CulinaryLocal Top 50 Restaurants
CulinaryLocal Top 50 Restaurants
Atlanta is a major foodie destination. We are the proud home of many of the top chefs and restaurants and they are racking up tons of awards from James Beard to Chopped. The CulinaryLocal Top 50 Restaurants has everything from good ol’ southern cooking and gastro pubs to Mediterranean and fine dining that is guaranteed to please. We hope you enjoy delving through the list as much as we enjoyed creating it. Whether at the top or bottom of the list (all are winners), each of these amazing establishments deserve to be recognized. Eat, drink, be merry, and remember to “Indulge your inner foodie.”
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There are three Antico Pizza locations in Georgia: One in Westside Atlanta, one at The Battery at Suntrust Park, and one at the Avalon in Alpharetta. Many know that Giovanni Di Parma has created some of the best pizza in the world at Antico. He built his pizza empire from the ground up. Come see for yourself and check it out!
To add to the Little Italia restaurants, Gio Di Parma did not stop with Antico Pizza. He went on to create Gio’s Chicken in Atlanta and Miami. Gio’s Chicken has a wide selection of delicious pastas, paninis, and more! Visit the Atlanta location in Westside! Come experience Gio Di Parma’s dishes firsthand!
Frederico Castellucci has brought a modern Spanish twist to downtown Decatur with The Iberian Pig. With food influenced from Spain, various tapas, Spanish meats and cheeses, the staff has created unique dishes for every type of palette. The bar is fully stocked with an impressive wine list from Spain, Argentina, and Chile!
BeetleCat brings to you the freshest seafood found in Atlanta. From scallops, to crispy cod and lobster rolls, if you are a seafood lover, BeetleCat is a must-visit! They also have over ten different kinds of oysters! What a great way to get a taste of the ocean, right here in our beloved city of Atlanta. BeetleCat also does private events in their upper deck dining room, outdoor patio, and downstairs den.
Bones has been around since 1979 providing Atlanta with the finest cuisine, from delicious steaks, to crab cakes and wild salmon. Bones also has a vast list of fine wines, with hundreds to choose from. They range from Argentina, Italy, France and more. There are over 20,000 bottles in their wine room, one of the most spectacular wine rooms in Atlanta. Bones also has a private dining room available for reservations.
Along the Chattahoochee River, is a beautiful rustic restaurant called Canoe. If you are looking to get away but do not want to drive too far, this spot is the place for you. before or after you enjoy their cuisine, take yourself and your loved ones on a walk through the garden and by the river. With delicious cuisine, including seafood, fresh meats, and salads, Canoe has what you crave. They also do special events in The River Garden, The Wine Room, The Paces Room, and on the patio.
Looking to try a unique restaurant with unique and tasty flavors? Then come to Desta Ethiopian Kitchen! Your taste buds are in for an adventure. Desta has full menu with different meats, sandwiches, salads, pastas, and rice. Desta is located in the Williamsburg Village in Atlanta. They have live entertainment every Monday from 6:00pm until close. There is also a chicken Monday special, so come check it out! Desta also does private events!
Brick Store Pub is the spot where Decatur locals and beer lovers come to relax and drink some of the best beers around. Brick Store opened in 1997 and has since then produced over 900 different vintages of beer. As one of the largest beer cellars in the world, Brick Store provides its guests with local, regional, and nationally acclaimed beers. You will find no big buck domestic beers here! Brick Store is for the real beer lovers, so if this sounds like you, make sure to pay a visit!
The Shed at Glenwood is a cozy restaurant with a variety of different cuisine to choose from. The Shed staff takes pride in the quality of their food and have seasonal menus that change frequently, so you are always getting the freshest meals possible. They also have daily specials! Wednesday is $3 Sliders Night and Thursday is Oysters Night and Brewers Dozen. Friday and Saturday, The Shed has $20 bottles of wine and Sunday Night is Burgers and Brews. Come check it out!
Smoke Ring Barbecue is one of the tastiest barbecues in all Atlanta. They have been included in Zagat’s “12 Hottest BBQ Spots in Atlanta” as well as Huffington Post’s, “Best BBQ in the American South,” along with many other national acclaims. Their executive chef is Jordan Wakefield, who won the Food Network’s, “Guy’s, Grocery, Games.” They have events frequently, and you can buy tickets through CulinaryLocal! The next Bluegrass Brunch is on August 6th, from 1-4pm.
Cibo e Beve is an authentic Italian restaurant that always uses seasonal and local ingredients to perfect their dishes. Executive Chef and Partner Linda Harrell’s passion for the culinary arts got her on the cover of Chef’s Magazine in June of 2017! Cibo e Beve has such a spectacular and expansive wine list that the were featured on The Wine Spectator in October 2016 as one of the best wine lists in the world.
