Southern Art and Bourbon Bar
Southern Art and Bourbon Bar

Southern Art and Bourbon Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southernart.com/
  • Phone: (404) 946-9070
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:30am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Bourbon Bar: Daily: 12:00pm - 2:00am; Artisan Ham Bar: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Executive Chef: Chef Timothy Magee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Please see our website events page for scheduled live music!
  • Special Events: Brandi Farrow
    404-946-9153
    brandi.farrow@ihg.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Piedmont Ave.
  • Public Transit: Marta north line: Station N7 Buckhead
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking is offered to restaurant and bar guests.
    Self parking in hotel also validated (maximum of 3 hours)
A word from Southern Art and Bourbon Bar
Southern Art combines a hip, urban eatery with classic Southern charm, offering Southern-inspired cuisine and cocktails in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant features an artisan ham bar and vintage pie table along with the sophisticated bar and lounge area, Bourbon Bar.
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Southern Art and Bourbon Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (60)special occasion (46)good for groups (42)romantic (30)vibrant bar scene (27)notable wine list (18)great for lunch (18)neighborhood gem (17)great for outdoor dining (15)hot spot (12)great for brunch (11)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Don't stay too long!
    Orange27
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Make sure you don't spend more than 3 hours at the restaurant or you will be hot with a $10 parking fee at the valet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bourbon Missed the Mark
    wareaglefans
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The bar was ranked as a Top 50 for bourbon by Bourbon Review magazine in July. Loving great bourbon, we attended for our anniversary and the seating is side-by-side in long tables but we received one of the few stand alone tables, which sat directly (two steps higher) than another two-person table. The restaurant was very noisy. The waiter was confused by which bourbon we ordered and had to look it up and took our bourbon list book to the bar tender. The bar is across the hotel lobby from the restaurant making service very slow. The waiter was also confused by our order. He never greeted us and most disappointing, he simply placed the paid bill on our table and walked away. Not one "thank you for dining with us".
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Really enjoyed Southern Art & Bourbon Bar. The food was all delicious and we were so satisfied--those biscuits were incredible! The service was impeccable. Thank you for a great evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • partyof4
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    reservation for 11/8 at 7:15 at Southern Art and Bourbon Bar- Walker the website was acting strange and when I changed reserve from 2 to 4 it didn't take. I hadn't noticed but when I sent invite to my guest they informed me. When I pushed the modify reservation it would not let me change it to 4. I ended up having to call the restaurant (which I probably should have done first) and made the change, very frustrating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Must Visit!!!!
    FloStar
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Book a reservation today...book it yesterday :) Southern Art offers a great dining experience! The food is spectacular and the bourbon selection is simply phenomenal for a girl who appreciates a good glass of the cherished amber.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • keysfunVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We got the fried chicken, which was nice an crispy and moist and tender. I asked to switch out the mashed potatoes for the cheese grits. When my dinner came, they did not do that. It took 5 minutes to get someone's attention, the maître'd, who apologized, but took my entire plate away, and I waited another 5 minutes for it to come back. Usually if a restaurant outs the wrong item on a plate, they leave it and bring you the correct item! So my husband was ha,dway finished with his meal before I got mine. Service was slow, but food was good. I probably will not go back as there are many other places to try in Atlanta.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Huge Disappointment
    MonicaVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Having read great reviews, we were anticipating a wonderful experience. The food was average and the service abominable. We waited over 30 minutes to great our entrees. We asked for the manager who indicated our server must have thought we wanted a more "leisurely" evening. The manager offered a glass of wine to the 3 of us. Two were not drinking and were offered no alternative. Nothing was comped. Won't go back
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  • What happened?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Good service throughout but the food was off. Maybe it was because it was the end of the night. Fried Green Tomatoes app was inedible. Tan hockey pucks. You HAVE to season the batter and the tomatoes. Total miss. Bourbon Glazed Pork Shank with braised collard greens, bourbon jus came out looking like the cover of a magazine but the good stopped there. Must have been from earlier in the day? Was like eating pork jerky on a bone. The guys/gals in the back just murdered it. Was a total bummer. The fried chicken I was told was "just ok". The side dishes (pots) were good but not great as I expected from a Chef Art Smith restaurant. Sad report as I was excited to try this place. The bar across the lobby was fantastic BTW.
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  • great southern experience
    foodiefarmgirl
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Ham bar is a must. Excellent fried green tomatoes. We dined on pork shank and fried chicken. Both were divine. Couldn't believe we were eating at a hotel.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • blah...
    viknd
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    salad was not memorable nor tasty and the soup (sausage gumbo) was bad.
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  • LalaDVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Knowing Chef Art Smith's reputation, I was really looking forward to dining there. We went to brunch on Sunday. We ordered chicken and waffles, pretty standard Southern brunch fare. The chicken was good but it was a huge bone-in fried breast placed next to a lukewarm mediocre tasting waffle. It was just okay. I expected much better. Even the cheese biscuits with butter were just okay but to me, not the only type of biscuit I expect at breakfast or brunch. I didn't realize the restaurant was part of the Intercontinental but the Intercontinental isn't just a hotel, so I definitely wouldn't expect "hotel food." That said, our server was extremely nice and attentive.
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  • Good Food and Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Service was good - disappointed that when we got there - although I had an Opentable reservation and called that a.m. to confirm they still had to put the tables together for 10 people.....other than food as always was wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Find in Buckhead
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    In town one night for business, I booked Southern Arts because it was near our hotel and had good reviews. This is the hotel restaurant for the Intercontinental in Buckhead, and so they get hotel traffic with families and such. Food is Southern comfort food inspired, nice wine list, service is top notch, ambiance is pleasant and quiet. We started with a cheese board and fried oyster deviled eggs, which were great. I had a hanger steak with sweet potato fries and a side of greens, my wife did scallops. Everything was perfect. I even managed to order an obscure bourbon after dinner which I had wanted to try, and they had it. Evening was interrupted by a hotel alarm, but everyone kept calm. A good night over all. Would return happily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Louis
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Celebrated our anniversary. Service was excellent. The food and its presentation was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One word...Charcuterie
    Parker
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our server was very attentive and personable. We ordered the charcuterie sampler, which was amazing for an appetizer. Both the scallops and braised pork shank were phenomenal. They also have excellent concktails, owing to the fact that they are connected to a bourbon bar. I would go back to this restaurant again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • SusanVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Food was fair. Service was horrendous. The server barely greeted our table and although he seemed to be waiting on a total of three tables on a very slow day managed to make us wait 25 minutes before even taking our order. Beyond that, he never really inquired as to whether we needed anything, was unable to get the check divided correctly and had a generally surly attitude. Based on food that was below the quality we would have expected for the price, the horrendous service and the 20 minute wait for the valet to bring my car, I would not recommend this restaurant nor would I return. Very disappointing.
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  • firsttime
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The staff was very attentive and polite and we were seated right away. Although our sever was a little slow he was very knowledgeable about the menu. He told our party he had waited on Oprah recently at the restaurant and that the chef had been her personal chef for 10 years. We order a variety of items and they were all delicious. We would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than ever
    fashfamilyVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My wife and I love SA. The food is the best of southern cooking presented in an upscale way. The bourbon glazed pork shank was the better than the last time we were there. The crispy exterior and fall of the bone tender inside was perfect along side the smoky collard greens. The fried chicken was crispy, juicy, and well seasoned. A side of mac and cheese brought it all together. SA is not as well known as it should be. If you haven't tried it, you should. If you have, you should try it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High end southern classics
    OutOfTowner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The service was fabulous. The food was a classy take on basic southern dishes. Pork shank, rainbow trout, two drinks and tip was $120.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food was good but have had the same items elsewhere that were better. The best thing about this place is the ambience and the drinks. Good that they provide 3 hour complimentary service so you can also enjoy the bar after dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Experience
    GuestVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My husband and I had reservations for 6:00 on a Wednesday night at Southern Art. We were on vacation, both looking forward to the evening as we are fans of Chef Art Smith and we were excited to get the opportunity to dine in his restaurant. The restaurant was not busy, there were only two other tables seated at the time we arrived. We were greeted by a server assistant and were presented with two biscuits with a side of butter and pickled vegetables. The biscuits were cold and tasted like they had been prepared earlier and sitting out for awhile. We were then greeted by our server who made suggestions regarding the menu. I ordered the famous fried chicken and my husband ordered the shrimp and grits. We also ordered a trio of vegetables on the side that consisted of grilled vegetables, succotash and collard greens. The fried chicken I received was hard and was very dry, the mashed potatoes and green beans that accompanied the chicken were at best average. My husband's entree contained shrimp that had not been cleaned properly and the trio of vegetables were cold and tasted like leftovers. We had the banana pudding pie for dessert, it was nothing special and the slice we had contained only two small pieces of banana. The service was fair and we felt we received better service from the assisant than from our server. There was a manager on the floor in the restaurant but he concentrated his time on one of the two other tables in the restaruant. The only time I got his attention was when my husband and I wanted to take our wine into the bar area to finish it, he approached us and inquired where we were going with the wine. I took that opportunity to share with him our disappointment regarding our dinning experience that evening. He listened to our concerns but did not seem overly concerned and made very little comment. The whole experience was an expensive disappointment and not one I would like to repeat anytime soon.
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  • Unique Interior & Southern Goodness
    devls24
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Loved the interior decorations - both on ceiling and dining chairs. The Hambar was a great touch! Waiter was excellent and drinks were even better. Bourbon Bar was hopping when we left - great live music too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Walked out
    foodforfunVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I made a reservation for a friends birthday, got a great table and then received almost no service. It took us 10 minutes to get water and after 15 minutes with no service, we walked out of the restaurant. What a disappointment. There were several other tables having the same lack of service. We won't be back.
