Friday, January 22, 2016

Indulge in Romance at Atlanta-Area Restaurants this Valentine’s Day

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 Emily Connolly or Morgan Dyches
Melissa Libby & Associates

Wine and Dine Your Sweetheart with a Meal to Remember

ATLANTA (Jan. 22, 2016) – 'Tis the season of love once more. Roses and heart-shaped chocolate boxes fill the store shelves, and an abundance of options for romantic dining arise. Rather than sift through lists of potential destinations, check out these Atlanta-area restaurants for the perfect occasion to show your loved ones how special they are. Be sure to call the restaurants early for reservations!  Please note, prices listed are not inclusive of tax and gratuity.

Valentine's Weekend Specials

In Roswell, enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner menu available Feb. 12-14 at Aqua blue for $55 per person. Feast on grilled New York strip and coconut shrimp or seafood stuffed grouper with lobster, shrimp and scallops. The regular dinner menu is also available. 770-643-8886;  

Article 14, the stylish American bistro in Midtown, has cooked up a special menu to serve Feb. 12-14 alongside a limited regular menu. Divine dishes include citrus risotto with diver scallops and roasted beef tenderloin with red wine sauce. 404-443-8432;

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland features a delicious chef's menu Feb. 12-14.  Selections include crab cakes, lobster tail & filet mignon, and chocolate crème brûlée. 404-876-7249;

A Ponce City Market favorite, Bellina Alimentari has a special menu waiting at the Wine Bar between Feb. 12-14. Start with a glass of Prosecco, then local and Italian artisanal cheeses and cured meats, a taste of two signature pasta dishes and decadent chocolate bread pudding for $38 per person. Wine and cocktail pairings are available for an additional $30 per person. 404-330-9933; Culinary Club classes and gifts in the Market also set the stage for amore.

Glenn's Kitchen will put a little love in your heart and stomach with its Valentine's Weekend specials. Indulge in lobster chowder ($8), a duo of filet mignon and jumbo sea scallop ($48) and homemade sticky toffee pudding ($8). 404-469-0700;

Travel through Spain with Gypsy Kitchen’s special Valentine’s Weekend menu presented by executive chef Matthew Ridgway. A la carte dishes include grilled Spanish octopus, lobster & seafood paella for two and churros with milk chocolate sauce. 404-939-9840;

Newly opened JP Atlanta is now on the Downtown Atlanta scene with a sophisticated "Taste of Wild Flowers" menu served Feb. 12-14 in place of its regular dinner menu. Selections include Kumamoto oyster, seared diver scallops, lavender-crusted lamb loin and unique desserts like sweet potato doughnuts with brown butter ice cream. The meal is $65 per person. 404-523-4004;

Cupid and executive chef Derek Dollar are cooking up something delicious at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in Historic Crabapple. Available Feb. 13-14 in addition to the regular menu, the prix fixe dinner menu is $65 per person and includes choice options such as beef tartare bruschetta, lobster and shrimp pappardelle and decadent desserts. 770-817-0161;

Ray's on the River (770-995-1187), Ray's at Killer Creek (770-649-0064), and Ray's in the City (404-524-9224) are showcasing prix fixe menus on Feb. 13 from 4-11 p.m. alongside a limited regular dinner menu. Dinner on Feb. 14 is served from 5-10 p.m. and features the prix fixe menus only.  The coursed menus are $60 and $75 per person and feature treats such as braised short rib ravioli, horseradish-encrusted black grouper and twin lobster tails. Sunday also includes a Valentine's brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar has a prix fixe menu for Feb. 12-14 alongside the regular a la carte dinner menu. With three courses and a dessert, the menu includes choices such as braised duck tortellini and a 6-oz charred grill filet for $55 per person. The Loews Atlanta Hotel is sweetening the pot with a special Valentine's Day bundle called the “Love Story Getaway.” The package includes a beautiful in-room rose petal service, complimentary chocolate-covered strawberries with Champagne, valet parking and a $50 food and beverage credit. Breakfast in bed, anyone? The deal is good between Feb. 1-21, and reservations must be made 48 hours in advance online. 404-745-5000;

Seed Kitchen & Bar celebrates with $49 per person prix fixe menus and specials on Friday and Saturday evening in addition to the regular dinner menu. Next door at Stem Wine Bar, enjoy Valentine-themed specials those nights as well. The romance heats up on Sunday at Seed with brunch specials and a Valentine's Day dinner menu for $75 per person alongside $30 optional wine pairings. The regular dinner menu will not be offered on Sunday. 678-214-6888;;

Buckhead’s ‘cue hotspot, Smokebelly BBQ, is dishing out live music Feb. 13-14, as well as $3 draft beer, $5 well drinks and $6 glasses of wine. 404-848-9100;

For a trip outside of the Perimeter, The Big Ketch in Roswell has a few extra-special options from the chef Feb. 13-14. For $49 per person, choose the Valentine three-course menu with dishes such as crispy ahi tuna rolls, almond crusted red grouper and chocolate bread pudding. The full dinner menu is also available. 770-993-5749;

Be a gent and bring your sweetie to The Southern Gentleman on Feb. 13-14. They’re offering a four-course menu including sweet & salty razor clams, petite filet and wild rice risotto from executive chef Matthew Ridgway. Grab your seat for $65 per person. 404-939-9845;

Valentine's Day Dining

Located in the heart of Buckhead, Aria is typically closed on Sundays but will open with a special four-course menu from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy chef/owner Gerry Klaskala's avant-garde take on fine American cuisine for $95 per person. The restaurant will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15. 404-233-7673;

Chef/owner Stephen McGuffin invites lovebirds to come check out his new Café Highlands.  A four-course menu of progressive American cuisine includes a pre-entrée sorbet and a glass of Champagne for $35 per person. 404-698-3509;

Gunshow is hosting regular service for Valentine's Day. Sweethearts can enjoy food for sharing from executive chef Joey Ward and his team of chefs at Kevin Gillespie's Glenwood Park restaurant. 404-380-1886;

Whether attached or flying solo, there is a Valentine's special waiting for you at Midtown’s HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern. Enjoy brunch and bottomless mimosas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live music between 1 and 4 p.m. Dinner is laid-back from 4-10 p.m. with two pizzas or burgers and a bottle of wine or four-beer bucket and dessert for $59. 404-968-2288;

An Atlanta tradition since 1979, Johnny's Hideaway favors more of a party for Valentine's Day with drinking and dancing featuring live music from Band X and no cover charge for ladies before 10 p.m. 404-233-8026;

Tell your Valentine to "meet me at Marlow's." Each Marlow's Tavern location will feature a special three-course prix fixe menu for $35 per person, as well as their regular American tavern fare served in a modern atmosphere.

Valentine's Getaways

What says Valentine's Day better than chocolate and a romantic trip to New York City? James Beard Award-winning author and Atlantan Keith Schroeder of High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet is joining craft chocolatiers Matthew Silverman and Matthew Piekarski from Hexx Kitchen+Bar in Las Vegas for "Bewitched! A Valentine's Eve Dinner" at The James Beard House in NYC.  Taking place Feb. 13 at 7 p.m., the evening will feature new takes on classics like the Hexx barrel-aged chocolate Manhattan and food options including braised beef brisket empanadas. Tickets are $130 for James Beard members and $170 for the general public. For reservations, call the James Beard House at 212-627-2308;

Closer to home, enjoy a relaxing and romantic getaway evening to White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia, on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 5:30 - 9 p.m. The four-course dinner includes appetizer, salad, choice of entrée, dessert and Champagne. Entrée options include grass-fed beef filet, herb-crusted rack of lamb, and garlic & herb marinated chicken breast from chef Reid Harrison. Cost is $85 per couple, $45 for singles (Champagne not included). 229-641-2081;   

A Sweet Treat

Crush on something sweet from High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet. Get $14 off any online store collection purchase now through Feb. 14. Use the discount code “VALENTINE” at checkout. Boxed chocolates are a thing of the past. Say “I love you” with High Road’s Valentine’s Day Romance Collection, featuring 8 pints of luscious ice cream and sorbet ($139). Special flavors include strawberry vanilla, aztec chocolate, vanilla fleur de sel, mixed berries and prosecco sorbet. Celebrating with a group? Share the love with friends and family with a party in a box. One 5 liter pan feeds up to 20 people and toppings, bowls and spoons are included ($120). 678-701-7623;

Stop by Sublime Doughnuts in West Midtown Feb. 12-14 for a sweet treat for your sweetie. Chef/owner Kamal Grant is whipping up a batch of limited edition heart-shaped doughnuts meant for sharing. 404-897-1801;


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