Chef Kevin Gillespie founded Gunshow with a need to do something different. The cuisine here is to be found no where else. With Brazilian-churrascaria style dining and Chinese sum dum, the fun experience sure meets the inventive cuisine. The dishes are brought out on carts to the guests so they can choose what they want. You wont find anything else like it!
La Tavola is located in the Virgina Highlands, perfect for a bite to eat as you venture around Piedmont Park. Who can resist an Italian restaurant that serves tasty pane carasau smoked trout, grilled calamari, calabrian pork sausage, and more! And who doesn’t love spaghetti and meatballs? La Tavola’s spaghetti and veal meatballs were named one of the “101 Dishes to Eat in Atlanta Before You Die.”
no. 246 restaurant is driven by locally produced food and vegetables that are healthy to eat every day of the week. This restaurant is a pizza, pasta, and veggie paradise. Chef’s Ford Fry and Drew Belline pride themselves on their seasonal ingredients and especially the vegetables. This is a great place for vegetarians who love Italian food! Complete with a full cocktail and wine list, no. 246 is perfect for all occasions.
Olde Blind Dog was named the 2015 International Irish Pub of the Year, the first pub in the U.S. to win this award. With two locations in Atlanta and Milton, there is no reason to go anywhere else for St. Patrick’s day or any other day of the year! Especially if you just want a cold one. Olde Blind Dog has locally brewed beers from metro Atlanta and American draught and bottled beers.
Home Grown offers great country cooking for amazing prices with a comfortable atmosphere. Eggs, bacon, pancakes and all manner of comfort food brought straight to you will herald back memories of grandma’s cooking and good times. The laid back atmosphere and amazing food will have you asking for another plate and returning for more.
Rustic and relaxed, yet trendy and passionate; Kimball House has everything you want out of a restaurant. Kimball House serves for every picky eater, offering a separate seafood, steak, and vegetable menu all paired with an impressive and expansive drink menu. Kimball House is perfect for a quiet night out with a significant other, or a good time with friends.
Noble Fin is a “community-centric” establishment focused on quality seafood, steaks, and hand cut pastas. A diverse menu paired with bottled and draft beer, wine, and local vegetables. Fresh seafood flown in from Boston insure that you will always receive the freshest meal delivered straight to your table. A casual setting allows maximum comfort with the tremendous flavors.
One Eared Stag offers a quirky experience with delicious food to match. Executive Chef Phalen delivers unique and subtle, yet impressive dishes each night to every party that comes through his doors. One Eared Stag offers separate lunch, brunch, and dinner menus throughout the day and has an expansive drink menu to match. Whether you want cocktails with fried chicken or a local beer with succulent pork loin, you won’t be disappointed.
Chef Serpas has gained the title of “Crawfish King” for a reason. Each night his restaurant delivers an incredible dining experience to every party that comes through the door. The chic, urban atmosphere paired with the delectable seafood and original drink list makes any date, family night, or night with friends a time to remember.
Staplehouse barely needs an introduction. After inclusion on national lists, this establishment is a must for any Atlanta foodie. With a prolific menu and its trendy, yet welcoming atmosphere it is no wonder Staplehouse makes an appearance on this list. The lunch and dinner lists are modifiable for most diets and walk-ins are welcome at this foodie paradise.
A modern American take on the classic Jewish deli, The General Muir stands as an example for humble beginnings everywhere. The General Muir is open for freshly baked breakfast, lunch, irresistible dinner, and brunch on the weekends. With a fully stocked wine, beer, and cocktail bar, everyone will leave with a full belly and a wide smile.
The Optimist brings the best, freshest seafood from all over the country. With oysters from the Alabama coast and scallops from Maine, the Optimist is the freshest in Atlanta seafood. Bring your family for a trendy dinner or come to try the Oyster Bar with over ten breeds of oysters.
Umi is a sophisticated, contemporary take on sushi. Chef Ito delivers the classic Japanese cuisine straight to Atlanta. Located in beautiful, bustling Buckhead, this establishment offers the classiest in modern Japanese dining. Have some craft sake with your sashimi or Lamill coffee with your black cod miso. Whatever you have, you’ll walk away impressed.
Foundation Social Eatery delivers in a big way. After soirees in France, California, and elsewhere, Atlanta finally gets a taste of what Chef Mel has to offer. Foundation Social Eatery presents Atlanta with a stylish and urban eatery without the pretentious feel of other restaurants. Bring a date for the fancy diverse menu or pack up the family and for a fantastic meal and quality time on the outdoor terrace.
Osteria Mattone brings the classic, comfortable Italian food we all know and love to Atlanta. Osteria Mattone allows the diners to choose the setting. Do you want pizza in the casual osteria, or a fine three-course dinner in the trattoria? Osteria Mattone offers the best of every fine Italian dining experience wrapped into one neighborhood restaurant.
