Restaurants in Atlanta

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Atlanta’s restaurant scene reflects the city’s status as a gateway to and from the Southeast, offering beloved bastions of Southern and soul food (do... Read More

Atlanta’s restaurant scene reflects the city’s status as a gateway to and from the Southeast, offering beloved bastions of Southern and soul food (don’t miss the fried chicken and Brunswick stew at Mary Mac’s Tea Room) as well as eclectic contemporary fare (like the Japanese small plates at Miso Izakaya). The best restaurants in Atlanta are a diverse and compelling mix that includes divey spots like Vortex Bar & Grill and inventive offerings from restaurateurs Ford Fry (JCT. Kitchen, St. Cecilia) and Kevin Rathbun (Rathbun’s, Krog Bar).

For a special night out, head to Bacchanalia, where the industrial setting is a striking counterpoint to the sophisticated five-course tasting menu, or Atlas, which offers impeccably crafted local fare prepared by a French Laundry alum in an art-filled, romantic setting.

For more casual fare, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is a can’t-miss stop on any serious barbecue lover’s tour of the city. And patrons line up at Holeman and Finch Public House for a taste of their revered, formerly limited-supply burgers, which used to be served only at 10 p.m.; the burgers are now available around the clock, but are no less popular.

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  • Antico Pizza Napoletana Restaurant in Atlanta Alamy
    Antico Pizza Napoletana

    Part of the Westside's "Little Italia" district, this BYOB spot serves a Neapolitan-style pizza that keep the crowds coming until the kitchen runs out... Read More

  • Aria Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Aria
    Aria

    To enter this Buckhead restaurant, diners step through a silver-beaded curtain into a dimly lit, avant-garde dining room marked by a simple black-and... Read More

  • Atlas Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Atlas
    Atlas

    Dine just inches from original works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Chagall, and Matisse at this chef-driven restaurant in the St. Regis Atlanta. The art, part... Read More

  • Bacchanalia Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Bacchanalia
    Bacchanalia

    Since 1993, partner chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison have drawn raves for their seasonally changing, all-organic menus—often using produce... Read More

  • Bones Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Bones
    Bones

    This clubby Buckhead chophouse—known for its legendary steak, seafood, and service—has been open since 1979. Popular with the business crowd, it also... Read More

  • Canoe Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Canoe
    Canoe

    The picturesque setting on the banks of the Chattahoochee River is reason enough to visit this refined new American restaurant. After dining on roasted... Read More

  • Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
    Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

    Occupying a former general store/auto mechanic shop in the renovated Victorian neighborhood of Inman Park (about halfway between Downtown Atlanta and... Read More

  • General Muir Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of General Muir
    General Muir

    This sophisticated Jewish deli in the Emory area is known for its house-cured and smoked pastrami, and bagels that are kettle-boiled and hand-rolled,... Read More

  • Gunshow Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Gunshow
    Gunshow

    Inspired by Brazilian churrascarias and dim sum–style dining, chef Kevin Gillespie's one-of-a-kind eatery features rolling carts of creative, ever... Read More

  • Holeman and Finch Public House Restaurant in Atlanta Beall + Thomas Photography
    Holeman and Finch Public House

    Cozy up to the bar for a custom cocktail or grab a sought-after table at this intimate Buckhead gastropub. Holeman & Finch's dining room features an... Read More

  • JCT. Kitchen Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of JCT. Kitchen
    JCT. Kitchen

    This sophisticated Southern eatery was the first in chef Ford Fry's restaurant empire. Patrons return to this Westside favorite again and again for... Read More

  • Kimball House Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Kimball House
    Kimball House

    Housed in a former railroad station, this Decatur eatery has a comfortably elegant feel, with penny tile floors, antique sconces, and plush booths.... Read More

  • Local Three Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Local Three
    Local Three

    Tucked away in a mixed-use development, this New American eatery features handcrafted furniture and eclectic "Big Lebowski"–inspired decor. Start with a... Read More

  • Mary Mac's Tea Room Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Mary Mac's Tea Room
    Mary Mac's Tea Room

    If you only have one meal out in Atlanta, make sure it's in the yellow-painted, country-kitchen-style dining room of this 60-year-old Atlanta... Read More

  • Miso Izakaya Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Miso Izakaya
    Miso Izakaya

    Small plates reign at chef and owner Guy Wong's Japanese pub in Old Fourth Ward. Start with a creative cocktail and move on to spring rolls and miso... Read More

  • Octopus Bar Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Octopus Bar
    Octopus Bar

    In an unmarked room behind an East Atlanta pho house, the late-night crowd (including chefs and industry minions) gathers to swap stories and shoot... Read More

  • Rathbun's Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Rathbun's
    Rathbun's

    This industrially chic, new American dining room was the first of chef Kevin Rathbun's Inman Park restaurants. Dine on small plates of charred octopus... Read More

  • The Optimist Restaurant in Atlanta Andrew Thomas Lee
    The Optimist

    Whether you swing by the first-come, first-served oyster bar, which serves bivalves on the half shell and opens to a courtyard with a putt-putt course,... Read More

  • Umi Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Umi
    Umi

    See and be seen at this slightly hidden sushi spot that features a sleek interior by Atlanta artist and designer Todd Murphy. Umi's 23-foot white oak... Read More

  • Vortex Bar & Grill Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Vortex Bar & Grill
    Vortex Bar & Grill

    Don't expect a cheerful server at this rough-around-the-edges restaurant where the strict admittance policy is 21 and up. Walk through the giant skull... Read More

  • Wrecking Bar Brewpub Restaurant in Atlanta Courtesy of Wrecking Bar Brewpub
    Wrecking Bar Brewpub

    An old Victorian mansion is the unlikely setting for this casual pub and craft brewery, but somehow it all works. The locally sourced menu contains some... Read More

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