There is no better backdrop to a romantic liaison than a beautiful view. Some of these restaurants offer breathtaking views of the city’s striking skyline while others showcase Georgia’s natural beauty through its windows. These quixotic restaurants are located throughout Atlanta’s many diverse neighborhoods, so each location offers its own distinct scenery. The awe-inspiring views are rivaled only by the high quality cuisine at each of these Atlanta restaurants.
Hours: Mon to Thurs–5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sat—5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sun–5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Price: $25-30 (entrees)
Most of Atlanta’s scenic dining options offer a view of the gorgeous skyline, but if you are looking for a more natural view, Canoe is the perfect spot. Located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Canoe offers a diverse menu and over 500 selections of wine, 25 of which can be consumed by the glass. Favorite entrees include the slow roasted Carolina rabbit with Swiss chard and bacon ravioli and the trout with smoked salmon tortellini. After your meal, enjoy even more natural beauty while strolling the surrounding gardens and river banks along the walkways.
The Mansion Lounge
Hours: Mon to Sat–3 p.m. to 1 a.m., Sun–12:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Price: $5-10 (small plates)
Located in the boutique hotel Mansion on Peachtree, this restaurant offers views of the hotel’s English garden. The rooms in the hotel are sumptuous and the balcony suites offer views of the Buckhead skyline. The Mansion Lounge has great seasonal, hand-crafted cocktails and a menu of small plates including olives, hummus, calamari, rib tacos and sliders. To add to the atmosphere, the restaurant features live musical entertainment on occasion.
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Six Feet Under
Hours: Mon to Thurs–11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Fri to Sat–11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun–11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Price: $8-15 (entrees)
The city lights are just as beautiful from Six Feet Under. This Westside location offers the usual casual seafood offerings including various baked, fried and steamed platters. To further imbue romance on your night try one of the various creative oyster shooters, which combine the aphrodisiac power of the oyster with inhibition releasing power of various alcoholic libations. The location in Grant Park also offers a rooftop patio with a view of the city and a cemetery, if your date is into that kind of thing.
JCT Kitchen and Bar
Hours: Mon to Thrus–5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri to Sat–5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sun–5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: $15-25 (entrees)
In order to take advantage of the view at JCT Kitchen and Bar, you must dine in the upstairs bar, however the aura of southern romance and charm will surround you wherever you sit. Regaled for its fried chicken and other southern classics, JCT Kitchen and Bar is run by celebrity chef Ford Fry. For only $24 you can attend the Sunday Suppers that allow diners to choose one of five fancy meats and two of 9 home-style vegetables. The restaurant provides a very accessible price for one of Atlanta Magazine’s top 50 restaurants and one of the best views of the city.
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Sebrina Bush is a freelance writer in Atlanta. She is covering Food & Drink. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.