Steinbeck’s Ale House comes from a simple idea and humble beginnings. The idea? Bring the restaurant back to its roots. of great food, drink, and service. Quality food and an ever-changing menu offer a diverse dining experience that always keeps expectations high and prices low. Whether you want an intimate time with a significant other or a night out with friends, Steinbeck’s Ale House is the perfect venue.
B’s Cracklin BBQ is the ultimate in down home bbq. Chef Furman started with humble beginnings, but quickly rose to renown with his famous, local Heritage hogs. With incredible bbq and locally sourced produce and unique spices, it is no surprise that this eatery rose to fame. Fantastic service and mouthwatering food combine for an experience no foodie can miss.
Storico Fresco Alimentari started in a basement and has now rose to prestige as one of Atlanta’s premier Italian restaurants. They deliver authentic Italian cuisine made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Storico Fresco Alimentari offer lunch and dinner menus sure to delight any palate and with a fully stocked bar they are sure to please the pickiest eaters.
Mezza Luna is a comfortable eatery to tuck into your memory as the home away from home. The cozy interior hides the succulent secrets of the amazing food they serve. The authentic Italian experience can be found, here, at Mezza Luna with the incredible menu they offer, and they will even take requests for special dishes. The live music on Friday and Saturday only highlight the authentic old country experience.
Eat Me Speak Me is an interesting addition to the list. This gem is a temporary addition to the SOS group. Eat Me Speak Me serves Georgia grown ingredients prepared to perfection. They offer an a la carte menu designed to share or an omakase option. Due to the limited nature of the Georgian ingredients it is recommended to visit and enjoy this establishment while you still can. No foodie should miss this chance.
Porch Light Latin Kitchen is the ultimate in Latin dining. The intimate and comfortable environment complement the incredible food straight from Chef Gomez. Aptly named, the Porch Light Latin Kitchen makes one feel at home on their friends porch while they enjoy some of the best Latin cuisine Atlanta has to offer.
Mamak is an international Malaysian restaurant that has placed roots in Atlanta. The humble origins of this establishment began as a food stall and have become an international sensation, bringing you traditional Malaysian cuisine with bold flavor. The owners bring offer their experience straight to the table and with their passion they offer something for avid fans to the young foodie in all of us.
The Ticonderoga Club is a meeting place for the slightly mysterious, the wayward stranger, and the casual foodie looking for a great meal with interesting flair. This is the perfect locale to bring the friends, compatriots, or the guest that prefers to drink their dinner. Serving dinner (everyday except Wednesday) and brunch on Sundays, this is the interesting little nook to inspire and amaze anyone.
Nestled inside Krog St. Market there is a special slice of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavor that is too good to pass up. From shawarma to falafel, Yalla has a dish to make even the most seasoned foodie salivate. Come for the food and stay for a stroll around the trendy and lively Krog Street Market.
Looking for a southern classic? Check out Watershed on Peachtree. Some favorites there are the chicken and dumplings and tomato pie. And, of course, they have the best fried chicken around, but it is only available on Wednesdays. If the delicious food isn’t enough to tempt you, try their monthly wine event! You’ll get 20 tastes of wine for $20, and you’ll also get to sample some light bites from the chef.
The French are known for delicious food, and Bread & Butterfly proves that France deserves the recognition. Classics like croissants and beignets delicious treats, and if you go for lunch, you can fill up on the Burger American served on a house-baked brioche bun. If you’re looking for a fun event, check it out on Bastille Day! There will be food and drink specials on July 14th to celebrate France’s Independence.
If you want amazing drinks to go with your meal, Seed is perfect. Known for their beverage list, Seed boasts a vast wine list, craft beers from America and all around the world, and many special cocktails dubbed vintage or modern. As for the food, a fan favorite is the pan-roasted blue cod. The menu is seasonal and changes often, so be sure to check it out often, as there may be new delicious things to try!
Arepa Mia is as up on the times as they come. The entire menu is gluten free, and all the meat is organic-the restaurant prides itself on supporting local farmers. Their motto is “Happy Stomach, Warm Heart.” One taste of the sifrina, and you’ll understand the motto. Everything is made with love. The Decatur location is closing, but be sure to check out the new location coming soon to Avondale Estates!
Going above and beyond the norm, Wrecking Bar Brew Pub offers exciting events throughout the week. Enjoy a new vegetarian special every Tuesday or a special wood-aged beer on Wednesdays. And every Friday, the restaurant taps a casked beer for the crowd. While your enjoying the drinks, you can try the best octopus appetizer in the city or some of the other favorites. Regulars love the fondue or the meat and cheese plate. Fun fact: all the meats are cured in house.
