Nowak's

4.5
677 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
A neighborhood bar and restaurant with American Cuisine and something for everyone; Steaks, Seafood, Sandwiches, & Salads. Created by seasoned Atlanta Restauranteurs. Between Midtown Atlanta and Emory University, 1 mile north of Virginia Highland, close to Buckhead and downtown Atlanta.
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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Server seemed disorganized, took a long time to bring check, couldn’t understand splitting check 1/5, 1/5, 3/5.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Brunch does not live up to dinner at this restaurant. I’d give it 4-5 stars for dinner. Buffet food was cold by the time we sat down.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing steak. Cooked perfectly.

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RM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great steak at a reasonable price. Martinis were solid as well.

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J
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem. So glad we live nearby. Great wine. Great food. Always fun!

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Disappointed to have made a reservation and then be seated in a nearly empty room separated from the main dining room

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UC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

A most ordinary restaurant with very limited and not very appealing menu. The waiter billed their specialty the steaks but the one I had, while tasty was a thin very small rib eye. I wouldn't recommend this place when there are so many other really good places to eat in Atlanta.

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PR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good and dependable. Great neighborhood place.

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j
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was really good. Something for everyone on the menu from nice entrees to burgers. I had a oysters - great; wedge salad - great; scallop special dish - great.

A tad loud, but I'm old and everything is loud but rock n roll.

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m
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I live in the neighborhood and have eaten here many times and enjoyed it very much . This time the steak was under seasoned, sides were not hot, asked for lemon which never came. They should be ashamed for serving the asparagus ( should have been thrown out). I also wrote a message to the restaurant with no response. I guess they don’t care to hear negative comments.

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L
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience! We got there early and sat at the bar - service was warm and friendly. We got to our table and we were not rushed through any of the dining experience. I will be back!

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RC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The NY Strip was cooked to perfection and the chicken was amazing! Great atmosphere and Kenny gave us awesome customer service.

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SP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tried Novak’s when we saw it was in the Passbook for a buy one-get one entree. We generally splurge on a nicer bottle of wine when we do this. Our server recommended a delicious cab that we thoroughly enjoyed. Brussels sprout app was delicious. I had the ribeye and my wife a filet. Temps were perfect on both. Cauliflower mash was a great side, as were the mushrooms.

Really good restaurant and priced just below the typical Atlanta steakhouses. We will take guests here again. High recommendation.

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r
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Claiming "Top Restaurant" in VA Highlands is pretty bold. Nowak"s hasn't done that yet, but it has the food skills to be there. And when the bar gets so full that you can never find a place there it will be at the top. Right now, right now you still need to get there before 7 if you want a shot at dinner at the bar. When you do everyone around you will be from the neighborhood, everyone of whom had the choice to eat at any restaurant from Doc Chey's to Manuel's and they're sitting next to you. Monday is lobster special--a deal. But the seafood is always fresh and the steaks and other comfort food aren't done casually. Having been in the restaurant business his entire life as the son of one of Atlanta's restaurant icons, Hal Nowak, the boss is an activist with the menu and the skill needed with every plate.

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RK
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

After seeing so many 'misses' occupying this space, it was great to enjoy a good meal at Nowak's. I truly hope they are here to stay as this is just the type of neighborhood casual spot we need in Va-High. We happened to hit half-price wine night and were happy to see that the choices were decent. Redfish and salmon entrees were perfectly cooked, and the brussels sprouts are to die for. We will be back!

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EF
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful experience as always - the lobster bisque is amazing :)

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the filet and it was excellent.

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TB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was very average. Not worth the high prices at all-- nothing special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!!

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

We went to Nowak’s for the first time last weekend and can’t wait to go back! The food was delicious and the service was great. We will definitely be back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Boyfriend and I decided to go for the first time because we had a discount with Atlanta Passbook so we didn’t have any expectations but we were pleasantly surprised with how much we enjoyed it! We both got medium rare filets that were cooked perfectly. The mussels were delicious and the service was great. Some of the sides were mediocre but the atmosphere was good and we could easily have a conversation without having to shout. We will be back!

