Hal's - Buckhead

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3180 reviews
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A restaurant that triumphs in taste over trend, Hal's is not the typical highbrow restaurant so often equated with food of this quality. It is a place of white table cloths, flowers, warm brick, & candlelight.
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JJ
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

First visit. Had a very good meal (except for the wedge salad dressing). Steaks were cooked to perfection. A nice restaurant but very loud atmosphere - had a hard time hearing the conversation across the table.

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded 3 days ago

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us! Please introduce yourself to Stephanie at the Front door next time you dine with us so she can make sure you get a table in a quieter location so that you may fully enjoy your next visit with us!

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k
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

you don't want to know! It was my wife's birthday dinner. Service was good .. steaks came out way under-cooked or way over cooked. asparagus was raw... Sucked

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded a day ago

Hello, We are terribly sorry to hear your experience with us was not up to the standard of excellence we strive for. If you could please reach out to Stephanie at 404-261-0025 we would be happy to assure your next visit with us reflects the quality of both service and taste we are known for.

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MF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best filets in the country! We go there often. Very loud on Friday nights after 7pm but other than that, always excellent.

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Mark, We love to hear from our happy customers! If you would like for your next reservation ask the hostess for a quieter area of the restaurant and we will do our best to accommodate that so the noise does not interfere with your dining experience with us!

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MP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite restaurants - always a great steak! Scott our server did a great job not rushing us.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat! Would definitely recommend trying it. Steak and lobster tail was amazing

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KG
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are Hal's regulars. On this occasion I got into a bit of a squable with the waiter. So I cut his tip and told him. But it was a big check. He might not have noticed that I cut his tip by $15.

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Kerwin, We would love to make sure this never happens again! Would you mind private messaging us with the server name so we can assure your next reservation goes off without a hitch? We strive to make sure all our customers, especially our regulars, are always treated with the utmost respect and care and feel this falls below that standard!

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SS
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love going to Hal's as it is a local favorite. The crowd is always interesting. If you love meat, their steaks are the best in town for the value. The fish they serve is always fresh and even though we went on a crowded night, the service was excellent.

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OT
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Appetizers and sides were excellently prepared, steak was a tad overdone but the flavor was great.

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HA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Our favorite steak house anywhere. Always a great time. Excellent steak and the service was amazing. We will be back.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sent clients tag moved to Atlanta.

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C
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was fabulous. Two of three steaks slightly over cooked but still delicious.

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BF
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience. My steak (bone-in filet) was the best I’ve had in recent memory. A wonderful experience for a special night. Highly recommended!

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BC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food - would highly recommend- only problem is the noise level- difficult to have a conversation with business clients

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LP
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best value steak in town - it's prepared perfectly, tastes as good or better than the more expensive steakhouses. We ate in the upstairs rooftop sunroom - we had a lovely view of the city on a sunny evening. Our waiter Ellis was very professional and courteous with great wine recommendations. Can't wait to go back!

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded on April 4, 2019

Thank you so much for the review, we love hearing from customers about their experience! Personally the sunroom is my favourite also, I love a pretty view with a delicious dinner! We can't wait to have you back again, don't forget to try our lobster lebeaux a customer favourite!

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TW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You won't be disappointed going to Hal's. It can get pricey. But, the portions are enormous. So, keep that in mind. Some of the competing restaurants at this level always leave me feeling a little let down - that was good but. However, there was no let down at Hal's.

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded on April 4, 2019

Thank you so much for the review, we love hearing from customers about their experience! We look forward to continuing to impress you and all our customers with our food and service standard of excellence!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Very bad service
Table was the near waiters station

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JJ
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The atmosphere is wonderful - seems like a step back in time. Love that there is music. The service was great, though the server forgot to give me my cc back and I had to wait for the hostess to find him. Otherwise, top notch service. I had the bone in tenderloin - very tasty. Lots of butter though and along with the sauteed spinach in butter and the mashed potatoes - maybe too much butter overall. These are the sides that come along with meal. Next time, I will order the a la carte side a pay a little more.
$$ - expensive restaurant. My steak was $58.

Would still recommend for service and all around appeal.

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded on April 4, 2019

Hello, We are pleased to hear you enjoy our time with us, although I am sorry there was a little trouble with the cc from the waiter! I'm happy the hostess jumped in to help, please introduce yourself to Stephanie at the front door on your next visit! Also do not hesitate to ask the server to hold butter on any items, as we happily cook our items to taste for our customers! I recommend the mac and cheese as a side for your next visit, or our barbant potatoes which have options on toppings!

