Ink & Elm
1577 North Decatur Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307Neighborhood:
Druid Hills / Emory
Contemporary SouthernPrice: $31 to $50
Ink & Elm
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://inkandelmatlanta.com/
- Phone: 6782447050x
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Wine Bar, Contemporary Southern
- Executive Chef: Stephen Sharp
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
A word from Ink & Elm
Simultaneously a lounge, restaurant, and tavern, Ink & Elm is a culinary enterprise that celebrates the deep history of Atlanta's Druid Hills neighborhood and the cultural legacy of its original designer: Frederick Law Olmsted. Drawing inspiration from Southern traditions and food culture, and showcasing the contemporaneous dimension and eclecticism of Executive Chef Stephen Sharp, Ink & Elm's food program revolves around local, organic, sustainable and responsible procurement. The menu cycles are seasonal and offer a modern take on Southern, American cuisine. The restaurant offers two unique dining options: the convivial Tavern, which is perfect for a casual bite and drink and features a menu ranging from snacks to more substantial entrees; and the dining room, with a more structured menu, and ideal for a relaxed, refined meal.Continued
Ink & Elm is pleased to offer reservations in the Main Dining Room through OpenTable. Reservations are not available for the Tavern or the Lounge.
Ink & Elm is pleased to offer reservations in the Main Dining Room through OpenTable. Reservations are not available for the Tavern or the Lounge.
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Ink & Elm reviews from OpenTable diners
158 reviews since May 1, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (98)neighborhood gem (90)special occasion (85)romantic (64)great for brunch (53)notable wine list (48)good for groups (41)vibrant bar scene (26)hot spot (24)great for lunch (13)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)Show More
- ehhOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/26/2014Expensive when the food was just ok and the kitchen made lots of mistakes such as sending out chewy octopus and giving my gluten free friend a meal with bread on it.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 8/24/2014Was disappointed with our experience at Ink & Elm. We went for brunch on Sunday and while the restaurant wasn't too crowded, our server was pretty slow to greet us and remained slow for the rest of service. We had to ask a couple of times for our drinks which we could see sitting on the bar. The cocktails were excellent, especially the Corpse Revier, but we were both disappointed with our entrees. The shrimp entree didn't have a lot of flavor and the Fried Green Tomato Benedict was heavy on the breading and the eggs were over-cooked. Not sure it is worth the price or the drive...
- DisappointedOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/24/2014It was our first visit. The decor was lovely. We were given the window view, which was nice and bright. The waitress was short, unfriendly, and abrupt from the start. To diffuse her attitude, I asked her if our experience could be pleasant. It was obvious that she was angry when the host seated us. The host who seated us was in another world. He didn't notice that I had a blind man on my arm. I helped my friend with his seat first. The restaurant was not crowded, there were no other customers waiting to be seated. The host persisted in trying to give the blind man a menu, until I finally got his attention. The waitress was curt and obviously angry. I had to ask her to be pleasant. (Seriously.) The food was good, but not exceptional.
- 5-Star Across the BoardFood4pleasureVIPDined on 8/23/2014I had just arrived in Atlanta form out of town and met my wife at Ink & Elm for dinner. Service was top notch. The food: Par excellence. Noteworthy was the Veal Sweetbreads appetizer. From a person who has a difficult time passing up ordering sweetbreads when given the opportunity, this particular dish was cooked to perfection and amazing! The profiteroles, which were a lagniappe from the chef, somewhat reminiscent of a herb infused Yorkshire pudding were warm, savory and a wonderful complement to the meal (Chef Sharp: You can sign me up for the profiterole-of-the-month club!). I had the Whole Stuffed Trout and my wife the Duo of Lamb - both of which were excellent. Fresh, quality ingredients and a well thought out presentation! 5- Stars!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LuvtodineindecaturDined on 8/22/2014Loved being able to valet park, warmly greeted as we entered, server was low energy and not engaging, our food was very good but disappointed in the limited menu.Special Features:
- Phenomenal ambience, good foodEmoryVillageDined on 8/21/2014Absolutely great service, and an ambience that cannot be beat. We didn't order A TON of items off of the menu (we had a charcuterie plate at the Tavern bar before dinner - highly recommended), but what we did order was a little underseasoned (heirloom tomato plate and steak tartare). Will absolutely be going back to try again. The service and atmosphere made the dining experience worth every penny.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great FindFoodieGirlDined on 8/17/2014I was very impressed, they support the community by using local products. The food and atmosphere were awesome.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lavender gelatoMissFrizzle007Dined on 8/15/2014My mom, great-aunt, and I had a very nice dinner at Ink & Elm on Friday night. My oysters-on-the-half-shell appetizer and pork three-ways entree were great, but the lavender gelato with my blueberry and lavender cake dessert was out of this world! I love the lavender scent and flavor, and this gelato was amazing! I was in heaven! My mom had a scoop of the three gelato flavors of the evening, and she agreed that the lavender gelato was superb. I could go on and on about it!Special Features:
- Can't wait to go back!DinosDishDined on 8/14/2014It's one of those rare places where everything has come together to create the perfect dining experience - Service by Anna was superb - the food was delicious & the ambiance is phenomenal - I'm looking forward to returningSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not as goodtcmeatsDined on 8/14/2014Our recent visit to Ink and Elm was to bring out of towners to the Emory area for dinner. The pork was overdone and tough. The duck was very, very greasy. Our friends seemed to enjoy their dinners, but left much on their plates. Dessert was very good and served beautifully. Maybe the chef was off duty that evening. Very disappointed in the pork, especially.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Ink and ElmNoodleDined on 8/12/2014Beautiful restaurant and bar much needed in the Emory neighborhood. The food was okay, but I was expecting outstanding.....the ambience certainly was!Special Features:
- food was good, not outstandingALEAVDined on 8/10/2014we had brunch here recently (largely driven by Scoutmob, though we had heard some buzz) and had a fine meal, but the food wasn't spectacular. the shrimp and grits sounded like a sure winner, but found that there was so much going on in the dish that it a bit overwhelming. the same goes for the trout. the scones, on the other hand, were very tasty, and the cinnamon roll was above average. drinks-wise, i found the brunch cocktail list a little underwhelming, particularly given how central the bar seems to be to the space.
