Floataway Cafe
Floataway Cafe

Floataway Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.starprovisions.com/
  • Phone: (404) 892-1414
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, French
  • Executive Chef: Anne Quatrano/Clifford Harrison
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Briarcliff Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large parking area available in front of restaurant
A word from Floataway Cafe
Located in a renovated warehouse, Floataway Café transformed the space into a contemporary dining experience. Chefs/Owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison have created a local organic, produce-driven menu with daily menu changes that reflect seasonal influences. Pale blues are offset by creamy wood panels and natural lighting, while a courtyard area is transformed into a romantic outdoor café with the night sky forming a starry canopy.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Floataway Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (63)neighborhood gem (42)special occasion (37)romantic (36)good for groups (24)notable wine list (13)great for outdoor dining (11)late-night find (5)scenic view (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Two sides to one dining experience
    SonnyVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    One side of the restaurant is energetic and vibrant. The other quiet and somwhat dull. It can make a difference in your experience at Floataway. I would encourage them to ask diners whether they prefer energy or dull. The food is excellent regardless and I will still go back depsite not being seated where I wanted to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Tina
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We have dined at bacchanalia before and wanted to try floataway cafe since it is by the same company. We were very surprised that it as good. I shared the hanger steak and the trout plates with my friend. Both were great. The appetizers all were good too. Very highly recommended. Our server Jennifer , although she was new, she was very knowledgable and attentive to our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal I ever had in Atlanta
    FloatawayafavoriteVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My wife and I have been travel a great deal to Atlanta the past few years for a variety of reasons. While we have dined in many fine restaurants in Atlanta the Floataway Cafe was by far the best meal we have had. There were four of us and everyone had a different dish. Everyone's meal was exceptional. The combination of favors was a treat for the palate. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys fine food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Wonderful food, nice ambience. We are both vegetarian but were still able to find enough to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of Atlanta's BEST
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Seriously could have eaten everything on the menu and the service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hurricane
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food is interesting and superb, but the portions are average. It is fresh and local. The service was excellent after we sat down but the hostess was slow and awkward. We had a reservation but we were treated as if we had surprised the hostess and she seated a couple that came in after us first. Overall everyone should experience Floataway at least once. Very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice for special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Celebrated anniversary here and were very satisfied
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Evening
    LeslieVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Our party of four had a fun evening. The food was fine, the service was excellent and unrushed, and the prices were reasonable except for the wine, which is wildly overpriced in many restaurants. The waiter seemed puzzled when we asked for bread when our salads came; apparently the restaurant does not typically serve it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good meal
    midtowndinerVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We went on a Tuesday night so it wasn't too busy. Almost too quiet, but that wasn't a big deal. We had a cute little love seat with a table that was nice. We ordered the veal meatballs and the hangar steak and both were very good. The service was good for the most part but it just seems weird how people don't seem that friendly. When we left, the hostess didn't even notice us. I've heard this complaint here before too. It's not the end of the world, but just something we noticed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Somewhat disappointkng
    ir4anVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The quality of food was disappointing. The hanger steak, which I have had here before was served not warm. Fries were served, but no ketchup. Took a while to get that. The trout special was bland and boring. Served on a brown plate and the whole plate looked colorless and boring. Dessert was good. The appetizers were good too. Mains were disappointing. I did return it and the steak was returned after being heated up again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • john69betty69matt30
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was great and the service top notch. Had a great time and really enjoyed the wine our server recommended and the food was outstanding. Nice atmosphere and comfortable seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • another great return visit
    rsporsche
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Floataway is one of two favorite restaurants in Atlanta - great casual atmosphere with serious food at a very reasonable price point ... this is a restaurant that you could easily eat in once a month. don't miss the ricotta ravioli - it is truly amazing. interesting and affordable wine list. very attentive service without being over-bearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • take away the salt in the kitchen
    Wino
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We reserve a table at Floataway for unique occasions, and on this visit we were celebrating a birthday. Everything---service, ambience, wine---was marvelous, except, for no evident reason, each dish, each sauce, one after another, was over-salted. Whoever was cooking during that evening must have had a lapse in technique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tough to find and Poor Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    To say that Floataway Cafe is off the beaten path. It is in an odd location for a restaurant but that is not a huge deal. There are signs at the building and presumably if you can follow a GPS you can find the building. However, when you get there it is still hard to find even with some exterior signs. Once you finally get there, request to be seated in the main dining room. We were seated in the room toward the left of the restaurant based on proximity to the entrance and the vibe was not real great. It was somewhat quiet and the music consisted of nursery rhymes (minus the lyrics). The tables were also incredibly sticky for some reason (we noticed others with this issue thus the plural. The food was pretty good, but the rest not
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Funky, Tasty, Eclectic, Neat
    TheWienerMan
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Won a Food Contest on line and was rewarded with a Start Provisions gift card. This was one of 4 available restaurants eligible for the Gift Card. I went with a friend and almost didn't make it because of its crazy but cool location. Glad we persevered though as it was really a great experience. While there were no beers on tap, there were interesting bottled selections and we tried 5 different types based on the bartender's recs. We ended up eating at the bar and sort of "Tappa tasted" lots of different options. Octopus, Beet salad, Lue de Mar and the Hanger steak were all great. We were told to do the ravioli but will have to come back, apparently all pastas are made on site and incredible. Nice Job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No longer Anne Quatrano quality
    JLRoyalATL
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Terrible service- the server didnt care about us in the least. She would ask how everything was and be 3 steps away from the table before anyone really had a chance to respond. Even when I had only taken one bite of my ridiculously bland chicken schnitzel and had been trying to get her attention to bring me salt. She brought the salt eventually and never once asked anything about the dish or if I liked it. Food quality has really fallen in the last couple years as well. I can no longer recommend this restaurant to our of town visitors.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • .5 miles away and I never knew
    gonzo5179VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I can not believe that this place has been a half of a mile away from my house and i have never been. Friendly staff. Well versed wait staff. We had the blue crab rice ball and the twist on bruchetta appetizer. I ordered the Ricotta Gnocchi with Pork and I cleared my plate faster than I have in a long time. Desserts were great as well. We actually took ours to go and it traveled well. The Marscapone is amazing. I will make more trips here. I would describe this place as a moderned upscale Agnes and Murreals. (Pardon the misspellings, I'm from boston)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    journeyfolk
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    met all our expectation - great meal, great service, absolutely nothing to complain about here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great as always. We always enjoy Floataway. It's one of those special places we don't want go to too often because then it wouldn't be as special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always - fantastic
    JMac
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Can't say enough about the service at Floataway - truly exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb from start to finish
    1forIT
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    so much better than her older sister: the insufferably pretentious Bacchanalia - better food at Floataway, better service, better on the wallet
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quant and Endearing
    Roxy1778
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went for a date night. Love all Star provision eateries :) You won't leave unsatisfied.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible for a Quatrano restaurant
    SCR1VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Anne needs to spend more time in her restaurants than farming. Service was horrible and never going back
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Didn't live up to hype
    ThereseVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This restaurant has been on my list to visit for a couple of years. I was disappointed with the food. The cold beet appetizer was very good, the tagliatelle pasta dish lacked any flavor and was boring and the Prosciuto Pizza was tasty but still lacked any WOW factor. The cocktails extremely expensive but had a vast wine list. The wait staff was excellent from the time we walked in the door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sadly disappointing
    ATLFoodie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We gave had this one on our list for a while and finally got the chance to go. The cocktails were very great. The appetizers (burratta and crab fritters) were good but lacking a bit. The dinners were disappointing. The Springer Mtn chicken was a little dry and had no flavor. The beans and pickled onions that accompanied were wonderful. The tagliatelle was lacking in flavor and simply put boring. We also ordered the okra, which was he vast thing we had. We were really sad it wasn't as good as we hoped. With Star Provisions being involved, we will try at least one more time, but we are not in a hurry back since there are so many other great restaurants in the area.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The décor and ambiance here left a lot to be desired. (Sinking banquette seats, kind of a weird modern beachy but outdated décor, plates and silverware were blah, nothing too nice to look at so to speak.) So rather than bolting out the door we ordered. The food was surprisingly better than I expected but I had a hard time selecting off such a small menu of entrees. In hindsight we should have skipped the entrée all together- hanger steak was way underdone and too salty. The appetizers however were great- octopus was tender and the pasta with pork ragu was delicious. The drinks were good too. But I would not recommend this place and would not go back with all the other way more exciting options Atlanta has to offer.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    last time, food was superb, service unimpressive - again! This time both were very unimpressive. service seems to consistently be challenged there but the food made up for it. This time, burrata was so, so, pizza blah, hanger steak over salted, tagliatelle boring. It could be and should be a neighborhood gem but it is not.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently wonderful!
    ClaudiaVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have been Floataway fans for many years, dining there at least once -- usually twice -- each week. We bring family, friends, and business associates and it is always perfect for every occasion. To start, one of its great charms is its location on Zonolite Rd., from which you enter through an allee of lit trees to an outdoor dining area that looks out over the restored marsh and field that is the work of the Southfork Conservancy. One may enjoy this view from one side of the restaurant as well. The restaurant is unique in its varied atmospheres / seating areas including an intimate and beautifully decorated bar and semi private booths for small groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer Service stinks
    BuckhavenguyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We walked in and the hostess who greeted us was pretty rude. We went to the bar area. 1 bartender for about 25 people (and the rest of the restaurant) makes no sense!! And she wasn't good. We asked for a margarita and she proceeded to mix what looked like the right ingredients, then pour out some alcohol so she could add water. WHY? Why would you do that? The drink sucked. We weren't getting any service so we just left. Too many great restaurants in ATL to sit at this one.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great Star restaurant!
    SMAtlVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a fabulous meal at Floataway Café on Saturday night! We love Burrata and got that as an appetizer, it was delicious! I highly recommend their pastas - we got the ricotta gnocchi and orecchiette with summer sausage. The dessert special was the brown butter fig tart, OMG I want another one. The service was really good as well, we didn't feel rushed and were able to take our time and enjoy the wine and dinner. Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy with inattentive service
    Atllongtimer
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We found the food uneven, the restaurant too noisy to hear anyone, and the service poor. The server kept not remembering what was on offer, interrupted us when we were talking, and just seemed pretty clueless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vibeless
    HmBerkVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Getting a bit long in the tooth, menu could use some updating. Also, all of the Star Provisions share menu items (e.g. their crab fritter) which makes you feel like you're in an upscale McDonalds.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forgotten gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I had not been to Floataway for quite some time. A friend requested it for her birthday dinner. It was as lovely as I had remembered. So glad that I was reintroduced to this place. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Floataway endures!
    ClaudiaVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have been regulars at the Floataway Cafe for at least five years and still love walking in the door and feeling the welcome, serenity, and anticipation of a great meal. The restaurant has four different sections, each with its own character. On a spring, summer or fall evening, the terrace outside is perfect. All of the pasta entrees are inventive and delicious, often including seasonal vegetables. Three other entrees are reliably fantastic: the Georgia trout, hangar steak, and chicken schnitzel. Side orders of vegetables, and the wonderfully prepared farro, are favorites. The atmosphere is relaxing and warm; service attentive not intrusive. The staff is accommodating and just plain nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nightmare
    SamGVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Awful service. Everything went wrong. Had not been in a while and will not be back anytime soon.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 60 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 922 reviews are from the Floataway Cafe reviews archive.
  • Floataway on a rainy weekday eve
    iji93108VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Haven't been in a couple of years, and it's still very good. The "melon" salad with feta was fresh and refreshingly delicious. The pasta was perfectly prepared and tasty. We were two old guy friends catching up and having dinner and we could here each other without shouting! Love quiet, rainy nights out at a good restaurant where you have to endure walking in a heavy rain to get to the front door of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Good As Remembered
    NotABuckheadBetty
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We hadn't been to Floataway for several years; the concern is always that standards will have slipped. The food was excellent as was our server. Their wine list is a little quirky. We tried the crab fitter, steak frites, and the toffee dessert. All were excellent. The portion sizes were overly generous, but that should hardly register as a complaint. I'd give it a solid A.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Float
    ILIKETOEATVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was good. The service was good. The staff was excellent. I would not rank Floataway Cafe as one of my favorite places but it is still very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and Original
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Everything was great, the service, the appetizers, the dessert, the romantic table...except both our main entrees were too salty. Other than that a delightful dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dinnerfor2
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have been here several times and always loved the food. Something was missing this time. The wine and pickled beet salad were delightful but subsequent dishes were sub-par. The mixed friti had two pieces of squid and one shrimp, the remainder was poorly fried red onions. These sword fish was well prepared but the the eggplant was a bit too sweet and totally overwhelmed the delicate fish. As always the ice milk desert was one of our favorites. We're not sure what happened to the middle of the meal. It was as if the main chef was absent that evening. With all the excellent dining choices available in Atlanta, it's doubtful we'll return for a long while to what was once one of our favorite dining experiences
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall