Hal's - Buckhead
Hal's - Buckhead

Hal's - Buckhead

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hals.net/
  • Phone: 4042610025
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Bar opens at 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Garcia
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant buy-outs are available. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Sammy or MImmo 4042610025
  • Entertainment: Piano Bar featuring a wide variety of music.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Piedmont & Habersham
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is complimentary. Self-park private lot also available.
A word from Hal's - Buckhead
A restaurant that triumphs in taste over trend, Hal's is not the typical highbrow restaurant so often equated with food of this quality. It is a place of white table cloths, flowers, warm brick, & candlelight.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Hal's - Buckhead reviews from OpenTable diners
226 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (139)vibrant bar scene (104)neighborhood gem (100)notable wine list (87)fit for foodies (79)hot spot (77)romantic (72)good for groups (61)late-night find (28)scenic view (5)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Excellent
    Alex
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Hal's never disappoints! Great meal and experience bringing my date for her first Hal's trip.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Took my girlfriend for her birthday and she ordered a NY Strip and I got Bonein Ribey. The best steak ever. Seasoned very well. Steak just melted in your mouth. Prices very reasonable, service was very good and a little magic show at the end. Very gud night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    LoLo
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    It's always packed and noisy during the week but the food and service are consistently amazing! Make a reservation to save yourself the wait or not getting in. Great neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best steaks in Atlanta
    JSF22VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Forget the debate between devotees of the other two steak joints that always are talked about ... for food and cocktails, Hal's is much better. Bring your earplugs, though.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SherVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Food was tasty though somewhat limited options on the wine list. The baked oysters were outstanding. Service also quite good despite the busyness of the establishment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best steak in the city
    JLinn
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took my parents here while they were in town from Chicago and they loved the ambiance and the food. My step dad smokes cigars so we sat at the bar for about an hour before our reservation and just enjoyed the drinks. The bartenders were also very friendly.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    ServiceSnob
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Visited Hal's one Friday for dinner with my wife. I sat at bar of 20 minutes as I waited for my wife to arrive. As a result, I had a moment to experience both the bar and dining experience. The bar experience was what you would expect at a busy bar. Bartender was attractive and served my glass of wine with expected delays. The initial glass tasted spoiled, but the bartender exchanged w/o hesitation. The sitdown experience was exceptional. My steak was wonderful! Initially, it was cooked more rare than requested, but our server "Roy" recognized it before I took my first bite. Roy, remainded attentive and accommodating throughout the experience. I could not ask for better service. Thank you, Hal's, for a great eat and pleasant experience!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always!
    HH78
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I had been looking forward to a Hal's steak all week..... didn't disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic steakhouse
    MVE1961VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Hal's once again did not disappoint. Great bar scene followed by a great dinner - we ordered filet and bone-in ribeye. However, Hal's would benefit, like most, from lowering their margin on wine. 2-3x retail is annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Noisy and Dark
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Took a client here on a Wednesday night for a casual business dinner. I was shocked at the amount of people there on a Wednesday. Definitely good for business, but we could barely hear anything because of the loud groups and rowdy bar area. (Not what you expect when you got to a restaurant that is that pricey.) There was a "magician" there to provide entertainment, which I didn't understand because it was mainly adults in the restaurant. Isn't that more of a family restaurant thing? It was also very dark, which made it feel awkward. Food and service was fabulous, but not the best place to have a business dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hals
    Verysad
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went to hals to celebrate a birthday and have a romantic evening and a quiet date night in the city without the kids...food was delicious and service was great but the fact that we couldn't hear anything said between us and the large table of gentlemen in shorts and tshirts sitting beside us yelling at the football game 20 ft away that was being show in the bar area killed the moment and made it seem cheap..not what I had in mind for this restaurant. The table was wobbly and they couldn't fix it which made it worse for our $250 bill. Very sad as I had such high expectations..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    Lemon
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was my first visit, and I didn't expect the noise level to be so high! It's a place for groups, not a romantic date. The filet Mignon was excellent, but the atmosphere was just too loud.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Place for Birthday
    Amazed
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I took a very good friend of mine for his birthday dinner. I loved the filet and the white truffle macaroni and cheese. I let the restaurant know ahead of time and they brought out this amazing chocolate cake. The waiter was amazingly friendly and funny. Overall our dining experience was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best Steakhouse in America
    MensaFoodReviewVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    There may not be a more quintessential steakhouse experience in America than Hal's on a Wednesday or Thursday night. Two levels of blue-blazered-old-southern-big-smile deal making in wood panels and brass fixtures where smoking is still allowed. It's a frat house all grown up, where the beer is replaced with a world class wine list and self grilled burgers have become the incomparable Hal's filets. Ladies are always invited to join in the festivities, but there are no illusions here as to which gender's imagination has conjured the intoxication of this Robber Baron's paradise. I had the Filet Au Poivre medium rare Pittsburgh style with the pappercorns pressed into the meat and the sauce on the side. Doesn't get any better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hal and staff do it well
    BuckheadDawg
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great spot, probably dine here once a month. Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Hal's!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Over and over we have found the steaks at Hal's to be the best in Atlanta. Our latest visit confirmed our opinion! Friendly staff, fun bar, great steaks and wonderful appetizers, salads and sides.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Charlie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great spot for our business dinner. Excellent food, great service by attentive but not pushy staff. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old school, in a good way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It's a bit like stepping back in time (this place is NOT trendy), but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Solid food and very attentive service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hal's
    Lscotchlas
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food is best steak house in Atlanta another exceptional evening of great food and service!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband's parents thought everything was awesome! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a great server who made a special occasion even more special.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual fine dining
    ItaleedinerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Sat in the bar and ordered slowly. Amanda was a fantastic, knowledgeable server with personality, and the food was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Geoatl
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've been a few times. Always terrific. My first try with snapper (artichoke and mushrooms), as i usually go with steak. Fish was really terrific. All around great experience (again). We'll be back. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always-
    BobSaccamano
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our server, Ellis, was great. My wife and I both got bone-in filets, Pittsburgh style. Lobster lebeau appetizer is a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Cork0116
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food and service. My first time there and will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not sure if we'll go back
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The restaurant itself is quaint and romantic but the food was not on par with the prices. We ordered half dozen oysters on the half shell which were tiny and not so fresh, but it is off season for oysters. The duck was delicious but the steak was undercooked. It came out almost raw when we asked for medium rare. The server didn't come to check on us until more than 10 minutes after the food came to the table so we sat there trying to flag him down. We'll go to Bones or Chops next time.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodlady
    Foodlady
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Hal's food and service never disappoints - however, the restaurant is soooo loud, it's really hard to have a conversation with anyone at your table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food. But overcrowded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We arrived about 5 minutes early to our reservation knowing there would be a bit of a wait. We were not seated until 15 minutes after our reservation time. Also, the place is such a hot spot that they have tables everywhere. So we were kind of in a hallway that kept having a lot of people walk by. The food was amazing though. I can see why it takes two weeks to get a reservation.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food horrible server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I come to Hals many times through the year as I feel they have the best steak in Atlanta. I visited this particular evening with 4 other women and from the moment we sat down the we could tell the server didn't want to work with us. We waited over ten minutes before he spoke to the table. I had to wait so long for him to come back once I walked to the bar to buy another glass of wine. He probably assumed all women no tip?? I have no idea but this is the first time I have ever received bad service here. He may have been having a bad day but don't take it out on the customer. Just don't come to work. I will be back just hope I don't have that guy (marcel according to the receipt)
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great rib eye!
    Cesar34LV
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Service was great, waiter was on top it! The steak was delicious but a little heavy on the salt but worth the experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too popular
    filou
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Best steacks service and wine list in town. But avoid on Thursday nights you could barely get into the bar area and the noise level was horrible. Such a shame when you spend over $100 per person wine included.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dinner
    Christina
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Had a reservation so got sat quickly. Large group of business people near us. Got noisier as night progressed. Bathroom issue weird. Almost in kitchen while you waited. Felt extremely rushed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Atlanta's Best Steakhouses
    MarkfromAtl
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Hal's is always consistent with high quality drinks, steaks, and seafood. Pay particular attention to the chefs specials as they are outstanding!!! I highly recommend Hal's for a business dinner or a place to do with your significant other. It has a great bar with piano player. Very vibrant place. I wouldn't suggest it for kids a night as it more an adult night spot.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food!
    sassyjacky
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    By far one of the best Ribeye's. I would pass on adding Oscar next time, as the steak did not need any assistance. Seafood was fresh and excellent presentation. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maybe the best steak ever!
    Harry
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I've eaten at lot of great steak houses (across Atlanta and nationally) but the filet here was hard to beat. If I had to rank Atlanta's best steak restaurants best purely on the food, I'd have to say Hal's, Mckendricks, and Pampas are the best by far. I really enjoy going to Chops, Bones, and some of the other well know steak places, many of which are more epensive than the ones above, but Hals, McKendricks, and Pampas have the steak and sides. I'll go back to Hal's soon!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scrumptious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Come here every time we are in Atlanta. Food is awesome. Very noisy but we just go with the flow. Can't deal with the smoke downstairs but upstairs is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous
    eeeee
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    oysters lebow for me ... gumbo for him .... steak oscar for me .... blackened steak for him .... strawberry cheese cake for dessert .... all grand ..... hal's absolutely lived up to its reputation .... great dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Favorite Restaurant in Atlanta
    HacSsc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Hals has been my favorite in Atlanta since my wife first took me there 9 years ago when we moved here. Food, service, ambiance all fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Dissappoints
    GeorgiaTraveler
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    As a former traveling business man I have eaten in some of the finest restaurants in the country on the company expense account. Now that I spend my own money the only place for a steak is Hal's. From the great looking staff that meets you at the door, to the super attentive bartenders and finally the professional waiters that serve you, there are few places that compare.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off my list
    JilestalVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was my favorite steak restaurant but no more. The food was mediocre. The noise was overwhelming and the service didn't match up to the price point. The waiter forgot to bring out some of our food, but it was still on the bill. The table next to us was ridiculously loud, but so was the whole restaurant. Next time we want steak we will go to Little Alley's.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic