Longleaf Restaurant

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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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TM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A real gem in the middle of the botanical gardens! We loved the hummus with endive and the pasta carbonara. It was great to sit along the window and take in some of the Christmas light spectacle while enjoying our meal.

AZ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food wasn't bad but also was not at a level I assumed based on the location and price. Only 1 out of the 4 dishes ordered by our party was actually tasty (pork chop) the rest were mediocre to bland. Service was slow and required several direct requests for refill of water. Noise level extremely loud, difficult to have a conversation, but not sure the restaurant can do anything about the acoustics to lower the noise. Will not be dinning here again.

LF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Restaurant is beautiful, but noisy. Food is very good. Servers are very good, but the last time I was there, the kitchen was VERY slow.

PD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Highly limited menu of generally weird dishes or odd combinations of foods. We understand the restaurant's desire (or mandate?) to serve food in keeping with the "garden aesthetic" but why not let patrons choose the sides that they prefer with each entree? Also very pricey but presumably the profits go toward supporting the garden which we also support through our annual membership. We were definitely curious to try Longleaf and now that our curiosity is satisfied and we won't be dining there in the future.

CD
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely Christmas dinner with friends. The food was good but I’d like to see more on the menu. Will come again!

JN
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I would recommend solely on the basis of convenience if you’re going to the holiday lights at the Gardens. It’s a lovely setting for drinks and dinner. The food was not very impressive. We enjoyed the hummus appetizer a lot. I opted for the Apple and Frisée salad and the Butternut and Parsnip Soup as my main. The salad was underdressed but the ingredients were fresh and good quality. The soup was quite bland. My husband had the pork chop and said it was a little tough and had a line of gristle running through it.

RQ
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A very busy night during the Garden Lights! The staff was great, our server (oh, I wish I could remember her name) was engaged and so pleasant. My guest had wanted to visit ABG for 2+ years and this was the perfect way to kick off our visit. Being from New York, she was happy with the pasta!

CB
Savannah
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

My wife and I had dinner at the Longleaf Restaurant on Tuesday night of this week. The ambiance was nice; we had a window seat looking out into the garden. The service was very good, but some of the food was not very good in our opinion. We tried the squash soup and found it to be bitter. Pieces of Granny Smith apples were incorporated into the soup to its demise. Granny Smith apples are tart in taste and are used in baking with sugar offsetting the tartness. A sweeter apple should have been used. We also tried the beef short rib dish; it was served on a bed of sweet potato mash which was also bitter in taste. We could not identify the ingredient which gave the sweet potato mash its bitterness. A perfectly good sweet potato was ruined in the process. We also tried the eggnog crème brulee, which fell short on taste and texture.

PL
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Out table of 7 was seated right by the bar, and there was a lot of noise from dumping ice into a bin, shaking drinks and staff talking.
Everyone was very happy with the service and the food. Except for the Citrus cake, I complained that it was stale, and frankly unattractive. The waiter kindly took it off the bill. The eggnog creme brulee was amazing.

DL
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience2

It took 45 minutes to bring out the meals after orders were placed. I asked for the children’s meals to come out as soon as they were ready ash they came out with the other food. Kids meals were eggs with bacon and French toast pizza but could have been competed in less than 15 min.

JK
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience2

Food excellent except the pasta dishes were served on the cold side. Somewhat slow delivery of dinner. Reservation at 5:15, food at table close to 6. Ambiance not so hot, seated next to the bar and surrounded by tables with babies. Service excellent.
A crazy night for the staff so we're not upset with the speed bumps encountered. All in all we enjoyed our visit.

LC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Innovative and delicious food, fun cocktails, and great service. The ambiance was a bit noisy on a busy night, but not more than most restaurants.

SH
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a beautiful setting for a meal with family! The portions and food selection was excellent, and service was outstanding - very attentive .

JK
Atlanta
47 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal and excellent service from Adam.

BM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

First, our reservation was at 7p on a Monday night. We asked if we could be seated earlier & no problem at all & we were able to enjoy a delicious meal (salmon, chicken pot pie, & pork chop) earlier than anticipated. Everyone was gracious & accommodating. The food was quite tasty. Everyone agreed the food was very good. We got to see the lights become more visible as we ate our meal. Nice addition to going to see Holiday Lights.

