Goin' Coastal - Virginia Highland
Goin' Coastal - Virginia Highland

Goin' Coastal - Virginia Highland

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://goincoastalseafood.com/
  • Phone: (404) 941-9117
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Zach Kell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Highland
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We offer free parking just down the street at Highland Hardware. Our spots are free to you, the guest and are clearly marked.
A word from Goin' Coastal - Virginia Highland
Jezebel Magazine - #35 of the TOP 100 restaurants in Atlanta
Highest Ranking Seafood Restaurant in the TOP 100
Atlanta Magazine - Highest ranked seafood restaurant in Atlanta
Yelp - 4 Star Rating

GOIN' COASTAL is a sustainable seafood joint. We feature only the highest quality seafood from sources, either fished or farmed that can exist over the long term without compromising species' survival or the health of the ecosystem. So why does this matter?

1. With over 75% of the world fisheries either fully fished or over fished, we believe the choices we make will help to enhance the seafood marketplace for all consumers.

2. Sustainable fishing practices are not only environmentally responsible they yield the highest quality seafood.

Thank you for supporting the sustainable seafood movement by GOIN COASTAL. Now, stop surfing the web and come eat some great seafood!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Goin' Coastal - Virginia Highland reviews from OpenTable diners
158 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (132)fit for foodies (85)special occasion (39)great for brunch (23)hot spot (23)romantic (22)good for groups (21)vibrant bar scene (16)notable wine list (13)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (11)great for lunch (6)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We went on are commendation by a friend and found more than we expected. The staff was exceptional and the food was outstanding. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent succulent sustainable fish
    ThereseVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The options to prepare your fish are fabulous. From the mild coconut-ginger to the perfectly balanced spices of the blackened option you will not be disappointed. The baby Brussels Sprouts side dish is a favorite and the creamy melt in your mouth corn bread is worth every calorie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    PalateWins
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    When you're craving some delicious seafood prepared in a unique way, that you can choose, then Goin Coastal is always a winner. The freshness of the seafood is always impressive. A great find.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This particular trips was not good
    Kimberly
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I have eaten at Goin Coastal several times before and the food has always been good. However, this time the shrimp was overcooked, the risotto was pasty, only one scallop and the fish was overcooked.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent Choice!
    planderVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The service and staff is always very friendly.You have to try the Lobster Mac and Cheese--its out of this world!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could Have Been Better
    ExperientialDiner
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    First time here. Appreciated they honored my advance request for a booth. Had dinner with a friend I had not seen in 30 years. Of course, we had a lot to talk about. Servier anxious for us to stop talking and order as she appeared frequently asking if we were ready. Felt pushed. She was friendly but flat in affect. Ordered something I really didn't want to get ordering done then picked at it. A waste, but my dinner companion enjoyed his. Not impressed, probably won't return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SUPERLATIVE BRUNCH SPOT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    If you have a preconceived notion that brunch at a seafood restaurant is incongruent, then you will be in for a pleasant surprise when you enjoy Goin' Coastal's Sunday brunch. I took a friend for his birthday, and we both thoroughly enjoyed our selections. There are seafood inspired options as well as more traditional brunch fare. But we enjoyed the same neighborhood friendly service and great people watching in Virginia Highland. My favorite dinner spot is now my preferred brunch spot too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable
    JDHinAtl
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We started with the clam chowder it was good but I really didn't find any clams in it. One ordered baked fish the other had the fried shrimp. Both were very good. One cocktail and the food and tip was $90. A little expensive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The food was very very good. Delicious seafood and accompaniments.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This was our second dining experience at Goin' Coastal. We are new to the neighborhood and we absolutely love the food and space. The staff are friendly, funny and courteous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back again to restaurant for their Shrimp n Grits
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Chef told us the Shrimp n Grits were a seasonal item but suggested he would fix something special because we came to dine here expecting Shrimp n Grits. Shrimp over grit cakes with a wonderful sauce . . . ummm delicious. This dish should be on their menu!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service ever!
    JenniferAE
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    First, I had very specific requests on my opentable Rez - table by the window, somewhat set apart and a table that would be a good set up for 6-way conversations for girls' night out. The seating was perfection-a great surprise! Next, our server - cute & fun as could be, attentive in exactly the right way & very helpful in Menu choices, all adding to the fun of the evening. 3d, the food - wow! From the cheesy deliciousness of the crab dip to the unexpected savory and wonderful texture of the mushroom app to my perfectly prepared Tuna done in the coconut ginger prep. I only thought I liked tuna overcooked - this tuna was perfect - I could have eaten it raw, sushi style it was so light and delicious. Desserts - delightful decadence!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Matyjewicz2
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The fish is super fresh and service was on spot. I like the simplicity of choosing the fish and hing the option of how it is served. Definitely recommend and we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trey is Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Good food. Trey was a phenomenal server. Took care of all of our needs.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Way too loud
    babu
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It was impossible for us to hear each other talk during dinner. We visit this restaurant often but we usually sit at the bar. But since there were three of us, we sat at a table on this occasion. Even though everything else was very enjoyable as always, I was surprised at our difficulty in having normal conversation and I would not have chosen this place because of that if I had known. They REALLY need to work on that issue. We will not come to the restaurant in the future and sit in the dining room. What a shame.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely on my repeat visit list!
    TomR
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We choose Goin Coastal for an early dinner after a matinee at the Fox Theater, because the menu looked great and it was only 5 minutes from the theater. We were not disappointed, the GC food and service exceeded expectations in every department. The food was amazing, and the service was attentive without being intrusive. Our party of four had mussels and salads for appetizers, and salmon, baked grouper, and a mouth watering seafood stew (called The Bowl). All were prepared to perfection, not overcooked and dry as so often happens when ordering seafood in Atlanta. We all agreed that we will be going back again, and work our way through this great menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above Expected
    Fridayniteout
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    A friend recommended Goin' Coastal so I expected it to be good... The lobster Mac N Cheese was taunted as it is so good, it will make you want to "slap your Momma".... It was so good I wanted to slap My Momma and My husband's Momma!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week sucess
    Bubba
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Went here during Highlands Restaurant Week because I liked the looks of the prix fixed menu. Everything was absolutely wonderful. Clam chowder and crab dip app stood out. I've been here before and always leave saying "We need to come here more."
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highlands Restaurant Week
    GourmetettesVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We decided to finally try Goin' Coastal for Highlands Restaurant Week, and we were not disappointed. The high quality of the food and great service made us want to return again! Our glasses of wine were outstanding. My husband and I both ate the creamy rich New England clam chowder as our first course. My ahi tuna poke salad was my only disappointment, as the chunks of ahi tuna were tiny -- I wished I'd tried the lobster fritters with coconut cream sauce instead. Our entrees of baked fish with a wonderfully delicious tomato sauce with vegetables were filling, so we brought half of these entrees home with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great solid food
    atlfoodie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food was fresh, cooked to perfection. The apps were solid. We had mussels with a coconut curry broth..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So happy
    Gigi
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I have been a big fan of dinner. I decided to check out their brunch. From the moment I spoke to the hostess Nicole that set the tone for my experience. My waiter Daniel was the best. His knowledge and attentiveness made me feel as if I was his only customer, dispite that he never stopped moving. The lobster Benedict was unlike anything I have ever had before. I can't wait until the next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    GrantParkTravelerVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I love Goin' Coastal. It's one of those places where I walk in, they remember me, and I feel like family. Their brunch is fun, banana bread is moist, coffee is strong, and I love their hang over special. They just know how to love and serve our family of 2.5.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It was restaurant week. I would have thought they would have served at least some if their best dishes. I had clam chowder and lobster Mac and cheese. The chowder was ok, and the lobster was over cooked and tough. I wouldn't go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent seafood!
    Dana
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I've eaten here twice and both experiences were awesome. High quality seafood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fresh fish selection
    livetoeat
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I enjoy the different kinds of fresh fish Goin' Coastal has on the blackboard . They can be cooked to your tastes by one of 4 different preparations. The service is friendly and competent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food saved this
    Lauz
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I had a friend in town and was looking for somewhere good to go. This place had decent reviews so we booked for a group of 6. We called as we were running a smidge late and they said they were too. We were trying to shift the reservation back a half hour. The hostess NEVER came back on the phone, so we rushed there to make sure we didn't lose our table. Service was slow, ambiance pretty poor, felt like a banquet hall. For being busy and such slow service there were lots of empty tables. Food was good, but not sure it's worth the price. Probably won't go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Treasure
    InnerFatGuy
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Goin' Coastal is definitely a hidden treasure in Virginia Highlands with great food and friendly people. My girlfriend and I visited for her birthday dinner. The appetizers were hot and made quickly. The entrees were excellent quality, nicely cooked, and tasted great. Try the Lobster Mac! I'll definitely revisit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time and will be back often
    FL21332VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Have lived close to Goin' Coastal for 6 months and finally made if for dinner. It is a great spot. The bar was full and it created a nice scene. The food was outstanding. Although a seafood place, my dinner companion had the steak and loved it. I had the seafood bowl. The cornbread is worth coming for alone and the hush puppies were great. Look for their nightly specials, as on certain nights they have 1/2 price glasses of wine and 1/2 price certain entrees. The wine list wasn't great and we didn't love the bottle we went with, but that was our decision.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lobster lovers delight!
    DiningAroundTown
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Great service! Great lobster special! Skip the 'Truffle Service' unless you are a fanatical truffle foodie. Key Lime dessert was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood Brunch
    GATYCVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great VA-HI neighborhood spot to meet friends for brunch. Great service & $1 mimosas...enough said!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Do Not Miss This Place!
    Liv2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    If you're in the Atlanta area and you don't go to this restaurant you're making a big mistake! I just got back from Atlanta where I had fantastic meals at Poor Calvin's, Canoe and Legal Seafoods. I strongly recommend those places but Goin' Coastal wins first prize. Sit at the bar and if you're lucky, Bash will take care of you. He starts out with a friendly handshake and look you in the eye introduction. He knows his food and drink. I had the truly outstanding red fish special paired with a superb Pinot Gris. The red fish was served on a bed of butternut squash and accompanied by brussel sprouts.This choice was made after his expert explanation of the other dishes on the menu. Erica, Bash's able co-worker, completes a top notch experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Time Dinner
    MJ2015
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    When they called to confirm my reservation the young lady told me there was only street parking...I really appreciated the heads-up on that...And they also asked if it was a special occasion...I mentioned I was bringing a friend who had recently gotten married....So when we arrived the staff had made her a card and they all signed it..I though it was really sweet
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent fresh fish
    Sparty
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Give it a try for awesome fresh fish selections that change daily. Crab cakes have so much crab, they barely hold together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Coastal Potential
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I like the concept of the restaurant. The manager was very nice and professional. I didn't care for the crab dip as I was expecting "chunks" of crab like the server described. Instead, I felt like there was finely shredded pieces of crab. The shrimp was really good. The catfish seemed to be overly battered and fried. The cornbread and butter was amazing! The thing that turned me off the most was that the server was not very attentive. She didn't come to the table much and when she did, she seemed rushed. However, the kindness of the hostess and the manager is worth going back and telling others. The ambiance is also great as the view from the big open window keeps you connected to the happenings of the Highlands.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Best part was probably our waitress. Worse part was probably the hostess who seemed like she had an attitude. But back to the waitress -- the part that impressed us the most was when I was asked by my companion if I wanted to share a salad, and the waitress noticed this interaction and brought out the salad in two separate bowls! LOVE that attention to detail, and wish others were that good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salmon was terrific!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The salmon with coastal seasonings was delicious! Was disappointed to see the appetizer salads were gone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good seafood in a land locked city
    AllesunVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everything was fresh and tastely. I grew up on the gulf so Im very critical of seafood resteraunts. I can't say enough good things about goin costal. Make reservations early as the evenings specials sell out fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CONSISTANT EXCELLENCE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I enjoyed another superb evening as a guest at Goin' Coastal. The owner himself stopped by our table to offer suggestions, and the depth of his knowledge about the menu was readily apparent. I don't know of many restaurants where the chef/owner engages his patrons in such a close dialogue, and it really makes for a special evening. The restaurant has an energy and vibe that I simply have never found duplicated in Atlanta. Its location in the heart of Virginia Highland made this a memorable evening, and I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Goin' Coastal Just OK!!!
    RestaurantExpert
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I visited Goin' Coastal and the food was just OK. I love the Virginia Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta and this is a local restaurant within this neighborhood. The food was just OK and not anything spectacular. I would give this restaurant another chance so that I could evaluate other items on the menu. We had the Low Boil Shrimp platter and the mussels, chowder and a salad. My sister whose birthday it was enjoyed her mussels and Low Boil Shrimp platter so that is all that mattered to me. I am a very experienced foodie that has eaten all over the World so my taste and expectations are a little different than most people. The wine list was nothing spectacular and we opted for Gelato next door instead of any of their desserts.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • neighborhood gem
    ThomAtlanta
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is my third visit to Goin'Coastal in Virginia Highlands and it never fails to impress me. The crab dip is outstanding. The low country boil, jumbalya, fresh fish dishes are all winners. Service is friendly and energetic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.