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GAADE Recommends the following restaurants for either fine dining
or to simply experience a little local color.
Select name of restaurant to be directed to their web site for more detailed information.
In the evening, we recommend that you hire a taxi to and from the restaurant.
To assist in locating restaurants please view the following pdf files.
Downtown Restaurant Guide and Key
Midtown Restaurant Guide and Key
Sundial Restaurant, Bar and View---404-589-7506---210 Peachtree St., NW, Rotating
panoramic views of the city, perfect for a drink and appetizer, Dinners are rather pricey ranging in price from mid 20's to 30's. Located at the top of Westin Hotel Map Menu
TWO Urban Licks---404-522-4622---820 Ralph McGill Blvd, Modern, hip, honky-tonk urban and imaginative, step into an open-air garden alight with fountains, Prices are in the $30 range. Though not required, it is highly recommended that you make reservations for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It is not unusual for this restaurant to serve between 500-800 guests in one night. Sundays and Monday evenings or weekdays around 7pm tend to be much less crowded. Live blues Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30pm to 11pm and Friday and Saturday from 7:30pm to 12am. Map Menu
Kevin Rathbun’s Steaks - located in historic Inman Park ---404-524-560---154 Krog Street, For a good steak and unusual gourmet fare in an elegant setting. "Iron Chef", Chef Kevin Rathbun has received top billing for his culinary creations. However, it is a bit bit pricey. Dress is business casual. Reservation recommended. View menu... Good Ratings
Prime Meridian---404-818-4450---100 CNN Center-Omni Hotel, Enjoy breathtaking views of Centennial Park and the Atlanta skyline while dining. Menu includes items from around the world. Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 6:30am - 11:00am Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm Dress is casual. Reservation recommended. Atmosphere: Bar Scene, Bustling, Laid Back Casual, Tourist Spot, Trendy, and Upscale Menu Map Good ratings
Paschals---404-525-2023---180-B Northside Drive SW. Paschal's Restaurant combines over 50 years of history, hospitality & down home cooking into a legendary dining experience. The old original Paschals began as a meeting and planning place for civil rights leaders. The new Paschals, is known for its fried chicken and peach cobbler. Whether you decide to take it all in from the beautiful marble topped bar, over a sumptuous meal in the exquisitely decorated dining area or in the elegant banquet facilities, your experience at Paschal's will be a memorable one. Dress: Business Casual
Hours of Operation: Breakfast: 8-11 a.m. Mondays-Fridays; 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Lunch: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. Dinner: 4-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 4-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; noon-9 p.m. Sundays. Brunch: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Map Menu
City Grill --- No longer in operation as of June 3, 2009
Pittypat’s Porch---404-525-8228---25 Andrew Young International Blvd., NW, Within walking distance of the Omni Hotel. Traditional Southern cuisine and genuine Southern Hospitality. Sort of touristy and recently, has not received the best ratings. dinner only Most Atlantans would say, if you want down home southern cooking make the trip up Ponce De Leon Ave (pronounced Ponce Der Leon) to Mary Macs Tea House or visit Paschal's. Price $15- $30 Map Menu
JCT Kitchen---404-355-2252---1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Southern Farmstead Cooking. Chef Ford Fry's shrimp and grits preparations vary by the season, but they are always divine. The current version -- gorgeous grits with a piece of toasted bread, perfect shrimp, a poached egg and a splash of truffle oil -- is his best effort so far and a reason to visit if you haven't done so already. Good ratings.
7 days, Mon-Fri L, Mon-Sat D, Sunday special 3 course supper 5-9 Price $10-$20 Map Menu
Sweet Auburn Market---209 Edgewood Ave SE---404-659-1665, Established in 1923, Just as it was when it was founded in
1918, the Curb Market offers an exotic array of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and fish. The market also stocks numerous specialty products. A row of small cafes serves daily meals that range from Atlanta's best soul food to gourmet Italian cuisine. Rachel Ray put this place on the map when she featured it in her show $40 a Day. Specifically, Ray highlighted the sweet potato cheesecake that is sold here, which isn't exactly a bargain, but certainly is delicious and promised to take at least 2-3 months off of your life expectancy (the crust is made from mashed pound cake). Mon-Sat, 8AM-6 PM Map, Nearest MARTA Transit: Five Points (North-South, Northeast-South, East-West, Proctor Creek) Map
Sweet Auburn Bread Company (right down the block from market)---404-221-1157--- 234 Auburn Ave NE, Home of the world famous Sweet Potato Cheescake-fit for a President! Winner of the AT ADA Best Dessert Contest for Southern Chocolate Pecan Sassy Tassy, Mon-Sat Map
The Varsity Downtown--- 61 North Avenue Atlanta GA 30308What'll Ya Have! What'll Ya Have! That is what you'll hear when you walk up to the counter to order your meal and ya better be quick about it too! The Varsity is an Atlanta tradition and the world’s largest drive-in. No car, no worries, there's indoor seating, cafeteria style and several wall mounted TVs for entertainment. Founded by a Georgia Tech drop out, the restaurant has been serving Tech Students and Atlantans since 1928. Well the food is tasty comfort food but it wouldn't get the American Heart Association's seal of approval. You go to the Varsity for the experience and the fun. Menu 404-881-1706---61 North Avenue NW, Down the street from the Georgia Institute of Technology. But before you go, learn the lingo.. Strings// Frys, Mary Brown Steak (or dog) // Hamburger (or dog) with no bun, Joe-ree // Coffee with cream. (more lingo ->)
Hours: 10 AM to 11:30 PM, 30308
Watch the Varsity Video and see what its all about....>>
These restaurants are outside the immediate downtown Atlanta area but one can readily get to them via a cab. Midtown is a vibrant part of Atlanta and is known for its restaurants. We have featured a wide selection of restaurants for your eating pleasure.
