Looking for the perfect romantic restaurant in Atlanta? I’ve got you covered with these best Atlanta date night restaurants that are perfect for Valentine’s Day or a date night any day of the year!
Kevin and I have been on plenty of date nights in Atlanta, so we know a thing or two when it comes to picking out a romantic restaurant. Whether you want cozy mood lighting or rooftop views (my personal favorite!), and whether you’re looking to splurge or want vibes on a reasonable budget, this romantic Atlanta restaurants guide has you covered!
Grab an intimate table for two, and let’s explore these incredible date night restaurants in Atlanta.
Best Atlanta Date Night Restaurants
1. Southern Belle
Upscale, Southern with Multicultural Influences
Southern Belle is a critically acclaimed and Michelin Guide recommended restaurant from Atlanta chef Joey Ward.
They hosted Kevin and I for an incredible date night here to sample their menu of locally-sourced and whimsical dishes. The food here is served family-style and are meant to be shared (how romantic!).
For two people, you’ll be pretty full with two smaller dishes, two bigger dishes, a dessert, and a couple drinks.
Their menu is seasonal and ever-changing, so I can recommend what we had, but it might not be on the menu when you visit. Expect mouthwatering gourmet dishes like a Georgia Wagyu Beef Tartare (our favorite), Warm Pumpkin Bread, Southern Cassoulet, Border Springs Lamb Sarma, and Swedish Chocolate Tart. Their craft cocktails are just as inventive as their dishes, and they’re known for their just-as-fun non-alcoholic drinks as well.
2. Serena Pastificio
Serena Pastificio at Colony Square is a sophisticated Italian restaurant with handmade pasta, fresh seafood, and craft cocktails.
Pasta is my favorite date night food (okay, it’s my favorite food anytime), and Serena Pastificio’s handmade pasta was good enough to transport me to the amazing spago al pomodoro I had in Florence. So it’s pretty authentic.
I highly recommend the Polpettine to start, their Spago Al Pomodoro, the Cioccolato Fondente for dessert, and either the Sangria Italiano or the Apricot Bees Knees to drink.
3. Elevation Chophouse & Skybar
Elevation Chophouse & Skybar is a unique restaurant experience that overlooks the runway at the Cobb County International Airport in Kennesaw.
This is perfect if you’re looking for a truly out-of-the-ordinary date night restaurant in Atlanta! You’ll get to enjoy a gourmet menu while watching planes and helicopters take off right outside the window.
I recommend either a Signature Steak in your preferred cut, or the Wood Grilled Rack of Lamb. Their NY Colossal Cheesecake is great for dessert.
4. Glenn’s Kitchen and the Skylounge
Glenn’s Kitchen downstairs at the Glenn Hotel serves American comfort food in a casual and sophisticated space.
This was also one of our first Atlanta date night restaurants when Kevin and I started dating. It’s a classic!
From the menu, I recommend getting a classic Shrimp & Grits or the Chicken Sandwich.
After dinner, head upstairs to the Skylounge, one of Atlanta’s best rooftop bars, for after dinner drinks. I recommend The Centennial, in honor of the building’s 100th anniversary. We were hosted at the Skylounge for a little 100th birthday party, and The Centennial was a hit!
Rooftop, Small Bites
They hosted us for a sunset date night, and this is a really magical spot to watch the sun go down. Located on the hotel’s 15th floor, this is the highest rooftop bar in the city.
They serve small bites that are meant to be shared and delicious craft cocktails with the perfect names for the rooftop bar’s space theme.
I recommend the Parmesan Pommes Frites and the Smash Burger to eat. To drink, we loved their Stardust, Super Nova, and Cloud 15 cocktails.
6. Rosé & Rye
Rooftop, Small Bites
We were hosted at the Hotel Colee for a staycation along with trying out Rosé & Rye. There’s such a unique character running all throughout the hotel and restaurant.
They serve small bites, many of which are meant to be shared. And they have plenty of classic cocktails, signature creations, and even frozen cocktails.
I recommend the Thai Chili Rosé & Rye Wings, Crispy Fries with a fried egg on top, Beef Sliders, and Chicken Sliders to eat. To drink, try the Sunset Paradise and a Cru Love cocktails.
7. The Office Bar
American, Elevated Bar Bites
The Office Bar is a casual date spot that doesn’t sacrifice sophistication. It’s open, airy, and bright so it’s ideal for a casual lunch date (I know, this post is for Atlanta date night spots, but not every date has to be at night).
It’s technically billed as a sports bar, but I promise it doesn’t feel that way. Especially if there’s not a game on.
The Office Bar is part of the Epicurean Atlanta hotel, and it’s located across from the hotel entrance in the shared building that houses Google’s offices. We were hosted at the Epicurean Atlanta for a staycation along with trying out some of their restaurants (since the hotel is all about its food experiences!).
I recommend the Spicy Tuna Poke, the Homage to Bern’s Steak House Sandwich, and the Truffle Fries. Their cocktails are delicious as well, and we tried the tropical Working “Remotely” and the lemon-lavender Cutting Edge.
