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

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (67)
Good for Anniversaries (50)
Good for a Date (49)
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Business Meals (46)
Good for Birthdays (44)
Good for Groups (39)
Romantic (39)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Vibrant Bar Scene (36)
Worth the Drive (35)
Notable Wine List (33)
Bar Seating (33)
Fun (32)
Hot Spot (31)
Happy Hour (27)
People Watching (27)
Cozy (24)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Authentic (20)
Live Music (19)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Casual (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Seasonal (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Comfort Food (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great Beer (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Love Hal's-consistent great foood and great service. It is loud but the upstairs is better for carrying on conversation.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined 4 days ago

Alberto was awesome. Can’t believe we’ve waited this many years. Can’t wait to get back.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 4 days ago

Best gumbo I've ever had by far and the best steak I've ever had! And trust me, it hurts to say that cause Chops in Atlanta, Berns in Tampa and the Chophouse in Chicago were my favorites until now. I had the NY Strip Oscar style but couldn't put the bearnaise sauce on it cuz it didn't need it. Absolutely amazing experience. And the cherry on top is the ability to smoke a stogie at the bar. The ventilation was excellent!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Business Meals, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined 5 days ago

Although, we had great experience the only downer was that smoking was allowed in the bar area

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined 5 days ago

Overall was a good experience. Food was excellent, service was decent, prices were fair given the type place/menu....it is pretty loud downstairs so just heads up if you're expecting a quiet dinner, I knew this going in and mainly went for the experience and food. Would definitely go back, one of my favorite places now.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy
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·Dined 5 days ago

What a special Valentine’s Day dinner! The service is wonderful, the food Devine. We enjoyed chargrilled oysters ,mussels, and steak. The cocktails are nice and strong.
The best part of dining at Hal’s is the timing of the food. Each course is brought out to you with perfect timing. It is a true ding experience.... never rushed!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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·Dined 6 days ago

Nice date spot for couples, hanging out with friends, or business dinners

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·Dined 6 days ago

The food was incredible but our wait time to receive our food was excessive.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Always solid. Filet & french cut ribeye are a go to. Appetizers are better than the typical high end steak house, especially grilled oysters. Truffle mac & cheese always good. Creamed spinach is the only thing that is not worth ordering. Overall very hard to beat Hal’s in Buckhead.

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·Dined 7 days ago

The best steaks in town! Eclectic bar scene and great entertainment. One of my all time favorite restaurants!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything about my dining experience was amazing! Will definitely be dining there when in town!

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

The service was excellent. Our server made the dining experience fun. Food was great, wine was great, made for a very good evening! Thanks

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Didn't see server after we got food until we were done, so we got the mashed potatoes that never showed up in a to go box. Couldn't hear anything and sat next to some creepy old guy with 3 aspiring trophy wives.

Steak was very good as were the sides, but for a $200 tab I can probably go to a good butcher and cook my own steaks at home where I can hear myself speak.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Very good. Delicious! Loved the energy. Great date night.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

The steak was the best I’ve ever had! The service was great and the sides were phenomenal. Great dining experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great spot for a birthday. Little secluded table for conversation. Didn’t ask for it but was given it, lucky break. My favorite restaurant in Metro Atlanta.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Consistent. I was just there the following Thursday have Birthday Dinner. I enjoyed the food and service and it was a must to take hubby back. He is picky and only eat seafood and poultry. HE LOVED IT! I was so happy, that he was happy.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Love this place! The food and service is wonderful and you can’t beat the steaks! They’re cooked to perfection!

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

The steak was Amazing, one of the best that I have had compared to Bones, Capital Grill, or Rathbuns but their sides and table bread were terrible. I had a Caesar salad and truly have had better from the bag. I also had the mashed potatoes and I felt like I was eating congealed baby food. I was prepared to leave until the steaks came out and OMG, what andalvation! My husband had the lump crab salad that was speacial and quite a surprise. My recommendation skip the sides and have the main course and you will be fine. Spent almost 200$ for 2 people, was definitely not worth that.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great restaurant! Food was excellent. Service was on spot! One of the best steaks I have ever had!

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Hal's is the best steakhouse in the city. Their steaks are always amazing, as well as the rest of the food. Whenever I have friends visiting me in Atlanta, Hal's is the place to take them.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Organic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic, Hot Spot, Live Music, Bar Seating
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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Fabulous evening !!!

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Have been to Hal's several times but not in a few years. We dine out frequently and go to many top Atlanta restaurants. We had an 8:15 reservation and did not get seated until after 8:45. There was no place to stand to wait and we were getting pushed around by the large crowd at the bar. Once we were seated in the crowded upstairs our service was incredibly slow. We had appetizers and a salad then waited almost 30 minutes for or entrees. The food was ok but not worth the wait and it was so loud you could not have a conversation. Don't plan to go back any time soon. Will go to some of the other top steak houses around.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Love this place but very loud!

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was perfect!
Ask for Shawn or Dane for the very best service!

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food! Lobster Mac and Cheese is phenomenal.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Best steakhouse in the United States !

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Really terrible experience. We were there to celebrate a birthday and couldn’t even enjoy ourselves because we were pushed up against the bar in the main upstairs dining area. We could not enjoy dinner because we were constantly being hit in the back.

The service was terrible. One of the guest in our party was not happy with the way her steak was cooked, the waiter was giving her a hard time about sending it back. I havef never had this happen. Also, we had birthday cake and one of the guest got up to use the bathroom, the staff cleared her plate which still had cake on it without asking anyone at the table. We also bought a birthday cake that our waiter was rude about serving us. He suggested a cake on the menu.

I will not be attending this restaurant ever again. The food was so so but the service and ambiance of the restaurant was terrible.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Probably one of the top 10 meals of my life. Hal's has impeccable service from start to finish: greeters, waiters, busboys, bartenders, valet, etc.
We had a special oyster appetizer - excellent, perfect flavor, exactly as described. Two perfect steaks and accompanying past dish. Also attacked a chocolate grenache desert. We had wine during dinner from a very nice list - not marked up too much, probably 100% (probably better than average). Excellent, large cocktails - probably about $15 apiece but they were perfect.
All in all, nothing could have been done better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Always great!!!

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

What a disappointment! Hal’s WAS one of our favorite places to go but emphasis on WAS! There was a power outage but no one came to explain what was going on until fire trucks appeared and we flagged down a waiter who could not tell what caused the power outage but assured the kitchen continues to fulfill orders. In the meantime the fire alarms were sounding off and the hostesses were fanning the smoke away from the sensors. And the noise from the bar and the live singer trying to outdo the crowds is enough to give one a migraine! Out soup and salads never came but our steaks came but the waiter managed to spill the juice from my husband’s lamb chop all over him. Again no apologies and no clean napkin was offered until asked!!!! For a supposedly high end establishment, this night was a total disappointment. I don’t think we will ever return. Too many better options in Atlanta to pay for such disregard to customers!

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·Dined on February 1, 2018

Food was fantastic. Fun place with tremendous service. Hal’s was packed and very loud when we were there mid week.

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

First off, I love Hal's and always will. That said, the 4 of us were shouting at each other from the moment we were seated (upstairs) at 6PM (week night) until we hit the door on departure. It was just too dang loud...otherwise, we loved our server (Shawn was beyond fantastic), and everyone enjoyed their food but the noise level took away from an otherwise nice evening.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Fantastic food. Loved every minute of it the dining portion of the experience, however it was so loud that I could not hear any of the conversation that was taking place at the table I was sitting at. It make the overall experience rather difficult.

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Food good and service friendly and speedy. it was a busy night and noise level was high. We could enjoy some conversation later in the evening after many clients left. We Didn't have a long wait in line, had reservation and they were very accommodating about allowing us to add an extra person.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 30, 2018

Really good! Perhaps a little spendy, but it was really good!!

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·Dined on January 29, 2018

We were seated immediately and served delicious garlic bread. Our waiter, Alberto, recommended a wonderful Malbec meritage. I loved the Chilean sea bass, and my husband loved the ribeye. We were blown away by the creamed spinach. Wonderful!

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·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food was great and nice atmosphere.

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·Dined on January 27, 2018

One of the absolute best in Atlanta! The atmosphere is vibrant and fun! The food is outstanding!!

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·Dined on January 27, 2018

It took a really long time for our food to get to us, and the server added something to our bill we didn't order. He was sorry and took it off ASAP, but that was kind of strange. It is super dark in there, and the lights even went down more while we were there. They put us kind of back in a corner area, and it would have been nice to be where some of the action was.

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