Landmark Broadway Diner--- Midtown Atlanta. A true diner for those late night cravings for comfort food. Good ratings. Menu offers a variety of deli sandwiches, soups, deserts, and entrees. Breakfast items served round the clock. 404-477-9600---620 Peachtree Street, Good, wholesome food in a friendly atmosphere at a reasonable price, M-W 8-11, Th-Sun 24 hours
Map Short Movie Menu
Mary Mac’s Tea Room---For real Southern food with real Southern atmosphere, Mary Mac's is the place. This is where the locals eat. Stop by for everything from country fried steak to green beans that have been cooking for hours. The rambling restaurant on Ponce de Leon has remained unchanged since 1945, and is as much a cultural as a culinary experience. Regular favorites include the fried trout, baked or fried chicken, collard greens and sweet potato souffle. Good Ratings 404-876-1800---224 Ponce DeLeon Ave. NE, Map Menu
Shout--Food, Fun, Flirt. 404-846-2000---Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree Street NE, 30309, Corner of 14th & Peachtree. Located on the corner of 14th and Peachtree, in Colony Square Mall, midtown Atlanta. Directly across from the High Museum of Art, and Woodruff Arts Center which houses the Alliance theater. Shout's menu is influenced by the Mediterranean, South America and the Far East. The rooftop lounge is the hottest place in the Atlanta scene to enjoy martini's and gatherings under the stars. It's huge - almost 20,000 square feet with seating for 600. They have a sushi lounge and many bars. The rooftop lounge is pretty amazing The upstairs section is called "Shout Out" and has its own kitchen. There are several full bars, which offer traditional cocktails plus their own signature drinks. The booths are half-moon and very intimate. Within walking distance of Midtown museums and theatres. Flavors from around the world, rooftop bar to enjoy city life, wood burning pizza ovens, tapas, sushi bar, noodle bowls, Mon-Fri L, Sat & Sun D Prices under $30. Reservations are highly recommended. Weekends are really crowded. Menu Map
Baraonda Caffé Italiano---404-879-9962---710 Peachtree Street NE, Authentic
Italian cuisine, known for its wood-brick oven pizzeria, pizza and pasta dishes. Perfect place for a casual and lovely dinner experience.
Outdoor patio seating available. Restaurant is not far from the Fox Theater and many people have dinner at Baraconda before a performance at the Fox. Pizzas are all 10 inch, thin crust so if you get a salad, you might want to split one with a friend. Fun place for an Italian restaurant experience. Voted top 50 restaurant by the Atlanta Constitution, best of City Search, mentioned by Bon Appetite, top 100 by Atlanta Magazine, Zagat Rated just to mention a few. Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week Map Menu
Ecco---404-347-9555---40 7th Street, Located in the heart of midtown, Ecco features seasonally inspired cuisine with European influences. The atmosphere is welcoming, much like a neighborhood classic, imbued with a sophisticated yet casual elegance. With its soaring glass entrance and honed marble floors, its stunning over-sized bar, exhibition kitchen and wood-burning oven, Ecco embraces its classic roots while delivering an unmistakably modern, fresh and original dining experience. Prices are moderated ranging from $7-$22 Best new restaurant by Esquire Magazine, Dinner 7 nights a week
ENO---In Midtown - 404-685-3191---800 Peachtree Street, Suite A, ENO, Atlanta’s true European Mediterranean inspired restaurant and wine bar, or “enoteca”, has come to epitomize European-Mediterranean quality of life in Atlanta. This 95 seat restaurant and 30 seat wine bar with wrap-around sidewalk café is located in Midtown Atlanta, the city’s fastest growing and trendiest in-town neighborhood. Eno is the realization of Doug Strickland’s life dream to create a quality fine dining restaurant and casual enoteca or wine bar that imbibes the slower, more relaxed pace enjoyed by many in the Mediterranean. ENO takes on the chic energy of its Midtown location while exuding a very cosmopolitan sensibility. Good Ratings Tues-Sat for Dinner, Tues-Fri for Lunch, 30308 Prices: Dinner $17 - $33. Lunch: $7-$15 Map Menu
South City Kitchen-Midtown---404-873-7358---1144 Crescent Avenue,Located in the heart of Midtown since 1996,
South City Kitchen is proudly celebrating
15 years of serving fresh and
contemporary new Southern cuisine—
