By Isadora Pennington

Love is in the air, and at many local restaurants it’s also on the menu. Valentine’s Day is this month, so I figured it was high time that we feature some of my favorite romantic date night spots. While I’m often more comfortable eating wings in a dive bar with friends or ordering delivery from my couch in my pajamas, there’s something to be said for getting dolled up and hitting the town with the one I love.

What’s the recipe for a perfect date night outing? In my book, it’s a semi-formal restaurant usually nestled in a residential neighborhood. A good date spot has charm, romantic aesthetics (hello candlelit tables – tough for photographs, but oh so perfect for gazing into your loved one’s eyes), delicious cocktails, and dishes that can be shared during heartfelt conversations.

Singles, please don’t despair. These restaurants are also wonderful outings for a friend date or a place to go and treat yourself. Everybody deserves a romantic date now and then, and who better to spend your time with than someone as wonderful as you?

You can check out the photos of my experience below, and call now to make reservations of your own.

Warm fudge tart with dark chocolate gelato paired with Gustave Lorentz Rose at Wisteria (471 N. Highland Ave., 404-525-3363,
Almond and walnut dessert tar tine with honeyed goat cheese and cocktails – Love Drunk (tall glass) and Red Herring (One Eared Stag, 1029 Edgewood Ave., 404-525-4479,
Cocktails Meghan Royale and Secret Girlfriend paired with a cheese plate (The Luminary at Krog Street Market, 99 Krog, 404-600-6199,
Cheese plate paired with Berlucchi Rose and Bell’s Two Hearted IPA (No. 240, 129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur, 678-399-8246,
Tomato Montrachet with cocktails The Ronnie and The Bergamot (Carroll Street Cafe, 208 Carroll St., 404-577-2700,



Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.