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Babette's Cafe
Babette's Cafe

Babette's Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.babettescafe.com
  • Phone: (404) 523-9121
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Dinner Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm

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  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French, Provencal
  • Executive Chef: Marla Adams
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Our beautiful outdoor deck is available for parties up to 25 people. A room rental applies. The main dining room can be booked for Saturdays before 4:00pm and for lunch Monday - Friday with a minimum purchase or a room rental fee.
  • Private Party Contact: Marla Adams (404) 523-9121
  • Special Events & Promotions: Mini Wine Tasting Feasts on the Third Thursday of each month. Four wines are presented, each carefully paired by Chef Marla Adams with a small appetizer. $25.00 per person including tip and tax. Reservations only with advance payment. Book early!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Freedom Parkway
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Only.
A word from Babette's Cafe
Dining at Babette’s Café is like stepping into Chef/Owner Marla Adams’ home. She is equally as known for the incredibly creative Rustic European cuisine that she creates, as she is for her welcoming personality.
For twenty-one, Babette’s Café has offered the flavor of a restaurant that is tucked into the French countryside. The dining room offers a relaxed setting and the outdoor patio, which overlooks the serene setting of Freedom Park, makes diners forget that they are just minutes away from downtown Atlanta.
Dishes such as Chef Adams’ Steamed Mussels with Strawberries and Serrano Peppers, Artichoke and Olive Ravioli in a White Wine Butter Sauce and Beef Tenderloin drizzled with Gorgonzola Sauce have kept locals and tourists alike flocking to this culinary haven.
Brunch is served on Sundays from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm and offers the "lightest Pancakes with Blueberry Compote", the "richest Shrimp and Grits" and the most "luscious Croque Madame", in town.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We took another couple with us and we loved our experience, as usual! My husband and I usually spend our anniversary dinner at Babette's so it is very special to us. We always order the filet because it is outstanding. The service is great and the ambiance outstanding! The wine list is excellent. When we take friends to Babette's we never worry about their liking it because the food is consistently wonderful! We consider it among the very best in Atlanta and is our personal favorite. The mussels are our favorite appetizer in town! Desserts are also wonderful - especially the bread pudding."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Visited again for the Julia Childs menu and, as always, was not disappointed. Our server was on top of things all through our meal. Don't usually dessert but went for the blueberry tart. It was out of this world. We'll be back again soon for sure."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Very busy but attentive. Had reservations but ended up eating at bar. Worked out well. Had special menu that evening,very nice."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We love this restaurant. It feels like a neighborhood place but with world class service and food. Look for the wine tastings or the special event dinners. You will never be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We normally go to Babette's for brunch on Sunday afternoons. We decided to go to Babette's for dinner during Julia Child's birthday week where a special menu was offered. I am so happy that we made this decision. The food was amazing and I will definitely be returning during Julia Child's birthday week in the future! Of course, I will return many times before next August as the food and service is always superb."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The bartender is accomplished and just friendly enough; the ambience of the restaurant is good with enough space between tables for privacy; the food is well prepared and seasoned just right; highly recommend for a nice, quiet dinner with a good friend. Older, neighborhood crowd - not a trendy place. Great find Intown!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Fabulous. Always great! Doesn't get better than Marla."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Babette's has become a neighborhood institution. The food is fresh and never disappointing. The prices are more than reasonable. Actually, I think they should raise the food prices a bit, but not the wine. Great atmosphere and wonderful service (especially Robin). When my friends visit that is where I take them. Marla is a wonderful host."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This is our go-to place for special romantic occasions. We also bring friends and family, as well."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The same staff .. the same quality ... the same environment (understates classy) visit after visit. You can not go wrong at Babett's!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We started with the scones and muffin basket which was a great teaser to begin. I had the Benedict which absolutely melted in my mouth-I loved the brioche instead of the usually heavy english muffin. My daughter got the sausage and onion omelette-perfectly made French style. Her boyfriend had the Latke Salmon dish and devoured every morsel. Of course, while in the south, I HAD to order the cheese grits and OMG! The best I think I have ever had...Christina was so sweet and swift to serve us as we were short on time."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I have been to Babette's Cafe several times for brunch, and each time it has been fantastic. Food is amazing; staff is attentive. A wonderful French experience in the finest tradition. This time I took friends from London, and they enjoyed it equally."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We enjoyed our lovely meal with exceptional service. We look forward to returning!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My friend and I dined at Babette's recently. The food was excellent, and the service was efficient, knowledgeable, and unobtrusive. The ambience was lovely and romantic. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Babette's in years and I found it just as delicious on this trip as I had years ago. We ordered the fixed prix menu and we were not disappointed."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Delicious food, superb service, great atmosphere indoors and outdoors (on the back porch). Everyone is friendly and attentive but unintrusive. A seasonal menu features a wonderful variety of fish and fish, vegetables, and desserts prepared with fruit such as Cream Cheese Tart and Blueberry Pie. In summer, the paella is excellent and in winter, the lamb navarin is unbelievably yummy! Pasta dishes are a bit less successful. Babette's feels special the moment you walk through the door. Valet parking is very convenient. Highly recommended!!!