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ATLANTA RESTAURANTS DELIGHT AND ROMANCE GUESTS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
Celebrate Love with Memorable Menus and Spectacular Specials
ATLANTA (Feb. 4, 2019) – Atlanta-area restaurants know how to set the mood for both friends and lovers on Valentine’s Day. These top eateries are helping guests think beyond the candy and flowers for a celebration that warms both the heart and the stomach with special menus, featured dishes and fine wines. Prices listed do not include tax and gratuity unless specified. Seats are sure to disappear quickly, so make reservations today.
4 Rivers Smokehouse is spreading some spud love just in time for Valentine’s Day with a limited-time-only fully loaded potato stuffed with choice of brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken or burnt ends and topped with cheddar cheese, jalapeños, green onions, sour cream and 4R Signature Sauce for $5.99. Spud love is available for the month of February. 4 Rivers also is running a social media promotion for a chance to win a free dinner for two on Valentine’s Day and a free treat from the Sweet Shop. Just snap a shot of your spud or a selfie with your spud and post on Instagram with #4RSpudLove. 844-474-8377; 4rsmokehouse.com.
5Church Atlanta is serving a $65 three-course prix fixe menu in place of its regular menu on Feb. 14, with wine pairings available for an additional $25 per person. Examples of entrées and wine pairings include lobster squid ink gnocchi with Mercer merlot and braised rabbit with Decoy cabernet sauvignon. The prix fixe menu and wine pairings are also available along with the restaurant’s full à la carte menu on Feb. 15. 404-400-3669; 5churchatlanta.com.
Share the love with the entire family at Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 4 to 9 p.m. with a free Valentine cookie decorating event. From Feb. 14-16, enjoy heart-y specials including mussels ($14), confit duck leg with Parmesan risotto ($14), pan seared red snapper ($28), 8-oz. filet mignon ($25) and raspberry crème brûlée ($8). 404-876-7249; atkinspark.com.
Babalu® is featuring a Valentine’s Week menu for two from Feb. 11-18. For $65, pairs can share guacamole for two, a choice of soup or salad for each person, Mexican street corn for two, choice of churrasco or crab cakes for each person, dessert for two and a Coralina Patron margarita (Patron Reposado, Patron Citronge Orange, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, red wine, sugar salt rim) for two. The menu without the margarita is $50. 404-900-9595; eatbabalu.com.
gusto! Decatur has a Valentine's Day coloring contest for the littlest sweethearts. Beginning Feb. 1, children 10 and under can snag a Valentine's Day coloring page to bring back by Feb. 10 for contest entry. The winner will be announced Feb. 14 and be showered with gift certificates, free food and drinks and gusto! swag. 404-549-8525; whatsyourgusto.com.
On the day of love, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is open from 4 to 10 p.m. offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $75 per person. Entrée options include smoked paprika chimichurri hanger steak and pistachio-crusted grouper. For dessert, choose from dark chocolate cake, “be mine” macarons or caramel cheesecake. On Feb. 15 and 16, Milton’s opens early at 4 p.m. serving the regular menu plus prime porterhouse steaks for two as a featured special. 770-817-0161; miltonscuisine.com.
Murphy’s sets forth special swoon-worthy menu items on Valentine’s Day and through the weekend. Valentine’s dinner menu additions include picanha steak with chimichurri, roasted carrots and cauliflower ($28), Chilean sea bass with celery root puree, grilled asparagus and preserved lemon butter ($36) and wine specials of Rombauer chardonnay ($18/glass) and Priest Ranch cabernet ($20/glass). Among the Valentine dessert additions are Chocolate Garden (chocolate dome, red velvet cake filled with strawberry mouse and crème anglaise) on Feb. 14; homemade blueberry pie à la mode Feb. 15-16; and coconut rum tres leches trifle on Feb. 17. Looking for a unique gift to give for the wine lover on your list? Order a “bouquet” of Flowers from Murphy’s Wine Shop! The neighborhood wine shop is offering wine from Flowers Vineyards & Winery at special prices this Valentine’s Day. More details here. 404-872-0904; murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com.
