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Make your Valentine’s Day dinner reservations now

 credit: Becky Stein

credit: Becky Stein

I recently tried to make my Valentine’s Day reservation at one location and only the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. times remained. That means it’s time to make those reservations.

4th & Swift 621 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 678-904-0160. Five-course prix fixe menu, $75 or $110 with wine pairings.

Atkins Park 2840 Atlanta Road, Smyrna. 770-435-1887. Three-course prix fixe menu with wine pairings, $45.

Aria 490 East Paces Ferry Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-233-7673. Four-course prix fixe menu, $90.

The Café at The Mansion on Peachtree 3376 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-995-7501 Four-course prix fixe menu, $75 or $99 with wine pairings.

Cibo e Beve 4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-250-8988. Holiday menu, $$$-$$$$.

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse 3500 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-844-4810. Three-course prix fixe menu. $54, with wine pairings $72.

Double Zero Napoletana 5825 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-991-3666. Prix fixe menu, $59. Regular menu will also be available.

Elevation Chophouse and Sky Bar 1723 McCollum Parkway N.W., Kennesaw. 770-485-7469. Three-course prix fixe menu, $55.

Food 101 4969 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-497-9700. Four-course prix fixe menu, $59.

JCT.Kitchen & Bar 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-355-2252. Four-course prix fixe menu, $55.

Kurt’s Bistro 3305 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth. 770-623-4128. Four-course prix fixe menu, $65.

La Tavola Trattoria 992 Virginia Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-873-5430. Three-course prix fixe menu, $49.

Lobby Bar and Bistro 361 17th St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-961-7370. Three-course dinner with champagne, $45.

Livingston Restaurant & Bar 659 Peachtree St. N.E., Altlanta. 404-897-5000. Three-course prix fixe menu, $45 including a glass of champagne. Limited a la carte menu also available.

No. 246 129 East Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 678-399-8246. Four-course prix fixe menu, $55.

Park 75 75 14th St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-253-3840. Four-course prix fixe menu, $75. Regular menu also available.

Pura Vida 656 North Highland Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-870-9797. Six tapas, dessert and bottle of wine, $85 per couple.

Pricci 500 Pharr Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-237-2941. Four-course prix fixe menu, $59.

Seed Kitchen and Bar 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. 678-214-6888. Four course prix fixe menu, $49.

The Shed at Glenwood 475 Bill Kennedy Way S.E., Atlanta. 404-835-4363. Three-course prix fixe meal with a glass of champagne, $45.

Table 1280 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-897-1280. Three-course ($65) or four-course ($75) prix fixe menu.

Tantra 2285 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-228-7963. Three-course prixe fixe menu with champagne, $55.

The Sundial Restaurant 210 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-589-7506. Four-course prix fixe menu, $70.

Three Sheets 6017 Sandy Springs Circle, Atlanta. 404-303-8423. Holiday menu of small plates ranging from $5-10.

Woodfire Grill 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta. 404-347-9055. Five-course vegetarian and pescatarian menus available in addition to the regular five-course menu. Regular and pescatarian $115, vegetarian $105. Wine pairings $6 per course for half glass, $12 for full glass.

If you can’t get a reservation at your choice time on Valentine’s Day, consider dining at one of these places in the days before or after the holiday. Some are serving their Valentine’s Day menus on multiple days.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

18 comments Add your comment


January 20th, 2012
2:42 pm

I remember going to Aria on valentine’s day with a college girlfriend. That was the first and last time I’ll ever go out on that day. All the women sat in a row on the banquette facing out, all the men sat opposite their dates. Everyone was eating the same thing, served at nearly the same time. Tables were tightly packed, so conversations were minimal lest the neighbor pipe in. Food was totally forgettable.

Valentine’s day is to enthusiastic diners-out as new year’s eve is to enthusiastic partiers.


January 20th, 2012
3:30 pm

Elevation in Kennesaw is the most disgusting place ever. The service and food are not worth the price. should be put out of business for even selling the gift certificates to this place. Beware!


January 20th, 2012
8:12 pm

How can you have a list like this and not include Shoney’s? Talk about no credibility…


January 20th, 2012
8:18 pm

This is a very nice list, some great places to consider. La Tavola and No. 246 are great possibilities.


January 21st, 2012
1:02 pm

Complete waste of money…no wonder our country and the majority of people in it have a negative balance sheet…


January 21st, 2012
3:00 pm

What happened to Valentine’s Day event at some Waffle Houses? It even required a reservation.


January 21st, 2012
4:00 pm

For intown residents like me, this list may seem incomplete with no mention of Babette’s on Highland Avenue. It is romantic every night of the year!

C Love

January 21st, 2012
4:43 pm

What about The Melting Pot?


January 21st, 2012
6:52 pm

We don’t do Valentines anymore. Our wedding anniversary is the day after, and it’s far more important than a Hallmark Holiday.


January 21st, 2012
11:52 pm

Lee, agreed that Babette’s Cafe should definitely be a consideration.


January 22nd, 2012
12:03 am

Being a fan of Kesslers I have wanted to try Rathbuns………………………………maybe I had built it up to be one of in town bests. We found the food to be on par with a chain like Rubys Tuesdays. Our Calamari was so salty that we couldn’t eat it. The service was horrible and dumped a plate of food on my lap and then spilled my wine on my new shoes. I am not a scene maker and understand accidents happen. But the insult came with the manager pretending to care and offered to buy dessert. We declined as we not planning on ordering dessert. Considering my dry cleaning bill he should have comped my meal. So that shows me that Rathbuns is a desperate place and leaves me wondering how I can ever believe Kesslers words again.


January 22nd, 2012
11:35 am

Dining out on Valentine’s Day is amateur hour – no thanks. Boring and expensive pre fixe menus plus all the other people who don’t know any better. I’d rather cook a special meal at home and go out any other night of the week.

Mar -Atl Foodie

January 23rd, 2012
9:58 am

Pretty cake. Ray’s On The River bent over backwards to make it a special night for us.


January 23rd, 2012
1:15 pm

Shocked that a food blooger would suggest going out on valetine’s day. One of the best days of the year to stay home and cook.


January 23rd, 2012
4:51 pm

Almost as bad a night to go out as New Year’s Eve.

Jenny Turknett

January 23rd, 2012
5:56 pm

Steven– I do love to cook, but I also love to go out. Any excuse!


January 23rd, 2012
6:06 pm

I’ve always had a very nice time on Valentine’s Day dining out. A few years ago my partner and I had a very memorable and romantic evening out at Gilbert’s Cafe. Another year it was Peasant Bistro. It is all in how you make it.


January 24th, 2012
8:43 am

thank god my wife has no interest in going out on Valentine’s Day…such a hassle and waste of money. we usually get a nice dinner the weekend after. and to brokenheart, if you’re going to hold john kessler responsible for suggesting rathbun’s, you ‘ll need to go ahead and do the same for just about everyone else that has been there. it’s a great restaurant and i can pretty much guarantee your experience is extremely rare.