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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
  • 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

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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Diner Reviews
  • "Ink & 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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Loved the food and service. It's just hard to get to that area of town :("
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I was very disappointed. The food was just OK, but the prices reflected a much better meal."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This is our favorite date night restaurant. The food & the service is excellent and the cost is reasonable."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great 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 kitchen"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The menu for brunch are unique but masterfully crafted. Great service and great ambiance"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This 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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Solid, reliable restaurant with great service. Second time eating here and will be back again"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Ink & 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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Imaginative brunch. Exceptional service. We discovered this via Scoutmob -- and we'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "It 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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food was overcooked for several in our party. Atmosphere was great along with the service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "At $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 !"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I went to Emory for law school and did my best to avoid eating in Emory Village. If Ink and Elm had been at Emory when I was it would have been a very different experience. Ink and Elm lives in the realm of Wisteria, 246, The Optimist, Bocca Lupo etc... A new staple."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Ink and Elm was a new restaurant experience for my friends and me; we enjoy trying new restaurants, and this one did not disappoint. It was my turn to select a restaurant that none of us had ever visited. I discovered Ink and Elm on Atlanta Eats. Our waitress, Neeka, was superb. The food was excellent and the ambience was wonderful. We all said we would come back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great and creative food. Great service. Warm and welcoming atmosphere. Second visit and only getting even better."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • " I took my wife here for our Anniversary and we had a lovely time. The staff were just the right blend of friendly and professional, the wine list was extensive without being overly so, and every item of food from the savory profiteroles to the fresh vegetable plate to the cheese board were excellent! We will be back to see you soon!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I took my dad here for a fathers day brunch and it did not disappoint!!! We started off with the cinnamon roll that was so good we were basically licking the caramel off the plate! Then for our meals I got the Fried Green Tomato “Benedict” and HIGHLY recommend it!! When I return I will be getting it again! I got a side of the hashbrowns with onions and they were delicious but also a HUGE portion!! My dad got the North Carolina Trout with a side a grits and was equally as happy (but he too said he'd be getting the fried green tomato "benedict" next time!) We also got their bloody mary's and they were so good! But spicy!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was our first time at Ink & Elm and we were very pleased with the whole experience. The restaurant is pristine with great interior decoration. The service was a little slow but otherwise the food was delicious and we enjoyed our time there. The sticky cinnamon bun, buttermilk biscuits, frittata, and bagel and lox were all great. They do need some lessons in serving hot tea though, as they use loose leaf tea and don't seem to know the ratio of tea to hot water. We're likely to be the only people in the world nit-picky about that :) , but everything else was fantastic!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Disappointed in the lack of trained service staff, at least the night we were there. The place was half empty and 10 min before anyone greeted us. The whole night we waited with empty plates and glasses waiting for service. The food, however, was very good. I think we just got a service newbie but for $150 dinner tab, you expect more!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We were excited to try this restaurant, having seen it mentioned on many top 10 lists. The appetizers were good, the space is sleek and current, but our entrees were disappointing. The duck was fatty and chewie, the lamb was a little bland, and the pork was just okay. Don't run away from this restaurant, but it wouldn't be on the top of our list to hurry back to for a return visit. Looks like a fun place to go for cocktails, however!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Excellent bar with first rate cocktails. Imaginative food that is outside the ordinary, expertly prepared and presented. Minor quibble is we wished for more seafood offerings. A welcome addition to Emory Village that deserves community support."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "A really enjoyable fine dining meal located just outside Emory. Great service inventive food a unique dining experience. A top 20 restaurant in the ATl and after your meal you can go to the tavern side of the restaurant and order the "wobbly mule" to send you home with a smile on your face. Next time we will try eating in the tavern side of the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "My third visit. 6 people each time. Relatively quiet. Each time 4 or 5 people had great meals, but one or two not so good. Last visit five people ordered the grouper. Four were great, one badly under cooked, sent it back. Waiter returned with new piece of grouper also grossly under cooked. They comped the whole meal. I like the ambiance of this local and inconsistently really good restaurant. But, they need to get consistent. For what they charge they need to check the food prep as it's coming out and probably need more wait staff."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "When you walk into ink & elm, you're immediately struck by the beautiful space, the plush booths, where you think you'll be able to luxuriate and enjoy a menu and experience that's been hyped. Then you realize it must be the space they were raving about because it's certainly not the food. From over salted meat, to cuts that couldn't be sliced by the steak knife provided. This was a horrendous culinary experience. And an experience that must have been had by quite a few because this "hot" restaurant was the easiest seat to get. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Beautiful venue, great service, amazing food! Will be back for sure!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I am so happy Ink and Elm exist. I had an amazing Birthday dinner there and the brunch is better than any brunch I've had in Atlanta. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Ink & Elm has become a new favorite. The food is unusual in a good way. The booths are huge and provide privacy for conversation but allow you to check out the scene at the bar. The staff truly cares about your experience. If you enjoy adult beverages be sure to speak with Nick. Best of all is the location."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Well, this was our first time and we were celebrating a "belated" Mother's Day along with a Gilt City coupon. Apparently, we werent' the only ones with a coupon (big ScoutMob crowd). I really like the decor, but not sure I would return for brunch. It is really difficult choosing this place over Rise & Dine (located two doors down), having been to Rise & Dine numerous times. Of course Rise & Dine does NOT have Mimosas or Bloody Mary's (which we enjoyed). I had the Trout & Egg entree (decent, but NOT in love with the item). My suggestion would be try this restaurant for dinner and/or cocktails, I wasn't that impressed with the brunch items."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Had the chance to try Ink and Elm for brunch and when I walked in, I was very impressed. Great decor and friendly host at the door. Our waiter was simply okay - nothing over the top and we had to remind her a few times to bring some of of the items she forgot. In terms of the food, I ordered the rice waffle (made with rice flour) and it comes with strawberries and maple syrup. Love the strawberries but the actual waffle left a little to be desired. A friend ordered the burger and he really enjoyed it - so perhaps that's a safe bet when you go. Overall, I'm glad to have the new restaurant in town and I'm curious to see if the experience is any different for dinner."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Tried Sunday brunch & although the food was good it took my husband 20+ minutes to park. I waited at our table & wasn't greeted almost that entire time. With that wonderful start it never got better. Nothing earth shattering, but very slow inattentive service not fitting of the caliber of restaurant they are trying to be. Worst of all at the end we had a question about our bill & another server came over to help, introducing herself as the floor mgr. So I just said since you are here just wanted to let you know service wasn't very good and nothing. Didn't ask what happened, really no reaction and btw the restaurant wasn't busy. I will probably give it one more try, since the food was good & space is beautiful. Hope this was just a bad day."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Food was ok at best and felt all was over priced. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Here are the drinks I tried and my ratings. The W or V denotes Whiskey or Vodka base. Rated from 1 to 3. Under Lock and Tea W 1, Wobbly Mule V 1, James & Mae V 1, Iname soave classico Wine 1+ If you like shrimp the GA shrimp appetizer is a must. It's savory and spicy. The peppers compliment this meal and the grilled bread adds a necessary element for taking in the juice of the dish 1+. If you are a fan of duck the duck breast may rival the best duck entree you have ever had or enter your top three list, duck breast 1+. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Lovely cocktails, excellent service, fabulous interior with comfortable booths for small groups that allows for private discussion, and great, interesting food selections! Great evening dining with friends!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Great food, great service and finally a restaurant where you can hear yourself talk at the table."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Our service took very long and staff was not friendly. Very limited menu"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We tried 2 appetizers. The Southern shrimp arrived in a divine sauce; we were dipping our bread for the last drop. Three of sampled the red snapper, the lamb, and the 18 oz strip steak. The fish was devoured so fast I never even was offered a sample bite. My lamb was excellent, but I did prefer the leg portion more than the sausage portion. You never saw presentation of steak like the strip steak-an artful curved tower of steak strips. My husband offered me one strip which was tender and cooked perfectly. We all devoured the rhubarb cake and the pot de creme. We were all full and happy as we left"
    Dined on 5/10/2014