no. 246

4.7
1444 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
No. 246 is an Italian-inspired, locally sourced restaurant from Ford Fry and Drew Belline. The menu features simple preparations of wood-fired cuisine that showcase the quality of farm fresh ingredients.

For a unique and personal view of the restaurant, we offer seating nightly at our Chef's Counter, overlooking the kitchen, or at our communal Black Sheep Table. For $65 per person (up to four people), the Chef’s Counter will tailor a special four-course dinner with the best ingredients the season has to offer. The Black Sheep Table, $50 per person (up to 12 people), offers a custom family-style dining experience.

All reservations for the Chef’s Counter and Black Sheep Table MUST be made by phone –678-399-8246 – and at least 24 hours in advance. For details on these experiences and also for large party information, please visit our website.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch: saturday - sunday 11:00 - 3:00; Dinner: sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm; monday - thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, friday - saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(678) 399-8246
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Drew Belline
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Church Street
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Parking details
There is ample street parking throughout Decatur or there are two lots on the north corners of Church and Ponce.
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Public transit
The Decatur MARTA station is one block south of our location.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Kaylen Isabella at kisabella@fordfry.com for special event information.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1444 People Are Saying
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DW
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service! Would definitely go again!

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m
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing culinary experience and atmosphere! Service was superb! Highly recommend and we will definitely be back!

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CR
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The chicken marsala was enjoyed by everyone at the table. Service was just OK but would definitely recommend coming to try if in the area.

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n
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neil was a great server

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great everything but too loud.

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j
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My son and I had a great time. My trout was delicious, and his pizza was good. We were especially impressed with the willingness to make him a caprese salad (his favorite) even though it was not on the menu, and our very helpful and attentive waiter. It's sort of noisy, but otherwise a wonderful experience.

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OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ALWAYS... No. 246 NEVER fails to give GREAT service and food!
We were dining with a friend from NY and wanted to dine at an establishment that serves delicious food and provides great service...we end d up at No. 246. Our friend LOVED the food!!
THANKS AGAIN!
We will be back the week of 7/23/18 with another couple.
My husband and I can dine here...DAILY!

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious. Server was a little too robotic.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing the drinks were good. Service was good.

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M
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love no.246!! Awesome restaurant that never disappoints. Great staff, great food, great-great-great!

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Been here several times but this was the best meal. All of our party of 5 were satisfied beyond our expectations. Spaghetti and meatballs for 2 was simply amazing and a hit with my wife. This will become one of our frequent spots.

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s
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A pleasant night out with the friends. We had the chicken marsala for 2 and it was delicious that night and the next day at lunch.

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TB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender excellent; knew his drinks menu. The service and food were excellent. They have a great variety of items on the menu - chicken, pastas, beef, fish, pork, etc.

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AT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

The mushroom pizza was delicious, but it had more hot peppers than mushrooms. The menu was dirty, the plate already on the table when I was seated had crumbs on it, the place was super loud. I'd asked for a quiet table when making my reservation; even though there were better quieter more adult-oriented tables in the bar area, I was seated in the main dining where there were kids EVERYWHERE (but that's Decatur for you). The food is good, service only so-so, and ambiance disturbing.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our 1st time at 246! The food was amazing & our waiter was excellent! I wish I could remember his name because he was outstanding with an “O”!!!!
The only negative here was a bit noisy that you really had to lean in to carry on a conversation, but that’s just what you get with a really vibrant, smaller dining establishment. Definitely will go back!

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CS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

No.246 has never disappointed. They changed up the menu, which is delicious, but I was feeling the need for a favorite; they made it. I would not expect that every time but it sure was nice. I love the food and the staff is equally great.

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LG
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Number 246 is one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta. Friends from New York were in and said it was one of the best meals they had in awhile. The peach salad was AMAZING and the heirloom tomato app — man — we all said it was one of the best things we ever put in our mouth! Pastas never disappoint.

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KB
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single thing we ate was delicious, down to the table bread. Will 100% be back.

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JA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Limited menu but the ambiance and service were great. Traditional homemade feel.

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MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

246 has become our "go to" spot in Decatur. Excellent food and service by Tamara was incredible. The fresh peach salad became an instant favorite. Pizzas are the best.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fathers Day brunch

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JD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were phenomenal! Neil is a one of kind server; excellent job!

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MB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The patio was lovely, as always, and the ping pong table is the best ever distraction for our wiggly children. Cheese platter was on point, as was the incredible trout dish they just switched to. I will be back for it again before the summer is out!

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Get the black spaghetti. The Cesar salad and/or meatball appetizers are great starter options. We brought our own bottle of wine ($20 corking fee) but that was worth it to us. Great place - highly recommend.

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AG
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Wasn't that impressed after all the hype that no. 246 has received. Noticed upon entering that they had an 85 Health Inspector score, I would think that a top restaurant in ATL would have an A, but I also didn't check to see why the got that score. Service was pretty average, nothing good or bad about it. Took a while to receive our drinks. Meatballs were good, loved the fresh basil in there. I got the cacio e pepe with chicken, which was crazy rich, I was full after barely finishing half the dish. Nothing really to write home about as far as taste goes though, besides an overwhelming amount of pepper. My wife got the black spaghetti; I've never tasted anything like it before in my life. She normally is really into those kinds of dishes (loves squid ink and shrimp), but she wasn't a fan of this. Restaurant was pretty noisy, we had to speak loud to hear each other. Overall, I think this is probably a good place for foodies/fans of Ford Fry to go check out and rave over, but I was left feeling pretty underwhelmed and a little bummed that we spent our anniversary there. The place gets great reviews though, so maybe we just hit an off night or it wasn't our thing.

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Visited this restaurant based on others' positive reviews. We shared the cheese and charcuterie plate to start and that was good. Two of us had the squid ink pasta with shrimp and it was pretty heavy and not particularly flavorful. In fact the dominant flavor was from the over-browned (burnt) garlic. My wife had the agnolotti which she said was good. My cousin ordered a pizza and it was, well, a pizza. Service was fine although when I asked for a wine suggestion from the adequate wine list, the waiter promptly suggested the most expensive bottle on the list. What put us off the most were the high prices for the pasta and pizza which is why I can't give this place a good grade for value. Frankly, there are better, higher value places within a stone's throw of this restaurant.

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R
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful dining here. Attentive staff, great drinks, and most importantly delicious food!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and atmosphere was great. Manager too our drinks off our bill because our waitress was so rude which was very nice of him. I would go back but just make sure I didn’t have that waitress again.

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MC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall experience was great, our waiter could have been a bit more friendlier . But overall a nice experience

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet again the food was some of the best to date in Atlanta. Always a top choice for a date!

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TB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly service. Grouper was outstanding.

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S
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very loud
Slow service esp bar

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J
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

This used to be my favorite spot in Decatur center, but my last couple of visits have been very disappointing. The pasta used to be highlight, but now all the pasta dishes come swimming in oil. The black ink spaghetti is good at the top and then it is a pool of oil and grease. The same can be said for the cacio pepe. The kitchen should be embarrassed to serve this to customers, but since it has been repeated our last 3-4 visits, I know it wasn’t just a one-time oversight. Those dishes should never leave the kitchen. That sloppiness would not take place at la tavola or boccalupo. I hope 246 returns to the previous quality and standards that first made my wife and I look forward to returning. However, after our visit tonight, it is going to be a while before we visit again.

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F
Tallahassee
17 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a delicious meal on a Friday evening. The kids meals are huge and the waitress recommended buying two meals even though our kids are 2 and 4; that seemed to be up sale attempt. The beer selection isn't very large. I had the chicken Marsala and it was divine; hubby had the pizza that is heavy on the meat and he enjoyed it a lot. All of the portions are really big; we will be back for sure.

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BM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very thoughtful Ford Fry Restaurant with a great seasonal menu!
Definitely eat inside if you are on a date or special occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was awesome. Great service. They catered to our kids and that really helped us enjoy the experience even more.

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JR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to no. 246 for our anniversary, and it was spectacular! Everything, from food to drinks to service, was above and beyond. If I could give 10 stars I would!

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A
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I both had the black spaghetti- it was deicious. In fact, everything had a ton of flavor. Great wine list as well. My only negative is it’s very loud - so hard to hold an intimate conversation. But the food and service make it worth more visits.

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TO
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 3

Had a special graduation dinner but they did nothing special. Extra charge to share with no notification. Waitress seemed annoyed that we were there. No drink refills.

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l
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We took friends there a couple of years and had a singularly wonderful dining experience. So for anniversary we decided to return. Menu was very different, service fair - had to ask for cocktail after appetizer arrived, had to ask twice for dishes to be split, and waitress couldn't explain specialty drink menu very well. Food was good. Just disappointed overall. Oh well, lots of other places to go.

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