Atmosphere Bistro
Atmosphere Bistro

Atmosphere Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.atmospherebistro.com/
  • Phone: 6787021620
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Sunday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm;
    Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Jean Marc Metairie
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private rooms available.
  • Private Party Contact: Christine 6787021620
  • Special Events: Tuesday to Thursday $25 - 3 course menu (Dinner)
    Tuesday to Friday $15 - 2 course menu (Lunch)
    $5 Tapas at the Bar every day Lunch & Dinner
    Wine Tasting - 1st Wednesday of every month

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Monroe dr
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking on Tuesday to Saturday night & Sunday brunch.
A word from Atmosphere Bistro
Set in a charming cottage, near Ansley in midtown, atmosphere is a chic bistro that offers more than just a pretty face.
The mood is romantic and mellow cool with soft lighting, open hearth fireplace.
The theme of relaxed, inviting elegance extends to the bar and the patio.
The menu offers great classics such as Escargots in garlic butter, Duck confit, as well as Mussels marinieres or Scallops with mushroom raviolis.
From best French restaurant to best 100 overall restaurant, atmosphere has an impressive collection of awards and "Best of" nominations since its opening in 2002.
No wonder it is rated excellent by Zagat revue and #1 French restaurant in the city.
Atmosphere, finally a bistro that is not just trendy!
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Atmosphere Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (62)neighborhood gem (60)fit for foodies (54)romantic (49)great for outdoor dining (45)great for brunch (31)great for lunch (25)notable wine list (19)good for groups (16)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 30th Birthday Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Atmosphere Bistro did such a great job turning my sisters birthday party for sixteen into something that was intimate and no fuss. We had a set menu with a set price-where I was able to choose the menu items. It was perfect and all the food was really good. We had too servers who did such a great job. Would definitely consider planning another dinner party there!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • La Vraie Chose
    HmBerkVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Real French food, sadly so rare nowadays, is still the best on earth, and this is the only place in town that still serves it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Enjoyed brunch at atmosphere bistro this past Sunday. The food was outstanding all us enjoyed their entrée and dessert. Unfortunately the service was less than stellar. Our server was exceptionally slow, disappeared for long periods of time and charged another tables drinks on our check. When we pointed out the check mistake she blamed it on someone else. Fortunately the food was so good but did not make up for the service issue.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atlanta's Go-to French Bistro
    markb
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Atmosphere never disappoints those looking for "authentic" French bistro fare. The duck confit, in particular, is outstanding. The $20 BYOB fee may be a bit high but makes it attractive nevertheless for those of us with a wine cellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ATMOSPHERE BISTRO - ATMOSPHERE OK
    WineandDine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was my first time eating here. The walk up to the restaurant seemed old and ugly. It was coupled with some junkyard stuff next door which was off-putting. All that first impression stuff made the interior of the restaurant look dingy too. The food was good and the service friendly. I ordered a carafe of wine and the waiter brought a glass. No problem I just ordered another. We just moved into a nearby neighborhood and this restaurant was conveniently located. We will give it another try some time soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant; declining service
    ClaudiaVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We really love the food and the atmosphere at Atmosphere but during the past year the service has declined. There seems to be a lot of turnover among the wait staff, which is fine, but few seem to understand even the basics of being responsive and attentive. Last weekend, we were extremely frustrated with our indifferent server who finally had to be personally summoned to take an order for dessert. It will be a while before we return, although the restaurant had become our "go-to" place for Sunday nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have been a fan of Atmosphere since it's opening and return often. Christine, the hostess is always a pleasure. The building - a converted home - is small, quiet and charming. Outside dining is fun too in the right weather. The chef's soups are best in town, as is the escargot. Definitely on my list of favorite Atlanta restaurants, and absolute favorite for French food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best in Atlanta
    Dinnerwfriends
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is a great family owned French Bistro. It is our favorite in all of Atlanta and have sent many people, all of them delighted with the entire experience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We celebrated a birthday and had another awesome meal at Atmosphere Bistro. My salmon was cooked perfectly. The pork tenderloin was also superb. The beet salad was so tasty. The service was great and we ended up in a small room with only our group for our birthday get-together. This is my 3rd visit to the restaurant and each meal has been great. Definitely on my list of restaurants when we are looking for a nice evening out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good now but potential for great
    SethTheWineGuy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I had four different dishes and a dessert. The escargot and beef carpaccio were fair at best. The foie gras was cooked to absolute perfection and melted in my mouth like cotton candy. But, I come to expect that from properly prepared foie gras. The magic of the night happened with the scallops with mushroom stuffed ravioli. It was my "course of the year" thus far. The truffle Parmesan emulsion is a perfectly executed sauce that remains light and airy but still a flavorful accompaniment. The quality of the scallops were amazing! Large, succulent, very sweet (Probably all females) and seared to mid-rare perfection. Wine list was seriously lacking. PJ and Vueve for champanges? Blah. Louis Latour for Burgundies? Very pedestrian. I will return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French food lives on...
