Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we’re all on the lookout for that perfect date night location. If you live in Athens, you’re in luck. Athens is known for its amazing restaurant scene; you can’t go a block without passing a café, grill, or bakery. Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your best friends or your sweetheart, there are endless options for date spots in town. To make it easier for you, we’ve curated a list of our favorite places in Athens to celebrate the people you love over some irresistible food.
Laid Back: Hendershot’s
This Athens gem combines the comfort of a local coffee shop with the lively environment of a laid back bar. You can catch up with a friend or loved one over an espresso or a cocktail, along with a selection of small bites. You can also delight in performances from local talent, including everything from slam poets to folk duets. Check out their event lineup on their website!
For the Second Date: Five and Ten
This sophisticated yet welcoming restaurant is located on Milledge Avenue inside a beautiful historic home. Dine outside on the porch and take in the night air under soft lights, or enjoy the warm atmosphere inside. We’re sure your date will love the food, as the restaurant is owned by award-winning chef Hugh Acheson, whose take on American cuisine with Italian and French influences dazzles foodies every time.
Galentine’s Brunch: The Pine
For a Sunday brunch, The Pine is the perfect place to take your friends. The modern atmosphere is softened by the wood detailing and the meals are as good as home-cooked. The chefs at The Pine pay close attention to their dishes to make sure the food perfectly complements the delectable cocktails served up at the bar.
Tranquil Dinner: Seabear Oyster Bar
The lesser-known but just as incredible Seabear is the little sibling of one of Athens’ most popular restaurants, The National. This oyster bar, located on Prince Avenue, boasts a wide selection of high-quality oysters and a varied menu of other seafood and drinks. You and your date can soak up the intimate setting and enjoy each other’s company over a molten chocolate cake for dessert.
Casual Lunch: Marker 7 Coastal Grill
If you’re looking for a more casual date spot for lunch or dinner, Marker 7 Coastal Grill on Milledge Avenue is a great choice. The outdoor patio offers lots of space, with outdoor lighting to set the mood in a relaxed and open environment. Delight in the array of seafood on Marker 7’s long menu while enjoying a conversation with your date and watching the sunset over the Classic City.
Health-Conscious: Heirloom Café
The vibrant, floral setting of Heirloom Café, located in the Boulevard neighborhood, is perfect for a romantic lunch date while soaking in the sun. Using locally grown ingredients, this friendly town favorite caters to all sorts of dietary restrictions and serves up delicious seasonal dishes. This café truly embodies the sense of community and love here in Athens, and if Valentine’s Day is for anything, it’s meant to celebrate love!
No matter who you’re with on Valentine’s Day, you can be sure that Athens will have a place for you to relax and indulge in the best the Classic City has to offer. If you are thinking of buying a house in Athens, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll be within walking distance or a short drive of a great restaurant. To start your home search, visit CJ&L Real Estate and check out our listings. You can also contact our office or any of our agents to learn more about living in Athens.