Better Half

4.6
294 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Southern
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About

BETTER HALF is the restaurant that Atlanta built. Brought to you by Zach and Cristina Meloy, the couple behind the supper club PushStart Kitchen, BETTER HALF is a place where family is the inspiration and connecting over food is the focus. The ever-changing, seasonal menu reflects Zach's and Cristina's love for what they do, with the best ingredients from the South. Only one dish remains the same - the luxurious silk handkerchief pasta with wild mushrooms that Zach served to Cristina on their first date.

The restaurant offers two different tasting menus, a 9 Course ($75) and a 5 Course ($55) . Guests can also enjoy beverage pairings with each menu, for an additional cost. Zach can design a custom menu around any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, gluten-free, etc.). Please give advance notice to be able to properly accommodate you.

We look forward to feeding you soon!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Southern, Latin American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday 5:30 - 10 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 10 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 10 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 11 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 11 pm
Sunday 11 am - 3 pm
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Phone number
(404) 695-4547
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Zach Meloy
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
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Parking details
There is parking behind the building. There is also additional parking 1 block away on the same side to the street as the restaurant
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6
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Atlanta
5.0Dined on November 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. I'm a huge foodie. I like this restaurant for the experience as well as the food. I sat at the bar. I highly suggest sitting at the bar if you can. You get to interact with the chef's and watch them prepare your food. The chefs, waitress and the hostess were super nice. I enjoyed talking with them. Next time I'm in Atlanta, I'll definitely be back.

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Utterly fantastic. Highly recommend the chef's choice 9 course tasting menu w/ wine pairings.

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Washington DC
5.0Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They really care about what they serve - I could sense it in the presentation and the taste. A special place. Worth eating here if you enjoy inventive food with fresh ingredients.

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Better Half. Inventive and delicious food in an inviting and family like atmosphere

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent quality, unpretentious, good value - the real deal for a small Atlanta restaurant. A "must return to place" to enjoy a high-end meal.

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Los Angeles
5.0Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It came recommended along our travels. I met a college buddy in ATL for the Alabama vs. FSU college football kick off game. With all the tailgating we had planned, a cool, trendy Castro-pin for foodies seemed the best way to start the weekend. We elected for the 5 course tasting menu. The plates are smaller for this purpose. Just the right size to try various creative dishes. One course, the Chef brought to us. They had a good wine pairings and craft beers as well. Great place to eat for all types of diners.

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Atlanta
3.0Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The dessert was amazing! The entrees were just okay. We had a party of three, the pork was tough and the steak was not cooked enough. The other person in our party had the trout and it was good. The service was fantastic and enjoyed our server.
We went during the week and it was not as busy as a weekend. The noise level was moderate and were able to converse well.
I will definitely try it again, but maybe just for coffee and dessert.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The tasting menu with wine parings is a great value and delicious. Super inventive, beautiful, tasty food. Highly recommended.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You have to eat here.... my favorite restaurant in the world. The people are as kind as the food is good. You won't regret this!

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful night dining at better half :)

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the most interesting food in Atlanta right now. Exquisite preparations with novel ingredients. Casual, laid back atmosphere. Wonderful service.

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Charlotte
4.0Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was a work of art and excellent. However, it was very loud and extremely hot. Maybe their air is broken?

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Nashville
5.0Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday dinner with my parents and boyfriend and have already recommended to my friends and coworkers. The story of the owners (husband and wife) is amazing and the fact they are both working in the restaurant is different and refreshing. I would highly recommend the pasta!

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better Half never disappoints. Zach and Cristina have nurtured their baby into something truly special. Whether you drop in for a quick meal or settle in for a multiple course meal, you can be guaranteed to receive excellent service and a high quality culinary experience.

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic dinner. Everyone we interacted with was professional, personable, and knowledgeable. Every course was well thought out, and executed perfectly. Highly suggest sitting at the chef's table to watch the magic happen. Can't wait to go back!

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazzzzzzinngggggggggg
Went back for the 9course chef tasting menu and wine paring. Every bite was a work of art.

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience!

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We thoroughly enjoyed the nine-course tasting menu! We continue to be pleasantly surprised at the creative and truly tasty dishes every single time. We've been May times and will be back many more. Our server Patrick was courteous, funny and attentive. We highly recommend this place!

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had the opportunity to go to BH this week for a mid-week date night.
I'll start of by saying we did not take one bite that wasn't excellent. The flavors and textures were spot-on the best we've had in a long time. I highly recommend doing a 3 or 5 course meal for the value, but that being said, we can't wait to go back so we can try some of the offerings off the course menu. Thanks for a great evening and we look forward to coming back soon.