    Luvfrenchfood
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We loved our food at Atmoshere Bistro. Reminiscent of bistros in France . I would recommended to foodies who like real French preparation and food selection. The Atmoshere is intimate and romantic. We will deffinantly eat there again will recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on July 16th
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This was as usual a very nice experience. To be done again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place
    4U2CVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    When i think of French Cuisine, i think of Atmosphere Bistro! Never go wrong! Will be back! Merci!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old School with a Modern Twist
    JLGOVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This restaurant knows traditional French cooking, but has a more casual vibe. Nothing intimidating here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Atlanta's Best French Restaurant
    TimmidtowntimVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Atmosphere is our go-to place. We love the environment and the food is always great! We take friends from out of town and frequently with in town friends. And, we are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food but that's all
    efoodie
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food was very French and really good. Unfortunately, it was overpriced and the little house felt cramped. Our table had a fabulous view of the gathering spot for the wait staff. Speaking of wait staff, our waiter was neither French nor subtle. He was loud and opinionated not really caring about customer palates as opposed to his own.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food
    Buckhead35VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I'm never disappointed. The food is sublime and the service is spot on. The crab cocktail is a favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It works...
    cjbiz
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Atmosphere just seems to work. Food is consistently delicious, staff are pleasant and informed, and the mood is relaxed and comfortable. I really enjoyed the wild mushroom ravioli with eggplant and tomato. Both of my dining companions ordered the scallops, one of their favorites.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Although the options on the menu are prpbably on of the best and extensive in town for authentic traditional French food, the taste was not exceptional compared to other French restaurants in town. We ordered Scargots (delicious), Charcuterie (standard), Terrine (too cold), Duck Magret (probably the best sauce in town, not so much for the potatoes and the duck itself) and Steak Frites (not good). We feel that we odered a fair represantion of the menu in terms of the different dishes we tried, and the conclusion is that overall the Chef was following the traditional recipes but it felt short of achiving an exceptional result. We would still recomend the restauntant but only as a second option.
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  • Perfect Date Night
    RoseReview1
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and drinks at Atmosphere to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. EVERYTHING was delicious, the ambiance was perfect and the staff were attentive and friendly. We will be sure to come back before our next anniversary for sure as it was the best meal we've had out in a long time!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Carlsbad
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Classic excellent French food! I feel it is the best Bistro in Atlanta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • DurhamVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Splendidly interesting food with nuanced flavors. A real find near the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good Food
    DrGBVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Went to Atmosphere Bistro for lunch on Father's Day. Luckily, I had made reservations as I knew they would be very busy. Our server was very pleasant, and we didn't have to wait long for our food even with the busy lunch crowd.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Post Symphony Nosh
    Jmac76
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Took a date after the symphony for a nice, fairly quiet night out. Loved the menu. A lot of classic dishes, not too fussy, not too overwhelming. Everything was prepared well, including the escargot, duck confit, and veal liver. The sides were not the most creative, but again, everything was prepared well. I wouldn't consider it cutting edge, but I would definitely go back. Service was quite good- attentive, but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lesson in Hospitality
    Rollin
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I chose to take out of town friends here for Sunday brunch. Terrible mistake. While the food was decent, the male server was atrocious. Ruined the whole experience. There are amazing places to choose from in Atlanta if you are looking for a good brunch. Stay far far away from this place...
