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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, European, 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful for special occasions or dependable eating. Wait staff very professional."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My wife and I attended a wonderful Wine Tasting with Appetizers Event, then we decided to stay for light dinner. My wife started with a tasting of Gazpacho with Creme Fraiche and I with the Romaine and Arugula salad. Yum Yum. We shared the Paella which was just O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G. This was the BEST Paella I have tasted including my numerous trips to Southern Spain over the last 35 years. Our Server, Robin, MADE our meal an Exceptional Dining Experience. Hope the Paella is ON the Menu next month when we return to Babette's."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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
  • "We are regulars at Babettes. Love it. Our neighborhood go to. Last week's dining experience was not up to par. Our waitress who is a long time waitress was either having a bad night or the stars were not aligned. Grumpy is generous. Frustrating especially after our open table reservation expressly included a special request to be seated within a certain other waiter's area. The request for her to check and see if any potato vodkas were available met with great consternation. Wine would do. My meal was good, not exquisite as is typically for Babettes. My husband's meal was less than good, way not typical for Babettes. Disappointing, but i guess we all have off nights."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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
  • "We have been dining at Babette's for over 10 years. Unlike any other restaurant in Atlanta, the food has been consist in quality - Excellent. As with any restaurant servers and menu items change. Some we prefer more than others. For some unknowable reason it had been over a year between out last visits. That is not going to happen again."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Wonderful food, service and atmosphere with no attitude! Forget about the latest coolest places and come enjoy Babette's."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "One of the great spots for brunch, I love Marla and her crew. A must go to place!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We've not had brunch yet but the dinner dining experiences we've had and the way it was described to us by our server it has to be fantastic. And our plans are to have brunch on 7/20. This has become our favorite dining place. Everything has always been wonderful from the valet, bartenders, servers and of course the food. We highly recommend this Café."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "It's been awhile since my husband and I have been to Babette's. Just a touch too far from our Ansley n'hood, or can't get a reservation at last minute. But we went this weekend and it was like having dinner with an old friend who looks better than ever. We like to dine on a series of "small plates" rather than get separate entrees. Each one hit it out of the park! Gazpacho, corn chowder w/crab, salad, grilled artichoke, smoke salmon and mussels. Also the best Malbec we've ever had and some creamy banana ice cream for dessert. Service was warm and attentive. Great job, Babette's!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Back for another great meal. You cant beat the filet, veal, & chocolate bread pudding, longtime favorites. If you enjoy dinning, fine food, excellent, friendly service, this the place. Will be back shortly"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Not as romantic as I was hoping for... Ambience was more fit for a nice friend or family dinner. The food was good, but not necessarily worth the prices. The patio was nice and our waiter was attentive."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We could not have asked for a better dining experience. The food was terrific, the service great, and the atmosphere very comfortable."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I had a wonderful dinner with my family. Everything was delicious."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Before moving to Atlanta, I came across the Babette's menu and said, oh I Must go there. I did and loved it. We moved away, but back in town for a wedding, the first thing that came up was going to Babette's for brunch."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I had a wonderful meal at Babette's. It really has a lot of character and the food was excellent. Valet parking was very fast and efficient. The hostess was very understanding that my colleague was 15 minutes late. I will be back again, and again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great ambiance and excellent food. Very loud, however, so challenging to have a conversation. Would try to sit outside if the weather permits but would definitely come again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Went to Babette's for Father's Day with my husband and lovely as always. Great service, delicious food, warm and welcoming atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Again, we go back to Babette's Café for a wonderful and truly memorable dining experience, and again, we were not disappointed. Every time we have been to Babette's has been absolutely marvelous, and we will be back again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My sister and I like to try places for brunch. Babette's did not disappoint! The food was delicious!! The Bloody Mary was just so so but my sister's drink- lemonade with basil- so good!! I would like to return for supper or even lunch."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "When I'm trying to find a good place for brunch I always come back to Babette's Cafe."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Atlanta is full of terrific restaurants, but after living here four years, and trying at least one new place every weekend, I put Babette's near, or perhaps at, the very top of the list. The food is delightful (I have NEVER had more perfect veal piccata); the service is perfect (charming, informative, and attentive, without being overbearing); the cost is very reasonable for the terrific quality; and the room is just beautiful. Not only beautiful, but also soothing ... so many restaurants today, even very high end, well reviewed ones, are so loud they rattle your fillings and you cannot enjoy your dinner companions. Babette's is an oasis of calm. I LOVED the place."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Once again Babette's hit the spot. Saturday night my husband and I both ordered paella and it was divine ... fresh, flavorful, satisfying. Our waiter was charming and paid just the right amount of attention to us. We dined with older friends, and the noise level wasn't the least bit bothersome. I'm so grateful to have this perfect gem of a restaurant so close to home."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Chrissie or Christine is the perfect waitress. She would be great as a trainer for others. So happy you are in neighborhood. We were late arriving as a result of friend flying in from Colorado, but we were met by a young man with an umbrella in a wind, rainy evening. The food is excellent, well- prepared. Never felt rushed to finish dinner though we were almost the last ones there. Will be back as often as possible & hope to always have Chrissie as our waitress. She is a lovely person."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Babette's is a favorite of ours. The food is excellent and consistent. The servers are friendly, well-informed answers to questions about the menu, but never pushy. The cocktails are divine - made with fresh ingredients, not mixes. The inside dining is wonderful but, if the weather is nice, the back patio is a gem. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We have visited Babette's on several occasions and have never been disappointed. Food is excellent with wide selection on menu. Service is very good and the ambience is excellent for business dinners or an outing with wife and friends."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "As usual, the food was excellent, very good service, and great value. Always enjoy our dinners here."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Delightful evening at Babette's Cafe. Sat on covered patio overlooking lots of green. Food, especially the prix fixe was wonderful and a great value. Very good wine, loaf of bread, and dessert and coffee. Service was excellent and efficient. This was a return visit and we will continue to enjoy dinners at Babette's."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My son took me here for my 52nd birthday and it was an excellent meal all the way around. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Went there for a belated Mothers's Day brunch. The dining room was plesantly full. We chose to sit on the outdoor patio, which is really beautifully integrated into the wooded lot. Very nice. Staff are a little brusque but professional. All the food was great, the basket of muffins was a real hit as were the grits that accompanied all the breakfast selections. The home fries were very basic and a bit of a disappointment--especially since I paid a substitution charge for them, Basically seemed to be oven-roasted potato wedges. But even they were fresh and tasty, if simple."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The dinner we had was excellent. I can say it was the best meal out in a long time. Food was great. The service was great. The dessert was great."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Long time customer. Food was great as always and service excellent."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Far and away one of the better places to eat in ATL. Form and substance, no pretense, a wonderful menu and executed flawlessly. Can't wait until our next visit."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "You cannot find better cuisine in the Atlanta area. It is creative, varied and always impressive. The menu regularly mixes long time favorites, some of which come and go, with new creations. The wait staff is friendly and professional, the dining areas comfortable and appealing. One of my favorite places."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The server we had was wonderful & I have not complaints about service. I have great memories of prior dinners, but this one was not good. We tried several appetizers. Best grilled corn chowder I've ever had- very delicious. The piroshki and ravioli were disappointing and neither was particularly memorable. The homemade ice cream tasted old and not worth the calories. Maybe we hit a bad night."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Babette's had been one of my 'go to' restaurants for more than 15 years. The service and cuisine never disappoint and the menu is tweaked just enough to keep the classics on board while rotating some interesting seasonal items. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Chrissy was our waitress & she was great. Interesting to talk to as well. Food was excellent, evening was perfect in every way. Babette's Café is a gem in our neighborhood. Plan to go back there with a guest from Colorado in two weeks. My favorite place in Atlanta and certainly in the Va-Highland area. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Babette's Cafe is different from most restaurants in terms of its ambiance and its menu. The old wooden house has a lovely outdoor seating area that is good almost year round due to fans, heaters and even plastic sheeting that can be unrolled in case of showers. The menu has a nice assortment of small plates and entrees in the European style. While the grilled artichoke was not the best I've had, the paella and lobster ravioli were both delicious entrees and the arugula salad was fresh and tasty. Service was good as always. Babette's is a place I often choose when I want to have a conversation with my companions, because you can do that whether seated indoors or out."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Babette's has been a favorite for years, especially when the weather allows dining on the deck. I have recommended it many times to friends and have celebrated important occasions there. This time I ordered the lamb chops, which I have enjoyed in the past, with great expectation. Unfortunately what came to the table were two chops that were almost inedible: laden with fat and gristly so that it was impossible to cut them with a knife... I asked for a sharper knife but that did not help. I got maybe two meaty bites per chop -- four bites in total. When I called the pile of fat and gristle to the attention of the waitress, she seemed only mildly concerned, as did the chef. Complimentary dessert was not adequate compensation. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014