- Great ExperienceednhendersonDined on 8/10/2014My husband and I came in for brunch and it was delicious! I had the fried green tomato benedict and my husband had the shrimp and grits, both of which were fantastic! The scones were also amazing! The reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 for the food rating was because the cinnamon roll that we shared was a little hard. However, that will not deter us from coming back again. Great experience and great food!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of Decatur/Emory's bestFlyguyDined on 8/10/2014This is a refreshing change from the Restaurants in Atlanta. Very quiet, local and polished. The food and wines are some of the best I've had. The staff is very knowledgeable. The location is outstanding. I recommend this for everyone. The rooms and seating are perfect for two or twenty.Special Features:
- Brunch in The VillageCAZ485Dined on 8/10/2014We came for Brunch on Sunday - we arrived early, so it was very quiet. Menu is interesting with breakfast-type items and lunch-type as well. The atmosphere is good, the staff is helpful. This is our 5th visit to Ink and Elm and it seems to be getting better and better. A very positive addition to the neighborhood.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great birthday dinnernewtoiandeDined on 8/9/2014My wife and I celebrated her birthday here and had a wonderful time. Great food and great service. Arrive early and have a drink in the bar before dinner - well worth it.Special Features:
- GinnyGinnyVIPDined on 8/9/2014The gazpacho with corn panacotta was one of the best dishes ever. A real standout. Excellent food, well informed and pleasant server, quiet well appointed atmosphere.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Service and Delicious FoodKspecialDined on 8/3/2014My husband and I bought a scout mob brunch for two. I have been dying to try Ink & Elm. Its a really pretty space. Our server was so friendly -- in fact, everyone was friendly. The food was fabulous! I had shrimp and grits which was perfectly done. My husband had fried green tomato benedict which I think I need a whole plate of that next time. We both also had a bloody mary. They make their own mix and its delish. Parking here is tough. That is really the only issue. We had to park way down on a residential street and hike back up to the restaurant. I have a feeling this place has a really good dinner scene. The bar is beautiful!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- PhillipMDined on 8/2/2014Excellent food, friendly, attentive service, great bar, good but not extensive wine list, sommelier was spot-on with recommendations. We really loved the spacious open dining area and the unhurried but timely atmosphere. We would highly recommend Ink & Elm for any occasion. It's a real find.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely brunchCowboiMindyVIPDined on 7/27/2014We've been to I&E for dinner. This was our first brunch visit. The prices were very reasonable, and the food was delicious. I love that the food is sourced locally, and nearly any sauce, butter, jam, etc are made in house. Both the regular and scotch bloody marys are a must. Jackie was fantastic at educating us on the menu and the restaurant.Special Features:
- Great place to dine.PolverDined on 7/26/2014Enjoy a great meal without yelling across the table. So nice to enjoy a fantastic meal without your throat feeling like you just left a college football game. Get there and hour before your reservation and enjoy a fantastic bar. If you love cheese, it a must start. The sweet breads were awesome, and the meal exceeded our expectations. We hade the duck, pork, and grouper. We usually don't order dessert, but glad we did! Don't wait any longer, get to Ink and Elm as soon as possible.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Emory Village now has an anchor!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 7/25/2014I've been enjoying emory Village since my freshman year in 1996. I was absolutely shocked when I walked into the beautiful space that is Ink & Elm. The service was educated and patient and informed. The food was impeccable farm to table.Special Features:
- nice place ok foodcbennett7Dined on 7/25/2014Ink and Elm has a cool look, isn't too loud, and has an excellent staff, but the food is just a little strange for this Atlanta native.Special Features:
- Neighborhood brunch spotover50butfunDined on 7/20/2014Nice open feel upscale neighborhood restaurant. Good food in small to reasonable portions. The food and Bloody Mary had good flavor and spice (a thing it seems many restaurants are afraid of). Enjoyed our conversations with the wait staff and manager/operator. Clientele was a diverse mix of ages, couples and families. There is a separate bar area if you really just want to chill.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of Atlanta's BestJohnHVIPDined on 7/19/2014Ink & Elm continues to be one of our top 5 favorite restaurants in Atlanta. The food and service are always right on target. The cocktail and wine list are well thought out. This time our party loved everything we ordered including the lamb shank, duck and NY Strip Steak. Fantastic and all cooked and prepared to perfection. We have dined at Ink & Elm five times and the service is perfect each and every time.Special Features:
- Great!!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/15/2014Loved the food and service. It's just hard to get to that area of town :(Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LocalVIPDined on 7/13/2014I was very disappointed. The food was just OK, but the prices reflected a much better meal.
