Babette's Cafe

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$31 to $50
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Dining at Babette’s Café is like stepping into Chef/Owner Marla Adams’ home. She is equally as known for the incredibly creative Rustic French, Spanish and Italian cuisine that she creates, as she is for her welcoming personality. Marla digs deep into the food history and traditions of Europe and brings them to Atlanta with nuance, respect and artistry. For twenty-six years, Babette’s Café has offered the flavor of a restaurant that is tucked into the French countryside. The dining room offers a relaxed setting and the outdoor patio, which overlooks the serene setting of Freedom Park, makes diners forget that they are just minutes away from downtown Atlanta.
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MS
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delicious! Noise level very low,. Ambiance lovely!

b
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each of the three of us had excellent salads and entrees as well as sharing a wonderful chocolate cake dessert. Babette's has a diverse and appetizing menu and a very good wine list. And it is very quiet, promoting good conversation.

PC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service here is outstanding. You feel like you are at your cousin's house in the South of France. The staff is so friendly and the food should not be missed.

k
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Babette's was the first restaurant recommended to us when we moved to Atlanta in 2001 and we are still dining there for special events today. Babette's never disappoints. Fine dining in a charming old house.

R
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Excellent food and service.

r
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was experienced, honest about the food and the portion sizes and very attentive. Everyone was very pleased with their meal because each part of the meal was delicious. People at my table highly recommend the fresh banana ice cream.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful spot for a nice meal! The food was delicious, the service was absolutely perfect. It was upscale without being fussy. Literally everything I was looking for in a dining experience!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat out on the patio and it was lovely. Food and drinks were delicious!

DW
Birmingham
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside, beautiful evening to enjoy excellent service an food

p
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anytime we eat at Babette's, it is a memorable experience! The food is both simple and elegant, the service attentive but not intrusive, and the ambiance always peaceful. It deserves to be visited regularly and not saved for special occasions. Don't change a thing!

MS
Atlanta
86 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a special place! We celebrated my husband's birthday in this neighborhood gem. Located in an old home converted into a restaurant, the atmosphere was immediately set. You feel that you are a guest in a friend's home - invited to a personal dinner. And to top it off, the owner/chef/sommelier (and everything else in between) came out to introduce herself to every table. What a treat - and a way to make your customers feel welcome!
The food was outstanding, the cocktails and wine selections were right on the money, and our server was present, but not pushy.
Can't wait for our next visit!

w
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Super delicious food in a great atmosphere. Very attentive service as well. Great choice for a special occasion.

LG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Lengthy handicap ramp to enter the dining room. Tables quite close together.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A return trip for us and there will be many more.

VA
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Babette's never disappoints! It is one of my favorite spots. The cocktails are yummy and the food is delicious. The atmosphere is cozy and unpretentious. It is just a lovely spot, and I can't wait for my next visit! Chocolate cake with espresso frosting was amazing.

BB
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything excellent as usual!! Our guest ordered the sole, a new addition to your Fall Menu and didn’t care for the preparation although did comment on the freshness of the fish!! Always look forward to dining with you!!!!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Deck is an ideal dining spot on a warm night. Waitress has worked there for years and provided a nice history of the place and description of the dishes.

T
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was above par. Ladies next to us were loud

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable! My favorite restaurant in Atlanta. I’ll be back!!

PW
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed celebrating a friend’s birthday at Babette’s. We usually celebrate special occasions there and are never disappointed. The food is absolutely delicious and service is top notch.

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 27, 2019

We're happy to help you all celebrate those moments special to you and yours! Thanks for the kind words!

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J
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish from the bread & butter first set on the table are exceptional! There is never a bad dish! Everyone from small plates to entrees is special! The varying seasonal menu adds new delights! Marla is a great Atlanta treasure of inspired cuisine and has made Babette's the go to place for the most discerning of foodies! BTW the service is EXCELLENT! And not by accident! Every server is knowledgeable attending and gives honest feedback on choices! Tonight Thank you Ginger!

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 27, 2019

We appreciate the great feedback! Will pass this along to not only ginger but the entire staff! Thanks for joining us.

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JO
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Loved the halibut, lamb chops and the plum galette.

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 27, 2019

Joe, so glad you were able to make it in before halibut season ended! Thank you for the kind words and hope you can make it in soon to try some of our fall menu!

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CF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. First time there while visiting Atlanta. Will return whenever I am in town.

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you Craig, always great to see a new face!