Saltyard is celebrating love the entire week of Valentine’s Day, serving romantic specials in addition to the restaurant’s regular menu of seasonal small plates and dishes for the table during regular dinner hours. 404-382-8088; saltyardatlanta.com.
Seed Kitchen & Bar and Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar offer plenty of options for sharing a meal with that special someone. On Feb. 14, guests can dine on a four-course prix fixe menu for $79 per person with the option of adding wine pairings for $29. Can’t decide between sea and land? View the full menus for Seed and Drift to tempt the taste buds. The regular à la carte menus return at both restaurants on Feb. 15 along with an opportunity to extend the romance through Saturday with a three-course prix fixe menu special of favorites from the Valentine’s Day menu for $59 per person. Seed: 678-214-6888; eatatseed.com. Drift: 770-635-7641; driftoysterbar.com.
Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante is featuring Valentine’s-themed heart-shaped pasta specials in its specialty grocery store and restaurant for the entire week in addition to the regular menus. 404-500-2181; storicofresco.com.
Participating Taco Mac restaurants have a special Valentine’s Day beer on tap – Kasteel Rouge – while supplies last. Kasteel Rouge is a blend of Kasteel Donker and cherry liquor, a marriage of sophisticated Belgian brew techniques and a cherry pie so good that dessert is unnecessary. It’s sure to be love at first sip! tacomac.com.
Valentine's Day Dining
The Alden is serving up a special Cupid's Menu for two for $150 but is also offering guests the option to order à la carte. Luxurious menu options include Katama Bay oysters with hackleback caviar, Maine lobster, sea urchin carbonara and porterhouse au poivre. Wine lovers can enjoy a paired pour ($10/glass or $25/three glasses) with their meal that includes three wines from French husband and wife duo Natalie Blanc Mares of Mas Carlot and Cyril Mares of Mas de Bressades. 678-395-6982; thealdenrestaurant.com.
As one of Atlanta’s most romantic restaurants, Aria is the place for a memorable evening with that special someone. Chef Gerry Klaskala offers a four-course prix fixe menu for $95 per person, excluding beverages. Reserve a table here. 404-233-7673; aria-atl.com.
Bring that one and only catch to The Big Ketch for savory seafood specials on Valentine’s Day. Dine on tempura fried lobster tail and surf and turf at the Buckhead restaurant (404-474-9508) or opt for petite filet and butter poached lobster tail at the Roswell location (770-993-5749); thebigketch.com.
Chido & Padre's celebrates the day of love with a fun, festive atmosphere and Baja Mexican specials. Enjoy an aphrodisiac appetizer of oysters three ways (cucumber habanero mignonette, aji amarillo and salsa negra) and rabbit roulade with black garlic mole, fried avocado and crema as an entrée. 404-848-9100; chidoandpadres.com.
The Federal welcomes Valentine’s Day diners with a special prix fixe menu alongside the regular à la carte menu from 5 to 10 p.m. Selections on the three-course prix fixe menu include veal ravioli with foie gras sauce, Jackman Ranch Florida wagyu sirloin and a chocolate and hazelnut gianduja kit kat. The prix fixe price is $150 per person, plus $45 per person for optional wine pairings. 404-343-3857; thefederalatl.com.
Gunshow, Kevin Gillespie’s Glenwood Park hotspot where chefs rotate the evening’s selections from table to table, is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy the regular menu along with a few featured dishes inspired by the romantic day. 404-380-1886; gunshowatl.com.
Celebrate love in what feels like a faraway land at Gypsy Kitchen. Valentine’s Day specials include chorizo butter-poached half lobster tail ($18), tuna conserva-stuffed piquillo peppers ($11), 8-oz. beef filet with harissa spiked cous cous ($39) and Brillat Savarin cheese with strawberries, sherry syrup and almond shortbread ($9) for dessert. 404-939-9840; gk-atl.com.
All locations of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern are serving their regular menus along with unique specials for Valentine’s Day. Midtown (404-968-2288) offers one heart-shaped pizza for two, a bottle of wine, a shared appetizer and dessert for $49. Brookhaven (404-464-8971) specials include chicken cordon bleu with chocolate mole sauce, broccolini and potatoes au gratin ($21.95) and homemade strawberry shortcake with chocolate covered strawberries ($7.95). Perimeter (470-395-7904) offers a Valentine’s Day dinner for two for $60 per person that includes choice of salad, choice of filet and lobster tail or two filets and a shareable chocolate dessert. For just $10 more per person, guests can add a bottle of Trinity Oaks Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon. hobnobatlanta.com.
Singles looking for an anti-date spot can head to Irby’s Tavern. The Buckhead sports bar will be pouring $4 Tropicalia on Valentine’s Day. irbystavern.com.
Enjoy an elegant three-course prix fixe menu at Livingston Restaurant + Bar in the Georgian Terrace Hotel. The $70 per person menu offers a selection of starters like smoked lobster bisque; entrées such as tournedos of beef and braised lamb shank; and desserts like dark chocolate tiramisu with salted caramel ganache. A small selection from the prix fixe menu will be offered as à la carte selections in the lounge area. 404-897-5000; livingstonatlanta.com.
For those last minute planners, Marlow’s Tavern saves the day with special Valentine’s Day features that don't require reservations. Details vary by location, so call your neighborhood tavern for additional details. marlowstavern.com.
Ray's on the River (770-995-1187) and Ray's at Killer Creek (770-649-0064) are featuring three-course prix fixe dinner menus in place of the restaurants’ regular menus from 4 to 11 p.m. The assortment of starters, salads and entrées includes oysters Rockefeller, mini lobster Cobb, Delmonico rib-eye and horseradish-encrusted grouper. Price is $90, and suggested wine pairings are available for an additional cost. Ray's in the City (404-524-9224) is serving its regular à la carte dinner menu only. raysrestaurants.com.
Romance is in the air at Revival, Kevin Gillespie’s Decatur spot for creative takes on classic Southern fare. The restaurant’s delectable four-course reservation-only dinner is $75 per person with an optional wine pairing available for $25. Entrée choices include seared crab cake, braised lamb shank ragout and smoked quail. 470-225-6770; revivaldecatur.com.
Secreto Southern Kitchen & Bar knows the secret to stealing a loved one’s heart – a great meal. The restaurant’s Alpharetta (770-752-0922) and Brookhaven (470-395-8989) locations are serving their regular menu with the addition of Valentine's Day specials, including a cupid-approved dessert. secretokitchen.com.
Stem Wine Bar is offering lovebirds the kind of bouquet they really want: a Valentine’s Day wine dinner featuring Flowers Vineyards & Winery. This intimate dining experience includes a four-course menu paired with Sonoma Coast wines for $125 per person, including tax and gratuity. Seatings are available at 5:45 and 8 p.m. Purchase tickets and view full menu here (5:45 p.m. seating) and here (8 p.m. seating). 678-214-6888. stemwinebar.com.
Truva Turkish Kitchen, who recently opened in Virginia-Highland, will be serving a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner. For $55 per person, menu highlights include red lentil soup, crispy falafel, seasoned lamb and more. Truva will also have a kid friendly menu available for parents looking to have a romantic dinner, but wanting to spend time with the children. truvaatlanta.com.
Lay on the charm by taking loved ones to The Southern Gentleman. The Southern-inspired gastropub is serving an à la carte menu with such offerings as smoked trout with Johnnycakes ($12), bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin ($26), dry aged NY strip ($52) and chocolate chess pie ($7) in place of the restaurant’s regular menu on Valentine’s Day. 404-939-9845; thesoutherngentlemanatl.com.