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T+L Reports: Small Dining in Atlanta

Recently, celebrity chefs have been eschewing expansive dining rooms in favor of intimate spaces (see Masa in New York City and Joël Robuchon at the Mansion in Las Vegas). Now this expanded chef's-table approach has landed in Atlanta. Local culinary pioneer Guenter Seeger (formerly of the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead's Dining Room) shut down his restaurant, Seeger's, for a massive redesign. It has just reopened, decorated in warm yellows and ivories, with Donghia settees, handcrafted wooden tables, Garnier Thiebaut cotton tablecloths—and half of the original 64 seats. Those lucky enough to snag a reservation receive star treatment, starting with the Kumamoto oyster amuse-bouche, through to the blueberry-flecked Meyer lemon gelée—and the smoked Georgia mountain trout with horseradish and American caviar in between. Best of all, these edible treats come without the feeling of being at table number 114. Who says bigger is always better?Seeger's, 111 W. Paces Ferry Rd.; 404/846-9779; dinner for two $275.

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