Quaint, Romantic Atmosphere
I came across this restaurant when I was trying to find a quaint, romantic spot that was not crowded, was quiet, and had a cozy, intimate atmosphere for Valentine's Day weekend. This place really hit the spot. When it comes to a nice, romantic evening, I care about atmosphere probably more than the quality of the food (as long as the food is still decent); I want the mood to be just right.
If you want a sophisticated restaurant with true fine dining and expensive prices, then maybe try out the numerous other places that Atlanta has to offer like the Sun Dial, Bacchanalia, Aria, etc. However, if you're looking for a peaceful and romantic atmosphere at very reasonable prices (all entrees with the exception of the $26 rib-eye are from $15-$20 for an idea), this place is really the spot, nestled inconspicuously in a residential neighborhood. Definitely worth the money.
That night, it snowed in Atlanta and created icy conditions on the road, so after about 9PM, we were actually the only couple in the restaurant on a Friday night (though it was Feb 12th and not 14th) . I do not know what attendance is normally like during normal conditions, but I plan on finding out soon enough. Unfortunately, that night the Spanish guitarist could not make it because of the weather, so I cannot comment on the music though it had been much anticipated, and I hope to go again during a night where he/she plays. I'm sure it would add even more to the cozy setting.
The service was friendly and helpful, but allowed us to enjoy our evening without many interruptions. The food was well-prepared, and for the price, the quality was excellent. I had the Mediterranean Chicken Breast, and it was very flavorful. It was exactly what I had been looking for: a quiet, romantic, and cozy little restaurant to share an intimate evening. I highly recommend it if this is what you are looking for, and I definitely plan on coming again. Thanks to Basil's for an excellent dining experience.