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  • Great Bourbon Bar!
    celebrate214ever
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed the selection of bourbon offered and the very creative cocktails imagined on the cocktail menu. This is by far the best bourbon bar in town! The food was well prepared and thoughtfully presented and while there were no complaints food wise, the service was the only area that could have been improved upon. When diners are out for a night on the town, they enjoy being taken care of by an attentive staff who makes them feel welcomed. As the meal progressed, the service began to dwindle, yet the restaurant was not busy. Since it was our first time, I would like to think it was just an odd occurrence and not the norm. We will try again.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service, Food and Ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our server, Terrence was great. He provided recommendations and anticipated our next request. The food was well prepared and delicious. The ambiance was relaxing and beautiful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vineyarddc
    VineyarddcVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Not sure why it took us so long to go here- but absolutely enjoyed it and will definitely return. Tasted a little of everything our party of four had and everything was delicious. The collard greens and succotash were a healthier version of what my grandmother made and yet still delicious- the fried chicken was great! Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    iliketoeat
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The chicken and dumpling soup was good. I had the fries green tomatoes; did not like them. They were bland. The fried chicken was juicy and had nice, crispy skin, but it too was bland and not seasoned. The mac and cheese was creamy and had flavor, but not my cup of tea.
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    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
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  • Ok for drinks and apps
    HungryHippo
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had a group of 6. The ham bar was amazing, but apps do not make a restaurant. The entrees were all ok, but definitely not worth the price paid. Dessert wasn't anything special either. It would be a good place to grab some drinks and snack on apps, but I wouldn't be interested in a meal there.
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  • Not for the price point
    KFW918
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Nice decor and Service was great. The kitchen needed help. If you order their signature dish of Fried Chicken it should be the best you ever had, I would recommend looking for something else. The Trout was great and the appetizer we good. However for Southern food in Atlanta Mary Macs Tearoom would have been a better choice and that's not saying much.
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    romantic
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  • Southern art
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The restaurant was amazing the food and the service was awesome
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appetizers
    iopcharliesouthforever
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Ham bar awesome! Duck not so much Pork roast ok Desserts great
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Wow!
    BrooklynBound
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This was a reminder of why we go out to eat. Everything, and I do mean everything, was great. From the way we were greeted to the sendoff after the meal, every employee was extremely courteous and professional. With this atmosphere, it would have been ok if the food was just good, but no. It was excellent! The pork shank and the fried chicken were very tasty, the mac and cheese and collards were among the best. I will go back for the bourbon pecan pie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great service and food! Only issue: we went on a Saturday night and they did not have a sommelier available! Loved the imaginative bourbon drinks!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Good food and elegant
    auditigerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A nice, easy-to-access restaurant with a fun bar on the outskirts and outstanding service.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still remembering my dinner!
    Suzi
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was one of the very best, most memorable meals I've ever had. I had accidentally made my reservation online at 7:45 AM. The restaurant still accommodated us with a great table. Our waiter was excellent, and I'm still thinking about the food three days later!!! Don't miss the ham bar, the deviled eggs, and the pork shank over collard greens was one of the most outstanding entrees I've ever eaten. Yay!!! Can't wait to return!!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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  • Perfect!
    lovegoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food, the service and the ambiance were the perfect complement to dinner with our good friends (two couples attending). There wasn't one item we ordered that disappointed! The ham bar was quality, local cheese plate a wonderful selection, deviled eggs with fried oysters on top were delightful, the trout perfect, the best fried chicken we've had in ages and the pork shank (from a really big pig) was mouthwatering and rich. The banana pudding pie literally disappeared before I could have a second bite. A bit of a food frenzy, but spectacular! Our server was most gracious and helpful. I never write reviews but the food and service were so good I feel obligated to share. Also, we're Bourbon lovers and the Old Fashioneds were perfect!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome find.
    ylg1976
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This great restaurant was featured on Atlanta Eats & decided to try it out. I'm so glad I did. My co-woker (Suzanne) & I really enjoyed the entire experience.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    normally you would not think Hotel food would be good - Southern Art was incredible -
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Food with Pizazz
    2havepeaceVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We loved the food, service, environment, drinks and comfort of the place. Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu and drinks. The rosemary biscuits, creamy shrimp and grits, the fried chicken and the hickory smoked ham were my favorites. Great flavor in everything! And, we shared a great flight of Four Roses bourbons, which I loved. The prices were high, but not over-the-top for a nice place in Buckhead. I didn't like having to valet and walk through the hotel to get to the place, but I understand it's common in Buckhead and they did validate parking. We would go back again for a special occasion. I want to try their pecan pie and more items on the Ham Bar next time!
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • This is not soul food
    Soulfood1023
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    So I made these resevations about a month in advance because it was rated best soul food in buckhead, Atlanta Ga. The place is pretty and the staff were nice but the food is horrible. I thought this was going to be good soul food in an upscale environment. This was not the case. The food was the worst that I have ever had. I had the fried chicken, collard greens, and macncheese. The biscuits that they serve were gross. The red velvet cake which I was very excited to try was disgusting. And I mean nasty. I was disappointed as I planned this as a stopping point on my trip to Atlanta. I came all the way to Atlanta to stop at this restaurant and was disappointed. Do not believe YELP. If you want real soul food stay away!
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 73 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 754 reviews are from the Southern Art and Bourbon Bar reviews archive.