no. 246
no. 246

no. 246

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.no246.com/
  • Phone: 6783998246x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: monday - friday 11:00am - 2:00pm; Brunch: saturday - sunday 11:00 - 3:00; Dinner: sunday - thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, friday - saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Drew Belline
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer private buy out events, or large group dining for up to 50 guests in our main dining room.
  • Private Party Contact: Kaylen Isabella 4043555311x13
  • Special Events: Please contact Kaylen Isabella at kisabella@rocketfarmrestaurants.com for special event information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church Street
  • Public Transit: The Decatur MARTA station is one block south of our location.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is ample street parking throughout Decatur or there are two lots on the north corners of Church and Ponce.
A word from no. 246
No. 246 is an Italian-inspired, locally sourced restaurant from Ford Fry and Drew Belline. The menu features simple preparations of wood-fired cuisine that showcase the quality of farm fresh ingredients.
For a unique and personal view of the restaurant, we offer seating nightly at our our Chef's Counter, overlooking the kitchen. For $50 per person (up to four people), the kitchen will tailor a special four-course dinner with the best ingredients the season has to offer. For details on this experience and also for large party information, please see our website.
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no. 246 reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (94)neighborhood gem (88)special occasion (53)notable wine list (45)romantic (39)great for outdoor dining (36)hot spot (32)great for brunch (32)vibrant bar scene (24)great for lunch (23)good for groups (20)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Getting out
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Had a long week with the grandchildren. Now it was time for ourselves. Went for the seasonal corn chowder followed by the roasted chicken with vanilla in a sugar cone for dessert. We earned it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    CottonBlack
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Really good stuff here--service spot on--friendly, knowledgeable and the food is great--
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Fabulous dinner. Meatball was outstanding as was the meat and cheese plate. Trout entree was delicious as was the carbonara pasta dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Overall satisfied with my experience a bit to loud but great ambience and food. Our sever was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too dark, Too loud, Too small
    gobose
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Cannot read the menu, cannot fully appreciate your food (especially a whole roasted fish with bone in), and the ambience that requires a shouting match amongst patrons at the tables in order to converse. "Energetic" is when the conversions are lively but easily understood. Not so here. The smallish tables are metal without cloth, and that creates a sounding drum for sound as does all of the hard surfaces without any form of sound absorbing materials in place. It forces to people to raise their voices in order to be heard thereby creating - energy. Whole roasted fish tasted fantastic but we couldn't really see all that was presented in the dish nor locate the bones because it was so dark. St Cecelia has this Ford place beat.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • localdiner
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Took my grown kids for their birthdays and had an excellent meal. Perfect choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I requested a quiet table for four old friends to catch up while sharing some wonderful food. No. 246 delivered on all fronts. Spaghetti Ancho, Angliotti and squash pizza were great entrees while the meatballs and pimento cheese also provided extraordinary bites. Miranda was wonderful as our primary server but everyone have us special attention. Thank you for a marvelous meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Loud for Words
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The loudest restaurant I can remember visiting. Food, service and concept are superb. Conversation with dinner companions is near impossible. When we departed, my dinner guests and I were exhausted from yelling at each other for two hours. "Shout" would be a more fitting name for the restaurant, but I believe that one is taken.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This is our favorite local restaurant. The food is excellent and very fresh.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening at 246
    carolVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Had a great meal and great evening at 246 . Locally grown and creatively prepared. An enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • from across the city
    DonnaGVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    It was well worth the drive from Buckhead (work) to Decatur and then home to Marietta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Slooow Lunch
    RegularDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We must have had the worst server for lunch. Took her a while to greet the table, asked her the special and she had trouble remembering (there was one). She said I will give you a minute ... no lie after 15 minutes I got up and asked the hostess to find our server. She came and took our order with no apology. Someone else delivered our food ... she never came back to the table to check on us. After we sat with finished plates for a while she came with the check and said I hope you enjoyed. Really ... I typically tip servers 25% - 30% with good service ... I still gave her over 15%, but to be honest I should have left her 5% to make a point.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Foodie1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The Optimist is one of my favorite places. I expected this Ford Fry spot to be at least as good. The food had no flavor or imagination. Cheese and meat plate, been there done that. The waiters did not know the menu or drink list at all. Each time I asked a question about the menu she had to excuse herself and ask another employee. For the cost of the meal one would expect a knowledgeable wait staff. This really took away from the experience. The dessert was the worst part of the meal. Flavors did not work together. The "chef" putting final touches on each dish must have drizzled oil as a garnish on the dessert plate. This was obviously a mistake. I felt robbed. The cost to quality was not equal. Save your money for somewhere worth it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ricotta Fritters
    Merci
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I love this place!!! The Ricotta Fritters are amazing to share, or not! The entire experience was lovely, especially for brunch. I can't wait to go for dinner :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu and food.
    MamnounVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Too noisy for romantic dinner. Tables too close together.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect date spot
    AnnArborTowner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food, great ambience and the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Meal
    wdc1
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was my 2nd visit and sometimes the restaurant that you loved so much the first time, doesn't live up to your recollection. This was not the case with No. 246. Great, friendly service, delicious food, including meatballs, stuffed and baked mushrooms, and fresh pasta-- both the spaghetti and the agnolotti. No dessert this time, but I'm sure it would have been stellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty good
    LauritaVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    There were 6 of us- luckily I ordered the best entree- angolotti (spell?) with corn and Humboldt Fog- it was quite delicious. We shared some apps to start- meatball, Italian salad, stuffed mushroom special- all were good especially the mushrooms- nice and garlicky. Overall, service was nice and efficient.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JTaylorVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food and service was excellent...better than expected. However, the table they sat my party of 5 was so small. The table was extremely small which might have been great for our conversations, but the place is so LOUD, that we all had to lean in to hear what everyone at our table was talking about. Even the waitress had to speak loud so we could all hear the specials. If Open Table had a noise level of loud, or extremely loud, I would have chosen that instead of energetic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top notch
    Dininggal
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I've reviewed before and still think it's great. However, if you like your pizza crisp, ask for it That way. They are very accommodating. First time having salad and it was awesome -- a perfect bite of summer.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful specialties!
    MoxySuzyVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The Georgia peach salad is always absolutely delicious, but our favorites are the fish dishes. We especially love the Grouper - outstanding. No. 246's pasta dishes are delicious as well, with my favorite being the black squid pasta. Wait staff is attentive and prompt, without being overbearing. Also love the seasonal offerings. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No. 246 7-12-14
    Tyroneyj
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food was outstanding. Especially loved the meatball appetizer. Service was attentive and prompt even though the restaurant was packed. The restaurant was extremely noisy which made it somewhat difficult to carry on a conversation at our table and also to hear the server when she was explaining the menu and answering questions. I'm not sure if they were having problems with the air conditioning but it was hot in the restaurant. Everyone in our party was sweating. Prices are reasonable considering the quality of the food. We will be returning to No. 246.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We were here for brunch and had an absolutely amazing experience. The pizza margarita was perfect (it tasted straight out of Italy) and the squid ink pasta was incredibly fresh - both ideal on a warm summer day. Brunch cocktails were excellent and service was friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food and energy
    atlfoodies
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Excellent dining choice with reasonable $12 corkage fee. Food is fresh and creative and items are sourced locally. Our only mistake was we should have skipped dessert simply because we were already full. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    Mbethw
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great dinner! Meatball appetizer was delicious. Had flank steak entree with a red wine sauce which was very tasty.. House wine very good. Bread with olive oil wonderful! We were fortunate to sit in window so not as loud. Can be very hard to talk there due to noise level. Service was good...our server very knowledgeable and helpful. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 246 - always top notch!
    foodie54
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food, service, and wine/drink list are excellent. Never a disappointment at 246. One of Decatur's BEST!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Wonderful meal, wonderful service. Will definitely go there again and have recommended it to friends. We ordered everything that our server Neil recommended and it was all superb. Neil was one of the best servers I have ever had and I love to eat out. It was a great experience all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • emergdoc
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food and service were excellent but the place was very noisy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FAB flavor- seomtimes to much
    Bogiebuster
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Service, ambiance, and attitude were all great at 246. We sat outside on the patio- and loved it. Except for the spider who decided to weave it's web above our table. Also, the food was amazing overall but we felt the springer chicken entree was a bit too flavorful. The way it was prepared, you lose the flavor of the chicken with all the other ingredients.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we'll be back
    table4two
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    really enjoy this place. food, service and ambience make it a can't miss dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Service!
    skeeta
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was my first time at No. 246 for dinner - I had been for lunch many months ago. The dining area was dark and loud, but since there was only 2 of us, we managed a conversation fine. Had we been a larger group, it may not have been as easy to hear. The food was excellent, as was the wine and the service. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Pleased!
    3Jam
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our server Bonny was The Greatest! The food was excellent and my party and I really enjoyed our dining experience. Will definitely continue to return to 246.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!!
    Dininggal
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've now dined here 4 times and I'll continue to return. From the minute u walk in the door, and observe the great decor and are greeted, everything is stellar. From service to food -- just great. This chef knows what he's doing,is very creative and one of the best in Atlanta. 5 stars to all involved in bringing 246 to us!! Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service!
    arpieb
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was incredible, portions were just right, our server was incredible. We sat on the back porch which had big ceiling fans to keep us cool, and watched people coming and going through the street behind (there was a beach-themed festival that night in Decatur). The inside was a bit loud with echoes, but outside was just right. We're definitely going back in the near future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service but....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The whole picture with 246 was great in reservations, food, ease to find, service for surprising my husband with my son that flew in from Califronia for Fathers Day. He got off Marta from the airport and walked straight to 246 in Decatur. However it is so loud in the space that you cannot hear or carry on a conversation. We still had a great meal and would probably return on a Monday night or for lunch but stay away from the busy times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    ChesterATL
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food was OK, the service friendly but spotty and the atmosphere was good. It was a bit too loud and the servers seemed a little overwhelmed. We liked some of the dishes that we tried but weren't really impressed with any of them. We had high hopes since we really like The Optimist, but we were disappointed and we don't plan on returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too long for Lunch
    DiningOutwKidsVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Went there for lunch with my toddlers. Food was great, staff was very accommodating but I just felt that it was a little slow for lunch. We didn't get out for 1.5 hours and anyone with kids knows that's a long time to keep them occupied. We ordered a spaghetti dish and the waitress told us after 20 min that they were going to use another type of pasta and if that was fine. It was fine but my 3 year old was waiting for 45 min for lunch from the moment we sat down so it was just a little hard to keep her occupied. However, the food was great and so was the ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great but noisy inside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Love the food, service, fit with neighborhood. Great back porch but noisy inside.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was amazing! Great atmosphere but loud in dining room. Great outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Btlkmac
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The meal was savory. Fresh local farm grown food was really amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.