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BC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our waiter was a bit awkward. He made lots of assumptions with our orders.

-He said hot lobster and it came fried
-Brought the wrong drink at first
-Didn't read out specials how they usually do
-He was a bit awkward. And made a comment saying my mom would feel comfortable in a bar since other elders are there... it wasn't nice.

I'm not one to write review but it just made the experience less spectacular. I wish our waiter was as spectacular as the others.

The food was awesome... but service wasn't what I usually get from this place.

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded on April 4, 2019

Hi Britt, We are sorry to hear you did not experience the standard of service we feel to be of the utmost importance here at Hals! Please message me the name and date of your reservation, so I may make note on your account to ensure that in all future visits you are seated with our most seasoned servers! We certainly appreciate the feed back and look forward to your next visit!

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EW
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining experience at Hal’s was absolutely fantastic! We had a great meal, awesome service and fellowship with friends.

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded on April 4, 2019

Thank you so much for the review, we love hearing from customers about their experience! We can't wait to have you back again!

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W
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was good as always. Eaten here many times and never had any issues.

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R
Atlanta
169 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hal's has become a warm, friendly, comfortable local steak house for us. The food, service, and location is very good for us. It appears to be a local "hidden jem" that we have come to enjoy.

Robert has now been our waiter several times & he takes care of us so well. He already knows my wife's allergies, the wines & bourbons we like, and he makes very good recommendations. The entire staff is very accommodating, helpful, and the meals have been excellent and always prepared "Right On."

We have guests coming from out of town soon & we will be back at Hal's again.

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CD
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Business related dinner. Server was top notch. All at the table ordered fish for dinner. My sea bass special was cooked just right. Good sauce. One of my other colleagues had the swordfish, but he left a part that was inedible. We sat upstairs and it was quieter than downstairs with bar action and piano bar. Good meal but a little too rich for our corporate expense policy.

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OT
Atlanta
94 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Great for the hearing non-impaired. We dined at Hal's at 6:15pm on a Wed night, hardly the peak of entertainment time. It was so loud, my husband and I couldn't talk. We had to ask the server to repeat
everything at least twice.
The food was very good and, in fact, the lobster bisque was among the best I've had. It's up in the air whether or not we'll return. We enjoy talking to and hearing one another.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We asked for a table in a quiet section since it was our 48th anniversary. Great food. Great service. Noisy.

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AS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ask for Bobby, excellent server. Management came by table to ensure everything was to our liking. Sea bass, filet, oysters, cream spinach is the way to go!

Bradley and Sammy do a fantastic job. Can’t wait to go back with family.

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently, for the past 20 years, Hal's serves the very best steaks in Atlanta! The service remains impeccably flawless and the atmosphere IS truly Atlanta! Oh, and I promise, you'll be craving that side dish you devoured a week afterwards!

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded on April 4, 2019

We love hearing from our long standing regulars, especially when they validate our continual strive towards a standard of excellence in taste and service!

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BC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

45 minute wait despite a reservation on a Saturday night. They offered us some complimentary apps and drinks to make up for it and then put the charges on the bill at the end. A very disappointing outing for a typically stellar establishment.

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SL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hal's is always absolutely perfect!
The food is spectacular, the service is unbeatable and you're never disappointed!

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WH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 5ambience 1

Have been going to Hal's for over 10 years, this was second time in a row we did not get requested seating which we have been getting. Made request more then week in advance and no explanation.

Will not be going back.

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded on March 28, 2019

Hello, While we are not always able to accommodate requests for seating, we are happy to update your account to include your seating preference so that whenever able, we can make sure to honor that preference! If you would like to reach with your reservation name or phone number I am happy to look into this matter and make sure to accommodate that specific seating preference on your next visit, so that you have the best experience possible!

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WM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

Made reservations for a special occasion 2 1/2 weeks in advance. Got the table closest to the bar with a hallway directly behind me. For the prices they charge I expect the noise level to be low enough to hear a table conversation. Instead we got “Spring Break in Cancun” on MTV. Made it extraordinarily difficult to enjoy what would have been the best steak of my life.

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded on March 28, 2019

Hello, We are sorry to hear your last experience with us did not live up to the Hal's experience we strive to give every customer. While we can not control the noise level of a busy weekend night in the restaurant, we can do our best to accommodate you with seating that removes you from the noise as much as possible! Please reach out with your contact information so we may update your account to reflect the quieter seating preference so you may have the best experience with us possible!

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P
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Classic Atlanta restaurant with outstanding food, service and variety in menu. Not for those seeking an ambiance that will allow intimate conversation as the tables are super close and the noise is extremely loud. Great service from wait staff. Unfortunately, hostesses and female barkeeps are scantily clad and give off a cheap impression for such an established restaurant. Food is impeccable however amd can’t be beat for quality and price point.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I have been going to Hal’s for twenty years and I love this restaurant. However, the last few visits have been disappointing with the lack of service and arrogance of a few waiters. I am not hard to please but rude behavior is unacceptable. Food is always impeccably prepared and delicious. Getting your wine in the middle of your meal after waiting and served with a growl is not. I will go back but will be not served by this waiter.

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded on March 28, 2019

Hello, We are terribly sorry to hear your last experience did not live up to what we believe to be the Hal's standard of service. We certainly agree that rude behavior, and untimely service is unacceptable. Please reach out with your contact information or call Stephanie at 404-261-0025 so we may assure you receive the standard of excellence we strive to uphold on your next visit with us.

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A
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

The hostess seated us and the table was in an awkward location in the restaurant. We asked to move but she said no this is my favorite seat and we didn't push on it. Servers bumped into our table at least 5 times. Food was good though. They don't allow wine from outside at all even with a corkage fee. The wine by the glass menu is very limited. It was just very busy and hectic. Not a great place to go to wind down on a Friday evening after a long work week.

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded on March 28, 2019

Hello, We are sorry to hear your last experience did not live up to what we believe to be the Hal's standard of excellence. Please reach out with your contact information or call Stephanie at 404-261-0025 so we may assure you receive better seating, in a quieter area, so you may fully enjoy your next dinner with us!

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MM
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had new friends move to ATL and I’d been raving about Hal’s for years. Hal’s once again did not disappoint and we had a delicious meal. Looking forward to my next visit.

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heath was FANTASTIC! Loved our food— especially the lobster Mac n cheese! Great experience and ambience!

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PS
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Enjoyed this restaurant for the past five years while in town for business, this past Friday night was a huge disappointment. This restaurant must have changed suppliers as the food that was simply unedible for myself and guest. Very embarrassing, as I really talked the place up, I will certainly miss the old Hal's and look forward to finding the next one. Management was non-responsive and really spent more time kissing butt at another table than concern himself with two unedible fillets. Seriously, how do you screw up beef tenderloin??

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R
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Hal's is an Atlanta icon and I always love taking clients/family/friends there because because it is unique and definetly a part of Buckhead history. The biggest complaint I have is that the food (steaks, sea bass, Brussel sprouts, mushrooms, escargot, bread, pasta) all tasted like it had been cooked in pure butter. Yes, butter is good and makes everything taste great, but not in everything. That was my biggest disappointment. The bar scene is one of a kind and it is always bustling and busy and where else can you still find "happy hour" with a piano man? The bar tenders and servers are MORE than accommodating and take such good care of you. It was my daughter's 21st birthday and I wanted her to have the best steak in Atlanta but it disappointed.

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded on March 28, 2019

Hello, We are terribly sorry to hear your last experience did not live up to what we believe to be the Hal's standard of excellence. Please ask for Stephanie upon your next visit with us so we can make sure your steak and food comes out exactly to your liking! The pasta, sea bass and brussel sprouts are actually not cooked in or with any butter but oil, so would be happy to have the chef use light oil, or tailor any menu selections to your liking upon your next visit with us!

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RC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Table for 2 was small against a wall. Server was on time but did not really care about us. 39th anniversary and we ordered cocktails but had to get a waiter going by to get us second serving of water. Asked about potatoes and server replied" they are listed on menu". I knew that but had left glasses in car. When meal was over server asked what we wanted for dessert and we declined
. He advised it was comped to us so he was bringing it anyway so what did we want? We declined. Not very pleasant server so we ate and left.

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded on March 28, 2019

Hello, We are terribly sorry to hear your last experience did not live up to what we believe to be the Hal's standard of service. Please reach out with your contact information or call Stephanie at 404-261-0025 so we may assure you receive the standard of excellence we strive to uphold on your next visit with us.

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EC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entire experience was excellent from the valet to the wait staff. Our waiter offered suggestions when prompted, was courteous and prompt. I can not say enough about the food! Simply amazing.

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CC
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful steakhouse with a neighborhood feel. Mouthwatering filets, yummy sides to share and a great martini! Best meal in a long time!

Hal's - Buckhead
Responded on April 4, 2019

We are so happy to hear you experienced our favourite things here at Hals! Martini's and filets! We look forward to seeing you again really soon! I recommend trying out our espresso martini next time (it's a customer favourite!)

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