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.

Next door to the Planters Inn on Reynolds Square, the Olde Pink House restaurant derives its name from the pink-stained stucco covering the 18th-century Georgian brick mansion.

A native of Puerto Rico and former contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef, Hector Santiago delights adventurous diners with authentic Latin American and Spanish cuisine at this tapas restaurant in Poncey-Highland.

Occupying a soaring glass, Renzo Piano-designed space inside the Woodruff Arts Center, this hip, minimalist brasserie has what may be Atlanta’s most dramatic dining room.

Educated at the Art Institute of Atlanta, chef Jeremy Miller has cooked his way around the world, working at renowned restaurants in New York City, Napa Valley, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Positioned inside TWELVE Hotels & Residences, the restaurant is designed to look and feel like a lobby bistro, but beyond the typical sleek dining rooms is a bar dining area that offers a peek into the beautifully orchestrated chaos of the kitchen.

Throughout super-competitive Season 6, eventual winner Michael Voltaggio talked trash about finalist Kevin Gillespie and his “simple” food. But for Gillespie, simplicity is a conscious choice; he’s a believer in the Slow Food movement.

The restaurant's tables are made of teak from shipwrecked boats.

An institution on Roswell’s Green Street since it opened in 1986, Greenwood's gets its personality courtesy of the 1960's kitschy décor, including Haight Ashbury signs, rusty cars, and sculpted busts overlooking its entrance.

Although unassuming from the outside, this former warehouse has a revamped interior designed with bright red chandeliers, a dramatic Todd Murphy painting, and a temperature-controlled wine tower holding 42 stainless-steel barrels of wine.

Located in the ground floor of the Terminus building in trendy Buckhead, MF Buckhead is a Japanese eatery, bar and lounge that offers a sensational visual and culinary experience.

Housed inside a historic, 150-year-old farmhouse, Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails showcases the New Southern cuisine of chef Boyd Rose.