ATLANTA, GA — In a food town like Atlanta, there are literally hundreds of great choices whenever you’re thinking about having dinner out. But, on Valentine’s Day, you want to make sure to pick one that’s going to not just have great food, but maximize the romantic atmosphere.
That said, you’ve still got too many good choices. So, Patch decided to help by making a list of 10 of the most romantic restaurants in Atlanta. In fairness, it’s a very subjective kind of list to make.
We looked around and what other reviewers have said, mixed in a healthy dose of our own personal experience and, in the end, had to flip a few coins to whittle the list down to just ten. (OK, not really on the coin-flipping, but it was close).
Pick any of these restaurants to dine with your special someone this Valentine’s Day and it’s sure to be an experience to remember. From great food to great atmosphere to great views, they’ve all got something that gives them that little bit extra on the romance front.
Of course, we welcome you’re thoughts on which other, very deserving Atlanta-area restaurants should have made the list. Let us know your favorite romantic spots in the comments section or on social media.
Here, in alphabetical order, is our list for Valentine’s Day 2018:
An Inman Park favorite since 2000, Agave offers up Southwestern fare using only the freshest ingredients. Housed in what was once a general store for the Old Fulton Cotton and Bag Mill, it offers great atmosphere. For a romantic night out, ask to be seated near the fireplace in the side room, or in the cozy loft. 242 Boulevard SE, Atlanta
You can’t go wrong with Atlanta’s favorite five-star restaurant. Take out the guesswork with Bacchanalia’s four-course, prix fixe menu. Can’t get a table? Try chef Anne Quatrano’s Floataway Cafe, which is also great. 1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd., Atlanta
In downtown Decatur, Cafe Alsace is as close as you’ll get to country French dining in the States. Opened in 1997 by Alsace native Benedicte Cooper, it’s a friendly, casual spot to enjoy a leisurely French meal together. 121 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur
Tucked away on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, the natural views and attractive landscaping make Canoe one of the prettiest places to have a bite in metro Atlanta. The food is pretty great, too, from the Southern-influenced modern American dinner menu to the award-winning Sunday brunch. 4199 Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta
The early 20th Century vibe is fitting at a restaurant in the former home of Livingston Mims, who was elected mayor of Atlanta in 1900 and was known for his hospitality. It’s now the beautiful Georgian Terrace Hotel, and The Livingston is a perfect place for a romantic meal before hopping across the street for a show at the Fox Theatre. 659 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta
There’s something innately romantic about a good Italian meal, and few do it better than Pasta Da Pucinella in Midtown. Enjoy their creative takes on Italian classics in an atmosphere purposefully designed to be great for just the two of you. 1123 Peachtree Walk NE Atlanta
Great Southern-style seafood in another restaurant taking advantage of the scenic views along the Chattahoochee. 6700 Powers Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs
Another great Inman Park spot, Sotto Sotto is quite likely Atlanta’s most critically acclaimed Italian restaurant. The intimate dining room, the exceptional wine list and the simple but scrumptious food on the menu make it a sure Valentine’s Day winner. 313 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta
Sitting a full 723 feet above Peachtree Street, it’s no wonder the Sun Dial was named one of the most scenic restaurants in the United States. Atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza, the restaurant slowly rotates, offering diners a 360-degree panoramic view of Atlanta’s skyline. Also consider Nikolai’s Roof, on the 30th floor of the Hilton Atlanta. 210 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta
Perhaps Atlanta’s best sushi spot, Umi offers dining in either its airy, stylish dining room or long the 23-foot, custom white oak sushi bar. The fish is flown in fresh daily and the cocktails and desserts put Umi over the top. 3050 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta