About Hal's - Buckhead

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.

30 Old Ivy Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Bar opens at 4:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(404) 261-0025

Website:
http://www.hals.net/

Entertainment:
Piano Bar featuring a wide variety of music.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is complimentary. Self-park private lot also available.

Public Transit:
Piedmont & Habersham

Executive Chef:
Helton Silva

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Accommodations for both small & large parties! Optional audio/visual connections. Restaurant buy-outs are available. Please call or email for details and availability.

Hal's - Buckhead Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (70)
Good for Anniversaries (63)
Good for a Date (60)
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Business Meals (54)
Notable Wine List (42)
Good for Birthdays (42)
Romantic (41)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Worth the Drive (40)
People Watching (33)
Hot Spot (32)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Vibrant Bar Scene (30)
Good for Groups (29)
Bar Seating (28)
Fun (25)
Happy Hour (23)
Cozy (19)
Authentic (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Live Music (14)
Casual (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Tasting Menu (6)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a good meal with the steak being judged better than the lamb. The down side is that the restaurant is so dark that it is hard to see. The bread pudding was the best of all of the various items that we tried.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Everything was smooth 👍🍸🍷

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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

We always dine at Hal's when in Atlanta. Food, atmosphere, service, entertainment always top notch and consistent. Run into more people we know, so they must share our feelings...

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

Always exceptional in every arena including quality of food, service and atmosphere! Never disappoints

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

My wife and I, travel quite often and have been to several restaurants from California to Georgia. Although the food tasting was good it was way over priced where as I can get the same quality of food and Longhorn. I know and understand a high-end restaurant quality but for the price of my bone in ribeye and the ounce size I could have went to Longhorn maybe that's something you guys should look at thank you.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent food. Great place to celebrate our 26 wedding anniversary. Planning return on a date night.

Tags: Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Simply Hal’s never disappoints! Food and service is always great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Awful service. We had a reservation for 5 and we when got to the table, there were only 4 chairs and 4 place settings. We had to ask more than 3 separate times for silverware. When we finally got our meal, 4 of the 5 steaks came out together and the final steak took an additional 5 minutes. Finally, one of the steaks was extremely rare - still moo-ing. I love Hal’ but this was not a good experience

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Birthday, daughter! Fun night! Crowded but good atmosphere!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My bf has never been to Hal's so I decided to take him for date night. Unfortunately, our server was not attentive and took his time with everything. I literally watched him as he watched a football game as we waited for oh check. I've been to Hal's many times but this is, by far, the worst experiences I've had.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My birthday with family and fronds. The only place to be!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Hals is a great place for a good atmosphere and great food. The service is awesome.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent food and service.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Not sure what was going on but service was especially slow after waiting 45 minutes past our reservation time. All 3 fillets and the lobster special were over cooked. Waiter made no effort to address it other than bringing us 2 desserts that we didn't ask or care for. Extremely disappointed in what is usually a very good experience.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good overall first experience. Drinks a little strong. 4 of us ordered steak and only one was over cooked. They cooked a new steak for that person. Overall great atmosphere, just very noisy. Will most likely return.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Best Steak in Atlanta! My wife and I love spending special occasions at Hal's

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Go here once every two weeks or so. A go to for us. Classic steakhouse, louder fun and cigars. Awesome service and food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Neighborhood; expensive staple...prices have gotten beyond "reasonable" for a neighborhood steak/bar scene. Service by Dane, however is beyond first class.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The steaks are amazing. The tomato/onion salad was only so-so. Hal's continues to be noisy, including a very heated conversation at the table next to us -- but generally good. Definitely a place to experience at least once.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Although the food and service was good, I had to rate them one star because of the SMOKING! Who knew that there were restaurants “grandfathered in” who still allowed it. I think every smoker in Atlanta was in the bar and the smell and smoke wafted throughout the restaurant. It was also very noisy which we expected but that and the smoke made it an unpleasant evening.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Can't believe they still allow smoking in bar area... too loud. My dinner (Trout almandine) was no better than a fried fish finger that school's used to serve. Waiter / service was very good. But environment and food was awful!

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

I ordered my whiskey neat, but it came with ice. Turned it back and they just drained the drink and brought it back with water. I ordered another $63 shot to have it the way I wanted. Steaks needed more salt and was not as tender as I expected it would be from the acclaimed steakhouse. I recommend grass fed organic or at the very least better marbled cuts.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This place is incredible... Filet is second to none... If you have never been to Hal's... You have never been to the best steakhouse on the planet!!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great food, as always, and expertly prepared. Why the greeter would place us next to another table with guests in, basically, an empty dining room leaves me wondering. There were two couples at our table, and we requested separate checks for each couple. The waiter said no problem. I, for the life of me, cannot understand why that simple request could not be honored. Halfway through the meal, our waiter changed to someone else, leaving me wondering again... Been there before with no issues with the staff. Lighting so subdued you couldn’t read the menu without the flashlight on your cellphone .

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very good food. The staff was great. I will go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Overall wonderful. Service fantastic. Lig

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Took the wife back here for our 3 year anniversary, they did a great job complimenting our special occasion. We made it almost 30 min before our reservation, but we're still promptly sat. Good service, great entrées we had the filet and trout.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My husband had been threatening to take me to Hal's for years, and we finally went. It is a combination old school steak house and middle aged pick up joint, and is nothing if not anachronistic. I felt like I had been transported back to 1982. A piano player in stuffed into a corner played Kool and the Gang. We sat at the bar for a little while after arriving. It was packed. Bit of trouble with the wine list , which is very, very overpriced. Very few bottles under $100, and none you'd order. First, the wrong bottle came out, and it turned out two wines had the same number. Then, they didn't have the correct one, so we had to order something more expensive. All this took a while. We then took our bottle to the table, where our server asked "where did that come from?" The bar, I said. Nevertheless he said "we don't allow outside wine" and proceeded to pick up the bottle (which had been opened at the bar) to inspect it, and spilled it on me. Fortunately, things improved markedly from there. We started with an appetizer special, flash fried lobster with a very tasty sauce. It was quite good. A tomato and onion salad was ordinary, but fresh. I ordered grilled salmon as the main course. I was told it came with creamed spinach, but got steamed spinach instead. My husband ordered the osso buco, which was served with angel hair pasta and marinara. The salmon was well prepared, medium as I ordered, and was very good. The osso buco was very good, tender and tasty. I don't really get the angel hair pasta with such a hearty piece of meat, and the pasta was a bit overcooked. Roasted asparagus was done very nicely. I'm glad I went to Hal's, for the spectacle as much as anything. I have to say that I was surprised that the food at Hal's was so good. If it wasn't for the grossly overpriced wine list, I would probably go again.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Hal's came on a recommendation from a friend and the steak was amazing! Every now and then, steakhouses will "overcook" a steak (I'm a medium rare guy) but this was cooked as close to perfect as you can get. I had the filet medallions and it was outstanding. The only issue I had was with the ambience. My wife and I were upstairs and it was really noisy. But other than that, it was a great meal

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Another awesome time & meal at Hals . Can't wait for the next one

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Food and service was excellent as promised. Cigar smoking is allowed at the bar, of that bothers some (not me).

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This place came highly recommended from a friend who has a child who lives in area. Whenever we visit a new town, we prefer local steak houses rather than a chain and this was a bit of a disappointment for us. We didn't feel the bone in ribeye was as good as other steak houses we have visited. Server was very robotic, but good. Bathroom is in the kitchen, which was very odd to me. Overall, fair steakhouse for the price not exceptional.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food took forever. Drinks took forever. Food was salty. Will not go back. And I'm not picky ever!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Lovely place! First class service. Amazing food! Can't say enough wonderful things.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Organic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food and our server were amazing. The only drawback was the bartender, because we had to send the drink back three times and finally gave up. Just couldn't get our drink right. But it was the best filet I've ever had and some of the best service I've ever received. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

What a great restaurant! Would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in treating themselves.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Exceptional place, ambiance maximum. Hal's is the best steak in the world!! It's an experience to eat and drink at Hal's.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Hal's was highly recommend from a friend so i gave them a try but was disappointed with steaks ...i have had better at lower cost...the service was good ...

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Dinner was fantastic, service was on par, and very much enjoyed the ambiance. Always a great experience at Hal's!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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