- CAFoodieCAFoodieDined on 7/11/2014The menu changes which is fun and the food is fresh and local. The drinks and food had character. Service was stellar and our waiter was knowledgable and very helpful. Bill for 4 was affordable. Can not wait to dine at Ink & Elm again soon. We were very impressed that the three owners are very involved in the restaurant and it was great to hear the story about how the name was chosen. The restaurant was open and very comfortable. You can drink/dine in the tavern that has it's own menu or you can make reservations in the dining room that has a different menu. We enjoying having drinks in the tavern before being seated for our meal. The bartender was fun and made great suggestions. Complementary parking is a bonus.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- n123Dined on 7/11/2014This is our favorite date night restaurant. The food & the service is excellent and the cost is reasonable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- For any occasion, well doneFoodexplorerDined on 7/8/2014Great service, ambiance and a decent wine list. Cocktails are interesting and complex. Great for friends and groups at a nice semi-private room. Love the open kitchenSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great BrunchBrunchingDined on 7/6/2014The menu for brunch are unique but masterfully crafted. Great service and great ambianceSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great little place at Emory Villagelinda1947Dined on 7/6/2014This is a great place for a leisure brunch with friends or family. The waiter did not rush us or pressure us to order. The food was very good. My friend asked for her eggs hard and they were soft. The waiter replaced them with a new order. In the mean time my food was getting cold. This was the only problem.Special Features:
- As good as last timeFT00Dined on 7/1/2014Solid, reliable restaurant with great service. Second time eating here and will be back againSpecial Features:
- My new favorite in Atlanta!Brian9672VIPDined on 6/29/2014Ink & Elm is unbelievably good. You MUST try it. Get the buttermilk fried chicken and don't miss out on one of their amazing signature cocktails.Special Features:
- Wonderful findjordan85Dined on 6/29/2014Imaginative brunch. Exceptional service. We discovered this via Scoutmob -- and we'll be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- If you can find a parking... ??????AtlfoodVIPDined on 6/29/2014It only took us 30 minutes to find a place to park and we worried the entire meal we would be booted or toes. Service and food was wonderful but if your not going to make it easy to park there are many other places to brunch. We have already recommended you to many friends but has to add the parking warning.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 6/28/2014Food was overcooked for several in our party. Atmosphere was great along with the service.
- Good drinks, ok foodwhowantsacocktailDined on 6/22/2014I came to this restaurant for brunch with a Scoutmob, which entailed two cocktails, two entrees, scones, and a cinnamon roll. The cocktails were wonderful (but I would not have paid that much for them from the menu....the Scoutmob ended up being an excellent deal in this respect); however, the food was only ok, but nothing to write home about. I was really expecting a lot from the food considering the location and overall look of the restaurant. This is definitely an impressive restaurant....beautiful, clean, and just has a good vibe from the wait staff. I was able to eat my meal, but that's about the only compliment I can think of giving. The scones and cinnamon roll were also just "ok." in my opinion.Special Features:
- DisappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 6/21/2014At $100/head can do much better.Good waitress but poor service overall.Pork was near raw.Food runner asked us how dinner was then bolted before we were able to answer that pork was raw.My lamb was served cold,but side dish was piping hot -obviously had been sitting around.After about 10 min, were able to flag someone down to recook raw pork loin.I just dealt with cold lamb -decent flavors.Food runner once again dropped of dessert,but did not notice we had no utensils to eat it.Took another 10 min to get those.Overall, extremely poor execution of what could have been a decent meal,but instead became an expensive debacle.Flavor-wise,nothing blew me away.Plenty of other choices out there. Kudos to the decorator though,nice space !
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/21/2014We were quite impressed with Ink & Elm. The interior is comfortable and pleasant, with reasonably spaced tables -- no cramming in th maximum number of diners The food was extraordinary. Our server, Calvin, was exactly what a server should be: he provided unobtrusive service, always there when needed, without being too chummy or constantly interrupting. We were particularly impressed with the moderate noise level -- we have a standing monthly dinner with another couple, and it is our "catch-up" time. Often the restaurant we choose is so loud we can barely speak in couples, but Ink & Elm gave us the ability to have a four-person conversation, which was lovely. We will definitely go back and also recommend it to our friends.Special Features: