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Valentine’s Day is a great time to check out that restaurant you’ve been meaning to try, and whether you’re looking for a big blowout or an intimate little nook, the perfect Atlanta restaurant is awaiting your reservation. These five restaurants have always come through in the past with Valentine’s Day menus and are safe bets for a romantic evening in 2013. Check out each restaurant’s website for additional information and availability closer to the big day.

Restaurant Eugene
2277 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 355-0321

One of the ultimate splurge treats in Atlanta is a romantic night out at Restaurant Eugene. Local boy and chef Linton Hopkins is a James Beard award winner who never disappoints, and the restaurant promises to have a fixed-price special menu on Valentine’s Day with additional promotions throughout the week. From Siberian sturgeon caviar to moulard duck, there are always interesting choices to impress even the most dedicated foodie sweetheart. This is one of the more upscale options on the list.

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The Shed At Glenwood
475 Bill Kennedy Way S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 835-4363

You’re in Atlanta, so there is something undeniably warm and sweet about the warm, hearty fare at The Shed. From specialty sliders to mussels, the New American menu offers comfort food for a cozy evening. Whether you go for the beef tongue tacos or stick with the local favorite Brussels sprouts, you won’t forget your night at The Shed. However, after a few bubbly drinks or cocktails like the Violet Sublime, the memory might have a fuzzy glow!

Holeman & Finch
2277 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175

New couples who aren’t looking for a big push on the romance angle may want to check out Holeman & Finch on Valentine’s Day. While the restaurant does not typically offer special pricing for the event, it will have cheery decorations. In the past, featured menu items including tasty animal hearts for the adventurous carnivores in the crowd. With a variety of small plates to share, this is an easy, fun place to take a date without a lot of pressure to pour on the candy and flowers. This would be a great choice for couples who want to celebrate without getting too sappy.

4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30346
(770) 671-0100

Being on the lighter side, sushi always sets a nice tone for a romantic evening. Dunwoody’s Goldfish, located at Perimeter Mall, is a pretty, comfortable date spot. A special themed menu will be offered to smitten celebrating couples, and there are plenty of non-sushi options as well. Be sure to save room for a decadent dessert and one of the best cappuccinos in Atlanta.

A glass of bubbly and dessert (Credit, Keely Herrick)

Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint
200 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 230-5853

No listing of Atlanta restaurants would be complete without a genuine Southern food hot spot like Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint. The restaurant plans to offer a fixed-price Valentine’s Day option as it has in the past, and sweet treat cocktails like The Juke, The Sneaky Sneaky and Miss Ceely’s Fruit Punch are a sure-fire bet to start a festive night out. And really, what Southern girl can resist live jazz and a crispy crawfish tail?

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Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.