Buckhead Diner - PRIORITY SEATING

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American
Buckhead Diner is an American dining experience unlike any other. Inventive and long-time favorite menu items, snappy service, upscale atmosphere and retro style give this Atlanta icon a funky flair all its own. The fun menu and energy-packed atmosphere give guests a taste of nostalgia that’s always in style.
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OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress remembered us and what we liked. Great service and food!!! Love the ambiance.

T
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Diner is an old standard and we like to go every so often. The food is consistent. It isn't outstanding or innovative but it is solid upscale diner food. The wine pours are small. It is very very loud in there. We took Lyft to avoid the forced valet parking.

JP
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service5ambience3

I only gave it two stars because they have valet parking on a Monday night which they charge you $2.00. I just think that’s ridiculous.

Buckhead Diner - PRIORITY SEATING
Responded 2 days ago

Dear JPKN, Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback about your experience. Valet service is not a requirement at our restaurant as we have set aside part of our parking lot for self parking, as well as self parking along our side street and our sister restaurants parking lots across the street. We were very happy to see that otherwise you enjoyed the Food and Service of the Buckhead Diner. Look forward to seeing you soon! Sincerely, Buckhead Diner Management

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CV
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful celebration!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience2

The waiter, Sean, was excellent. He is one of the best waiters in Atlanta.

Unfortunately, everything else about this experience was disappointing.
We made a reservation via OpenTable; according to the restaurant, this is not a reservation but only priority seating.
We counted at least 8 empty booths and still couldn't get a straight answer from the hostesses as we waited and waited to be seated.
The food was disappointing.
There was a plumbing leak on the floor of the ladies room; the ladies room smelled like mildew and the lighting fixtures were rusted.
The restaurant as a whole is showing its age; it opened over 30 years ago.

OT
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

A disaster. Service was terrible. Waiter would disappear. Had to ask other servers for help. Food was mediocre. Our table had nats or fruit flies buzzing the entire meal.
Tons of better places for brunch.

Buckhead Diner - PRIORITY SEATING
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. Next time, please let us know that your food and service is not up to par while dining so that we may have a manager step in and make sure you receive the proper food and service that our restaurant is known for and that we have you leaving us happy! Sincerely, Buckhead Diner Management

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great
8 of us

MK
Atlanta
78 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Brought an out of towner for her first visit. She loved the balance between "casual & fancy." We enjoyed the atmosphere, food and service.

DA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner!

Great server - Fun personality and wonderful service

s
Naples
22 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating with Friends!

M
Atlanta
69 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I love Buckhead Diner, but this was my least favorite visit. First, even though we had priority seating, we waited 35 minutes!! Ridiculous. And then when I ordered the shrimp and grits, I requested that the egg be cooked done/hard. When it came, there was a runny yolk on the top of my dish! Additionally, there was WAY too much gravy or sauce on it!! In general, not a great experience. But Hendrix, our server, made the experience tolerable!

d
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wait was very long. “Priority wait list” didn’t seem to help anything.

m
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

With priority seating our wait was about 50 minutes. Granted this Saturday was Feb 15 so it was packed full everywhere. The food was ok. We have had better meals at Buckhead Diner and meals we have in the future may be better but overall it was a good time, a good dinner and a good experience (as opposed to a hell no never again experience). Thank you Buckhead Diner for surviving Valentines weekend.

MM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were there on the Saturday after Valentines Day and it was pretty busy. We had a 7pm priority seating and got there at 6:45 pm and were seated at around 7:30pm. Not sure what the wait would have been had we just showed up. Food was excellent and the service was good. The wine menu was somewhat limited but he special, an Oberon Cab was very good.

LS
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a very busy night at the Buckhead Diner. They were quoting an hour wait for most patrons. However, with "Priority Seating" we were quoted only a 30 minute wait.

The food was very good. However, the waiting staff seemed to be a little overworked. I wondered if the restaurant staff was a little short handed that day.

The Buckhead Diner has started using an electronic device that is brought to your table for credit card payments. For some reason the waiter did not believe that the payment went through successfully. As a result, I was asked to make another payment using the old fashioned manual credit card processing way. When I got home, I checked and found that the payment through the electronic device had been processed. As a result, I had made two payments for our meal. I called the restaurant later that evening and was able to get the payment sent through the electronic device credited back to my account.

JB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We have been to Buckhead Diner multiple times and usually have good service: However, service on February 15th was terrible.

- we ordered drinks as soon as we sat down and it took 30 minutes for the drinks to get to us
- we ordered appetizers when we ordered drinks and followed up several times as to why they weren’t delivered. Delivered after an hour / and they tried to deliver our entrees before appetizers.
- the bill given to us at the end of the meal was not ours and had to request the right bill

Buckhead Diner - PRIORITY SEATING
Responded on February 18, 2020

Dear JenB, thank you for leaving feedback about your recent experience at Buckhead Diner.  We are happy to hear you enjoy regularly dining with us. We would like to apologize for the lack of delivery you experienced while dining with us.  Anytime you are not 100% satisfied with your meal, let our management team know so that they can fix it.  We are happy to hear that our team was apologetic and tried to assist.  We hope that you will come back and give us another shot to wow you for a five-star experience.  

