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

Goin' Coastal - Virginia Highland

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://goincoastalseafood.com/
  • Phone: 4049419117
  • 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 WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Goin' Coastal - Virginia Highland reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (131)fit for foodies (87)special occasion (45)great for brunch (32)romantic (30)good for groups (20)hot spot (20)vibrant bar scene (14)great for lunch (12)late-night find (11)notable wine list (9)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Great seafood place in Atlanta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Awesome seafood restaurant, nothing's been in house for more than 36 hours. $20 whole lobsters on Mondays. $5 oysters on Wednesdays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indifferent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Enjoyable meal, good space and noise level, menu is a little too limited, service may have been a function of one individual, but was not as attentive as it should have been.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Seafood Treat
    Dave
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had an 8:00 reservation on a Sunday night and the restaurant was only 1/3 full. The waitperson was very attentive and did a great job describing the dishes. The only disappointment we had was that 3 of the 8 (or 9) dishes on the chalkboard were not available. My wife loves grouper and I love red snapper and both were crossed off the board. We went with our second choices, which were very good. MAC is mac and cheese stuffed with large chunks of lobster. And my wife had the filet mignon topped with lump crab meat. Delicious! The restaurant was very loud for only being 1/3 full, so I would think it might be really tough to talk on a busy night. Overall, it was a good experience and we will go back. Maybe a 6:30 reservation next time...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FinerDiner
    FinerDiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Goin' Coastal is a great spot for groups! On the night our group of five dined, the side room was set for large groups. We had a round table and more comfortably enjoyed the experience and weren't crammed at a 4-top. Unique cocktails and great wine list. Definitely order oysters to start. Loved the jalapeno cornbread! Goin' Coastal serves a variety of fresh sustainable seafood with blackboard specials changing regularly. It's a solid alternative to the other restaurants at the Virginia & N. Highland intersection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • had higher expectations
    kika
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went there with our elderly parents. The restaurant is very noisy so it was hard for them to have a conversation. We had oysters for starters. They were quit expensive and one type was good, but the other type was very poor. We think they were rinsed with tap water, there was no taste at all. The crab cake starter was poor as well, very bland. The main dishes were better. The crab legs were good as was the Andouille/gumbo dish. The sides with the fresh fish dishes were very good, but the fish itself was grilled too long and therefore dry. The wine was excellent, but no bottle under $40. The food didn't come all out at the same time, and we had to ask a couple of times for water, salt and pepper. Overall, we had much higher expectations.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Energetic and friendly atmosphere!!
    oysterlover
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Outstanding service! We arrived 15 minutes before our reservation time but the friendly hostess seated us anyway as a line started to form behind us. Our server Bettina was great and her recommendations were spot on! All the people who brought out our food were also very friendly, including the young lady who kept our water glasses topped-off. She offered to take a picture of us with my phone as we were celebrating a birthday. Atmosphere was lively and relaxed, a great date place or just a place to let your hair down. We ended up having a friendly conversation with the couple sitting at the table next to us. Attire was mostly dressy casual including shorts. Very tasty seafood, we had monkfish and wolfish which we've never had before.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Love this neighborhood family-run seafood restaurant. Pretty consistently delicious. We go there whenever we get a date night! The mussels are amazing and the fried oysters are delish! They are very flexible with substitutions when you want to switch things around to your own liking, which is a major plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great seafood
    Dana
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I dined at Goin' Coastal and enjoyed the food and dining experience. We had a reservation so I approached the hostess stand and told the hostess I was there for an 8:15 reservation. She didn't ask my name and I told her I would wait for my husband (he was parking the car). He arrived 5 minutes later and I had to approach the hostess stand again to let her know we were there and on time. She commented that she didn't realize we were there. Not sure why. The food was excellent. We had the mussels as an appetizer. They did not disappointed. I would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loveATLdiningVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    the fish was fantastic - we really loved our first visit!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • going down?
    cfooddietVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Wine selections are now more limited, menu choices have changed, not for the better. No longer does the Monday Lobster special include salad and a side. They expanded the dining area, but it is empty and major turnover in employees makes me think that they are on their way out. The last three times have been very disappointing. Chef did not prepare food properly the last time. Totally left out andouille sausage and tried to say that the pot was not stirred! I will not be back and I am removing this from my favorites.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Night Out
    BeltLinerVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had dinner here on a Saturday night. Resi was for 7 and didn't get seated until 7:20 as prior diners "lingered". Understandable as the food and service were great. Our appetizers included shared oysters and crab dip. Former were the perfect size and not to briny. Dip was delicious. Low country boil, scallops, grouper, and mahi mahi were all done to perfection. The only disappointment was the shared key lime pie which lacked that citrus bite. Also, one of the best pours anywhere on my double scotch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fab seafood, prep'ed & served well
    Paul
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant in vibrant Virginia Highlands. The seafood, fresh and always from sustainable sources, is fantastic. We had the crab cakes starter. Big lumps of crab meat with what tasted like a cornbread dressing binder that was only just enough to hold it together, the way it should be. Yum! We then both had the grouper prepared "double blackened." Their blackening preparation is fantastic; the Tabasco-based beurre blanc sauce is very flavorful. Great meal! The service from Trey was outstanding, great personality. We will be back and we recommend Goin' Coastal highly. PS. I've been to the Canton location of this restaurant and it is just as wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good!!
    CKR24
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Good experience, food and service. Our waiter was very good, and the Owner surprised us with a birthday treat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    First time and it won't be our last. Outstanding flavor on the fish dishes. It was a great experience with my family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food you can count on
    FloridatoGeorgia
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Love the food at this restaurant. Great selections, fresh seafood but they can sell out of some items quickly if you dine later at night. Noise level is very high so not great for intimate conversations -- reservations a must!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding! Will go back for sure!
    FireGuy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our first trip to Goin Coastal and I promise you it won't be our last! I can say this despite having a 7:30 reservation and not being seated until 8:20. It was a very busy Saturday night and people just wanted to sit and chat I guess so the tables weren't turning over quickly. However, the hostess was very apologetic and kept us informed every ten minutes. The manager comped us an appetizer and apologized several times for us having to wait. Our waiter was awesome and very informative of the menu. Everything about our meals was excellent! We loved every last bite! The portions were good and with the appetizer, neither of us were able to finish our food. After we ate, we walked to Blind Willies and ended the wonderful night!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    Manny
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've been 3 or 4 times and I am never disappointed with the food and service. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed it, it was her first time going. We sat at the bar this time because they stated they were running behind on the reservations which wasn't a big thing to me. I'll be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night
    japkeda107
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our first time and we both loved it. The food was great and our waiter was extremely helpful to my friend who was a little uncomfortable with our new environment. The Lobster Mac is a must!!! Parking on a Friday night was a pain but we paid $6 for 2 cars to park at the hardware store (a good deal reg price $6 for each car).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    LTEO
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    While this is primarily an "environmentally conscious" seafood restaurant offering farm raised and non-endangered seafood selections, they also served a really good steak! Nicely prepared and delicious food, generous and delicious drinks, all served with friendly enthusiasm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood in the city
    Dbots2mez
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My aunt and cousin flew in from NYC to celebrate my mom's 65th birthday. We couldn't have picked a better restaurant in all of Atlanta. They were especially accommodating to my toddler's demands, and she is notoriously hard to please. I can't wait to go back for date night with my husband!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No longer a deal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Been here in the past and loved it, this time not as much. Before they used to offer a very nice salad along with the meal which they now charge for. Also the wine prices seem steep with the lowest Chardonnay bottle at $40. The fish was excellent (Amberjack) along with the mussles but overall with the loss of the complementary salad and expensive wine prices we will look for something with a little bit better value for money.
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LIKE DINING WITH FAMILY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    A family you want to be with; not the dysfunctional kind. Their evolving menu enticed me to try the amberjack/pasta dish which was unique and flavorful. I make a habit do ordering the crab dip which is a nice way to begin the meal. I always enjoy the cool but not phoney vibe and the eclectic crowd--many of whom appear to be regulars. Open table recommended; this hot spot can get busy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Very disappointing...the food was very salty and I specifically asked for NO salt. I called ahead as I was bringing a friend for a 50th birthday and wanted to order a dessert and even reminded the hostess when I walked in. the waiter asked if we wanted dessert and brought NOTHING!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Meal
    allen
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We had a group of four adults celebrating a birthday. The fish and grits, low country boil dish and blackened salmon were all great meals. The seafood was fresh and well prepared. We ate every bite. I loved the cornbread that was served. The king clip wrapped in ham (a daily special) was very average. I would not recommend it personally. The wine list was small and rather expensive. I will definitely keep this restaurant in mind when I want a great seafood dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great neighborhood find
    eat2live
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was absolutely delicious. I loved my lobster risotto. Our waiter was very knowlegeable of the menu, friendly and helpful and patient. Food was fresh and innovative. They were accommodating with helping to make sure that we had a place to seat our baby. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place but...
    Lucycook
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have been to Goin Coastal a number of times and love it. The seafood is always fresh, tasty, and prepared just for you. Service has always been good. Reservations are a must! We went on Friday evening and there has been a menu change since our last visit. Personally, I think the old menu was great! All in all it was a good evening, still had good service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We went for oyster wednesday. We were promptly seated at a great table. Oysters were fresh. Drinks were cold. Table service was good. The kitchen was a little slow on our entree but server kept us posted. Blackened amberjack cook well. Overall, solid dining experience. Will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere okay food
    GoinHighland
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I chose this place as recommended by reviews and friends. I ordered the fried shrimp and they were decent but nothing to rave about. The hush puppies were way over cooked and could taste the burnt crust. Needless to say I only ate one but they were a good suez and had the potential to be very good. My husband ordered the steak oscar style. He ordered it medium and it came over cooked. This was our first night our after having a baby and was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Coolcry
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The best tasting and creative seafood. The portions are very appropriate. The atmosphereis very ccomfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely coming back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My first visit was a great success. Our seats at the bar were reserved as requested, the oysters were fresh and tasty and service was perfect. Drinks were well mixed, mussels were well seasoned and all employees appeared to be happy serving the crowd. I'm headed back asap.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    shakg
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food never disappoints and the ambiance is very low key and quaint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Going downhill
    cfooddietVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Wine selection has suffered , there are very few choices by the glass. Menu item ( shrimp and grits)was not as described, andouille sausage was deleted from entree with no explanation. They seem to be going for an expansion of space instead of quality and the traffic does not justify it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Don't know what has happened, but last two occasions we went to Goin' Coastal the food left a lot to be desired. It will be a long time before we go back. So disappointed in the mussels. Use to be my favorite.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome as usual...
    TMo1
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food and service here is always consistent. We are never disappointed. The shrimp and other seafood is some of the freshest and tastiest around and the service is awesome. The cornbread is awesome as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Sunday brunch
    EyeDoc
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We have been here twice. No long wait with a reservation. The service is great. The waiter was very familiar with the menu choices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Flash
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great food & atmosphere. Cozy place with tons of personality. I had a reservation and it took 20 mins for us to be seated. That was the only negative. Otherwise, excellent spot! We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We go here often and are never disappointed. Service is friendly and attentive and the food is great. We had crab legs and scallops this time. They were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit not as good as first
    Billy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We really enjoyed our first visit to Goin' Coastal about three months ago. Apparently things have changed now though. No longer are they offering family style salad or cornbread with the dinners. A small side salad was an additional $3 and no cornbread was ever offer to us. The broth in my wife's "Bowl" entree was nearly inedible with an awful taste. She muscled through it but I would've sent it back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Service & Food
    KCR52
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My friends & I had 8:00 PM reservations & weren't able to be seated when we arrived because it was so crowded. It was a beautiful evening, so we didn't mind waiting outside for our table. The staff was extremely apologetic about the wait & even offered to buy us an appetizer! We didn't have to wait too long before we were seated. Our server was very down to earth & efficient. We ordered the crab dip for the table & were served cornbread as well - yummy! I had the halibut served Coastal style & the presentation was beautiful. The fish was cooked perfectly & very fresh. My friends & I had a wonderful experience & will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 40 minute wait
    ReaervationfailVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Anyone can take a reservation but holding it is a problem for these guys. 40 mn wait is too long.
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    • Noise LevelModerate