Longleaf Restaurant

4.3
388 reviews
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Executive Chef Jason Paolini leads the culinary creative force of the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s restaurant, Longleaf. Garden Admission is required for dining at Longleaf, the Quick Café or the Snack Bar.

The two-level contemporary glass structure nestled next to Gardenhouse in the heart of the Garden, offers full-service dining, a grab-and-go cafe, and a flexible space for educational programs, private rentals and special events. Inside, guests enjoy commanding views of the Anne Cox Chambers Southern Seasons Garden and Levy Parterre, while from the rooftop terrace they drink in the beauty of Storza Woods, Alston Overlook and the Atlanta skyline beyond. Regardless of table, all will be treated to a savory menu by Paolini.

The restaurant’s new name is inspired by the longleaf pine, the resilient evergreen conifer indigenous to Georgia and the Southeast and a focus of significant conservation efforts.
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1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Great place to go for a nice, romantic evening!

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o
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

While attending the garden lights, we decided to have dinner at Longleaf. The service was very good, we had no problems getting a reservation, and were seated right away. The field pea hummus and both salads were very tasty. The chicken pot pie was a large portion, the shrimp and grits and pork chop were all delicious. The server was efficient and helpful and knew the wine and cocktail menu well. We had a very enjoyable evening!

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PM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 2

Service was very good, food was okay but very small servings. We wouldn’t go back for dining again. We would have been willing to pay more for better value.

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l
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We've been very impressed with this restaurant the last two times we ate there. It's wonderful to eat there prior to viewing the Holiday Lights Exhibit. The menu is fairly small; however, there is a very good variety of offerings so that anyone should be able to find something they like. I'm partial to the absolutely delicious short rib. Also, the lettuce, pine nut, blue cheese apple salad was heavenly. One of us ordered the pork chop and it was also delicious. I really want to go back and try the chicken pot pie as they look divine. The service was good. The restaurant was very busy when we were there and they maybe could have used a few more wait people, but we definitely were well taken care of. Overall, if you're visiting the garden, I would highly recommend this restaurant. You must have a garden entrance ticket in order to eat here.

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1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Restaurant could be so much nicer. Looks great inside - but for the price - the service and atmosphere just didn't fit the bill. Our server was OK and did make a special request to the chef regarding our daughter's food allergies, but disappeared when my wine glass went empty and did not follow up soon enough after our food was served. Overall the servers seemed inattentive and unkempt and acted more like they were working at a Denny's and not a place that charges $35 a plate. The entrees were fine - but not fantastic. The desserts, however, were delicious! The Eggnog Creme Brulee and Apple Spice Cake were very good and ended the meal on a good note. I would definitely recommend this for a dessert stop after a stroll through the gardens.

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PT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed New Year's Eve dinner at Longleaf before seeing the Holiday Lights. It was an excellent meal - surpassing our expectations!

Highly recommend to anyone wanting to add a fine meal to their visit to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

Thanks Longleaf!

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EE
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came to eat before going to see the Garden Lights. The food was excellent and the service was very good.

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SW
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was amazing but the best view was sitting across the table staring into my girls eyes and seeing her enjoying herself that was the most beautiful scene in the whole garden

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SH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food and ambience good, service was somewhat slow.

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ST
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner was very good although my trout sure looked and tasted like salmon. I tried the butternut squash soup, the hummus, the shrimp and grits and the trout (salmon??). All were excellent. My mom found her duck to be a bit tough and dry. It was well worth the trip and I would love to go again some time.

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely the best way to start out an evening visit to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The food is great! Service is perfect -- not too attentive but there when you need someone. It's a small space so it tends to be a bit noisy when full. Staff is friendly and well-informed. Try it!

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BH
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everytime we go to our ZEN place - ABG - we go to Longleaf - awesome!

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OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent
Waitress was a bit inattentive, but the restaurant was very busy.

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CM
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every year when enjoying the holiday lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, we dine here. It’s fast and wonderful

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1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We arrived on time for a 7pm reservation. Dinner was finally served at 835. Had two children with us. Nothing complicated about our selections. Soup watery, salad weak chicken pot pie more like chicken soup with a role. Very poor

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a
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We went on Christmas night to see the light show and had dinner first. It was extremely busy but we were seated quickly and our server Diana was attentive and fast. The food was amazing and the cocktails were very good too! We will return but maybe on a day or night where it’s not so loud and crazy busy but as I stated before our service was great considering how busy it was...thanks Longleaf!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was expecting higher quality food for this spot in the botanical gardens. Kale salad and hummus appetizer were good but our entrees were not. I got the duck confit; I had to use my knife and duck confit should fall off the bone. Shrimp and grits was ok but only two pieces of shrimp in the dish and needed more flavor. Need to improve the entrees quality and add a few more appetizers to the menu for selection.

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MM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food but missing that little something extra that makes it great food. The soup we ordered needed salt badly and my duck, while tasty, was a just a leg on a bed of lentils with orange pieces on top. Also a bit costly compared to other restaurants that serve better food with nicer presentations for less money. Would go back for a simple lunch like a salad or sandwich, but will not spend the money for dinner again.

