The 12 Best Atlanta Restaurants For a Romantic Date Night

The Betty | Credit: Cris Molina

When love is in the air, that’s something to celebrate. Fortunately, Atlanta has a wide variety of romantic restaurants for a special evening (or, heck, daytime can be romantic, too) out. One doesn’t need an excuse to cozy up to their loved one while delighting in a delicious meal, but it helps to know where to go when you’re celebrating something extra special like an anniversary or engagement. Or maybe it’s just a random date night. Whatever the reason, here are 12 of Atlanta’s most romantic restaurants.

Atlas (Buckhead)

Credit: Atlas Buckhead

When you really want to impress your date, you take them to Atlas. Located in the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead, Atlas is a sophisticated American restaurant complete with an exquisite chef’s menu executed by chef Freddy Money and art on the walls from the Lewis collection. It’s also home to one of Atlanta’s most exclusive wine lists (request to see the Madeira cart for a post-dinner drink). 

Dining in the restaurant: There’s also The Garden Room, a glass-enclosed patio with its own reservations.

Takeout: Atlas does not offer takeout. 

Experiences: Check out the special experiences available at this restaurant: Valentine’s Day, Caviar and Champagne Dinner, or Chef’s Dinner Showcase. Book by heading to the Experiences section here.

Ruby Chow’s (Old Fourth Ward)

Ruby Chow’s is acclaimed chef Guy Wong’s Chinese restaurant in the Old Fourth Ward. Here, he serves delicious bites such as the shoyu tomago and basil chicken in a sexy room completed by bold red and floral accents and intimate seating.

Dining in the restaurant: There’s also a patio if you prefer to dine outside.

Takeout: If you want to enjoy Ruby Chow’s at home, you can order takeout through OpenTable. A portion of the menu is available with standouts like black pepper steak and Szechuan eggplant.

Nakato (Morningside)

Credit: Nakato Japanese Restaurant

Nakato is a beloved Atlanta institution that’s been serving diners sushi and hibachi for more than 40 years. The restaurant is run by the Nakato family, who pays attention to every detail and takes pride in excellent customer service.

Dining in the restaurant: If you want a date with a festive, celebratory vibe, head to the hibachi side, where you can have an entire experience. Sushi fanatics love Nakato’s sushi side of the restaurant, which has an intimate feel thanks to partitions and thought-out spacing. The sushi itself is expertly prepared and flown in fresh daily.

Takeout: Nakato makes it easy to enjoy its first-class sushi and hibachi dishes at home thanks to online ordering.

WIN (Buckhead)

A trip to Bali would be great, but a dinner at WIN might be the next best thing. The Buckhead restaurant serves up Indonesian fare such as Bali-style grilled fish with mahi-mahi, cherry tomato salsa, shallots, and seasonal veggies. 

Dining in the restaurant: WIN’s atmosphere is elegant, but the magic happens on the table itself. When you dine in, you and your date can order one of WIN’s most standout experiences: Rijsttafel, a tasting of nine small dishes that fill up the table in an impressive display. 

Takeout: There’s no shortage of tasty options for a Bali evening at home like the braised pork rice plate or lamb sate, available to order online.

Trader Vic’s (​​Downtown)

There are only a handful of Trader Vic’s, the iconic tiki restaurant chain, left in the world, and one of them is in the basement of the Hilton Atlanta. If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path date night, look no further.

Dining in the restaurant: Trader Vic’s dining room has kitsch in spades, and though the dining room is spacious, dim lighting and cozy tables set a romantic yet revelrous tone. While you’re there, order plates to share such as the crab rangoon and miso salmon. The mai tai is what it’s best known for when it comes to sipping.

Takeout: This restaurant doesn’t offer takeout.

Feedel Bistro (Sagamore Hills)

Located in an unassuming strip mall, Feedel Bistro serves up Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes in a chic setting. This is the kind of spot that makes a weeknight outing feel more special, but it’s weekend date night-worthy, too.

Dining in the restaurant: Ethiopian cuisine has a communal element, so plan on sharing (and ordering extra injera, Ethiopia’s sour flatbread). Dishes include a vegan sampler and mushroom tibs (mushrooms combined with sautéed onions, garlic, tomatoes, and jalapeños).

Takeout: The exact same dishes that you can order in are available for takeout, too. Head online to order some sambusas (savory turnovers) and lamb tibs for an at-home feast.

Bones (Buckhead)

You don’t have to be part of the “in” crowd to dine at Bones, located in Buckhead, but your date will think you are if you bring them here. Bones opened in 1979 and has since been luring people in with the promise of succulent steak in a plush atmosphere that now reads as upscale vintage.

Dining in the restaurant: Come hungry and go all out with the fixings befitting a steakhouse of this nature, such as shrimp cocktail, dry-aged bone-in ribeye, and truffle butter macaroni and cheese. Take note of the dress code.

Takeout: This restaurant doesn’t offer takeout.

Iberian Pig (Decatur)

Credit: Iberian Pig Decatur

Nothing says romance quite like tapas and sangria. And here, in a 100-year-old historic building off of charming Decatur Square, it’s especially romantic. 

Dining in the restaurant: Sit in the wood-accented dining room or patio and share small plates such aslike pork cheek tacos and empanadas de carne. 

Takeout: A limited menu is available for takeout, but you can also consider the family meals, like the tapas party, for double date night.

Storico Fresco (Buckhead)

Located in Buckhead, Storico Fresco is ideal for an Italian evening of amore. The pastas are handmade, the wine list is well-thought out, and there are treats sold in the marketplace if you want to whip something up the next day. 

Dining in the restaurant: The dining room is a casual and inviting spot for twirling up pasta such as cacio e pepe and tagliatelle alla bolognese, as well as munching on arancini and polpette. There are also a few sidewalk tables if you prefer to dine al fresco.

Takeout: Place an order online for takeout.

White Bull (Decatur)

Located off of Decatur Square, White Bull is a seasonally driven restaurant with Italian touches. The pasta goes above and beyond with house-milled flour and creates a beautiful canvas for dishes such as cocoa tagliolini with venison bolognese, kabocha squash, and chestnuts.

Dining in the restaurant: Enjoy your meal in the minimalist dining room made warm with exposed brick, or add some ambiance by dining in the back patio replete with bistro lights and fire pits.

Takeout: Select options are available for online ordering, like the pasta flight that includes three pastas to sample and share with your sweetie.

The Betty (Buckhead)

Credit: Cris Molina

For couples looking for a staycation situation, The Betty located at the Kimpton Sylvan should be on the itinerary. You don’t have to stay at the hotel, of course, but your visit could include stops at the Willow Bar (think garden party) and St. Julep (think rooftop drinks).

Dining in the restaurant: The Betty’s glam decor and vintage flair channels 1950s American supper clubs, making it a natural fit for special occasions. The dishes are classic Americana here and include options like oysters on the half shell, 24-hour short rib with smoked celeriac puree, and a wedge salad.

Takeout: This restaurant doesn’t offer takeout. 

Anis Cafe (Garden Hills)

It’s easy to forget that you’re in Buckhead when you’re at Anis. The romantic French restaurant is located on a quiet neighborhood street in a former home. Expect dishes reminiscent of Provence, such as salad Niçoise and beef au poivre.

Dining in the restaurant: Enjoy the elegant dining room with white tablecloths and colorful art or the garden-esque patio with covered seating.

Takeout: You can enjoy your French meal at home by ordering online.