Polaris

4.6
854 reviews
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Contemporary American
Hyatt Regency is proud to announce the return of Polaris, the legendary rotating lounge and restaurant in the heart of downtown Atlanta. One of Atlanta's most celebrated dining and cocktail experiences, Polaris serves chef-inspired shared plates and classic, hand crafted cocktails in a unique rotating lounge with amazing panoramic views of Atlanta. First opened in 1967, Polaris has been re-imagined as a fully modern space serving locally sourced ingredients and specialty cocktails crafted with fine, independent spirits. Polaris has been hosting celebrities, special occasions and everyday memories for 50 years. Take a ride on our famous glass elevators, step into our breathtaking space, and some memories for your own.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Hello. The view is amazing and the staff was nice. Waited 35min and ended up eating at a sofa even though we had a reservation . The food was OK but very small potion. Even after a good desert I was still hungry. And I'm not a big eater!

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BP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At first, I was nervous about going because of how classy of a restaurant Polaris is, but the moment the elevator opened up, we were greeted whole-heartedly by the manager who made us feel welcome. The atmosphere is quite formal while also being inviting and relaxed. The food is definitely high class, however. After reading a short bit about the restaurant and it's history, you arrive at the menu which is very mature and formal. The food is very well-prepared and portioned. After taking a few pictures of my food, I dove in and found it to be the perfect amount of food to have me leaving with a full stomach. I will definitely try to come back, whether it's for a few expert craft drinks or a full dining experience.

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m
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of four went to Polaris on a Friday evening for my birthday. We're all long-term residents of Atlanta and since none of us had been to this iconic Atlanta restaurant, we figured it was time. The views were beautiful--we could see thunderstorms off in the distance. The food from our appetizer (cheese and charcuterie) through dessert was outstanding. We each got a different entree (scallops, sea bass, steak, and carbonara) and all were delicious. The scallops and sea bass in particular were amazing. For dessert, we got three different ones and all were yummy, but I think the blueberry panna cotta was probably the best. Even the specialty cocktails were delicious and unique. One thing we all noted--most of the dishes were prepared such that you got a different blend of flavors with each bite. Our server, Michael, was the absolute best. He was attentive but not intrusive, very friendly, described the sauces and sides with each dish as they arrived, gave us completely on-point recommendations and when he brought my birthday dessert he even sang along. Definitely try to get him if you can--we talked to him throughout the evening and learned he's been there 38 years and has a wealth of knowledge about the views from the rotating dining area, Atlanta itself, the food and drinks served, and he was funny and charming. We really enjoyed our evening and agreed we'd all go back.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

Waited 20 minutes past reservation for table. Table was sticky. Waiter released table but was still sticky to point where glasses and flatware stuck to table. Food was cold and mediocre at best. Dress code nonexistent. Apparently exercise apparel or shorts quite appropriate. Not an upscale dining experience. Great view! Suggest one goes for drinks, but skip the meal

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Dallas
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around excellent experience at Polaris. Invited clients to Polaris without having been before myself, and was pleasantly surprised at how flawlessly everything went, from hostess to check.

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New England
57 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first trip back since 1972. What a tribute this restaurant is to that era! I appreciate the spacious dining suites which means you can actually have a conversation with your meal. Food was well prepared and presented. Friendly service and who doesn’t like a revolving view while dining Mad Man style! We took two turns around the city during our 2 hour meal and would gladly have stayed for two more.

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PA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Expensive and the portions of food was small for the price.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

This was probably the most important evening of my life. I decided to celebrate my engagement at the restaurant. Everyone on the staff with the exception of my server was excellent. The server had one of the worst attitudes, I’ve ever seen. Everyone knew in advance that this was my engagement as I notated it previously on the reservation. All others with the exception of this server expressed warm and kind congratulatory acknowledgments.
She was not warm, and when I inquired about the menu she in fact was very dry. She seemed like she had 1 million other things on her mind, and serving patrons was certainly not at the top of the list. Unfortunately I don’t remember her name but she was an African-American woman with long braided hair.
Nevertheless I didn’t let the bad service reflect on her gratuity as she still received the standard 22% of that I customarily give.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxing environment with excellent service and food. Price a bit higher than expected but quality high

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D
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and staff. The food was very tasteful and dishes were clean. Our waiter was exceptional. Will definitely be back.

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AG
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The elevator ride to the restaurant was exciting and the whole tower was covered with greenery the restaurant spins slowly good for pictures and shouldnt make you feel sick to your stomach or anything. $$$$ dinner but was definitely worth every penny with great views unique experience and one of the best meals ive ever had , you can tell the food was prepared by a real professional. Also close to my hotel which was nice since my reservation was late at night

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MG
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Too expensive the food was good but little, good service

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MT
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Day it was Awesome 🥰🥰

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RW
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aerion provided our table with suggestions that turned out perfectly. Her service was outstanding. So glad we left room for dessert, each was a piece of art to be devoured.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely view, attentive server and good food. Great for a special occasion!

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PS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to relax and see the city while enjoying a great meal. The staff was super friendly also.

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TP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a nice place and awesome views. Waiter was great, my dessert was surprisingly complimentary for my birthday. The frozen peach drinks were delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything are good especially are server Garry ! 5 thumbs up 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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N
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gary was life of our visit. He was entertaining,quick,helpful and well acquainted with menu. We had a blast. View is awesome from there. Gary spiced up our evening and without him that evening could have been an average one. Kudos to Gary.

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KP
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to. The food was great and the atmosphere is one of a kind. Will be back soon!!

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable experience

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AB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got together for late-night drinks at the bar. Service was incredible as well as the beverages. Amazing staff to go along with the equally amazing views out the windows. Great ambience, definitely would go there again if I were there in the hotel on business.

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G
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for the views, but enjoyed the food much more! The food was way better than expected. Our table began with the charcuterie plate, which was one of the best we’ve had. The flavors of the cheeses( Brie, Swiss, and pesto chèvre j, meats, rosemary crackers, honey, jam, vinegar balls , and very tasty pickled vegetables was outstanding, and the perfect size for 3 people who were very hungry but didn’t want to ruin our appetite for dinner. . We each got different entrees-the beef, scallops and lamb. The beef and scallops (be sure to mix in the finely chopped vegetables on top with the scallops ) were amazing blends of flavors and textures. The whipped potatoes were soo creamy & delicious with the steak and demigloss. The lamb dish was less satisfying, but still flavorful. The flower power drink didn’t strike me as anything great, but I did very much enjoy the Siguro Viudas cava. Not too sweet, not too brut, just wonderful. The dome dessert is more beautiful than delicious(a bit too blue for comfort), but the decaf coffee was fresh and hot.
Finally, the view was the least impressive aspect of the evening, but why we chose Polaris. I had been there 30 years ago and recalled the fabulous views. These days the surrounding buildings block most views, so not much there to impress. Also, the 70s pop music was a mismatch for the fine food. I think some jazz would suited better. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention our fine server. He was attentive but not obtrusive, and indulged us while we leisurely enjoyed our multi course meal.
And, do expect a large bill. We thought it was worth it.

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KE
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Polaris!!! The food is always wonderful, the service is impeccable, drinks are amazing and the view is perfect. Wonderful experience every time we go.

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DA
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The older gentleman who seated us when we arrived was funny and professional. He made us feel comfortable and excited for the experience.

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LS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

WOW! This place was AMAZING. I took my fiance for his birthday because I wanted a unique, romantic experience. The retro-chic vibe and spin feature were out of this world! I loved the music - ranging from "What a Wonderful World" to "Comfortably Numb" and the spectacular views! Best of all was the incredible food. Every bite was a well-planned affair, expertly crafted by master chefs. It was the best food I've had in a very long time. I will be recommending this gem to everyone. Very pleased!

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j
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our nephew and his date (teens) for their first Polaris experience. Sunset was just beginning. The view was spectacular and the food was superb. Service was wonderful. We all enjoyed the experience very much. It feels very special.

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AM
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately this experience at Polaris did not match my first one and I rather not give them another chance

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O
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great all around, perfect dinning experience!

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C
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I went here for our anniversary. The staff were friendly and attentive, the food was delicious and clearly made with care, the view and ambiance were elegant, and they surprised us at the end with a happy anniversary dessert! Thanks for making our experience so special Polaris. We will definitely be back.

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EH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go to this restaurant! It’s amazing. The food, the service, everything is good!

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CC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Reservations were at 8:00 and didn't get seated until 8:30. Restaurant was not busy and service was slow. Decided to celebrate a birthday at the restaurant, but received acknowledgement of our special occasion.

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P
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have a smaller menu but Polaris is a great place to have dinner or drinks and snacks. It's a really cool setting and the service was great.

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SH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a beautiful restaurant, loved the view of the city!! My only concerns was the menu was very limited and doesn’t have good items for teens

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K
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thank you Bryan for servicing our group for my birthday.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

14 year wedding anniversary

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a good time for a special Graduation celebration. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and quantity of the Cheese and Charcuterie plate. The entrees were delicious and well executed. The desserts were delicious. We all loved the look of the space.

I wouldn’t hesitate to return.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Scallops were amazing, but the steak was meh. Service and view were on point.

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TM
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A very pleasant evening with delightful food. Shame our table was not clean when we sat down.

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N
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great View, food was good just not a lot of food for the price.

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