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BE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. The portions were generous. I had a reservation for 8:30pm but was seated at 7:30pm. The food came out quickly. My server was very attentive but not annoying.

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CR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

This is a beautiful restaurant and had some great food. With that being said, the serving size was very small for the price. We went after the holiday lights so the view was spectacular. We had a cheese plate, trout and chicken pot pie. All of which were wonderful but very small portions. The wine list was impressive and paired perfectly with the food. I would recommend if you are like looking for a small expensive meal.

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LF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service- even on a very busy night @ the Garden. They were able to seat our family (incl 2 kids) early. Kid friendly and great food options made it a great experience all around.

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SW
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Longleaf for my wife’s birthday, and dinner was just amazing 😃👍 I would highly recommend for any special occasion !!!

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Easy spot when in town to see Garden lights. Don’t have to pay for parking twice. Food is very good, menu is not extensive, but there is something for everyone.

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JF
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the kale salad!! Service was excellent and atmosphere was great!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server — very attentive and informative. He appreciated good food!

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R
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

What a beautiful place to eat and see all of the Christmas lights. To start all 5 of us had amazing entrees. However, the butternut squash soup was tasteless. Now the desserts were delicious especially the Eggnog creme Broulee.
The restaurant was of course very busy which made it very noisy and noticbly understaffed. I definitely will go back just not during the holiday season.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is very good. It is a nice restaurant but the are prepared for families too. Great and affordable Kids menu. The service is OUTSTANDING!!! We have been here many times before and will be back.

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G
Atlanta
85 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

If you are visiting the Garden, this is a fine place to eat. The food is OK, the ambience is good and the service is outstanding. And it is convenient. this is NOT a destination restaurant though.

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PS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My granddaughter and I had dinner at Longleaf when we visited the Gardens for the holiday lights. The service was excellent, and the food was very good. We both had the short ribs, which I found to be a little too salty. My only suggestion is that they include a full service of flatware at each table setting. In a restaurant of this caliber, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect that there will be a salad fork for my salad and a dinner fork for dinner!

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PS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good but not great, a little overpriced. It was very convenient if you have an outing planned to see the Lights. If you are looking for a dining experience or a romantic spot for dinner before seeing the lights I would not recommend.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas lights viewing. We had a window table and were surrounded by the Garden’s Christmas lights while we dined. Beautiful setting. After dinner it was so nice to be on site to begin the tour. Food quality exceeded my expectations.

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AD
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed this trestaurant with my family! The food was delicious.

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VM
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A group of 6 of us ate before seeing the holiday lights. It was a lovely way to start the holiday gathering.
Varied enough menu for all 6 to find something they liked.
Food was good, service was good and setting was lovely.

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D
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Awesome location for seeing the Botanical Gardens and great service so top score for "ambiance", but I think table cloths would greatly improved. Keep in mind I am really critical when it comes to paying for food. The intent was great. All sides were top notch. Our 3 entrée meats were a little over cooked for my preference. I can do a more tender pork chop on my grill. Fish was a little too over cooked and my wife's beef was on the dry side, which was probably more from a lean cut of meat, but my wife likes it that way. Desserts we had were ok, latte was excellent.

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Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It is wonderful that the ATL Botanical Garden offers a nice dining experience within its walls. We enjoyed dinner, wine and dessert before going to the Gardens to see the Christmas Light Exhibit. There was a lovely fire in the fireplace and the service was friendly, helpful and prompt. I would definitely recommend this dinning/garden experience and hope to return again before long. Thanks!

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a large group of 12 including two children and one person with dietary constraints. We let Longleaf know in advance, and again when we arrived about these concerns. Despite this, it took 25 minutes after we were seated just to get our drink order taken, then another 20 minutes to get the food order taken due to the waiter going back and forth to get answers about the dietary restriction (No dairy). I would have thought this could have been initiated before we arrived and a simple, "these items don't contain dairy...." We also ordered a simple Old Fashioned and a Negroni (which are not complicated) and neither were remotely correct even on the second try. The shrimp and grits was more akin to shrimp in soup. This guest just picked out the shrimp and left a bowl of liquid grits material - no question was asked by the waiter. NOW THE GOOD NEWS... the remaining dishes were excellent. The waiter was handling our large table and other guests, as well, during the Holiday season. We would return, at a quieter time of year and only with a group of four or less. - PS: We would have ordered appetizers and dessert had the service been efficient. We still tipped well above the norm as I think the waiter was doing his best - but he needed help.

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DK
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lunch and especially dinner has always been fantastic. For dinner the other night the staff met every need. Getting seated, taking our order, explaining some of the menu items and it was all great. The food was delicious, the bar service was great. Just add table cloths and you would have a really upscale experience.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a special friend of family gathering

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great experience with nice upbeat atmosphere. Views of the Christmas lights sitting by the glass, great entree selections!

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

6 of us were seated immediately, and the service was impeccable throughout. The shared cheese plate was inventive and tasty, and everyone enjoyed their disparate main courses and wine.

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