Nikolai's Roof
Nikolai's Roof
  • Address:
    Hilton Atlanta
    255 Courtland Street, NE 30th Floor
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

Nikolai's Roof

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nikolaisroof.com/
  • Phone: 4042216362x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

    In observance of Labor Day Nikolai’s Roof will be closed September 1st & 2nd. We will resume regular hours Wednesday, September 3rd.

    Nikolai’s Roof will also be closed for regular business September 16th, 17th, 18th to accommodate NAPSLO and their affiliates.

    We apologies for any inconvenience this may pose.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Stephanie Alderete
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), View, Wine
  • Entertainment: Nikolai’s Roof bar/lounge offers classic cocktails, a cozy ambiance and a small plate menu. The only thing smoother than dinner and drinks at Nikolais’ is the cozy embrace of our Lounge – where the mood is always comfortably stylish and undeniably cool.

    Open 5 p.m. until Midnight Tuesday through Saturday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: John Portman Blvd.
  • Public Transit: MARTA - Peachtree Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Private parking garage located under the hotel which offers valet or self park. Validated parking in hotel garage.
A word from Nikolai's Roof
Nikolai’s Roof is a AAA Four Diamond restaurant and the epitome of modern/contemporary at its best. Delight in the option of a three, four or six course menu with wine pairings or an innovative ala carte menu. Enjoy intense flavors and tastes, fresh ingredients, and an elegant ambiance with a view overlooking Atlanta's starlit skyline.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Nikolai's Roof reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (46)romantic (41)special occasion (39)fit for foodies (22)notable wine list (21)good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)neighborhood gem (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Good not great!
    Giveittime
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Nice view, quiet, and romantic but food is good but not great. Service was very good. All in all, I would not make a concerted effort to fight traffic and make the pilgrimage down town just to eat at Nikolai's Roof.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Conowal
    romanctic
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    From the amazing food to the outstanding service and atmosphere, this is one of best restaurants that I have ever visited.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Chief
    greatdining4sure
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Staff was very friendly, upbeat, present and knowledgeable about choice of food and drink. Chief's dishes were very pleasing to the palate and unusual. Never would have thought crab meat and sweet potato could complement each other so well. Good presentation! Great service!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Early Mothers Day Surprise!
    Johnny
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Excellent evening. My wife and I were very pleased with the service and cuisine. We will be back several times. We were celebrating an early Mothers Day for my wife. Our thanx to Daniel and his great staff. The infused vodka was a nice addition.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better and better!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Nikolai's was one of our favorite Atlanta restaurants before, but since reopening after the renovations they have somehow found a way to take things to an even higher level. What was great is now wonderful. Kudos to all at Nikolai's. Well done.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WHY did we wait sooooo long????
    CockaRoach
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My friend (now wife) and I dined here 35 years ago for my Birthday. My wife just brought me back for my 60+ Birthday at Nikolai's Roof. We were first greeted by the Daniel and he took us to our table with a "spectacular view" of the City. For starters, I had the grilled octopus which the 'Best' since I lived in Naples, Italy. My wife enjoyed the Beet salad for her appetizer, and the Beef Tenderloin for her next course. I jumped on the roasted lamb chops (P-E-R--F-E-C-T) The Creme Brulee and Chocolate Mousse desserts with Cappuccino completed our perfect meal. The drinks and wine were GREAT. Our waiter and back-servers were 'Outstanding' and very attentive. We Both had a DELICIOUS meal that we still talk about weeks later. We will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What an EXPERIENCE!
    FoodDudeVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    My wife and I took a 'stay-cation' in downtown Atlanta to celebrate her birthday and for making the dean list. What a surprise as course after course, each dish kept getting better! I travel extensively across the US and have enjoyed many 4 to 5 star meals and this one ranks at the top! Great food, fantastic and helpful service, very nice view, and the perfect place to unwind. If you go, I recommend you do so for the 'foodie' experience and get the 6-course just to try many items on the menu. Well done chef and staff! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    AtlvisitorVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Loved the new decor, but missed the red jackets on the staff. Thanks to all who helped make it a special night for us. This was our 5th visit over 27 years and like the changes to the menu options. Soufflés are still awesome. Lamb was great. The prouski's (sp?) have shrunk over the years to a tiny morsel...only complaint. All the wines by the glass were fine. And the sunset view was great. Hope to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • location
    amyn
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Location is the only thing that's good. Rest there's nothing too expensive and not alot of options with not enough quantity of meal
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hadn't to the "roof" for 15
    John
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Hadn't to the "roof" for 15 years and wow had the decor changed. The old world Russian atmosphere had given way to a sterile eclectic venue. A bit disappointing. However, the food, service, chilled vodka and oh the view were still amazing!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful for special occasions
