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Goin' Coastal - Virginia Highland

4.6
1070 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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Jezebel Magazine - #35 of the TOP 100 restaurants in Atlanta
Highest Ranking Seafood Restaurant in the TOP 100
Atlanta Magazine - Highest ranked seafood restaurant in Atlanta
Yelp - 4 Star Rating

GOIN' COASTAL is a sustainable seafood joint. We feature only the highest quality seafood from sources, either fished or farmed that can exist over the long term without compromising species' survival or the health of the ecosystem. So why does this matter?

1. With over 75% of the world fisheries either fully fished or over fished, we believe the choices we make will help to enhance the seafood marketplace for all consumers.

2. Sustainable fishing practices are not only environmentally responsible they yield the highest quality seafood.

Thank you for supporting the sustainable seafood movement by GOIN COASTAL. Now, stop surfing the web and come eat some great seafood!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Southern
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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(404) 941-9117
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Zach Kell
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North Highland
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Parking details
We offer free parking just down the street at Highland Hardware. Our spots are free to you, the guest and are clearly marked.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

GOIN'COASTAL features only the highest quality seafood from sources either fished or farmed, that can exist over the long term without compromising species' survival or the health of the ecosystem. Treat your guests to a dining experience that is delicious and executed with the earth in mind.

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4.6
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4.4
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 19 hours ago

We went on a date night before going to the High Museum so we arrived early . There wasn't much of a crowd so a waiter was relaxed and attentive. They were willing to prepare a dish not on the menu (blackened scallops as a main course ) which was excellent. We would recommend or happily take friends back with us.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Birthday dinner

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Lobster Mac and cheese was delicious. Companion had scallop risotto which was very good. Service was attentive without being obnoxious. Nice selection of cocktails. Will definitely return. Parking at hardware store definitely a bonus in busy Virginia Highland.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellently prepared fish, beautiful outside seating watching life in Virginia Highlands. And the best waiter around - Terry!

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1.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Service was hard to get. They were out of most of the fresh fish.
If you are gluten free - beware! Even though I put it in my reservation notes and told the server we were still brought an appetizer that had gluten in it. It took a while to find someone to tell and once we did the kitchen had run out of fresh tuna so we ended up leaving since the other item we wanted to order had just run out as well.
I had thought this would be a perfect spot for gluten free dining and I was wrong.
Hopefully service and the kitchen will change for the better soon - it used to be a great spot! I keep trying it again and have been disappointed...

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent food and the service was exceptional! The server was very accommodating, friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We always have a great experience when we eat at Goin’ Coastal. The food is great and the service is always on point.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We got there about 10 minutes early Hostess seated us at the bar said she will come and get us up when table was ready 25 minutes later we had to go back to the hostess. she forgot us our food was great and everything else is fine but that was the only problem

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Deliciously prepared sustainable seafood in a popular neighborhood location. I had the cod, prepared "costal style" and my dining companion had the shrimp and grits. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our selections. We shared an order of creviche as a starter. The restaurant was full, even at 9 PM, so I am glad I had an Open Table reservation.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I’ve wanted to try this place for a very long time. It was well worth the wait......great service, fantastic food and a cool atmosphere. Can’t wait to come back.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The food and the service were outstanding. It always is at this restaurant! Well done.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Very cool little restaurant. The food was fresh, flavorful and delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Oyster Wed was great! What a value...
The too loud reggae music, even tho I honor Bob Marley & love reggae, felt contrived & at an aggressive decibel level... not conducive to my preferred digestion ambiance.
Let me suggest carefully selected, food conducive jazz by masters... so much to choose from.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We arrived to a celebratory notice on our table, pleasant welcome and quick but not rushed service. The choices of fish and preparation style were perfect for our taste. Each of us was very pleased with our choice. The complimentary sides for our1 undecided diner was much appreciated as were the 2 birthday desserts. Great spot for casual but delicious dining.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was super lemony, there was so much lemons on my shrimp scampi. I couldn’t even eat it, it was so sour.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Good food and service and fun, laid-back atmosphere.

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We waited about an hour after our reservation time. There was no room at the bar. No real apology from anyone but the stressed hostess. We were promised “something” complimentary. Got nothing and never saw a manager. Food was good but overpriced. I won’t go back

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

I know it sounds crazy, but had really great chicken dish in seafood place. My husband had blackened grouper--said it was very spicy but delish.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Family reunion

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We'll come back for sure and try the fresh fish (advertised on the blackboard) next time

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I love this place in Virginia Highlands!! The food and cocktialis are always great and satisfying and the staff never disappoint!!!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Yep, this is the place to go for seafood. There must have been at least eight different types of fish on the menu. Get here early, otherwise you are sure to miss out on a particular fish. Once it is gone, it's gone. Everything is fresh and hot when it comes out of the kitchen. The staff is friendly and most accommodating. We had the crab and shrimp dip as our appetizer and it was ourstanding! Get it when you come. If you like some spice and a little heat, then the blackened fish is the best. You will nor be disappointed, Coastal comes in second.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

One of the best low country boil!
Daily fish selection was also fresh and delicious!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent service, outstanding food

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We had a great time. Everything is the best!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We ordered the baked oysters which were very good. I ordered the low country boil and my girlfriend ordered the stuffed chicken. They served my girlfriends meal to the table next to us. It took around 15 minutes for her food to get to our table, but it was very good and they took care of our entrees and gave her a free drink. The food was very good and our server was very nice and apologetic.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent service and food, inexpensive bottle of wine, but small overpriced portions.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Very good. My wife and I enjoyed it immensely. Great place for a special Valentine dinner. Service very good as well

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Exceeded our expectations. Very casual, comfortable atmosphere and the seafood was better than most more expensive places we've been. We started with the calamari and it was lightly breaded and cooked perfectly...so tender. We each chose from their fresh catches. She had the Arctic char in their Autumn preparation and she loved it. I had the stripped bass in their Coastal preparation, along with a side of pimento cheese grits, and it was seasoned and cooked perfectly. Our server was very attentive and helpful with our menu choices. We will be back soon!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

I took my girlfriend here on a date the day BEFORE Valentines because it was actually the one year anniversary of our first date, so that seemed like a way to celebrate both occasions at once. We sat near the open kitchen next to a window, and it was a romantic setting for our meal and evening. The staff was very attentive, the food was fabulous and fresh, and the atmosphere casual and fun but also perfect for dressing up. We'll definitely go back again.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

So loud that you can’t hear the person across a tiny table, packed in like sardines. We could hear every word of the conversations on each side of us. Had to wait about 10 mins for any service. Fish was good and fresh, but atmosphere was awful and cheap feeling. We don’t feel the need to return.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Went here years ago (~7 years) and loved it. Went this weekend and was honestly quite disappointed and underwhelmed! Ordered the yellowtail tuna miso-style. Miso style was advertised as having bok choy and mixed vegetables, but when I was served, only had raw spinach randomly sprinkled in. Texture was strange and taste was off. The lobster mac and cheese side was basically just mac and cheese with a tiny bit of lobster... another disappointment for a $12 side. Restaurant wasn't busy at all as we had an early reservation, but still seemed to take entirely too long for waitress to bring drinks and extra condiments that were requested. Had to remind the waitress for things that we had requested. Ambiance was great as were the oysters - but for a meal over $120 for two, was very underwhelmed. :(

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was awesome! Loved the liw country boil and shrimp and grits.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

This past weekend was the second visit to Goin Coastal that our baked oyster appetizer was served cold. Additionally, I had steamed mussels for my dinner which were served room temperature. The manager compted the baked oysters and I didn’t bother to complain about the mussels. So disappointing because the food here use to be so good. Not sure we will return.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Always love going to this spot. It’s good every time and my wife really enjoys getting the lobster Mac and cheese. Sweet waitresses.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We went for a casual night out.
We have dined here before and the food was great.
Tonight the food was awful. It was so salty we couldn't eat it.
The entre's came when we had just gotten the salads.
The entire dinner was a disaster.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Got seated right away, nice funky ambience, server was knowledgeable & friendly, although she was pretty busy. Appetizers, calamari was pretty typical, nothing special or different, Chesapeake oysters were good, although overpriced (dozen raw oysters, $28); main entrees were very good, especially the Coastal seasoned Mahi; my wife’s fried seafood platter was heavy on the French fries; dessert (creme brûlée ) was delicious. I thought $8 for a draft (Tropicalia) was a bit much as well.
Overall, we had a nice meal but for over $200 (including tip) for three of us (total two glasses of wine, two beers), I thought it was overpriced.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We sat at the bar; Melissa and Jeff were great behind the bar. They knew the food and liked the food. Refreshing to not just get a "everything is good" canned response. The fish was fresh and delicious. The arugala and crab salad was amazing. The atmosphere was relaxing. It was the perfect place for a Friday dinner after a long hard week. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

If you appreciate excellent seafood, this place should be near the top of your list for Atlanta dining.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great service and delicious food!
Friendly neighborhood gathering place!

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