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here a couple years ago and wasn’t impressed. This go around was different. Everything was spectacular. Me and my guest split the cheese board which was delightful and light. Next she had the gazpacho, which was very refreshing in hot September. I had the crab and corn soup which was exactly what I wanted it to be. For dinner my guest had a perfectly cooked filet with the horseradish mashed potatoes and Gorgonzola sauce (the sauce is very powerful, I would do what we did and order it on the side). I had the paella which is the best I’ve had, it tasted like the sea. We wanted dessert but they would have had to roll me out of there.
Great for a date night or just a weeknight dinner.

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 27, 2019

So glad we were able to change your opinion! I recommend starting with dessert next time since you missed it last time!

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OT
Jacksonville
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A trtue favorite restaurant. We live 400 plus miles away but get back as often a we can. The cocktail and wine selection is great, the bread uniquely flavorful. The tenderloin with gorgonzola sauce is perhaps the best steak i have ever eaten; the arugula and romaine salad memorable, with large leaves of arugula one cannot find in the average grocery store.

Babette's is worth every $.

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you for the kind words! We love hearing about the guest who continue to visit us even when we're so far away.

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CB
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Still our go-to restaurant. For me, it is the best in Atlanta for the combination of high quality cuisine, comfortable ambience and good value. However, on this Sunday night, our server was new, inexperienced, joyless and just a bit bored with the whole evening. Otherwise, the experience was much as it always has been.

I’ll wager this server doesn’t last a month. We’ll be back, but we wish Robin were still there. Now there was a true professional !

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you for your feed back and sorry to hear that your last experience here was not up to par with those before. Will talk to the staff about giving 110% while here, so that everyone's night can be great.

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JT
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good.we enjoyed the end of the summer menu trying some new dishes before the we gone. Crabcakes, corn soup and of course, the mussels.

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 27, 2019

So happy you were able to get in and experience the last of the summer menu! Hope to see you soon to try some of our new options! PS Crab Cakes are going to remain on the menu due to popularity!

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WW
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Babette's never disappoints. Everything was spectacular as always.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just another great meal. Marla and her team are the best

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 27, 2019

Alfred, thank you for the kind words! Best is what we aim for!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My only negative was that we were two female friends having dinner, and the table they sat us at was right across from the kitchen (there were three other tables available).

Whether unintentional or not, restaurants offer seat female diners only, near the kitchen - which is a less desirable location.

When we asked the Host/Mgr if we could sit in another location (before we were seated), he seemed a little annoyed at the request. But, when we said ‘how about that table?’ In a better location, he said OK.

My friend, visiting from out of town said, ‘so much for warm, southern hospitality!’

Our server and the food was excellent.

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you for the feedback! We will discuss this with the front end staff. We try to seat the tables in an order in which one server does not get too many at once. We promise there was no intention other than seating you with a server that was next in line.

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MC
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience from start to finish! Food,
service and ambience all top notch!

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you Mary! The team here at Babette's Cafe is thrilled to hear such good feedback!

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j
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had s superb meal in a beautiful room. One really couldn’t ask for more! Excellent service from our server and host. The lamb chops, halibut, and crab cakes were exceptional. We can’t wait to return!

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you for such high praise! We try our best to make the guest happy at every level we can! Will pass this note along to the staff!

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b
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Babette's was outstanding in every conceivable way!

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 21, 2019

So glad we can continue to impress you! Thank you for the great compliments and hope to see you soon!

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DD
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Flawless food and service and unbeatable ambiance. I don’t know how it could be any better!!!

OT
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re always blown away by the food, service, and atmosphere at Babette’s. Always feel so welcomed by the staff!

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you for review! Will pass these kind words on to the staff and hope to see you soon.

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K
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our waiter and the food was fantastic as usual. We sat outside and it was lovely!

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 19, 2019

The porch is fantastic this time of year! We appreciate the feed back and will make sure to let the team know!

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J
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's our Go-To place at least monthly, more when there are anniversaries and just when we want a special place to go. Dress up or down and enjoy the carefully planned and delicious food! Kudos to Chef Marla and staff!

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you Julia! Always great to see you!

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PC
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Babbette's continues to be a reliably excellent choice.

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 19, 2019

We can continue to be great because we have such great clientele, thanks for the review!

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PC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and waitress were great. Greeter was not welcoming. Refused to seat us without 2 others though
most tables empty at 6 p.m. Tables too close together!! Dinner spoiled by too much noise from tables around us.

Babette's Cafe
Responded on September 19, 2019

Thank you taking the time to let us know about your experience. Thank you on the compliments on the food and service. On busy nights, we cannot seat incomplete parties because sometimes the rest of the party is very late in joining. We have to readjust our whole table plan for the evening. During the week, this is an easy task, but on weekends, very trying. Yes, noisy guests can be a problem. We are looking at several options to address this. We appreciate your feedback.

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