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Dante’s Down the Hatch – Buckhead
Dante Stephens designed his restaurant “around the illusion of an 18th century sailing ship tied to the wharf of a mythical Mediterranean village.” Dante’s Down the Hatch is divided into 13 levels that includes five levels of seating within the upper and lower decks of the ship, plus enclosed cabins for dining or drinks. Did we mention live crocodiles surround the ship’s hull?

Dante’s menu consists of fondue dinners, appetizers, cheese tours of the world, chocolate fondue and desserts. The old-world atmosphere combined with the process of “cooking” your meal at the table creates an intimate dining experience. Dante’s features jazz six nights per week with trios, acoustic guitarists and vocalists. Now that’s romantic.

What to Know: Open evenings only. Menu available in 55 languages. Advertises one of the most extensive wine lists in the Southeast.

Contact: 3380 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30326 | www.dantesdownthehatch.com | 404-266-1600

The New American Shakespeare Tavern – Downtown
Home of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, a theatrical group that interprets, directs, produces and performs the works of William Shakespeare, The New American Shakespeare Tavern puts on a show while you eat and drink. With wooden tables, an open stage and a wooden balcony overhead, Shakespeare Tavern sets the stage for the relaxed entertaining show to come.

Don’t expect the presentation to match what you’ve seen in school as the Tavern’s directors produce their own interpretations of Shakespeare’s works. Current and upcoming shows include Macbeth, Timon of Athens, A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and The Two Noble Kinsmen & Edward III (In repertory.)

The Tavern offers guests an authentic British pub menu (shepherd’s pie, Cornish pastry) along with Irish ales, premium beer and wine

What to Know: Seating in each section is first-come, first-served; food served before the show starts; dessert available at intermission.

Contact:www.shakespearetavern.com | 404-874-5299

Agatha’s: A Taste of Mystery – Downtown
Want to add some comedic murder mystery to your dinner and drinks? Look no further than Agatha’s. The dinner theatre presents original murder mystery plays performed by two actors with audience participation. There is no stage – the actors move throughout the dining room as the performance takes place between five dining courses. Those diners too shy to become part of the show needn’t worry. Participation is not required.

Agatha’s serves a five-course meal that includes an appetizer, soup, salad, entrée and dessert, and wine with dinner. The current production, Pyler Terry's “The Dead Housewives of Atlanta,” runs through November 3rd followed by “The Stench Who Stank-Up Christmas” November 4th through January 12, 2011.

What to Know: One show nightly. Cost is $60 per person.

Contact: 161 Peachtree Center Ave, Atlanta, Ga. 30303 | www.agathas.com | 404-584-2211

Taverna Plaka - Buckhead
Dubbed the most authentic Greek restaurant in Atlanta, Taverna Plaka serves a traditional Greek menu and entertains diners with Zorba dancing and belly dancers. Guests are invited to dance the Zorba as well – napkins fly and “Opa!” is spontaneously yelled throughout the night.

Taverna Plaka’s menu consists of Greek favorites served tavern style, which means no courses. Dishes are served as they are prepared.

What to Know: Weekly belly dance and salsa lessons.

Contact: 2196 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30324 | www.tavernaplakaatlanta.com | 404-636-2284

Imperial Fez – Buckhead
Serving traditional Moroccan cuisine, Imperial Fez goes the authentic distance with guests leaving their shoes at the door, dining on oversized pillows and eating food by hand. The restaurant furthers the exotic dinner experience with nightly belly dancing performances and live music.

Imperial Fez serves 2-, 3- and 5-course menus along with an ala carte option. Monday is for couples as the restaurant serves a 3-course Mediterranean dinner for two for $60.

What to Know: Weekend belly dancing classes.

Contact: 2285 Peachtree Rd, #102, Atlanta Ga. 30309 | www.imperialfez.com |
404-351-0870

Photo: Taverna Plaka