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24 Restaurants for a Romantic Night Out in Atlanta

Romantic restaurants, dimly lit cocktail lounges, and casual cafes and bistros

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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 and romantic restaurant destinations. This list contains everything from romantic restaurants with gorgeous wine lists and dimly lit cocktail lounges to intimate cafes and bistros for a casual brunch, lunch, or dinner.

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The Farmhouse

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Escape the hustle and bustle of Atlanta and book a room at the Inn at Serenbe for a romantic weekend getaway. Dine on Southern dishes throughout lunch and dinner paired with wine and cocktails in the quaint dining room at the Farmhouse restaurant. Think pimento cheese, Chilean sea bass with shishito and asparagus succotash and fennel slaw, buttermilk fried chicken, and black forest cake for dessert. Reservations required.

Spring Restaurant

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The tight menu of dishes at chef Brian So’s Marietta 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. Reservations required.

Bacchanalia

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Bacchanalia and its epic tasting menu continue to be date night institutions in Atlanta. The menu still includes the popular crab fritter, Maine lobster with caviar and brioche, and a rotating array of in-season entrees and desserts. Located next to market and cafe Star Provisions on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, reservations are necessary for a table here. Don’t have reservations? Head to the bar for cocktails, a glass of wine, and the a la carte menu. Reservations required.

Located beneath Marcel at Westside Provisions District, Aziza serves a menu filled with dishes inspired by owner Tal Baum’s childhood in Israel. Aziza feels like stepping inside a cozy neighborhood restaurant in New York City, with its low ceilings, muted brown and green tones, and exposed brick walls. It’s a great date night spot to grab dinner paired with superb cocktails and wine. Reservations encouraged. Covered patio seating.

Volare Wine & Bistro

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Volare Bistro mixes elegance in an understated location overlooking the train tracks in historic Hapeville. This is also reflected in the dishes here, which lean Southern-French in nature in the Cajun pastas, parmesan-encrusted cordon bleu, grilled Australian lamb chops in Grand Marnier gastrique, and mountain trout. Reservations encouraged.

This petite and inviting 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.

THE CHASTAIN - New American Bistro

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Former Atlas chef Christopher Grossman opened this neighborhood restaurant in the old Horseradish Grill space. It’s since become a dining destination for families and friends to gather and for casual date nights. Grab a seat in the airy dining room in the evenings looking out over the gardens here, or on the garden patio under the shade trees or around the fire pit. Reservations highly encouraged. Outdoor seating available.

The Consulate

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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. Reservations encouraged.

El Viñedo Local

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For a casual date night (or afternoon) in Midtown, South American coffee, wine, and tapas bar El Viñedo Local is the spot. Owner Robert Kaster tapped Uruguayan native chef Bruno Vergara to create Latin dishes for the menu here to pair with his South American wine list, including arepas and perfectly baked empanadas and guava pastries, as well as a selection of ceviches, sandwiches, like a choripan, and plates of fried plantains, rice, and beans. Patio seating.

The Garden Room

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This small plates restaurant and bar, part of Atlas restaurant at the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead, serves dinner and drinks within a lush, 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. Dress code.

Le Bon Nosh

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During the day, Le Bon Nosh in Buckhead is a lively cafe inspired by those found throughout Paris. But, in the evenings, the cafe transforms into a bistro and wine bar perfect for a romantic evening out. Prep the palate with a fresh crudite plate or dive into a bowl of crispy truffle fries. Then, share a dish of pappardelle bolognese or the whole fire-roasted fish of the day served with olive gremolata and a green salad. End the meal with a cheese and fruit platter or a slice of decadent chocolate cake for dessert. Wine at Le Bon Nosh definitely leans French, with bottles ranging from toasty champagnes and plucky chenin blancs to beautifully balanced cabernet francs and bold Bordeaux blends. Reservations highly encouraged.

