Empire State South

4.8
113 Reviews
$50 and over
American
James Beard winning Chef Hugh Acheson's long-running spot where Executive Chef Daniel Porubianksy presides. Empire State South currently offers a seasonal and locally focused tasting menu where classic technique and style highlight some Southern traditions.

Our 4 Course Menu is priced at $70 per person and our 6 Course Menu is $100 per person. Vegetarian and vegan menus are available upon request.

Sommelier Steven Grubbs is often found pouring his wine choices for the evening. A 4 Course pairing is available for $40 per person and a 6 Course for $60 per person.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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WRB3
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful dining experience. Rarely do you find food this good, service this good, and a staff so well informed about their food and drink all in one place. Best dining experience I’ve had in a long time.

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vipjtrochi2
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had six course meal with wine pairings. All courses and wines were explained very well. Service was outstanding. Just a great meal/experience.

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vipSptucker007
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is difficult to describe the vibe at Empire State South, closest I can come up with is French farmhouse.

We selected the 4 course, chefs menu and included the wine pairings. The menu and experience was amazing.

The sophistication of the selections was only complimented by the stories about each dish and the history of each of the wines. It is rare that every member of a restaurant is so well versed in every aspect of the experience. The presentation pulls you in and leaves you feeling like you are part of a journey that you would only have if you were traveling the world and living it.

I really can’t saw enough great things about this restaurant.

Definitely a great date place and will be adding this to my top 10 list.

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TRL954
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff was great - I feel for them having to explain the carefully made dishes through their masks - but they do so with a good bit of cheer. Keep up the great work. Solid wine pairings for the 6 course tasting menu, and huge thanks to the somm for sharing a stellar CDP red. Very cool gnocchi dish as well. Would like to revisit.

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AnneL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and inventive. Sommelier is great. Staff knows and cares about their food.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wesley and Steven were amazing hosts to a mouth savoring 6-course meal (3-4oz portions/course). The wine pairing was spot on with the hosts providing background on the wines and pairing rationale. Loved it! I believe the 4-course option comes with smaller portion sizes (2-3oz).

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BeverlyM
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the 6-course tasting menu with wine pairings. It was an exceptional meal! I was able to sub gnocchi from the 4th course and have it for the 5th course since the menu offered all meat for that course, and I am pescatarian. It was fun to learn about the different wines that were paired with the food. We also had a complimentary appetizer course with wine pairing. The food is incredible, so seasonal and impeccably thought out and prepared. We sat outside on their lovely patio and enjoyed the evening so much. Highly recommend!

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RandallH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The cuisine was expertly prepared. Alex was a great server and Steven, the somm, was right on when it came to pairing the wines. We have gone before and will go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great service was wonderful!

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vipLauraGS
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started with cocktails and oysters. Delicious tasting menu locally seasonal ingredients and wine pairings. Beautiful outdoor seating. Couldn’t be better. Lovely evening

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CharlyRocas
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were here in 2019 and liked it very much. Not so much know because of the new format of the menu . Desserts are the weakest part.
Not sure if we would recommend it.

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matthewh
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great space, almost too quiet, but the food is exceptional and creative in terms of mixing flavor and texture.

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vipKeithB
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

I was disappointed with the new price fix ($70 and $100) options that made me order dessert when I didn’t want it. I asked for two apps instead and the second one was 1/3 of the portion size (not half 1/3). This was petty and rude. After spending that much to try to save a couple dollars- not planning on going back.

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KelliY
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 4-course tasting menu was perfection! Highly recommend, especially for foodies!

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Thamous1
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the 6 course prefix and I wouldn't change a thing. Everything was absolutely delicious, but by far my favorites were the duck and fois gras. Service was fun and friendly. Can't wait to go back

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elizabethm
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful night for outdoor dining.
Perfect mix of casual experience with fine dining.

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vipClaeG
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening! Excellent food and service.
Chef Daniel came to our table, Pascal our Server did great, right on point, food amazing, wine selection was fantastic,
Craft cocktails were perfect.
We will be back

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AdrenaJ
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere and friendly knowledgeable staff.

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RohitG
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience! 4 courses with perfect wine pairings. We learned, we tasted and we were completely satisfied. Thank you!

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vipemmm
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for the tasting meal with wine pairings for my husband's birthday, and everything was perfect. I like the fact that the tasting meal gives you a choice of four items for each course. Food was all-around excellent. I especially liked the oxtail stroganoff. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Our waiter managed to tell us about each wine without sounding pretentious--an achievement.

