Nowak's

4.4
729 reviews
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Steakhouse
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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C
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nowak’s was awesome. The bartenders and servers are knowledgeable and gracious. The food was delicious. Love the steak and salmon salads. Menu has great variety and the specials are intriguing. Appreciate Nowak providing parking area security for the surrounding restaurant community. We’ll be back and often!

T
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Really LOUD inside dining, however, back patio is lovely! Great food!

C
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not a bad place just nothing standing out. Food was just ok burgers too well done had to reorder. Probably wouldn’t go back

r
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nowak's is a great neighborhood restaurant where the competition includes Murphy's, Tiny Lou's, Ma Li, La Tavola, Fontaine's, Sweet Auburn and more. But it can go toe to toe with the west end and Buckhead. We're going back.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great overall experience. Bartenders were great. Food was delicious and prices were fair!

SK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner, and since we were having a family celebration dinner they moved us to a quiet back room and we had a fantastic experience. We will be back!

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt was an excellent waiter. He was able to make us laugh and provide knowledgeable guidance on all the food and drink options. The owner was just as endearing and took the time to meet my party and truly engage in truthful conversation. This place is real. The food is stellar. The prices are in line with the amazing quality. We had a ton of food, caesar salad, gazpacho, crab cake, lobster tail, salmon, filet, scallops, spinach.... the kitchen staff are 4-5 star Michelin worthy. But this is our hidden Atlanta gem. I hope they are here for a long long time. Thank you so much,
Adrienne 8/3/2019

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

We live in the neighborhood and absolutely love having this restaurant within walking distance. We’ve gotten to know the owner and most of the staff. The food is consistently excellent. And they are dog friendly!

ML
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food is ok but pricey. Getting the food out took a long time and the place had barely anyone there at 6:15.

J
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and drinks. The bartender, Liston, is terrific. He can make a great drink! Look forward to returning soon.

GT
Atlanta
50 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

First experience at Nowak's. Nothing was memorable but I hope this might change after we go back for another experience. Service was spotty and the food average. Portions ran small on all the dishes ordered (steak, chicken, scallops, pasta) and the price was high for the quality and quantity received. Overall, first impression can be rated no better that Average.

D
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service from Celeste. My salmon salad was great! Two of the five people in our party said their steaks had an unusual taste probably from Liquid Smoke used during cooking. They did finish all their meal, though.

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

Good food and excellent service. Oysters were fresh and delicious. Steaks were tender, juicy and cooked just right. Crab and avocado salad was excellent. Our waitress was friendly and attentive, offered good advice on specials and other menu items and kept our glasses filled throughout the meal.
The apple cobbler desert was OK, but not as good as I've eaten elsewhere.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Forms the apps to the desert everything was delicious. The drinks and our waiter were top notch!!

BB
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SO delicious. And super service. Love this restaurant.

m
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

After many meals at Nowaks I’ve figured out what the problem is. This restaurant takes the customer to the extreme. The service is so slow - you get drinks, apps, entree just before you stand up and walk out. An apology by the waitress was given. The cost for what you’re served is just below the mark where you stand and scream WTF. Beers are 12 oz (not 16) for the same price. When the dining experience is over you’re left with a thought just shy of ‘I’ll never be back’.
Strip steak is really good. I like the fact they have some low carb sides. Fried oysters are good. I’ve had the fish and it’s always been good. Space is cool.

OT
Savannah
33 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service! One of the best greeters I have dealt with! The food is mediocre.

GR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had never been to this place before. We visited for our brunch on our anniversary. Very positive experience with wait staff and excellent omelet made to my wife's specifications the first time. A little pricey, but worth it. I would rather cook at home than visit other places we've been to lately. Nowak's is now on our list of approved eating places.

F
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was very slow and the waiter seemed indifferent. It seemed like we were seated in a closet-like alcove. It was cramped and noisy.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food is good but overpriced

RD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food were excellent,
especially the filet and the wedge salad. The atmosphere was warm and comfortable.

MD
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food quality was pretty good, but the wait for one person’s avocado toast (a simple dish) was too long. The rest of us enjoyed the brunch buffet, but initially several items were missing (scrambled eggs, French toast). Our waitress also disappeared for awhile when we were ready for our check (I’ve never understood this phenomenon.)

J
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Brunch buffet was Meh. Service and atmosphere great. Food just very ordinary to subpar.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and good food!!!

w
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was not as good as the first time I went and the service was pretty slow. Not our server, but the kitchen was really slow to get the entrees out. We ended up having a 2 hour dinner bc it was so slow, which is fine if it was a 4 course meal but it was not. I'll try again, but am more weary now than I was!

GN
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

We like the menu and ambience but we were seated by a loud group. The food is generally good but you don’t get much. Most people in our group left hungry. The Brussels sprouts were burnt to a crisp.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal. Best dinner I’ve had in a long time. Oyster appetizer special and ribeye were incredible.

A
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had he crispy Brussels sprouts and the Novak Burger, one of the best burgers I have ever had.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant

E
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere excellent food. Who could ask for more?

HS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not everything was pork, for a change! The steaks - we had a prime rib and New York strip - were remarkable and prepared to perfection. This is 1/3 the price of The Other steak houses and actually better with a more neighborhood feel. There were many vegetarian options. The menu lacked the overindulgent sauces and creams that are so popular today, thankfully. It's a shame we didn't get dessert but we will next time. And the time after that..

PR
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always great. I had meatloaf which was delicious. Tommy, our server, was just a great natural server. Evening was pleasant and fun as usual.

MC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Good food although my husband’s burger had some room for improvement. Great cocktails and nice wine.

K
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant within easy walking distance of my house. Keep up the good work!

DM
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. The service was excellent. Amazingly, this restaurant was nearly empty at 5:30PM on a Friday.

JD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the service, location, and food. Our waitress was amazing. She gave recommendations that were spot on and made sure we were well taken care of. She was definitely an expert on the menu selections. GET THE CHEESE PLATE! If you like cheese of course. We also had the brussels sprouts which were cooked perfectly. The steak was very good, but not great in my opinion. I can say I've had better, but would still recommend it. This place is a must try at least twice place. Bring your date, bring your crew, and just enjoy the location. Looking forward to my next visit!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Went for Easter brunch and the price was $49 instead of $18. Was not worth it. Omelette and waffle station took 20 min to get through, with 1 person running the station on Easter Sunday, so part of our party was done eating by the time we sat down. Meat carving station would run out and it would take 10 min before they would be back. Spent $150 and the service was poor for charging these prices. Was not organized or ran efficiently for a holiday brunch.

KM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was awesome! The GM/Chef was amazing. He welcomed us and gave great recommendations. We started off with the She-crab soup and oysters. Then we transitioned into the entree with the filet mignon and bone-in ribeye. It was to die for! We ordered the horseradish cream sauce but it was not necessary for the steak. We have already made plans to come back next week!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was top notch

r
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nothing exciting just ok

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