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CD
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Veal meatball pasta could be better & also the portion sizes are small for adult palates

Buckhead Diner - PRIORITY SEATING
Responded on February 18, 2020

Dear CDiaz, thank you leaving feedback about your recent experience at Buckhead Diner.  We would  like to apologize for the lack of delivery you experienced while dining with us.  Anytime you are not 100% satisfied with your meal, let our management team know so that they can fix it.  We are happy to hear that our team was apologetic and tried to assist.  We hope that you will come back and give us another shot to wow you for a five-star experience.  

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WB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Sat near kitchen. Enjoyed seeing how competent all the workers were and how well they worked together.

SA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Priority seating didn't seem to make any difference, we still waited the best part of 25 minutes before being seated. It was a cold evening in Atlanta but where we were sat was as cold as eating outdoors with a cold draft blowing in every time the door was opened. The staff clearly new of the problem because they were continually moving customers from surrounding tables. It was so cold, we didn't finish our meals and asked for the check within half-an-hour of sitting down.
When we explained the problem to our waiter, he said he would ask the manager to speak to us; we saw him speaking to the manager, who said something, shook his head and walked away leaving the waiter to apologise to us.
The food was decidedly average and, apart from it being far too cold to eat a meal with any pleasure, it had all the ambience of a car showroom.

BP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always great to have a great dinner with my beautiful wife. It has been a few years since we had visited the Diner. But as always. They are great. The service is great. The food is great.

KY
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Buckhead diner, not on Valentines day and waited up to 1.5 hours for a table as this fav restaurant of mine. I reserved a VD day dinner for my son in law and fiancee for 6:45- they were running late about 15 min, but the wait was only 20 min while packed to get in. Had room at the bar for a drink, and they LOVED IT.... Will use open table on all special occasions as this surely saved them time on this busy nite. Thank you!

E
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Buckhead Diner several times, and have always enjoyed it very much. But this time, everything was over the top! The food and service was the best ever. Thanks for making our Valentines Day date one to remember!

BR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Meal was excellent! I look forward to returning sometime soon.

MA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was a good visit to the Diner. Cortez, our server was pleasant, very helpful with menu options and the we (my father and I) enjoyed the meal. The scallop meal was just a tad too salty but overall the visit was great!

TB
Pinehurst
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to the Buckhead diner several times and I am slowly working my way through the menu. I really like the atmosphere and the service is terrific. The food is always good and served with style and at the right temperature. The Reuben was not my favorite, however I see a lot of other people ordering it and really enjoying it. Will keep going back.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great time and food

C
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

There was a very bad smell the minute you walked into the restaurant. Apparently this is nothing new after I read more reviews. The service was very good and our waiter was lovely. My sandwich was so crispy a tour the top of my mouth inside because of the pointy crispy bits of the toast. The meat and the sauce on the sandwich was good and the milkshake was outstanding. The food was just not up to what everyone says about how great it is. I think if it wasn't burned and overly crispy I may have had a different view but the smell was definitely disconcerted.

AC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food in an upscale environment. The service is great. There is a reason why I come back to this location for brunch.

BM
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and service were amazing!! You can not beat Buckhead Diner. I do hate that cut their self park to almost zero!

HS
Atlanta
40 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My guests said they had best breakfast in a lnog time! One had the corned beef hash (a very different version than usual!). Loved it!

PM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I would have liked breakfast potatoes and toast with my order--seemed odd not to have these with eggs. Welcome mini muffins were a bit dry. I enjoyed the overall ambiance of the place though.

K
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance !! Our server was Sean an he was amazing. We had a great time and will be back !

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Potato and leak cakes came out cold for everyone at the table. For these prices I was shocked. Waiter asked if we wanted bread, said yes and never got the bread. Ordered a side of vegetables those never came either. Had to ask a second time for the milkshake. Famous chips with blue cheese clearly had been sitting around and weren’t fresh. I was shocked as Buckhead Life Group is typically on point. Won’t be back.

JR
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. Buckhead Diner never disappoints!

TB
Pinehurst
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. Brian was attentive and friendly and knew everything about the menu and restaurant. Very helpful! Food was very good and I would definitely come back solo or for a business meal.

S
Hawaii
56 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and friendly service. The tomato soup and grilled cheese is a great lunch.

c
Atlanta
77 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated promptly. The menu offers a diverse menu. My son and I shared the beet salad, which was delicious.. We also both ordered the pecan crusted trout. The portions were very generous and tasty. It included green beans and scallion whipped potatoes . Finally, we ordered apple tort with ice cream . It was decadent. Finally, service was good without overbearing.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

D
Atlanta
69 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always and like they have had for years. The salmon was prepared perfectly. Love the corn muffins. A nice veggie plate too

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

OT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

It was our son’s birthday. Food was delicious; service was good; but the noise level made it difficult to have a conversation. It was a shame that the noise overshadowed to food.

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