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Mon 4:00 am - 11:00 pm, Tue - Thu 4:00 am - 11:30 pm, Fri - Sat 4:00 am - 12:30 pm, Sun 5:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Buckhead, Lenox
Night Clubs, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Restaurants
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Parking: Lot, Private

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Wheelchair Accessible, Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Services: Yes

Good For Family: Yes


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Edited: 12/16/2016
Great Ambiance

Hands down, the best part of the restaurant is the ambiance (as if you couldn't guess). I love pirates, so I was in heaven. The pirate ship looked awesome, the walkways over alligater-infested waters were cool, and the wall decor all fit in with the theme. The mannequins were kind of creepy though, especially the one in the women's bathroom. I was also disappointed that you have to pay more to eat on the ship, and the ship doesn't open until a certain time at night.
The service was great, but not too memorable. The food was ok, and was pretty expensive. I enjoyed the bread and butter the most, actually. I was disappointed that you couldn't choose the kind of medium you wanted to cook your meat in. I was extremely disappointed that they don't serve any kind of dessert fondue unless you call in advance, and the dessert they serve is for like 10 people. So there's no dessert option for a couple who loves chocolate fondue, which seemed ridiculous to me (but maybe I've been spoiled by The Melting Pot.)
Overall it was a really fun place to go to just to check it out, but I think in the future I'd go here for drinks only.



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Very outstanding.

Very good place to eat I had a great time with family and I have to say that service was outstanding.



Provided by Citysearch - 
My favorite restaurant in Buckhead!

If you're looking for a surprisingly unsual dining/entertainment atmosphere, you can find it at Dante's! Dante's offers both fondue and a regular surf and turf style menu. It's full of history which is plastered all over the walls of the three or four story restaurant. Nightly jazz bands are featured and tables are located on a ship surrounded by a mote filled with sea-life, including alligators! Dante, himself, is also known for touching every table to ensure a pleasant dining and entertaining experience. Highly recommended.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Cheese and Jazz - how could that be bad?

Great evening on the ship at Dante's! 3 course meal with fondue cooking at the table. Nice change in pace for a dinner out. Peaked at the alligator too - I'm sure I saved the turtle since the alligator was filled with bread!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Something Different - Nice Change of Pace

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. Its absolutely wonderful. My husband and I go here as a change of pace. Its fondue so you have to cook your own food, but the ingredients that they provide to go into the food are delicious and make the meal taste good. Management comes out and is friendly. The best part of all is that it looks like the inside of a ship. How great is that?!?



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very Cool, but it's expensive

It's an awesome place. I love the pirate-y waitstaff, and the live jazz is always a lot of fun, but it's so expensive! I still like going there from time to time, though.

Jill Mahan


Provided by Citysearch - 
Perfect Ambiance...Divine Cheese Fondue!

This has, BAR-NONE, been my favorite place to go when in Atlanta!! Have frequented this place since I was a child (now 38). On or Off ""the ship""...Jazz or Acoustic guitar...young or old...romance or friend....Heavy or Light or coffee....You WILL NOT BE SORRY!!! Dante himself is as kind as they come, & I HOPE his place will stay around forever!! LOVE IT!!!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
no food for big bucks

Comming from a person who values atmophere, it was an amazing building. We were very disappointed in the amount of food we got for the price. We almost asked to speak to the manager and complain, but 1.) we aren't those kind of people and 2.) we realize that this is par for ""expensive"" dining. We wanted to stop and grab a bite to eat on the way home because we were actually pretty hungry when we left there. We won't be going back.



