How we came to celebrate Valentine’s Day each February is actually something of a mystery— and a fascinating one at that. There are several viable theories of how our most romantic holiday came to be: some believe that the day is named for a priest called Valentine who performed secret wedding ceremonies, while others prescribe its origins to a Roman festival called Lupercalia, which celebrated the coming of Spring.

However it began, Valentine’s Day of today is observed by people around the world as a time to celebrate love, life, and romance. It’s the perfect excuse to spend a special night out with your special somebody. Lucky for you, Sandy Springs is home to a dozen unique restaurants where you can plan a fabulous and memorable Valentine’s Day.

Here are the top 12 romantic restaurants in Sandy Springs to wine and dine your loved one this February 14th.

1. Ray’s on the River

This classic Atlanta steak and seafood restaurant offers a romantic setting on the beautiful Chattahoochee River for a lovely Valentine’s fine dining experience. For the holiday, enjoy a four-course prix fixe dinner featuring specials from Ray’s celebrated Chef Scott Hemmerly.

2. il Giallo Osteria and Bar

Experience the romance of Italy right here in Sandy Springs this Valentine’s Day with an artful Italian dinner at il Giallo Osteria & Bar. You and your special someone can indulge in fresh cuisine inspired by Italy’s coastal regions, as well as authentic pasta made right before your eyes. il Giallo will be offering a four-course prix fixe menu for the occasion, which includes a wonderful range of fabulous dishes to choose from.

3. Kaiser’s Chophouse

A cozy bar, luxurious seating areas, and a modern interior make this restaurant an inviting spot for an upscale Valentine’s dinner. You and your date can dine in style on Kaiser’s fresh seafood, enticing steaks, and signature cocktails. Valentine’s Day guests will be offered the full menu in addition to special dishes for the holiday.

4. The Select

Located within the lively City Springs district of downtown Sandy Springs, The Select is one of the city’s newest and hottest restaurants. Chef Matthew Rainey’s acclaimed French-inspired food is served in an airy, modern dining space that overlooks City Green park. A Valentine’s at The Select is sure to be one your date won’t soon forget.

Tables And Chairs Set Up In Restaurant
Kaiser’s Chophouse is filled with elegant finishing touches, from the flowing curtains to modern wall art. Photo courtesy of Kaiser's Chophouse

5. Rumi’s Kitchen

For a unique and flavorful Valentine’s meal, reserve a table at Rumi’s Kitchen to enjoy a five-course prix fixe menu with fabulous optional wine pairings. Rumi’s offers fresh, traditional Persian cuisine and an inviting, romantic atmosphere.

6. Casi Cielo

On this day of romance, Casi Cielo invites lovebirds to sip festive pink and red Mezcal cocktails like the Torito and the Alebrije. Alongside these delicious handcrafted beverages, guests will be able to choose from the full Oaxacan-inspired menu while enjoying the restaurant’s trendy-meets-traditional space.

7. District M

Enjoy a chic night out with your sweetheart at District M, a contemporary sushi restaurant with roots in traditional Japanese omakase. The restaurant combines local ingredients with fresh fish from around the world to create unparalleled nagiri, sashimi, and small plates, all served in an atmosphere that draws on sleek Japanese minimalism.

8. Under the Cork Tree

For tapas, tagines, and a selection of over 200 wines from around the world, treat your Valentine to a Mediterranean-inspired evening at Under the Cork Tree. In addition to the usual menu, Valentine’s Day specials will include Foie Gras and Apricot Terrine, Butter Poached Lobster, Chateau Brion, and Pomegranate Chocolate Mousse.

The Selects Miso Sea Bass Photo by Mia Yakel
Special Valentine’s Day offerings will be served at many of the restaurants in Sandy Springs. Mia Yakel

9. La Petit Maison

If you dream of a romantic getaway to the South of France with your sweetheart, a dinner at La Petit Maison might be the next best thing. This cozy bistro has roots in the coastal city of Nice, France, and features fresh seafood and Italian influence. For Valentine’s Day, La Petit Maison will offer its regular menu in addition to dishes created just for the special occasion.

10. Mojave

For authentic Latin American flavors—handcrafted tequila cocktails, and from-scratch tortillas— look no further than Sandy Springs’ Mojave. The restaurant’s open-yet-rustic dining room features natural wood accents and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over water and forest, and create a lovely, romantic oasis for guests to enjoy.

11. NAM Kitchen

Conveniently tucked away in the new City Springs neighborhood, NAM Kitchen is Sandy Springs’ new go-to spot for fine Vietnamese fare. Menu favorites include a variety of spring rolls, Asian-inspired filet mignon, and Chilean sea bass, each beautifully plated and served in Nam’s bright and comfortable space.

12. Savor Bar & Kitchen

If your sweetie enjoys fresh and fun twists on southern favorites, Savor Bar & Kitchen should be at the top of your list this Valentine’s Day. Located inside The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, this elegant restaurant and lounge is Sandy Springs go-to for regionally-inspired farm-to-table dishes served in a sophisticated dining room overlooking the hotel’s picturesque private lake.

Written by Madison Eubanks for Matcha in partnership with Sandy Springs GA.