Romance is something that everyone needs help with from time to time. For those who are traveling to Atlanta or are located in Atlanta, there are plenty of restaurants that are going to provide a romantic atmosphere for you and your significant other. Lucky for you, given the size of Atlanta, there are plenty of restaurants that are not only going to be delicious, but there are numerous options to choose from.
What Makes a Restaurant Romantic?
The one common theme that you will find about all of these restaurants is that they are designed with romance and privacy in mind. These restaurant often have décor that is meant to stimulate conversation among the patrons, rather than playing loud music. The food is a huge element of romance as well, as the food was designed to share, taste and truly experience. For those who are looking for an amazing date night, then any of these restaurants is going to fit their needs.
Pasta da Pulcinella
If you love Italian, then this is the restaurant for you. This is located in the heart of Atlanta, downtown. Due to its location and size, many people tend to forget that this amazing restaurant is located amongst all the skyscrapers. They offer daily specials, vegetarian option and their prices are considered reasonable.
1123 Peachtree Walk NE
Atlanta GA 30309
This is one of those restaurants that can only be found in Atlanta. This strictly an adult restaurant and is meant to be sexy and romantic. The decorations include burgundy walls along with sexy photographs hanging no these walls. They have numerous types of dishes, all meant to be romantic and sexy.
2285 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta GA 30309
Those who walk into Wisteria are going to be amazed at the old world charm that this restaurant has. In addition, they are going to find that the food is a nice blend of American cuisine with Southern flare and other worldly dishes. The restaurant has lots of class, and is often considered a great place for a romantic meal.
471 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta GA 30307
Aria is known throughout Atlanta as one of the best date night restaurants when looking for romance. They serve modern American cuisine. But, what makes this place so romantic is the fact their décor inspires privacy and passion.
490 East Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta GA 30305
This is not only a romantic restaurant, but on that is going to interest those who are into organic eating. Many of the ingredients and plates served in the restaurant come from the farm of the owners. Thus, you are going to find something different each time. The restaurant is a five course restaurant so be prepared to stay for a lengthy amount of time.
1198 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta GA 30318
If you are ready for a night out with your loved one, then wait no longer. These Atlanta restaurants are going to not only be delicious, but may be the one way to put a bit of spark back into your relationship. And they are sure to have some fantastic food! Impress your couple with those dinner tips and those love tips!
TIERRA ~ upscale casual ****
1425 Piedmont Avenue
Atlanta GA 30309
Offering cuisine from South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, Tierra is holding its own in this popular midtown neighborhood. This midtown restaurant is a neighborhood standard.
The menu features a variety of choices. Dishes are true to regional flavors. The beef, chicken and seafood are typical of fine dining, though some of the flavors are a bit bland. While there are tempting descriptions on the menu, some deliver and some do not. Some items on the menu change weekly, so you may find your favorites come and go.
FOOD QUALITY: *****
The quality of food is outstanding. Tierra uses the freshest seafood, beef and produce.
FOOD PRESENTATION: ****
The presentation rivals any of the fine dining restaurants you will find in Atlanta. Tierra combines authentic food of the Americas with a modern presentation style. Using sauces to decorate each plate and herbs to add panache are just a few of the ways Tierra entices diners.
The burnt-orange color on the walls and ceiling create a rich, cozy ambience. Large, silver industrial 3-D art hangs on the ceiling. The dining area is quite small yet very open.
When you have a small space to work with, storage is everything. The restaurant is spotless. All of the glassware, dishes and restrooms are clean and well-maintained.
Service s fantastic. The wait staff is knowledgeable and recommends both wine selections and dinner entrees.
For appetizers, try the plonono, which is plantoanos filled with beef picadillo. The flavor is spicy and the taste unique. Though the Caesar salad has fresh lettuce and shaved cheese, the dressing is a bit tart and watered down. All entrees are wonderfully prepared, and the presentation is delightful. The grilled pork medallions with tropical fruit relish and chipotle mashed potatoes boast unique flavors. Also try the wonderful, trout relleno with corn, poblano peppers, onion and cheese topped with a roasted tomato sauce. Steamed lobster served with linguini in a Caribbean curry cream and grilled salmon with purple potatoes are also delicious. Sides are fantastic and offered a la carte.
OVERALL : ****
Tierra is a neighborhood hot spot offering a nice atmosphere and quality entrees. Perhaps they should focus more attention on the appetizers and salads. There are hits and misses on the menu, but the overall experience is very good.
Bluepointe ~ upscale casual ****
3455 Peachtree Rd.
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(Lunch) Mon – Fri 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
(Dinner) Mon – Thur 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Fri – Sat 5:30 p.m. to Midnight
Sun 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bluepointe is definitely “on point” when it comes to coupling rich Asian influences with sophisticated Southern styles. This Buckhead restaurant makes you feel chic, classy and cultured all at the same time. The atmosphere is filled with “good chi;” You are served with a smile and, when your food finally arrives, you begin to wonder why you didn’t come sooner.
If you enjoy seafood and Asian spices, this is the place for you. Since it’s opening in 1999, chef Ian Winslade has filled the menu with appetizers and entrees of fresh crabmeat, salmon and scallops. There’s even duck and quail for those who are more adventurous. And don’t forget to leave room for one of their delectable desserts.
FOOD QUALITY: ****
You can tell that the chef makes a point to select choice cuts of fish and meat because they don’t try to disguise the food under a heavy helping of thick sauces. The seafood is fresh, and the meat is tender. The vegetables are crisp and colorful.
FOOD PRESENTATION: *****
Impeccable! All of the food is creatively displayed in a manner that leads you to believe the chef took extra time to prepare your dish.
The restaurant is very open and airy with good energy flowing throughout the space. As you enter the restaurant and walk down a flight of stairs, you come into the lively bar/specialty lounge area. From there, you walk up a couple of stairs to enter the main dining room. This space is filled with bright red, white and neutral colors. Some tables are set against a semi-circle wall, while other tables are placed closer to the window. There is also a private dining area, which is located upstairs.
Everything, from the wait staff to the silverware and the floor, is sparkling clean. The restrooms are also very clean and sanitary.
Bluepointe staff is very attentive and accommodating.
For seafood lovers, the garlic crab spring roll appetizer is a must. Long and thin, they are filled with the perfect amount of crabmeat. For entrees, the sea scallops with sushi rice and the coriander-crusted salmon steak in a choya plum lobster sauce with vegetable wontons are worth a try. As for desserts, the apple carpaccio, a delectable treat of Granny Smith apples with vanilla ice cream, and the chocolate soufflé cake, a mini bundt cake with a warm chocolate surprise hidden in the middle and served with chocolate ice cream, are both excellent.
OVERALL RATING: ****
Bluepointe is definitely worth a try, even if just once. It’s the type of place where you can get an excellent meal that leaves you satisfied but not stuffed, in a setting that makes you feel as though you’re part of the “in crowd.” And at $40 to $50 per person, it’s a pretty good deal.
PRIME ~ upscale casual ****1/2
Lenox Square Mall
3393 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
A sushi and steak house concept, Prime serves a lively bar crowd most evenings. The sushi bar is a great place to plant yourself and meet all types of sushi connoisseurs. The restaurant is exquisitely beautiful, and the menu offers Prime aged beef and fresh seafood.
The large selection of appetizers includes seafood, fresh beef, soup and salads. The steaks and chops list includes all of the classic beef choices. You can choose from several tempting seafood dishes or opt for a marinated, glazed and grilled steak. The list of side dishes is long and seductive. Desserts are made in house daily and are out of this world.
FOOD QUALITY: *****
Only Prime aged beef is used, as with all of the Tom Catherall restaurants. The seafood is flown in daily to ensure excellent quality and freshness. The wonderful use of homemade sauces and fresh herbs always perfectly compliment your entree.
FOOD PRESENTATION: *****
The chef’s artistic techniques are apparent, as each dish is perfectly plated and garnished. Each potato is strategically placed, and sauces appear in wavy patterns.
The dark wood, large windows, white tablecloths and accents of cobalt blue are very masculine. The large half-circle booths are perfect for a romantic evening. Slick, clean lines dominate throughout. The bar is rather small but has a warm and cozy feel.
Top to bottom, front to back, this restaurant is spotless. The floors shine, the furniture is polished, and the tables are set beautifully.
The hostess is friendly, helpful and timely. The service is superb – helpful and attentive but not overbearing.
The lobster bisque is terrific. Try the antipasto for two, which includes humus, roasted eggplant, marinated olives, Mortadella, fresh mozzarella, salami and Saga blue cheese. The iceberg wedge, spinach and arugula, and the traditional Caesar salads are all delicious. For an entrée, try the wood-grilled salmon filet with jalapeno jack grits and sweet chili spinach with basil oil, which is a wonderful combination of sweet and spicy. For meat lovers, the filet is cooked to perfection and delicately flavorful – The creamy mashed potatoes are an excellent accompaniment. Don’t miss the tortellini in chardonnay cream, which is also outstanding. To satisfy your sweet tooth, end with the key lime pie and creme brulee. Both are creamy and delicious.
OVERALL RATING: ****1/2
Prime rarely disappoints. There is always a lively feeling in the air, and the food is fantastic. If you enjoy sushi, stop by for happy hour and enjoy a little after-work oasis.
LA TAVOLA TRATTORIA ~ upscale casual ****
992 Virginia Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Mon – Thurs 5:30 – 11 p.m.
Fri – Sat 5:30 – midnight
Sun 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 5:30 – 10 p.m.
La Tavola is a charming Italian eatery tucked away at the intersection of Virginia and North Highland Avenues. Operated by Fifth Group Restaurants (partners Steve Simon, Robert Kukler and Kris Reinhard), the establishment opened in May 1999. A romantic dining scene with a great wine list, La Tavola (Italian for “the table”) stays crowded.
Executive chef Timothy Magee presents a fairly simplistic, but delightful, Italian spread. Antipasti include a traditional Caesar or mixed greens salad, mussels steamed in vermouth, tomatoes, parsley and oregano, or a platter of assorted meats, cheeses and olives. Pastas range from baked manicotti filled with veal, spinach and mozzarella to linguine with Manila clams in white wine or red sauce, garlic, chili flakes and fresh herbs.
For entrees, choose from grilled salmon with braised crimson lentils, Brussel sprouts and pancetta in a veal jus or balsamic roasted chicken with roasted potatoes, artichokes and mushrooms. Sunday brunch adds selections such as a three-egg omelet, French toast or vegetarian poached eggs over toasted focaccia.
FOOD QUALITY ****
Everything is fresh and crisp, from the salads to the salmon.
FOOD PRESENTATION ***1/2
Arrangements are simple and unassuming on classic white china. Bread arrives in a black wicker basket.
The ambiance is neighborhood cozy. The place is painted a deep, warm red, accented with mirrors, suspended lighting and wood floors. Black tables and chairs with white tablecloths are squeezed alongside a small bar and a few booths, creating an intimate setting. Additional seating is available on the patio out back. A jazzy background beat provides a base for the chatter.
The dining area and bar are in order, but I found the restroom slightly unkempt, with a few paper towels reaching the floor and an unimaginative black trash bag liner in clear view.
Service is friendly and personable. I wanted to add sausage to the risotto of the day, and they were happy to accommodate.
I suggest the grilled beef tenderloin filet with sautéed spinach, garlic mashed potatoes and veal jus; It pairs nicely with the Bernard Griffin cabernet. The mixed greens with tomato, celery and balsamic vinaigrette provide a delicious start. The risotto of the day is always a worthy choice. On my last visit, it was prepared with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes.
OVERALL RATING ****
Arrive early for a good table, as cozy can quickly become cramped if seated too close to the front entrance or the kitchen. Even so, La Tavola is a sweet, romantic spot with pleasant, dependable service and delicious food.
Indigo ~ upscale casual ****
Seafood and French Cuisine
1397 North Highland Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Phone: (404) 876-0676
Fax: (404) 876-8862
Atlanta eatery aficionados who stroll the Virginia Highlands intimately know the many machinations of Indigo. Despite the restaurant’s changes in owners and atmosphere, Indigo remains a central landmark and a fave source for libations and crustaceans served in the spirit of a neighborhood where diners demand decor and delectables offered without attitude or unmitigated expense. Though the restaurant has morphed many times, it’s finally settled back into a heralded hallmark of the ‘hood. The blue marlin are long gone from the walls, and Floridian seafood is now replaced with French classics and continental cuisine. The newly-upscale eatery still offers reasonably priced fare. Pasta dishes and a la carte entrees can be paired with side dishes for diners wishing to create their own plates.
The menu offers an eclectic variety of eats likely to appeal to any array of diners. Crab cakes, skate, escargot, oysters, mussels, fois gras and more classic beef/game dishes are just few of the listings promising to tease the taste buds. Though the menu is not stunning in its presentation, it explains dishes well. The wine list offers an eclectic mix of varietals from various regions. Many are offered by the glass, and the waitrons are quite ready to recommend whatever accommodates your particular tastes.
FOOD QUALITY: ****
The food is consistent and adventurous. Colors and textures are well-mixed, and the quantities are usually generous.
FOOD PRESENTATION: ****
The dishes are served with flair but without pretension.
The atmosphere is refined and elegant but still cozy enough for intimate dining. The background music, however, blares too loudly or not at all, making for an uneven din.
All is spic and span without appearing hospital-sterile.
Bartender Derick (he came with the lease) is the perfect pourer. Full of stories and an open ear, he mixes memories and martinis with flare. The servers are also stellar and seem to have ample suggestions as to wine parings, menu recommendations and the like.
Try the cassolette d’escargots de Bourgogne (six cost $7). Even those resistant to what they think are “slimy snails” will surely lose their scruples once they dip Indigo’s crusty peasant bread into this garlicky goodness full of fresh parsley and butter. There are also lighter appetizers like the poached pear, blue cheese and arugula salad ($4.25) or the tomato mozzerella hors d’oeuvres offered at the same price.
For entrees, try the soupiere de la mer au sauternes ($22.50) and the gateau de crab aux petits legumes sautes ($25.50). The soupiere is almost like a seafood pot pie: a puff pastry stuffed with lobster, shrimp, crab, vegetables and in a saffron sauce – very elegant and unusual. The crab cakes are outstanding and are served with a pastilla cream spinach and tomatoes tartar. The dish consists of the largest, fattest, most tender cake, crusted perfectly on the outside and stuffed full of generous clumps of large, moist heavenly clusters of fresh blue crab.
Other highlights include a roasted vegetable platter, a roasted rack of lamb crusted with mustard, classic (and difficult to find) duck confit and hickory wood-grilled beef filets. Save room for the cheese plate and dessert.
OVERALL RATING: ****
Indigo does well with its newly revised mix of old and new eats with a refreshing French flair (without the pretension). The atmosphere is cozy but elegant. The service shines. It’s best to follow the staff’s recommendations and nosh on the appetizers and desserts if possible. Seafood is the specialty. Enjoy the mixture of Moroccan, French and Spanish flavors without facing an overload of fusion.