Valentine’s Day. A time when romance is in the air and couples of all varieties pull out all the stops to create a memorable experience. It’s also a chance for foodie couples to splurge a bit on restaurants that might not be in their regular date night price range. Whether you’re trying to fan the flames of a young relationship or celebrating multiple years with the love of your life, Atlanta offers plenty of options for romantic dining.
The Westin Peachtree Plaza
210 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
It’s impossible to do a list of romantic Valentine’s Day restaurants in Atlanta and no mention The Sun Dial. The restaurant averages approximately one marriage proposal per day so there’s definitely romance in the air. Whether it’s the rotating restaurant with its 360 degree view of the Downtown Atlanta skyline from 723 feet in the air, the elegant farm to table menu, or the well-stocked cocktail lounge or a combination of them all is a matter for debate. But what isn’t debatable is that anyone wanting to spend Valentine’s Day at The Sun Dial should make reservations early as the place fills up fast.
4199 Paces Ferry Road S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30339
For those who want to enjoy their romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with a view that’s more nature than urban, the best bet is Canoe. Located in the Vinings community, Canoe is located on the banks of the Chatahoochie River and also offers colorful gardens for a romantic stroll after dinner. Inside, Canoe sets just the right romantic atmosphere with its blend of elegant and rustic décor. While Chef Matt Basford may have grown up in Australia, his take on New American cuisine has garnered plenty of attention from food critics both locally and nationally.
931 Monroe St., Suite 106
Atlanta, GA 30308
In recent years, the trend in romantic dining has been toward tapas restaurants. The small shared plates with Spanish influences give an automatic conversation starter and are great if your Valentine’s Day date is an early one in the relationship. Located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, Tapa Tapa is one of the most highly reviewed tapas restaurants in the city. The restaurant’s menu blends classical Spanish tapas recipes with the Southern flare of its host city, making for a memorable experience.
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924 Garrett St., Suite C
Atlanta, GA 30316
A restaurant with a name like Gunshow might not seem like the first choice to take a date for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. But that really depends on the date. With the rise of food television in recent years, it has become a popular trend among food tv fans to book a date at their favorite celebrity chef’s restaurant. With Atlanta’s most visible television chef, Richard Blais, choosing San Diego for his venture into fine dining, that leaves his fellow Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie to fill the shoes. Gillespie’s menu is inspired by both Brazilian churrascaria dining and Asian dim sum, providing a high end food experience that belies the homey name.
303 East Howard Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
The oyster’s role as a romantic aid has dubious scientific evidence behind it. But that doesn’t stop an oyster bar from being a popular Valentine’s Day date. Atlanta’s best oysters come not from Atlanta at all but nearby Decatur. Kimball House was inspired by the old Kimball House Hotel in Atlanta and its décor retains the feel of an old hotel bar. While Kimball House’s impressive raw bar with its large variety of oysters gets the attention, it also has an impressive menu of cooked foods and one of Atlanta’s only robust absinthe bars for that pre-date drink.