This place is amazing just to walk around in. It has fun decor, live alligators and looks like you on a ship. The jazz music is fabulous but you have to pay $10 a person to have a view of the band. It is nice for a special occasion. The menu is simple and there is only one choice for preparing the fondue. Not my top choice if you really want fondue but a perfect place to go for change of pace and unique atmosphere!
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They had live entertainment the night we went...and it was really good jazzy blues type music. One thing, even if you can't see the music if you can hear it you will be charged an entertainment fee on your receipt so get a good table if you want to listen you might as well.
Great fondue. Very basic fondue, but the cuts of meat and the sauces to dip in were excellent. There are two locations of this restaurant but Down the Hatch in Buckhead is by far the better.
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!
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?!?
Pros: Atmosphere is Wonderful
Cons: Can get pricey
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.
Pros: Waitstaff dressed like pirates... arrrr!
Cons: It's too expensive!!!
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 eater...wine 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!!!!!
Pros: Translates you to a different environment
Cons: Limited Seating
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.
Pros: interesting top rate atmosphere
Cons: very expensive, left there starving
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.
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.
Pros: live music
Cons: expensive, terrible dipping sauces
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.
Pros: Interesting dining
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.
Pros: Ambiance, uniqueness, music, slow-paced (didn't feel rushed at all!)
Cons: little crowded (but we didn't have to listen to other converstations, even though they were physically a little close)
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.
Pros: ambience, atmosphere, jazz band
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.
Pros: Cool atmosphere
Cons: prices you pay are absurd for what you get
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.
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 not.....you decide.
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.
Pros: Great music and food
Cons: Pricey and I feel nickel'd and dimed with the cover charge to sit in the band area.
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 that...gives 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!
Pros: unique setting, live music, overall creative atmosphere
Cons: over-priced food, small servings, chocolate fondue requires reservations
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!!!!!
Pros: Not having to wait to be seated on a busy night.
Cons: We had to share our cabin with another couple.
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Pros: Used to be great
Cons: Poor wait staff that gets it cues from poor management
Our party of four attended Dante's on a quite Sunday evening.
Our server Harold was great, extremely knowledgeable, chatty, friendly, and conscientious. His attention to us, and the feeling he genuinely cared about our experience was a refreshing change from the norm; not to mention he fit the motif of a pirate (something that goes well when you are eating on a ship!).
The food was delicious; the meat tender, the vegetables fresh, and the wine excellent. The atmosphere was unparalleled, a quirky combination of antique and unusual. The crocs add a nice flare, as do the mannequins, model ships, and the many pictures of notable figures of America with Dante.
This is a restaurant I would recommend to anyone; an experience that will not be forgotten, nor topped in the foreseeable future.
Thanks Dante! (and Harrold!)
Pros: Ambience, Unparralled Service, Plenty of Seating, Great Drinks
Dantes is hands down the best and most romantic fondue restaurant in Atlanta. The service was great; I never had to look for my waitress. It has a very unique setting with the ship on the inside of the restaurant, the dimmed lights and the live jazz band. Don?t miss out on this wonderful restaurant.
Pros: Good location and very unique dining experience
Food and atmosphere great, but the service was exceptional. Our waiter, David, is a genuine young man. He had an energy that created an easy rapport and we enjoyed the evening because of him. The rest of the staff also was very attentative, but David stood out. He made certain we had everything we wanted and left out no detail in providing outstanding service. The one thing we really wanted to was to meet the man himself, Dante, and we did. He approaches every table and stops to have some light conversation. We were very impressed. Well, wew can say without hesitation we had the best experience at Dante's and we will be back. We don't dine out often in our home town because we are so busy, but rest arrured...we'll be back (and it's not that close to home, but we don't care. It is worth the drive)! Dante's is now #1 on our list and we are not easy to please when it comes to dining out.
Thanks for the wonderful experience Dante, David and staff.
The only reason that I gave this place a second star is because of the neat decor. The food was really mediocre and overpriced. They don't cook in the sauces like other fondue places, instead they bring you a vat of oil and you fry EVERYTHING. It was cramped and dirty too. Will not go back.
