The 8 Coziest Restaurants in Atlanta

By Christopher Hassiotis  |  November 30, 2015
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With a brisk chill increasingly in the air and upcoming holidays making things a little more festive, it's time to settle in to a cozy restaurant. Whether heading in with a group in search of a home away from home or just coupling up for a quiet, intimate meal, diners looking for something cozy need look no further than these Atlanta-area restaurants.

  • 4th & Swift

    While the trend to repurpose post-industrial spaces and warehouses into restaurants has created some stunning spaces, few of them feel cozy and warm as well. That's not the case with this Old Fourth Ward spot from chef Jay Swift, which balances a sense of interior volume with dim lighting, comfortable seating and a usually mellow atmosphere, making for a place that's surprisingly intimate.

    621 North Ave. NE; 678-904-0160

  • Little Bacch

    This modest downstairs offshoot of Anne Quatrano's Bacchanalia provides a great upscale escape from the evening bustle of the trendy Westside Provisions District. Dark blues and handsome wood make for an intimate environment, and chef Joe Schafer's classic European-influenced menu is refreshingly succinct, meaning you can spend more time snuggling up and less time bewildered by overwhelming choices.

    ​1198 Howell Mill Rd.; 404-365-0410

  • Anis Cafe & Bistro

    Anis has been on the Buckhead scene for more than 20 years, with a Provence-inspired menu offering a snapshot of classic French dishes. Though it doesn't push many boundaries as far as culinary innovation goes, the quaint Anis still charms with its cozy, semi-outdoor seating area that feels like it's part garden, part grand-mère's house.

    2974 Grandview Ave.; 404-233-9889

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    Octopus Bar

    East Atlanta's Octopus Bar may not fit most people's notions of coziness, but its inexpensive patio setting, thrown-together decor and late-night hours (only opening once most other spots are closing) certainly create an air of intimacy and low-budget homeyness for a certain set. The dim lighting and low ceilings help, and there's nothing like picking a number of the kitchen's adventurous dishes to share to create a sense of warmth in the wee hours.

    560 Gresham Ave. SE; 404-627-9911

  • Old Vinings Inn

    Located in a converted historic Vinings house — word is General Sherman slept here at one point — the Old Vinings Inn retains its former cottage character, with diners enjoying seasonal Southern fare in tucked-away dining areas and on a particularly cozy enclosed porch. After dinner, head upstairs to the bar, when a live band's playing and the crowd huddles around cocktail tables in what used to be attic space.

    3011 Paces Mill Rd. SE; 770-438-2282

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    Krog Bar

    If the weather's nice, cuddling up on one of the outdoor couches at the Iberian-inspired Krog Bar in Inman Park, sharing a cheese plate or some shaved ham, can't be beat. If there's a brisk breeze, head instead into the atmospheric interior to enjoy wine under atmospheric globe lights.

    112 Krog St. NE #27; 404-524-1618

  • Pasta da Pulcinella

    This dimly lit, welcoming Italian spot resides in a converted 1930s bungalow on a small side street, and the hardwood floors and fireplace are hard to beat. With much of Midtown converting to steel, glass and concrete high-rises, Pasta da Pulcinella's given the neighborhood a little escape for more than two decades.

    1123 Peachtree Walk NE; 404-876-1114

  • Wisteria

    Inman Park's long-running Southern eatery Wisteria is a neighborhood favorite. The walls' saffron hues and the exposed rafters above create a comfortable, lived-in feel, while the handful of small tables tucked under an exposed-brick wall to the left of the entrance make for a private little nook within an already-cozy restaurant.

    471 N. Highland Ave. NE; 404-525-3363