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Dreamy Date Nights for Every Budget

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Romance ignites a spark in new relationships and keeps them running strong. Yet, finding new places and free time can be stressful, making it all too easy for the flame to fizzle. This winter, consider making a romantic date night in a new place a priority. 

This date night guide caters to all budgets, offering choices from upscale dining to unique experiences and outdoor adventures. Whether planning a grand romantic gesture or a simple, intimate outing, you’ll find the perfect setting to make your dates memorable. 

Peachtree Corners

Indulgent

Under the guidance of Executive Chef Thomas Minchella, H&W Steakhouse offers a refined and cozy setting for a romantic evening in Peachtree Corners. 

Known for its USDA Prime steaks and top-notch seafood, the steakhouse features a 1940s-inspired decor that creates an intimate dining atmosphere. 

Chuck Paul recounted a memorable experience at the restaurant: “H&W Steakhouse is without a doubt the nicest and most beautifully constructed restaurant in the Peachtree Corners area. The service we received was stellar, as was the food and attention to detail.” 

Customers have praised the restaurant’s luxurious and upscale ambiance, excellent live music and stellar customer service. In addition to the steak, guests rave about the cheesecake and oysters.

While the restaurant hasn’t been open very long, it has collected numerous positive reviews. Patrons appreciate the overall dining experience, including the food quality and the attentive service by the staff. Reservations are highly recommended.

Budget-friendly

Fire & Stone Italian Pizza Kitchen is an energetic destination for a romantic date night. The charming eatery specializes in a fusion of Neapolitan and New York-style pizzas. Each pizza is baked to perfection in 800° F wood-fired ovens.

The inviting atmosphere of Fire & Stone, coupled with its excellent service, creates the perfect setting for a romantic evening. It’s a favorite spot for Ian and Elizabeth Schumacher.

“The crust is perfectly crispy, and the toppings are always fresh. It’s our favorite spot to pick up a pizza and then stroll to the nearby lawn for a picnic on the grass. Fire & Stone is great for affordable romantic date nights,” they said.

The restaurant’s full bar offers a selection of drinks, including gluten-free pizza options and a variety of tap beers. The vibrant yet intimate ambiance makes it a top choice for those seeking a special place to connect and enjoy a memorable meal together.

Free

For couples seeking a romantic, cost-free date, Jones Bridge Park in Peachtree Corners is a wonderful choice. Nestled along the Chattahoochee River, visitors can enjoy the serene river overlooks or try their hand at fishing in designated areas.

Adventurous couples will enjoy the six miles of hiking trails. The sand volleyball court, playground and three soccer fields also make it great for a group outing. 

The park offers ample opportunities for grilling, picnicking or enjoying the beautiful views.

Duluth

Indulgent

Frankie’s The Steakhouse is one of Atlanta’s best Manhattan-style steakhouses – and it’s in Duluth! The atmosphere and service will make relaxing and enjoying your romantic date easy. Drew and Kim Cooper of Braselton, Georgia, go out of their way to dine at Frankie’s.

“The environment is so unexpected inside of an office building; it’s really unique. You exit the elevator, and suddenly, you’re standing outside of a fine restaurant. It’s a special place and they go above and beyond to make the evening perfect,” they described.

The restaurant is located on the third floor of 6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy. Whether you’re looking for a seafood tower, an incredible wine list or a perfectly aged, bone-in ribeye, Frankie’s is firing off fantastic dishes every evening.

Next, head to a show at Eddie Owen Presents: Red Clay Music Foundry (EOP) in downtown Duluth. EOP serves as a music venue, performance space and music school.

Big names are known to perform at this local theater, such as Jason Isbell, Shawn Mullins and Deanna Carter. Average ticket prices are $25 each. Check out the shows posted for the season and prepare for a fun and romantic evening!

Budget-friendly

For a low-key night that doesn’t break the bank, check out LR Burger. It’s the latest restaurant to open in downtown Duluth, and guests are raving about it. Grab a seat and a drink on the rooftop for scenic views and one-on-one conversation.