    Mrslovetodine
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My husband booked reservations for date night. We had an awesome experience! From the moment we entered until we walked out! The staff is very attentive & the food was divine! If you are a lamb lover, try the lamb it was delectable! The vodka is a must! I'd definitely go back again & again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shameless Fake Fine Dining
    AtlEatsLover
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    What a scam! You pay for a nice view of the city. Ok decor. Service was slow, sloppy in a less than half full restaurant from 7-9pm. The waiter didn't know that the Italian term in the menu was about pork. The four course meal was a disappointment. Boring combination of ingredients. It's a shame to think that you could have cooked everything yourself at home in 15 minutes and do much better. It was that bad. I would go to Canoe, Nan Thai, or Watershed, even Steel... over this restaurant. Definitely not worth $150 per person. A scam for the appellation of "fine" dining. Writing French terms on a menu doesn't suffice to make the food "fine". Big big big disappointment. Go elsewhere if you know about fine food and care to pay for this exactly.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stay away from the Souffle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Entree and Appetizer great but dessert needs work. Stay away from the Souffle.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We went to celebrate son's birthday-#45. It was everything I could have wanted. Pacing of the food was just right. The manager/sommelier helped me select a glass of wine and it was really good; one I never would have chosen on my own. It is a beautiful space. Loved the flavored vodkas! Waiter was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for any kind of celebra
    Lena
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The price fixe but menu choice is really great for middle class folks out for a memorable evening. Don't forget to have the soufflé it's awesome!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slow service
    MLWELLSVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    It took 3 hours to get thru a 4 course meal. It was 25 minutes into the service before we got a menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Wife's Birthday Dinner
    OzOz
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    When we arrived for my wife's birthday we saw that the restaurant had been recently redecorated. I personally do not like the current décor. Previously it was absolutely beautiful, especially when we first dined there many years ago and numerous times over the past 15+ years. The food previously has been excellent, especially when the German chef was cooking. When we ate last, Chef Oliver did a great job as well. No great food was available this time. The appetizer was not up to snuff and the plate was too large for the serving size. The Grand Marnier soufflé was clumpy and there was no correct sauce served with the soufflé, just whipped cream with nuts. A very disappointing dinner for my wife's birthday - the chef must do better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superior Dining Experience
    regularguest20
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Nikolai's Roof has been our favorite destination for an exceptional dining experience for almost 20 years. Our recent visit was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    My husband & I heard that the dining room and bar area had been redecorated extensively, so we decided to try the new Nicholai's. It was grim. The bar is stark gray - no flowers, no wall hangings - nothing to break the gray & black color scheme. The bar area adjoins a large empty gray "event" room with no divider. The bartenders were friendly and made good drinks, but the place was completely depressing. In the two hours we were in the dining room, I counted a total of 11 diners. We ordered borscht and lamb chops. The chops were delicious - the borscht was served luke warm and tasted awful. Dessert and coffee were fine, but for $200, we expected fine dining. The server was friendly, but the overall atmosphere was dismal. We will not return
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic roof
    Boknows
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Nikolai's was a great experience. My wife and I enjoyed the food and the waiter. The setting was nice and romantic. We had drinks that were great. Overall we had a great
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There at the re-opening !
    DonaldVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    A great meal for a party of 8 on the night the restaurant re-opened after renovations. Daniel the maitre d / manager was most helpful, as was our server, Bill, a long-time member of the staff. Small portions, inventive menu, great desserts. Pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • price the only drawback. food,
    miket
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    price the only drawback. food, view and service all outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Excellent after 37 years
    glc3md
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    We first went to Nikolai's roof in August 1976, celebrating our 6th anniversary. My wife was pregnant with our daughter at the time. Having been back only once since, we decided to come back to remember our deceased daughter's 37th birthday. While the decor is different, and about to change again, the food, service, and ambiance remain truly excellent. I belong to a men's cooking club and consider myself a minor food critic. Everything was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieStro
    StroTheFoodie
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    My wife and I went for the 6 course tasting menu with wine pairings. Bill, our server, was attentive and helpful. Presentation was good...not outstanding, but good. Flavors were well developed in each course. Overall a very good dining experience. A little pricey, but an enjoyable 3 hour meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • highest level
    hopital
