Highland Tap
Highland Tap

Highland Tap

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nnnwcorp.com/highlandtap.html
  • Phone: 4048753673
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Burgers, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Chef Bert Chapman
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Virginia Ave.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking behind restaurant, some street parking also available.
A word from Highland Tap
Highland Tap Steak Cellar is Atlanta's premier subterranean hideaway. A haven for local Atlantans since 1989, our stone walls and dimly lit clubby atmosphere is reminiscent of a 1920's speak-easy. Voted Atlanta's Best for Martinis every year since 1989, we offer slow roasted prime rib, hand-cut & wood grilled steaks and fresh seafood as well as burgers, salads and sandwiches. Highland Tap is a timeless venue for any occasion that strives to meet your every expectation.
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Highland Tap reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)vibrant bar scene (13)special occasion (10)romantic (9)good for groups (8)late-night find (8)great for brunch (5)fit for foodies (4)great for outdoor dining (3)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • ATL "go-to" restaurant is fading
    ATL30309
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    What use to be a "go-to" restaurant destination in VA-HI is no longer what it used to be. My last meal did have good calamari and the side of jalapeno grits was great, but the Prime Rib was tough as leather. The service was OK but not warm or friendly. There are too many good restaurants in ATL to take a chance here anymore. Sorry but you have dropped off my "go-to" list, Highland Tap.
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  • Best steaks and burgers in town!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Always a great bar scene and steak have a wood burning flavor that is perfectly cooked to perfection. Great for group settings, dates for couples. Try the martinis!! Excellent place all around
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall underwhelming
    bwcatlVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Both my fiance & I had dined at Highland Tap before, and went back hoping for a similar experience. We were sat by the fireplace which was nice. Overall it was just ok. Issues: 1. We both ordered med rare filets and they were not cooked the same. One is what we consider M.R., the other medium. 2. The server did not return quickly to check if they were cooked to our satisfaction. 3. I asked about how the Brussels sprouts were prepared, and was told they were pan seared with bacon. That made me want to order them, when they arrived they were steamed without bacon and with little to no seasoning. 4. Further, the waitress didn't even acknowledge that the sprouts were not as described. Nothing awful but no reason to go back.
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  • always great
    Jessica
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Nothing trendy, just a long-time neighborhood staple, with outstanding martinis and good food.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • A Virgina Highland Icon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    I have been dining at the Highland Tap since 1989. It has maintained it's uniqueness through the years. Great atmosphere and excellent food, especially their steaks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Great neighborhood restaurant with excellent food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Bread was rock solid. No big
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Bread was rock solid. No big deal got another piece. But last two times I've been in the filet has had an off taste.not sure why every other time it has been very good. It almost tasted metallic ish.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, steaks average.
    Fabulous
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    good for a light meal or snack and a beverage...something to be desired for the foodie in the group. Service was good.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent steak
    Katie
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday as i remember it being a great steak place. The scene was perfect, service great and food excellent!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not The Kobe
    AtlMark
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    The service was Ok but our steaks were over cooked and only fair in quality. I ordered their Kobe beef -medium rare. I got a chewey piece of meat with too much fat that was med to med well. My date ordered a petite filet -med. It was better than mine, for a 1/3 less. Still overcooked. I should have sent mine back and given them a chance to make it right but we were going to a show so I didn't have the time.
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  • Highland Delight
    50andenjoying
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Service was quick even without a reservation. Food was great and wine list and drinks were good. Would visit again with no problem
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A consistently great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    I've been coming to Highland Tap for years on my birthday. The beef is outstanding and the service always great. Whenever I want some great prime rib, it's my favorite.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Nice experience
    wilap
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    The spinach salad was good. We all had the prime rib and found it excellent. Our server Michael was wonderful answering our questions and providing excellent service. I did not care for the onion rings as they are overly large and would prefer smaller ones. I will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Nice Dining Experience
    TWGeorge
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We had a nice dinner and a nice night overall; the service was very prompt and friendly; the menu had lots of options. Our food was very good from salads to desserts. I had read all of the reviews for the awesome Martinis so I had to have one and it was delicious but a little sticker shock at $14. Overall a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Always good!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Consistently good steaks and martinis. Great service. Affordable prices.
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a blast!
    foodie
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The food was terrific, the service was great. This is a great place to meet up with friends for a drink or to get a really good dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Went to Highand Tap with two
    skbuilder
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Went to Highand Tap with two of my brothers early on a Saturday night after sitting at the GTech football game in the rain all afternoon. This was a perfect place to unwind - good atmosphere, great steaks, great service and excellent cocktails. I'll go back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent plalce for steaks.
    Arnie
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    Highland Tap is in the cellar of the building, down a long flight of starirs, making it a very interesting place to have dinner. The restaurant specializes in steaks and they are excellent. We have been here several times in the past and have always been very pleased with the food and the service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip the Prime Rib
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Highland Tap is shown on several sites as being the number one restaurant in ATL for Prime Rib. Well, I can definitely tell you that is not true. Our server was a gem though, but unfortunately, that won't be enough to make us come back again...
