Great food, but still too noisy!!A recent Sunday dinner. Food: strawberry gazpacho, 246 meatball, spaghettini with shrimp and gnocchi with meatballs. Wine: Cleto Chiarli lambrusco and Bastianich pinot grigio.
Good: All of the food was excellent. Gazpacho, meatball were yummy. They were out of meatballs for the gnocchi, but the substituted pork ragu was delicious. Gnocchi was tender. Spaghettini was good but needed more breadcrumbs. Love the dry lambrusco, very hard to find.
Bad: Noise. We hoped to sit inside, but even on a Sunday night, the din was exhausting. Why can't this be fixed? So we sat outside, which was lovely, except for the whiffs of garbage. The Starbucks nearby apparently is the source, and 246 mgmt was working to resolve the issue with Starbucks.6/16/2013 12:00:00 AMBON APETITExcellent restaurant - I recommend it for special occasions, lunch/dinner with a friend. The tables are a little close together, but we did visit with the couple next to us. The noise level is a bit loud, but I still enjoyed the dinner.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMStepping Out......A World Apart.The noise level was unbearable in the dining room so we requested to sit outside. What a great decision! There is something about the ambience out there that makes you feel like you are not even in Atlanta.....kind of European. Amy was our server and she was very good. When she couldn't answer the detailed questions about the wine she quickly brought over a well versed gentleman who did a great job. We had all 6 toasts and they were amazing! What a creative way to start a lovely evening.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat but LoudThe food is terrific--imaginative and wonderfully executed. The big problem continues to be the horrendous noise level. It interferes with dining and with enjoyment of the food.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMNoisey but super good foodMy only complaint was the noise level is slightly too high. I had a hard time hearing one of our friends sitting to my left. Food was out of this world good.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious Food in Interesting SpaceLove the decor of the restaurant and food and drink are excellent and inventive, but noise level makes this restaurant difficult to hear. If you are catching up with old friends, might want to go somewhere else for conversation.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMA great experience, but nosyDifficult for me and my spouse to have a conversation. Both of us have mildly impaired hearing.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food, but loudI went on a busy Saturday night, but was seated promptly for my dinner reservation. The tables are crammed in there, but the place was so loud that I couldnt quite hear my neighbor's conversations, even though they were sitting one foot away from me. Talking to my date sitting across from me was manageable though. So it wasnt too loud to the point where it ruined the dinner. But maybe not a great place for a first date, and definitely not for a romantic date.
The food was great. The server was helpful with recommendations. The wine list sufficed.
The popular meatball was a little overrated. Tasted good, but on par with any good homemade meatball. The clam special I had was very unique and tasty.
Overall a good dinner. I would go back.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGood but LoudEnjoyed it. Food was very good, service was excellent and our table was ready when we arrived ten minutes before our reservation. Prices are reasonable given the evident quality.
My only complaint was it's just too loud in the dining room to enjoy a conversation at your table. I felt like I was yelling at the people at my table just so they could hear me. Granted it was Saturday night at 8:00. But still, it was just uncomfortably loud.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMAs usual our meal was easyAs usual our meal was easy but ex ellent. Service is unobtrusive but alert, our waitress was assured and the special, a vegetarian ravioli with asparagus was healthy and flavorful. The panna cotta for dessert was just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love 246Whether it is for business or pleasure, I have never been dissapointed.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMMostly excellentI have been to No. 246 6 times, and have been pleased, but Sunday's visit fell short. For the first time I eschewed the excellent pasta dishes in favor of fish. Don't do it. Trout is easy to overcook, and they did. It was not inedible, but it was dry. Then there was the service. Our waitress, a Manic Pixie Dream Girl on speed got an order wrong. These things happen but she should have taken back the other 2 meals instead of leaving us to eat cold food or leaving one guest to eat alone. She took nothing off our bill, not even a cocktail. When you are selling the dining experience little things make a big difference. When you are walking distance from Cakes & Ale, Iberian Pig, and others it is a game of inches.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMLucious PastaWe both had pasta dishes. The gnocchi was light and the garlic mushroom sauce was not overwhelming. Salads were a bit expensive, but surprisingly large and actually a great deal as they were more antipasto than salad. Wine list was good and not over priced.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food-conversation impossibleReally enjoy the food at No.246! Have to say that when this restaurant is busy, you feel crowded in and the noise level made conversation difficult if not impossible. So rather than the slow feast we hoped for, we found ourselves rushing through until we could utter "check please." I will try to find a slower time to dine there as good conversation with friend is a big part of the meal for us!