Babette's Cafe

4.9
3940 reviews
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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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PJ
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and paired wine with very professional staff. Unhurried, much like a European restaurant. This is our favorite place for special occasions.

OT
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Liked the very friendly welcome and Donna was fantastic. She reminded me of the good old days at La Tavola from the day it opened. Great restaurant then and now.

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CP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous. Every course, every bite. The cocktails were great, and the wait staff was impeccable.

MP
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service as usual.

C
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The outside seating area is very quiet and pleasant, if the heat and humidity are cooperating! Food and drinks are always excellent - thank you, Marla!

LL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Be advised that the menu posted online is not accurate. It lists some Julia Child special that were not being served. Call before you reserve.

Babette's Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

I am so sorry, you must not have been presented with the special board with the Julia Child Specials. We had posted on line that we would be serving the menu through Saturday night and we actually served them through Sunday. Did you ask your server? I apologize that you were so disappointed. I would have been too. Marla

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CM
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta! It is also where I my partner always says “yes”!for a date night together.

Babette's Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you.

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L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have not been to Babette's for 6 years, only because we had moved away. Good news was we were not disappointed. We enjoyed the Julia Child birthday selection, complete with wine pairings. Scrumptious. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. Her suggestions were spot on. Can't wait to go back!

Babette's Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Wonderful to have you back. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Hope to see you back soon.

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JN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent service without extreme prices.

Babette's Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you John.

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ED
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were actually celebrating our daughter’s last year of law school. The mussels were good although small in portion. The salad was fine. The paella dish was just ok, we have had better for sure. But the halibut was great!!
We eat out pretty often, and plan to visit again. Everyone was friendly.

L
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Babette's never disappoints!! We are regulars and wanted to share with some out of town guests.
We love the fact that you can actually carry on a conversation while dining, because it's not a warehouse
situation with bad acoustics, like many places around here.
Everything we ordered was fantastic. The basic arugula/romaine salad is anything but basic, with the perfect amount of herbs and dressing. Two of us ordered the halibut, which is always wonderful, with a yummy lemon butter sauce. The filet was cooked to perfection. I ordered a new item on the menu, Crab cakes, which were delicious. For dessert, we shared the blueberry tart.........tremendous and Delicious!!
Of course, we will return!!

GH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food and very friendly waitstaff. Owners presence ensures quality and consistency in every way.

BO
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Main dining area was unusually warm when we arrived. Not sure if the air conditioning was operating properly.
Food was delicious and the service satisfactory.
We were very surprised to find the restaurant smelling of mildew. My wife is sensitive to mold and what might have been a memorable birthday celebration evening was otherwise a disappointment.

Babette's Cafe
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Bob and Jane, I am so sorry that this was your experience for Jane's birthday. We did indeed have a problem with the hood and air systems in the kitchen. It was repaired the next day, we did try to reach out to each customer that evening to make them more comfortable somehow. Please accept our apologies. Thank you for taking the time to write this. Ryan, our General Manager, would be happy to speak directly to you if your would like to call the restaurant after 3:00 pm. 404-523-9121.

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U
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and great environment! What more can a dinner ask!

DA
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner at a neighborhood gem. Can’t believe we haven’t dined here before. It won’t be our last time!

Babette's Cafe
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review. Welcome.

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AA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go often and it's always a lovely experience. Staff are wonderful and food and drinks are great, too.

ED
Atlanta
169 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS EXCELLENT! We brought a friend this Saturday night . She had never been before. This is the place we always bring people visiting or new to town. It's always spot on. Marla was around checking on diners. Our server, Ginger was always there when we needed her. The food was beautiful and tasted great. It is always a great experience.

M
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way. Food, service, ambiance... The time between courses was great. We had time to talk before the next course came. No pressure on ordering. Waitress new the menu inside and out, great recommendations. Loved it a lot, will be back.

SJ
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were celebrating a special occasion. This was our first time to eat at Babette’s Cafe. We had a quiet corner table. The service was excellent. She had the Georgia Lettuces Salad, Chicken with Artichokes, and Chocolate Bread Pudding with Banana Ice Cream. I had Gazpacho, Baked Halibut, and Creme Brûlée. Everything was delicious. We will definitely return to Babette’s Cafe.

Babette's Cafe
Responded 6 days ago

We look forward to your next visit.

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C
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, May, was a delight and was ready with a vegetable plate explanation when asked if there was one the chef would create. Our veal, filet mignon and et al was superb. Highly recommend !!!

Babette's Cafe
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you.

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C
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both perfect - as always. Babette’s is one of the best restaurants we have eaten at in Atlanta. Lamb was perfect. Veal was great. We could not have asked for a better evening.

DJ
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. One of Atlanta’s finest.

GC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best food in Virginia highlands and possibly all of Atlanta!

A
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to Babette's. It is always a solid choice for the food and service. We particularly enjoy going when we can sit on the back porch. We highly recommend Babette's for any occasion.

TH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy eating at Babette's Cafe. The noise level is such that you can have a pleasant conversation with our dining companions, which makes for a nice evening. The food is uniformly good and Jan is an excellent waitress.

RB
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'd been out of town all summer and was really looking forward to Chef Marla's paella. It didn't disappoint! Dining outside on the deck was lovely. Great service, amazing food. HIGHLY recommend

MH
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. This restaurant never disappoints.

MM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Babette's continues to set a high bar of standards for fine, but not pretentious, dining. We will always return for our celebrations and to introduce new people to this gem for more than 15 years. Thank you again, Chef Marla and all the staff, for consistently providing the best overall dining experience.

CW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recently learned from a friend of ours (who is a stunningly good chef himself) that Babette's is his favorite restaurant in Atlanta, so we decided to take our guest from Las Vegas and try it out together. He has told numerous friends that his filet was the best he has ever eaten. My halibut melted in my mouth, and the sauce was exceptional. My husband had the same entree, and wholeheartedly agrees. Ginger was very attentive; I suspect that she went way above and beyond the call of duty by actually running over to the coffee house next door (which I understands supplies your delicious coffee) and picked up packets of Stevia when I jokingly chided her for not having it to offer. I've told numerous people in the past 36 hours to watch Babette's Feast if they haven't already done so, then make a reservation. Their high expectations will be deliciously met.

RD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great veal. Well prepared with great sides. Same for the halibut. Love the small plates. Our waiter, Terry, was fantastic. Wine pours could have been a bit more generous (but I think that about a lot of places in town). Like the fact that the menus change a bit with new entries. Marla (the owner) has this restaurant thing figured out!! One of my favorites.

K
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Babette's never disappoints. Great food, ambiance, service.

c
Atlanta
95 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solid, as always! Love the Piroshkis, Halibut and Paella.

BN
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great... we’ll be back soon!

MG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our all time favorites, just a charming place with superb food, fine wine list, good bartender. Marla and her staff do a first rate job.

CB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy a meal a Babette's - the servers are knowledgeable, prompt and fun! I love the fact that Marla always has a recommended wine pairing with her dishes! A great neighborhood restaurant!

TF
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our first date at Babette’s a year ago and it was fantastic (for a lot of reasons!). We returned this year as a married couple and we were so pleased to have a great experience. Great food, fun cocktail assortment to choose from and a wonderful server - Ericka. We’re going to try and go back more than once a year!

JF
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always terrific. Enjoy each visit. Favorite restaurant in Atlanta.

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CM
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a milestone birthday. Every enjoyed their meal and the company. Lots of laughter and delicious dining.

KJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first, but not last time to dine at Babettes. For my wife's birthday. We arrived early and were greeted by Ginger, who kept us informed on the status of our table as well as advised us on whether it would be comfortable to dine outside on a hot summer early evening, which it was. Ginger also made sure to thank us and send us on our way when leaving. While waiting for table, Alex help with our drink selections, advising us on some of the unique options there as well as chatting amiably with us. Ericka ("with a C & a K") was a great server, always smiling, and advising us on our selections. The food was excellent all around, including the wonderful bread. We left knowing we had picked the right place to celebrate and will return again, perhaps with friends.

S
Atlanta
44 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love any excuse to dine at Babette's Cafe. Consistently delicious food. Wonderful service by a wonderful staff. Owner/chef Marla Adams is extremely particular and uses only the finest ingrediaent, Never disappoints!

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