Violette
Violette

Violette

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.violetterestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4046333363x
  • 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 8669715672
  • 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: 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.
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Violette reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (50)special occasion (49)neighborhood gem (48)fit for foodies (41)great for lunch (37)good for groups (27)great for outdoor dining (25)great for brunch (16)notable wine list (14)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (3)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Worth the trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I live "OTP" and this unique restaurant is well worth the drive for a food experience not duplicated at home. This is an ideal way to treat a friend or family member. The overall high quality sends a message to those being treated that is well worth the $$$'s.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Jennifer is one of the best and always takes great care of her guests.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wonderful dining experience. Food was fantastic. Our waiter was so attentive. I will be sure to go back to try all the entrees. My daughters and I had a marvelous time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as usual
    tlizzie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is a favorite special occasion spot, but the food and service was not up to par. The medium rare steak order arrived done as did the lamb chops. My Mom asked for the sauce to be removed from her plate (she didn't realize there would be so much) and the plate returned just like it started. On a second try it wasn't much better. The waiter disappeared for long periods at a time with her food. We had to flag him down for water refills. There were very few people in the restaurant as it was early so the lack of attentiveness to basic tasks was even more frustrating.
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  • Great find
    Mark
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This was our first time at Violette but will definitely not our last one. The food was great with generous portions. The server was attentive but not intrusive. We were pleasantly surprised when we received our bill because we had eaten all the food we wanted for an extremely reasonable price. We have already recommended this place to others.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had a group of 11 Red Hatters for lunch. The service was fabulous and our group was accommodated beautifully. We can sometimes be problematic, with our separate checks and the like, but that was just taken in stride by our server. The food was delicious, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy it more each time I go!
    Kathy
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food is wonderful and service is always perfect - must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I have been going to Violette for years. Sadly, we will not be going back. My favorite dish use to be Salad Gruyere. This time, my Salad Gruyere was Salad Swiss, not even close to Gruyere. The Beef Bourguignon was dry and my husband's Steak Au Poivre was small for the price. The waiter was great, but the food was not even close to being worth the price.
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  • AtldeuceVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Good food but the location and building are awfully low rent
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Marco
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Our second visit, and it did not disappoint. Beautiful setting, wonderful food, great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Beaware
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Always a pleasant experience and especially enjoy the piano.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great French restaurant
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Night
    Patrickloves
    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...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 70th
    2gals4rewiew
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Violette
    Tnnsgr1
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We were extremely disappointed in the food and service experience at Violette. Would definitely NOT recommend this restaurant
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Excellent
    MikeK
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good service - courses inconsistent
    Beyondborders
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful surprise.
    Aaaaaaa
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not as good sd itd been
    bobby
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our New Favorite
    Marco
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Violette is a delightful neighborhood restaurant with a menu oriented towards French food, excellent service and a relaxing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • meeting spot
    love2dine
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • marsha
    marsha
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    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
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  • Fabulous French local fave
    Habs
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Lynn
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent handling of a large group
    Lenny
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sr Client Svs Mgr
    BV0818
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I would recommend to anyone for a business or surprise formal or birthday or meeting lunch
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite for special meals
    Happyguest
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Good place for special occasions. Food and service reliably good and sometimes great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS a favorite!
    oneyedog
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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 :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Violette
    Denny
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat.
    Pete
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time!
    foodart
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Superb food, service, and ambiance. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Bradley
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
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  • Excellent cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Food was great, reasonable cost, and live jazz duo on a Wednesday night. Great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth the search
    PaxportVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    It's easy to miss this gem but, worth a little search. My entire group was pleased with the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Violette Mothers Day Brunch
    luvedthisrestforyears
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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."
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful atmosphere
    CindyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    Joepiccaso
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.