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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "I had dinner on the back patio and when I walked outside, I felt like I could have been in Greece. I didn't feel like Atlanta at all, in a good way. The service was excellent. There were mosquitos but they were prepared for that and put out sensors that stopped the problem immediately. All with a smile and without a hint of it being a distraction or bother to them. The waiter checked in but not too much. The food was great too. Highly recommend. Superb if you need a quiet place to talk and visit."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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
  • "I had a wonderful dinner with my family. Everything was delicious."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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