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King + Duke
King + Duke

King + Duke Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kinganddukeatl.com
  • Email: kimberly@rocketfarmrestaurants.com
  • Phone: (404) 477-3500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Joe Schafer
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two areas that can accommodate large parties. One is the private drawing room that seats up to 14. The other is a semi private space that seats up to 40.
  • Private Party Contact: Kaylen Isabella (404) 355-5311 x13
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact Kaylen Isabella at kisabella@rocketfarmrestaurants.com for special event information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Peachtree and Buckhead Ave.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Our valets will be happy to park your car. The entrance to the valet drop off is off of Buckhead Avenue in front of the Two Buckhead Plaza garage.
A word from King + Duke
At King and Duke, we showcase locally sourced ingredients through simple, yet focused hearth cooking. Our goal is not to manipulate food, but to accentuate the natural flavors of our products through slower methods of cooking and the smoke of the wood fire. Through this primitive technique, constantly moving and manipulating the live fire, we invest exacting attention to the preparation of each and every dish.

Our managing partner, Ford Fry, named the restaurant after two characters in Huckleberry Finn, “The King” and “The Duke," a pair of grifters who ‘put on airs’ and pretended to be royalty, when in fact they were a couple of hillbillies who lived in the woods. With our slightly mischievous ways ☺, a huge focus on quality, yet a primitive cooking style and down-to earth atmosphere, Chef Fry felt like it was the perfect name for our newest restaurant.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "and you won't be disappointed. Very nicely prepared burger. I highly recommend it. The signature drink list was excellent as well. No doubt if you visit this establishment you will be pleased."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I dined here with two other people on a Wednesday evening. The restaurant was pretty busy by 7pm and fully packed (including the bar) by 8:30pm. We ordered the meat platter for 4 people and it was amazing! Since there were only three of us, we had leftovers, but it really is perfevtly poetiones for four. I would recommend any group to order this dish!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "From veggies, to fish, to steak...you can't beat the flavors Service was excellent. Ambiance is amazing mix of casual elegance and wood fire warmth. Very large outdoor patio, as big as interior seating area. Wines to match...the earthy red was superfluous."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I had the rabbit and it was so amazing....I will be back to visit you to sit outside with my husband."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Many favorites here, everything grilled to perfection. Unbelievable fire roasted chicken! Chef Joe is definitely someone we'll be hearing a lot more about!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I was ready to make love to my date just for picking this place out"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The food is great prepared over fire wood but not over bearing. Great food."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Food was good, waiter could have been a bit more descriptive, but he was attentive and food was delivered efficiently. I would return to try some of the other options."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The servers are knowledgeable and well trained. They make the whole dining experience efficient and enjoyable. I like the "Huck Finn meet Buckhead" vibe that carries from the campfire inspired menu to the understated, but sophisticated decor. Although I found octopus to be an unusual menu option, the stuffed trout is a favorite, and it's just fun to see Mississippi Rabbit on a menu. The carrot and beet salad was an explosion of color and flavor. The smoked fish starter included thin strips of vibrant root vegetables, simply dressed. Cocktails and wine list are creative: worth a read and several sips. In the evening there sometimes is a wait, even with a reservation, and a slightly noisy, not unpleasant hustle throughout the experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I took a snobby LA foodie to King + Duke and he was in love. Thagt says a lot coming from a guy who complains about everything!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Have been waiting to go here for a time and will wait again before going back. Great atmosphere and service, but food left a lot to be desired. The famous burger ordered medium rare was medium well, dry and lacking flavor. Way too much bun as well. The bun was even dry under the burger, no juices. we were under a time constraint and this burger is really thick so didn't have time to wait for a replacement. Polenta was cold. One in party had fish of the day and commented it was very average. Drinks were good, excellent Manhattan. Cured meat appetizer OK but pricy. Brownie dessert as well as other chocolate special nothing special. After expecting something special was disappointed in the food."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Whitefish appetizer was same as at my local delicatessen. Sea bass was lukewarm and the skin over-crisped. Wine selections were very good."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The place overall is awesome. I walked in right at 9:44 and had reservations at 9:45 and sat down within 3 min. I was very excited about coming here, the bar was a little over crowded but thats a good sign, nobody wants to eat somewhere where there is no people waiting. Long story short the place is great, the food was even greater and the service, for us (me and my girlfriend), was perfect."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Definitely a diverse menu ... A little something for every taste.."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "You would expect this "hot spot" to offer the latest in fashionable dining. Based on our meal, spring has not only not yet arrived, the restaurant is still mired in winter root vegetable blues. Our party enjoyed the ambiance, had excellent service and had an overall good experience. But the variety and quantity of the food wasn't up to expectations. We shared a Virginia Sea Bass entree the size of two marshmallows. The vegetables were the same as those on our appetizers, without a hint of green. The smoked fish dip was delicious as were the corn muffins. Everything was managed well, and the place was packed. But for the money, we should have had more food on the plate, with a little more variety."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The grilled octopus was the best I've eaten, ever! it was even better than the octopus dishes in Greece."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The staff was very attentive and the food fit for a Duke, if not a King."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Saw a friend's post on fb. Glad I made the trip! Could not be more pleased with the whole experience!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The special appetizer meat tray was amazing. The Rabbit dish and Trout were amazing."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We went for my birthday dinner and had an outstanding dinner. Appetizers included the most outstanding calamari ever and bone marrow that was outstanding. Our entrees were the rabbit, the fish and the vegetables with grains. They were all outstanding. The rabbit dish was the most different but delicious. Our waiter was most informative. A must go to place!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "King & Duke's patio is one of the best in Buckhead. The food is always good, the cocktail list has a lot of fun items and the desserts are very creative and absolutely wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "King and Duke has great drinks and even better food. I had the rabbit and it was one of best things I've ever had. The steak was also really amazing. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "As Shiania Twain once sang, "you don't impress me much.""