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second time here. We had the tasting menu with five courses and each one was equally delicious and creative. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has a very creative menu with an artistic blending of flavors and textures. We have enjoyed Sunday brunch and a 3-course dinner with friends. We live in Dunwoody but the meal is worth the drive!

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Level of service you would expect in France albeit with an alternative flare. Very good, creative food for all courses. Fun cocktails and good enough wine selection. My wife and I went during GA Restaurant Week when the "early bird" price was available all night. At full fare, it could be a little pricey but I am hoping to return soon for the 5 course prix fixe.

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Atlanta
2.0Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We tried BH because they were part of Georgia Restaurant Week. When we arrived for our reservation, we were about 10 minutes late. We apologized when we arrived, but to be honest, the remainder of the evening felt like we were being punished for being late. Anyhow, we ordered from the special restaurant week menu much to what appeared to be the waiter's disappointment. Not sure if he thought that would impact his gratuity or not, so we added an appetizer and drinks. The whole experience was over 2 hours for three and a half courses. Even paying with a credit card took them about 15 minutes to ring up. This was no short-staffed situation - this was simply poor service and their lack of interest in our experience. The table that was seated next to us, waited on by the same waiter experienced similar delays, but three people came over to them to apologize for their wait. I guess that kind of felt like salt in the wound for us. Our experience was very much influenced by the service. We would not recommend and would not try again. Too bad too, because it was our first time ever visiting.

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CS
Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Better half is a definite "hidden gem" in West Midtown and is a great dinner spot. The menu is very creative, with a variety of options that can be turned into three, four, or five course servings. The staff and service are both excellent as well.

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I will definitely be back for the super creative menu and the delicious cocktails. It's a 2 minute drive from Atlantic Station if you're looking for great food after shopping or before a movie and want to avoid the big bustling restaurants and prefer a small, comfy, chef-driven meal.

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Atlanta
4.0Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was our third time at Better Half and the food is always consistent and excellent. There was a glitch in the service that kept us waiting at our table prior to any waiter/waitress pouring water or asking for a drink order. We brought in our own wine and they waived the corkage charges because of the service glitch and were extremely attentive to us for the remainder of the meal. We will definitely be back again.

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, sat at the counter and tried half the menu. Had a great date night with the hubby. Incredibly inventive and tasty food served in a comfortable inviting atmosphere. We will be back!

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zach, Sean, and the team always bring such creativity to their food. It is always a treat to see what they've cooked up in the kitchen.

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose this restaurant for my parents' anniversary dinner and they absolutely loved the 5 course dinner!!

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JR
Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was looking for vegetarian friendly and it was! Watermelon 'bacon' and feta was really good.

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 9-course with Wine pairing was amazing! Chef and his team do a great job.

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San Francisco
5.0Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you haven't already experienced the menu and the staff here, you are truly missing out. We are regulars and we are constantly amazed. Sit at the counter and watch the food being prepared. Great date night.

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Each person in our group of four adults ordered an appetizer, main course, and dessert, and every single dish was excellent. Chefs at some restaurants strive so hard to be creative that they veer into weirdness with components that simply don't work together. Better Half offers creative mixes of foods, spices, and accompaniments that enhance the overall dish.

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale experience from the unexpected place. I knew this place was good reading all the reviews prior to the visit bit they went beyond my expectation.

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a hidden gem! If you like creative cooking that is a party in your mouth this visually stunning food is for you! Be adventurous and go!

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Nashville
5.0Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Uniquely satisfying! Flavorful, interesting combinations that were visually appealing and a real treat for the senses! I had the handkerchief pasta and it was delicious. I wish we had tried the tasting menu - but the entire table had to commit.

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Atlanta
3.0Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed the visit and would recommend trying it out. However, we did the five course tasting menu. It seemed like they tried too hard to mix a bunch of ingredients together to make something unique. But some of the flavors together were odd. Portions are small. If I went back I would not do the tasting menu. It just did not seem that special. Service was good for the most part. Friendly, lively fun interior.

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PF
Atlanta
5.0Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellence is inadequate to describe our experience at BETTER HALF. Our party of four mutually decided this was one of our very best fine dining experiences to date. Food portions are just the right size to allow enjoyment of each course's unique, delicious flavors. Wait staff and chefs very attentive, well trained, and just delightful to interact with. Make a reservation and RUN to this jewel of a restaurant!!

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AM
Atlanta
4.0Dined on June 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Maloy's put together a special place and create authentic dishes with amazing flavors! Thank you.

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better Half is creativity translated into the most delicious food! We would dine here more often if we lived a little closer.

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