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Violette Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.violetterestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (404) 633-3363
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30pm - 2:30pm

    Bar Happy Hour: Monday - Friday, 5 - 6:30pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Christophe Micou
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Let us help you plan your birthday or anniversary party, wedding rehearsal dinner, or business luncheon. With as few as 20 guests, you can enjoy the use of one of Violette's private rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Robin Belcher or Jonathon Huber (866) 971-5672
  • Entertainment: Violette offers live music every night we're open from approximately 7 to 9PM: Solo pianists perform on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. A jazz duo plays Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Violette offers half-price bottles of wine on Tuesday evenings, quarterly wine-tasting dinners, as well seasonal prix-fixe menus, a special multi-course dinner on Valentine's Day, and a Mothers' Day brunch.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clairmont/I-85
  • Public Transit: We are on MARTA bus line 19, which runs between Chamblee and Decatur stations.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The entrance to our parking lot sits between the Park Central office tower and the Holiday Inn Express, 1/4 mile West of Intersate 85. Our building, a one story gray structure, sits back from the street, so we are easy to pass by! We offer valet parking at lunch and most dinners, as well as a limited number of self-park spaces. There is overflow parking in the gravel lot at the entrance to the Clairmont Apartments.
A word from Violette
Violette Restaurant offers classic French cuisine at affordable prices, a full bar, and an extensive wine list. With an atmosphere exuding warmth and charm, live music 5 nights a week, and friendly service, Violette is the place for an intimate dinner or a festive celebration. The restaurant has a tree-covered patio for "al fresco" dining and two large party rooms for private functions. We are Brookhaven's best-kept-secret. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "Good food but the location and building are awfully low rent"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Our second visit, and it did not disappoint. Beautiful setting, wonderful food, great atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Always a pleasant experience and especially enjoy the piano."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "What a nice evening you can have here! It's my go to place when I've had a bad day. I love it."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food is great and the piano player was wonderful. Our server was attentive and we were a group of six. Would recommend this to anyone."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We drove from Athens, Ga to get away from the kids so we could have some us time, and this place was right next to a hotel which was great so we stayed overnight..."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "A good time was had by all. This was a very special day for one of us and and I know we were all very pleased."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We were extremely disappointed in the food and service experience at Violette. Would definitely NOT recommend this restaurant"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We dine at Violette several times each year... the menu continues to evolve --preserving some great classics (Salad Alsacienne) while reaching for new entrees -- especially fish, lamb, and pork choices. The service is always extraordinarly attentive and well informed. The wine list that contains so many extraordinary yet moderately priced French selections is a treasure in its own right. Never been there? Go!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The service for dinner was very patient and attentive while we talked much of the evening! Escargots were delicious in garlic butter sauce. Rack of lamb had much too much fat and was a disappointment. Won't order that again. May stick with the fish. Bordeaux red wine, by the glass, had a bit of a surprisingly bitter after-taste. I generally get along well with most bordeaux. C'est la vie, as they say in France. Valet parking is unnecessary but very polite."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We were stunned with each course we tasted. We found this restaurant by typing in French Cuisine on our phone. It was literally the finest meal we have had in years. Don't let the casual urban atmosphere or the quiet unassuming staff disguise the fact that you will experience authentic French cuisine at its finest. Every dish was perfectly seasoned and prepared. A favorite was the salmon spread. This was a real gem and well worth a visit."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Been going here for years had the beef bourgenin and it wasn't as good as usual.wife had a chicken dish that was just ok maybe they just had an off night"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "After a couple of disappointments at a restaurant that we had frequented for twenty plus years, we decided to try Violette. Overall, the best meal, French or otherwise we've had in recent memory. Wonderfully prepared dishes, generous portions, fair prices, I could go on and on."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Violette is a delightful neighborhood restaurant with a menu oriented towards French food, excellent service and a relaxing atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Our group of 8 women met for a meeting on a week night. The server was very accommodating, the restaurant was not too noisy for our meeting and the food, as usual, was excellent"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Our group of four who ordered "coq au vin" were very disappointed with our meal. I have had this particular meal a number of times when visiting this restaurant. It is a completely different taste, and did not appear to be cooked for hours in wine and flavors. It has always had a wonderfully developed flavor and I have never been disappointed until this past visit. My party and I would not order this dish again in it's current state. Something has changed, and not for the better"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Violette is a fabulous "authentic" French restaurant which makes me feel like I am sitting in a restaurant in Paris, just off the Tuilleries. Romantic, delicious, and not too expensive. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I take special people here for birthdays and my husband and I enjoy romantic dinners at this wonderful restaurant. My friend and I enjoyed our lunch immensely and the service was perfect. Even though the restaurant was hosting a large event at the same time, we felt well taken care of throughout our lunch. The food is always fresh and well prepared. I look forward to my next visit."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had a large group for lunch, and Violette did an excellent job handling orders for 20+ people arriving and leaving at different times. The food was very nice. Thanks so much!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I would recommend to anyone for a business or surprise formal or birthday or meeting lunch"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Good place for special occasions. Food and service reliably good and sometimes great."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "WONDERFUL food, though inconsistent on what they do/don't have available. MY favorite, but not my partner's - wish they seemed to care more about consistency. Receptionist/host not particularly interested in satisfaction of clientele. Maybe does not have a vested interested in repeat business? Table reserved for special occasion that was unacknowledged :("
