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Bacchanalia

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

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

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

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

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 contemporary American prix-fixe menu is first class, as are the extensive West Coast wine list and service — Where

Cakes and Ale Restaurant and Bar

International 86 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

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

Chef Billy Allin's Cakes & Ale is among the leaders in Atlanta's embrace of the local and seasonal — Tasting Table

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

Leon's Full Service

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

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

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

A bombardment of discerning brews, natch. But the menu thinks outside the bottle with rabbit tenders and pork osso bucco. — BlackBook

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 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 →

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

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

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

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

Chef/owner Linton Hopkins is devoted to local farmers and growers; his “tasting of seasonal vegetables” includes 10 or more just-harvested choices. — Where

The Optimist

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

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

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

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

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

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

Floataway Cafe

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ria's Bluebird

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

The World’s Best Pancakes. — On the Grid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Colonnade

Seafood 83 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 feels like it stepped out of some 1950s mid-century modern handbook on how to create a restaurant — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

Two Urban Licks

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

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

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 vibrant, urban hotspot specializes in wood-roasted meats and fish prepared in a wood-pit rotisserie tower — Where

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

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

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill

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

Friendly, funky 24hr Midtown place where you dine, sheltered from the street by rattan screening, among flowers, parrots and colourful Chinese lampshades. — Rough Guide

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

This 24 hour covered patio garden helps customers embody the phrase “you are what you eat” in the best way possible. Using high quality ingredients such as cold pressed organic oils,... — Where

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

Canoe

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

"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

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

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

Antico Pizza Napoletana

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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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

Celebrity chef-owner Hugh Acheson and executive chef Josh Hopkins make delectable Southern food at this show stopping restaurant — Where

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

At both locations of Vortex, the big, fat, juicy burgers are the main act. — Gayot

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

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

One. Midtown Kitchen

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

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

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

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

Sotto Sotto

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

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

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

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

Murphy's

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

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

Murphy's, a wine-and-cheese shop that evolved into a restaurant and bakery, comprises a cozy warren of rooms. — Frommer's

For over 30 years, this neighborhood bistro has pulled in the crowds thanks to its solid menu, good wine list and friendly service — Where

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

Part restaurant, part wine cellar. — On the Grid

Aria

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

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

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

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

Chef Gerry Klaskala presents modernized versions of American comfort food (braised beef short rib, veal osso bucco, slow-roasted duck, etc — Where

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

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