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

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (65)
Good for a Date (52)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
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Business Meals (46)
Good for Birthdays (44)
Romantic (40)
Good for Groups (38)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Notable Wine List (38)
Bar Seating (33)
Worth the Drive (32)
Vibrant Bar Scene (27)
Hot Spot (26)
Happy Hour (26)
Fun (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
People Watching (21)
Cozy (20)
Live Music (18)
Authentic (15)
Casual (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Tasting Menu (8)
Seasonal (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

Great meal as usual, cannot go wrong with the filet. Service was spot on as well.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Nashville)·Dined 2 days ago

First time here....can't wait to come back! Was here for a business dinner...what a great experience! Barrel cut filet; lobster stuffed w/crab app and the Mac and Cheese....YES PLEASE! Funny...I asked the waiter what I should order...even though I am not a beef eater...he suggested the filet...he said "it's an experience". He was right!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 2 days ago

We had a great meal - the oysters were a great start and the steaks and sides a great finish with excellent cocktails along the way! I will be back and an from Baltimore / Washington DC!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Perfect; old school high-end steakhouse chic. One of the best steaks I’ve ever had, and the service was excellent - attentive without being in the way.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Savannah)·Dined 6 days ago

The steaks are amazing and the mac and cheese is delicious. Great wine list!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

We took my Dad to Hal’s for his 70th birthday. It was fantastic. Our waiter was efficient, friendly and very well informed. The food was exceptional. If you are looking for a wonderful meal this is the place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 6 days ago

Never disappoints!

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·Dined 6 days ago

This was our first time to Hal's. We will definitely be back. We arrived well ahead of our reservation, but they were able to seat us immediately. The waiter was new, but very knowledgeable with a great sense of humor. All of our courses we served as expected. We were never rushed nor ignored. Overall, an excellent dining experience.

We moved to the bar after dinner. As the place was very full, we were extremely fortunate to find a table. We were served by a brand new (5th day) cocktail waitress that was very friendly and efficient. My wife enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine while I smoked a cigar. I was truly impressed with how well & quickly the smoke dissipated. When we first arrived, I would not have believed this was a smoking bar.

Overall, our experience at Hal's exceeded our high expectation! The food, drinks and service all were top shelf. We look forward to coming back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Sports, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 6 days ago

We had a wonderful dinner for the 6 of us. Steaks for 5 and the special sea bass for me! All was fantastic. The special appetizer lobster was the best i’ve ever had. Hal’s is a place to go to celebrate-not a cozy date night. Sure the noise level is loud, you just have to be louder!!
Enjoy the wonderful food and service!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined 6 days ago

We love Hal’s...We have been coming here for years to celebrate special occasions, and it never disappoints. Favorite restaurant ever...

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·Dined 6 days ago

We had a large party of 8 that was greatly taken care of by our waiter, Guido. Everything was delivered in an appropriate amount of time. Easy to hear all conversation and a fun environment!

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food and service was fantastic. We sat at the bar before our table was ready and the bartender was very nice and accommodating. Our waiter was also excellent. He gave suggestions and was prompt with all the drinks, appetizers and entree. Great experience!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Always love going to Hal’s. It is a must when in Atlanta. Been going for years!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Food was amazing, the flow is service was great, we will definitely be back

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Best steak I've had in Atlanta by a long shot. Try the Hal's special, the french-cut bone-in ribeye with the cajun seasoning, and a side of the truffle mac and cheese. Also, only go here on the weekends if you are looking for a very energetic and lively scene. Although the setting is romantic, the vibe does not cater to a nice quiet romantic night out. Go here to have fun with friends, eat amazing steak and seafood, smoke at the bar, listen to live music, gawk at the drunk well-to-do locals, and have one or two more drinks than you planned on having.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fun, Live Music, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

It was awesome!! Steak was amazing and waiter was great!! Ambiance was perfect.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

TERRIBLE - I expected a High End Stakehouse and not to walk into a 1970 Disco. The music was so loud, even upstairs where we sat. They are smoking cigars and cigarettes downstairs in the bar and the disgusting smell hangs in the whole building.
The steaks were undercooked, the Capaccio and salad was served like I was at some Junk food place down the street.
I had heard wonderful things about this place but it was the WORST Steakhouse I have ever seen.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Love it! 5 Stars!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Lamb chops were delicious and the duck was fantastic!

