By Kate Parham Kordsmeier
Photo courtesy of Nikolai’s Roof
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner (read: a romantic night out at one of the city’s best restaurants is on most everyone’s radar), it seemed apropos to highlight Atlanta’s top tasting menus.
Nikolai’s Roof: For one of the best skyline views in town, savvy Atlantans know to book a window-facing table at Nikolai’s Roof, an upscale French-Russian hotspot located on the 30th floor of the Hilton Atlanta hotel, where decadent four-course tasting menus (diners choose from a handful of options for each course) are the norm. On Valentine’s Day, a special five-course menu ($110 per person, plus $58 for five wine pairings) featuring items like lump crab terrine, seared foie gras, sautéed swordfish and dark chocolate soufflé, will wow your beloved.
Woodfire Grill: Give Cupid a run for his money by booking a table at this Buckhead gem where chef Matthew Weinstein regularly offers five and seven-course tasting menus (including a vegetarian option) emphasizing local produce, sustainably-raised meats and seafood and avant-garde techniques. This V-Day, expect a five-course feast ($100 per person; wine pairings available) chockfull of indulgences like lobster with local caviar (it’s from UGA!), short ribs with black truffle and dark chocolate cheesecake.
Restaurant Eugene: Ask any local where they spend special occasions and you’re likely to hear Restaurant Eugene, one of Atlanta’s foremost farm-to-table restaurants with a reputation for exquisite fine dining and unparalleled service. No better time to finally check this one off your list than Valentine’s Day, when an exclusive four-course menu will be offered all weekend ($125 per person, with wine pairings available for $70). Don’t miss the crab bread pudding and celebration of cauliflower with Tennessee truffle.
Better Half: Though this Midtown eatery is decidedly more casual than some of the other spots on this list, chef Zach Meloy’s three-course tasting menu (which can also be ordered a la carte) is no less impressive. Meloy’s cooking is always a lesson in balance, contrast and intrigue—just see his seared Brussels sprouts with coconut curry gnocchi and peanuts for proof. Take your sweetheart here on Valentine’s Day for a festive five-course menu (available all weekend for $80 per person or $100 with wine pairings) showcasing inventive creations like tender beef with blue cheese, crispy potato, mushroom veloute and marmite caramel.
Aria: This Buckhead mainstay has been wooing locals for more than a decade with its sumptuous, often slow-cooked fare, served up in a swanky, yet intimate dining room complete with a candlelit wine cellar. A $68 per person, six-course tasting menu is offered every night, but on Valentine’s Day, star-crossed lovers can indulge in a special four-course tasting menu.
Kate is Georgia’s official Culinary Explorer and a freelance food and travel writer for more than 100 publications. Click here to read more culinary content from Kate.