Restaurants in Atlanta

Chances are you will only eat out a handful of times while you are here so eat like the Atlanta locals. Our guide to Atlanta Restaurants makes it easy to decide. We don't put together an exhaustive list of every restaurant in Atlanta, just the ones that are you are most likely to enjoy. We tried to put a variety of restaurants on the list, including Fine Dining Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Steakhouses, French Restaurants, Seafood and more. We include reviews of each restaurant and links to each web site so you can get more detailed information. Let us know what you think about our Atlanta Restaurants guide.

Restaurant Reviews


Atlanta Restaurant The Optimist Restaurant and Seafood Bar
914 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA
(404) 477-6260

The Optimist Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Atlanta makes you feel like you are dining at a coastal seafood restaurant. They look for the freshest seafood from the North Atlantic to local trout and oysters from through out the country. Its not only important that the fish is fresh but it must come from conscientious sustainable farms. This assures high quality food for diners every time they come into the Atlanta restaurant. The restaurant is cleverly decorated to give you that seaside feel, using wood and marine accents to create a warm atmosphere. The Optimist Restaurant maintains the freshness philosophy by adapting to the seasons and using ingredients that are available at their peak. The chefs came from the best culinary schools in the country and have worked and opened several successful restaurants and bring that knowledge and experience to The Optimist Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Atlanta. The menu transports you to that coastal town with some terrific appetizers, Gumbo, Chowder, crab soup, shrimp, clam roll, oysters, mussels, octopus, and more. What makes this one of the most unique of Atlanta restaurants is that the food is wood fire cooked. The scallops, swordfish, cobia, snappers, cod, halibut and more have a uniquely different taste because of it. The chicken, steaks, pork chops also get the fire roasted treatment. The restaurant also has a great selection of wine and beer to compliment the wonderful seafood.

Upscale Atlanta Restaurant Ecco Mediterranean Restaurant
40 7th St NE
Atlanta , GA
(404) 347-9555

Ecco Restaurant in Atlanta has received numerous awards including best new restaurant in the country. You feel like you are dining in Europe and that's the feeling they want you to have. The cuisine is definitely European with lots of meats and cheese. Home made pizza, pastas and fantastic wine selection including specially wines and wines from some of the best wineries in Europe all chosen to perfectly match your meal. This Atlanta restaurant in beautiful inside with a comfortable atmosphere and wonderfully decorated. There is also an outside dining area the is open and airy and perfect for that casual dinner. Ecco is one of those Atlanta restaurants that is so different from other restaurants with not only great food, but a unique dining experience as well. The menu is fantastic featuring a some great tasting items like Braised Beef, Proscuittl, Green Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, and more. Some delicious Appetizers like, Roasted Beets, Calamari, and more. The Wood fired pizzas are home made and delicious. Entrees are seasonal and include Pork, fish, steak, and quail, with some home made pastas as well. Leave room for dessert because the European desserts at this restaurant are famous, the chiffon pastries, Sorbet and mousse are scrumptious. After dinner at Ecco you'll know why it is one of the best restaurants in Atlanta.

Fine Dining Atlanta Restaurant Sotto Italian Restaurant
313 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA
(404) 523-6678

Sotto Italian Restaurant in Atlanta is one of those renowned restaurants that has received a lot of awards for its fabulous food. The cuisine is Italian but one that has its history in generations of Italian cooks so it is authentic, flavorful and true to its heritage. This was the goal of Chef Ullio when he opened Sotto, to be one of the best of the restaurants in Atlanta. He wanted to have a restaurant that would equal any that you would find it Italy. The menu is loaded with Italian favorites. The appetizers range from assorted meats and cheeses, to scallops, mussels, clams, Carpaccio and more. Genuine Italian salads prepared in the traditional way. The pastas are home made and authentic with seafood spaghetti, Capellacci, duck, Ravioli, Lasagna, Seared Tuna, Rib Eye, Roasted Fish, Salmon, chicken, Grouper and a lot more. Pick the perfect wine from the award winning wine list. At Sotto restaurant in Atlanta, you will think you are eating a meal in an restaurant on the other side of the Atlantic.

