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18 Date Night Destinations Around Atlanta

Romantic restaurants, dimly lit cocktail lounges, buzzy game bars, and low-key establishments

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Whether it’s an intimate, candlelit dinner for two or simply a weekly night out on the town with that special someone, Atlanta offers plenty of great date night destinations. This list contains everything from romantic restaurants with solid wine lists and dimly lit cocktail lounges to buzzy game bars and low-key establishments serving tallboys and shrimp cocktail.

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1. Spring Restaurant

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36 Mill St
Marietta, GA 30060
(678) 540-2777
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The tight menu of dishes at chef Brian So’s restaurant showcases each season and changes frequently. Spring’s carefully selected list of wines are meant for pairing with So’s beautifully composed food. While the grape varietals may lean toward the familiar, many wines are organic, biodynamic, or simply hard to find retail. The small dining room here is cozy, warm, and intimate, so reservations are necessary.

2. Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante

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3167 Peachtree Rd NE Suite S
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 500-2181
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Storico Fresco in Buckhead is likely one of the best places in Atlanta to buy and consume fresh pasta. Portions here are easily shared. Order a couple of pastas for the table like the cacio e pepe, squid ink ravioli with salmon belly, or lasagna alla bolognese. The wine list at Storico isn’t the deepest but, it’s carefully curated for the menu it serves. For a more intimate experience, grab a seat at the small bar or at one of the nearby tables in the corner.

3. The Garden Room

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88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 600-6471
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This newly opened small plates restaurant and bar part of Atlas in Buckhead serves dinner and drinks Wednesday through Saturday on West Paces Ferry Road within a lush and romantic garden setting. The menu includes dishes like a yellowtail and citrus salad, a lobster roll, a wagyu coulotte, and desserts such as Madeleines and daily sorbet paired with wine and cocktails. Note: be sure to check the dress code here.

4. Aria

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490 East Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 233-7673
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Aria continues to be one of Buckhead’s top date night destinations. After years of serving classic, white-tablecloth fine dining, chef Gerry Klaskala remodeled his Buckhead staple restaurant to appeal to a younger generation of diners. Now it’s a bit more relaxed and casual — there’s a walk-in ready bar and lounge for drinks and snacks for an impromptu night out. The kitchen consistently cranks out Aria favorites like butter braised lobster, slow braised pork, and lump crab cakes. Aria continues to carry one of Atlanta’s most comprehensive wine lists, too.

5. Aziza

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1170 Howel Mill rd Suite P10b
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 968-9437
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This intimate restaurant, located beneath Marcel at Westside Provisions District, serves a menu filled with dishes inspired by owner Tal Baum’s childhood in Israel. Menu highlights include: halumi with tomato, peaches, and pecan dukka; kibbeh nayyeh (lamb); chicken tagine with Nablus olives and fingerling potatoes; and the super popular Akko prawns. Aziza feels like stepping inside a New York City neighborhood restaurant, with its low ceilings, muted brown and green tones, and exposed brick walls. It’s a cozy spot to grab dinner paired with great cocktails and wine.

6. The Consulate

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10 10th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 254-5760
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Every few weeks, the Consulate in Midtown brings the dishes, wine, and cocktails of countries from around the world to life on its menu. This sleek and stylish restaurant has a retro vibe, and includes plush leather and velvet half-moon booths, tables for two, an intimate bar, and tucked away corners for more private dining experiences.

7. The Painted Duck

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976 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 352-0048
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For a fun night out with that special someone, try the Painted Duck on Brady Avenue. The old school “gaming parlour” offers 16 lanes of duckpin bowling, Belgian feather bowling, horseshoe pits, knuckleball, and shuffleboard. A large and opulent crystal chandelier hangs overhead at the entrance to the bowling lanes, and there’s plenty of seating in the lounge and at the bar for dining on dishes like Peking duck, while sipping classic cocktails between games.

8. 8ARM Wine

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710 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(470) 875-5856
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This dimly lit and chill natural wine bar just beyond the dining room at 8ARM offers a booklet menu loaded with by-the-glass and bottle options of sparkling, white, skin contact, rosé, and red wines, in addition to sherry, port, vermouth, quina, madeira, and cider. The full food menu from chef Maricela Vega is available here, too.

9. Tiny Lou's

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789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(470) 485-0085
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Tiny Lou’s opened on the ground floor of the Hotel Clermont on Ponce in 2018. The French restaurant “above where the ladies dance” — aka the Clermont Lounge — has been a hit ever since. Chef Jeb Aldrich may lean into classic French dishes like steak frites, foie gras, and fluke meuniere on the menu, but he skillfully weaves in the ingredients and flavors of the South in other dishes such as the Tennessee rabbit cassoulet and Blue Ridge trout almondine with sourdough brown butter. Make sure to order dessert, created by the talented pastry chef, Claudia Martinez. The desserts earned Martinez a spot in the Eater Young Gun class of 2019.

10. Kimball House

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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Kick off date night with Southern and Gulf water oysters and champagne at happy hour, then stay for dinner and continue the evening by sharing local vegetable and fish dishes or a three-course steak dinner for two. The award-winning Decatur restaurant’s wine list is equally impressive, and includes everything from Champagne to big, bold reds.

11. Babette's Cafe

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573 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 523-9121
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Babette’s Cafe is inspired by the Isak Dinesen’s story and the movie “Babette’s Feast”. Located in a former cottage on North Highland, this convivial bistro’s cozy dining room and dishes are inspired by the restaurants and food found in the countrysides of France, Spain, and Italy.

12. Gato

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1660 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 371-0889
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This small and inviting neighborhood restaurant on the corner of McClendon Avenue and Clifton Road in Candler Park offers a Southwestern-influenced breakfast and lunch throughout the week. Dinner is served Thursday through Sunday and explores the regional food roots of southern Mexico and the Yucatán. Head here to enjoy a tight selection of natural and biodynamic wines in the evening.

13. Lazy Betty

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1530 DeKalb Ave NE ste f
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 975-3692
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Lazy Betty in Candler Park was built for date night and celebratory dining. The tasting menu restaurant includes the seven course “Lazy Betty” menu in its cozy dining room and an elaborate ten courses at the chef’s counter, where diners can interact with chefs and owners Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips. A vegetarian tasting menu is also available and must be reserved in advance. Wine pairings are optional.

14. Bread & Butterfly

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290 Elizabeth St NE F
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 515-4536
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Inspired by the cafes of Paris, this sunny Inman Quarter cafe shines with French bistro fare and a simple but excellent wine list. Dine on dishes such as a decadent burger with Swiss and caramelized onions, steak frites, crab, crayfish, and penne au gratin, or an ode to New Orleans institution Commander’s Palace with its shrimp remoulade. Grab a seat on the sun porch or inside the quaint dining room or at the five seat bar.

15. LLoyd's Restaurant & Lounge

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900 DeKalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 228-7227
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LLoyd’s Restaurant and Lounge, a Midwestern-style watering hole on Dekalb Avenue in Inman Park, offers low-key, throwback vibes, blue plate specials, and seriously old school beers. The menu here also includes regular weekday specials like Monday night snow crabs, Tuesday prime rib night, and a fried chicken dinner on Wednesday for around $20 a plate. Grab a seat at the bar or a booth in the dining room and feast on fried bologna sandwiches, diner fries, and a classic wedge salad paired with a martini or a Schlitz tallboy.

16. BoccaLupo

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753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-2332
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Italian-Southern restaurant BoccaLupo quickly became both a neighborhood favorite and a date night destination restaurant when it opened in 2013 in Inman Park. Head in for the fresh, handmade pasta (the black spaghetti and the 20-yolk tagliatelle are now Atlanta classics,) stay for the wine and cocktails. Chef Bruce Logue also offers a four-course pasta tasting menu each night.

17. Parlor

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249-A Peters St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(678) 515-3423
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This inviting, pre-Prohibition-style cocktail den in historic Castleberry Hill is named for and fashioned after the room found in most 19th-century homes, where people gather following dinner for intimate conversation over drinks and light bites. Cocktails on the menu here lean classic and toward spirits like cognac, rum, and brandy. 

18. Pin & Proper

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1039 Grant St SE D10
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 549-7948
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Pin and Proper at the Beacon in Grant Park is great for a little friendly competition on date night. The game bar mixes bowling with football in a game called “pinfall”. It’s set up like corn hole. Each team tries to be the first to knock down the opponent’s ten bowling pins using a football. In between rounds, grab a jumbo pretzel with beer cheese, meatloaf sandwich, wings, or a flatbread pizza. Wash it down with a Moscow mule, beer, or wine while watching sports on the multiple televisions at the bar.

1. Spring Restaurant

36 Mill St, Marietta, GA 30060

The tight menu of dishes at chef Brian So’s restaurant showcases each season and changes frequently. Spring’s carefully selected list of wines are meant for pairing with So’s beautifully composed food. While the grape varietals may lean toward the familiar, many wines are organic, biodynamic, or simply hard to find retail. The small dining room here is cozy, warm, and intimate, so reservations are necessary.

36 Mill St
Marietta, GA 30060

2. Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante

3167 Peachtree Rd NE Suite S, Atlanta, GA 30305

Storico Fresco in Buckhead is likely one of the best places in Atlanta to buy and consume fresh pasta. Portions here are easily shared. Order a couple of pastas for the table like the cacio e pepe, squid ink ravioli with salmon belly, or lasagna alla bolognese. The wine list at Storico isn’t the deepest but, it’s carefully curated for the menu it serves. For a more intimate experience, grab a seat at the small bar or at one of the nearby tables in the corner.

3167 Peachtree Rd NE Suite S
Atlanta, GA 30305

3. The Garden Room

88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

This newly opened small plates restaurant and bar part of Atlas in Buckhead serves dinner and drinks Wednesday through Saturday on West Paces Ferry Road within a lush and romantic garden setting. The menu includes dishes like a yellowtail and citrus salad, a lobster roll, a wagyu coulotte, and desserts such as Madeleines and daily sorbet paired with wine and cocktails. Note: be sure to check the dress code here.

88 West Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

4. Aria

490 East Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Aria continues to be one of Buckhead’s top date night destinations. After years of serving classic, white-tablecloth fine dining, chef Gerry Klaskala remodeled his Buckhead staple restaurant to appeal to a younger generation of diners. Now it’s a bit more relaxed and casual — there’s a walk-in ready bar and lounge for drinks and snacks for an impromptu night out. The kitchen consistently cranks out Aria favorites like butter braised lobster, slow braised pork, and lump crab cakes. Aria continues to carry one of Atlanta’s most comprehensive wine lists, too.

490 East Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

5. Aziza

1170 Howel Mill rd Suite P10b, Atlanta, GA 30318

This intimate restaurant, located beneath Marcel at Westside Provisions District, serves a menu filled with dishes inspired by owner Tal Baum’s childhood in Israel. Menu highlights include: halumi with tomato, peaches, and pecan dukka; kibbeh nayyeh (lamb); chicken tagine with Nablus olives and fingerling potatoes; and the super popular Akko prawns. Aziza feels like stepping inside a New York City neighborhood restaurant, with its low ceilings, muted brown and green tones, and exposed brick walls. It’s a cozy spot to grab dinner paired with great cocktails and wine.

1170 Howel Mill rd Suite P10b
Atlanta, GA 30318

6. The Consulate

10 10th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Every few weeks, the Consulate in Midtown brings the dishes, wine, and cocktails of countries from around the world to life on its menu. This sleek and stylish restaurant has a retro vibe, and includes plush leather and velvet half-moon booths, tables for two, an intimate bar, and tucked away corners for more private dining experiences.

10 10th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

7. The Painted Duck

976 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

For a fun night out with that special someone, try the Painted Duck on Brady Avenue. The old school “gaming parlour” offers 16 lanes of duckpin bowling, Belgian feather bowling, horseshoe pits, knuckleball, and shuffleboard. A large and opulent crystal chandelier hangs overhead at the entrance to the bowling lanes, and there’s plenty of seating in the lounge and at the bar for dining on dishes like Peking duck, while sipping classic cocktails between games.

976 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

8. 8ARM Wine

710 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

This dimly lit and chill natural wine bar just beyond the dining room at 8ARM offers a booklet menu loaded with by-the-glass and bottle options of sparkling, white, skin contact, rosé, and red wines, in addition to sherry, port, vermouth, quina, madeira, and cider. The full food menu from chef Maricela Vega is available here, too.

710 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

9. Tiny Lou's

789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Tiny Lou’s opened on the ground floor of the Hotel Clermont on Ponce in 2018. The French restaurant “above where the ladies dance” — aka the Clermont Lounge — has been a hit ever since. Chef Jeb Aldrich may lean into classic French dishes like steak frites, foie gras, and fluke meuniere on the menu, but he skillfully weaves in the ingredients and flavors of the South in other dishes such as the Tennessee rabbit cassoulet and Blue Ridge trout almondine with sourdough brown butter. Make sure to order dessert, created by the talented pastry chef, Claudia Martinez. The desserts earned Martinez a spot in the Eater Young Gun class of 2019.