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Dante's is a very interesting dining experience. We went there on a referral from a friend. We sat on the boat and overlooked the jazz band. The jazz band was incredible and the music was amazing. We had a great waiter who was helpful and made great suggestions. The food was just ok. It was good but not what I expected for the price. I thought for the food that it was relatively expensive.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Mediocre and Overpriced

I did not enjoy Dante's. My boyfriend and I went for dinner date night and got the sampler fondue with a cheese fondue appetizer. The cheese was mediocre, at best and the bread was stale. The fondue meat was unseasoned and tasted as though someone just thought to chop up some beef and throw it on a platter earlier that afternoon. I think the Melting Pt has much better meat and cheese fondue.
There was a live jazz band, which was pretty cool. We sat at the bottom of the ship, close to the live band. Very nice atmosphere but small squished together tables.
They have a special dessert fondue, but you have to preorder it. Why can't they just throw some melted chocolate and marshmallows/fruit on a plate for those who wanted a smaller chocolate dessert? It doesn't seem that hard to throw together an alternate option.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Nice atmosphere, okay food

Dante's was very interesting...makes a great place for a first date as it will give plenty to talk about with its interesting decor and music. It's not the best place though for a dinner because the nature of fondue makes you wait before eating each bite. Great for drinks and dessert. But why can't you get their famous chocolate on the weekends??? That should be available on the weekend days!
The night my friends and I went our server wasn't the greatest either. Kept forgetting drinks and didn't really seem to care about our experience. Quite frustrating especially when you're paying that much for fondue.
Fun to experience once, but won't be returning.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very Nice Time

We enjoy Dante's. The atmosphere is nice, the music is great. Definitely sit on the ship, it's worth it. The cheese fondue appetizer is very good. I can't believe people complain on here about the portion sizes --- I could not finish all of mine and my husband was full when he finished his and could not order dessert! The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. We were impressed with every aspect of our experience. It's not the Atlanta Grille at the Ritz-Carleton, but for the money it was a very unique experience.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not for every-day dining as it is expensive, but definitely worth it

Dante's is very unique - the atmosphere is worth the experience alone. It looks as though you are dining on a ship, complete with live aligators in the moat below. The staff has always been friendly - everytime I go, I ask their recommendations and I have never been disappointed. Definitely try the strawberry daiquiri - it's the best I've ever had. The jazz band is great and the singer is phenomenal although you will pay extra to sit at a table with a view of the band. The parking is free, but don't be surprised when you see your tab as it is quite expensive for fondue. Ordering drinks will also bring your tab up quite a bit. It's not a place I want to dine at every weekend, but for any special occation it's great. Last time I was there we left a pretty hefty tip and once the waitress realized this she chased us into the parking lot to give us one of their anniversary glasses.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Dante's is a sham

I worked at Dante's two summers ago. I worked there as a cook, a dishwasher, and a host. I quickly realized that this ""restaurant"" was cutting corners at every turn. I have worked in other restaurants that pay attention to detail and quality. Dante's is simply not one of them. Let me start with the cheese fondue. You can pick it up at any publix supermarket because that is basically where it comes from. It is not any sort of hand crafted creation. Here are the directions I received to cook the cheese fondue: ""Cut open the package and dump it in the pan. Heat it up and send it out."" Somehow that shouldn't translate to more than 20 bucks for an entree portion. The kitchen is filthy as well. There are insects EVERYWHERE! They also claim that the oil contains no trans fats. This is a fabrication as it is not any sort of special oil without trans fats. It's full of them. And on top of that, the oil is re-used ALL week. Don't go on Thursday because that oil is a week old. The one thing that Dante's does is order good beef. That is about it. The rest of the ingredients are poorly kept and on top of that, there's not preparation done in the kitchen other than cutting up the meat. There is not a single person who works in that kitchen who is actually knowledgable about food. On to the desserts which are prepared ""in house."" They are ordered from a local bakery and heated up in the microwave before you get them at your table. I won't deny that they're good though. The chocolate cake is delicious and I ate many a piece while on shift. Finally the chocolate fondue. They claim that the fruit is brought fresh from some imaginary local market which is why you have to order it a couple of days in advance. This is not true. And the chocolate? Yes it is delicious and yes all it is is melted Toblerone with a little alcohol. The wait staff has a few good ones, but they only hire from within so they can't get any really talented staff to work there.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best place to dine and in the heart of everything.

Great restaurant, been my favorite for years. The atmosphere is very unique and will be very memorable to everyone who has an opportunity to dine in this establishment. I love the steak fondue and their dessert of course.

Suzy Chanthaboury



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WORST Restaurant in Atlanta, by far!!

