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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Violette reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (43)neighborhood gem (40)romantic (35)fit for foodies (33)great for lunch (28)good for groups (26)great for outdoor dining (13)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (7)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Love Violette
    jffr
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    In our neighborhood, Violette has become the place we go for birthdays and notable meals. I will keep coming because it has been a pleasing gem that I want to continue.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful ambiance
    GourmetettesVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This small restaurant always gives us a warm and cozy feeling, from the textured walls and artwork on the walls, to the garden view outside. We enjoyed our seafood entrees - my husband ate the swordfish with pesto/seafood sauce, and I enjoyed the trout with vegetables/rice. We shared a cream brulee infused with lavender dessert. The food is consistently delicious, and the piano player was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place for a business meeting
    candicemarie86
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had lunch here for a business meeting on a Friday afternoon. It wasn't too crowded and the noise level was perfect. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tapalover
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Made a reservation for 8 French adult( beginner ) students , asked to be seated away from the main dining room . Our waiter was patient , very helpful, good natured and spoke French! which made everybody happy ! Their first experience of conversation outside the classroom was a success ! Merci Jonathon for a great evening !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply good taste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have been eating here for close to 30 years, and have never been disappointed. I think it has been the same manager the entire time, and the style is distinctly french. The piano player is tasteful. Vegetarians may find it disappointing, but it is possible for them to get through. Mostly it is well prepared meat and fish.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite a treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was a first-time experience, and everything was delightful and delectable. Exceeded expectations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    CarolynVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This has always been one of my favorite restaurants but the food was not what it had been. Quiche was bland, mostly eggs & the rolls that have always been delicious, were not edible. First time I have been disappointed in Violettes, sad to say.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine Litle Restauarnt
    Marco
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Our fourth visit, and the place did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    Pete
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Violette is always a treat to eat at. Excellent menu choices, well prepared and served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Worth the drive
    Qualityfoodlover
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Living "OTP" we have few nice unique places to dine where I feel the food is better than what I can make at home. Violette has been a dependable solution for special occasions for quite some time. your on line reservation/invitation system is like "gold". It alone makes my decision easy for treating friends and relatives! They are so impressed with the invitation!! On my last visit, I invited one friend for her birthday lunch and you, without my prompting, discretely brought her a chocolate moose dessert with a candle lit in it in a beautiful martini glass! The waitress sang "Happy Birthday" very discretely and she loved it!! Thanks so much for the magic of Drivivg 25 miles one way is worth it :-) Bonnie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our favorite local restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I enjoy so much about Violette. We enjoy the specialty cocktails, moderate wine list, consistently good food, cheerful staff and the dinner music. It's a comfortable place for us to go, dressed up or dressed down, for an enjoyable evening. The food always has some flair to it that is very pleasant. We have shared Violette with friends and they have all been charmed by the restaurant. Bon Appetit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening at Violette
    DinnerGuy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I went with my wife for our anniversary and had a wonderful time. The food was fantastic and really about the best food you could eat. We had the stuffed chicken breast and a salad and creme burlee which was great! Service was pleasant and helpful We'd go back in a second. In fact we will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable Anniversary!
    Gardenia
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with a memorable dinner at this hidden treasure. The Shrimp Bisque, Saumon au Vouray (with black truffle whipped cream), Napolean Vivaneau, creme brûlée and chocolate mousse were each excellently prepared and presented. The pianist was talented with an impressive repertoire. The host and server were welcoming and gracious. The modest outside setting conceals a tastefully and uniquely appointed interior.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Good food, good service. We left completely satisfied, and we will return
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Violette
    lovegreatsteaks
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My girlfriend and I had a wonderful evening at Violette. The food and service were excellent! The piano player added a nice touch to the evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip
    Qualityfoodlover
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loveATLdiningVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    LONG times between courses, food not prepared to order and all the checks came out wrong. An off night perhaps but it will be a long time before giving a second chance.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SimplePleasures
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • AtldeuceVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Good food but the location and building are awfully low rent
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 769 reviews are from the Violette reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet