GA’s most romantic restaurant is an OTP steakhouse that bans kids, survey says

Georgia’s most romantic restaurant is a Johns Creek steakhouse that bans kids, according to a survey of Open Table users. Congrats to Viande Rouge!

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AJC file photo: Becky Stein

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The AJC’s former food critic, John Kessler, sounded duly impressed in a 2011 review of Viande Rouge:

     “Lock your car, walk across a parking lot so hot the tar is sticky,   open a blacked-out corner door of a small retail strip and then your jaw will drop.

     Viande Rouge Steakhouse greets you with a thrilling whoosh of  darkness and air conditioning. You stand at the entrance and gape  at everything you slowly begin to discern in this dim, glittery  room: a waiter flaming bananas Foster on a rolling cart, brocade-patterned walls the color of blood,  sexed-up art in gilt  frames. The hostess knows to stand by while you soak it in. She seems used to the response.”

At the time of his review, Viade Rouge was off limits to anyone 18 and younger. They’ve lowered the age limit since then. “Adults 14 years old and over only,” the web site warns.

Don’t plan on taking MARTA there, either. Ever. With little warning and no public comment, the Johns Creek City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing the expansion of a MARTA rail line into north Fulton County.

The resolution was a response to an effort by the mayors of Roswell and Sandy Springs, to begin a countywide discussion of MARTA’s proposed expansion – and the half-penny tax that would be required to fund it.

AJC file photo: Becky Stein

AJC file photo: Becky Stein

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Kessler, who has decamped for Chicago, had this to say about his meal:

(Chef Marc) Sublette pays attention to the flavors of his ingredients and thus  avoids some of the excess so endemic to steakhouses. I don’t care  whether he uses fresh or frozen for his creamed spinach ($8); it’s poofy and light,  tasting of vegetable rather than salt or dairy.  Fine,  too, are the pommes frites ($8),  a deep bowl of crisp  shoestrings that stay appealing to the final bits.

I choose a glorious tangle of potato crunch called pommes rissolees ($8) to accompany my wet-aged 12-ounce New York strip ($38) —  fat, tender and cooked exactly as ordered.

I decide to take this strip to the milliner and order one of the  signature “chapeaux” or “hats” that the kitchen proposes for the steaks. Most of the choices (lobster thermidor,  bacon and brie, fried oysters and tomato hollandaise) seemed too rococo — like  putting a Texas cowboy in one of those Three Musketeer jobbers  bedecked with ostrich plumes. So we opted for the relative  restraint of roasted bone marrow with shallot butter ($8),  which  was luscious but nonetheless over-the-top rich after the first two  bites.

I far preferred a hatless 18-ounce Delmonico rib eye ($44),  its  meaty flavor and crispy ring of fat providing all the flavor  necessary. Ditto a sauteed Dover sole ($39), which the waiter  wheeled to the table atop a cart, filleted and plated with tiny stripes of brown butter and no more than a dozen fried capers; you taste the succulent fish and then relish each tiny pop of flavor. Sublette, who long worked for the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, knows how to present luxury food.

The kitchen wedges a few flat-out French dishes into the menu,   including a gorgeously updated duck a l’orange fashioned from one crisp duck confit leg and a beguiling pile of pulled duck meat, orange segments, frisee greens and potatoes in a light duck jus. As with the tomato salad, the fresh orange provides all the acid and sweetness this dish needs.”

AJC file photo: Becky Stein

AJC file photo: Becky Stein

I don’t know if the exact menu items he wrote about or the prices are still the same (probably not – it’s been five years) but that should give you an idea about the place.

It should come as no surprise but the place is completely booked on Feb. 13, the Saturday before Valentine’s Day. If you’re a late diner there are a couple of reservations available in the 9 p.m. hour on Feb. 12.

While we’re on the subject of romance, check out 5 romantic Valentine’s weekend staycation destinations in Atlanta and other romantic restaurants in Atlanta, andvisit the AJC Atlanta Restaurant Scene this week and next for more Valentine’s Day inspiration.

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110811-JOHNS CREEK-GA- John Kessler's weekly dine review of Viande Rouge on Thursday August 11, 2011. Manager/waiter Brian Thomas making flaming bananas foster. (BECKY STEIN/special)

AJC file photo: Becky Stein

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158 comments
Peter Bjerkerot
Peter Bjerkerot

If it's OTP is it really an ATLANTA restaurant? \U0001f914

Maryanne Kehoe
Maryanne Kehoe

I thought state law here in Georgia didn't allow kids in areas where alcohol was being served after a certain time. It used to be that way in Michigan

Kathryn Tucker
Kathryn Tucker

You're likely thinking of bars which allow smoking inside after a certain time. I don't recall ever having laws about children and just alcohol during my bartending years here

Mandy Simmons
Mandy Simmons

I can tell by the pic.. it's Viande Rouge! ;) Tim Simmons

Julie Rodriguez Marshall
Julie Rodriguez Marshall

Great idea. I have kids. They're older & behave well etc. Still, it's nice to have a no kids, no teens environment.

Debra Pesaro
Debra Pesaro

Really how else would it be romantic with children screaming in the background?

Maryanne Kehoe
Maryanne Kehoe

I wish more places would do this---especially those eateries that serve alcohol

Aubrey Deloney
Aubrey Deloney

Why do those complaining about not being able to take their children always think they gotta take them everywhere you go? What I found to be telling is how the politicians decided to keep Marta from expanding their route along the way. That says a lot in subtly implying that Marta and the people that ride Marta are low class minions that need to stay in parts of the city befitting to their financial status. The discriminating class divide determined by the coins and cards in ones purse/wallet is indeed transparent. I guess socialites with big coins have a right to desire class difference. I bet the menus don't have pictures of the food on them either. Places like this attracts top tier socialites, business men/women, politicians, athletes and celebrities with coin as well as those of us with little coin who want to experience a exquisite experience of decadence. In laymens terms, perpetrate a fraud and front'n like we living decadently too but knowing full well we living paycheck to paycheck trying to survive with the lil bit we got.

Glovers Perm
Glovers Perm

Good. I now know where to go for a nice romantic dinner. I wish more restaurants would adopt this policy. I have kids and I love them, but sometimes you want a quiet dinner.

Catherine West-Phelan
Catherine West-Phelan

Love kids but not their parents. Too bad they don't teach manners and respect for others.

Don Mase
Don Mase

Love my kids, but if i am trying to romance my wife, they are in the way.

Craig Phillips
Craig Phillips

I live in that area and it's rare to go to a restaurant where there aren't kids present. However, I've rarely seen them causing a disturbance. With that said, I welcome the chance to go out on a date night with the wife and have an adult dinner and conversation with kids. My guess is that the vast majority of their patrons are parents who love their kids and just want a night out without kids present and don't want to have to go to a smoky bar.

Marjorie Claypole Giannetti
Marjorie Claypole Giannetti

I love all my kids but I think it is perfectly fine for adults to want to go out once in a while to a "kid free zone".....

Adam Daniel Grey
Adam Daniel Grey

I've never been to a restaurant and been bothered by kids. I don't even notice if they are there or not. Take it I live in the city where bringing your kids isn't prevalant. The business can do whatever it wants, but for me personally I have an indifference to kids or no kids and it's effect on being romantic.

Beverly Brown
Beverly Brown

When you are being romantic at home, are your kids present? Parents need a break from kids and believe it or not kids need a break from parents. Those who criticize this restaurant are full of it if want want people to think you never go out without your kids.

Ayrika Williams
Ayrika Williams

Or you can just go to this restaurant that doesn't allow kids Taryn O McCoy. No need for you to stay home...

Sue Strainovici
Sue Strainovici

So a high dollar no kids allowed restaurant is considered romantic........

Laura Smith
Laura Smith

Have you guys been there before? Cuz it looks pretty nice and the prices aren't too horrible for a romantic dinner WITHOUT crying running little ones!!! ;)

Scarlett Moon
Scarlett Moon

Nice!! I wouldnt want my $150.00 romantic dinner to be ruined by screaming children. Thats why they have McDonalds. Also I never took my tired screaming child into a restaurant. Js

David Gruneisen
David Gruneisen

There are some restaurants where children are expected and welcome. This is not one of them.

Craig Phillips
Craig Phillips

Well, it says "steakhouse" in the headline, so....

Craig Phillips
Craig Phillips

Then it clearly isn't targeted for somebody like you. There are plenty of other choices where you can take your grandkids while their parents can enjoy a nice quiet evening sans kids at this place.

Faye Sheffield
Faye Sheffield

No but it sounds like a nice quiet place to eat!

Maisha Graham
Maisha Graham

Lol I will take my son when he is 14 which is the minimal age to be allowed to eat there

Sabra Kharbouch
Sabra Kharbouch

I thought Dante's Down the Hatch was pretty romantic too!

Rizwan Lakhani
Rizwan Lakhani

For those who can't read unlimited articles: viande rouge

Cindy Lynn Thomas
Cindy Lynn Thomas

I have 5 kids an it's great to go to a special dinner with out kids

Ansley Snow Beadle
Ansley Snow Beadle

Yes, 5 minutes from my house, their sister restaurant at the other side of strip mall is excellent also, Trattoria 141!

Ann Bacon
Ann Bacon

very good, well done Georgia romantic restaurant, paid for babysitter people

Amber Williams
Amber Williams

Great concept! It's nice to have something that's strictly for adults sometimes.