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d
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, Nowak’s was wonderful. Service was excellent and the food was great. They are always very accommodating, especially to our 9 year old boy. We highly recommend Nowak’s!

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GC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonder full meal, great service, great atmosphere. The quantity was just right to leave room for a great desert.

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c
Atlanta
48 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to place. Friendly staff, perfectly cooked fish, great salads. Something for everyone.

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LI
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at Nowaks. My party enjoyed the buffet. The server was very attentive. The food was hot and fresh. We will definitely return.

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JS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service for a good price. A hidden gem.

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C
Atlanta
92 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Beautiful Restaurant, but what's with the portions?

The pasta was served in a cereal bowl that wasn't even completely full. Since 2 of the 4 in our party ordered this, it cast an overall negative opinion of Nowak's and our experience there. The others ordered the NY strip, but while the portions were adequate, the overall presentation was limp and lackluster, with just the meet and a small vegetable on a white plate. The space is very warm and cozy and the server was very friendly, albeit sometimes hard to track down. Much potential, but needs work.

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our waiter! He offered gateway suggestions and was so sweet!!

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TH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful neighborhood restaurant with great food and service. The owner takes time to greet tables, check on service and even sat down with me and my family to talk after our meal last week. He's done this a couple of times and it's a great thing to see him connecting and really caring about his business delivering a great experience and getting to know his community.

The crab cakes and steak were great as they usually are and the service was excellent. Lively bar area kept busy after the dining room closed and it's nice to see locals have a great place to go for dining, drinks and great conversation. Hope you'll go check them out and enjoy!

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GC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had dinner with friends and we were able to converse easily. Food and service were fine. Mussels excellent!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was fantastic. Nothing bad to say about anything we ordered from drinks, apps, to entree. Service was bad. 20 min early for our reservation and finally got seated 45 after scheduled time. Our table was ready for about 25 minutes and we asked twice if we could just sit at a table in the bar, it was wide open, if our table wasn’t going to be ready soon. The guy working the host stand (probably a manager) was so snarky and flippant clearly annoyed that we asked. We only saw the server about three times the whole meal and it was always very hurried. Waited so long for the first visit we ordered everything at once — drinks, apps, entree. Kept having to ask other people walking by for water, drinks, flatware, extra plate, etc. We were done with apps before first round of drinks arrived. Watched other tables come and go while we just waited and waited. The list goes on. Unfortunately we won’t be going back solely based on service.

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MD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We had the slowest service of any meal I have ever had. We had a group of 5 couples and 3 of us got up to complain to the manager after the server didn't do anything. He said they were understaffed, but that was a weak excuse. He said he would "take care of us", but when the bill came it was full price. The food is decent, but I would avoid this place.

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G
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

First time here. Food was very good. Service not so good. Felt rushed. No more could finish our cocktail and the appetizer came, the server immediately asked us what we wanted for dinner before the appetizer was on the table. Food was brought out immediately. Kept asking us if we needed anything else. Several times. Felt like they were trying to turn the table . Wont go back until they do something about that.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in Atlanta, great place, nice neighborhood place

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y
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the feel of the atmosphere at Nowak’s. Everything About the evening was fantastic. We’ve gone twice now and the food is always delicious. My husband got the Loup se met both times and it was wonderful. Good wine choices and nice attention to customer service.

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PR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, good food and good value. Blaiss is always there to make you feel at home

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d
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The shrimp and grits were awesome, I recommend them!

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t
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

service was bad and slow food was not good. We had a reservation and waited for about 10 minutes at the front and there were plenty of empty set tables. Food was not quality if they cannot make lemon riccotta pancakes properly they should take them off the menu.

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OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nowak’s was great! Enjoyed the dinner, ambience and service! The steaks are amazing. Definitely will be returning.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good neighborhood restaurant. Probably good fit for this upscale area. Service was great. I thought food was okay. Oysters like oysters didn’t worse $36 for dozen. Trout bites was a not great. Over menu didn’t impressed me and I don’t think we will be going back.

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