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King + Duke
King + Duke

King + Duke Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kinganddukeatl.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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Diner Reviews
  • "Have been here several times and always decent. This last time food had gone down hill - my wife's pork chop was rubber and service was spotty. Could just be a one time thing."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I had been led to believe that i was really in for a great dining experience. I was disapointed. I took a visiting guest and a colleague to lunch and expected that the experience would be equal to the amount of the bill. It was not. the server was friendly and attentive, but the food was over-priced and the ambience was cold and austere. the patio looked inviting, but it was too hot to eat outside at lunch."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We went to King + Duke to celebrate my parents' birthdays. Our service was outstanding and the food was delicious! We will definitely return for another visit."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Disappointed that dessert cost extra as it was a special occasion. Waiter forgot us after saying he would bring the check. Asked for fish dish to have sauce on the side but kitchen did not do so."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great service, great food and great wine! Everything we ordered was delicious (especially the rabbit). Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We were seated immediately with our reservation, great attentive service and beautiful surroundings. The outdoor area looked fantastic with a full bar and plenty of seating. The smells coming from the kitchen were intoxicating, the delicate smokiness translated right into the food. We had the burrata special, peaches, octopus (beware as it is very spicy with habanero sauce but delicious), candied pork belly (a MUST!) and chocolate pudding and a macchiato for dessert. A handcrafted cocktail called the Barbary Coast with rhubarb was perfect, not too sweet. Every dish was colorful, flavorful and beautifully plated. Only complaint we wished the dishes came a little more spaced out. But, none of our dishes were hot so it was ok. Recommend!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I really enjoyed my dinner and drinks. Nice professional staff and we'll priced meal."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • " It really does take two hands to handle "The Duke," one giant, extremely flavorful,hand formed, coal grilled patty of chuck and dry aged cuts of beef. Don't let the price dissuade you: it is a full meal's worth; and, unlike it's gimmicky boutique gastropub competitor's, it's available all day long! Service Staff is consistently courteous and professional...and we appreciate management and chef making table-side visits, as well, every time we have come in Long live the new "burger king (& duke)" of Atlanta!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "While I was generally pleased with my experience, there were a few things that keep me from raving about it. First of all, I almost killed myself biting into the octopus beak that a cook had failed to remove from our grilled octopus salad. Secondly, the lamb belly on our mixed grill plate was EXTREMELY over-salted, and I LIKE salt--probably had about twice as much as it should have. That being said, though, it was a great time and if I lived in Atlanta (which I don't), I'd definitely go back to see if they could redeem themselves a bit."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Tremendous amount of diverse dishes, enjoyed trying some new finds. Somewhat annoying when signature cocktails are "sold out" just run to the nearest liquor store. But alas, service was moderate but food indeed worth a trip back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had been dying to try the restaurant, but found the food to be only fair. The desert was fantastic, but the sauces and combinations on the food made them not that enjoyable and we will not be returning."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "From the moment I walked in the door, I knew the meal would be memorable. We had a great view of the open kitchen, the aromas were tantalizing, the service was outstanding, and the meal capped off the experience without disappointment. I can hardly wait to return, but this initial experience has really set a high bar!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great service, great food, great cocktails. My wife and I started with a Mark Twain and a K+D mint julep and bone marrow which was excellent cooked and delicious. Then we shared the duck which was great pairing with a glass of Malbec and for desert a chocolate pudin with a macchiato."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Overall the meal was pretty good. I am from nashville, so it's hard for me to give a resturant a really high score unless it was outstanding. It doesn't compare to somewhere like silly goose in east nashville or cat bird seat, but I would eat there again."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was very good and our service was outstanding! We also enjoyed the perfect dirty martini. They are very open-minded about sharing at the table. It is nice to be able to share and taste several items. A very enjoyable lunch spot in Buckhead."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I had read the less than great reviews and talked to some friends who thought the food was only okay before dining here. My friend and I were both delighted with the taste and quality of the food. Some of the dishes we found delightful were the Maine crab salad, the sweet corn and sugar snap peas,and a selection of roasted fresh tomatoes. The special appetizer that night was the steak tartar. That was the only dish we had that did not impress. The "Duke" burger was very popular around us, but I was delighted with the Gum Creek Farms pork chop. It was cooked to perfection. We ended the night with a delicious chocolate chip cookie tart. The service was just okay, we have experienced much better elsewhere in town."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Trying to be too trendy. Just stuck to the basics and everything will be great. Cool atmosphere, great drinks, don't stress the price... People will come no matter what."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food was very disappointing this time. I have been to this restaurant at least 8 times in the last 10 months. The fish I had was so salty I could not even eat it and the server never even inquired if I liked my main course. The bread that was served was cold. We did ask for hot bread. I am not sure if I will go back or not."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great food, all open grilled. Nicely blended favors."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We've been going to King + Duke since they've opened and to this day, have not been disappointed. Food and service has always been perfect since we've been going and believe me...I don't fool around with my food. I will say that at times during the winter months, it is a bit hard for me to choose from the menu, as I am a very healthy eater, and so much is meat and bones. To that point, during the summer months, Chef Joe offers the most incredible Steak Tartare, best in the city. We love the roasted beets and carrots, always a favorite, and the octopus is to die for. The arctic char is also fantastic, light and healthy. Skip the pickle jar. Overall, a food lover's dream and an awesome see and be seen kind of place."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This was a good restaurant...food was good..service was wonderful..."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The menu has a distinct Southern flair, but the items are inventive and very diverse. One of the best restaurants I've attended. Excellent dinner!