with a sophisticated spin. Said to to "take the New South experience upscale" Known for biscuits and buttermilk and fried chicken,Entrees Priced between $18 and $23. However, remember, "Healthy Southern food" may be an oxymoron in this town even if it is upscale. But it is pretty tasty. Restaurant has good ratings. Map Menu
Veni Vidi Vici---404-875-8424---41 Fourteenth Street NW, 30309. [Part of the Buckhead Restaurant Group] Located in the former IBM tower Veni Vidi Vici serves hearty portions of handmade pasta, rotisserie meats and delectable desserts. Though the restaurant is popular with power-lunchers, crowds are thin many nights of the week. Arrive early for your reservation and sip a glass of champagne at the understated bar. For the menu, Arugula salad and artichokes with mint pesto are wise choices. Save most of your appetite for the outstanding pastas, including velvety gnocchi in Gorgonzola cream sauce and a misshapen lasagne layered with a soulful Bolognese. The kitchen uses a respectfully light hand with fish dishes. Tried and true tiramisu is a fitting choice for the finale.chick Italian
trattoria, Near Atlanta’s theatre district (Alliance Theater, High Museum, 14th Street Playhouse and more, this restaurant will provide you with a wonderful beginning to a night of arts and entertainment -Priced in the mid teens to upper twenty's. Mon-Fri, D 7 days/week
Map Dinner Menu
Vickery's Bar and Grill ---404-881-1106---1106 Crescent Ave. NE, Bar and Grill, 7 days 11AM to 2AM Located in an 100 year old Victorian home in Midtown which offers an enclosed garden patio, romantic fire-lit rooms, a sunroom perfect for large groups, and an active bar with all the trimmings. Rumor, based on facts, has it that Margaret Mitchell used to visit Margaret Vickery (original owner of the house) for hours on end (in part because she liked Margaret Vickery and because she hated her own house up the street). Speculation has it that a great deal of "Gone With The Wind" was written in that house. Vicerys has evolved over the years and the drinks, cheeseburgers and lively bar scene have become a bit fancier, with a more ambitious menu and a calmer restaurant atmosphere. Large variety of burgers, southern favorites and salads. Great lunch stop.Good Ratings. Prices under $20
Nan Thai Fine Dining---404-870-9933---1350 Spring Street, 30309, Nan Thai is a highly rated Thai restaurant in Midtown. Chef Niyomkul has created an elegant and delicious escape from the established view of restaurant dining that most people have. The physical menu itself is as attractive as the variety of wonderful tastes and smells that it represents. Delicious and aesthetic appetizers of Thai dumplings, coconut soup, and flavorful spring rolls give way to even more elegant entrees of various curries, perfectly roasted poultry, and exotic meat dishes. If you enjoy Thai cuisine, then Nan's is the place to go for a very special evening out. A bit pricey, entrees range from $19 - $34 Map Menu Lunch Mon-Fri, Dinner 7 days/week
Some of our members suggest the following restaurants which are located in and around the Buckhead area for an elegant dining experience. However the prices for the dinner menu are rather steep, starting in the mid-twenty's and going up from there not including drinks, dessert, tip or tax. Average meal for one person with wine would be between $30-$60. Dinner Reservations are strongly recommended. All restaurants listed are owned and operated by the Buckhead Group Restaurant Group.
Atlanta Fish Market-265 Pharr Road-404-262-3165 The SEs widest selection of fresh seafood
Bluepointe-3455 Peachtree Road-404-237-9070 Modern American cuisine with Asian flavor
Chops/Lobster Bar---70 West Paces Ferry---404-262-2675, AT icon, exceceptional food and service Map Menu
Buckhead Diner---3073 Piedmont Road---404-262-3336, Snappy service, fun flair
Corner Café/Buckhead Bread Co---3070 Piedmont Road---404 240-1978, Casual, Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch only. Excellent bakery for take out items. 6:30am - 3:30 pm,
Map Breakfast Menu Lunch Menu Brunch Menu
Kyma---3085 Piedmont Road---404-262-0702, Contemporary Greek seafood tavern
Nava---3060 Peachtree Road---404-240-1984 Southwestern experience-collage of flavors Map Menu
Pano’s & Paul’s- Was closed in February 2009. Will be relocating to St. Regis Hotel under the name Pano's in the fall of 2009.
Pricci---500 Pharr Road---404-237-2941, hip Italian, salads, pasta, pizza, desserts Map Menu