We made reservations a week in advance for Dante's on a Saturday night so our seating was prompt. We sat at the Wharf and while the view was nice, the food and service were horrible. It took the waiter almost a half an hour to take our entree order. We had to get 2 orders of cheese fondue and the second time they brought it out the bowl had half the amount of cheese as it did the first time. We complained to the waiter and he said, "Sometimes, that happens," but did nothing. The waiter recommended that 3 adults share the mandarin fondue platter. The 'platter' was actually saucer size and had no more than 8 ounces of combined meats. For the amount of food we got, the food was grossly overpriced. For a second, I thought we were on candid camera. The saucepan they gave us to cook the meat in was so small, none of the meat stayed on the skewers so we spent a lot of time fishing for food. I?m almost embarrassed to say that the highlight of the meal was leaving although it did take the waiter another 10 minutes to break a $20 after bringing us the bill.
The entire experience was pretty comical. I have heard their chocolate fondue is really good. Too bad we didn't make it that far. We were so disgusted; we left and went to eat at a restaurant down the street. Spent the same amount of money and brought home to-go bags.
Save your time and money.
Cons: Food, Price, Service
A group of us went there for a party and had a wonderful time. Our food service was excellent with well defined "best practices" for fondue fun and safety followed by very prompt food delivery - thank you Lindsay. The establishment is very unique and full of character, just like its owner Dante. He's a salty old-dog whose got a story from every port he has ever been and pictures on the wall to prove it. However, some may find the opinions that he so generously shares a bit distasteful. I personally did not take offense, but some members in my group had their delicate feathers ruffled.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a unique dining experience in Atlanta, but with a few caveats.
The food is very expensive and you don't get a lot of it. Grab a burger on your way there so you don't leave hungry.
If your sensative to sterno fumes you may want to sit at a table in the open and avoid the confined cabin spaces with poor air circulation.
Now that I've been there and done that, I will set sail for other ports around Atlanta.
Pros: Plenty of parking, interesting decor, excellent service (thanks Lindsey)
Cons: Expensive, very small portions, sterno fumes over powering in poorly ventilated booths
My boyfriend and I ate here for a romantic weekend and the service was aweful. We ordered a fondue dish so this means we cook our owe food. Well we only saw our server twice when we first got there and when it was time to pay. Our food was brought out 40 minutes after we ordered it by another server. The food and the jazz was excellent. I will be a very memorable night because my boyfriend proposed at this restaurant but I would not recommend coming back
Pros: Very romantic and great jazz
Cons: service was aweful and the wait time for food was horrific
I have been to Dante's several times for both dinner and just for the jazz. The atmosphere is very unique and the jazz is excellent. If you are visiting Atlanta or have lived here several years, Dante's is a must see. Perfect for a romantic date or a night out with family and friends. Be warned, the chocolate fondue is the absolute best you will ever have, but you have to order it in advance!
Pros: jazz, atmosphere
I have been working at Dante?s Down The Hatch for two years and it is a wonderful place to visit while you?re in Atlanta. My fellow employees have time and time again made people so happy with their experience and the ambiance is wonderful especially for special occasions. There are crocodiles and a live jazz band. The owner, Dante, comes around to each table and asks you how you?re doing and why you might be in Atlanta. The fondue is great for all size parties and the atmosphere can be either relaxed or romantic.
I also happen to be the hostess that ?member200707? refers to and here is a note to her:
I am glad that you were so-o-o embarrassed because it was exactly what you deserved. I talked to you on the phone when you called with a party of nine for a Saturday. You refused to make a reservation when I told you about the automatic gratuity and decided to just walk in with nine people on a Saturday night. I even urged you to make the reservation and you refused. So, by the time you got there all that was left was the table ?by the kitchen?. Then you took out you anger on the me and demanded to see the manager. Dante calmly explained that the ?empty? tables were set aside for people who made reservations. If you didn?t like it, you should have just left ? but instead you blew up and yelled at Dante in front of all your friends and made a fool of yourself. It?s so funny to see what you picked out from the conversation you had with Dante, he knew you weren?t Chinese - he just wanted to insult you because you had been such a mongrel.
Few months ago, my friends and I tried to get a table and was refused to get any other than the one next to the kitchen. The whole place was empty at 6:00 pm on a Friday night!!! except for 1 table upstairs. The hostess refused to give us any other table and said the 1/2 the restaurant was reserved while the other 1/2 was closed down. Closed down during Christmas holidays? This place gave us the eery feeling while the hostess was downright uncooperative.