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "First visit to King & Duke- Ford Fry has another winner. The starters although very small portions were top quality, in particular the grilled octopus. For entree my group of 3 decided on the communal mixed grill, which showcased their skill with the wood-burning oven. What a feast! In contrast to the small starters, this dish was huge and could easily feed 5. Included this night was steak, chicken, sausage, salmon and great grouper collars, along with all the sides to complement the meats. Everything was perfectly cooked and had an incredible smoky flavor I wish I could replicate at home. Lastly, our server was absolutely the best I have had in a long while. Here you get the entire package of great food & service."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "A colleague and I had liuch here. I had the shrimp salad which was prefect - butter lettuce and mixed herbs (dill, tarragon and parsley) perfectly dressed with a dusting of breadcrumbs and loaded with shrimp. My colleague had the soup of the day - turnip - cream based and delicious and the adult "grilled cheese" which was tasty and cooked perfectly. The dessert - buttermilk blackberry pie was one of the best desserts I have had in Atlanta - a perfect shortbread pastry crust - ice cold ice cream with a cloud of whipped cream with a hint of blackberries - surrounded by lemon curd and lots of blackberries. Worth coming for! Service was attentive but not overbearing. Servers familiar with food sources."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Great spot for an inspired dinner. Everything on the menu looked delicious, salmon and snapper did not disappoint. Grilled peaches & blue cheese were amazing! There was a bit of a bar crowd at the inside the bar and out on the bar patio. Nothing crazy for Buckhead, just added to a bit of noise. All in all worth the price and good service, we will be back again for sure."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Make sure you sit on the patio - much better than inside"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My husband and I have been here several times before and decided to take him here for his birthday since we had not tried their duck press yet. Every item we ordered was so delicious, especially the lamb belly. While every thing we ordered was incredible I was disappointed we did not get to experience the duck service itself. We didn't find out that we were able to view our duck being pressed until a server dropped our duck plates at our table. After looking confused at the gentleman and our duck we thought the press was going to be brought to the table in duck press tradition. Our server failed to explain their version of the duck press presentation so we were bummed since that was the only reason we chose King + Duke."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This was a great place to meet a client for lunch. Food was delicious and different."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Second visit. Impressed! Love the menu...from aged steak to rabbit. Smoked fish dip..awesome!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "2 girlfriends and I went for a birthday dinner Sunday evening. Everything was wonderful! As soon as I walked in the hostess was so sweet and even offered to hold the birthday present behind the desk! We decided to have a beverage at the bar, and they didn't mind holding a table for us, and did not make us feel rushed. Our waiter, Mark, was fabulous and knowledgeable. You could tell he really cared about the menu and he made great recommendations. The food was delicious and the cocktails were excellent. Save room for the awesome desserts (hello Oreo skillet cake!) and Irish Coffee. This place never disappoints!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We ordered two signature dishes. The King and DUCK “A LA PRESSE”. The King was ordered to be delivered medium rare and was delivered well. The Duck “A La Presse” was also over cooked. The total meal was $373.00 for three people. All in the party felt the food was less than par and would not likely to return. The food was very disappointing considering we order two signature dishes and received both over cooked."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Waited 50 min past res time, no apology from staff, server was in attentive, good sub-par"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food, atmosphere, and service was excellent! We will definitely be back, bringing friends!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My wife and I booked through open table for lunch. We were seated on time. Then had one of the worst service experiences we have ever had. No one came to give us water or take a drink order for 10 minutes. Once we did order drinks the waitress just wondered around until after another 10 minutes we had to remind her we ordered drinks. Based on her bad attitude we just left and will not go back."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • " A better experience than the first time! WHEW! Glad we gave it another try! It is DEFINITELY all about the meat here, but (most of) the side dishes were tasty, too - if a bit on the "nouveau/nouvelle" small side for items billed "to share". Cheese plate appetizer was minuscule - especially for the price. The snap peas sounded SOOOO promising, but were disappointingly flavorless - we barely touched them & the server didn't even notice - other than that the service was quite good :) A surprisingly nice selection of sparkling wines available by the glass for a place so heavy on that trendy, "gamey" side. Very "manly" cuisine. Super noisy (like all their restuarants). Parking is a headache (like all their restaurants)."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Excellent experience. Food outstanding as was the service!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Snuck in at 5:30 on Father's Day for a quick dinner before flying home. Server was very knowledgeable about the menu and given that we hadn't eaten there before, walked us through his favorite items on the menu. Ordered a fair amount of what he suggested and several items he didn't and only one of the items he mentioned was unimpressive. Not bad, just not something I'd have highlighted. Explained the need to get out quickly and he did an excellent job pacing the plates and took terrific care of us. Food was a mix of fantastic (fish of the day which was salmon, lambe belly app), very good (cornbread and braised greens) and good (a couple apps I don't recall). Overall, very good food experience but service made it a new favorite."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food and service was excellent. Be sure to try their pork chop which is the best I have ever had!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Went with my wife for our anniversary on a Friday night. Nice ambiance. Lively and energetic, but intimate seating and easy to have a conversation. We ordered the candied lamb for an app with bone-in strip steak and monkfish for our entrees. Chocolate skillet cake for dessert. We both the thought the food was good. But what really put our experience over the top was the service. Chris made fantastic recommendations and was extremely knowledgeable. His descriptions of our choices were spot-on. We would go back just for the dining experience, alone, but we were also pleased with our meal."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I have been wanting to dine here since before it opened and we finally got the chance last week. The interior design is very welcoming and comfortable, but modern as well. The staff was very polite and friendly, and seemed very knowledgable about the menu and gave reccomendations. The food and cocktails were delicious! Unique flavors, good ingredients, and not over the top. I will definitely be back again!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014