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Bacchanalia

American 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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. — Travel + Leisure

West Midtown Gourmet Wonderland. — Not For Tourists

Bacchanalia's edgy and sophisticated space in a meatpacking plant on the outskirts of an industrial area takes first-time diners aback, but just for a second. — Frommer's

Often called the city's best restaurant, Bacchanalia has been a destination since it opened in Buckhead in 1993. — Fodor's

Chef-owners Clifford Harrison and Anne Quatrano pluck many ingredients from their own farm. Ultra-fresh fish, broad cheese selection, killer wine list and attentive service. — BlackBook

The Optimist

Seafood 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The experience that Ford Fry has created with this intown “seaside fish camp” is so stellar, this is the first place we send out-of-town guests. The Optimist truly is the best and... — On the Grid

The Optimist might be my favorite restaurant in Atlanta, and that's a bold statement. The first time I walked up to the door I already knew that I would like this place, as it has a few... — Frommer's

Whether you swing by the first-come, first-served oyster bar or go for a full meal at the barrel-vaulted main restaurant, it's clear that chef Adam Evans knows seafood — Travel + Leisure

This Westside seafooder from owner Ford Fry (his JCT. Kitchen & Bar is just a clam's throw away) baits crowds with a range of raw to roasted fin fare and beachy cocktails. — Zagat

Named Esquire magazine's Best New Restaurant of 2012, the Optimist lives up to the hype, serving top-notch seafood in a dazzingly refurbished warehouse space. — Fodor's

Restaurant Eugene

American 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Everything's just right" at this "spectacular" New American in South Buckhead, an "adult" exercise in "quiet sophistication". — Zagat

Chef Linton Hopkins and wife Gina oversee this foodie haven where dishes like seared Hawaiian big eyed tuna and rack of lamb share space with regional staples. — BlackBook

While the menu at Atlanta’s Restaurant Eugene offers undeniably fine cuisine, the restaurant has the uncanny ability to make you feel immediately comfortable as soon as you walk in the door. — Forbes Travel Guide

Mature cuisine for a mature crowd. — Not For Tourists

There's a reason Chef Linton Hopknis won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast in 2012. — Michelin Guide

Leon's Full Service

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This community establishment has a big local following and a waiting line is the norm during prime hours, as no reservations are accepted. — Frommer's

In a former filling station turned antiques shop, Leon'€™s Full Service offers a distinguished beer list, with both draughts and bottles reaching to the depths and heights of brewdom. — Gayot

In a neighborhood flush with craft beer options, Leon's introduced an inventive specialty cocktail menu... the food menu is full of fun snacks to share while drinking. — Fodor's

If your indie rock friends got together and dreamed up a holier-than-thou menu and beer list, this is it. — Lonely Planet

The dining concept at Leon’s is reminiscent of a full-service gas station where attentive and friendly service remains a priority — On the Grid

Holeman & Finch Public House

Burgers 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Started in part by a Restaurant Eugene alum, Holeman and Finch helped revitalize Atlanta's drink scene with its custom "tinctures" and classic cocktails. — Fodor's

House-cured meats hang about. Adventurous diners grab sweetbreads, and dip fried pork ears, fatback and tails in barbecue sauce. — BlackBook

You'll probably pass this restaurant a few times while driving down busy Peachtree Road without even noticing it's there; even when my GPS took me right to the front, I didn't see it, as... — Frommer's

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. — Travel + Leisure

Ok, it looks like a "packed college bar", but this "cutting-edge" South Buckhead gastropub adjacent to sibling Restaurant Eugene puts forth a "smart", "meat-heavy" American menu. — Zagat

Two Urban Licks

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Rockin' rotisserie, smokin' blues, and scenesters galore. — Not For Tourists

One of Atlanta's hottest dining spots, TWO Urban Licks is among a handful of area restaurants turned gold by creators Bob Amick and Todd Rushing of Concentrics Restaurants. — Frommer's

Everything about this restaurant is well-crafted: the food, the drinks, the space, the service…everything — On the Grid

Especially good are the salmon chips, a signature item, or the Thai tuna tartare, made just hot enough with some Serrano chili. For mains, try the lightly grilled, huge sea scallops. — Gayot

Focusing heavily on small plates—lamb lollipops, salmon chips and fiery cuisine (muy caliente) this locale is flexible enough for a first date or night out with the girls. — BlackBook

Floataway Cafe

American 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

French-Italian-Mediterranean menu features oysters, marinated roast beets as starters, and mains like cornmeal-friend softshell crab and pan-roasted North Georgia trout. — BlackBook

Locally grown organic produce, some of it from the Quatrano family farm, is featured in the dishes, which are usually seasonal. — Gayot

"Seasonally" minded types seeking "creative" food paired with "superb wine" cite this "innovative" New American in Morningside-Lenox Park. — Zagat

Patrons can either dine indoors, surrounded by simple pendant lights, aluminum trim, and fresh flowers, or outside in the courtyard where the bushes are strung with Christmas lights. — Travel + Leisure

Romantic venue with California and Italian influences. — Not For Tourists

Canoe

American 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A rustic dining room that looks like the interior of a spruced-up cabin (soaring cherry-wood ceilings, shiny limestone walls) is the setting for this beloved restaurant in the Vinings area. — Michelin Guide

The picturesque setting on the banks of the Chattahoochee River is reason enough to visit this refined new American restaurant — Travel + Leisure

Dine along the Chattahoochee River in romantic style. — Not For Tourists

Canoe occupies a spot that, besides being beautiful, also is historic. — Gayot

The restaurant's tagline, "tucked away, not far away," is no joke—call for directions. — Fodor's

JCT Kitchen

American 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This comfortable, airy restaurant—with pale wood, white, and silver accents—is part of the now-bustling Westside Urban Market. — Fodor's

JCT turns out heaps of fried chicken; properly prepared, the bird is first brined and then soaked in buttermilk before being coated and fried. — Gayot

Southern grub and rooftop lounge with skyline views. — Not For Tourists

JCT has become such a staple in Atlanta’s culinary scene – we’re getting a little choked up just writing about it! Updated Southern cuisine is the fare of choice with standouts like Ford... — On the Grid

"Loud" and "flashy"—courtesy of dim mood lighting and dramatic light fixtures—are two words that come to mind when I think back on my experiences at JCT. Kitchen. "Delicious" and... — Frommer's

Cakes and Ale Restaurant and Bar

International 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Billy and Kristin Allin have crafted a distinctive establishment known for its inventive cooking. — Gayot

A Chez Panisse alum and pastry mastermind run this hip eatery. — Lonely Planet

Fresh, seasonal veggies frequently take center stage at this crisp, upscale farm-to-table restaurant, and they often come from chef-owner Billy Allin's own garden. — Fodor's

Even if you've already dined down the way at the Iberian Pig or Leon's Full Service, it's worth stopping by Cakes & Ales for dessert and an aperitif — Frommer's

Occupying a "comfortable", airy space in a historic Decatur Square building, this "assured" American "celebration" spot via "virtuoso" chef Billy Allin. — Zagat

Ria's Bluebird

Delis 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It’s a “hippie-happy” scene at this “small” Grant Park diner opposite Oakland Cemetery known for “wallet-friendly”, all-day breakfasts served in “massive” portions. — Zagat

Lines snake out of the door for Ria’s hearty and healthy daily breakfast and lunch specials – buttermilk pancakes, overfilled burritos, tempeh Reuben sandwiches–in this cosy, friendly diner opposite Oakland Cemetery. — Rough Guide

You won't be hurting for diner options in Atlanta, but know before you go: Ria's Bluebird is the best of them all. It's a little off the beaten path, but you'll be glad you made the... — Frommer's

Sure, the flat top-wearing Ria Pell’s bulky tattooed arms can intimidate. But those same arms create acclaimed grub with both old-school Southern charm and timely accents. — BlackBook

The World’s Best Pancakes — On the Grid

One. Midtown Kitchen

American 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Casual upscale dining mecca endures after seven years of solid service. Rich, wooden interior with neutral fabrics have impressed many a well-coiffed visitor to return for dinner party fun. — BlackBook

An unassuming warehouse entrance down a side street near Piedmont Park leads to a seductively lighted, industrial-chic restaurant. — Fodor's

The 'Small Plates'€ hold the most appeal, such as the cauliflower soup, a rabbit tasting and wood-roasted marrow with braised lamb. — Gayot

"Staying power" is the thing at this "sustainably trendy" New American that still "holds up" thanks to "reliably executed" cooking and popular promotions like its "bottomless wine deal". — Zagat

You'll feel like you're in the heart of New York when you dine at this sophisticated restaurant, the creation of renowned restaurateur Bob Amick. — Frommer's

Sotto Sotto

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sotto Sotto means "hush hush" in Italian. How ironic: The food is divine here, but the noise is incredible. — Frommer's

Rustic Italian in trendy, high-energy setting. — Not For Tourists

Adheres to the principles of the Italian kitchen, evident in such starters as the platter of antipasti misti, with its prosciutto, salami, olives and cheeses. — Gayot

This hot spot close to Downtown has an adventurous take on Italian cuisine. — Fodor's

Sotto Sotto Known for its authenticity, this lively, trendy restaurant has crisp service and risotto that is heaven on earth. Reservations suggested. — Lonely Planet

Aria

American 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Gerry Klaskala's talent is best captured by his love of rustic and hearty "slow foods" - cooked over a roll-top French grill. — Fodor's

This vibrant, stylish establishment welcomes its guests through a curtain of silver beads, designed to represent a complete break with the past. — Gayot

Memorable upscale cuisine, award-winning restaurant. — Not For Tourists

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. — Travel + Leisure

Since opening a dozen years ago, Aria has remained a hit among the dozens of top-quality dining choices in the busy Buckhead area. — Frommer's

Bone's Restaurant

Steakhouses 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Atlanta's best and most famous steakhouse, Bone's is a top power-lunch venue for the expense-account crowd. — Frommer's

"Hobnob" with the "who's who" of Buckhead at this "old-school" "cathedral of steak" renowned for "phenomenal" chops "cooked to perfection". — Zagat

Steakhouse perfect for power lunches. — Not For Tourists

Known for excellent meat, ranking tops in Atlanta and noteworthy nationwide. But even those who can't be pleased by the steak admit that service befits a prince. — BlackBook

Bone'€™s, a veritable bastion of beef, rates at the top of the list for steak dining as well as a good business ambience. — Gayot

The Colonnade

Seafood 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Southern meat-and-three institution. — Not For Tourists

This Atlanta institution, a respectable old place incongruously set in a stretch of girlie bars and sex shops northeast of downtown, is full of old-timers and regulars. — Rough Guide

“Cheap” tabs, “seriously high-octane potables” and an experience that’s “like nothing else in Atlanta.”. — Zagat

The Colonnade serves some of the region's best fried chicken... and yeast rolls, the latter a rapidly disappearing Southern treat. — Gayot

Clubbers, bouffant-bearing ladies, and gay seniors make up a portion of the eclectic clientele. Old-fashioned faves like lima beans, okra, and fried chicken prevail. — BlackBook

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Cafés 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Southern meat-and-three legend is classiest thing on Ponce. — Not For Tourists

Local celebrities and ordinary folks line up for the country-fried steak, fried chicken, and fresh vegetables here. — Fodor's

From bambinos to blue hairs, the clientele at Mary Mac’s share an affinity for traditional Southern grub. — BlackBook

Owner John Ferrell keeps Mary Mac's looking bright and lively, with good lighting and vivid colors. — Gayot

A “blast from the past” in Midtown, this circa-1945 “Atlanta institution” is lauded for “old-fashioned” Southern comfort “food for your soul” (including classic fried chicken) with “all... — Zagat

South City Kitchen Midtown

American 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Determined to dispel the image that Southern cuisine is heavy, the chef at this high-energy Midtown bungalow fuses regional ingredients with a light touch. — Michelin Guide

Midtown's hustle and bustle seems to tone down a notch at this renovated frame home-turned-hot-spot. — Gayot

An upscale Southern kitchen featuring tasty updated staples like buttermilk fried chicken served with sautéed collards and mash. — Lonely Planet

No first generation Southerner would believe that grits had the ability to go gourmet, but SCK is in fact offering them up with a fashionable flare and diners are coming in droves. — BlackBook

“Updated” Southern food with “uptown flair” sums up the scene at this “bustling” duo from the Fifth Group (Ecco, Original El Taco). — Zagat

West Egg Cafe

Cafés 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“They serve a lot more than eggs” crack fans of this Westside “cornerstone” whose “excellent”, “inexpensive” Southern fare (and all-day breakfasts) keeps it “bursting at the seams.”. — Zagat

West Egg Cafe sits in the heart of Atlanta’s bustling Westside district and serves southern comfort food with breakfast on the menu from open to close — On the Grid

Serving up breakfast and surly service all day long. — Not For Tourists

It's all reimagined versions of old school classics, served in a stylish and spare dining room. — Lonely Planet

Reinvented as the proprietor of this quirky cafe, former attorney Jennifer Johnson has developed a loyal following among the area's loft denizens. — Gayot

Empire State South

American 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

From the hand of Canada native Hugh Acheson, Empire State South is part coffee bar, breakfast restaurant, to-go spot, and full-fledged dining room with a serious wine perspective. — Gayot

Three meals plus take-out means you're never far from the Southern comfort you so crave. — BlackBook

This rustic-hip Midtown bistro serves imaginative New Southern fare and does not disappoint. — Lonely Planet

Southern ingredients get the fine-dining treatment without the pretension at celebrity chef Hugh Acheson's Midtown favorite. — Fodor's

Just beyond the corner of 10th and Peachtree Streets lives a little gem called Empire State South, and it’s a staple for all of us at Son&Sons. We love to dine with them for breakfast,... — On the Grid

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