Stick to the tried and true romantic hot spots. Restaurants are notorious for coming and going based on the fickle tastes of a trendy crowd, but some restaurants are Atlanta institutions. Local favorites such as Pano's and Paul's, Chops, Bones, The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead, Bacchanalia and La Grotta have all stood the test of time for pleasing the palates.
Select a restaurant that has altitude on its side. The Sun Dial Restaurant at the Westin Hotel in downtown Atlanta sits 723 feet off the ground at the top story of the tallest hotel in North America. The entire restaurant slowly revolves, offering panoramic views of the city. Similarly, Nikolai's Roof is on the top floor of the Hilton Hotel downtown and provides patrons with spectacular skyline views.
Choose a restaurant that has that extra romantic something. Canoe restaurant in the Vinings district sits directly beside the Chattahoochee River. The Old Vinings Inn restaurant is a converted 1800s train depot. Dante's Down the Hatch is a classy fondue joint, offering a sailing ship, live crocodiles and a grand piano. The Imperial Fez restaurant in Buckhead serves authentic Moroccan cuisine and includes exotic belly dancers for entertainment. Anis Bistro and Sugo offer exquisite outdoor dining patios.
Visit a restaurant rating website such as CitySearch for ideas (see resources below). Each year Atlanta residents vote on their favorite restaurants, including Best Romantic Restaurant, Best Place to Take a Date and Best Outdoor Dining.
Ask your date where he/she would most like to go. Often what you find romantic, your date may find boring, stuffy or silly. The most romantic thing you can do is to take into consideration the feelings and choices of your mate and do your best to make his/her wishes come true.