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 (59)
Good for a Date (51)
Good for Anniversaries (50)
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Business Meals (47)
Good for Birthdays (36)
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Notable Wine List (34)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Worth the Drive (33)
Vibrant Bar Scene (31)
Hot Spot (28)
Happy Hour (27)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Fun (26)
Good for Groups (26)
People Watching (26)
Bar Seating (26)
Cozy (18)
Live Music (17)
Authentic (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Casual (11)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Seasonal (5)
Local Ingredients (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Healthy (1)
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Organic (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Impressive presentation and very knowledgeable server for food as well as wine pairing. Of course the food was out of this world as it always is. It was very crowded and so hard to hear but price you pay for going somewhere so popular. And popular for good reason!

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food & meal as always! Lobster appetizer and lamb chops were fabulous!!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 5 days ago

Best restraunt in Atlanta! Love the bar and service was impeccable!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (Nashville)·Dined 6 days ago

Great spot...food was unbelievable and service top notch.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Very good food , very good options, steak was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was superb as always. Appetizers took awhile and server comped without us asking. Beyond that service was excellent. Perfectly cooked steaks, Delicious Burbant potatoes with carmelized onions, special app of flash fried oysters with crab were the highlights. If you have room for dessert, the bread pudding is a perfect ending. Loved the pianist; when we left patrons were surrounding the piano singing along.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We went after The Big Bulldogs SEC championship victory, the place was very crowded. The staff did all they could to keep us informed, just a busy night, and well worth the wait. Reservation was made on open table, and we had to wait due to the oversized crowd. We were about 45 minutes late on being seated, just have to understand the situation and this huge holiday crowd.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had made a reservation about a week in advance. We we arrived to the restaurant it was very busy. We ended up having to wait 45 minutes for our table. We were comped an appetizer. Not the servers fault and he was great to us.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Hal's on Old Ivy is as sharp as a new suit, yet as comfortable as an old shoe. Returning to dine is a return to service, and outstanding drinks, appetizers, steaks, and desserts.

While the beef on the menu is the main attraction to Hal's, the seafood is legend-worthy as well. Oyster appetizers were delicious, prepared ala Drago's in New Orleans, over an open fire grill.

I've eaten before, and I'll be sure to return - I've said it before, and I'll say it again - Hal's is such a fun place to dine. Try it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The best, most mouth-watering bone-in filet you could ask for. Always an energetic crowd, superb staff, fantastic piano player & all-around great people watching!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Late-night Find
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Much too noisy, loud, but food and service were excellent. Sea bass special was perfectly prepared.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 29, 2017

I love this place. It’s the way a steakhouse should be. It reminds me of great steakhouses many years ago. We had a wonderful meal and Tom, our server, was great. It was a terrific dining experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great ambiance, great food, and excellent service. Will be back for sure!

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Hal's was fantastic. Service was incredible and the food was delicious. Highly recommended for any occasion.

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The waiter we had at the beginning of the evening wasn’t very attentive and the overall service was horrible. The manager came over and made things better but it definitely made the evening one to forgot. We had problems with the food and how it was ordered. Not sure what the problem was but it’s not something that I’ve been accustomed to at Hal’s. There are so many decent steakhouses in Atlanta that I would hesitate before I go back.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

I had reservations at 7 pm pm a Friday night. We were 10 minutes late but were promptly seated upstairs at a cozy table in a corner away from the hustle and bustle of waiter traffic. This was not my first trip to Hal's. I've been going there for 25 years. The ambiance and noise level can sometimes be very loud but it was just right on this trip. After hearing about the specials I ordered the lobster tempura and crabmeat appetizer and the red snapper franchese which is always on the menu. My girlfriend ordered trout. All of it was excellent and the piece of snapper that I had was the best snapper that I've had in 15 years. Service was on point and we never felt rushed but were in and out in 1 hour. Very good experience overall!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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 on November 20, 2017

Service was awesome! Food was awesome!

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Everything was smooth 👍🍸🍷

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Nice atmosphere and great food

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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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vip
 (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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I'm a steak guy and it's always my go-to cuisine when I visit a city. So, I've dined in many steak and chop house restaurants. If you're looking for an authentic, fun, great menu, energetic, and delicious steakhouse with great service, Hal's is the place ! You will enjoy the experience like I did. I will definitely go back when in Atlanta. It was a great meal.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Live Music
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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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vip
 (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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