Eating out is a treat for all the senses when art is combined with food. Atlas boasts an acclaimed art collection, making it a perfect place for a romantic evening. Described as chef-driven, Atlas offers up a different menu each night, so you’ll never have the same experience twice. Seasonal treats are always on the menu as the restaurant gets ingredients from local farms. Atlas is a fresh, innovative restaurant that focuses on providing guests with lasting memories.
Providing fresh, quality ingredients is top priority for Restaurant Eugene. The chefs work closely with local farmers to develop a menu that reflects the peak produce for the season. The menu changes nightly, but a couple of the signature dishes are crowd favorites. The seasonal southern vegetable plate includes hand-selected veggies based on the most delicious ingredients available that day. This plate spotlights the local farmers and showcases how elegant southerners truly are.
Chef Kevin Gillespie created an homage to the days of sit-down Sunday dinners with his restaurant, Revival. Here you will find classic southern treats that make you feel like you’re sitting down at Grandma’s house. You can order comfort food á la carte or choose the “family style” option which includes an entrée, hors d’oeuvres, relishes, trimmings, cornbread, and dessert. But the enjoyment doesn’t end there. Classic cocktails with hints of southern flavors round out the experience perfectly.
Both a café and a restaurant, Cakes & Ale offers a diner just about everything he could ask for. Breakfast at the café begins at 8, and you could stay all day sampling a Belgium Waffle, Tuna Salad at lunch, and Gnocchi at dinner. The focus of both the café and restaurant is on simple dishes with the best ingredients. You can’t go wrong with a choice from their menu. And if you’re looking for a date idea, swing by the café on a Saturday. Complimentary wine tastings are held every Saturday from 3 – 5. Be sure to pick up a dessert while you’re there!
Classic Italian never gets old, and Sotto Sotto does it best. In this authentic Italian restaurant you’ll find all your favorites, but think outside of the box, and try something new. The Cappellacci di Zucca is a deliciously sweet and hearty dish that you won’t regret trying. And while you’re there, be sure to glance over the extensive wine list. Every option you’ll find is Italian, as this restaurant is devoted to delivering a genuine Italian experience.
Vietnamese has never tasted so good. Le Fat is an authentic Vietnamese brasserie that showcases culture alongside an addictively delicious meal. Regulars of the restaurant swear by the Clay-pot Chicken and the Drunken Noodles as their go-to staples. You’ll also enjoy the great service of the restaurant as soon as you arrive, as there is complimentary valet parking. And don’t miss out on the craft bar. The signature cocktails are unique and pair perfectly with the cuisine!
The menu at BoccaLupo is described as Italian-American, but the chefs think of it as soul food. The true specialty of the house at BoccaLupo is the pasta because all of the pasta is made in house. There are other dishes to try, but there is nothing better than housemade pasta. The menu is always changing, and side items may change daily based on the freshest ingredients available that day, so you’re sure to get the best quality no matter what you order. Be sure to check out the extensive wine list to find the perfect glass to pair with your meal!
A self-described Japanese Gastropub, Brush Sushi Izakaya offers Japanese pub fare and chef-driven quality sushi. For the sushi-lovers, there are countless unique rolls like the Salmon and Citrus with sun-dried tomato and cucumber. But there are even options for the less adventurous–like smoked duck breast–making Brush Sushi Izakaya a great place for anyone looking for something new and exciting. Take a group and order appetizers and half-rolls to enjoy a taste of the whole menu!
Ammazza was created with the goal of taking two of people’s best-loved items and making them even better. Ammazza boasts over 30 hand-selected beers and endless pizza combinations. Fresh mozzarella is made in house every day, and every pastry is also crafted from scratch. Pizza and beer are at the core of Ammazza, making it one of the most crowd-pleasing restaurants around. But for anyone looking for more, they also have a nice wine list, and there are plenty of delicious treats in the Antipasto and Dolce sections of the menu.
More than 65 years after opening, Mary Mac’s Tea Room remains a staple for Atlanta tourists and locals alike. The southern fare and true hospitality represent all the great things about life in the South. Steeped in history, you’ll enjoy more than food and sweet tea at Mary Mac’s. But the food is not to be forgotten. Chicken and Dumplings, Fried Okra, Deviled Eggs, and Chicken Livers are just a few of the comfort foods available. Anyone who visits Mary Mac’s Tea Room is treated like family and leaves full of delicious food and lots of love!
Establishment is Atlanta’s premier cocktail lounge. They serve some of the best cocktails with fresh ingredients, top-shelf liquor, and hand carved ice all accompanied by live music from the best DJs. Establishment is the perfect scene for any occasion, whether you are catching up with an old flame, taking the significant other out for a night on the town, or just going for casual drinks with friends. It is rare that you find a place so high quality and relevant. Establishment is a must see for Atlanta foodies.
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