The Best Restaurants in Atlanta
Collected by Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
Atlanta’s culinary scene is exploding, with everything from humble eateries to James Beard Award winners popping up all over the city. Restaurants here bring together the cuisines of international cultures, creating a melting pot of flavors.
924 Garrett St, Atlanta, GA 30316, USA
After helming Woodfire Grill, starring on Top Chef, and writing his first cookbook (which was nominated for a James Beard Award), chef Kevin Gillespie opened Gunshow in 2013. He named the spot after a Sunday tradition with his father but created...
541 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA
Named 2016’s best new restaurant in America by Bon Appétit, Staplehouse is still Atlanta’s hardest reservation to score. Husband-and-wife team Ryan and Jen Hidinger dreamed up the restaurant after a series of successful supper...
224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA
If you ask anyone who’s visited Atlanta for restaurant recommendations, they’ll almost certainly suggest Mary Mac’s Tea Room. While the spot is a favorite of tourists—and celebrities, for that matter—it’s also a...
3060 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, USA
Named for characters from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, King + Duke is the next “it” restaurant in Atlanta. Inspired by hearty meals, King + Duke keeps it simple with entrees like hearth roasted fish, pasture leg chicken, and ratatouille....
2277 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA
In a city full of burger joints, Holeman and Finch Public House stands out for its extensive drink selection and Southern twist on farm-to-table fare. Tucked into the back of an apartment complex on Peachtree Street, the popular spot serves...
1238 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA
One of Atlanta’s most popular barbecue joints, Fox Bros. is packed every day, rain or shine. Locals jam the Little Five Points favorite for Texas-style fare like pulled pork and Flintstone-size ribs, best paired with sides like macaroni and...
2550 Pleasant Hill Rd #111, Duluth, GA 30097, USA
North of Atlanta, the suburban communities of Gwinnett County are lovingly referred to as the Seoul of the South for their many Asian grocery stores, restaurants, and karaoke bars. The Stone Grill in Duluth is one of the area’s best Korean...
3400 Around Lenox Road, #217, Atlanta, GA 30326, USA
Calling themselves “craft food and drink,” Seven Lamps focuses on unique creations like artisan cheeses, cured meats, and locally inspired entrees. Vegetables are gathered from their outside garden and incorporated into dishes. They also make...
5000 Buford Hwy NE, Chamblee, GA 30341, USA
Located on the international culinary corridor that is Buford Highway, Food Terminal brings the flavors of a Malaysian food market to Atlanta. Here, Amy Wong and Howie Ewe (who also own Sweet Hut Bakery and Café and Top Spice, a Thai and...
290 Elizabeth St NE F, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA
A favorite for weekend brunch, this French-inspired bistro in Inman serves flaky croissants, avocado toast, and brioche topped with scrambled eggs and smoked trout. Later in the day, it also offers ratatouille, beef tartare, and steak frites....
2131 Pleasant Hill Rd #135, Duluth, GA 30096, USA
This Duluth bakery made a name for itself with its Fruity Pebbles-flavored unicorn macarons, which were featured everywhere from BuzzFeed and Mashable to the Food Network. Eventually, it had to limit the treats to two per person to control the...
1001 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA
The Flying Biscuit, owned by waitress and chef Delia Champion and Indigo Girls member Emily Saliers, opened in 1993 and since then has expanded its original Candler Park location and franchised all around town. At least 5,000 of their famous...
1544 Piedmont Ave NE #301, Atlanta, GA 30324, USA
Calling itself a "chicken rotisserie," this is far from Kentucky Fried. Bantam + Biddy truly showcases poultry in all of their menus. Brunch is certainly one of the most popular times to visit, as you can get bites like chicken and waffles,...
4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339, USA
Also located on the Chattahoochee River, Canoe provides beautiful views of the water and celebrates local seafood and other ingredients. The restaurant showcases Springer Mountain chicken, Carolina rabbit, and Enchanted Springs rainbow trout as...
999 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA
Miller Union may seem like just another follower of the farm-to-table trend, but that's not what made it one of Bon Appetit's Best Restaurants in America. The humble decor of this former warehouse in Atlanta's Westside provides the ideal...
3130 Slaton Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, USA
As the stomping grounds for ladies who lunch, bridal luncheons, and baby showers, the Swan Coach House has been a Buckhead staple since 1965. A group of ladies opened the restaurant, gift shop, and art gallery to raise money for the arts while...
684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA
Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall is located on the Beltline, with a large porch and space to park either your car or your bike. The summer camp vibe is a great hangout to share some bites with friends, like their massive spatchcock chicken platter....
10950 Hutchesons Ferry Rd, Palmetto, GA 30268, USA
The Farmhouse at Serenbe is as close to farm fresh as you can get. The small, weekly changing menu is made of dishes with only organic, local ingredients from the private garden, the community's farm next door, and other nearby organic farmers....
303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
Kimball House is one of Atlanta's top rated restaurants and it doesn't take long to learn why. Every detail is impeccable, from the excellent service to the carefully crafted cocktails to the meals themselves. Set in an old train depot in Decatur,...
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