A romantic restaurant is a place that evokes a certain feeling in its patron. It may be defined as sexy or sophisticated. It usually has excellent food, impeccable service, and plush surroundings and exudes a feeling of comfort. Three restaurants that give its patrons the romance and intimacy they may be looking for and all in different ways are: Aria; 4th and Swift and Oceanaire.
Aria at 490 Paces Ferry Road Atlanta 404.233.7673
Aria is a favorite. From the moment you step into the dimly lit, small and cozy bar, you know the evening you had envisioned has begun. Reservations are a must and as you are led into the split level dining area through a crystal curtain, you immediately notice the jeweled dog on a ledge and the light fixture in the main dining area with its star burst of color. You are led to a banquette table which will allow seating comfortably close to your dining partner. The restaurant boasts a varied wine list.
The food is modern American as owner/chef Gerry Klaskala has named it. It is “slow food”, described as braised, roasted, stewed or simmered. The menu offers everything from foie gras to beef, fowl and seafood. A perfect romantic menu at Aria would be their signature lobster cocktail, an entrée of Zinfandel braised short ribs and to finish, an order of Pastry Chef Kathyrn Kings freshly made sorbets, served in mini ice cream cones and brought to your table in their own unique Lucite holder.
The restaurant serves dinner only, Monday through Saturday. According to OpenTable.com the estimated price per diner is $30 to $50.
4th and Swift at 621 North Avenue Atlanta 678.904.0160
The engine room of the now defunct Southern Creameries has been retooled and crafted into the excellent restaurant known as 4th and Swift. With exposed and worn brick walls, polished metal findings and plush fabrics, the restaurant exudes sophistication. Sit at the stylist bar and peruse the menu while having a cocktail or a glass of wine before dining.
Another chef/owner, Jay Swift has taken Southern comfort food to another level using regional and local products with his farm to table menu. From appetizers to dessert, the menu changes seasonally and offers the freshest ingredients. One day the menu may offer Georgia’s Sapelo Island Little Neck clams or flounder from the North Carolina banks as well as prime meats and poultry from Georgia’s sustainable farmers. Whether you end the meal with artisanal cheeses or something sweet, the meal is special.
4th and Swift is open for dinner only, seven nights a week. According to OpenTable.com the estimated price per
diner is $30 to $50.
Oceanaireat 1100 Peachtree Street Atlanta 404.475.2277
The word is sleek and if romantic includes sexy in your mind, you are in the right place. Have the hostess usher you to one of the plush booths that line the perimeter and start with a dozen of the freshest oysters on the half shell served with both a red cocktail and mignonette sauce.
Their motto is “to eat an oyster is to kiss the sea”. Known as a seafood and steak house, the menu changes daily and is also regionally inspired and based on what is the freshest available from their local purveyors. Portions are large. The side dishes can be shared with either two or three. Try the creamed corn: always a winner.
Oceanaire is located in Midtown Atlanta and serves lunch Monday through Friday and dinner seven nights a week. According to OpenTable.com the estimated price per diner is $30 to $50.
The definition of a romantic restaurant has different meanings from person to person, but after you try any one of these restaurants, you may decide that the definition of romantic is “one in which the memory lingers”.