Babette's Cafe

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$31 to $50
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French
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-seven 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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Martha
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always my wife and I had an excellent experience. Babbett's is our absolute go to restuarant. We had the cod and salmon dishes. They were done to perfection and served by a knowledgeable friendly staff. We were lucky in that while the restaurant was reconfigured to be in compliance with social distancing guideline the city closed all indoor dining as of midnight. We look forward, somewhat anxiously, for Babbett's reopenning as covid-19 threat diminishes.

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vipfoodie2
Atlanta
52 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem of a restaurant!!! The food is excellent always and the service is great. I love the cozy atmosphere (although the last time we were there, a lot of the tables had been removed to accommodate social distancing). The owner, Marla, is almost always there and comes out to greet all of her guests. The restaurant is in an old house, and there is also seating outside on the patio. It's a great place to go and one of our very favorites. When she can open up again, please go and try it out. You will like it, I'm sure!

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EricB
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Babette's is our favorite Atlanta restaurant. We had a wonderful dinner on March 18 - right before the restaurant had to close by order of the mayor.

With the Covid-19 virus, the restaurant had made some changes. There was no valet parking - which was my preference anyway. About half the tables had been removed so the distance between tables was 8-10 feet - well beyond the 6 foot recommendation. There was hand sanitizer everywhere. Menus were single use paper and discarded after use. And servers stayed back and served us without getting too close other than for required service. Obviously with less tables, staff was reduced. In spite of a smaller staff both wait staff and back of the house, our meals and service were outstanding.

What makes Babette's special is it really delivers on everything you could want. The menu is balanced with a great selection of starters and entrees. We shared the Grilled Octopus starter and it was terrific. We love the salads and had the Romaine and Arugula salad and the Mixed Georgia Lettuces - both fresh, crisp and well dressed. Our entrees were the Cod with Tomatoes and Brocollini and the Grilled Salmon with Grapefruit and Spinach. Both dishes were terrific. We finished the evening with coffee and dessert. My wife had the fig cookies - which she gets every time - and I had the Creme Brulee.

It's a tough time for restaurants. We've now heard the restaurant will be closed by order of the mayor. But we can't wait to return and celebrate putting the virus behind us.

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vipJdcallmd
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really needed a nice break from all the coronavirus headline news, and I wanted to have dinner in a restaurant with adequate “social distance” between tables, and one where I totally trust in its cleaning and sanitation practices. I’ve eaten at Babette’s since 1990’s, and it was a no-brainer to come here. My meal was delicious and the atmosphere was warm and cheery. So glad that I could dine here in the midst of public health crisis.

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vipDixie5538
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal beautifully presented on the plate. A favorite for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In planning a visit to Atlanta, I read about Babette’s Cafe in a list of “most romantic” restaurants. Not sure about the romantic but it was worth the visit.

Food was delicious, service was fantastic and atmosphere was charming; enjoyed speaking with couple next to us who’d been coming here for years.

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marshall
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual. New waiter, David, was particularly outstanding.

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ClaytonF
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Restaurant, and he food was outstanding. The service was great! I had the Cod, and it was delicious.

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vipEclecticDJ
Atlanta
174 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spot on as usual. Service was just right. Always a relaxing experience. Great to see it still full and thriving.

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LeslieM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was simple but very flavorful. Have been there several times and have always been very satisfied. Looking forward to our next visit.

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vipElizabethC
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the best local treasures of intown Atlanta! Marla Adams is a genius with food and her restaurant reflects her warmth and character. Every meal is a gustatory delight in a calm setting with service staff who know their stuff and interact with the highest level of concern for their guests. It’s just a great place and we have been regular patrons for all 34 years. Brava Marla!
Elizabeth Cates & Hugh Kelley

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CHrisB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding! One of our favorites.

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vipFlash
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. Can’t wait for them to reopen and see my friends and have a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience ever!

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vipCherylM
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and a weekly favorite of ours. We love the team. The Chef Marla is incredible! Dishes are consistently delicious.

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Samuel719
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Our server was not very personable and it almost felt like he was annoyed when we requested items. I had a wonderful birthday up until we came to this restaurant. The first time we tried it two years ago it was great and the server was excellent!

Babette's Cafe
Responded on March 6, 2020

Samuel, I am very sorry to hear about this. This is unacceptable and we will talk with the staff about it. I'm sorry that your visit to Babette's soured your birthday. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We hope that you will give us another chance.

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DYama
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had a limited vegetarian menu (as expected in a French restaurant), but we split a pasta dish and ordered their vegetarian sides as meals with no split charge (i guess we ordered enough salads, soups, and sides). We really enjoyed the food and the inside décor. It was a bit noisy (we could hear other conversations sometimes), but we were able to still enjoy the meal. We will be back.

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PatrickE
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere were excellent. We cannot wait to go back.

Babette's Cafe
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thanks Patrick! Can’t wait to see you again!

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vipMay2804
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This has always been my favorite restaurant, but my recent visit was a big disappointment.
The wait server was quite abrupt, never smiled and made the place much less welcoming.
Never have I criticised the food, but this time there seemed to be far too much oil on the linguine;
to the extent that I could not enjoy the meal.

Babette's Cafe
Responded on March 3, 2020

I’m sorry to hear that you did not feel welcome while dinning at Babette’s. We want our staff to make guest feel welcomed and appreciated, I will talk with them and discuss this issue.

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vipNeilS
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a great experience and we always try & visit when we are back in Atlanta

Babette's Cafe
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thanks Neil! So glad you were able to stop in for dinner, hope to see you soon!

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MichaelT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Classic food and service. Always a consistent meal.

Babette's Cafe
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thanks for leaving us a review! Would love to know what we could de better for next time!

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Maybelle
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Martinis as well as delicious food! Ginger was our server, and she was delightful - great personality - and she took very good care of us as well as being so friendly and cute. This is the second time we have had her and we have enjoyed her both times.

Babette's Cafe
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thanks so much for the fantastic review! Will pass this along to Ginger, let her know she is appreciated.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Ginger was wonderful and everything was excellent, especially the French onion soup!

Babette's Cafe
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thanks so much for the compliments. We love that soup and are sad to see it coming off soon. Will pass this along to Ginger.

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vipPatty
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Never disappointed.

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vipGAB401
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice mid week dinner at my favorite spot! Decided on the sea scallops with basil gnocchi and bacon caper cream sauce... outstanding!! Hands down best dish at the table... and that’s saying a lot at Babette’s. Other dishes were veal picatta which is always fabulous, grilled octopus, roasted beets and romaine & arugula salad. Finished up with Kelly’s chocolate cake! Another perfect night at Babette’s. Thanks to Stephen and Ginger for the usual service above and beyond!

Babette's Cafe
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thanks! Always great to have you in, Look forward to your next visit.

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IvanA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Atlanta! The waitress Jan was very welcoming and descriptive in all of the menu items and how they are all made to complement the entire experience overall. It's no wonder they've been in business for 28 years!

Babette's Cafe
Responded on February 25, 2020

Thanks so much for the great review! Will pass this along to Janet and the staff, hope to see you in soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent!!!!

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vipDiningOutwithBob
Atlanta
211 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Time and time again, as we return to Babette's, I am reminded that big is not necessarily best. Tucked into a lovely house in Virginia-Highlands, this restaurant has reached the top tier in Atlanta. The food is consistently wonderful (especially since Marla's return) and the service varies only between very good and excellent. We've been eating there three to four times a year since moving to Atlanta and would probably be there monthly if only we lived closer. Highly recommend as a Don't Miss place in Atlanta!

Babette's Cafe
Responded on February 25, 2020

Thank you for the great review! Would love to see you in monthly as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Great food, great service. There’s a good reason why this place is still jam packed 28 years later.

Babette's Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write this for us. Much appreciated.

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JillB
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. You cannot go wrong!

Babette's Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you.

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ATLTownTravelers
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was not good. I ordered the veal and my husband ordered the lobster and filet. The filet seemed to have been cut in thirds, the veal was tough as if it had been re-cooked and we had 3 sides where the portions were so small that all 3 were placed in a dessert plate. Literally a tablespoon of each!!
We were quite disappointed as it was a valentines date for my husband and I. It was as if the cafe was capitalizing on the timeframe and cut its portions significantly. I won’t be back.

Babette's Cafe
Responded on February 17, 2020

I am very sorry that this was your experience at Babette's. These were popular dishes for us this weekend and I apologize that yours were not up to par.

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Craig
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. We went for Valentine's day and they handled the crowd very well. The Pear Martini was top notch.