 Steakhouse Atlanta Restaurant Bones Steakhouse Restaurant
3130 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta , GA
(404) 237-2663

Since 1979 Bones Steak House has been regarded as one of the best Atlanta Restaurants. Many consider it to be one of the best in America. As you would expect they only serve Prime beef, carefully selected and cut to provide the perfect experience. You will also order the best and freshest seafood and lobster from the cold North Atlantic waters. Bones Restaurant in Atlanta has been a favorite for lunch and dinner with its outstanding service and fine dining atmosphere. When you want to impress someone this is the restaurant to come to. Zagat has consistently rated Bones as one of the best restaurants in Atlanta year in and year out with one of its highest rating. The menu is amazing with mouth watering steaks, Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Rib Eye. Lamb chops, veal chops, Porterhouse and more. The seafood is first rate with Salmon, Crab, Lobster, Scallops, Red Snapper and more. Delicious Appetizers like Shrimp cocktails, Carpaccio, crab cocktail, seared ahi, and more. Terrific soups and salads like Lobster Bisque, French Onion, Caesar salad, spinach salad are just a few of the options. See for yourself why Bones is consistently considered one of the best of Atlanta restaurants.

Atlanta Canoe Restaurant Canoe Restaurant
4199 Paces Ferry Road, SE
Atlanta , GA
770.432.2663

Canoe is one of the Atlanta restaurants with the best location and view. Nestled along the Chattahoochee River it is just a charming location to have dinner. It is considered to be the place to go for a romantic evening. It is rare that you get a restaurant that prepares some of the finest meals at a location as fabulous as this one. It is peaceful, relaxing and the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The cuisine is superb. The restaurant is open of lunch, dinner and brunch. The lunch menu has delicious appetizers such as Shrimp rolls, smoked salmon, oysters. There are fresh soups and salads with Arugula, Casesar, and Baby Greens. You can get some great fish sandwiches, burger's, lamb, cold cuts or Salmon, Cod, Fettuccine and more. For dinner there is even more to choose from; Roasted Pork Chops, Salmon, Duck, Trout, Quail, Scallops, Rabbit, and NY Strip all superbly prepared and cooked. The restaurants dessert menu is loaded with favorites, Banana Pie, Angel Food, Peach Crisp, Ice Cream, Sorbet and more. This restaurant also gives you the perfect place to walk off your meal, right along the river in lovely surroundings. Of all restaurants in Atlanta this one may be the most romantic.

Atlanta Restaurant Restaurant Eugene
2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta , GA
(404) 355-0321

Which of the Atlanta restaurants won best New Chef and best Chef Award. That would be Restaurant Eugene. How it did it is a story of hard work and extra effort. They start with the basics. Making sure that each ingredient is the freshest possible. That's why, like other restaurants in Atlanta, this one tries to source as much as they can locally. Looking for farms and sources that can provide the elements while they have optimal flavor and texture. When Restaurant Eugene gets the ingredients in hand, they take great care to prepare them to maintain the freshness needed for a high quality dining experience. There are a lot of restaurants that buy only the freshest ingredients but Eugene's goes one step further. The sauces are home made. Making as many as they can in their own kitchen. You will find that they make their own ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and more. You won't find these flavors anywhere else. Fresh ingredients combined with home made flavorings contribute to a remarkably delicious menu. For Dinner choose from some fabulous entrees like; Beef Tenderloin, Rabbit, Duck, Grouper, and Snapper. Start off with appetizers like; Smoked Duck, Caviar, Crab, Foie Gras, Oysters, and Trout. Finish your meal with Cakes, Praline, Sorbet, Ice Cream and so much more. Restaurant Eugene is truly one of the most unique of the Atlanta restaurants.

Atlanta Restaurant Barcelona Atlanta Restaurant
240 North Highland Ave NE
Atlanta , GA
(404) 589-1010

Brunch, Lunch, Dinner or Late Night is good time to visit this special restaurant. Barcelona Restaurant in Atlanta is thought to be one of the best new approaches to dining. If you want to experience the cuisine and feel of dining in Spain you can do it just a short hop from Downtown Atlanta in a beautiful neighborhood. Like so many restaurants in Atlanta this one blends in perfectly with the surrounding area and features both indoor and outdoor dining. The cuisine is Spanish and consists of a variety of dining options including Tapas and Small Plates. There is an unimaginable amount and variety for brunch with meat and cheese plates, salads, chicken, eggplant, Calamari, mushrooms, meatballs, Tortillas, Eggs Benedict, salmon and the list goes on. For dinner there is even more Tapas to choose from, Quail, Lamb Chops, Mussels, Swordfish, Shrimp and over another dozen items to choose from. There are Rib Eyes, New York Strip, Chicken, Lamb, Sausage and more. Barcelona is one of the special Atlanta restaurants. Call ahead for reservations and be prepared to enjoy.

Atlanta Restaurant Bebettes Cafe and Restaurant
573 North Highland Ave NE
Atlanta , GA
(404) 523-9121

Over twenty years ago Babette's opened their doors and today it is one of the finest French restaurants in Atlanta. Housed in a beautiful early 1900's house you will feel as though you are dining in a quaint French village. The cuisine is traditional French and full of the flavors you would expect from the best restaurants in Atlanta and France. The restaurant is very much European so you will see influences from Italy, Spain and other areas around the Mediterranean. Just looking at the menu your mouth starts to water with small plates of, scallops, marinated tomatoes, pork, veal, mussels, artichoke, salmon and more. There are marvelous soups, chowders, and salads. The dinner entrees are deliciously prepared and cooked using techniques that Chef Marla Adams has perfected. Dine on Wild Salmon, Lamb Chops, Veal, Filet Mignon, Clams, Halibut, and more all prepared with a variety of influences from several European countries. Babette's restaurant in Atlanta is open for Brunch on Sunday and features superb Omlettes, Pancakes, Croissants, and a wide selection of sides and specially prepared food. The sauces are home made and you can tell because of the fullness of flavor perfectly matched to each entree. A little bit of France at one of the best restaurants in Atlanta.

Atlanta Restaurant Wisteria Restaurant
471 North Highland Ave NE
Atlanta , GA
(404) 525-3363

Wisteria is one of the first restaurants in Atlanta to place an emphasis on real southern cuisine. They opened their doors in 2001 in a beautiful section of Inman Park not far from downtown Atlanta. The restaurant has received recognition from all the important magazines, newspapers, and television shows. And even more remarkably it is a restaurant that features southern cooking. Normally you think French, Italian, or some other cuisine. The food is that good. As the season changes so does the food. As much as possible is sourced locally for the ultimate freshness and local appeal. Not only is the food renowned but so is the service, it is true southern hospitality. And the decor is charming with many works of art from the Atlanta area. The menu is a large one, probably as large a menu as you will see from any of the restaurants in Atlanta. For starters there are Oysters, Scallops, Beef Carpaccio, Calamari, Deviled eggs, and Mussels are just a few of the choices. There is a variety of main entrees with Shrimp and Grits, Flounder, Veal, Salmon, Lamb, Catfish, Pork Tenderloin, Top Sirloin, Chicken and more. The sides are delightfully southern with red potatoes, creamed corn, collard greens, asparagus, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and the list goes on. Wisteria is one of those great Atlanta restaurants that delivers on the food, service and menu options.

Atlanta Restaurant Empire South Restaurant
999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta , GA
(404) 541-1105

If you come to Atlanta you want good southern cooking and Empire South gives you that with a modern flair. It features all the wonderful foods from this part of the country cooked in both a traditional and modern way. Like some Atlanta restaurants Empire South is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch so you can get your southern fix any time of the day. For breakfast you can choose from egg, sausage, chicken sandwiches or plates of Duck Hash, Hardboiled eggs, oatmeal and sides of grits, biscuts, hash or fruit. For lunch pick from choices of Octopus, Trout, Pork Belly, Duck and more. The dinner menu is even different with Eggplant, Bass, Chicken, Pork and more. This is one of the restaurants in Atlanta that you can get some great southern food at a reasonable price.


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