Atmosphere Bistro

4.6
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2119 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Set in a charming cottage, near Ansley in midtown and only 5 min walk from Beltline access points, atmosphere is a chic bistro that offers more than just a pretty face.
The mood is romantic and mellow cool with soft lighting.
The theme of relaxed, inviting elegance extends to the bar and the patio.
The menu offers great classics such as Escargots in garlic butter, Duck confit, as well as Mussels marinieres or Scallops with mushroom raviolis.
From best French restaurant to best 100 overall restaurant, atmosphere has an impressive collection of awards and "Best of" nominations since its opening in 2002.
No wonder it is rated excellent by Zagat revue and #1 French restaurant in the city.
Atmosphere, finally a bistro that is not just trendy!

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Thu 8:15PM - 9:00PM
Fri - Sat 8:30PM - 9:30PM

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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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4.5
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JM
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been wanting to try Atmosphere for some time now and am so happy I finally ate there. Went for brunch on Saturday. The food and service were both outstanding. Try the St. Germain Prosecco cocktail - refreshing and delicious! Also had the French onion soup and the mesclun mixed greens salad, which were both flavorful and filling. The friend I was with had the scrambled eggs dish and a bloody mary. We'll definitely be back!!!

OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit out if the way but the food was great and the atmosphere cozy. Parking though was somewhat a challenge.

F
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining here for lunch. It was a very nice experience the food was good, the ambiance was nice and we were able to have a conversation. We have dined here many times in the evening and have always had a good experience, and now will even recommend it for lunch.

B
Atlanta
123 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Poor service can ruin a restaurant experience and that is what happened, for the second time out of 3 times that we have been to Atmosphere.
The food is delicious but the waiters seem distracted, make excuses for the service, keep thanking us for our patience, yada yada.
We will not return even though we love the food. There are too many other restaurants that concentrate on the food AND the service.
What a shame!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! A treasure in Atlanta!

HB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We brought friends to the restaurant, having recommended it. We waited so long for drinks and for food that we were embarrassed. We recognize that there can be crises in the kitchen, issues with the wait staff. But the thing to do is to tell your guests as soon as it becomes apparent. And then you should comp the meal or offer some more drinks for free or something if the waiting goes on. We had to ask several times about our meals. By the time free dessert was offered, we had had it.

RM
Atlanta
64 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was impeccable; the dining elegant and the food excellent traditional French cuisine. I especially appreciate that, although energetic, there is not excessive noise so that one may have a pleasant conversation.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. Food. Service. All of it is always great!

a
Atlanta
92 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a delightful evening with 7 people. Food was wonderful, and we had a room to ourselves.

JC
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always.

J
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and relaxing atmosphere. Very charming and excellent staff.

e
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Wow, the food was very disappointing. Almost flavorless at times. I had escargots, which were cooked to the right doneness but the seasoning was very lacking. Trout almondine has lots of oily butter without deep butter flavor and again, not enough seasoning to taste distinct from plain fish. Guess what? Same deal with potatoes and veggies. I guess if you like your foods plain then you might like this. I was hoping for gourmet to match the prices, descriptions, atmosphere and mostly to match my memory of what this restaurant used to be.

BC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

OT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good and was made with fresh ingredients! I will definitely be returning soon!

KZ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant did not have olives for a martini. The lamb entree was unavailable. The beef steak was undercooked and the potatoes were too salty. The service was super slow and it took over an hour to get the meal. The fixe- price was also way to expensive and the food was of poor quality.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

New Year’s fixed price with delayed courses and sold-out main entree.

OT
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

My husband so why did it take so long for it to be served in the first place? All told we were there almost 3 hours - on hard chairs. Toward the end of the evening, the owner came out and brought a table near us complimentary glasses of champagne & offered the other table in the room something complimentary. Even though the server told us that the owner was well aware of how long we'd had to wait, she never even came over to apologize. Nice. The final coup was that after all of that time I accidentally left my wine cooler. I emailed the restaurant about it and never even received a response. Won't be back.

