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
139 reviews since June 27, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (96)neighborhood gem (84)special occasion (80)romantic (54)notable wine list (46)great for brunch (41)good for groups (40)hot spot (26)vibrant bar scene (26)great for lunch (13)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- Best brunch!RosalindVIPDined on 10/19/2014Finally! A place worthy of going to for brunch. So often I'm disappointed by brunch but at Ink & Elm it's a different story. Interesting flavors, well-prepared and fresh. Homemade preserves, scones and biscuits and hands down the best shrimp and grits I've ever had. Our server was friendly and accommodating.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Birthday Fail but Awesome FoodyummyATLfoodsVIPDined on 10/14/2014I wrote in my OpenTable reservation that it was my sister's birthday, reminded them prior to arriving via phone that it was her birthday and once we got there as well at the hostess stand - they still forgot and had to bring out a separate dessert with candle, at which point we were full from the original dessert we wanted. The service was so-so as well, for a Tuesday evening not attentive or as attentive to our requests. Food was delicious though, trout and grouper dishes were great. The espresso chocolate dessert was so yum and the cookie platter had great "s'more" and "Almond Joy" cookies. Pricey but the presentation was beautiful and the food tasty. The bar looked really cool but didn't make it back there to check it out after dinner.Special Features:
- ddy872Dined on 10/11/2014This was my first time here and even though I know the owners, I was highly impressed and this gem.Hunter, Keith and the management staff (Chris & Nick) went above and beyond any level of expectation that i could have imagined. This is fine dining at its best. This place has an amazing NY feel to it. I have already being sharing with my friends and co-workers about this diamond in the heart of Emory Village. It is a must do! You will be amazed and dazzled at the ambiance , maseterful chef creations and the warm heartfelt attention that this staff gives to all its clients.Special Features:
- AwesomeWestCoastDined on 10/8/2014One of the best places I've ever been to. Incredibly good.Special Features:
- DisappointedMattDined on 10/3/2014Second time to eat here and it was just ok. Not worth the priceSpecial Features:
- Great experienceShizzleVIPDined on 9/30/2014Traveling for business and entertaining gives me great exposure to neat restaurants. Ink and Elm is an instant favorite. A creative menu, an attentive server, and sophisticated yet not pretentious ambiance are the highlights. I would strongly suggest you give this place a try. I could not find fault in any aspect of our meal, from the cocktails to the dessert (one of which I had never even heard of before). I will make this spot a regular when visiting Atlanta.Special Features:
- Quality, Relaxed, PleasantMitchDined on 9/28/2014Ink and Elm's brunch was tasty, ample portions. Our server, Kristin, was excellent. The atmosphere is classy, but not pretentious. They do not have valet service on Sunday's, but we were able to get a parking spot directly behind the bldg. If that had been full, we would have been challenged to find something if we hadn't previously asked about parking. We were told we could park (Sundays for free) in the Emory parking deck behind the Barnes and Noble. But, that info was not brought to our attention at the time of reservation. We just happened to ask about it. Overall, a lovely place in Emory Village.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- very pleasantDalton1Dined on 9/27/2014Especially fond of server, Nika. She's an outstanding asset. Food was very good. Such a privilege to have a really good restau. so close to our home! The atmosphere is pleasant without being fussy. Convenient parking.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great RestaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/19/2014We went to Ink & Elm on a recommendation. Could not have been more pleased. This place is a 10.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Experience At Ink and ElmPleasantDined on 9/19/2014I was referred to this restaurant by someone I knew. I found the atmosphere to be laid back, yet elegant. The strip was nice as well. The waiter was very attentive and not to mention, cute. He was very knowledgeable about the dishes and gave some good suggestions. The food was okay. I'm not sure if it was worth the amount of money, but decent nevertheless.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Will go backRakeshVIPDined on 9/14/2014Fantastic food, decor and staff. This was my second time there for brunch, and it was just as delicious and pleasant of an experience. The only potential issue I have had is parking can sometimes be tough when going to brunch there on Sunday. Also, they're not open for brunch or anything until 4:00 pm. on Saturday for some reason.Special Features:
- ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 9/13/2014The service was not up to par and this made the overall experience very disappointing.
- Flawless service, fabfood&hotdrinksAbahm123Dined on 9/12/2014Big fan of Ink & Elm. Love the decor and vibe, as much as the food and drinks. If there is any critique, or a reason not to frequent regularly, it is the price. Definitely not cheap. Not expected to be cheap, but it's actual spendy for nice dining in Atlanta, IMO. Otherwise, perfect.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Favoritesfarmer1228VIPDined on 9/11/2014We love Ink and Elm. Every time we go, we are treated like family. The food is beautifully prepared. the whole experience of dining there is always wonderful!Special Features:
- Amazing Service and Foodcape1144VIPDined on 9/7/2014I'm not a seafood person, so they had great options for meat eaters such as NY strip & duck. Amazing pole beans & burrata, zucchini & squash casserole and to top off the meal, nutella gelato. Our waitress Anna was amazing and was able to help us out with selections for all courses, including wine pairings. Great gem in the Emory area!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellet restaurantrosiebellDined on 9/6/2014Who would have thought that such an exquisite restaurant would be on a "strip" across from the the campus of Emory University?! As a member of the university community, this restaurant is superb (and impressive as well) for entertaining university guests. It is also a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion. Thank you, Ink and Elm, for being such a gem!Special Features:
- Emory GemgeneDined on 9/6/2014Outstanding restaurant with great food and service. Buckhead dining in Emory area.Special Features:
- GorditaDined on 8/30/2014Although the food was mostly excellent, my red snapper was not. It lacked flavor and it was overcooked. The other choices at the table were the duck and trout and both were thoughfully, skillfully, tastefully prepared. The heirloom salad was a favorite among our table guests.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A pleasant surpriseRichardVIPDined on 8/29/2014First time dining here. But will not be the last. A refreshing atmosphere. Great service. And the food was innovative and delicious. Very talented kitchen. My heirloom tomatoe salad was unlike any I have had. Simply an explosion of flavor. New York steak with a sauce that included boiled peanuts. Who knew how good they would taste ? A side of mixed peas and beans with habanero butter. Very spicy so ask for less if you prefer a hint of heat. But very good. The chocolate dessert was outstanding and a tad mixed with the coconut gelato...impressive. Enjoy a good bourbon ? One of the most extensive selections available.Special Features:
- AmazingAtlantianDined on 8/28/2014Went there for our 3 year anni. Loved every second of the dinner.Special Features:
- Good food, but overpricedMC522Dined on 8/26/2014I took my girlfriend there for a nice dinner . We were satisfied with the food quality . However , portion sizes were small , cocktails were watered down and we felt that everything was a bit overpriced.
- ehhggggDined 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...
- DisappointedKimberlyCSDined 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.
- Weird name great foodBurghfoodiesDined on 8/23/2014Had a wonderful time enjoying good wine, great food and fantastic service. Will go back whenever I visit EmorySpecial 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.