Georgia

Restaurants in Georgia

Most people equate Georgia with soul food and down home cooking, but the state is also home to a growing number of cutting-edge Georgia restaurants and brilliant chefs completely changing the way we see Southern food. At the epicenter of this movement is Decatur, a small city just outside Atlanta featuring a handful of wonderful eateries. Of special note are Cakes & Ale, a farm-to-table restaurant focusing on seasonal ingredients, and The Iberian Pig, which specializes in tapas and charcuterie. In Atlanta proper, there’s Bacchanalia, which is responsible for introducing Georgians to the art of fine dining, and Tomo, one of the city’s finest sushi restaurants. What’s more, restaurants in Georgia also have their share of celebrity chefs at the helm. Hugh Acheson is working overtime in Athens with Five & Ten and The National, Asha Gomez introduced Atlantans to haute Indian cuisine at Cardamom Hill, and James Beard Award winner Linton Hopkins and his Restaurant Eugene have become legendary among Atlanta’s culinary elite. And if after all that, you still need a soul food fix, don’t hesitate to grab an authentic Southern breakfast at Georgia restaurant Silver Skillet or dig into a BBQ platter at Heirloom Market.

Tex-Mex Mecca

Don’t be put off by the simple décor; the main focus here is the food, which is why die-hard fans drive hours for the restaurant’s imaginative fall fruit–harvest preparations.

A fully rigged sailing vessel surrounded by a moat with live crocodiles serves as the centerpiece of this Buckhead landmark. Despite the potential for an over-the-top theme, Dante’s manages to create a marine-inspired setting that is both upscale and romantic.

Iron Chef contestant Linton Hopkins teams up with master mixologist Greg Best to produce a winning combination of cuisine and liquid refreshments at this Buckhead gastro-pub.

Established in Midtown in 1997, this high-end Thai restaurant offers authentic dishes from chef Nan, who learned the art of Thai cooking from her mother, a former food vendor on the busy streets of Thailand.

Peruvian tapas lounge

After modernizing a warehouse space using warm woods, pastel blues and greens, and plenty of natural lighting, Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison (also the owners of Atlanta's Bacchanalia) opened this Mediterranean-Italian fusion restaurant in 1998.

A local landmark for more than three decades, this 1950's-style diner is just up the block from the main entrance to the University of Georgia campus.

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

A simple black and white color palette and a sprawling, spider-like chandelier set the stage for inventive Nouveau American fare at this Buckhead restaurant.

With communal farmhouse tables, large mirrors tilted downward from the ceiling, and rustic design materials like wood, leather, and tile, this restaurant in the Westside Urban Market reflects its proprietor's belief that simplicity is a hallmark of the best food.

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 institution.

Funky chophouse