JG
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a visiting family member here and she absolutely loved it. It’s the perfect place to relax while dining and I would only suggest you lower drink prices to encourage a second round before visiting the gardens or a great stop on the way out for a final night cap.

r
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was out first visit. We figured we would grab a bite before the Holiday Lights. This was a good decision on our part. The food was outstanding. We had the Shrimp and Grits and the Salmon. The Shrimp and Grits were to die for! The salmon was good. I had a couple of fantastic old fashions from the bar and they were fabulous. Our server was attentive. The restaurant is loud, so if you want a quiet intimate setting, this isn't your place. All this inside the botanical garden? Just wow! We will go back on our next visit to the garden.

AS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was superb from our first greeting by Dan, the table by the window with a beautiful view, and our server, who was warm and friendly. Food was really good as well! Love to come back!

PG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The venue is lovely and the food we had was delicious. Our only complaint is that there weren’t a lot of choices, one of our party had a restricted diet and there wasn’t much for him. Recommend checking out the menu before going to ensure it suits everyone.

TK
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Loved everything except the bartending— kept making martinis with the wrong gin. Also, gin selection is entirely tilted to the botannical; should have a dry one or two for those who like London-style gin.

f
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Garden light holiday lights with my mom and sister. Great evening!

RM
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Salmon dinner with wild rice, brussel sprouts, and mushrooms. It was seasoned and cooked to perfection. Our server was extremely polite and gracious. We would definitely dine here again.

RP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Longleaf is just “OK”. Not great, but not bad. No beef entree on the menu. Wouldn’t go back.

FF
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I’ve been wanting to like Longleaf because I love the botanical gardens. I’ve been there twice in the past two weeks as we visit the gardens frequently. If you want to go to only be ignored and then given cold food with no explanation then this is the place for you. Sadly, won’t be going back.

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Longleaf is a great choice if you are visiting the gardens. The quality and selection are great, including vegetarian and vegan options. My only complaint is that you have to buy a ticket to the gardens to visit the restaurant. It is worth visiting on its own.

S
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere.

M
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food. The staff were friendly and efficient. I was glad we were seated by a window as the interior of the room was much noisier.

l
Phoenix
122 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to the Longleaf restaurant and our first time having dinner there. We really enjoyed everything from the friendliness and efficiency of the staff to the general feeling at the restaurant. I had the salmon and it was fantastic. My husband did not have as many choices and had the turkey chili for his entree. He was ok with it but not as happy as I was. Dessert was wonderful for us both.

BG
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is, always, very good. Service is excellent --- prompt and attentive without being overbearing.

d
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here often, at least once a week. Over the past three months or so, we've noticed a definite improvement in both the food and the level of service. This was the "members evening" first night of the holiday garden lights and so it was a bit crowded. But Kyle, our server, was charming and efficient even though we were also celebrating a birthday and splitting a check. The food was good and the ambiance lovely and warm. It's why we keep coming back.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here a lot and it was a really busy night and the service was great and the food came out super quick!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and incredible food

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Efficient and courteous seating. Excellent service. Food definitely not up to usual restaurant standards. Chicken tasted as if it had been cooked several hours prior to serving. Vegetables (particularly cucumbers) had an off taste (again tasted as if not fresh). Ambiance of outdoor seating wonderful.

s
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The service and atmosphere were excellent, but the roast beef sandwich was bland and dry.

ME
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Linch with old friend.

SC
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best setting in atlanta. The food is wonderful. The atmosphere is a respite from the hustle and bustle.

TC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

First time visiting the Garden and restaurant. Food was outstanding and brought out fast ! Waitress was slow, poor attitude and not attentive at all. Went back in later for a quick dessert and sat and sat waiting for waitress. Finally we just got up and left. Disappointed.

SA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great service and beautiful views since it is in the middle of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Very limited menu options with no updates since the last time we ate there about 6 months ago. Food is fine, but nothing special-basic, chicken, vegetable plate, steak, salmon..... Everything seems to be priced about ten dollars more than it should be. If it was not located in the garden, we would not likely come back, but it is nice to grab a bite when you are there for a special event.

SS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another perfect birthday dinner celebration! Food was fabulous!

BI
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The burger and chicken salad were very good but too big too eat with dignity. Service was very slow. It was a beautiful day and the garden was packed.

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