Best Restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta might not have the foodie cachet of a city like New York City, but you’d be surprised at just how many world-class restaurants and celebrity chefs are located in this Southern city. Here’s a brief look at some of the best restaurants in Atlanta – if you’re planning a trip to Georgia in 2018, you’ll definitely want to check some of them out while you’re there.

Atlas

Ok, let’s start with the crown jewel of the Atlanta dining scene. Atlas is a luxurious, upscale restaurant located in Atlanta’s very pricy Buckhead district. How pricy? Well, let’s just say that there are paintings by Picasso and Matisse on the walls! (The artwork comes from the Lewis Collection, one of the largest private art collections in the world.) The wine selection here is legendary – a bottle of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon can set you back hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Go here if you are looking to impress that special someone in your life.

The Busy Bee Café

This is a classic Atlanta throwback with a rich history. Locals have been grabbing a Southern-inspired lunch here since 1947, and you’d be surprised at some of the city luminaries – including politicians and athletes – who stop by every now and then for lunch. The food is excellent, but you’re really going here to soak up the ambiance.

Ticonderoga Club

This “club” is really more of a restaurant-tavern, so don’t be put off by the name. This restaurant routinely makes the list of best places to get a creative cocktail in Atlanta. What make Ticonderoga so much of a must-visit is that it’s located within the Krog Street Market, a wonderful new Atlanta food hall.

Staplehouse

If you’re looking for a little bit of Brooklyn hipster charm in Atlanta, then Kevin Gillespie’s Staplehouse is the place to go. One dish that the New York Times raves about is the restaurant’s take on duck legs in red curry sauce. And the restaurant seems to have innovative dishes wherever you go. If you’re looking for an adventurous culinary experience, this is the place to go.

Gunshow

Here’s another top-shelf Atlanta restaurant that’s located in the Glenwood Park neighborhood of Atlanta. It’s helmed by celebrity chef Ryan Smith, and the restaurant’s primary claim to fame is an elaborate, 5-course tasting menu.

Bacchanalia

Spend enough time in Atlanta, and you’ll inevitably hear the name Anne Quatrano, one of the most important chefs and restaurant owners in Atlanta. (Atlanta Magazine recently named her the “Queen of Atlanta Fine Dining”) She has several big-name restaurants, including Star Provisions and Floataway Café, but dollar for dollar, the best option is Bacchanalia, considered to be her flagship restaurant.

Cakes and Ales

This restaurant, the brainchild of Billy Allin, is the place to go to get a real, down-home taste of the South. It’s located in Decatur, but it’s worth the trip to taste all of his Southern creations.

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Those are just some of the great restaurants that you can check out when visiting Atlanta. Of course, there are many more that should make your list if you’re on an extended trip – such as Bocca Lupa (the best Italian in the city) or Miller Union (a sort of California-inspired restaurant). One thing is certain: Atlanta is now one of the most impressive food capitals in the nation, and there are plenty of options for every possible type of cuisine.

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