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Having travel a lot in many countries ,I always look for one night at the best restaurant in town with my wife.Compared to many other restaurant,Nicolai's is the second best after the restaurant "Petrus" in HongKong.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what we expected!
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    We were looking forward to a delightful evening to celebrate a milestone birthday with a party of 4. Definitely not the restaurant from years ago. They do not enforce a dress code so you see T-shirts, no jacket on most men. It is quiet so conversations can be had and heard! Vodkas and wine were excellent. Piroshkis and salads were very good. Entrees were okay-nothing special. They always had wonderful soufflés-the ones we ordered we could not eat-they were awful. Service was marginal, also. Very disappointing evening. Maybe with new makeover, they will improve the kitchen. Just not the "special restaurant" it used to be and the prices should require higher expectations from the kitchen. Maybe we were there on a bad day! Saturday??
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a pleasure!
    Judy
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Nikolai's Roof has always been a favorite with my husband and myself. We thoroughly enjoy the ambiance, the service and of course, the food. We have enjoyed many memorable occasions there and anticipate the new look in 2014!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food combined with excellent
    chesty
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    good food combined with excellent serice - an unbeatable combination
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outrageous Billing Practice
    David
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    After signing the bill the restaurant added an additional 20% to the bill and then submitted to the credit card company. Called and they said it was standard practice and the 20% overcharge should mystically go away. Outrageous practice. Don't go there!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Russian Romance
    jmichaeljVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    On Tuesday, 10/22, I once again had the privilege of dining at Nikolai's Roof. As this was my sixth time at the restaurant, I was still impressed with all aspects from the moment I stepped off the elevator. I was hosting a business dinner with some colleagues who all graciously expressed their appreciation for a memorable evening. As always the food was impeccable, not overstated, yet somehow "royal" in it's presentation. Our waitstaff was superb without hovering, yet, met all of our needs perfectly. Most notable also was the Russian Vodka and the exquisite cheese from the cheese cart. Nikolai's Roof never fails to meet my expectations, and I consider it one of my most favorite restaurants in the United States.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our food was delicious
    norgwar
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    We ate the Chef's menu. It was delicious and each piece was nicely paired with a wine to complement the flavors. Our waiter, Scott, was fantastic and made the dining experience that much better.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Evening
    2nice
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Took my wife there for her "big" birthday. Could not have been better, everything was as we remembered several years ago. Certainly will not wait that long to return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once was enough.
    NjoygdfdVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Always wanted to try, glad I did, but once was enough. Tables very close together, food way overpriced. Meal was good as was service, but not memorable.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downtown Gem!
    WHSpeedVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We had a guest from the U.K. downtown at the Georgia Aquarium (the world's largest) and wanted to take him to a unique place he would not have been able to experience anywhere else in the world. Nikolai's Roof was the perfect choice! Excellent appetizers, entrees and desserts. Starting the whole experience with the infused vodkas was a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    romanctic
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    From the view, to the amazing food, to the attentive staff; this experience was very memorable!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb!
    JPMathes
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    My wife and I are food enthusiasts who have eaten all over the world. We chose Nikolai's for our anniversary meal and something tells me we will be back soon. This highest quality of food and the gold standard of service Nikolai's is a true southern gem with a French/Russian flare. Check it out and you won't regret it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellence prevails
    luvfrenchfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Terrific squash and crab bisque. Very good beef carpaccio. Service was efficient and professional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The manger was professional
    Emeric
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    The manger was professional and politely consuming. The wine list was inviting and easy to navigate. Staff very well informed of the food and chefs recommendations. I will recommend this restaurant to everyone!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing ambiance
    RPS8
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Usually restaurants situated in hotels are less than stellar. Not the case here. Spectacular in every respect. Top notch service with waiters in white gloves. Impressive china and silverware. An excellent menu with several options in terms of four or six course tasting menus. An extensive wine list presented in a "hip" way through the use of an iPad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fanstastic experience
    Simonne
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    I had a great experience at NIcholai's as usual. This is the place to go if one wants to impress someone else. It is expensive but to me it is worth it. The food is excellent . the service is great. It is so quiet although there was a background music it did not interfere with the conversation. The guests were speaking softly. It was just a great evening!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.