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "There is a french expression used in describing restaurants...."le patron"....i.e., "the boss". People use it to refer to whether the boss is present and interested in each customer's personal experience in his or her restaurant. Marla Adams is boss, owner, chef and chief bottle washer. But she manages to do all that and still be very present. I have been going to Babette's since it opened over 20 years ago, and I still love it. Marla never fails to know that I am there and to come and speak personally to me about the food. She, and her restaurant, are gems. John from Miami Beach"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "This was one of the better dining experiences I've had in Atlanta. The food was unbelievable, and our waiter was so entertaining and efficient. The restaurant is very cute, with nice art. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We have eaten at Babette's before & have always had a very good meal on each visit. My husband & I ordered the Paella & it was mostly soggy, bland rice. Not full of mussels, shrimp or clams. The chicken was so tough I wouldn't take it home to my dog. When I told our server, her only comment was that she would let the kitchen know. One our dining companions ordered the mussels w/ past & said it was "only ok". Our other dinning companion had veal & said it was good. The Romaine lettuce salad was excellent."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Been to Babette's many times alwys great food and well made drinks."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Always excellent! Marla never disappoints! Food is always superb and service great. Perfect place for special evening or to entertain friends!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This is a great little spot for a date night or with a group. It has delicious food and its reasonably priced, they also have a great wine list."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We recently enjoyed Lobster Night at Babbette's. The restaurant was full on a midweek evening, a sure sign of success. The lobster dinner was succulent with just the right amount of seasoning. Our vision of lobster is one of a 2 pounder steaming on a plate with a side of clarified butter. Babbette's lobster is an elegant delight served with a light sauce. The lobster ravioli small plate is a melt in your mouth taste sensation. Erdem our server added a lively touch. He is knowledgeable, personable and made our dining experience memorable. The wine list also boasts a well chosen selection. If only we lived closer to Atlanta, we would be weekly visitors to Babbette's."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I always look forward to being at Babette's. I can always count on the food to be fabulous--and I just love "being" there. Marla and staff have created a warm, cozy hideaway that makes me want to return again and again (and I do!)"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I met my Mom here for Sunday brunch and had a wonderful time. The atmosphere is charming and the service was prompt and very friendly. We started with a half basket of the blueberry muffins and chocolate walnut scones, which were delicious, and I ordered the smoked salmon and potato latkes as my main plate. Loved it. Great spot for conversation. Really enjoyable experience, so I plan to return with friends."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I have long enjoyed Babette's and recommended it to friends, unfortunately one of tonight's meals was less that their best production."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A great evening. We let them know that it was our anniversary, and they had a beautiful table reserved for us with rose petals and a nice card. The food and service were excellent, as usual."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Delightful experience for two couples enjoying my wife's birthday. Service staff was excellent, and all courses of the meal were served in timely fashion!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • " took some friends who had never been there for her birthday. we all really enjoyed a fine dinning meal. food & service are always great. will be back soon."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A great spot for a special celebration. Swordfish was delicious, as were all other entrees our group tried."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My wife and I recently celebrated our fortieth wedding anniversary at Babette's Cafe near Little Five Points in the Atlanta area. Our appetizers were marvelous, and our meal was exceptional! We enjoyed phenomenal service at every level, and we'll dine there again! Overall, we rate our evening there as a "WooHoo!""
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We went here on the recommendation of a friend. This is a wonderful place! The elegant dining room is in a large old house , quite quaint. The service is excellent, and we felt very welcomed."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We have been to Babette's Cafe many times. Each time we are pleasantly surprised with how good the food is...well prepared, high quality, everything in its place. The really astonishing thing is that the waiters are familiar. The wait staff has been here many years. They know their product and are attentive to the diner's needs. Great place to go for excellent eating. We prefer the patio because it is smaller and more quiet than inside."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My husband and I had high expectations for Babette's given its reputation and our experience with other restaurants in the same neighborhood, but came away disappointed. We went for dinner on a Saturday night and overall the food was very good, but we were surprised by the lack of attention paid to presentation. In addition, we found the friendliness of staff and the overall ambience of Babette's to be lackluster. There was nothing inviting about the place that would make us want to return for dinner any time soon or recommend the place to friends. We are curious about the brunch and may return to see if we have a better experience, but we definitely have better go-to places for dinner."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The venue is very cute and attractive; the food, service and entree choices were excellent. We will definitely return to enjoy more evenings here."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I enjoyed Babette's so much the first time I went back in January. Everything was delicious, and it was a truly wonderful evening. I have been back twice since then, and the food has been nothing to write home about. While the service, desserts, and atmosphere are always wonderful, I just haven't been that impressed with the food lately."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Wonderful for special occasions or dependable eating. Wait staff very professional."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We love coming to Babette's. We brought a friend for a first time visit and it was a success. Marla always makes us feel at home and the food is great every time we visit."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Babette's Cafe is one of our favorites and it did not disappoint us with its reliable great service, varied menu and well-prepared food."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Perfect evening Went for a birthday celebration Quality of the good was great Service was great and reasonable price point"
    Dined on 7/2/2014