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Bacchanalia

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

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

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

Holding fast as the "pinnacle of refined dining" (voted No. 1 for Food and Popularity in Atlanta), this near-"flawless" Westside New American "keeps it fresh year after year." — Zagat

Widely considered the top restaurant in the city for years, the menu here rotates daily and you may choose from six dishes for each of the five courses. — Lonely Planet

The cooking of owner-chefs Clifford Harrison and Anne Quatrano, with Andy Carson as executive chef, is rich with detail and labor-intensive, but never froufrou. — Gayot

The Optimist

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

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

Styled after a fish camp, The Optimist fields both a restaurant and a raw bar operation adjacent to the main dining room. — Gayot

Guidebook space could never do this Westside sustainable seafood Mecca justice. In a word: astonishing! — Lonely Planet

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

Upscale fish spot from chef Ford Fry raises the oyster to an art form. — BlackBook

Restaurant Eugene

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

Mature cuisine for a mature crowd. — Not For Tourists

Yet another venture in the city's current popularity of farm-to-table establishments, Restaurant Eugene opened to wide acclaim. — Frommer's

Atlanta chef Linton Hopkins is a believer in the secret menu. — Travel + Leisure

Linton Hopkins, the 2012 James Beard Award winner for best chef in the Southeast, is behind this quiet and sophisticated homage to local ingredients... and the city's best vegetable plate. — Fodor's

Southern sensibilities and ingredients define every dish, although they may not all be done in a classic manner. — Gayot

Leon's Full Service

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

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

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

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 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

The “witty”, “unconventional” New American menu includes everything from ‘lug nuts’ to ‘bacon in a glass.’ — Zagat

Holeman & Finch Public House

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

When anyone tells you that Holeman & Finch has the best burger in Atlanta, you probably think to yourself, "So what? There are a lot of great burgers in Atlanta," which is true. Each... — Afar Magazine

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

Restaurant Eugene owner-chef Linton Hopkins, along with mixologist Greg Best, govern an ambitious gastropub just across the breezeway from the mother establishment. — Gayot

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

Two Urban Licks

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

The name conjures up an image of the Rolling Stones' iconic tongue, which is fitting since this restaurant, located in a renovated telephone warehouse, has the mood, energy, and style of a nightclub. — concierge.com

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

The menu features inventive American dishes such as salmon chips, pork shoulder with baked macaroni, and bronzed sea scallops over smoked Gouda grits. — Travel + Leisure

This "club with food" in Poncey-Highland is "one of Atlanta's favorite hot spots" for a "loud", "lively night out" fueled by "creative" American eats prepared on a wood-fired rotisserie. — Zagat

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

Floataway Cafe

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

Few restaurants combine the comfort of a neighborhood hideaway and the quality food of a top-notch restaurant — On the Grid

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

The menu changes daily, with an emphasis on fresh and local organic produce and unusual ingredients. — Frommer's

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

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

Canoe

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

Also located on the Chattahoochee River, Canoe provides beautiful views of the water and celebrates local seafood and other ingredients. The restaurant showcases Springer Mountain... — Afar Magazine

"Beautiful scenery" meets "exceptional" food at this Vinings "superstar", nestled in a "picturesque" setting overlooking the Chattahoochee River. — Zagat

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

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

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 →

"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

"Down-home gourmet" cooking is "no contradiction" at chef Ford Fry's "trendy" Southerner on the "hip Westside", where the "updated" eats include "heavenly shrimp and grits." — Zagat

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

This restaurant in the Westside Urban Market reflects its proprietor's belief that simplicity is a hallmark of the best food. — Travel + Leisure

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

Cakes and Ale Restaurant and Bar

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

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

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

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

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

Ria's Bluebird

Delis 82 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

Bohemian café with great view of Oakland Cemetery. — Not For Tourists

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

Ria's serves breakfast all day until closing at 3 p.m. We like to get our eggs softly poached and perch them atop the good grits with some of the spicy cream gravy. — Gayot

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

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

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

Ultra-hip restaurant offering bottomless glasses of wine. — Not For Tourists

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

"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

Sotto Sotto

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

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

This "heavenly", "intimate" Northern Italian in Inman Park via chef-owner Riccardo Ullio "just gets better with age", dispatching "superb pasta" and "memorable risotto." — Zagat

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

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

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

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

Dubbed the place for "special occasions", this "longtime favorite" in Buckhead via chef-owner Gerry Klaskala "continues to impress" with "masterful" New American fare. — Zagat

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

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

Bone's Restaurant

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

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

The best steakhouse in Atlanta and one of the best in the US, Bone's has provided outstanding service since it opened in 1979. — DK Eyewitness

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

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

The Colonnade

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

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

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

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

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

For traditional Southern food—fried chicken, ham steak, and turkey with dressing—insiders head to Colonnade, a local institution since 1927 and a magnet for gay men and the elderly. — Fodor's

Mary Mac's Tea Room

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

Mary Mac's is a colorful Atlanta institution, a bastion of classic Southern cuisine. — Frommer's

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. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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

South City Kitchen Midtown

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

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

South City Kitchen is set in a converted two-story house fronted by a brick patio lined with pear trees. — Frommer's

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

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

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

West Egg Cafe

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

Every city needs a go-to brunch spot and for me it's West Egg Cafe over on Atlanta's Westside. Named for the setting of The Great Gatsby, you will find a line out the door nine times out... — Afar Magazine

“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

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

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

Empire State South

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

There's "a lot of hype" about the "highbrow" yet "down-to-earth" cooking of celeb chef Hugh Acheson at this "seriously good" Midtown Southerner. — Zagat

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

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

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

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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