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  • a must-try restaurant
    lovetodine
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    absolutely fabulous martinis and the prime rib I never had better
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Martinis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    We had a great time, food was good and the martinis were great!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    peaches
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    I must say that the drinks and calamari was good. Food was very bland.
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  • Big fan of Highland Tap
    new2atl
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Good menu...prime rib was excellent as was the filet. Food was affordable...even if looking for a "special occasion" meal out, this place won't break the bank. Sam Adams drafts are always on special! Service was excellent as well. Definitely going back and would recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tired
    foodez
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    This was the first time, and most likely the last time for me - only because there are so many other resturants in Atlanta that have better food and ambience. I felt like I was sitting in a dark cave. The reason we sellected this location was for the prime rib ... advertised to be "best", which at "best" is questionable
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  • One of our favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Best Martini in Atlanta. Blacked Prime Rib was excellent.
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    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is consistently good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Burgers are delicious and they have the best martins in town!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Merhh
    Derx007VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    I've been here plenty for drinks and that is all it will ever be in the future. Food probably works for drunkards, but it wasn't what the group or myself had anticipated.
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  • They are trying to please, but....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    The food is good quality, but the preparation is lacking. My trout was over cooked and dry, but my friend's was perfect. the vegstables were not cooked enough; all "crisp and no tender."
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  • Always good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    We like this restaurant because the food is always great. We feel like it is a special find because it is tucked away on the lower level of Virginia Highlands. It is a bit "dungeoness" but that may be part of the draw for us. The steaks and hamburgers are our particular favorites but the real treat for us is brunch on Sunday. The crab cakes benedict are delicious. Not to be overlooked are the grits. I prefer them plain but you can get them with cheese and jalapenos. Being from the south, I usually try something other than grits on a menu. One person in our family got them, we all took a bite and then we all ordered sides. They are that good.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Pricey for Small Portions
    nemotrade
    Dined on 5/28/2013
    I come to Highland Tap for its Prime Rib. Coming from St. Louis where the Midwest beef is second to none, the King Cut of prime rib here was a disappointment.The single crabcake was pricey for the small portion as an appetizer. And the Prime Rib that I ordered (King Cut) and that my dinner companion ordered (Queen Cut) were thin and half fat. Maybe they had an off night with someone in the kitchen making mistakes. They looked like what you'd get sliced from the roast at the end of a buffet line.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wood Grilled Steaks Better Than Eve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2013
    Since my last visit (years ago) they have added grass-fed "Brasstown Beef" from a N. GA farm to the menu. Our server suggested the strip steak over the ribeye. My son and I are real carnivores, and this beef was fabulous! We each had an enormous slice of Baileys Cheesecake for dessert -- so big it was first time my grown son couldn't finish. Server's name was Dennis M. He was the exact opposite of a menace -- pitch-perfect service!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Revisit a classic hideaway
    B0G0
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    My wife and I never went back here because of the cigar and cigarette smoking. Now that they're smoke free, we went back for Mother's Day. Everything was excellent and the staff were great. I had a tender and tasty filet with their signature Mac and cheese. I was surprised by the gritty texture, however it tasted great! I mentioned it to the manager and with some investigation he discovered that the chef used kosher salt instead of fine. He offered another appetizer, but I kept the Mac and cheese cause it was so delicious. My wife and daughter both thought their plates were fantastic. We will be back!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mother's Day Brunch
    Cousins2242
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Had a wonderful time with my family for Brunch on Mother's Day. Kid friendly, great staff and delicious brunch menu.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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  • Outstanding as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Chip and the gang always provide a wonderful dining experience!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good steaks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    This place is truly special. It's not too fancy or pricey, but you get a nice steak, and the food comes out to order within a reasonable time. This will always be our go to option on nights or afternoons when we really want a good steak but do not want to deal with a snooty waiter and sommalier. Can't beat the location or the bar scene. The waitstaff is consistently good.
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    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, great food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Had a fantastic time at Highland Tap for my birthday. The service and atmosphere was GREAT!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    I've been coming to the Highland Tap for several years now for drinks and it's always a great place to stop by. Recently I've been for dinner a few times and have also had great experiences both with a very nice steak and this latest trip to try out their almost famous hamburger which was incredible. Easily one of my top 5 favorite in Atlanta. Great service, great food, great atmosphere and right in the center of the Virginia Highlands, what's not to like? Will be back again soon!
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    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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  • Retro Steak Night!
    Angela
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Underground, super cool spot for classic steak dinner. No pretense, no attitude, just very good steak (including regional, grass fed options!) and perfect gin martinis (with blue cheese olives). Try it, you will like it.
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    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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  • great steaks and burgers
    HairdVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    For years I have been getting the amazingly wonderful Tap Burger and had not tried the steaks. For the first time I tried the Tap filet. It was wonderful. on par with any excellent steak restaurant.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This used to be a really nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    This used to be a really nice night out with a good martini and a good steak. They have changed the menu to emphasize Georgia grown foods which is fine. The small filet was average at best. The au gratin potatoes were cold and still in the square shape from the pan they were cut from. We received no bread with our entree (again they have changed to a more Italian ciabatta bread and olive oil from the old loaf and honey butter. This used to be a good night out once a month for us, but we have no plans to re-visit again.
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