We are officially in the month for lovers; Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and it seems that everyone is all smiles and full of love even as the temperatures continue to dip. The great thing about romance is that it can be so many different things; you can go out, stay in, create something from the heart or shop until you find the perfect gift for your loved one. Either way, romance is a state of mind and what better way to get in a mushy romantic mood then to go to some of Atlanta’s most romantic restaurants. Food is often an aphrodisiac and the restaurants on this list have it all, from food and décor to ambiance and service. Your romantic evening will get off to a great start once you stop in at any of these places and let the restaurant work its magic. Here’s to all the lovers in Atlanta…Happy Valentine’s Day!
1 Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View
Yes, it is a fabulous restaurant with excellent cuisine, superior service and exquisite décor. However, every Atlantan knows that the major selling point of the Sun Dial is the absolutely state-of-the-art view of the city. Seated from anywhere inside, you have a deluxe panoramic view of Atlanta in all its’ glory. Located a whopping 73 floors and perched atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza; people come from miles around to experience the legend first-hand. The only tri-level dining spot in the city that features such amazing elements as a constantly revolving restaurant, a rotating cocktail lounge and an observatory view level offering 360 degree glimpses of the Atlanta skyline. A constant fixture on local television shows, magazines spreads and “best of” lists, if you are an Atlanta resident you already know how magnificent this place is and if you’re visiting you must put this on your list of places to see while here. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not, there is always a perfect time to stop in an enjoy one of Atlanta’s crown jewels. Make no mistake; this is romantic dining at its finest.
210 Peachtree St.
2 Ray’s on the River
It seems as if all Atlanta special events are celebrated at this MVP of Atlanta restaurants. From proms to birthdays, anniversaries and rehearsal dinners, if you have an important occasion this is the place to go. Since Valentine’s Day is near, this is one of the best places to go and show your loved one just how much you care. When you sit down to eat there is a jaw-dropping view of the Chattahoochee River, which expertly sets any mood. Nature’s ambiance is the perfect way to begin a meal that leaves a lasting impression and sets the tone for an evening that ranks high on the romance meter. One of three Ray’s restaurants that also include Ray’s in the City and Ray’s Killer Creek speaks volumes to how successful and in demand this franchise is. It is impossible to go wrong with a visit to this legendary Atlanta mainstay.
6700 Powers Ferry Rd.
3 Nikolai’s Roof
A classic Atlanta staple, Nikolai’s provides a true fine dining experience coupled with the elegance and decadence of French and Russian cuisine. Inside the downtown Atlanta Hilton hotel, seated extravagantly on the 30th floor, you will find this restaurant with an incredible view of all the city has to offer. Winner of the highly coveted AAA Four Diamond award for well over 20 years, this culinary masterpiece spares no expense when it comes to impressing patrons and more importantly, providing an evening of uninterrupted romance.. Consistent floor to ceiling windows are sprawled throughout, providing 180 degree views of Atlanta. What better way to have a fully romantic experience than to look out upon the Atlanta landscape for ambiance. This is a special place, worthy of a special occasion and Valentine’s Day is the perfect one. Do yourself a favor and get all dressed up and experience something that will leave you speechless.
255 Courtland St. NE
4 Café Intermezzo
Right in the heart of Peachtree is one of the best places in Atlanta not only for conversation, romantic lighting and killer desserts, but also for more romance than you can handle. The vibe feels as if you’ve been transported to an authentic Viennese café, complete with vast coffee selections and small, intimate tables. If your romantic rendezvous is going well, it is highly likely you’ll want to take advantage of the late hours – ideal for conversation that won’t quit and a chance to share a few sweet treats. Speaking of the desserts, the best (and most romantic things to do) while here is to order the most delicious, decadent dessert and spoon feed each other as you sit as closely to one another as possible. Ah, so romantic!
1845 Peachtree Road NE
5 Au Pied de Cochon
It doesn’t get anymore refined and romantic than this. Located inside the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel, exquisite French food is the cuisine of choice. If only just for the night, allow yourself to be transported to a cozy, intimate and authentic French restaurant that was practically made for lovers to enjoy. Executive Chef Michael Buard expertly crafts a menu of mouth-watering French treats. Enjoy a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and sample the salade niçoise with tuna confit or grilled salmon, crème de champignons sauvages en croute (wild mushroom soup with truffle oil and puff pastry), Magret de canard rôti (roasted duck with celery root puree and vegetables with peach chutney) or the saumon de Atlantique ( roasted salmon, sautéed spinach and aioli saffron sauce.) This is the type of meal that you have dreams and memories about for years to come. Coupled with the company of that special someone and I say that it will definitely be a night to remember.
3315 Peachtree Rd. NE.