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Empire State South, Atlanta, GA

Empire State South

4.7
4.7
290 Reviews
$50 and over
American
James Beard winning Chef Hugh Acheson's long-running spot, Empire State South currently offers a seasonal and locally focused tasting menu with equally impressive wine pairings by sommelier, Steven Grubbs.

Empire State South also offers a warming and casual atmosphere for great cocktails and all night snacks.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (404) 541-1105

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Porubianksy

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown

  • Cross street

    Tenth Street

  • Parking details

    Parking is located in the 999 Parking Deck, with entrances at the Hyatt Midtown, off of 10th St and Peachtree Place. We validate parking for 3 hours—please bring your ticket in with you. Look for our main entrance in the courtyard between the Hyatt Centric Midtown and the 999 Peachtree building. If you have questions call us at 404-541-1105.

  • Public transit

    We are located just two blocks from the Midtown MARTA Station.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 290 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlanta / Georgia

    Notable Wine List

  • Atlanta

    Notable Wine List

  • Atlanta

    American

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  1. PS

    PamS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent staff! Shawn a delight; helpful, attentive and versed in food he served. Careful with allergies and personable. Jeremy informational and insightful!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hadn’t been in a few years and ESS didn’t disappoint. The food was amazing with friendly efficient service. A gem.
  3. D

    Danielle

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We haven't been to Empire State South since before the pandemic and we're delighted by how great it still is! The tasting menu was amazing and they were accommodating to allergies/food restrictions. They were incredibly knowledgeable and the wine pairing was one of the best we have had. I would highly recommend for anyone looking to treat themselves to a fun dinner!
  4. AD

    AlexDelPozzo

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ESS is always one of the best meals we have all year. The tasting menu was perfect and the wine pairings were all excellent. Can't rave about this place enough, just go there! Can't wait to go back soon.
  5. MC

    MonicaC

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every course was creative and delicious. The server was knowledgeable and fun. Definitely recommend!
  6. AA

    AmandaA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, just wow. Wonderful food & inspired wine pairings in a casual yet elevated environment. Staff were friendly and helpful. Great overall experience, I can't wait to come back to Atlanta just to eat here!
  7. H

    Henesy

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic experience! Can't wait to return.
  8. MB

    MichaelB

    Atlanta

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ESS is a favorite. The four course meal is outstanding but the option for a la crate items is equally as good. Service is top shelf. This may be often overlooked but should definitely be on more “local favorites”. Highly recommend. We will return (again)!
  9. EV

    EthanV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Server was not overly attentive nor created engaging experience. Food was amazing but server simply took order, brought out food, but did not check on us, ensure quality of food, or offer additional services/extras and had to be asked to provide drink list and such.
  10. j

    jessiet

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    The food was okay but way too expensive for what we got. The waiter barely came by. We were there for almost two hours and it seemed like we were only eating for about 8 minutes of that because each course took so long.
  11. WH

    WhiteH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding cooking. We had two delicious squash-based dishes. The North Georgia Trout was outstanding. I also loved my apple crisp. The food is slightly overpriced.
  12. TB

    TimB

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a treat to experience Hugh's menu. He was actually there, so that was even cooler!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    The experience was slow. Our order got mixed up with another table. Some dishes were cold. The restaurant responded with an apology and appropriate discount but would not return.
  14. t

    tkthebaker

    Atlanta

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Empire State South is good not great. They have a four course tasting menu where you choose between three options for each course with an optional wine pairing. The food was good but nothing they served was amazing. The service is good, the sommelier was better than the server. You have to make all of your choices at the beginning of the meal on each course rather than as you worth through the courses. I wouldn't rush back here. There are much better places in Atlanta.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time eating here. Outstanding food. We did the 4 course meal. Delicious. My only comment, the food was lukewarm.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The 4 course meal we a delicious treat with unexpected flavors and outstanding service.
  17. i

    islandskris

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've never been disappointed at one of Hugh Acheson's restaurant, and this meal at ESS was no different. The farm egg is just an amazing dish in every way. The cauliflower soup was light for a cream soup, and the cauliflower flavor wasn't overpowering; it was just right. The carrots and especially the sauce from the carrots vichy were great with the beef. I stole most of my husband's dessert because the cardamom ice cream was beyond amazing. Service was attentive, but not annoyingly so. Every dish was explained, and the meal was well-timed. We ate outside on the patio, and I highly recommend it if the weather is nice. It's a beautiful place to enjoy a creative, refined meal.
  18. R

    Ramon

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Parking is easy, convenient, and validated for 3 hours. Ambience is pleasant. The restaurant is welcoming and has rich, warm colors. Seating is too tight. I could touch all the tables around me we were so close:. I suggest providing more space between tables for the guests. Servers were pleasant. Restaurant's tasting menu looked great online. Once we got there it was smaller with less selections and they were out of 2 dishes we wanted to order. Out of scallops and hamachi. I suggest you monitor your online menu to match the actual menu. Food was average. The foie gras lacked depth and flavor. The shrimp were not good. The duck was under seasoned. The crème brûlée was not enjoyable. I would not order any of these dishes again. The wine pairing was not enjoyable. Far too sweet for the dishes. 1 out of 5 was good. The sparkling and white were served warm. I would not recommend the tasting menu or the wine pairing based on my experience. $600 for 4 people and a 3 star experience is not good on my list. Please focus on whether you want to be a bar or a fine dining establishment.
  19. JN

    JeannieN

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful place to celebrate my wife and I's first wedding anniversary! The staff is incredible! They were all so attentive and warm. The food was outstanding. I had one of the best steaks I've ever had. Overall, an unbelievable experience! Thank you too the entire staff for a beautiful evening.
  20. NS

    NikkiS

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Feels like a hidden gem. The 4 course was perfect. I went with a friend and we tried different items for each course to maximize what we could try. Would definitely recommend
  21. MW

    MichelleW

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Sean was a fantastic server, the sommelier and others at the bar were extremely knowledgeable and made the wine pairing one of the best ever
  22. LP

    LauraP

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was wonderful, very attentive and thorough explanation of the food options. We were celebrating an anniversary and they brought us complimentary champagne and a non-alcoholic bar drink as well. Get the Farm Egg!
  23. VS

    VictoriaS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the service was incredible. I did the 4 course chefs tasting menu and wine pairing. I will DEFINITELY be back.
  24. V

    Victoria

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has been on the top of my list for years when visiting Atlanta. They’ve introduced tasting menu with spectacular wine pairings and it worked very well for our small group dinner. The food was awesome, as always. Great service too! Highly recommend!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    One of the best meals and night out for our wedding anniversary truly amazing. Service food what a great experience. Thank you ESS team. Can’t wait to go back.
  26. W

    trevorW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food..server was amazing. 4 course tasting menu is extremely filling
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    We cut it short and left. We didn’t like the smell when you walk in first and then it was really quiet for a Saturday night. The waiter was really nice but the manager seemed like an unhappy older gentlemen. They need to have more smiling faces and more upbeat music and crowd.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most amazing dinner outside front of the restaurant. We selected the 4 course and everything was prepared perfectly. It is such a great deal at the price point it is for both the 4 and the 6 course. My husband cannot wait to come back.
  29. TM

    TaniaM

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chose the 4 course tasting menu and was not disappointed. Sean was a superb server and made perfect recommendations for our choices. Each course was so delicious. Cocktails were splendid as well! Even played a little bocce after on their patio. We’ll be back for sure!
  30. VA

    VANESSAS

    Naples

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great dining experience! From the moment we sat down, the vibe at Empire State South was great. Our server Wesley walked us through the menu which led us to ordering the 6 course menu with the wine pairing. Each dish was so fresh and well balanced - the wine selections complimented the dishes perfectly. Highly suggested adding the wine pairing for any of the tasting menus! If you’re visiting Atlanta or live in the area this is a must destination! So delicious!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and have birthdays within a couple weeks of each other so we often will splurge once to celebrate both. This time it was Empire State South. We each did a 4-course tasting, and she had a wonderful bottle of wine, while I did the pairing. Everything was fantastic! I even drank some wine that I normally would not care for because it paired so well with the food! I had no idea I was going to be schooled in the culinary arts. All-in-all, a wonderful evening; thanks to the great staff.
  32. Y

    Yael

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was good (some was excellent some OK) but they had a few large parties so it took between 30-45 to send out the first course which affected the experience (that cost around $100 pp). I understand pressure on the kitchen, but in that case don't open the night for additional reservations.
  33. JJ

    JJackson

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was by far the best dining experience I have had in my life. The staff was pleasant, attentive, and knowledgeable. The food was AMAZING. The wine was like taking a world tour! 10 out of 10 would definitely recommend!
  34. SG

    ShanelleG

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was such a great culinary experience!! We celebrated our anniversary here and the food was excellent, now I’m going to come back with my girlfriends because I think everyone should have honor of tasting such good food! Loved all the wine pairings and hearing the history of each.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing!
  36. IA

    IAmDTK

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Imaginative and beautifully executed menus (kudos to Chef Dan) paired with masterful service (thanks, Kit)!
  37. HG

    HungryGal

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    While the food was good, the portions were a bit small. The service was very, very slow. Four small plates of food spread over two hours made for an unpleasant dining experience. We did receive an apology for the service (apparently it was a busy night). Everyone was nice but we did not really enjoy the experience.
  38. TM

    ThomasM

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    We had a group of 8 for a Wednesday evening seating of the four course meal. The food and wine were fantastic, but the poor quality of the service cannot be overstated. The meal took 4 hours. Our first course took 90 minutes. Wine pairings were often brought 30 minutes before the food. At no point was an apology issues. Nothing was comped and 20% gratuity was automatic.
  39. h

    hello

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed that they gave us a glass of champagne since we were celebrating our anniversary
  40. MB

    MichaelB

    Atlanta

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply outstanding. Do not miss this gem. Terrific meal, excellent (and knowledgeable service). HIGHLY recommend. Will return.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Empire State South is rated 4.7 stars by 290 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Empire State South

999 Peachtree St, Ste 140, Atlanta, GA 30309

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Tenth Street

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is located in the 999 Parking Deck, with entrances at the Hyatt Midtown, off of 10th St and Peachtree Place. We validate parking for 3 hours—please bring your ticket in with you. Look for our main entrance in the courtyard between the Hyatt Centric Midtown and the 999 Peachtree building. If you have questions call us at 404-541-1105.

  • Public transit

    We are located just two blocks from the Midtown MARTA Station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Porubianksy

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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