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JCT Kitchen and Bar
JCT Kitchen and Bar

JCT Kitchen and Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jctkitchen.com/index.html
  • Phone: (404) 355-2252
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
    Sunday Supper: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: EJ Hodgkinson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: JCT Kitchen and Bar offers a variety of options and spaces to fit your event needs that include restaurant buy outs for up to 200, and semi-private dining for up to 50 guests maximum.
  • Private Party Contact: Miranda Hudson (404) 355-5311 x12
  • Entertainment: Occasional "Singer/Songwriters"
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact Miranda Hudson at mhudson@rocketfarmrestaurants.com for special event information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Huff Rd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet service is also available.
A word from JCT Kitchen and Bar
Acclaimed Chef Ford Fry serves up Southern farmstead cooking based on seasonal ingredients at JCT Kitchen & Bar, his restaurant in Atlanta’s Westside Urban Market. JCT Kitchen and Bar provides an upscale yet casual dining experience with a menu reminiscent of family favorites that are elevated to a gourmet level. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, while JCT.’s rooftop bar offers a small Southern plates menu, innovative cocktails and live music for guests to enjoy while overlooking the historic neighborhood.

Reservations for lunch are accepted by phone.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Went with a group of six and we all got different dishes and sampled. Everything was delicious. Only wish we had had time for desserts."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Overall I had a nice meal but I'm not sure why this place is the talk of the town right now. The fried chicken is good but I wouldn't call it anything special. The cornbread was pretty delicious, though. My salad was light on dressing and seasoning so it was just missing something. The fried pork rillettes were a cool idea but they just didn't really pan out. Didn't taste like a rillette anymore... it was basically breaded and fried pulled pork. Certainly an interesting way of serving it, especially from a presentation standpoint(instead of the usual of it being in a jar or ramekin) but being heated like it was it lost that creaminess that makes a rillette so enjoyable. Needs to be more entree options. Stick to drinks and small plates. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Food was fantastic, but service faltered after the order was taken. Side dishes ordered didn't show up with the entrees and we couldn't find our waiter to flag him down to tell him. As a result we were 2/3 of the way through our meal until the sides showed up. This was our second visit, and the same thing happened on our first visit. But we'll be back to give it another try because the food is wonderful. Just need to pay attention to the service details."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Waiter was far to cloying and soliticious. Offputting and somewhat intrusive. Have not been there in a while -- many changes but still good food."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Best burger in town along with top notch vegetables!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Everything in the Sunday supper was delicious! The waiter was really attentive, I had a phenomenal time. Their take on the Apple Pie was absolutely delicious, a perfect combination of flavors!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Went early so we didn't have to worry about them running out of food. The spouse loved the "angry mussels" and I enjoyed the soup. Mixed drinks were well made. Service was excellent (which is expected when the restaurant is half empty). But the fried chicken is mediocre. I've had much better at Mary Macs, Cornerstop Cafe (Lawrenceville), and others. The breading was bland. I'm not even sure I would put it above fast food and grocery store fried chicken. The serving sizes of the dishes were appropriate (not too large or small). Given the relatively limited menu, I would likely not go back anytime soon. We enjoyed the experience and felt the service was great. But, in the end, I can't justify a pricey entree that is just mediocre."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The menu is wonderfully creative and diverse - also loved the great options of specialty bar drinks (I tried the Americana in Paris). I had the swordfish special and it was awesome - very moist and simple spicing. Other members of my party had the pork chop, steak and friend chicken. The venue is tucked back in the corner of a multi food establishment complex. The décor is farmhouse-spare. The service was prompt and attentive. Will go back again to try some of the fantastic looking desserts!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great Food ....mussels are incredible, especially with the sour dough bread to sop up the wonderful broth."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I'd read mostly good reviews with a few clunkers thrown in and I was completely unprepared for the delicious meal my wife and I had. The fried chicken was beautifully done and flavorful, only thing needed was a bit of salt for the dark meat - so I was very impressed that they didn't oversalt it. My wife had the veggie plate and wasn't impressed when it came out but she said that every bite was delicious. The coconut cake we shared for dessert was nice and used milk or cream kind of like a tres leche cake. It was one of the best meals I've had in my 12 years in Atlanta. Bravo!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food was fine--nothing more; the much-praised fried chicken dry and lukewarm. Even if the food had been great, however, our meal would have been ruined by the service. Servers swooping in to grab plates from people who were still lifting forks from plate to mouth; waiter constantly up-selling; he also brought, opened, and poured a beer and only then acknowledged that they had run out of the beer actually ordered and he'd substituted another."