Top 10 Atlanta Seafood Spots
Top 10 Atlanta Seafood Spots
Seafood is immensely versatile. Whether you prefer raw, fried, baked, boiled or sauteed seafood, there are countless ways to prepare and enjoy the sea’s bounty. Despite being located inland, Atlanta has many restaurants that offer great seafood options. As a recent transplant to Atlanta and a seafood-lover, finding the best restaurants around town was one of my top priorities. Check out CulinaryLocal’s Top 10 Atlanta Seafood Spots in the list below!
A part of Ford Fry’s restaurant group, The Optimist has been around since 2012. Chef Fry, a James Beard semifinalist, opened The Optimist to bring landlocked Atlantans quality seafood. Stop in to enjoy a wide array of seafood options. Their extensive oyster menu features a rotating selection of over ten oyster varieties, sourcing from locales like Prince Edward Island, Massachusetts, and Washington. Seafood gumbo, eat and peel shrimp, lobster rolls, and Georges Bank scallops are just a few of the incredible dinner items The Optimist offers.
Located in the heart of Decatur, Kimball House channels turn-of-the-century vibes. Inspired by the Kimball House Hotel, the restaurant pays homage to the refined elegance of the now-closed hotel. Sit at their bar and enjoy an order of oysters on the half shell or try them grilled — served with vadouvan, lemon, and garlic. Their dinner menu features caviar, trout, snapper, and scallops as well. Pair of any of their seafood with a craft cocktail or absinthe!
The Crawfish Seafood Shack is a Cajun style restaurant with a twist of Vietnamese fusion. Due to the importance they place upon locally sourcing their seafood, the Crawfish Seafood Shack menu is constantly changing. Their food is also fresh and only available when it’s in season. They feature seafood platters, Cajun boils, soups, samplers, and po’boys. They most likely have whatever type of seafood you’re in the mood for and everything is cooked to order!
Another restaurant from Chef Ford Fry, St. Cecilia “serves coastal European food — simple, thoughtful dishes inspired by the coastlines of Italy, Spain, and France.” St. Cecilia’s menu presents traditional European fare: pasta, plates of cured meats and cheeses, and contorni with seafood components. Try their whole roasted orata — a delicate sea bream — served with shaved fennel, smoked olives, and charred lemon or squid ink spaghettini, mixed with Calabrian chilies, charred calamari, mussels, and basil pesto.
The Steamhouse Lounge has been providing Atlanta and the surrounding areas with quality seafood for over two decades. Hard to miss with its azure-blue exterior, Steamhouse Lounge can almost make diners forget they are in landlocked Atlanta. Choose between raw oysters or steaming bowls of mussels and clams as a starter. Try a bowl of their award-winning lobster bisque, a plate of spicy shrimp and scallop nachos, or fish N’ chips. If a member of your party doesn’t care for seafood, don’t worry; they have burgers and sandwiches as well!
Taking its name from a neighborhood in Honolulu, Hawaii, Waikikie is a wonderful place to eat Hawaiian barbeque. Inspired by the traditional Hawaiian “Local Food,” an East-West Pacific mix created in the 1920s and 30s by small stores and cooks, Waikikie serves up a diverse range of dishes. Shrimp chips, fried plantains, and spam musubi (a popular snack comprised of spam, rice, and nori) are offered as appetizers. Try a plate of their seafood BBQ if you can’t decide on just one type of seafood!
Located in downtown Atlanta’s Hilton Garden Inn, Legal Sea Foods boasts an impressive oyster bar, “19 signature cocktails, 28 wines by the glass, and countless varieties of fresh fish and shellfish.” They offer almost everything, from tuna sashimi and shrimp wontons to swordfish steaks and cioppino. Whether you want to stop at the bar for a quick drink and a tray of oysters or sit down for a lobster dinner, I guarantee Legal Sea Foods has a dish you will love.
With two locations — one in Grant Park, the other located in West Midtown on Memorial Drive — Six Feet Under has made sure their incredible seafood is available to everyone in Atlanta. Their menu features a different section for all seafood eaters: raw, steamed and fried! Stop by either location and try out some of their more adventurous dishes like gator bites (fried alligator meat served with jalapeño, cilantro, and red onion) or their specialty Fiddler bread pudding.
Located in the heart of Midtown, Lure serves up “fresh catches inspired by global coastal traditions.” A part of Fifth Group Restaurants, Lure’s distinctive seafood can be attributed to executive chef Michael Manley. Before he was executive chef at Lure, he was in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother and watching PBS favorites like Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, he served as Lure’s sous chef, eventually assuming the position he holds now. Whether you go for the seafood or the atmosphere, Lure never fails to impress.
Kyma’s sleek interior channels Mediterranean vibes in the heart of Buckhead. The restaurants offers a private dining menu, vegan and vegetarian options, a Sunday dinner menu, and even a kids menu. Visit their Octopus lounge to sip on one of their many signature cocktails and keep things light or sit down for their full dining experience. Their dedication to excellent food shines through in all of their dishes. Clean plates with clear, bright flavors are the cornerstone of this seafood restaurant!
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