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMI was torn between to differentI was torn between to different pasta entrees & the waitress suggested doing a half order of each! Both the gnocchi & shrimp w/ spaghettini were amazing.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThe pastas, salad and pizzaThe pastas, salad and pizza were very good and the restaurant is decorated beautifully - very modern industrial. Everything is prepared very simply, but with good ingredients and well-executed. I wish the lunch menu had a little more non-carb variety (it does have salads, if you don't wish to have pastas, sandwiches and pizza), but it is an Italian restaurant after all.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMUnfortunately way too loudThe food and service at 246 really are outstanding. But seated across from my husband at a table for 2, we had to shout to be heard and the restaurant was not full!5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesomeThe food was great. The gnocchi with fennel sausage was particularly amazing. The service was fantastic. Neil called us by our first name . The chef came to the table to chat. The place is a trendy low key setting with a great backyard.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM2-4-6 is a 10!We had the most fantastic experience at 246 this weekend. Our waiter actually closed his eyes in reverence of the food when he described the specials. He sold us on the braised pork pasta, the strawberry salad, and the gnocchi. I haven't had gnocchi that good since I was in Italy!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful!The food and atmosphere was fantastic. Vibrant energy in the restaurant, great for casual dining or a special occasion. Reasonably priced.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, but it was a bit loud.We've dined here at least 8 times this past year and felt the noise level was better than when they opened, I don't know if it was location of our seats or people decided to scream to each other that night but it was hard to even hear our wait staff. They were back to bending down trying to describe the specials to us. Not relaxing.
Was it just us?5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMDecatur GemGreat food and great service...Amy was our server and she full of personality and very attenative to our table needs. Will definitely go back soon.
Better service than Leon's next door!!!!!!!!!5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMa favorite but so loud...i really like 246 & it's so close to home that it's always first in my thoughts for going out. the only problem with it: it's so incredibly loud!
however this last trip - the waitress was terrific about getting music down at least. then we just had to yell over the bad/oh what a busy restaurant we are-type acoustics.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went to No. 246 for dinnerWe went to No. 246 for dinner after my son's college graduation. The restaurant was nearly full, but we were seated immediately. The service was great and the food outstanding. We will go back often.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday TraditionMy friend and I celebrate our birthdays here every year. It's a fun place with amazing food. We usually go for lunch, so I'm not sure about the scene at night, but during the day it's great.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMA new FavoriteOn my first visit I sat at the bar on a Friday night. It was busy, but I had great conversations and the people were real foodies. I never order chicken, but did so at the advice of the bar tender. Excellent!! The next time I went on a Wednesday for an early dinner. It was not as crowed. I ordered the beef. Excellent! The wait staff is very knowledgeable of the food and wine.
The only down side was the seating against the wall is a little close. I almost felt like I was dining in Europe. But, it worked out well because we could then discuss our meals when they arrived!5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect for a first date or a memorNo. 246 is a great place to meet someone special -- and a place you'll want to return to with that someone. Great, interesting menu, wonderful service, knowledgeable staff, strong wine list, and terriffic ambience. No. 246 has it all.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AM246 has terrific food and246 has terrific food and drink selection. The tables are close and the noise level is high, so it is not a great fit for a quiet romantic dinner. We had a group of 4 and it was great for socializing. The service was excellent. The food tasted delicious, but the portion size was uneven between the dishes - one of us had gnocchi and there were 12 pieces of noodle in a large bowl. This may have been uncharacteristic - last time we were there we had this dish and we took home an extra serving size!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThough it was my first timeThough it was my first time there, the whole experience felt amazing. I shall return!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experience!This was our 1st trip to 246,and we will be going back!Our waiter gave great food and wine recommendations and was very helpful! The toast was amazing and so was the cheese, wine and gnocchi!We didn't have dessert but I heard the donuts were also delicious! The outdoor dining area looked nice, but had an additional wait so we sat in a small table by the bar. The restaurant was beautiful and we cant wait to go back with friends!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMPasta and pizza are very goodPasta and pizza are very good however taste different depending on who is working in the kitchen. Cocktails and wine list are also very good.