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Ink & Elm
Ink & Elm
  • Address:
    1577 North Decatur Road Northeast
    Atlanta, GA 30307
    Druid Hills / Emory
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary Southern
    Price: $31 to $50

Ink & Elm Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://inkandelmatlanta.com
  • Email: info@inkandelmatlanta.com
  • Phone: (678) 244-7050
  • 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: Contemporary Southern, Wine Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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
  • Private Party Contact: T. Hunter Jefferson (678) 244-7050

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oxford
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Self Parking:
    A shared lot is available at all hours immediately behind the restaurant.

    Valet Parking:
    Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5:30 pm. Please pull your car directly in front of the restaurant on North Decatur Road.
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
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "really very very good. Such wonderful fresh ingredients! We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I had the striped bass, it tasted very nice but may have been cooked more than necessary. The vegetables were a little soggy. The prices were higher than what other restaurants are charging. I enjoyed the environment in the dinning room and the service was spot on."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Restaurant trying too hard to being.....I'm not sure what. Food was fair yet overpriced for what was served. Cocktails were generously poured to the point of not being able to enjoy it without more mixer. Amuse bouche was a nice gesture but tasted so horrible I could not get the taste out of my mouth the entire meal. Design is lovely but bad sewer smell by the bathrooms."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "would like to have seen lighter options on the menu, more fitting for spring weather. Entrees were delicious but more suited for a winter menu."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our meals were solid and you could really taste the fresh ingredients. However, there was nothing exceptional or unique in the flavors that warranted the high prices. If the meals were priced $5-8 less it would be more in line with what was presented."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great food! Great decor! Loved the large deep booths."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great service! Food is good, but different combinations."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal but thought the portions were a bit skimpy and the prices on the high side. We did think the drink menu is very good. The restaurant design is lovely but a tad dull, some fresh flowers on the table would have cheered things up."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great. Love the feel, the leather chairs in the bar and the bourbon list!"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Good food and excellent service. Went with a group and had a great time."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Oyster app was fantastic, the group loved the little puff pastries/biscuits and rosemary butter that came out first. I had a glass of the Tempranillo which was perfect. Side note: ask for the Tavern Menu. It's slightly cheaper than the regular menu which can get pricey quick. I had the beef cheeks (which is not for the faint of foodie heart), and the gnocchi served with it was YUM!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The Seasonal Vegetable plate was outstanding as always. Love the effort put towards that each day by the Chef. Flounder was also terrific. Service was perfect."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Outstanding find. I can't wait to come back. Try the warm broccoli salad - yummy."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We had the best brunch at Ink and Elm. This was the first time at this restaurant and we were so pleased with an interesting southern style menu. The sweet roll was excellent. The coffee was better than excellent. But the best part of the meal was the best fried chicken and grits with a side of greens. The chicken was so good, best I ever ate. The service was friendly and attentive. The room was well appointed. All in all it was an excellent experience."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Great ambiance and service! I ordered the shrimp appetizer, 18-oz bone-in rib eye and passion fruit/chocolate cake for dessert. All were amazing. My husband order steak (potatoes were hard and cold) and we shared bread pudding which was delicious. So, only complaint potatoes were served undercooked."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I was in Atlanta visting from New York (Manhattan) and dined at Ink & Elm with a group of friends on Saturday night. I have to say I was wowed. The restaurant is artfully designed - tasteful and modern but not stuffy - comfortable and inviting. The wait staff was excellent and attentive but did not hover. The food was beautifully presented and the flavors were brilliant. While not inexpensive, the restaurant is an excellent value. If you are looking for a wonderful dinner experience in Atlanta this is the place."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "OMG, this is restaurant BEGGING to make it, but I have fears. Maybe it's because it's a "big city restaurant" stuck away in a neighborhood setting. The food was terrific, the ambiance shockingly sophisticated and our wait staff experience amazing --- and yet, it was mildly unsatisfying, which in a city with a growing list of impressive options, a death knell. We were beguiled by the sublime Brittany Grace, our server, who soothed us, cajoled us and gigged with her wit at just the right moment - repeatedly. Maybe it was the $1 charge for water (REALLY?) or the $30 corkage fee/bottle in a town that is increasingly wine friendly and a wine list they they are "proud of." I will keep my fingers crossed that they make it, for BG, if nothing else!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We arrived at 5:30 and this is a great time. Vegetarian preparations were very nicely done, quick, and well presented. Service was terrific!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This was our third visit and Ink and Elm remains consistent and reliable. Good food, well trained staff, pleasant ambiance - continues to be a positive addition to the neighborhood."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I was excited about this visit as there have been some very favorable reviews in the last few weeks. 1. Love the design and feel of the restaurant. Warm, modern and inviting. 2. Menu design - Impressive and obviously creative 3. Food quality - Mid grade. Our app was under cooked and cold. The entrees were better but still didn't "wow" anyone. Also, a bit cold. Pricey considering the portion sizes and quality. 4. Service - Excellent service. Very attentive waiter. An average experience overall. Wouldn't seek it out again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Have been three times now. Twice pescatarian friends ordered the grouper which is prepared with oxtail. Neither person recognized that oxtail was beef. Very few options for non-red meat eaters at this place. Otherwise food is quite good."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We had a great experience as first time diners here! Ate early on a Friday so we could attend a concert. Beautiful interior, bar, table, comfortable chairs, comfortable temperature framed the first class service and courses. She had the fish, while I had the lamb. Timing on courses and even paying the check was spot on. Prices reflect the higher level of service, food and atmosphere. Will return soon!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My wife and I went for date night. Start to finish we had an outstanding meal! Brussels in duck fat (amazing), shrimp in broth with toast (incredible), and grouper with oxtail ( to die for)! Out ONLY critism of the place is that it is HUGE (7,000+SF), and it does not feel very intimate...more like, a hotel restaurant...still we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Generous and and well mixed cocktails and nice wines were the prelude to a very delicious meal. Six of us enjoyed three different entrees and everyone was delighter (duck, lamb and grouper). We will be back."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The drinks, decor, and service here was great, but I was less than impressed with the food. If I'm going to pay $15 for and appetizer and another $25 for dinner, I expect a little more."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Menu items are fairly unique with some of the items offering uncommon mixtures of ingredients. Flavors were good and presentation was nice. Prices are fairly high, but are acceptable for special occasions. Be warned about wine list - the first column of price list, which is usually where individual glasses of wine are listed, is actually for HALF glasses of wine. As result our tab including full glass of wine was higher than initially expected. Who orders a half glass of wine?"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Overall our dinner was very enjoyable. The space is gorgeous and the menu looks awesome. Overall our server was very attentive though there were some odd "gaps" in our service, mainly when we first were seated and then later waiting for a drink. Our food was very good, my wife found her whole flounder tasty but salty and I really enjoyed my duck. Octopus appetizer was perfect. We'll definitely be back though next time I want to try the tavern, not because I didn't like the dining room but I want to see what it's like."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend to Ink & Elm to celebrate his job promotion. It was the perfect atmosphere for celebration. It was romantic, intimate, and the decor was gorgeous. We had oysters for an appetizer. We picked the Chef's Selection: 6 oysters from different places: Island Creek, Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Puget Sound, Washington...They came with 3 different sauces-red wine mignonette, cocktail sauce, & a spicy sauce. Dinner was fabulous. I had the Pork Loin, which came with spaetzle, brussel sprouts, hazelnut, apple butter, maple glaze, pickled mustard seed. It was absolutely delicious! My boyfriend had the Pekin Duck Breast, which was outstanding. The menu is seasonal and the chef uses local produce and meat for the menu."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Gotta have one -see for yourself. It's the perfect burger. You will love the atmosphere and the service. Drinks are okay."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Waitress served 5 of us, forgot my meal until the others were about 1/2 done. Forgot to deliver wine . . . seemed very distracted. Service has been much better at prior visits."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "the Pea Soup was outstanding. The lamb, however, while having good flavor, was rubbery. It was advertized as medium rare, but was very rare and should probably have been cooked to a true medium rare."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The food is good along with an attentive wait staff. My only comment is that it over priced; especially wine by the glass."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We were a group of 4 and went for Brunch on a Sunday. Absolutely EVERYTHING we ordered was absolutely incredible: Belgian Rice Waffles with Spiced Pecan Butter, Breakfast Sandwich, Frittata, Potato Wedges, and Hashbrowns. It was one of those meals that we all HAD to try everything on each other's plates because the other person was raving so loudly about how their plate was the very best. The ambience is so unexpectedly upscale for being located next to a University campus. It was absolutely gorgeous inside."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Interesting venue and very good service. Food was good but at their prices much better can be found in Atlanta. Not a bad restaurant at all, just not as special as the pricing suggests it should be."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Service is mediocre at best and seating is awkward at best. The 2 tops are right in the traffic pattern. Cocktails are overpriced and the food is pricey for the quality. Bread was overcooked and burnt tasting"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Thie the setting was intimate and the food was phenomenal. Perfect restaurant to make a great first impression on a date."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Ink & Elm has become a favorite spot for us. The service is excellent only to be topped by an incredible menu!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The space is lovely. The food is good, but generally one level more complex than necessary. Service is excellent"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner - thank you for good service and knowledgeable staff!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This restaurant is truly one of the shining new hot spots of the Atlanta dining scene. The atmosphere is a beautiful mesh of modern meets classic. Our service was excellent. The food did not disappoint. Every dish seemed perfectly crafted. The highlight of the meal was dessert. We had one of the signature chocolate dishes. It was amazing! I'd come back here again and again just for the dessert!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014