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Readers' Picks for Atlanta's Best Traditional Date-Night Restaurants

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Picking the right restaurant is crucial to enjoying a perfect date night with that special someone. With that in mind, we asked readers to tell us their go-to spots for a romantic meal. After consulting nominees in the forums, on Facebook, and on Twitter, we've come up with a map of the 10 most popular traditional date night options. From fine dining to Southwestern cuisine, the Atlanta restaurant scene has you covered for all your romantic needs.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Agave

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242 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 588-0006
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It's a shame that Agave doesn't get the attention that some of Atlanta's swankier or newer restaurants do, because this cozy Southwestern spot has consistently great food— and an impressive list of margaritas. Bonus: two-for-one appetizers at the bar between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

2. Aria Restaurant

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490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 233-7673
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Fine dining at its finest, Gerry Klaskala's elegant Aria offers upscale American cuisine paired with outstanding wines. Grab a nightcap and dessert at the inviting bar after your meal.

3. Bistro Niko

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3344 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 261-6456
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The ritzy-glam interior and fancy French fare make Bistro Niko a perfect classic date spot. If the weather's nice, sit out on the lovely patio for some prime Buckhead people-watching.

4. BoccaLupo

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753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-2332
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Inside its quirky building on Edgewood Avenue, Bruce Logue's BoccaLupo serves up some of the best Italian— if not the best food, period— in town. Whether you go classic with the 20-yolk tagliatelle and black spaghetti or take a chance on a new, seasonal offering, you can't go wrong. There's not a bad seat in the house or a bad drink on the cocktail menu, either.

5. Chops Lobster Bar

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70 W Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 262-2675
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6. JCT Kitchen & Bar

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1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 355-2252
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At West Midtown's JCT, you'll get comforting Southern food elevated beyond the traditional cafeteria-style meat and three into a refined experience. And there's a lovely courtyard patio and a great rooftop bar should you choose to dine al fresco. Photo: Emily Schultz

7. Kyma

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3085 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 262-0702
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Nothing says romance like sharing food, and the Mediterranean small plates at Kyma make that easier than ever. This seafood tavern is part of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, so you know service will be on point as well.

8. Local Three

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3290 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
(404) 968-2700
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The best thing about Local Three is that the team serves high-class food in an atmosphere that's anything but stuffy— perfect for a fun night out. Amidst the killer bourbon selection and solid lunch and dinner menus, there's a private dining room table repurposed from an old Mardi Gras float and a Caddyshack gopher that's been known to go missing.

9. Sotto Sotto

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313 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 523-6678
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Nestled in the North Highland stretch of Inman Park, Sotto Sotto is the all-grown-up sister restaurant to the fun, more casual Fritti. Here, find great wines and classic Italian pastas, as well as a fantastic selection of risotto. The dishes come in smaller portions upon request, so order three— or more!— and split them all.

10. The Iberian Pig

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121 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 371-8800
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Downtown Decatur is home to all kinds of fantastic restaurants, but the charcuterie, tapas, and dark, romantic space at The Iberian Pig make it one of the best. End the night with an order of the churros with dark chocolate dipping sauce. [Photo]

1. Agave

242 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
It's a shame that Agave doesn't get the attention that some of Atlanta's swankier or newer restaurants do, because this cozy Southwestern spot has consistently great food— and an impressive list of margaritas. Bonus: two-for-one appetizers at the bar between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
242 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

2. Aria Restaurant

490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Fine dining at its finest, Gerry Klaskala's elegant Aria offers upscale American cuisine paired with outstanding wines. Grab a nightcap and dessert at the inviting bar after your meal.
490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

3. Bistro Niko

3344 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
The ritzy-glam interior and fancy French fare make Bistro Niko a perfect classic date spot. If the weather's nice, sit out on the lovely patio for some prime Buckhead people-watching.
3344 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

4. BoccaLupo

753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Inside its quirky building on Edgewood Avenue, Bruce Logue's BoccaLupo serves up some of the best Italian— if not the best food, period— in town. Whether you go classic with the 20-yolk tagliatelle and black spaghetti or take a chance on a new, seasonal offering, you can't go wrong. There's not a bad seat in the house or a bad drink on the cocktail menu, either.
753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

5. Chops Lobster Bar

70 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
70 W Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

6. JCT Kitchen & Bar

1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
At West Midtown's JCT, you'll get comforting Southern food elevated beyond the traditional cafeteria-style meat and three into a refined experience. And there's a lovely courtyard patio and a great rooftop bar should you choose to dine al fresco. Photo: Emily Schultz
1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

7. Kyma

3085 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Nothing says romance like sharing food, and the Mediterranean small plates at Kyma make that easier than ever. This seafood tavern is part of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, so you know service will be on point as well.
3085 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

8. Local Three

3290 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
The best thing about Local Three is that the team serves high-class food in an atmosphere that's anything but stuffy— perfect for a fun night out. Amidst the killer bourbon selection and solid lunch and dinner menus, there's a private dining room table repurposed from an old Mardi Gras float and a Caddyshack gopher that's been known to go missing.
3290 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30327

9. Sotto Sotto

313 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Nestled in the North Highland stretch of Inman Park, Sotto Sotto is the all-grown-up sister restaurant to the fun, more casual Fritti. Here, find great wines and classic Italian pastas, as well as a fantastic selection of risotto. The dishes come in smaller portions upon request, so order three— or more!— and split them all.
313 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

10. The Iberian Pig

121 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030
Downtown Decatur is home to all kinds of fantastic restaurants, but the charcuterie, tapas, and dark, romantic space at The Iberian Pig make it one of the best. End the night with an order of the churros with dark chocolate dipping sauce. [Photo]
121 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030

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