My wife and myself recently celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary, and chose to celebrate at Dante's Down the Toilet or ""Hatch"", take your pick, this was a big mistake. The service, or lack of, was the worst I've ever seen at any restaurant I've ever been to, and what's worse, the management and owner supports the the way this terrible place is operated. We were at this place over an hour and NEVER received any food! After ordering a menu item that was clearly explained to the waiter, and the waiter took the order, explained the restaurant format, which is strange in itself, then he wallked away, we assumed everything was fine. About 45 minutes to an hour later, I asked the waiter, ""How much time do we have?"" Meaning, how much wait time before we get our food, of course. His response was totally inappropriate for a customer to receive, a customer that has never been to this place before and is celebrating a anniversary. He said, ""How much time do you need?"" and then walked away. Me and my wife were totally confused! We finally got up to leave and my wife angryly went to the car, but I asked for the manager and the manager was totally unprofessional and took the side of the waiter. After a few minutes of back and forth heated conversation, I left in a huff and swore never to return. The manager responded, again, very unprofessionally. The final straw was that once I got outside, my wife was ready to leave this nightmare, as we were driving away, I felt that I should call to try to talk to someone else that was above the manager, and to my surprise I got the owner. The owner was the WORST of the bunch, and said many crazy and wild expletive words. In conclusion, THIS PLACE IS TERRIBLE!!!! PLEASE DO NOT GO THERE!!!!!!!!!

p.s. By the way, we are Black Americans.....I wonder if that made a difference.....maybe, maybe decide.



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Cover charge to see band....

My wife and I went there for the first time to celebrate our annivesary a couple of days ago. The atmosphere was nice and we just went for drinks and to hear the music.
The band was exceptional as we love jazz but the one thing that puts me off to the extent that I may not visit very often was the added charge to the bill if you wanted to sit and watch the band while eating or drinking.
I think this is a short sighted move by the management. By charging $7 on weekdays and $9 on the weekend many will simply go somewhere else to eat or drink. I enjoy the music and would have a tendency to sit and drink or eat longer if I'm there watching the band, instead, I'll probably bypass the experience and spend that money somewhere else on food or drink. It's just a bad idea and if I""m thinking this way then there surely are others as the place was empty the night we went.



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excellent ambience, but awkward after comments from Dante himself

I was blown away by the setting! Loved the sea port feel... And this was actually where I hung out with my now-husband for the first time! I was in a group of five, and we had a great time laughing and enjoying the food. It does take a while to eat, but I actually prefer you a chance to really enjoy the company instead of just eating and running. The interesting part came when Dante actually came to our table multiple times during the evening to chat with us. His jovial eccentricities eventually became awkward as he began describing half-naked women that he'd met in an African tribe...he then went on to say that he wished he could see all of us ladies at the table the same way! Like I said-awkward. By the end of the evening, he was leaning over and whispering in my ear, ""My mama says that you can come home with me."" (I was 24 at the time, and he...MUCH older.) It actually freaked me out a little... so much so, that my now-husband started scooting over to block me from Dante, even confronting him! But, thanks to Dante, I saw the chivalry in my now-husband, and we're now married with a son! So, I guess that I should say, ""Thanks, Dante! You're inappropriate comments pushed me into my husband's arms!"" We've been back a few times since and still do enjoy the unique setting-and can happily say that we had no more embarassing or uncomfortable conversations!



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Fantastic Fun and Romantic Date

We went for Valentine's Day--which by far one of the worst nights to go out in Atlanta. However, we were seated promptly. I was surprised to know that we were greeted by Dante himself. I recommend the cozy cabin if you are on a romantic date. The waitstaff was very attentative to us. We had the Mandarin fondue platter and it was great.

If you are looking for a nice restaurant to go for a date night this is it. Great conversation in a cozy setting and a bit of smooth jazz!!!!!




The best experience ever! the romantic ambience I experience on the ship was so wonderful, with the live jazz and the dimly lit booth was just what my spouse and I needed to wind down from the hustle & bustle of our busy work day. We shared cheese fondue and a combination of meat fondue...It was all so wonderful! The best part of our experience was meeting Dante' and looking at all the celebrities, politico and diplomats he is photographed with...

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