9 stylish places for a date night during Athens Restaurant Week | Food & Drink

9 stylish places for a date night during Athens Restaurant Week | Food & Drink

Nothing says “I love you” better than a delicious dinner during Athens Restaurant Week. The 45 participating restaurants across Athens offer special prices on their cuisine and some offer an exclusive menu for a week. Find the perfect restaurant to treat that special someone and check out these nine options for every budget.

Bougie on a budget

DePalma’s Italian Cafe – Downtown

401 E. Broad St.

If you’re looking for a classic Italian restaurant for a date, DePalma’s is the place to go. Founded in 1988 by three college students, the restaurant now has three locations throughout Athens. The downtown location on East Broad Street offers a relaxed and atmospheric atmosphere. For Athens Restaurant Week, they’re offering a three-course meal for $35, including an appetizer, salad, and pasta.

Athens is cooking

100 Prince Ave., Suite 103

Athens Cooks is a unique restaurant that offers a cafe and lunch menu year-round, hosts cooking classes ranging from $35 to $100, and sells gourmet foods at their market. During Athens Restaurant Week, Athens Cooks is offering a special for $19 on braised short ribs with French dip, choice of salad or soup, and dessert. This full menu is offered through Saturday, July 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is good for a late lunch.

Emmy Squared Pizza

199 Prince Avenue.

There’s nothing more romantic than bringing your partner a warm pizza. Emmy Squared Pizza is located on Prince Avenue and specializes in a combination of Detroit-style pizza and New York-style grandma pie. This full-service restaurant offers plenty of options and a cocktail menu to match. Emmy Squared is offering a dinner special this week for $35 that includes a pizza or burger, plus a salad and a pan-fried brownie for dessert. Additionally, the restaurant is offering lunch specials for $12 and $15.

Paloma Park

235 W. Washington St.

If you and your date want a more social and relaxed evening, Paloma Park is the perfect spot. The Tex-Mex dining room and tequila bar have an impressive cocktail menu and are offering a three-course Athens Restaurant Week menu. It includes chips and queso or guacamole, your choice of three tacos, and dessert. Paloma Park is the perfect dinner spot to start a night out in the Classic City.

Wine and dinner

The Expat

1680 S. Lumpkin St.

Located in the Five Points neighborhood, The Expat serves Italian-inspired cuisine in a quaint 1930s cottage. The restaurant often uses food from local producers and prides itself on service and excellent drinks. The Expat offers a $40 prix fixe for a small plate, an appetizer of creste di gallo al funghi or tagliatelle, and dessert.


1073 S. Milledge Ave.

Down on Milledge Avenue, near the Five Points neighborhood, lies the historic Hawthorne House, where Five & Ten is located. Known for its modern Southern cuisine, Five & Ten has made a name for itself over the past 25 years with its commitment to highlighting local farmers and its unique menu. This restaurant is a little pricey, but as part of the Athens Restaurant Week special, you can get three gourmet courses for $49.

The National

232 W. Hancock Ave.

Located in downtown Athens, this spot has been serving Mediterranean-inspired dishes since 2007. National is a nice mix of casual and fine dining, and its dining room, bar and patio seating are inspired by European cafes. It’s offering a lunch and dinner special this week, and dinner includes a three-course menu with options like shrimp cakes, chicken thighs with roasted fennel, a Portuguese custard tart and more.

Puma Yu’s

355 Oneta St., Suite D, 400 A

If you like cocktail bars and Asian cuisine, Puma Yu’s is the perfect date spot. This restaurant started as a pop-up in Athens and now has a permanent location in Southern Mill Athens. Puma Yu’s specializes in Thai food, unique cocktails and wines, and its small plates are suitable for an intimate date. Puma Yu’s offers specials for lunch and dinner. Dinner includes a three-course menu for $40, including dishes like a smoked chili dip and lamb and cumin noodles.

Slater’s Steakhouse

1653 S. Lumpkin St.

Opened by the owners of The Expat, Slater’s Steakhouse is a lovely spot for a classic wine-paired dinner at Five Points in Athens. The menu offers a diverse selection of American cuisine, with a focus on sustainable practices and highlighting local foods. The steakhouse offers another three-course meal for $45, including mains like trout amandine and a 5-ounce prime sirloin, with a choice of two appetizers and a blondie a la mode for dessert.