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Best in Atlanta by far!! If you have never been there definitely go. If your visiting Atlanta, somewhere you don’t want to miss. My wife and I have always enjoyed Hal’s. Food and atmosphere the best in town.

Tags: Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was great, but we showed up 15 minutes early for our reservation and had to wait an hour and 15 minutes.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve dinner

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Took over 30 mins to get seated. Noise level way too loud couldn't even talk to each other at the table. Service was slow and seating was way too cramped. Room temp was cold and by second bite of steak it was cold. Would not recommend to anyone

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went there for New Years for an early dinner and were not disappointed. We did have to wait quite a while even though we had a reservation but the food was wonderful and the wait staff was very attentive.

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Live Music
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Escargot were nice and plump but were totally tasteless as the butter/ garlicsauce had very little but and tasted only like unsalted butter. Don't waste your money. Strip steak was superb but large rib eye was undercooked (instead of medium rare was closer to rare) which given the dark suroundings was unable to be seen so it was just mushy. At 6:45 pm they were out of 2 of thewines we orderd and we had to go with a third choice which was fine but disappointing that on a New Year's Eve they would be out of wine before 7pm.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve and we got the special - bone-in filet. It was fantastic. Hal's is amazing.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was awesome and the service was even better. Loud and smoky but a great time!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Concerned about the pot holes at entrance and poor quality of the dining room chairs.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Have eaten at many restaurants in Atlanta and was looking for a special place to celebrate a special occasion so went to Open Table and came across Hal’s, reviews were excellent. We had a great table overlooking Buckhead and in distance Atlanta, but the
Service (Dave) and Food was what made the night. Steaks were incredible. Will definelty be coming back....

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 29, 2017

One of a kind!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 29, 2017

There seemed to be some sort of frat party gathering tonight - I’ve been several times but the birthday girl had not. I spent an hour and a half apologizing for the nonsense that was the table behind us. Many glances were exchanged amongst the diners and the group was the talk of the valet area, but no one intervened to ask that the f bombs be kept to a minimum (yes, I mentioned the intrusion to my waiter).

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Birthday for my wife

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

As usual, the food was excellent.
However, as it got busier the service level declined. We were a two top in a sea of fuller tables. A second drink was never delivered. The server whipped by on his way to another table and said "so, no dessert tonight folks?" "I'll get your check." In other words, no offer of dessert, nothing about the drink order.
All in all, the poorest experience we have had at Hal's. We will no doubt try again, but are disappointed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Hal's serves good food but the crowded dining room and the terribly loud noise is enough for me to wait another 18 years before I return!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The best steakhouse in Atlanta and one of the best i’ve experienced period.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Our waiter was top notch, like I'm used to from living in Chicago and NY, service this good is a rare find in Atlanta. Oops, our appetizer was bused from the table before finishing it, we got an extra plate gratis due to the error by inexperienced bus person. The live piano music is absolutely a hoot to hang out with after dinner. Oh yeah, steaks and LA garlic bread are yummy! Cocktails are top shelf, filled to the brim. A good time was had by all. Recommend and we'll be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Everyone we encountered was wonderful, food was divine! New fave!

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We celebrated my mother’s retirement at Hal’s. Service was outstanding the food was delicious, high quality steak and fish, and the piano bar was lively.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Overall...great! Drunks at the bar kinda hurt the experience.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

This place has great food. I was not disappointed in any way. Surpassed all expectations. Some of the best steak I have ever had. Mac and cheese was great too. I could go on and on. Just do yourself a flavor and go there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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