Looking for a romantic place in Atlanta to take your true love? Here are my top six picks of restaurants that are designed to seduce you with delicious food, inventive cocktails and dazzling views!
Polaris. This blue-domed rotating restaurant and bar sits perched atop the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Recently reopened in summer 2014, the space is now sleek and sophisticated with over-sized windows designed to capture the breathtaking views of the city below. The chef-inspired menu has several small plates created around local ingredients, and the desserts are perfect for a cozy dinner for two.
Canoe is nestled along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The view, at its best during sunset, is the perfect backdrop for the award-winning cuisine. An ever-changing menu keeps the choices fresh and exciting, with the Oysters on the Half Shell with Champagne Mignonette Sauce always being a delicious choice. A walk through their romantic gardens is the perfect ending to a remarkable meal.
Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View. This iconic restaurant is on the 72nd floor of the Westin Peachtree Plaza and is always listed as a favorite for most romantic restaurant in Atlanta. It boasts a 360-degree view of Atlanta, contemporary food choices like Confit Duck Shepard’s Pie and Southern favorites such as Chicken and Dumplings, served in an intimate setting that oozes romance.
Bacchanalia. Featuring contemporary American cuisine, the award-winning menu is comprised of light and creative plates — many of which are visual works of art. Bacchanalia’s seasonal menu relies entirely on organic ingredients but is consistently well thought out and executed. They have an impressive caviar list, house cured charcuterie, and desserts (like their Clementine Float) that are beautifully presented and well worth every calorie. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Three Sheets. Part restaurant, part lounge and part live music venue, Three Sheets gives you everything you need for a romantic evening — all in one location. While you’re there, plan on spending a little time on the cozy rooftop patio while enjoying one of their unique cocktails, like the Blackberry Julip. Shareable plates include classics like Lamb Lollipops or Smoked Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Heirloom Tomato Bisque.
Epic Restaurant. Epic’s warm and intimate space is decorated with lively artwork from local artists. Literary references shape the décor and the menu, which is divided into “chapters.” Their seasonal menu varies with what’s locally available, and their modern approach to regional standards like grits and black-eyed peas makes for a refreshing dining experience. Epic also offers a “Chef’s Table,” perfect for adding a little spice to the romance of your evening.
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