8. Ruby Chow’s
Ruby Chow’s is an intimate Asian fusion restaurant from chef Guy Wong. The restaurant is located across from Ponce City Market and is named for Chinese-American restauranteur and activist Ruby Chow.
The inventive fusion menu has small plates that are perfect for sharing and tasty craft cocktails.
I recommend the Cacio E Pepe with the Fried Pork Cutlet, which is an Asian twist on the Italian dish where the pasta is served in a bowl made from the fried pork cutlet. To drink, the Sakura’s Soda and Lavender Margarita are both delicious and picture-perfect.
9. Kid Cashew
Kid Cashew in Sandy Springs is a health-focused Mediterranean restaurant that’s a great Atlanta date night option.
You can share some small plates, get something off the wood fire grill, or bite into a burger. They also have a great vegan selection.
I recommend the Lamb Skewers, the Cast Iron Mac & 5 Cheeses, and the Meatball Au Poivre. To drink, go for the Here’s Johnny or the Breakfast at Tiffanys.
10. Pisco Latin Kitchen
Latin American, Peruvian, Cuban
Pisco Latin Kitchen in Sandy Springs is the place to go for a taste of Peru. But their menu also has a unique blend of traditional Cuban and Peruvian dishes infused with Japanese and Asian flavors.
The highlights of this menu are their ceviches and Peruvian wok selections. You can’t go wrong with the Tradicional Ceviche with fresh fish, classic leche de tigre, red onions, cancha, and sweet potato.
Their Peruvian Woks are also classics. In the 1800s, Peru saw an influx of Chinese immigrants, leaving a mark on their cuisine. The Saltados is Peru’s national dish, prepared in a wok.
If those don’t entice you, I recommend the Ropa Vieja, which is Cuba’s national dish, or the Polla Al Ajillo. To drink, I usually go for a Classic Mojito, but their Passion Sour is also very good.
11. Delbar Middle Eastern Restaurant and Bar
Delbar is a Michelin Guide recommended restaurant in Inman Park that’s the go-to place for Middle Eastern cuisine. They also have a location in Alpharetta.
The restaurant’s name translates to “heart, captured” in Farsi, making it one of the most on-point Atlanta date night restaurants you can find!
This is the perfect spot to come together over a meal of family-style, sharable plates.
I recommend getting the Hummus Spread, the Heirloom Tomato Salad, Koobideh Kabob, and Chicken Kofta. To drink, I recommend the Ey Joonam or the Spice Trade.
Inman Park: 870 Inman Vlg Pkwy NE Suite 1, Atlanta, GA 30307
Alpharetta: 4120 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30005
12. Mirko Pasta
Mirko Pasta is an Italian restaurant chain with three locations in Atlanta. It’s one of my go-to spots for homemade pasta.
Chef Mirko Di Giacomantonio brings his recipes from his coastal home town of Tortoreto, Italy. He learned to cook by watching his grandmother, so every dish has Noni’s touch.
Mirko Pasta is a bit of a build-your-own pasta place, but with a sophisticated touch. You’ll choose your type of homemade pasta, a sauce to go with it, and any add-ons like proteins and vegetables.
I change it up every time I go here. Their Mixed Mushrooms Ravioli is good, and I also like the Gemelli because it’s a type of pasta you don’t usually see anywhere else. All the sauces are good as well, but I’m always a fan of a classic Pomodor, Bolognese, or Pesto.
Brookhaven: 804 Town Blvd SUITE A1040, Brookhaven, GA 30319
Buckhead: 4233 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
13. Stoney River
Stoney River is a steakhouse chain restaurant with three locations in Atlanta. Their lodge-like decor is perfect for a cozy Atlanta date night.
This upscale steakhouse specializes in hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood.
I recommend getting a steak, of course. They have an interesting Coffee-Cured Filet Mignon cured in their signature coffee blend. But if you like a classic steak, then stick to the Center Cut Filet Mignon. To drink, go for the Strawberry Fields.
14. The Melting Pot
The Melting Pot is a fondue chain restaurant with four locations in Atlanta. If you’ve never done fondue before, it’s a great romantic date experience!
Every January, this urge to fondue bubbles up inside of me. Probably because January is when it finally starts feel like winter in Atlanta, and fondue is a winter food.
Fondue originated in Switzerland and dates back to at least 1699. It comes from the French verb fondre which means “to melt”, and is traditionally a melted cheese and wine dish served in a communal pot on a stove. Now, fondue is generalized to include food dipped into a communal pot of broth (fondue bourguignonne) or melted chocolate (fondue au chocolat) as well as melted cheese.
Fondue at The Melting Pot is a cozy Atlanta date night experience. I recommend doing the Four Course Dinner for Two as the best deal. We like the Classic Alpine or the Wisconsin Trio cheese fondue, the Classic or Create-Your-Own entree in the Coq Au Vin cooking style, and the Pure Chocolate or Flaming Turtle dessert fondue.
I typically recommend going to one of the metro-area locations, as the Midtown location is smaller and has a quicker turn-over rate, so you’re a little rushed and don’t get the full experience.
Atlanta Date Night Restaurants Map
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