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About Goin' Coastal - Virginia Highland

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!

1021 Virginia Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday Brunch 12:00 - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
North Highland

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(404) 941-9117

Website:
http://goincoastalseafood.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Zach Kell

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, 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.

Goin' Coastal - Virginia Highland Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

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4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (14)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Authentic (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Cozy (8)
Healthy (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
People Watching (4)
Romantic (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

We sat at the back bar by the kitchen and we were handed a sample of the special appetizer as a treat. Great people work there and it's always great fish. Can't beat it.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

My favorite neighborhood gem

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 5 days ago

Run don’t walk to Goin Coastal.
We just found GC. Th best seafood we have had in Atlanta in 40 years. Grow up on the coast and was used to fresh seafood, perfectly presented. Just like at Goin Coastal. Great service. From the GM to the servers to the front of the house, a well oiled machine that makes it look casual and effortless. Ask for Daniel, a terrific waiter. The food is amazing. Ask about the key lime cheesecake. We are so happy to have found GC.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 5 days ago

I was craving oysters and crab legs so we decided to try this place out because it is very close to the house. Our server was very nice so that is why I gave the place 3 stars. Our raw oysters were good but a little overpriced to not have choices of oysters. They were cleaned very well though. We got two basil smash drinks which were kind of weak but taste pretty good. Do not, I repeat do not get the crab legs! They were extremely small and impossible to open due to the outside being so soggy. Maybe we should have visited this spot for fish.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent food and service. Music was really bad. Please play some lounge music. ☺️

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I mentioned in my reservation with Open Table that it was a special occasion, but our waitress never mentioned it.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great venue for fresh seafood. Good wine list and very friendly and helpful staff.

Tags: Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Healthy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We visited Going Coastal for my daughter's 11th birthday because she specifically requested seafood. We made the reservation late so there were only early and late reservations available and the reviews were really positive so we had really high hopes. We arrived early and received a lovely table in the middle of the restaurant which features an open floorpan with views of the open kitchen. Our waiter was really friendly and personable - we loved him.

Our dinner selections on the other hand left alot to be desired. As a possible excuse - they just switched to the Fall menu 3 days prior - so there is something to be said for having no time to settle-in and make changes...we were definitely the guinea pigs here! I found the poke appetizer to be lacking in flavor - both the tuna and the seaweed salad aspects were cold and flavorless. As well I think the tuna had been cut too fine - it had more the appearance of catfood and less a sophisticated poke dish. The fall salads were ok - the dressing had an appropriate amount of bite and the pumpkin or squash balanced the tart with a rich sweet. They could've either been a bit larger or presented in a smaller dish because they looked really sparse and unattractive.

My fried seafood dish was fine, my daughter's salmon was ok, nothing bad but also nothing great....

I hope my opinions can be incorporated for more enjoyable nights for others in the near future. Thanks :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 20, 2017

There were 4 of us out for a friends get together. All of us selected from the fresh fish menu. It was delicious. The pimento cheese grits were great.
The cocktails were fabulous too. The service was outstanding!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 18, 2017

First time. Heard about on Atlanta Eats. A little pricey for regular menu, however came for the $5 oyster special. Had three dozen and lived them all. Food was very good. I would come back again.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

My SO and I went there for their Monday night $20 lobster special. The lobster was delicious! As was the complimentary corn bread & the smoked trout mousse on toast.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Daniel took great care of us and the lobster mac and cheese was delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

To accompany the great food quality and service, I would like a nicer room and tables; white tablecloths would be a good addition. At these prices, the ambiance is low.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food and service is great. We had a mid sized party so seating was tight, its not spacious but the food makes up for it. The PARKING however was a headache thats the only really negative I have. Other than than it wad a good experience I would definitely go again.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 7, 2017

CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THIS PLACE

I am a frequent diner at Goin' Coastal, and this past experience only serves to confirm this establishment as being among my favorites. The ambiance is sublime, the service on point, and the food selection and preparation is outstanding. Many comments suggest that parking is an issue, but the lot a block away at Highland Woodworking has FREE spots reserved for patrons of Goin' Coastal every night of the week--just tell the attendant where you are dining. Virginia Highland remains a favorite neighborhood and Goin' Coastal is one of the dining superstars.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, People Watching, Gluten Free Options
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My wife and I had dined her several times in the past, so we brought another couple to join us. It was their first visit, and they absolutely raved about their experience. We shared oysters and the Crab and Lobster Dip as appetizers, then we had entrees of Shrimp n Grits, Lobster Mac and Cheese, and Yellowtail Tuna. Everything was delicious. Our server was on point and very personable. I'd highly recommend Goin' Coastal as a date spot, or for fun with with friends!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great Sunday afternoon meal! The juevos rancheros were a great selection! Yummy food and very friendly & helpful waitstaff.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 16, 2017