789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

10. Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Kick off date night with Southern and Gulf water oysters and champagne at happy hour, then stay for dinner and continue the evening by sharing local vegetable and fish dishes or a three-course steak dinner for two. The award-winning Decatur restaurant’s wine list is equally impressive, and includes everything from Champagne to big, bold reds.

303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

11. Babette's Cafe

573 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

Babette’s Cafe is inspired by the Isak Dinesen’s story and the movie “Babette’s Feast”. Located in a former cottage on North Highland, this convivial bistro’s cozy dining room and dishes are inspired by the restaurants and food found in the countrysides of France, Spain, and Italy.

573 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

12. Gato

1660 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

This small and inviting neighborhood restaurant on the corner of McClendon Avenue and Clifton Road in Candler Park offers a Southwestern-influenced breakfast and lunch throughout the week. Dinner is served Thursday through Sunday and explores the regional food roots of southern Mexico and the Yucatán. Head here to enjoy a tight selection of natural and biodynamic wines in the evening.

1660 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

13. Lazy Betty

1530 DeKalb Ave NE ste f, Atlanta, GA 30307

Lazy Betty in Candler Park was built for date night and celebratory dining. The tasting menu restaurant includes the seven course “Lazy Betty” menu in its cozy dining room and an elaborate ten courses at the chef’s counter, where diners can interact with chefs and owners Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips. A vegetarian tasting menu is also available and must be reserved in advance. Wine pairings are optional.

1530 DeKalb Ave NE ste f
Atlanta, GA 30307

14. Bread & Butterfly

290 Elizabeth St NE F, Atlanta, GA 30307

Inspired by the cafes of Paris, this sunny Inman Quarter cafe shines with French bistro fare and a simple but excellent wine list. Dine on dishes such as a decadent burger with Swiss and caramelized onions, steak frites, crab, crayfish, and penne au gratin, or an ode to New Orleans institution Commander’s Palace with its shrimp remoulade. Grab a seat on the sun porch or inside the quaint dining room or at the five seat bar.

290 Elizabeth St NE F
Atlanta, GA 30307

15. LLoyd's Restaurant & Lounge

900 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

LLoyd’s Restaurant and Lounge, a Midwestern-style watering hole on Dekalb Avenue in Inman Park, offers low-key, throwback vibes, blue plate specials, and seriously old school beers. The menu here also includes regular weekday specials like Monday night snow crabs, Tuesday prime rib night, and a fried chicken dinner on Wednesday for around $20 a plate. Grab a seat at the bar or a booth in the dining room and feast on fried bologna sandwiches, diner fries, and a classic wedge salad paired with a martini or a Schlitz tallboy.

900 DeKalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

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16. BoccaLupo

753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Italian-Southern restaurant BoccaLupo quickly became both a neighborhood favorite and a date night destination restaurant when it opened in 2013 in Inman Park. Head in for the fresh, handmade pasta (the black spaghetti and the 20-yolk tagliatelle are now Atlanta classics,) stay for the wine and cocktails. Chef Bruce Logue also offers a four-course pasta tasting menu each night.

753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

17. Parlor

249-A Peters St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313

This inviting, pre-Prohibition-style cocktail den in historic Castleberry Hill is named for and fashioned after the room found in most 19th-century homes, where people gather following dinner for intimate conversation over drinks and light bites. Cocktails on the menu here lean classic and toward spirits like cognac, rum, and brandy. 

249-A Peters St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

18. Pin & Proper

1039 Grant St SE D10, Atlanta, GA 30315

Pin and Proper at the Beacon in Grant Park is great for a little friendly competition on date night. The game bar mixes bowling with football in a game called “pinfall”. It’s set up like corn hole. Each team tries to be the first to knock down the opponent’s ten bowling pins using a football. In between rounds, grab a jumbo pretzel with beer cheese, meatloaf sandwich, wings, or a flatbread pizza. Wash it down with a Moscow mule, beer, or wine while watching sports on the multiple televisions at the bar.

1039 Grant St SE D10
Atlanta, GA 30315

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