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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MC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a lunch meeting. The menu had some interesting items. The Squash blossom was tasty, tomato & cucumber soup refreshing. This was a business lunch. The staff was respective of that, which was nice. We were in the middle of the restaurant but were still able to converse comfortably. We all walked away feeling it was a nice experience.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family birthday party and Garden Stroll. This was perfect. And the waiter brought a delicious birthday dessert for my wife. We couldn’t have asked for a better dining experience.

K
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was amazing. I will be returning again!

MC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service staff are very nice, and I like the ambience. I’ve eaten at Longleaf several times. This was my least favorite meal (veggie plate, which I’ve enjoyed in the past), and I noticed my friend didn’t eat but half her sandwich. She told me her side salad was very good. We had a nice time, but I wished the food was better, especially for my friend’s birthday.

FI
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely LOVE this place. I'm only sad I can't go there for dinner unless there's an evening event. It's one of my favorite places. The cocktails are awesome and the food is amazing.

SS
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My overall experience was poor. We had checked in without reservations, and after waiting 45+ minutes, we were still told our table wasn't ready. I remembered to use the Open Table app, and within three minutes, we were seated. Slow but good service, food was OK (nothing exceptional) however overpriced.

l
Phoenix
116 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I moved to Atlanta last December and it was our first visit to the Botanical Gardens. It was my birthday and so we made a lunch reservation at this restaurant. From the moment we arrived for lunch, we felt very well taken care of. Everyone was extremely friendly. Our server Viviana was amazing and we enjoyed talking to her. The food was extremely good. In the state we previously lived in the restaurant at the gardens was not good at all, so we are very, very happy to have such a nice place to eat at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Thank you for making our first visit and my birthday lunch so special.

LM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food is always good here! Tasty drinks & a lovely setting.

PG
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were visiting from out of town and decided to take in the whole experience of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens including dining at Longleaf. As vegetarians, we were delighted to find several menu options as well as some items that could be easily modified for us. We ended up ordering far more food than we needed but we wanted to sample a little of everything and we were not disappointed! Each dish is nicely plated, looked amazing, and tasted delicious. I am looking forward to my next visit!

S
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great destination for food and fun plus being in the gardens

AM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Longleaf Restaurant is in the center of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and worth visiting. It has a decent menu that is comparable to most mid-level restaurants, but the reason it is so wonderful is that you can sit outside and still feel like you are in the gardens while you dine. You are close to a path that others are walking on, but we were there on a weekend, and it wasn't excessively noisy or bothersome.

CM
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the pita sandwich. It’s a vegan choice and I really love it. They also accommodated my support dog. Still one of my favorites. I’m a member of the Botanical Gardens, but I was not aware of the $21 entry fee required for your guest even if you’re just going to dine.

R
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect setting. Great food. Friendly, efficient service. My whole family had a wonderful experience. Definitely recommend the cheese plate and house cut fries with your meal.

l
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Our service was good and our food was fine. However, it was very noisy and people who didn’t seem to be eating in the restaurant would sit in empty seats, visit, and use their phones. For the price you’re paying for a meal here, you expect a better ambiance. The restaurant is lovely and the food is good enough, but the surrounding environment was more like a cafeteria than an upscale/casual restaurant.

CM
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating one of my best friends! 45 years of friendship.

Q
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For a night at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, as Longleaf is the only option, it was just okay. The service was adequate and altho we were given a choice of indoor tables, we were not offered outside seating. No problem there, just sayin' since the reservation indicated outdoor. The service was adequate, no complaints about the waiter. We both ordered the shrimp and grits for $26 (most entrees were that price or higher, only the vegetable plate was less). The shrimp and grits was virtually a soup (who in the south does not know how to make grits??). My date ate his with a spoon. I used a fork so left half of it in the bowl. The shrimps were jumbo but only 2 or 3 in the mix. As I said, it tasted pretty good thanks to the andouille sausage and okra -- just never had it served with grits so loose. On the basis on my experience, I would not be able to recommend this restaurant.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. However, I wish there was more choice of entrees on the dinner menu. Service was attentive without being overbearing. I think it's a little pricey but I expect that in an attraction oriented restaurant.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small menu but everything perfectly prepared.

TB
Nashville
23 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Longleaf is a fine restaurant located in Atlanta Botanical Gardens, of which we are members. The Gardens are open late on Thursday nights during the summer.

The menu changes frequently and in summer features many vegetable dishes where the vegetables are grown IN the Gardens. You can taste it.