DELICIOUS AND SUSTAINABLE

Had an extremely enjoyable Friday evening meal with friends. I ordered the seafood sampler, a healthy mix of my favorite seafood items all boiled in a tasty broth. My friend rarely deviates from the lobster mac and cheese because not only is it delicious, but the portion is so large that he has a ready-made lunch for the next day. Wine selection is decent, and they always have a revolving selection of draft beer. This is a restaurant where you can easily and comfortably dine at the bar and not feel self conscious. I also notice that they have Amazon to go delivery available.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, People Watching, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Solid sustainable neighborhood seafood restaurant. Always impressed by the specials and the staples like lobster mac n' cheeese are fantastic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 3, 2017

It was really good food and the service was good as well. It's a fairly loud and cozy restaurant. If it had one shortcoming, it was that it took forever to get our before dinner cocktail. The cocktail was very, very good, but I did not order another solely because it took so long for the first one to arrive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The experience was ok, my wife food was delicious but my egg and steak was not what I expected. The sunny side up didn't compliment my meal. It's a nice venue, I will go back may will go back for brunch again.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We went for Sunday brunch, but the brunch menu was nothing like what is shown on your website. Our server and the bartender were great, but the food quality was not very good. I had the warm buttered lobster roll. I may be spoiled after living in Boston for 4 years, but what I got here was awful. The pre-cooked lobster meat had been chopped very finely and cooked again in butter, which resulted in rubbery lobster with crispy edges. Hubby had the steak and eggs, and his eggs were barely cooked, with lots of raw egg white left around the yolks. Unfortunately, there are much better brunch locations in Atlanta, so I doubt we will be back.

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

I like the relax feel of this place . Food was great ( fresh seafood I might add) and the service was even better . Just another great place in the Virginia highlands area to stop by and enjoy some real great fresh food .

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Always solid meal. Fish is fresh and service is attentive

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Calamari was soggy and they did replace, but declined. Trout special was good , not exceptional. Crab cakes app, delicious

Overall, would go back again. I will have to to say that their service is slow and weak. First time , so need to give more try's!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Terry was a great server and made the evening enjoyable overall. However, the paella was so-so (shrimp were good but the mussels hardly had any flavor), 'roasted' potatoes seemed fried, sheepshead was disappointing, and overall, the food seemed lackluster.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Erin our service was super top notch and 5 stars. The hostess was less than friendly or accommodating.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 15, 2017

the menu was outstanding. Presentation was the best. Our server, Daniel was wonderfully attentive and made some really good selections for both wine and food. We will definitely be back !

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great seafood from sustainable sources. Nice drink menu as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Wonderful food! We had two incredible fish dishes! Both specials both amazing!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 30, 2017

CONTINUES TO ELEVATE SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD CUISINE

Enjoyed a later evening Saturday meal on a warm summer night. The menu has changed for the season, and we started with the delicious crab and shrimp dip which has never disappointed. The seasonal menu offered a seafood platter which I could not resist--very generous portions of broiled seafood. My partner had the shrimp and grits which was also delectable.

The atmosphere is neighborhood-ish and the location in the very heart of Virginia-Highland is hard to beat. Well kept secret--park at the Highland Hardware lot and tell the valet you are patronizing Goin' Coastal and you will park for free.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

My first visit, but will definitely not be my last!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Afternoon Tea
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We first ordered a fish of the day coastal style and it was tasteless. For $30 we didn't feel like it was worth spending the money. Our waiter very graciously replaced our order with the lobster Mac and cheese which was to die for! Very good customer service! Very nice manager, hostess, and wait staff.

Tags: Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Goin' Coastal Va-Hi is one of the best seafood restaurants in Atlanta and, while not exactly inexpensive, you get more than you pay for. Monday whole Maine lobster and Wednesday oyster specials are great values. Servers are the best--attentive without being intrusive. The bar is friendly and fun. We live nearby and go often. It's a neighborhood gem and worth a drive across town.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Healthy, People Watching, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Absolutely average. The service was poor. The food was below average and overpriced for the presentation and lack of flavor. Our order was messed up. Our fish was cold and this restaurant has sadly become a waste of a good evening. Such a shame.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Fresh seafood, good experience!

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Hostess didn't say hello or welcome. Odd behavior. Service was slow. Food was good but came out in waves. Not sure what is going on with this place but something has changed.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Best seafood in Atlanta!! Always fresh. Staff are friendly. Eat at bar or table for great service, food and cocktails. A real gem in the VaHi neighborhood.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 15, 2017

This is one of my all time favorite places my only complaint is that the menu has changed and not in a good way the choices are limited. Before the menu offered more of a selection.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We love Goin' Coastal and enjoy having dinner there every few months. We usually just call ahead and reserve a couple seats at the bar. This past time we took my parents with us and so made a reservation the day before for a table. We enjoyed the usual delicious food and good, personalized service. It was a little loud for my father who wears hearing aids, but otherwise good atmosphere. It can be challenging to find parking as well, but worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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