When we asked for the manager, she took a long time in the back and brought the owner. The owner claimed that his restaurant was too busy to handle our request for a table other than the one that the hostess already offered. Looking at our group of friends who were of various ethnicities, he said he comes from a "very fine European family" and that "he doesn't serve to people like me" and my friends. Of course, he was completely wrong about my nationality but the point is that he used race to not serve us.... in this new millenium of 2007!!!
Anyone who patronizes this place is patronizing a very, very bad business that is operated by an owner who has no ethical values and not even rational in his behavior. I can't imagine how he'd treat his workers which probably explains for the crappy service that people have been writing about.
The food at Dante's is nothing to write home about but I really wanted to show my friends the place since it's been a part of Atlanta for a long time. I was so-o-o embarrassed that this had happened in what's considered to becoming a a cosmopolitan city.
If you're going for the atmosphere then look no further. But if you want quality then look somewhere else. I could go on and on about how amazing the atmosphere is. Very authentic. The live jazz was very nice. The server was very rude. My friend asked for a rasberry kamikaze and he very shortly told him they didn't make that and the bar doesn't have anything rasberry. My friend asked for a drink menu and told him they didn't have one. After our meal my friend went to the bar where he found a drink menu. Then he asked the bartender if she could make a rasberry kamikaze she knew exactly what it was and made it for him.
I wasn't too impressed with the food either. We were handed appetizer plates when we were given our bread. When we had eaten all of the bread we stacked our plates at the end of the table. Our waiter then very rudely told us we were going to need those plates for our dinner because the other plates had raw meat on them. My mother-in-law asked if we could have clean plates for our dinner. The waiter snatched the plates up and walked off. when he brought us the our food it was another appetizer plate of raw cut up chicken breast and mushrooms. You dipped the chicken in the burning oil in front of you and has 4 sauces you could choose from. The oil was so hot it kept popping on me. I just didn't see paying $25 for a plate of raw chicken. You had no options of sides except pay an extra $2 for a small bowl of rice.
My family took me here after my high school graduation last year. Maybe its just that I have a weakness for pirates...but I loved it! Don't think I know nothing about food just because I'm young. I'm well traveled and I've eaten just about every type of cuisine there is. Its not the best food I've ever tasted, but its good and the atmosphere makes it even better. I would advise, however, that you make reservations. Also, take some time to visit their website, and look at the menu and also seating options. I mean, there's 13 different seating levels, and depending on your needs you may want to pick a specific seating location. Also, be advised that if you would like to indulge in the chocolate fondu that you make reservations specifically for the chocolate fondu waaaay ahead of time. It really bothers me that customers can be so crass as to just barge into such an establishment and expect to be treated like royalty. You have to show respect to recieve it people! I've also heard people complain about the portion sizes...uh, sorry that they haven't jumped on the "super-size it" bandwagon. I applaud Dante's for not contributing to the obesity epidemic in America due to overportioning. This place is great, but make sure you know what you're getting into before you go there, and don't be a rude American piggy or they'll treat you like one!
Pros: Atmosphere, Fun, Romantic
Cons: can be a little loud in the lower deck if that's a problem for anyone
This is the place to take someone special if you want to experience an intimate, romantic dinner!
The feeling of being on a ship really makes the dining experience all the more fun.
Dinner by candlelight,;morsels of food and fruit dipped in savory saucesand chocolate; a glass of wine; and a live jazz band- you will defintely impress your date with this place!
Remember to make reservations and I suggest sitting downstairs near the band!
Pros: Music, Food ,Romantic
I really liked the layout of this restaurant. It feels like you are in a play and in a stage environment. I was a bit disappointed that the chocolate fondue needed to be order 2 days in advanced...I think it would be a good idea to have a smaller version available every day. I thought the cheese fondue was great but there are many different types of cheese fondue and there was only one on the menu. The shrimp, steak and veggies were very good. The servers are not as friendly as they could be but I would still recommend this place to anyone.
Pros: Setting, food, location, parking
Cons: not flexible, not very friendly
I was so upset with this dining experience! From the minute we stepped in the door, the service was dissapointing. We were first treated as a inconvienience when the hostess realized we did not have a reservation for the night, then as we were on our way up the stairs, the "head hostess" stopped the lady trying to seat us dead in her steps to ask us if we would be drinking tonight?! I had intentions of having a glass of wine or two, but her method was so abrubt and dicourteous I replied with and equally abrupt ..." i hadn't decided yet"...and then she snatched the drink menu from the lady with the menus in her hand. Then we go to the second level and was sat at the smallest table for two I have ever seen. My fiance, being an average size man, litterally couldn't pull his chair out far enough to get his hips between the table and the wall, let alone sit in the chair. Naturally we asked for a larger table considering we were the only customers even on that level. After standing for more than 5 min.'s the hostess reapeared and sat us at another table. Then we sat down and the first thing I told our waitress was how excited I was for the chocolate...she then told me it has to be ordered 2 days in advance! So we ordered our meal, recieved the fondue pots, and then came our cheese appetizer...with stale bread. While in the middle of conversation, we we're interupted by this "head hostess" for her to ask me to remove my hat...which is a fashion hat, not a baseball cap. This would have been an understandable request if this was coming from a girl that was NOT wearing faded blue jeans, sneakers, and a worn blue and teal striped shirt with her name embroidered in the corner. Cheesecake factory would'nt have even requested that and they are cheaper, have valet parking, and nicer uniforms! The actual service from our waitress was decent...
Surprisingly this place was rated well in Zagat's. The atmosphere is very unique, and the jazz is OK, but the food was TERRIBLE and extremely overpriced. My husband and I love fondue, and were greatly disappointed by Dante's. The portions were very small, and not very tasty. Not to mention the slim chance you may be able to get the 2 day in advance reservation for chocolate fondue, that they only do once per night. We left feeling hungry and aggravated. If you do go, please keep in mind you are paying for the atmsophere only. Highly recommend The Meltingpot for fondue.
Cons: Bad Food, Overpriced, Small Portions
I've went to Dante's a number of times for everything from dinner to the reservation-only chocolate fondue. I highly recommend this place. The atmosphere is really fun. Dante's is even more fun with a group of your closest friends. Most of the tables seem to be tucked into little cubby holes, making you feel like you're hidden away. Or you can pay a couple of extra dollars and sit on the ship next to the jazz band. Every time I've been, Dante himself stops by to chat with you. His happy attitude rubs off on you. On to the food. The food is good. Not great, but good. It is fondue after all. I recommend the sampler that has an assortment of different meats to try out - chicken, pork, beef, and shrimp. The cheese fondue is good as an appetizer.
Pros: Atmosphere, Service
I live in Baltimore but everytime we come to Atlanta to visit family we always make a trip to Dante's. The atmosphere is so differnt than any other restaurant I have ever been to. The staff is friendly, the live Jazz music is great! It is definitely a romantic date spot but also a great place to go out with some friends and enjoy the surroundings and great fun food! Highly recommended!! I wish Dante would open one where I live!!
Pros: love everything!!!
Don't let the wannabe food critics dissuade you.
I've dined with the best of them so no foodie can look down their nose at me! Food is about fun, art, science and companionship. The FUN is the experience, the ART is how it is delivered to you, the SCIENCE is the mechanical side of creating the food and the experience. and the COMPANIONSHIP is the interaction between the diners at the table.
Dante's delivers soundly on all counts. Fun, you bet. It's a great time. The ambiance takes hours to fully drink in. The Artis in the way they combine the ambiance with the stories about Dante and his food, combined with great service from (usually) very eager GA Tech students working their way through school. (Smart People!) The Sommelier
is very helpful always and the wine selections just about as rich and 99.9998% of people ever need. The Science is in the way they pair very high quality food with a fun cooking technique. while delivering the other facets of the experiece. Companionship, well you and your companion will have a dinner that is slowly paced, unhurried, giving you a real chance to focus on one another. As Dante himself says, "we need to slow down and fondue forces us to!".
So go there and enjoy! Get the cheese fondue. The Tenderloin (From Tasmania) is always great too.
Have FUN, enjoy the Art of the experience, consider the Science behind the delivery and enjoy a connection with your dining partner that is tough to match anywhere else.
But unfortunately I was forced to go twice. The atmosphere is amazing, however, and the servers are helpful. The band is wonderful and they are ready and willing to take request. But, the food was neither good or filling (and I am not exactly what one would call a big eater). Luckily, this time around I knew that I should grab a hot dog before I arrived. Be warned, they charge for a birthday dessert. Disappointing.
Cons: food, food, food
Great atmosphere...dark w/candlelight. Most of the time there is live music playing. Great wine list with extremely cheap bottles of house wine. Request a 2 person booth for privacy, otherwise request upper floor overlooking restaurant. Very nice and romantic!
Pros: atmoshphere, quality of beef, inexensive housewine
Cons: very expenisive
I joined this site for the sole purpose of reviewing Dante's. You usually go to certain restaurants depending on what you're in the mood for. If you want everything, and I mean everything, go to Dante's. My wife and I come to Atlanta every 2 months and we tried Dante's a year ago. We have not visited since without eating here. This past Friday, seven different employees served us and each of them treated us as if we were the most important people there. The atmosphere is unlike anything you will ever experience at a restaurant. The band is great and very "aware" of the crowd, each smiling at you as if you're the only person in the building. Their special sauces make ordinary food mouth-watering. Your bill will be a little high and, yes, you do the cooking, but I promise you will leave planning your next trip back.
Pros: Ambiance, Live jazz, Decor
I needed to go somewhere different for dinner n Dante's was a great choice. I had fondo which was great and the cabin which we were in was very private. Romantic spot and a great date idea!
Pros: food, location
This is the coolest place. Wow does it have atmosphere! Live crocodiles. A huge ship. Outstanding Live Jazz music. Privacy and and intimacy. And there really is a guy named Dante'. He goes around to every table telling tall tales. He is one interesting character. It's fondue...so you know the chef's going to cook everything to perfection.
Pros: Good Parking, Good Value, Fun Fun Fun
I have been going to Dante's for years now. I went there for my high-school prom 11 years ago and I still go there. Dante himself is a perfect host. He is funny, smart and worldly. His live crocks that live in the moat around the boat are a sight to see, and the fonduing experience always leaves me happy and satisfied.
The live jazz compliments the dining experience and I look forward to my next trip "down the hatch."
I was there this past weekend to celebrate my wife's 30th birthday. Dante greeted us soon after we arrived. We had a group of 20 or so and everyone was happy with the food. I was concerned after reading sevral unfavorable reviews on this very site. However, the food, atmosphere, staff, etc., were all to my liking. This is a great restaurant for either a date or a group party. Also, it is no more expensive than you would expect for high quality beef. So what if you have to cook it yourself. Thats the purpose of fondue!
Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Parking
I went to my 20th birthday dinner at Dante's tonight, and I have never been so insulted. Just because I am not a 40 year-old, I don't think that I should be treated to inferior service. The waiter made so many comments about how we were kids who didn't know how to "properly dine: in Buckhead that it made me sick. I've never been so insulted at a place where I paid a lot of money to eat. I've beenI wished that I had chosen another place. The Melting Pot has better food and better service. I definately won't be going back.
Cons: service, price for food given
Of extensive dining experiences throughout the world, this was the bottom of the list. Initially intrigued by the 'gimmicks' I meandered through the meal. The food was no where up to par with fine dining. Limited wine list, mediocre service. The caviat that made this a definitive NEVER AGAIN was the rude comment from the owner as my colleagues and I left the restaurant. His comment-not worth repeating- was appalling. In a sophisticated environment (this establishment does not understand that), this does not happen. It appears that this individual is living in some alternate universe where ignorant comments are acceptable to patrons. Please, I cannot consider your establishment anything but uncouth because of 'Dante's infernal lack of social grace'...what a disappointing impression you make on a visitor.
Cons: disappointing menu, rudeness
My wife and I ate in a converted elevator. VERY romantic! I'll go back just for that!
Would have liked more food for what we paid. The Sommalier was very entertainnig, and our server was attentive.
I'm usually not a big fan of waiters' rehearsed lines, but he caught me off guard (and I enjoyed it) when he showed us how to prepare our food and to be careful not to get the oil in the pot, or we would get a lot of smoke, and they preferred that we keep our pot smoking at home.
I'll be using that line for years to come!
Pros: VERY romantic!, Close to other bars
Cons: Low food to $ ratio, Long wait for drinks
i had made reservations in advance and after reading mixed reviews, i didn't know what to expect. i went with my boyfriend on a sat night and were seated promptly. service was friendly, attentive and excellent. food was average. plates were small and expensive for what we got. we paid 115+tip for 2 entrees, 1 wine bottle, the french cheese tray, and the cheese fondue. we were both full at the end of the night. overall we had a great experience, but it's only a place for special occassions, not an everyday thing.
Pros: entertainment, ambiance, free park, unique
Cons: small portions, pricey