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The Caesar salad with grilled chicken had too much of a mildly flavored dressing. The chicken breast was OK. The $7.00 fruit cup for dessert was not fresh. The pineapple chunks had turned brown."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Violette can always be relied on for a very good meal. This time we opted for the Georgia trout Fillet de Truit, with Risotto and nicely sauteed squashes. The peach tarte was a disappointment--not a true tarte but more of a custard with a canned peach in it. Otherwise, excellent."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We made reservations for 5 to celebrate a birthday. We were seated right away facing the outside dining area which is a very nice, peaceful setting (we have eaten outside on cooler days and it is very pleasant). All of us thought our food (5 different dishes) was very good and our server was attentive. Would definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Superb food, service, and ambiance. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I think my server was Johann and he was not good at all. He would disappear for 15 to 20 minutes at a time and the place wasn't even close to full. He got all of the cheeses wrong on the cheese plate appetizer. The puff pastry with my bouchée à la reine was so tough I could not cut it with my knife. Top it off with $10 for a cocktail - no thanks this is not New York City. I won't go back. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Food was great, reasonable cost, and live jazz duo on a Wednesday night. Great!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "It's easy to miss this gem but, worth a little search. My entire group was pleased with the whole experience."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Although Violette has been a long-time favorite for affordable, predictable menu of classic French food, they should have dropped the idea of a buffet. We arrived at 145 and the food was more than 1/2 gone. The buffet was not replenished until close at 230. Nothing served to go under the boef bourginon. Standard breakfast pastries on the dessert bar. Self-serve Styrofoam coffee cups. Mimosas were affordable but watered down. The valet actually grabbed the tip money out of my sisters hand in the restaurant, he was in such a hurry to close! When I called to speak to the manager, I found her defensive and engaging me in her "problems." "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "What a lovely place to spend Mother's day. It was a beautiful day and dining on the terrace was beautiful. Service was terrific."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We eat there a couple times a year, usually with family or friends. This was a combined Mother's Day and Son's birthday celebration. The food was very good as usual, but the service was a bit sub par. Very slow to get drinks and he kept forgetting my son's . A number of items we out on the buffet, several times. The buffet didn't seem to be managed as well as in the past. The server was pleasant and accommodating, but seemed a bit lost. He did move an umbrella for us, w/o asking I might add, to shade our infant grandson. He gave us a complimentary Bloody Mary, which came from a nearby table that ordered too many I guess. We enjoyed out time and will definitely go back. It was just not up to the usual standard we've come to enjoy."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My wife and I have eaten at Violette's several times, but never on their special brunch day for Mother's Day. It was great experience. The restaurant had prepared a great one price brunch that fit every appetite. The staff was cordial and helpful in all manner."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Always good. One of our favorite places. Reasonably priced"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Excellent service!! I thoroughly enjoyed our waiter. The brunch was very accessible. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a wonderful Mother's Day brunch on the patio. The buffet had many great selections that were delicious. The chicken salad and asparagus salad were especially good. This is a lovely french restaurant with great service and atmosphere. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant a half a dozen times. The food is always good, not outstanding, but enjoyable and tasty. Yet most times there are problems with the service, and this visit it was significant. Several items on menu not available that day. The place never seems to anticipate full business or have a well-oiled system in place. This scars the experience of dining there. Courses forgotten about, waiters poorly trained and running about like mad people, parts of order incorrect, food temperature not acceptable, no refilling of water glasses -- these sorts of thing. We brought this to the attention of the waiter, and the owner stopped by and made complete amends and apologized. Yet it is unfortunate."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I went with my girlfriend (we are in our 50's). The atmosphere was outstanding! The service was the best ever. The food was amazing! This best restaurant experience ever!!! We will back soon"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Food, service, atmosphere were all quite good, as expected (This was our fourth or fifth time over the past years. However, the escargots were mediocre. My dessert was poor. It was a kind of peach shortcake that had a canned half peach with no sauce--dry and hard cake, no taste. The accompanying scoop of vanilla ice cream was the only thing that enabled me to eat some of it."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "As one of a group of ladies celebrating a friend's birthday we really enjoyed the ambiance and service at this fine restaurant. The food was heavenly and the only reason I didn't give the location 5 stars for the food was because the trout, which 2 of us had, was bland and needed some flavor. Something simple, such as added citrus, would have made it perfect. Apart from that it was a wonderful experience and all other dishes were excellent. Thank you for a memorable evening!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014