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Four of us decided on JCT for a birthday celebration for one of the girlfriends. What a great spot. Some bubbly, some appetizers (you've got to get the Angry Mussels), we all had fried chicken and 2 sides (the brussel sprouts, collards and mac & cheese were delicious), wine, more bubbly and coconut cake. Our waitress was excellent. Our food arrived in a timely fashion. There was not a single negative in the entire evening. And what a fun, quirky "after dinner mint".... lemon heads:) We will all be back!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "When we dine at JCT it's always so comfortable. Like being with friends. The food is consistently great. Drinks are creative and yummy. It's one of our go to places when we have out of town guests."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We are trying the Ford Frye empire. This one's food is not as good as the optimist or King + Duke. The parmesan fries were the best in the world! We gobbled the whole bowl. The mac and cheese was flavored with bacon. Nobody liked this dish. The fried chicken was delicious, the best in Atlanta. All the other dishes were good but not outstanding. The decor is terrific. Draperies are used to deafen the noise. I would go back but I prefer the other two spots."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I had heard this was a great place, and it's a favorite amongst my friends, but my experience was ruined by my server. Loud, obnoxious and pretty rude. Food was excellent and the drinks are superb. However the highlights of my night were when the runners brought me my food and drinks. They were well-mannered, and did everything with a smile. The jerk we had for a server was even upset we didn't want dessert (or so gave the impression he was). Sorry JCT, you may be a favorite of my friends, but you're not one of mine."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Fantastic menu, stellar service, fantastic cocktail selections. We love this place!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have been to King and Duke, The optimist, and JCT definitely did not disappoint. As soon as you walk in you get put in a good mood. Atmosphere is energetic, lively and fit for groups or a nice date night. Attire ranges from jeans and a nice shirt to suits. Our server was amazing. Incredibly knowledgeable of the menu and her recommendations were excellent. Must try the 'Angry Mussels" Not as spicy as it was made out to be but that is okay. The grilled bread dipped in the broth immediately puts a smile on your face. so good! We tried 80 % of their house made cocktails. All were well made regardless of how much I liked the actually drink. GF and I had the shrimp and grits and the pork chop. Food was great. highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Food is incredible and service was outstanding. And, you do not want to miss the bar above the restaurant for a pre-dinner or after dinner drink. Some of the most unique drinks around!!! Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Noise level has always been a drawback, but food was worth it. This visit my meal was lukewarm and service was average. Hopefully it was just an off night and will earn 4 stars in the future."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Overall an excellent venue to entertain a customer, carry on a conversation without yelling and enjoy outstanding food selections."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Consistently delivers great food. The menu doesn't vary, which is fine with me. I've tried most everything and it's all been delicious. My favorites are the shrimp and grits, always seasoned perfectly. The truffle fries are addicting."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "After going to most of the fine dining resturants in Atlanta I always come back to JCT! The food is always on point and always an experience! The wine and desserts are always a special treat too! I always talk about this place days and days after I've been there. I also always recommend it to anyone oh has a special occasion , days or family dinner . It's great for any meal ,anytime!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Come early for the fried chicken! Everything on the menu is truly amazing!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I took my mother in law and family from out of town. The last time we went to JCT we had lunch and it was perfect. Amazing food, wine and great atmosphere. This time for dinner we had similar expectations. It's such a beautiful restaurant in a great spot however the food was really lacking. I ordered the fried chicken and it seemed like the chicken was old and tough. Also the collard greens are normally this amazing creation however this time it was just overcooked collard greens swimming in a bowl of tasteless water... My Mother in law's steak was tough. I woud say we enjoyed our cocktails, the deviled eggs appetizer and my daughter liked her mac and cheese however the entrees were really lacking."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This just might be my new fave. I loved everything I tried. I love the location, service, menu and drinks!! This is a foodie place but not stuck up."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is the 2nd consecutive time dining at a Ford Fry restaurant where the service started out good but then fell off. In this particular example - our server said she was going to being new wine glasses for our 2nd bottle of wine - I think she bought 2 but forgot about the other 3 as there were 5 wine drinkers at the table. After our appetizers/salad plates were cleared along with the silverware and our entrees came - we had to ask 2-3 people to get silverware in order to begin eating our meal. The food was good but the final experience not so much. It was a Saturday night and the place was packed but they should know that and have a process in place for servers to replace wine glasses and especially utensils."