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMComing Back for More!Great first visit on a busy Monday night! Attentive and friendly service from all staff that waited on us. The food was delicious and prepared as advertised or as ordered. The pizza entrees are big enough to share, as are the salads. The Cannelloni and Gnocchi dishes we ordered were excellent (really tasty and fresh!) and we will definitely go back for more!! The wine & beer list is above average and the option to purchase very good wines by the glass was a nice surprise.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dishes featuring seasonalGreat dishes featuring seasonal spring vegetables! Meat lovers pizza was delicious. Restaurant had a good noise level and energy on Saturday night.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMpretty good, very noisy, cool vibethe space , while having yummy food, is very noisy..the acoustics are pretty terrible
I find their pasta dishes to lack robust flavor. Ive tried 3 dishes and its always in need of salt+parmesan
the apps though are very creative and tasty.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food, great service.Good food, great service. Seating is often much later than reservation. Loud.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMMy new favorite pasta placeExcellent food, excellent service. Wonderful pasta. I'm looking forward to my next visit.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food at high volumeYes, this place is noisy but oh, the food. We went Sunday evening after being worn out by Easter. The restaurant was half full and it was already pretty loud. The brick walls just throw sound back at you. But the food we had was really outstanding. Highlights were the crisps (small toasted appetizers) and the meatball appetizer (I really WANT that recipe!). Main courses - sausage gnocchi and spaghetti - were excellent, especially the gnocchi. I hear they're discontinuing that dish, which I think is a mistake. We will definitely be back, loud or not.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMNeal, our waiter was fantastic.Neal, our waiter was fantastic. He really had a great knowledge of the menu and was very attentive. The menu has lots of different choices for different tastes. We were very happy with our meal and the service. This was our 3-4 time there and it has been consistently great every time.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was excellent, wait staffFood was excellent, wait staff attentive and friendly. Overall a great experience. thank you!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMMy first visit to no. 246My first visit to no. 246 did not dissapoint! It was fantastic from beginning to end.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Italian I've had since FirenzeBest Italian meal I've had since Firenze. Thank you Drew3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is creative and delicious.The food is creative and delicious. The staff are well trained and knowledgeable about the menu. The desserts are fabulous and just the right portion size. Overall, a great food experience.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMService was not impeccableService was not impeccable as it normally is. Waitress was not attentive.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMChristy Lee was excellent.Christy Lee was excellent. She was upbeat and full of knowledge.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good experience, greatVery good experience, great location close to transit station. Pleasing slightly Bohemian environment with great decor, finishes and space.
Service was impeccable. Price point is very reasonable.
Selection and variety in all food areas pleasing. Pasta is superb. Nice, well done pairing suggestions of libations with food. Appetizer's and dessert's well worth a return visit.
One personal preference that I would like different would be lower tone background music; somewhat jarring and invasive.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMIn two words - loved it.In two words - loved it. Food was delicious, service was top notch, wine selection was plentiful, noise level was too high for normal conversation (there were two of us and we had to lean in to hear each other).3/20/2013 12:00:00 AM(Didn't go outside so didn't(Didn't go outside so didn't notice the outdoor dining. Items above not checked because no reference to those. )
We had a lovely experience - nice, friendly and efficient wait staff and hostess, wonderful and interesting food choices. (the meatball, cheese, salami, and tomato soup for appetizers) The specialty pasta dish was too small for my husband, but very tasty. My chicken was undercooked, but not to the point of sending it back and the flavors were good. Delicious cheesecake and dessert drink. Ambiance exceptional.
Thank you!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service were great. WeFood and service were great.
We did not like that we were on top of the people next to us.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was very good and ourFood was very good and our server was so knowledgeable. Good craft cocktails at the bar and very hip place.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious dinnerPossibly one of the best dinners we have had in a very long time. Good balance of choices on the menu. Many restaurants that are considered good put bacon and ham in so many of their dishes that it makes it hard to choose items on the menu. Thankfully No. 246 have not fallen into this trap. Excellent salads, delicious calamari and house made pastas and fish. Desserts were sized just right and the dessert menu was innovative and different from others that I have recently seen. Wouldn't have changed a thing. Wait staff were attentive without being disruptive to a very good night out.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM