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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.
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!
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.
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.
Always a delicious meal beautifully presented on the plate. A favorite for sure!
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.
Outstanding as usual. New waiter, David, was particularly outstanding.
Loved the Restaurant, and he food was outstanding. The service was great! I had the Cod, and it was delicious.
Food was spot on as usual. Service was just right. Always a relaxing experience. Great to see it still full and thriving.
Food was simple but very flavorful. Have been there several times and have always been very satisfied. Looking forward to our next visit.
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
Always outstanding! One of our favorites.
Always outstanding. Can’t wait for them to reopen and see my friends and have a great experience.
Best experience ever!
Wonderful and a weekly favorite of ours. We love the team. The Chef Marla is incredible! Dishes are consistently delicious.
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!
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.
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.
The food and atmosphere were excellent. We cannot wait to go back.
Thanks Patrick! Can’t wait to see you again!
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.
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.
Always a great experience and we always try & visit when we are back in Atlanta
Thanks Neil! So glad you were able to stop in for dinner, hope to see you soon!
Classic food and service. Always a consistent meal.
Thanks for leaving us a review! Would love to know what we could de better for next time!
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.
Thanks so much for the fantastic review! Will pass this along to Ginger, let her know she is appreciated.
Our server Ginger was wonderful and everything was excellent, especially the French onion soup!
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.
Always good. Never disappointed.
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!
Thanks! Always great to have you in, Look forward to your next visit.
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!
Thanks so much for the great review! Will pass this along to Janet and the staff, hope to see you in soon.
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!
Thank you for the great review! Would love to see you in monthly as well!
Amazing as always. Great food, great service. There’s a good reason why this place is still jam packed 28 years later.
Thank you for taking the time to write this for us. Much appreciated.
Great food. Great service. You cannot go wrong!
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.
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.
Food and service was excellent. We went for Valentine's day and they handled the crowd very well. The Pear Martini was top notch.
Craig, thank you for the review. We're so glad you enjoyed your special night here!
First time visitors and we could have been more impressed. Babette’s checked all of the boxes for us, as the atmosphere, service, food and value were all excellent. We will be back soon
Thank you for joining us. Delighted to hear you enjoyed your evening. We look forward to your next visit.
Wonderful place to visit for a Valentines Day dinner. Food was amazing - get the Cassoulet:) and the dessert trio hit the spot. We were seated outdoors, however their rear deck has clear plastic sheeting, fuzzy warm blankets for the cold natured and ceiling mounted heaters that kept the temperature nicely and comfortably controlled.
Highly recommend this place and will be back one day.
Thank you for your nice note. Delighted to hear you enjoyed your evening.
It's been some time since I've been to Babette's. The food was outstanding as was the service even though they were slammed for Valentine's. We will be back!
Valentines dinner was fabulous!
Good food. Very crowded on Valentines so staff was very busy but that’s to be expected. We had the scallops gnocchi, piroshki, tartare, and mushroom linguine and it was all good.
Thank you for your nice review. Yes, busy and crowded. Thank you for joining us.
When I asked our server to tell us about the entrees, he merely listed the items (as if I can’t read?) without a description or opinion. The server never enabled me to purchase another drink (one was all I got, even though my partner and I had decided to buy a bottle of wine). And when my duck came out, the server that presented it spilled the dark brown sauce from the dish on my brand new red dress that I had bought for Valentine’s Day. Worn once and never again again, I guess. He hurried away without an apology. The whole experience was such a huge disappointment. I would only recommend this place to my enemies.
I am terribly sorry that this was your experience here at Babette's. This is atypical and unacceptable. We will talk with the staff and correct the issues we can on our end. As for your dress, if you would call or email us we would be happy to do what we can in order to resolve the stain. 404-523-9121 marla@babettescafe
Babette's Café is my favorite restaurant in Atlanta. My visit last Friday was excellent, as usual. The intimate atmosphere, homemade menu items, and friendly service make this a great place to go for dinner.
I highly recommend Babette's!
Thanks so much for the great review Keith! Always great to see you and Rick. We appreciate the recommendation.
We were celebrating a birthday which I had indicated on my reservation but no one picked up on which was disappointing. The food and service was excellent. The seat by the outside door to the deck, constantly opening/closing, did detract from the overall experience though. Otherwise lovely as usual.
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I am terribly sorry that your special day was not acknowledged. We will discuss this issue with the staff. Going forward we will do our best not to miss special notes. Hope to see you in again.