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Nice place, cool atmosphere. Menu was a little too limited for me. There was nothing on the menu that really appealed to me, so settled for the chicken and dumplings, which were good."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My wife and I went to JCT Kitchen for a date night, and it was fantastic! The noise was not too loud but definitely energetic. The stars of the night were the food and the service. The Parmesan fries were delicious, the shrimp and grits were tasty and my steak was superbly prepared. The kale was great, too! Yum!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I'm not kidding. My wife and I have been to JCT before and knew it was good. This time, our meal was perfect! We started with the deviled eggs and angry mussels. The eggs are a must and we end up fighting over the last one. The mussels had just the right amount of heat from the peppers and smokiness from the bacon. Don't fill up on the bread when it comes out. Save it for the mussel broth. We split the pork chop which was nearly 2 inches thick. The crust was crisp and sweet with a great char flavor. We've had some amazing meals but there was something about this one that left us wondering if this was the best meal we had ever had. We still can't think of a better one. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "JCT had the ambiance that reflects a young, vibrant, and trendy atmosphere. The food was experimental, but not to a point where you didn't know what you were eating - it was, rather, familiar ingredients that were mixed in creative ways. My dining partner had the pork chop, and confessed that it was probably the best he's ever had. I had the chicken dish, and the meat was tender, but maybe a little too dry for my taste on the inside. Our waitress was a wonderful delight - she gave recommendations that were well worth trying (such as the pork chop), and had a very warm and inviting personality. Intimate small groups work best in this environment, as it is candlelit and dim lighting overall, but it looked like many larger groups enjoyed, too."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Hands down. this was one of the best meals i've had a in long time. There Sunday dinner is rather underpriced. Appetizer, Salad, meat and 3 and dessert. Service was impeccable. We had reservations and virtually NO wait when we walked in. this has become my new favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "i've been to JCT Kitchen several times. It's always been amazing. The service is excellent. The menu always has interesting, tasty and different items. One of my favorite's is your beet salad....it's always a bit different but always delicious."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "It doesn't get much better than this place. ... the food, service and ambiance were all excellent! From the hostess to the bartender to the chef, the meal and experience was exceptional Bravo JCT"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This was my wife's first time to eat here. I have been 3-4 times. The food was good, service good but not outstanding. My wife stated she would return. She like the area where the restaurant is located. Work on a Gluten Free menu it would help your business."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We had a group of six, told the waitress from the beginning that we wanted to be out in time for a play we were seeing. We gave ourselves nearly two hours for dinner. The food and service were initially good and fast. Then they filled up and we didn't see our waitress for a while. She never offered another drink order, even it had just been water! The waitress suggested we order dessert, came back with the dessert menus and then never came back again to get our order, by the time she returned we had to hurriedly get our check and get out so we could get to the play. The valets were friendly and fast, nice touch to then end of evening when we were in such a hurry."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Fantastic and fun night out to celebrate my daughters 21st birthday!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I asked for a table away from the kitchen. When the four of us got there, we had a table in front of the kitchen. I asked the hostess to please move us so she put us at a smaller table. I asked if we could have the table next to us. It was a four seater but a bigger table. She said this was the best she could do and that table was reserved? Dah, so was ours. The table next to us sat empty even after we were leaving. No longer my favorite and will probably not return"
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "Every year my company hosts a Leadership Conference in a difference city. As a thank you to my team, I take my leaders out to a special dinner to celebrate their accomplishments. I do a lot of research and choose a restaurant that is locally owned, off the beaten path and features regional gourmet food. JCT Kitchen fit the bill and we were not disappointed. Starting with the cool vibe as we walked through the door, to the chic and cozy dining room to the fabulous food - we had a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "JCT is just another blur of a restaurant in the Atlanta hipster scene. Deviled eggs for appetizers were good, but no better than my Aunt Rita's. Parmesan fries appetizer was bland. The fried chicken was good, but nothing special. Same goes for the shrimp and grits. Nothing was bad about the food, but it lacked creativity, pop, or inspiration. I figure if I can get the same dish in a church basement, there is no reason for me to sit down at a poorly lit table and pay too much money for it in a restaurant that wants me to believe that the up-charge somehow makes the food taste better. Because it really doesn't."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Our group of 6 enjoyed a fun, energetic dinner. Deviled egg appetizer was good to share. Everyone loved their entrees - fried chicken, trout and shrimp and grits. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014