The inside of the restaurant is frankly noisy, but there is ample outside seating which is much quieter and more intimate: definitely the area to request on OT. Service is sometimes rather slow, but you’re visiting the Gardens and making an evening (or afternoon) of it anyway. Good wine list and well-made drinks if you please.

CV
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Miss the chef/food and ambience at the earlier version of the ABG restaurant.

Salmon was yummy, wine very nice. However, Quite loud and a bit overpriced. Could really benefit from upgrading inside ...the tables and chairs have a bit of a cafeteria feel.

EL
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were pleasantly surprised with the excellent roast beef and chicken salad sandwiches we had yesterday. The best was the side salad served alongside. Nice lettuce, great vinaigrette, interesting radish and fennel slices.

AN
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, beautiful food, in a beautiful environment!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Unique vegetarian options. Good service. A bit on the pricy side, but expected I guess for being in the botanical gardens.

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Took my mom for her birthday and she loved it!

BA
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our visit. The food was really good: I had the super food bowl and really enjoyed it. Similar praise for the Arugula salad and chicken sandwich. It was pretty loud; perhaps because it was a Sunday and there were a lot of children there. And there is nothing soft in the décor or furnishings to reduce any of the noise.
Very pleasant service but it took a while though we were not in a hurry.

B
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The noise level was a major drawback. Food was good, service was OK but staff were nearly overwhelmed by the volume of people. It would be great to have a quieter room without screaming children.

J
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service outside best.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

An excellent location with terrible staff. Perhaps difficulty recruiting experienced servers given lots of walk ins and logistics? We had an unfriendly and unhelpful host followed by an inexperienced server. We actually left after we ordered wine (that we waited 15 min for but it never came). Look, if you’re a captive audience at the garden and need a casual lunch...this might work. This is NOT a place to consider as a destination restaurant.

b
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our time at Longleaf. We brought two friends with us to enjoy dinner and Cocktails in the Garden. The squash blossom appetizer was delicious. My salmon was really good- apricot glaze, perfectly seared and cooked just right in the center. My husband had pork loin which he really liked. The only downside was it was a little bit loud and drink service was a tad bit slow. It was a very enjoyable night and I would revisit.

JA
Atlanta
81 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great place to go at the gardens. Fresh menu. Had gazpacho with peaches and veggie platter. Others had shrimp and grits, the salmon, arugula salad and everyone was pleased. Good staff. Only complaint no 4 top tables on the window.

D
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was slow and on a slow night. Good selections and reasonably priced. Lovely view outside.

VA
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i love bringing friends here, as the location is beautiful, and the food is terrific. We started with a yummy cheese plate, shared a very tasty BLT with a delicious remoulade sauce, and finished up with the blackberry and peach creme brulee. Service was excellent. A lovely spot for lunch.

RS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was average. One salad with shrimp didn’t taste fresh

RA
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful experience for mother’s 90th birthday. We particularly appreciated the lack of music which made it very easy to talk with hearing impairments. Manager was exceptionally celebratory and even brought a splash of champagne to share.
Love this resturant!
My new favorite.

JP
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Background : We had reservations for 4 @ 7pm. It was Cocktails in the Gardens.

What happened: Got there. Ordered drinks and wine. Ordered iced tea and Cokes with our meal. Got our meals, but no alcoholic beverages. I summoned the hostess. She came back, and said the bar was backed up. We got our drinks half way through dinner. There were no crackers, nor bread service. No offer to comp the drinks or non-alcoholic beverages. Food was average.

It was Cocktails in the Garden!! How could ALL of the bars be backed up? How could one bar not be designated for the restaurant? We enjoyed our dinner when Linton Hopkins had the restaurant there. This is the first and last time for Longleaf.

SF
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server could not have been more helpful and attentive. Really enjoyed the menu items we ordered. Great food! Wonderful views. Look forward to coming back soon!

l
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!!! You’ve gotta have the Collard Green Sandwich!!!!

JS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy and tranquil!! A great time! Our server, Kendra, was also amazing!!

AW
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was okay. Our server was very nice and took very good care of us. When we showed up at 9, the time on our reservation, they did not want to seat us at first because they said they were closed. They kind of begrudgingly sat us. The rest of the staff was really great though and didn't act like they wanted us to leave even thought they were closing up. Food was just nothing particularly special, but priced like it should be better.

NK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I thought the bathrooms could have used some attention. Messy!
As well, the staff uniforms were outside the bathrooms, it looked really unprofessional and an odd spot to have uniforms.
The hosts were not well informed about the gardens or viewing hours.
Other then that, food and table service were excellent.

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