Lucian Books and Wine

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For couples who love wine (and books), Lucian Books and Wine is a must for a romantic evening out in Buckhead. Carrying over 250 wines by the bottle and 15 wines by the glass, start off a meal here with fresh oysters served with Asian pear and yuzu or crispy polenta, before moving on to the ricotta gnudi or duck leg with white beans and mustard greens. Be sure to order the fries with a glass of champagne, too. Books for sale at Lucian center around art, design, food, and culture. Reservations required for tables and for the bar. Read more about Lucian here.

Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante

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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 is carefully curated for the menu it serves, including plenty of Italian reds, whites, and sparkling wines. For a more intimate experience, grab a seat at the small bar or at one of the nearby tables in the corner. Reservations encouraged. Outdoor seating.

Aria continues to be one of Buckhead’s top date night destinations. After years of serving as a white tablecloth fine dining establishment, chef Gerry Klaskala remodeled the restaurant to appeal to a younger generation of diners. There’s now a bar and lounge for drinks and snacks for an impromptu evening out. The kitchen consistently serves Aria favorites, like butter braised lobster, slow braised pork, and lump crab cakes. Aria continues to carry the city’s most comprehensive wine list, too. Reservations required. Outdoor seating available.

BoccaLupo

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Inman Park restaurant BoccaLupo quickly became a neighborhood favorite and a date night destination restaurant when it opened in 2013. 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. Grab seats at the small bar or a table for two by the windows in the dining room. Reservations encouraged. Bar open for walk-ins. Covered patio seating.

Tiny Lou's

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Located at the Hotel Clermont, this intimate French-Southern restaurant above the Clermont Lounge on Ponce offers plenty of romantic dining nooks for an evening out with that special someone. Begin the meal with pan-seared scallops and hamachi crudo. Next, order the wild boar terrine or steak tartare, before ordering entrees like steak frites, the pork chop with cannellini bean cassoulet, and cinnamon crepe cake with apple butter, mascarpone, and brown butter crumble for dessert. Pair it all with a bottle of champagne or a bold French Bourdeaux. Head up to the dimly lit Lobby Bar for after-dinner drinks, too. Reservations highly encouraged.

Fellows Cafe

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Not all dates happen during the day. A more recent addition to downtown Roswell’s restaurant scene, Fellow’s Cafe resides inside a historic yellow bungalow on Green Street, just off of busy Canton Street. Open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, find a seat on the small front porch or underneath the old oak tree along Green Street or inside at one of the tables in the cozy dining room.

Bread & Butterfly

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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 teeny five-seat bar. Covered patio seating. Open until 4 p.m. Tuesday - Friday and 5 p.m. on weekends.

Babette's Cafe

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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 is made for romantic evenings out, with dishes centered on the cuisine found in the countrysides of France, Spain, and Italy. Reservations required.

Lazy Betty

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Lazy Betty in Candler Park was built around the tasting menu experience and for great date nights. Here, people choose between two highly curated tasting menus of six to eight courses with optional wine pairings. There’s also champagne and caviar service, which comes served with steamed milk buns and scallion pancakes. Reservations required. Vegetarian menu available upon request. Patio seating available.

Every Wednesday through Saturday, this small and inviting neighborhood restaurant on the corner of McClendon Avenue and Clifton Road serves dinner in the evenings exploring the regional food roots of southern Mexico and the Yucatán. Pair a romantic meal here with a bottle of natural wine from the menu. The petite Candler Park restaurant transforms into Gigi’s Italian Kitchen every Sunday through Tuesday, complete with candlelit tables decked out in red and white checked tablecloths. Street-side seating available.

Cafe Alsace

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This small cafe offers a quiet, romantic escape from Decatur’s busy dining scene. The menu offers traditional French and Alsatian dishes (northeastern France) such as quiche, spaetzle (egg noodles), choucroute garnie (sauerkraut, sausages, potatoes), and sandwiches like the croque-monsieur or mauricettes made with pretzel bread. The wine list is a lovely mix of both French and Alsatian bottles with affordable price points.

Kimball House

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

The Vibrary: Wine & Bookbar

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Located in historic Stone Mountain Village, this friendly wine bar and bookshop, owned by local resident Candace Walker, focuses its wine list on mostly organic and biodynamic varietals. It also merges Walker’s love of wine with her lifelong love of books. Grab a seat at the bar or on one of the plush sofas for a relaxed and casual date night exploring the wines served here. Pair wine with a charcuterie and cheese board, too. There’s even a vegan option. Read more about the Vibrary.

The Farmhouse

Escape the hustle and bustle of Atlanta and book a room at the Inn at Serenbe for a romantic weekend getaway. Dine on Southern dishes throughout lunch and dinner paired with wine and cocktails in the quaint dining room at the Farmhouse restaurant. Think pimento cheese, Chilean sea bass with shishito and asparagus succotash and fennel slaw, buttermilk fried chicken, and black forest cake for dessert. Reservations required.

Spring Restaurant

The tight menu of dishes at chef Brian So’s Marietta 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. Reservations required.

Bacchanalia

Bacchanalia and its epic tasting menu continue to be date night institutions in Atlanta. The menu still includes the popular crab fritter, Maine lobster with caviar and brioche, and a rotating array of in-season entrees and desserts. Located next to market and cafe Star Provisions on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, reservations are necessary for a table here. Don’t have reservations? Head to the bar for cocktails, a glass of wine, and the a la carte menu. Reservations required.

Aziza

Located beneath Marcel at Westside Provisions District, Aziza serves a menu filled with dishes inspired by owner Tal Baum’s childhood in Israel. Aziza feels like stepping inside a cozy neighborhood restaurant in New York City, with its low ceilings, muted brown and green tones, and exposed brick walls. It’s a great date night spot to grab dinner paired with superb cocktails and wine. Reservations encouraged. Covered patio seating.

Volare Wine & Bistro

Volare Bistro mixes elegance in an understated location overlooking the train tracks in historic Hapeville. This is also reflected in the dishes here, which lean Southern-French in nature in the Cajun pastas, parmesan-encrusted cordon bleu, grilled Australian lamb chops in Grand Marnier gastrique, and mountain trout. Reservations encouraged.

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This petite and inviting 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.

THE CHASTAIN - New American Bistro

Former Atlas chef Christopher Grossman opened this neighborhood restaurant in the old Horseradish Grill space. It’s since become a dining destination for families and friends to gather and for casual date nights. Grab a seat in the airy dining room in the evenings looking out over the gardens here, or on the garden patio under the shade trees or around the fire pit. Reservations highly encouraged. Outdoor seating available.

The Consulate

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. Reservations encouraged.

El Viñedo Local

For a casual date night (or afternoon) in Midtown, South American coffee, wine, and tapas bar El Viñedo Local is the spot. Owner Robert Kaster tapped Uruguayan native chef Bruno Vergara to create Latin dishes for the menu here to pair with his South American wine list, including arepas and perfectly baked empanadas and guava pastries, as well as a selection of ceviches, sandwiches, like a choripan, and plates of fried plantains, rice, and beans. Patio seating.

The Garden Room

This small plates restaurant and bar, part of Atlas restaurant at the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead, serves dinner and drinks within a lush, 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. Dress code.

Le Bon Nosh

During the day, Le Bon Nosh in Buckhead is a lively cafe inspired by those found throughout Paris. But, in the evenings, the cafe transforms into a bistro and wine bar perfect for a romantic evening out. Prep the palate with a fresh crudite plate or dive into a bowl of crispy truffle fries. Then, share a dish of pappardelle bolognese or the whole fire-roasted fish of the day served with olive gremolata and a green salad. End the meal with a cheese and fruit platter or a slice of decadent chocolate cake for dessert. Wine at Le Bon Nosh definitely leans French, with bottles ranging from toasty champagnes and plucky chenin blancs to beautifully balanced cabernet francs and bold Bordeaux blends. Reservations highly encouraged.

Lucian Books and Wine

For couples who love wine (and books), Lucian Books and Wine is a must for a romantic evening out in Buckhead. Carrying over 250 wines by the bottle and 15 wines by the glass, start off a meal here with fresh oysters served with Asian pear and yuzu or crispy polenta, before moving on to the ricotta gnudi or duck leg with white beans and mustard greens. Be sure to order the fries with a glass of champagne, too. Books for sale at Lucian center around art, design, food, and culture. Reservations required for tables and for the bar. Read more about Lucian here.

Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante

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 is carefully curated for the menu it serves, including plenty of Italian reds, whites, and sparkling wines. For a more intimate experience, grab a seat at the small bar or at one of the nearby tables in the corner. Reservations encouraged. Outdoor seating.

Aria

Aria continues to be one of Buckhead’s top date night destinations. After years of serving as a white tablecloth fine dining establishment, chef Gerry Klaskala remodeled the restaurant to appeal to a younger generation of diners. There’s now a bar and lounge for drinks and snacks for an impromptu evening out. The kitchen consistently serves Aria favorites, like butter braised lobster, slow braised pork, and lump crab cakes. Aria continues to carry the city’s most comprehensive wine list, too. Reservations required. Outdoor seating available.

BoccaLupo

Inman Park restaurant BoccaLupo quickly became a neighborhood favorite and a date night destination restaurant when it opened in 2013. 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. Grab seats at the small bar or a table for two by the windows in the dining room. Reservations encouraged. Bar open for walk-ins. Covered patio seating.

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Tiny Lou's

Located at the Hotel Clermont, this intimate French-Southern restaurant above the Clermont Lounge on Ponce offers plenty of romantic dining nooks for an evening out with that special someone. Begin the meal with pan-seared scallops and hamachi crudo. Next, order the wild boar terrine or steak tartare, before ordering entrees like steak frites, the pork chop with cannellini bean cassoulet, and cinnamon crepe cake with apple butter, mascarpone, and brown butter crumble for dessert. Pair it all with a bottle of champagne or a bold French Bourdeaux. Head up to the dimly lit Lobby Bar for after-dinner drinks, too. Reservations highly encouraged.

Fellows Cafe

Not all dates happen during the day. A more recent addition to downtown Roswell’s restaurant scene, Fellow’s Cafe resides inside a historic yellow bungalow on Green Street, just off of busy Canton Street. Open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, find a seat on the small front porch or underneath the old oak tree along Green Street or inside at one of the tables in the cozy dining room.

Bread & Butterfly

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 teeny five-seat bar. Covered patio seating. Open until 4 p.m. Tuesday - Friday and 5 p.m. on weekends.

Babette's Cafe

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 is made for romantic evenings out, with dishes centered on the cuisine found in the countrysides of France, Spain, and Italy. Reservations required.

Lazy Betty

Lazy Betty in Candler Park was built around the tasting menu experience and for great date nights. Here, people choose between two highly curated tasting menus of six to eight courses with optional wine pairings. There’s also champagne and caviar service, which comes served with steamed milk buns and scallion pancakes. Reservations required. Vegetarian menu available upon request. Patio seating available.

Gato

Every Wednesday through Saturday, this small and inviting neighborhood restaurant on the corner of McClendon Avenue and Clifton Road serves dinner in the evenings exploring the regional food roots of southern Mexico and the Yucatán. Pair a romantic meal here with a bottle of natural wine from the menu. The petite Candler Park restaurant transforms into Gigi’s Italian Kitchen every Sunday through Tuesday, complete with candlelit tables decked out in red and white checked tablecloths. Street-side seating available.

Cafe Alsace

This small cafe offers a quiet, romantic escape from Decatur’s busy dining scene. The menu offers traditional French and Alsatian dishes (northeastern France) such as quiche, spaetzle (egg noodles), choucroute garnie (sauerkraut, sausages, potatoes), and sandwiches like the croque-monsieur or mauricettes made with pretzel bread. The wine list is a lovely mix of both French and Alsatian bottles with affordable price points.

Kimball House

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

The Vibrary: Wine & Bookbar

Located in historic Stone Mountain Village, this friendly wine bar and bookshop, owned by local resident Candace Walker, focuses its wine list on mostly organic and biodynamic varietals. It also merges Walker’s love of wine with her lifelong love of books. Grab a seat at the bar or on one of the plush sofas for a relaxed and casual date night exploring the wines served here. Pair wine with a charcuterie and cheese board, too. There’s even a vegan option. Read more about the Vibrary.

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