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Always terrific My favorite restaurant in Atlanta xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Everything is wonderful. From the greeting at the door to the quiet dining setting. I had the Escargot followed by the Scallops. The wine list is great as well. Have been here on many occasions and is definitely in my top 10 for Atlanta. Make sure you leave room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything just right!
    boneman1
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I had not been here for one years and randomly picked it for dinner to catch up with an old friend. I appreciated the table separation and low noise level which made it easy to communicate. Our two servers were experienced and had been there for a few years. They were also pleasant to talk to. We had the fois gras to start and the scallops to follow. Coupling this with the excellent and reasonably priced chardonnay capped the evening. Recommended Atmosphere to another friend and he mentioned that he already had a reservation there for this saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ok - but...
    BusinessMeals
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Maybe it was because it was a holiday, but they seemed disorganized, slow, and even ran out of bread. The reason stated was they were so busy, but as far as we could see only half the tables were seated. Odd for a very expensive , medium quality place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good for special occasions
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    They did a poor job on Mothers day. Waited forever for the food, server showed up only every 10 minutes, ran out of bread and waited for the main course for 20 to 30 minutes. They should avoid taking reservations if they cannot handle the workload.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Lovely visit for Mother's Day! My mom loved it, and it is one of her favorite spots alongside Babette's. Service and food (and Bloody Marys) were perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfully comfortable
    Fortheloveofit
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our server (whose name was Starletta I believe) was fantastic - professional, attentive, friendly. Great Mother's Day meal thanks in large part to the warmth and hospitality of this neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Taste Experience
    DLSdoodles
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We went for Mother's Day Evening and were once again completely satisfied with our meals and service. I don't usually eat steak but almost stole my husbands off his plate after one taste. The mashed potatoes are the best in Atlanta! The servings are modest but very satisfying. The waiter was very knowledgable about the wine list and had a big grin when helped us with our attempts at pronouncing the French names of the dishes. Atmosphere has become one of our favorite places to go whether for a special occasion or a weekday drop in meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hidden Gem
    genie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I have been to this restaurant several times and have always had a good experience. This time was a special occasion for my family. There were twelve people in our group. Many times when you have a big group the waiter is unable to handle them, our waiter was fantastic, and the food (which many times is not delivered hot was perfect and delicious. We had drinks, several bottles of wine and a bottle of champagne.Each was served at the right time and at the right temperature. I also feel the cost of the meal was reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classic bistro
    Bill
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This place preserves the wonderful tradition of French bistro food. Classic dishes, carefully prepared. Most of the rooms are small, which creates a sense of intimacy and the ability to hear your table-mates talk. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We love your restaurant because the food is always first-rate. Earlier another reason was because it was quiet and we "old folks" love that. On recent visits, the noise level has gone up considerably but that can only be attributed to more people coming to your restaurant and that is only good for you - so what can you do?!? Obviously we just need to come earlier if this remains an issue. But food was wonderful for everyone's order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris in Atlanta!
    Lizziebuck
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We had just returned from Paris, and Atmosphere had the most Parisian menu around Atlanta. The for was SUPERB! My husband loved his birthday dinner. We'll be back regularly!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent French in Atlanta
    JohnD
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Clearly one of the best French restaurants in Atlanta with some outstanding old favorites, including escargot, onglet de boeuf, confit de canard, moules frites, truite amandine, and several others. Definitely worth a trip for these, but great selection of less traditional dishes too. Been several times and always impressed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atmosphere
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food and service was great. We choose the patio but were Disappointed in the traffic noise.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect!
    slwatlantaVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Had a ladies luncheon here for a friends 80th Birthday. The staff could not have been nicer or more attentive. My new favorite place. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. thank you!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1079 reviews are from the Atmosphere Bistro reviews archive.