F
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined New Year's Eve 2019 and enjoyed the special prix fixe dinner--3 choices each for appetizer, entree, and dessert. The steak I chose was tasty and cooked to perfection with a delicious brown sauce, nicely cooked green beans, and less successful potatoes. The smoked salmon appetizer was good, with an endive topping. (I'm not an endive fan, but I ate everything). I chose the lime sorbet with grey goose vodka as my dessert and enjoyed the mix of flavors. Would order again. Very nice restaurant, where we have dined several times.

F
London
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food was excellent as usual, but waiter was not good...very slow and unprofessional. Service at Atmosphere has always been incredible until tonight.

LK
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Consistently superb, as usual! One of the best kept secrets in Atlanta. With 25 years of ownership in the same French native skilled management hands--hard to beat. Highly recommend!!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Only option was the prix fixe menu. At 8 PM they were out of one of the entrees already/ we never received one of our courses/ and it took 2 hours.... not worth the money spent. And worst of all I was charged full price even though we didn’t get all 4 courses. Ordered another round of drinks, waited 30 minutes and finally said not worth it let’s go....

C
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding cuisine with a charming waitstaff makes for a memorable evening! I brought a friend over the summer and she loved it so much she brought her husband for the very special Christmas Eve dinner! I was so surprised to see her there and she said it was because I had introduced her to this very special place!! The food is consistently delicious and Atmosphere is a wonderful neighborhood bistro!!

F
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with great food

b
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prix fixe menu for Christmas Eve had 3 choices for an appetizer and 3 choices for a main course. We tried all three and they were excellent.

OT
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal and service. I can't wait to return.

RG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I are spending Christmas apart, so we decided to start out with a special dinner at Atmosphere. We were cordially greeted by the hostess and immediately seated in a cozy spot with just the right volume to carry on conversation. Our table server was kind, collegial, and humorous - making great recommendations and helping us with our French. The meal was superb! Thank you for a wonderful evening!

GS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our second visit and there will be many more to come!!!

LW
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and service. It was great for our work holiday late lunch. Felt a bit rushed as we were the last reservation of the day.

JD
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food. Impeccable service. Every time.

CW
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I have already recommended it to a friend and plan to go back next month

KJ
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was excellent, service way to slow, with drinks, taking order and checking on us (water, more drinks, bringing and processing check). Kept telling us how busy he was, very pleasant and nice but slow.

DH
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Based on most recent experience, no.
We have had better experiences overall there in the past.

a
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great atmosphere. Very friendly waiter, as well, with knowledge of wine.

p
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I enjoyed an outstanding dinner at Atmosphere for our annual Christmas party. They happily accommodated our request for a quiet corner of the restaurant. Food and service were top notch, as usual. Thank you, Atmosphere!

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, quiet beautiful quaint restaurant. Food outstanding and server Kathryn very helpful. We have been to France many many times and their food is equally as good if not better. Escargot, carpaccio, duck confeit, veal etc etc great. Only disappointment was the coffee, was rather bland, so 5 stars.. and the bar drinks made up for the coffee.

BB
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic French cooking at its finest. Having lived in Paris for a few years it felt like we were back there reliving all the wonderful meals we used to have. Wonderful.

FF
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outstanding, gracious service. Charming restaurant. Staff is from France. Excellent lemon drop martini, parisian steak frite and we loved , loved the profiteroles!

P
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is. Very nice restaurant and well worth a visit. The menu is very French as you would expect. In face we took three starters as we couldn’t quite decide ! All were delicious. Main courses were both very well done. Good wine list with some interesting French options ! Service a little slack but overall not bad. Good choice for something different and authentic !

m
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had been told my a total foodie that Atmosphere was the best French restaurant in town, and was a value as lagniappe. We found that to me true along with attentive service and a cozy, unpretentious atmosphere.
We took our visiting offspring during Thanksgiving but will return.

MB
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Some highs and lows, made a reservation two months in advance for thanksgiving weekend and were seated right near kitchen which was very disappointing considering the reservation was made so early. The scallops and lamb were outstanding but the duck was dry and had very little flavor when I mentioned to waitress she said “Ohh that’s too bad”. Got french onion soup that was delivered with no spoon and a house salad that had practically no dressing, both times we had to wait on waitress to correct. One outstanding item was the octopus’s appetizer and the house bread. Really not sure if positive food items outweighed the negative experience.

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