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Bacchanalia

American 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Traditional fine dining has largely gone by the wayside here, but Bacchanalia...holds steady as a beacon of refinement with a solidly Southern bent. — Tasting Table

Chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison create vibrant, seasonal American menus that change daily based on whatever organic and small-farm produce is available. — Forbes Travel Guide

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

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

Cakes and Ale Restaurant and Bar

International 86 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

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

Don’t even think about skipping dessert at this Decatur go-to. — Bon Appétit

New spot celebrating 'the good things in life'. — Not For Tourists

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

Leon's Full Service

American 86 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

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

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

At this restaurant and bar, you'll find a smorgasbord of unique foods, including 16 different flavors of sauce to accompany the pub frites — Where

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

Restaurant Eugene

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

Mature cuisine for a mature crowd. — Not For Tourists

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

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

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

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

The Optimist

Seafood 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

I'm not a huge fan of shellfish, but I'll admit the oyster bar was impressive with its sheer volume of selections. The seared scallops are a winner, with their accompanying glazed pork. — Frommer's

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

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

This chic restaurant embodies coastal living—from tangy cocktails to delicious starters (seafood gumbo, mussels in crabby-coconut broth, fried clam roll), roasted fish dishes and a wine list. — Where

Floataway Cafe

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The à la carte cousin to Bacchanalia, Floataway is a more affordable take on Harrison and Quatrano's signature fare. Local, organic ingredients play a big role in this kitchen, and the... — Concierge

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

The inventive restaurant from culinary duo Clifford Harrison and Anne Quatrano (of Bacchanalia fame) offers Country French and Italian cuisine—much of it grown at the couple’s own farm in Cartersville — Where

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

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

Ria's Bluebird

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

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

Items of note on the menu for breakfast, which is served all day, include the biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, and sweet potato cake. — Frommer's

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

Ria's makes a big deal about being the kind of business that accepts people of all races, religions and sexual orientations, and supports causes that speak to this commitment — Lonely Planet

Lines snake out of the door for Ria’s hearty and healthy daily breakfast and lunch specials – buttermilk pancakes, overfilled burritos, tempeh Reuben sandwiches. — Rough Guide

Holeman & Finch Public House

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

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

Chef Linton Hopkins’ intimate 60-seat restaurant is known for its famous burgers, which inspired restaurants at Ponce City Market and Turner Field that are dedicated to serving the juicy dish — Where

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

Entrées are a mix of surf and turf, like braised brisket or cornmeal-fried oysters. The farm egg and pancetta carbonara is positively delightful. — Frommer's

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

The Colonnade

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

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

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

For an extra good deal, hit the early bird menu before 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and join a crowd that spans toddlers to seniors, all eager for a plate of Southern hospitality. — Tasting Table

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

JCT Kitchen

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

The vegetable plate, which comes with buttered potato dumplings, preserved tomatoes, smoked mushrooms, and other seasonal produce, could sway even the most dedicated of carnivores. — Frommer's

This contemporary spot offers Southern cooking (crispy fried chicken, shrimp and grits, fried apple pie) and a cool atmosphere, complete with trains rumbling past — Where

Updated Southern cuisine is the fare of choice with standouts like Ford Fry’s famous fried chicken, angry mussels, house-made bacon mac and cheese, and their deviled eggs with country ham. — On the Grid

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

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

Two Urban Licks

American 83 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

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

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

This is the restaurant that kicked off the New American trend in Atlanta. My favorites include the salmon chips, topped with fresh smoked salmon, capers, red onions, and a dab of chipotle cream cheese — Condé Nast Traveler

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill

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

Conveniently located in Midtown, R. Thomas is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so there's no excuse to go hungry. — Frommer's

Healthy eats 24/7. — Not For Tourists

Open 24/7, R. Thomas' dining room is a heated patio nestled around technicolor flora, funky art and lawn decor, and exotic birds. — BlackBook

This 24 hour covered patio garden helps customers embody the phrase “you are what you eat” in the best way possible — Where

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill satisfies a wide range of dietary concerns---from vegetarian to vegan to gluten-free---including plain old hunger. — Gayot

Canoe

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

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

This romantic restaurant offers stunning views of the Chattahoochee River and enchanting trails for pre- or post-meal walks — Where

Canoe's cuisine is exceptional, and the setting is divine -- a picturesque spot on the Chattahoochee River, surrounded by heavenly gardens. — Frommer's

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

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

Antico Pizza Napoletana

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

Antico offers a big slice of cheesy, saucy, chewy, Naples-style heaven. The communal tables, as well as the Italian opera on the stereo, give the place a convivial vibe. — Fodor's

"Real-deal" ovens and "genuine Italian ingredients" make for "otherworldly" pizzas at this "family-run" Westside joint near Georgia Tech. — Zagat

Three round-bellied wood-burning stoves stay busy all night turning out the huge, full-flavored, rustic-styled pies. — Gayot

I challenge you to find a better pizza anywhere in this city. — Frommer's

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Empire State South

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

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

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

With seasonally rotating fare that delights all five tastes, exquisite presentation and a knowledgeable and congenial staff, we can’t stop coming back for more. — On the Grid

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

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

The Vortex

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

Expect "no b.s.", "no one under 18" and "tats galore" at this "one-of-a-kind" Midtown–Little Five Points duo known for its "amazing selection" of beers and single-malts. — Zagat

No idiots allowed at this burger joint with real attitude. — Not For Tourists

The laughing-skull logo should give you a clue that this is a wild little bar and grill with a big attitude. If you're easily offended, don't go. — Frommer's

Alterna-hipsters mingle alongside Texas tourists and Morehouse College steppers at the Godfather of Atlanta burger joints. — Lonely Planet

Restaurant-bar for the 18-and-older set. Pop culture artifacts decorate the grounds. — 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

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

Set in a renovated Piedmont Park warehouse, this American eatery is owned by the Concentrics Restaurants group, also responsible for Trois and Two Urban Licks. — Travel + Leisure

"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

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

Sotto Sotto

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

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

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

This warm, intimate restaurant features a fabulous Northern Italian menu including risotto, homemade pastas and wood-roasted whole fish — Where

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

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

Murphy's

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

Best brunch in the city. Nice wine program. — Not For Tourists

Part restaurant, part wine cellar. — On the Grid

Located at the pulse of the Virginia-Highland, neighborhood eatery is best known for its Sunday brunch. — BlackBook

“Relaxed fine dining” is alive and well at the “intersection of Virginia and Highland” at this “longtime” eatery-cum-bakery-cum–wine shop. — Zagat

Local flavors abound, as in the North Georgia trout grilled and served with a medley of vegetables. — Gayot

Aria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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