are ramped up, so come to enjoy foot-tapping togetherness rather than calm, intimate conversation.
Vino Venue in Dunwoody endures as one of our date night faves. Whether you’re heading in for a few samples of fine, a dinner or a full-on cooking class, you just can’t go wrong.
Think of your visit as more of a Date Night Experience than a low-key romantic dinner when you tackle the self-service wine tasting area. Want to continue the occasion at home? Vino Venue is home to about 200 different bottles of wine. Bring home a bottle to enjoy between this visit and the next.
Romance at Home
If you’re looking to add a little romance, but can’t make it to one of these above-mentioned exclusive destinations… try something new and different with Atlanta’s newest cookbook Fearless Innovation, written by Chef Taria Camerino.
The cookbook is 285 gorgeous page with 50 food and drink recipes from Atlanta’s best chefs. The recipes are not too difficult if you put your mind to it…but more lavish than the ones you’d find hiding on your grandma’s bookshelf.
While you’re waiting for dinner to cook and you’re sipping on a glass of wine, check out the front portion of the book where Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado tells the story of Atlanta’s history and how its people, food and restaurant scene impacted the American civil rights movement to helped dismantle and overcome Jim Crow laws. How? With the belief that people, regardless of race, should be encouraged to simply share a seat at the table.
Back to date night….Dan and I explored the cookbook by making Gerry Klaskala’s Zinfandel Short Ribs. Chef Klaskala has made a name for himself around the country, and certainly in Atlanta over the last three decades as the owner of both Canoe and Aria.
Pine Street Market is our go-to butcher, but we had to head to Patton’s Meat Market in John’s Creek to get the ideal beef short ribs for this recipe. With all the ingredients secured, including two bottles of Zinfandel for the dish (+ 1 for sipping) we made the preparations as well as the noshing our fun date evening.
Even better – we followed the at-home version up with a visit to Aria for a taste of Chef Gerry’s “in-real-life” version. I have no words – both were sensational but nothing can beat actually sitting down with wine and candlelight at Aria.
With recipes from Chef Gerry plus 29 other Atlanta stars, you can’t go wrong trying any of the recipes in Fearless Innovation.
BEST ATLANTA DATE NIGHT IDEAS (printable)
Downloadable Best Atlanta Date Night Ideas list to print at home or your local print shop. Perfect to keep in a binder, bring on your adventure or just put on the refrigerator!
(PS. You can find even more ideas in our article, Date Night Atlanta: 75+ Kick-Ass Ideas That You’ll Actually Enjoy.)
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Date Night Restaurants Atlanta FAQ
What are some good date night restaurants that are just outside the city?
Besides the Atlanta restaurants mentioned on this list, other popular choices nearby are The Farmhouse in Chattahoochee Hills, Spring Restaurant in Marietta, Volare Wine u0026amp; Bistro in Hapeville, and Osteria Mattone in Roswell.
How do you decide which restaurant to choose for a date?
An ideal date night restaurant has a warm atmosphere and food choices you’ll both enjoy. You don’t want to pick a restaurant that has loud music blasting, because that would make it difficult to talk.
What else should we do on a date night in Atlanta?
There are truly endless activities that are perfect for an Atlanta date night! You can read all about our favorites here: Date Night Atlanta: 75+ Kick-Ass Ideas That You’ll Actually Enjoy
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