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The environment is great, lot of energy. The food… was a little too salty for me and my date. But we were treated very well, and over all had a good time."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "First visit to King+Duke in the ever-changing Buckhead restaurant landscape. Menu selection is varied and a bit eclectic, complimented by its presentation and flavor. Great gathering area outside for drinks prior to dinner or just that. Dining room a bit noisy once full and tables are somewhat cramped not allowing for private conversation. I will return when possible."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Loved relaxed but classy feel, creative dishes, great service. Burgers are exquisite and best french fries ever! Great wine choices - special thanks to the bar tender!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had an amazing evening. It was my girlfriend's birthday and they took exceptional care of us."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I made a reservation for 4 of us to have dinner on a Thursday night. Two of our party were co-workers from California, so I wanted to show them a great experience in the South. This was the first time for all of us to eat here and there was a lot of anticipation! Despite the reservation, we waited several minutes before being led upstairs to our table (which I understand). But honestly we were all quite disappointed that our table was large round 6 (or 8?) top right by the stairs and in the walkway of every customer and server, which really did hurt the intimacy of our dinner. The good? Our server, Chris, was incredible - very knowledgeable and personable, and the food was amazing. I had the Artic Char special and l ate every last drop!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "JCT Kitchen, another one of Ford Fry's restaurants, is our favorite place to eat in ATL so we were really excited to try King + Duke. The outside bar and patio was very comfortable (I would go back and just get the Bites from the bar and drinks). Once we were seated, the waiter came by to pour us drinks but did not greet us. Although he was not unpleasant, he was not friendly or helpful with the menu questions. I got the bass which was very dry with little flavor and the spring vegetables were uncooked and cold. My fiance got the bar steak and frites, the steak was extremely tough. The fries were probably the best thing we had all night. Needless to say, we did not get dessert. Overall a disappointment food wise."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Glad we picked the King + Duke. This was a special occasion for us and we did want an exceptional restaurant. We got that and the best baked trout I have ever tasted. Service was superb (the Yorkshire pudding is a nice touch)."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very enjoyable. Everything was delicious. Knowledgable and friendly wait staff. Food creatively and well prepared. Among the best in Atlanta."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "King & Duke appears to attract a lively, hip crowd. It has all the offerings of currently popular restaurants; craft cocktails and well prepared food. If you dine and hang in Buckhead, this is a great place to put on regular rotation. If you live outside Buckhead, I'm not sure it's worth the trip. In town restaurants like ESS, Miller-Union, even Fry's other locations, offer same, if not even better, of both food and drink. Pricing consistent with Buckhead crowd expectations."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Recommended to us by another restaurant owner in Charleston - we went for an early dinner and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Great atmosphere, professional servers and staff and the food was perfect - would recommend to anyone looking for a great dinner spot in Atlanta!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I only had two issues: one, the main course came out too fast; they need to let you rest a bit between courses. second, the tables are much too close together, especially upstairs. You can't hear yourself talk due to the conversations of others; it's also very hard to get up to go to the bathroom or elsewhere without disturbing the table next to you."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The food was excellent. The grilled octopus, the gem salad, the scallops and the strip steak on bone were to die for. The ambience was real nice and the mezzanine was real good in that you could actually carry on a conversation. The group that owns King +duke has done real well with their restaurants in Atlanta. Yet another real good restaurant to recommend and for the proverbial Rolodex...can't wait to try their new one St Cecilia."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My husband ordered the steak for $52 and it was full of fat. I kept watching him spit out big pieces of fat. The waiter didn't say anything when my husband mentioned it. I had the scallops and they were good."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Duck undercooked. Tables too small & too close togrther"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Wasn't too crowded. The outdoor patio and bar look like like they're going to be outstanding. Attentive service, but the food was pretty slow. Loved our lunch. Great ambiance. Our waiter was friendly and engaging, and knowledgeable about the menu. They have a private dining room which is excellent if you have a group. The room is very private and quiet and appropriate for business dinner or birthday dinner, etc."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Used to live in Atlanta and was trying to find a new and notable place. After seeing reviews, decided to give it a shot. Had a really great experience here. Service was excellent. Always there without being intrusive. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great atmosphere - casual and warm. Great first date option. Food was also very good. Enjoyed the pork roast with sweet potatoes. Although simple, the bread and cheese bites were delicious. Who knew toasted bread and cheese could be so delicious? Lastly must not forget the amazing sticky toffee pudding. I'd go back just for that!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We have dined at King & Duke several times while in Atlanta visiting our daughter. Usually we have a wonderful experience, but not so much this last time. Our waitress was not overly attentive. She brought us the wrong bottle of wine, said the name of the one we ordered, and started to open the wrong bottle. Not a good start to the evening. We love the executive chef Joe Schafer, who has actually visited with us every time we've been in. However, being a Sunday, it was his (much deserved) night off. Love the food, love the atmosphere. Just did not love the service on this particular Sunday night. (3/9/13)"
    Dined on 3/9/2014