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Kiki
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Could not recommend more, will be going back the next time in town

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vipAzaleaPM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex was such a great host/server 😊

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vipmfactor
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I do not like their new "tasting menu" format. Everything about it drives you to spend more money. The food was fine, but the prix fixe, the confusing 20% service charge, and the high price of wine by the glass (they did not bring us a bottle list) made for a very expensive night.

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Fantastic
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tasting menu and it was fantastic. The knowledgeable wait staff were awesome.

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vipDeanMich
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic dining experience. We enjoyed the 4 course meal with the wine pairings, and it was outstanding. Food was exceptional, and the service was some of the best I have ever had anywhere, and we are fortunate to be able to dine out frequently. I forget her name, but our server was a young black lady, who knew the menu inside and out, and knew lots of detail about each dish, and wine pairing. She made an outstanding meal, and outstanding experience.

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WilliamB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The six course tasting menu has many options to accommodate all types of dinners and the wait staff was very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu, which was clearly sourced from surrounding area. A little pricey, but great for a special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I am sad to say this was one of the most disappointing meals I’ve had in a very long time. I suppose I’ll start with what was good about the meal. We dined outside and the restaurant space both inside and out was great. It was clear a good deal of time and money was spent on the decor of the restaurant. It was definitely in line with what I would expect of an intown restaurant at this price point.

The food and the service is where I all went wrong. When two people dine at a combined cost of about $300, I have certain expectations. I have to say the presentation of every dish was truly a work of art. If only the flavors were reflective of the presentation. In addition to everything we ate being bland and uninteresting, one of our courses was brought to the table before we’d even finished the one before it - and neither of us are slow eaters. This food was not delivered by our waiter and at least the waiter recognized the mistake and had the plates removed until we were ready. However, a restaurant attempting to be at the level of Bacchanalia should know better.

I definitely don’t mind paying a premium for an excellent dining experience, but I can’t say anything about this meal makes me want to return. It’s especially sad since this is within walking distance to my home.

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RenataN
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I didn't have high expectations after reading some reviews, but even at that, what a gross disappointment. We spent $350 for the six course tasting and had some wine - I honestly would've been happier with Chick Fil A. The food was bland and salty, lacked quality, depth, creativity and was just not good. I was hoping that maybe dessert would at least be good, but no such luck.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went here to celebrate our wedding anniversary!!!
The ambience and interior is not something remarkable but the food is just WOW.
The experience is awesome with friendly servers and delicious food with wine pairings.
Loved the dessert and Farm egg is a killer dish, must order.

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vipCarlaS
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu is my absolute favorite! I could eat it over and over again. In fact I had doubles of what course! Get the wine pairings - the sommelier is very knowledgeable which is always a plus! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and Service was great. We had the 4 course dinner with wine pairings. Very relaxed atmosphere and servers were very attentive. Portions were perfect amount.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and service!!

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vipCarlaS
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course, every bite was absolutely splendid! WOW! We did the tasting - 4 courses along with wine pairings. Thanks to the staff and chef for such great food and great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience - the staff was warm and attentive the whole 2 1/2 hour service. Our Somm Stephen was incredible - a wealth of knowledge and history who told great stories about each wine (which was paired exquisitely with the food). Each course was inspired and so well executed. Having eaten at ESS several times over the past decade, this was hands down the best experience we’ve had. ESS has once again cemented their status as one of the best restaurants in the south. In short, we will be back!

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vipJosephS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even better than before! New fixed price format provides ESS with a very focused menu. Got 8 courses (btw 2 people). Each one was A+

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vipEllenL
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 4 course tasting was delicious!

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vipCarolR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the tasting menu. Everything was delicious! However we do hope they bring back the regular full menu at some point.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food but very small portions for such a big price tag. Did a taster event for $70 and got 3 salmon sashimis, 2 shrimps, two slices of filet mignon and one piece of cheese.

It was good food but too expensive for what they served. Would have been better if there was a bit more food in portions.

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AndreB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended. Good for foodies. Great wine list. Near Piedmont Park.

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vipTheBrandSherpa
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing culinary experience and the cocktails are outstanding - from the adventurous to traditional. Service is also always friendly and outstanding.

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Empire State South offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (404) 541-1105.

Empire State South is rated 4.8 stars by 113 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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