Babette's Cafe
Babette's Cafe

Babette's Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.babettescafe.com/
  • Phone: 4045239121x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Dinner Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm



    Deck tables are not available online.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Provencal, Contemporary French
  • 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 (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, 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 4045239121x
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Babette's Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
244 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (176)fit for foodies (155)special occasion (139)romantic (126)great for brunch (71)great for outdoor dining (67)notable wine list (43)good for groups (21)hot spot (14)great for lunch (9)late-night find (8)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • ALWAYS GOOD
    NYCvisitorVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    For this trip I hosted four foodie friends -- two with chef credentials. Every dish was close to perfect. I almost had to protect my scallops from the fork invasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Lovely
    carolina47
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Babette's is always a special experience: excellent food, reliably attentive service, and a special ambience related to its site in a charming old home with good art and an intimate feel. It's a great place to meet old friends for a long, relaxed evening where it's quiet enough for good conversation. Bar drinks and dessert are wonderful-- just like the appetizers and entrees!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last chance for Sunday Brunch :(
    mlampe
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Alas, Marla is stopping Sunday Brunch after many, many years of pleasing our palette's with delectable after-service or instead-of-service meals. Babette's never disappoints. I just want to thank you for a lovely Sunday dining experience so many times. This last time was no exception. I will be back more often for dinner. Cheers to you and enjoy your Sundays to yourself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Julypeach1
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Unequaled for brunch Babette's never disappoints! Sunday's petit beef filet, poached egg, fresh fruit and cheese grits were perfect in every way. The service was the perfect mix of attentive / not intrusive. The chocolate bread pudding with banana ice cream was beyond delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Confusing
    Kdub
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We booked a reservation for the 4 remaining days when we heard brunch was ending at Babette's. Last Sunday we ate there and were completely confused by the decision to change the brunch menu and remove two if the most popular items. Croque Madame and traditional eggs Benedict, two items which had to be the best sellers, had been removed. These were the two items we ordered every Sunday so this disappointed us greatly. We ordered something else and of course the food was delicious and well prepared as always but not what we traveled there every Sunday for. And with the surge of activity due to the publicity over the ending of brunch, the place was packed and noisy, and the food service slow. We Have cancelled our remaining 3 reservations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AsomewhatpickyeaterVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I chose Babette's because of its intimate atmosphere, and we wanted at quiet place for catching up with old friends. Babette's did not disappoint! The sole and veal were particularly delicious, as were the salads, and of course the cherry tart! Overall a perfect evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Always perfect. My favorite place to eat after a play.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Superb
    JGBKRBVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Babette's has a varied menu of well prepared food that is served at a good pace by knowledgeable and friendly servers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The meal was excellently prepared
    Jankowa
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Warm, inviting ambience. The food is polished and expertly prepared. This is the place for creme brulee and chocolate almond torte. We also loved every bite of the bacon onion tart. Not to mention the filet mignon...wow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EXCELLENCE ON ALL LEVELS
    Sidb
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    An extended family of seven, we went to dinner at Babette's to celebrate our matriarch's milestone of 70 years. The whiskey sours and pear martinis began the hugely successful evening. I think we tried everything from the steak to the halibut to the duck and it was all delectable. The service was delightful, present when needed but not obtrusive.The ambiance was perfect. They remembered my mom's birthday with a chocolate Happy Birthday inscribed on the dessert plate. Really special evening. I love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always great
    vanilla33VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    another wonderful meal. food, service, interesting menu, always great. no wonder she has been so busy for 20 years. looking forward to many more meals here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tom Houck
    Gobuster12VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Babette's just may be the last best brunch place in the ATL. When Marla closes her doors at the end of the month, The ATL losses a perfect egg, wonderful cooked to order - Salmon -brochette - every dish to perfection ! And the best environment to enjoy an hour or so with friends, who really feel at home. It is my hope that Marla will change he mind, or at the very least post 10 brunches around town she would recommend. We'll miss you my drear. Please stay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch is Great
    AdrianVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I frequently dine for Brunch at here due to the strong selection of dishes. Both the Wild Mushroom and the Cauliflower soups are excellent ways to start the meal. And I personally like to follow that with their Ribeye Steak Sandwhich, but if you prefer omelettes I also hear good things about them. Another reason I continue to return is how relaxing and "at home" I feel inside. I simply love the environment as well as the type of folks that work and dine at Babette's. The only thing that bothered me this last visit is that I was never asked or brought back a refill for the beverage I had finished, and since I wasn't in a mood to bring it up, I settled with the water already on our table. Besides that, I will gladly continue coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as always
    NancyC
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Babette's is our go-to restaurant for pretty much every occasion - holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. - but also our favorite place to go in general because it's like visiting friends - one of whom REALLY knows how to cook! There is a feeling of warmth that lasts long after we're home again and, if it's too long between visits, we really miss it. My daughter and I have particularly enjoyed our mother-daughter brunches over the past number of years - just the two of us catching up, having real conversations while being completely spoiled by Marla and Robin and the entire staff. I highly recommend Babette's to anyone looking for a wonderful dining experience with amazing food and equally amazing people. A real Atlanta treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Anniversary Dinner
    Patch
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Service sufficient, décor wonderful...only hiccup was main course. Scallop dish was way too heavy and scallops tasted like they had been frozen. Expected four or five nice sized scallops....instead dish came with 12-18 small, chewy and not so tasty scallops. Appetizers were wonderful and desserts were tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valeri
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We dined here for my birthday dinner, and I could not have been more pleased with my choice. The decor is lovely, the service wonderful and the food delicious. I started with a very tasty Whiskey Sour that I would order again. We had the corn chowder - yummy, I had the starter of bay scallops on spinach risotto - light and fresh, not swimming in cream and butter. We split the filet mignon which was cooked perfectly and finished off with their signature dessert of chocolate bread pudding with housemade banana ice cream. It was a wonderful evening, and I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice dinner
    JCS1
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was great and the service was very good. We liked everything, from apetizer to dessert and the wine too. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As Good as Ever
    clmp
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Spent an evening enjoying "Babette's" take on several of the dishes from the movie "Chef." All were delicious - and we would expect nothing left from this great little restaurant. Have never been disappointed by our meals here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    Betty
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Babette's is wonderful! The atmosphere is relaxed and cozy. The service is always outstanding and you can get input about the dishes and wine that best accompanies it. The halibut is amazing and the other entries are delicious. If you want a lovely dinner is a neighborhood gem, this is for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable staff, creative cuisine
    2todine
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Babette's is a very special please. The food is always seasonal and inventive. The staff is friendly and expertly knowledgeable. It is our favorite spot for a special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our favorite
    crankycel
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I could have checked special occasion above as well. It wasn't our special occasion, though, it was Marla's who prepared the special menu in honor of Jon Favreau's fabulous movie, "Chef". It was a very special meal, brilliantly presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Marla did it again. We have enjoyed every meal we've had at Babette's. This was no exception.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Fine Dining
    Cliff
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The ambiance was exceptional with great service and great food. The paella was fantastic! I will definitely recommended it and return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chris
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A long time customer, never had a bad meal!! Have recommended the restaurant to friends and family. a great place for a romantic meal or a meeting of good friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Outstanding! Everything (appetizers, entrees, wine, and desserts) was delicious!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodiewannabe
    foodiewannabe
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was wonderful, service was excellent! My friend who dined with me eats gluten-free, and there is a wonderful gluten-free menu! The halibut was exceptionally good, so get it while you can -- it's seasonal so it will probably not be available for a while after September.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oustanding
    No1SatisfiedCustomers
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have never had a bad experience at Babette's Cafe. We've been there so many times it's almost become our 'Cheers'. The food is delicious, the servers have all been wonderful and they have valet parking. This we found is a gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most consistent restaurant
    Bebeb730
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I love going to Babett's for dinner. I know the food will be great, the service impeccable, and I always walk away happy. I love that when you sit down there bring you the best bread in Atlnta. When they change thier menu they always keep some of the Old Faithful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant revisit to an old favorite
    Diner912
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Hadn't been to Babette's in a long time. Was extremely pleased with the food and the low noise level. Our server was very pleasant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Babette's is one of our favorite restaurants. We go there frequently and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tom Houck
    Gobuster12VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Like watching Meet the Press on Sunday's, Babette's is Sunday. Just a terrific spot to relax and have great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Treat for Friend
    GAdiner
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Asked to be seated on deck. Good choice as was very pleasant and we were the only ones choosing this over inside air conditioning. Owner/Chef Marla seated us herself, suggesting most comfortable spot. Waiter Robin was attentive without being intrusive, and maintained a good humor despite having to serve us in the heat. Bloody Marys and a 1/2 basket of scones & muffins to start, then friend had Shrimp & Grits & I had Croque Madame. Felt such a pleasant experience was a good value @ less than $50 total, excluding gratuity. Free valet parking.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pickeyeater5
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    They were so understanding of us not knowing the number of people in our party. We had 2 no shows on a busy Saturday night but they were very gracious about it. The food and service were excellent. I highly recommend Babette's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An enduring in-town favorite
    KwdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Although I don't live in ATL any longer Babette's is an always consistent dining experience headed up by special owner Marla. Long time staff - some from her 1st location down the road - ensure a good time. Simply delicious food - from a grilled corn chowder to always perfect veal piccata. Luscious desserts. Menu changes with the season - Marla has done that long ago! Convenient valet parking too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic
    Bruce
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great date night or special occasion excellent food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superlative!
    BailliChaineRotisseurs
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    There is not enough space to describe the exemplary experience of this restaurant. Not only were the mussels, lamb, fresh blueberry pie and service excellent but the atmosphere and pleasantness of the people were remarkable. There are dozens of fine food restaurants but only a few who pay attention to the finite details (and most of those are overseas). The boat-shaped container in to which I could put the mussel shells. The crumber between EVERY course. The grace of the waiter (name unknown - Turkish fellow) when I told him I wasn't ready to order. Didn't bug me but arrived soon as I signaled him. Lamb arrived rare instead of medium (happens) but whisked away and fixed promptly with effusive apologies. Limited wine list but good wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bob
    Bobgolfer
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Always a pleasure to talk with Marla. Our waiter was helpful and we joked back and forth. Come here every time I'm in town for Brunch or dinner. Usually arrive as they open to avoid the crowd. Valet parking is a must here as Marla explains on her blog. It's the law when a place has only a 1 car wide drive way. Place is not big, so resi is a good idea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1992 Called - Wants Restaurant Back
    Adam
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Tan peach textured walls and a plywood bar reminiscent of 1992. Was this supposed to be a French restaurant? No French food. Top shelf for bourbon is Makers Mark and the wine list appears to have been thrown together without thought. Gazpacho was a standard tomato smoothie, corn chowder was sweetened with sugar, crostini was tomatoes (without any seasoning) and grocery store quality goat cheese on a couple pieces of bread, and artichoke ravioli were filled with canned artichoke dip. Bay scallops on risotto were passable. Entrees were a severely overcooked halibut and tough lamb chops. Punctuating the tired decor and mediocre food was the lackluster service - plates and glasses all over the bar. It wasn't cheap either - $100 a person.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a nice night out
    Lucky4visitor
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We chose Babette's after discovering our first choice to have dinner was closed for the labor day Weekend. Our waiter was phenomenal and was extremely knowledgeable about wine pairings. great service and atmosphere. definitely some place to visit again!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Very Nice Evening
    DiningOutwithBobVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Babette's rarely disappoints and Saturday night was no exception. I had paella, which was the equal of any Spanish restaurant in town and my wife had salmon. Dessert was an exceptional cheese tart. Service was, as always, attentive and relaxed; no hovering. We come back every few months and always enjoy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate