Alma Cocina - Downtown

4.6
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$30 and under
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Latin American
Alma Cocina introduces Atlanta to a refreshing new approach to modern Mexican cuisine. Bright, fresh ingredients and traditional regional influences come together with other Latin American flavors in a variety of vibrant fresh dishes. We also feature the most unique tequila selections and a host of innovative Latin-influenced cocktails beyond a superior margarita.

We are open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and are positioned perfectly for downtown corporate and social group and private dining.

Alma is operated by Fifth Group Restaurants, owners of Atlanta favorites South City Kitchen Midtown, South City Kitchen Vinings, La Tavola, Ecco, El Taco, Lure and Bold American Events.
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TL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would go back just for the fried cheese!! Excellent service and the best churros I’ve ever had!!

HD
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Definitely miss the old menu. It an effort to offer a different menu than other Mexican/Southwestern restaurants... they took away nearly everything we loved about this place. For heaven’s sake, even the tortilla chips are gone! (Replaced by large, flat, greasy tostados. Would the manager like to explain how the heck we are supposed to scoop up their hugely overpriced salsas?). Even the margaritas don’t taste right anymore. (Think the same bad mix as is it their sister place Original El Taco in ViHi.). Oh well, restaurants change with the tides. I’ll try them again in a year or two.

A
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

This is a go-to for authentic high end Mexican. Our bottle of wine wasn’t delivered to our table for an extended amount of time due to a disconnect between the server and the manager, but the food here is always good. Please bring back the plantain chips!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous! The octopus especially.

SJ
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great lunch option downtown. Ask to be seated in the lobby area - it is more open and bright.

RD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Food is great and a great ambiance.

JP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Welcoming a new hire for our team at work. I always love the food at Alma. Service was a little spotty, but we made it through.

J
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always 5 star food and service!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I don’t think we’ll be coming back. The service was awful. Our server didn’t pay attention to our orders, she forgot our drinks and extra tostadas. The food was ok. Whenever we needed something our server was never there. The staff was very aloof and not attentive.

MF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to a concert

D
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have "fallen in love" with this place! We have been there 2x for lunch, but 1x for dinner. We brought our friends with us and they nothing but good things to say. Our waiter, Jayson, was excellent! He was very knowledgeable about the good. We had the guacomole and salsa tray, fried cheese for appetizers, one of our friends had the chicken street tacos; I had the scallop our husbands had the steelhead dinner. I highly recommend this place!

A
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great meal on a Saturday night. We had made reservations for 6 were very glad we had them as they were full for the evening. The food was excellent - fresh with unique flavor combinations. Everyone at the table ordered something different and we all enjoyed our food. The atmosphere was festive and there were people waiting to be seated. The bar area filled up right away too. The classic margaritas were better than average, especially rimmed with the chili powder in place of salt.

DH
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent. We were a party of 10. We had 7pm reservations for a party of 4 and a party of 6. They would up seating us together at a table for 10 which was appreciated, but they changed our reservation time to 7:15 and it was 7:30 before we were seated. We could see them setting up our table and it took way longer than it should. They were not that busy for a Friday night. The great food made up for it.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Slow service. Forgot things that were ordered. Otherwise excellent.

S
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant but the didn’t give me my 100 PT’s on open table

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and margarita. Bartender had great recommendations and everything priced reasonably.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. During our dining experience, two different managers came to the table at different times to ask how everything was. It felt a bit intrusive especially given that we had an attentive server and we hadn’t complained about anything. Food was delicious!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The guacamole trio and corn esquites were great!

DC
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food! Great service! It would be even better if the chips were warm when they serve them.

R
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Amazing service. Visiting from out of town... wish I had a Mexican restaurant in my home town this great!!!

DB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe

AF
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love Alma Cocina for lunch! Food quality is top notch. Just wish I could have their awesome margaritas at lunch....

AF
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great avocado tacos!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service - can't wait for their Buckhead location to open

JC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great staff was really friendly food it's good just different to the one I was used to California!!

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and I had a very attentive (but not annoyingly so) waiter. Definitely recommend!

CC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time here with a few family & friends, the ambiance, customer service from the host & everyone who assisted with my birthday dinner were great. I love the whole scope & layout of the restraunt very beautiful

I def look forward to coming back again real soon for a great time

Thank you to everyone,
Camilia

KW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Waiter seemed bothered by any questions about the menu or to bring water or check on table. Guac was very good. Fish was well prepared but the butternut squash puree beneath the fish was too spicy to actually eat like it was too concentrated and overly seasoned.

KO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding. I will definitely return

CM
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was the same!

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

P
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I was a single diner and was placed at a nice table. My server was very busy and told me everything was good. I had the grilled octopus and a salad, two small plates. the server asked if I wanted them in any particular order, so I suggested the salad come first and then the grilled octopus. However they came at the same time. I was in and out in 40 minutes.

KB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Food and service as well as excellent Tequila

l
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It is on my must go to list when in Atlanta the only disappointment this time was the fried queso. Way to much breading and overcooked. Everything else was great. Octopus was 5 star

GP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a great place to meet up with friends. In the heart of downtown awesome food and friendly staff.

DG
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing great service..made a reservation and was taken immediately

ES
Naples
487 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alma Cocina is a long time, downtown Atlanta favorite for us and we always have a good meal here. This is unusual that although we had reservations, they were very polite in accommodating one more guest for us. We love the atrium seating for a larger crowd and although noisy as all hell we could still carry on a conversation. Our order was for food all over the menu and everyone loved their meal. I had pork Tenderloin tacos and would order again in a heartbeat. My husband felt the same about his shrimp and scallop tacos. Our server Alex was a delight, willing to put up with our antics and most accommodating.

AM
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal and service were outstanding. Alex our server was a gentleman and needs to train the staff in hospitality

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Felt so rushed. Had a 5pm reservation on a Saturday and felt so pressured to leave as soon as we sat down. Not relaxing.

MD
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must every trip! Never a disappointment. Always tell others about this fabulous place.

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