Where to Eat in Atlanta: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Jasper Kershner

Atlanta has been dubbed everything from the "capital of the new South" and "the next international city" to "the best place to do business." It's also a great place to visit. Fueled by the prosperity of local mega companies like Coca Cola and Holiday Inn, the prestige of hosting the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and the energy of young upwardly mobile types who have migrated to the city in droves - Atlanta is on fire. And this time it's a good thing. From world-class restaurants and a myriad of cultural attractions to a hip nightlife and sporting events galore, the city is cosmopolitan in every sense of the word. But Atlanta has also managed to maintain its historic character. Stop by the Atlanta History Center or visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site, a moving tribute to an American icon. Browse through the former home of famous author Margaret Mitchell or pop into the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum for details on the life and times of the former president and his family. Whether you choose modern urban endeavors or old southern pleasures, Atlanta will not disappoint.
Things to do in Atlanta

1. Aviva by Kameel

225 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-1701 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch +1 404-698-3600
Excellent
86%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 593 reviews

Aviva by Kameel

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Nice restaurant all the food and vegetables look fresh and great falafel. Very clean I’d definitely recommend this place and will come back the next time I’m in Atlanta.
P.S. The mall building where Aviva is being renovated. Don’t let that scare you. Aviva is fine and worth visiting.

2. Red Phone Booth

17 Andrew Young International Blvd NE, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30303-1951 Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Television American, Bar Late Night, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 39 +1 404-228-7528
Excellent
85%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 139 reviews

Red Phone Booth

Located in the iconic Dailey's building in downtown Atlanta, Red Phone Booth is the first of a multi-location franchise roll-out. Red Phone Booth is a prohibition experience featuring an exclusive cigar program and a turn of the century craft cocktail selection. Patrons will notice the finest attention to detail that provides for exceptional cocktails including 100% fresh squeezed juices such as blood orange, mango, and cranberry, hand chipped double-reverse osmosis ice, garnishes cut to order, a collection of some of the rarest bourbon, whiskey and scotch selections available and over a dozen tinctures, bitters and flavoring agents to help breath new depth. For guests wanting to enjoy a bite, small plates are available including fresh seafood, carpaccio, Neapolitan pizza and house made desserts.

Reviewed By ddmullis - Atlanta, Georgia

I went recently to this lounge and was completely blown away at what an awesome spot. From the entry through the phone booth to the leather sofas and outstanding menu of cigars and scotch I was really impressed.

They have an amazing selection of premium alcohol and fine cigars. They offer something for everyone’s palette

I appreciate the dress code as well. The service was 5 stars plus. Everyone was very courteous and professional

This is an excellent place to entertain clients and have business meetings

3. Bone's Restaurant

3130 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305-2508 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 66 - SGD 105 +1 404-237-2663
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bone's Restaurant

Reviewed By YorkeW - Maui, Hawaii

Our family LOVES Bones! We think they have the best steaks, sides & desert! For my nieces 48th birthday we came from Birmingham & North Carolina to celebrate at Bones. Charlie was our server and he provided outstanding service. The wine list is very fancy, they have it on an iPad. We enjoyed our cocktails which included martinis, margaritas, scotch, beer & wine. They provided plenty of bread & butter. The bread is like a croissant. Most of the party ordered salads. Bones is very accommodating allowing you to split a salad. Some split the crab cake & salad. We had the wedge & the Bones salads. For sides we had the asparagus ( huge & delicious ), broccoli, baked potato & hash browns. For entrees we had lamb chops ( huge ) filets ( the BEST in the USA ) and snapper. And of course for desert we had the Mile High Pie! Can’t wait for the next family birthday!!!

4. The Capital Grille

255 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305-2233 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 54 - SGD 105 +1 404-262-1162
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 641 reviews

The Capital Grille

You’ll know you’re in for a capital dining experience the moment you take in the breathtaking Atlanta skyline from your table. Your penthouse view will look even better after savoring a dry aged steak with a wine selection from an award-winning list. Even the bar will earn high marks from you and your guests. Complimentary valet parking makes it easy to satisfy your cravings.

Reviewed By StevenHScher - Atlanta, Georgia

I took my wife here for lunch on her birthday. It was absolutely perfect. First, they had decorated the table with birthday confetti & a birthday card. Then we were each treated to a complimentary glass of delicious champagne. Our server Denyse was probably the best server we have ever had. She was funny, helpful, & made my wife feel so special on her birthday. My wife ordered the lobster salad ($25). It was delicious. Denyse even brought extra salad greens. I had the warm lobster roll ($25). No dried out lobster meat in this roll, just juicy chunks of lobster meat. It came with a side, I got fries. They were both served hot & were delicious. As if that were not enough we were served a complimentary dessert plate with 2 different desserts. They were delicious. This meal was so perfect. The atmosphere, food, & service could not have been more perfect. We can't wait to come back.

5. Canoe

4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339-5750 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 52 +1 770-432-2663
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Canoe

Canoe is located in Atlanta's historic Vinings area on the Chattahoochee River where Buckhead meets Vinings. Canoe's beautiful historic riverside setting makes it the perfect spot for weddings, receptions and private celebrations. Its original cuisine and distinctive design have already been featured in Bon Appetit, Food And Wine, Gourmet, The Wine Spectator and The New York Times. Canoe, recipient of the prestigious Mobil 4 Star Award, was also selected as one of the "Best New Restaurants" in the country by the James Beard Foundation.

Reviewed By Sandra R - Atlanta, Georgia

This restaurant has been sitting along side of the Chattahoochee River for several decades. It's name has changed but the food remains top notch. I recently took a "lunch bunch group" there for lunch. We were 14 people at two round tables of 7. Service was superb with servers giving separate checks and describing the menu in detail. They also alerted us to ordering half portions on many items.
Many chose the half carrot and coconut soup and then a half of Caesar salad. I had the entrée shrimp salad that stated it had breaded shrimp, but when I told the server I was gluten sensitive he told me they could sautee them instead. It was a very large half portion with about 20 shrimp! And I must say quite delicious.

My husband and I have had many wonderful dinners there too. Go. You won't be disappointed. Reservations a must.
Bon Apetite! Sandra
oh ps. Desserts are DEElicious.

6. Desta Ethiopian Kitchen

3086 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329-2654 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night +1 404-929-0011
Excellent
70%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 423 reviews

Desta Ethiopian Kitchen

Authentic Ethiopian cuisine crafted from high quality, real ingredients. We have options for all types of eaters: meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans and more. Dine family style or individually, it's up to you!

Reviewed By FamSiam V

We’ve experienced the well established Ethiopian restaurant scene in DC, and Ethiopian food in Africa, so were really curious how Atlanta would muster up. Wow! Desta was fantastic - and heartily endorsed by several teenage picky eaters. To accommodate one vegan, we got the vegetarian platter, and a side dish of steak bits for the meat eaters. It was amazing, authentic, and everything was mouthwatering and delicious. The service was superb, providing helpful tips and friendly banter. The Ethiopian beer was a nice touch. And, Destra offers a drive-through window for takeout. Cool!

7. Babette's Cafe

573 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307-1438 Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, French, Spanish, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 66 +1 404-523-9121
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 252 reviews

Babette's Cafe

"The secret to beautiful food is using the ingredients in their most natural form." At Chef/Owner Marla Adams'Atlanta Restaurant, and with Chef Justin Kurtz now at the helm, life imitates art in a remodeled 1916 bungalow, nestled between the historic Inman Park and Poncey-Highland neighborhoods. You'll feel like a foreign film star as Babette's Cafe brilliantly brings Isak Dinesen's story of food, grace and community to vivid and delicious life in a rustic, European setting. For twenty-four years, Babette's Cafe has offered the flavor of stepping into a restaurant that is tucked into the French Countryside, making diners forget that they are just minutes away from downtown Atlanta.

Reviewed By Janis M - Cumming, Georgia

This restaurant is never a disappointment. The food is excellent, service professional and consistent, the atmosphere relaxed but sophisticated. Lamb chops, veal piccata, filet, all superior.

8. Nikolai's Roof

255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303-1265 Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 33 - SGD 80 +1 404-221-6362
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 332 reviews

Nikolai's Roof

High above the city on the 30th floor of the Hilton Atlanta, Nikolai's Roof has delighted guests since 1976 with its stunning views of the city skyline, masterfully prepared cuisine, impeccable service and award-winning wine list.

Reviewed By cthsxm - St Martin

We spent a great time and had a lovely dinner. Excellent choice of wine presented on a tablet ! Located at top of the Hilton Hotel, it proposes a food of quality with a impeccable Service. The view is impressive and so quiet. The restaurant...MoreHi, Thank you for the review we are so happy you enjoyed everything. Hope to see you again sometime.

9. Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse

3365 Piedmont Rd NE Ste 1350, Atlanta, GA 30305-1708 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Brazilian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 404-842-0011
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 313 reviews

Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse

As Atlanta’s top-rated Brazilian Steakhouse, Chama Gaúcha is known for delicious prime steaks and exceptional service. Guests love the causal sophistication of our Buckhead location and a top-quality dining experience that is both entertaining and memorable. Our rodízio-style menu offers an abundance of fresh vegetables, artisan salads, soup, seafood, cheeses and charcuterie on our gourmet salad and starter bar followed by hot-side dishes, pao de queijo and our endless table-side carvings of 12 cuts including Beef, Pork, Lamb and Shrimp. Chama Gaúcha is the only Atlanta Brazilian Steakhouse to serve 100% USDA Prime. Our beef is aged a minimum of 45 days, butchered in-house and then seasoned and cooked over natural lump charcoal by our Gauchos. It’s passion you can taste! For special occasions and private events, our 4 private dining spaces can accommodate 12-200 guests and are fully equipped for your audio-visual needs.

Reviewed By UglyBuffalo - Raleigh, North Carolina

My crowd tends to favor meat consumption so I have been to a number of these establishments. There’s not a lot of difference among them though Chama Gaucha stands out in the some ways. The salad bar offers an excellent selection. Most of the items on spits are better seasoned and rare, medium, and well done cuts are more distinguishable than at competing steakhouses. The lamb was relatively bland.

10. Atlanta Breakfast Club

249 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313-1953 Delivery, Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 470-428-3825
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 308 reviews

Atlanta Breakfast Club

Reviewed By msdkad

We ate here both days of our trip! The second day was about a 30 min wait, but omg so worth it. Love this place! Friendliest staff I've ever met in a restaurant! Unbelievable! Best pancakes ever! Chicken and waffles! Southern Benedict! Don't go to Atlanta without eating breakfast here!

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