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Atlanta's Jazz - and a Romantic Restaurant

Updated on March 5, 2018
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One of Atlanta's Most Unique Restaurants

I was visiting my thoughtful son and daughter-in-law over Mother’s day in Atlanta and they wanted to take me out to dinner at a jazz restaurant that is located in a boat built on land. I was certainly ready to go, but they wouldn’t tell me where we were going. I was pleased when we arrived at one very unique restaurant.

It’s called Dante’s Down the Hatch, an Atlanta Jazz Club. It is one of the best restaurants in Atlanta and has won dozens of awards through the years. They have a jazz trio that plays six nights a week

Dante's Down the Hatch

Walk the Boardwalk to Enter
Walk the Boardwalk to Enter

Dante's Floor Plan -all 13 Levels

source Dante's website
source Dante's website

Unusual Architecture for a Restaurant

Dante’s dream created a whole entertainment “complex around the illusion of an 18th century ship tied to the wharf of a mystical Mediterranean village.” Dante was a Navy Seal before building the restaurant, but what an imagination.

It is a strange illusion to walk into the restaurant and stand next to the moat that surrounds the ship knowing that is where the crocodiles reside. You can opt to sit on the ship, which is slightly more expensive or choose a table in one of the other areas. We sat on the ship. It is so unlike the newer style of restaurant today as you can sit in an area that has complete privacy due to the fact that the restaurant is divided in 13 levels.

There are completely enclosed cabins for dining or drinks, but they all have a view of the entertainment. You can actually have a conversation that is not drowned out by the noise of other diners. If you look up you see the stern of a full-rigged mast and sails.

The restaurant is decorated with wonderful memorabilia and priceless antiques. There are clocks from the original Lloyd’s of London and paneling from old English banks. The atmosphere is mysterious and romantic, yet friendly and funny as well.

Dante's location is right in the downtown area of Atlanta on Peachtree Road, so It is easy to find this neat restaurant.

Dante's Down the Hatch:
3380 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, USA

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Dante's Enjoys Great Popularity

Dante’s entertains people from around the world and has menus in 55 languages. The wine is another unique thing about Dante’s. They have the most comprehensive wine list in the Southeast, starting with Atlanta’s lowest prices of $16.00 to wines well over $800.000 (we didn’t try one of those).

Jazz Trio

We enjoyed a jazz trio playing light jazz which was just delightful. Apparently over the 33 years the restaurant has been open, they have only had four different jazz trios. The music is different depending on which night you visit. For instance, on Mondays they have a jazz acoustic guitar and vocalist. Other nights have jazz trios and vocalists.

Fondu Meals

source Flickr
source Flickr

Variety of Fondue Meals

Last, but hardly the least was the wonderful food. Fondues are the way they serve all there food and it is excellent. For instance, they trim their wonderful beef which is made using tenderloins from only Tasmanian cattle, so there are no tenderizers, marinades, chemical hormones, etc. The beef fondue is excellent They serve several other fondues as well, such as imported Swiss cheese, Chinese dumplings, vegetable fondue, and they do have a regular meal with chunks of chicken. They serve everything with fresh vegetables and sauces.


We were very delighted with our meal. Two fondue forks are served so you can cook 1 piece of vegetable or meat, while you’re eating the other piece of meat or vegetable. The food was wonderful and so much fun to eat in a non-traditional way. Desserts were also available but we were too full to consider even looking at that menu. It was a lovely evening where we enjoyed the food and the jazz trio, but laughed and had just a wonderful time together. This jazz restaurant and that night will be in my memory for a long time.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Support Med, Yes it was a great time. Thanks for your comment.

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    Support Med. 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Sounds like you had an amazing time! And you are much love to have gotten such a surprise! Voted/rated.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Audry, It was really a lot of fun. Thanks for your comments.

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Washington

    Oh that looks like fun - what a neat place to write about and what a neat outing!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hello, Thank you so much for your comment.

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for such a wonderful, detailed hub. You certainly had a great and deservedly treat. Jazz is my favourite music with blues and country and western.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Wendy, I appreciate your comment.

    Chris, I imagine you will enjoy it. Thanks for the comment.

  • carolina muscle profile image

    carolina muscle 

    8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    I'm gonna check that one out when I'm in Hotlanta next month!!

  • Wendy Krick profile image

    Wendy Krick 

    8 years ago from Maryland

    I would so love to visit. I love Fondu. Great Hub.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    K9keystrokes, Thank you so much for your comments.

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    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    Nothing better than a night out in appreacition for one's mother. A Jazz restaurant on a boat is really unique and makes me want to go there. It sounds as if your night in Atlanta's jazz restaurant was an outstanding adventure! Thank you for ahring...I like the map also!


  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Tom, It really was a great night. Thanks for your comment.

    Katiem, It is worth going there because it is so unusual. I loved that you could still eat somewhere in a restaurant and have some privacy. I loved the fondue also. Thanks for your comment.

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    8 years ago from I'm outta here

    Sounds wonderful a jazz restaurant in a boat, how cool, I really enjoyed your article and details about Atlanta's Well Known Jazz Restaurant in a Boat, it's def going on the list of places to go.

  • Tom Whitworth profile image

    Tom Whitworth 

    8 years ago from Moundsville, WV


    I am happy for you having your unique and fun filled Mother's Day gift. It sounds like a perfect event!!!!!


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