The Best Places to Eat in Atlanta

The OpenTable Team

When one thinks of classic Atlanta cuisine, soul food may spring to mind—comforting staples like fried chicken, green beans, grits, waffles, and mouth-wateringly good pecan pie. In recent years, Atlanta’s culinary repertoire has blossomed into something new. It’s now home to world-class chefs that are transforming traditional cuisines by throwing Asian, Ethiopian, and even Colombian influences into the mix. Now, almost anything goes. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. These Atlanta restaurants are the cream of the crop. They each raise the bar, offering not only recommendation-worthy dishes but also wonderful atmospheres and first-class service.

Restaurants:Buckhead Diner - PRIORITY SEATING, Basil’s Restaurant and Tapas Bar, La Petite Maison - Atlanta
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Mediterranean, French
Neighborhoods:Buckhead, Sandy Springs

Buckhead Diner - PRIORITY SEATING

$$$$·American·
Buckhead
5,035 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
Despite the name, this establishment is hardly a typical diner slinging pancakes and French fries. For more than 30 years, the Atlanta landmark has topped local best-of lists. LocaRead more
94% recommended
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Basil’s Restaurant and Tapas Bar

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Buckhead
554 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
From the contemporary artwork on the wall to the lattice-back chairs, Basil’s Restaurant & Tapas Bar has an edgy, sophisticated vibe that promises something special from the get-goRead more
91% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Atlanta / Georgia

La Petite Maison - Atlanta

$$$$·French·
Sandy Springs
1,811 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
A lot of places use the word “bistro” to describe the atmosphere, and few take it to heart. But at La Petite Maison, it's the real deal, complete with authentic cuisine redolent ofRead more
99% recommended
Best Overall in Atlanta / Georgia

C&S Seafood & Oyster Bar - Vinings

$$$$·Seafood·
Vinings
2,920 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
C&S Seafood & Oyster Bar offers a true rarity in Atlanta: an authentic raw bar, complete with a huge variety of oysters on the half shell. Created by Rich Clark, a former manager oRead more
97% recommended
Seafood in Atlanta / Georgia

Anis Cafe and Bistro

$$$$·French·
Buckhead
3,553 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Thanks to Anis Café and Bistro, diners don’t have to travel to France to sample authentic Provençal cuisine. In fact, they don't have to leave Atlanta at all. Inspired by his familRead more
96% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Atlanta / Georgia

Kyma - Atlanta

$$$$·Greek·
Buckhead
4,832 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Created by the legendary Atlanta chef and entrepreneur Pano I. Karatassos (who is the former owner of another iconic Atlanta eatery, Pano’s & Paul’s), Kyma is more than a seafood rRead more
94% recommended

Bistro Niko

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Buckhead
7,120 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
With their black lacquered tables, polished brass rails, and upholstered mahogany booths, Bistro Niko looks more like an elegant 1920s Parisian café patronized by American expatriaRead more
96% recommended

Le Fat

$$$$·Vietnamese·
West Midtown
729 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
Warm and inviting, Le Fat offers a respite — and not just from the hubbub of Midtown Atlanta. The Vietnamese menu shakes things up, taking a step away from the city's typical offerRead more
83% recommended
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King + Duke

$$$$·American·
Buckhead
2,786 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
In the mood for something completely different? This library-themed, multi-level restaurant that showcases a gobsmacking 24-foot open hearth, where meals are cooked over a cracklinRead more
87% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Atlanta / Georgia

JCT Kitchen and Bar

$$$$·American·
West Midtown
5,487 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
  • Special Occasion
This uber-cool rooftop bar and restaurant is the ultimate sophisticated urban hangout, and the contemporary cuisine is every bit as enjoyable as the breathtaking view of the sky liRead more
92% recommended
American in Atlanta

Corner Cafe - PRIORITY SEATING

$$$$·American·
Buckhead
771 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
Corner Café deserves their distinction as one of the most iconic restaurants in Atlanta, thanks to their daily array of fresh, baked-on-site breads and pastries. Open for breakfastRead more
88% recommended
Great for Brunch in Atlanta / Georgia
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Sufi's Atlanta

$$$$·Persian·
Buckhead
177 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Since 2010, Sufis has reigned supreme as Atlanta’s premier Persian restaurant. The secret to their success is their commitment to excellent traditional Persian cuisine. In additionRead more
90% recommended
Best Food in Atlanta

Davio's - Atlanta

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Buckhead
1,600 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Founded by famed chef Steve DiFillippo, Davios combines two classic cuisines — steakhouse and Northern Italian — to create a surprisingly adventurous menu. Specialties include a raRead more
87% recommended
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Chops

$$$$·Steak·
Buckhead
5,288 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
It's impossible to ignore Chops Lobster Bar — this is not a typical seafood restaurant. Cross the threshold into the dining room and behold the dazzling, golden brick arched ceilinRead more
93% recommended
Steak in Atlanta

Murphy's

$$$$·American·
Virginia Highland
3,311 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
Set in the trendy Virginia Highlands neighborhood, Murphy’s serves upscale comfort food, which is to say contemporary versions of down-home favorites. These include many Southern cRead more
96% recommended
Great for Brunch in Atlanta / Georgia
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The Optimist

$$$$·Seafood·
West Midtown
6,136 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Atlanta may be landlocked, but there’s plenty of fresh seafood close by, and The Optimist ships in favorites like Gulf shrimp from neighboring Alabama, as well as local Georgia rivRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in Atlanta / Georgia

Terra Terroir

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Brookhaven
1,099 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
Stepping inside Terra Terroir is stepping inside one of Atlanta’s most stunning dining rooms. The warm redwood and blue tones are livened up with contemporary art and photography. Read more
97% recommended
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Antica Posta

$$$$·Italian·
Buckhead
1,581 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Antiqua Posta is anything but a typical Italian restaurant. Owned by Marco and Sandro Betti, two brothers who grew up in the Tuscan hills outside Florence, this elegant eatery is tRead more
98% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Atlanta / Georgia

UMI

$$$$·Sushi·
Buckhead
1,872 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Over the years, Atlanta has had its share of sushi restaurants, but few have become as iconic as Umi. Polished wood is set off with gold lighting, giving the atmosphere an air of lRead more
99% recommended
Best Food in Atlanta / Georgia
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Beetlecat

$$$$·American·
Midtown
Stepping into BeetleCat is like stepping into another era. Retro furnishings, like a rotary phone and LP records, fill the space. The illusion continues with fresh seafood reminiscRead more
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