LR Burger in Duluth

Afterward, walk to Eye Candy Art Studio, which offers unique pottery and canvas painting experiences. Couples can walk in without an appointment and select from hundreds of pottery pieces, with prices starting at just $10.

After painting, the pottery is left in the studio to be fired. It is ready for pickup in 7-10 days, creating a memorable keepsake of the date. Whether pottery or canvas painting, Eye Candy Art Studio sets the stage for a playful and artistic evening.

Free

Outdoor lovers will appreciate a day exploring McDaniel Farm Park. The public park offers approximately three miles of scenic trails, some shaded, perfect for a leisurely walk or run in nature. 

It features two dog parks catering to both small and large breeds, making it an ideal spot for couples with pets.

The park’s historical farm setting provides an educational and visually appealing backdrop. With its beautiful environment, the park is perfect for snapping memorable photos and spending the afternoon with a loved one.

Norcross

Indulgent

The Crossing Steakhouse in downtown Norcross is an upscale yet welcoming setting for a romantic evening. This restaurant, set in a historic building that once served as a train station, adds a unique and nostalgic charm to the dining experience. 

The occasional passing train sparks a lively buzz, enhancing the atmosphere for couples seeking a blend of elegance and excitement.

The Crossing Steakhouse in Norcross

Norcross residents Tyler and Nicole Hannel are two of the restaurant’s devoted patrons. “We love going to The Crossing because it’s a great, relaxed atmosphere with delicious food. It’s perfect as a date night for the two of us or a family dinner with the kids. The cocktails are also amazing!” they explained. 

General Manager Michael Carroll recommends tasting the Pineapple Express cocktail, a pineapple-infused vodka made in-house. If cocktails aren’t your thing, be sure to try the crème brûlée, which is delivered with a fiery presentation. 

Or take a short walk across the street to Butter & Cream for dessert. Some of their signature flavors include Butterscotch Brownie, Honeycomb Forest and OG Goodness, a brown sugar ice cream with St. Louis butter cake pieces.

Budget-friendly

Theater enthusiasts will appreciate seeing a play at Lionheart Theatre. Each ticket comes with dessert at intermission for $18 per person! You’ll see a mix of new talent and seasoned performers. 

Paul Milliken from Fox 5 News has even been known to grace the stage! Don and Michelle Osborne frequent the theater year-round.

“Lionheart Theater ticks all the boxes for a romantic night. It’s located in the heart of historic Norcross in a converted church overlooking the city. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. The production selections and performances are rich, thought-provoking, and often comedic,” they said.

“And a mid-performance dessert break gives you a chance to stretch your legs outside the theater overlooking the beautifully lit city,” the couple added.

After the show, head to Iron Horse Tavern to throw darts, sing karaoke or play trivia. 

Alternatively, cozy up in an armchair by the fireplace for a relaxing time with a loved one. The American-British pub offers staples like shepherd’s pie, lobster grilled cheese and fish and chips. It also recently added oysters to the menu.

Free

Enjoy a free exhibit at Norcross Gallery & Studios and a romantic afternoon in the park with your significant other. The gallery’s warm and intimate setting allows couples to explore diverse art exhibitions together. 

As a non-profit established in June 2006, this venue serves as a gathering place for local artists and the community. 

Situated at 116 Carlyle Street, the gallery creates a cozy, intimate atmosphere perfect for couples. The gallery’s events, free and open to the public, are not just art showcases but are lively, engaging experiences ideal for a memorable date night. 

The gallery’s commitment to fostering local art and community engagement, combined with its warm, inviting setting, makes it a unique and enriching spot for couples seeking a cultural experience without the expense.

This season, prioritize spending time with your loved one. You’ll surely discover a new favorite date night spot in the process!

Words by Kristen Corley and photos by Tracey Rice

Written By

Kristen Corley is an Atlanta native with over a decade of experience in content creation. She lives in Historic Norcross with her family and writes "Young Norcross," a weekly newsletter that focuses on building community and local engagement.

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