Nowak's

4.4
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
734 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Steakhouse

Restaurants you may also like

View all

About

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.
What 734 people are sayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.4based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
LC
vipLauraC
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed at noon on Sunday so obviously no longer serving brunch and a sign in the window claimed they were no longer using open table to accept reservations. Very disappointed in the app for still taking reservations and disappointed for our celebration brunch not occurring

AS
vipAndyS
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Our waiter was great. My wife enjoyed her dinner of fried oysters. The champagne cocktails were good. On the recommendation of the waiter who said the specials were delicious and outstanding, I ordered the fried oysters and the BBQ ribs. The oysters were mushy, sort of half way between raw and crispy fried. Not my cup of tea. The ribs were so coated with heavy sauce that the ribs were hardly tastable under the heavy sauce. Too bad, too, since they were tender.

TJ
vipTJRocks
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. Matt was very patient, attentive and accommodating. Would return again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice neighborhood restaurant with high quality food and wine list. Good service.

C
Candy
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
vipTom42
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

C
vipChefmarc
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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
viprushs
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

SK
ScottK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
vipMatthewL
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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

J
vipJill
Atlanta
47 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

GT
GaTraveler
Atlanta
58 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
Dukej
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
Dukej
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BB
vipBettyBoop
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO delicious. And super service. Love this restaurant.

m
vipmunchies
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

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
vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
38 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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

GR
GenoRohl
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
vipFavorite
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

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
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food is good but overpriced

RD
RD11
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MD
MikeD
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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
Jacey
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

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

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and good food!!!

w
vipwisteriaful
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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
GlenN
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience1

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
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
vipAngcar
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant

E
Eddie
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere excellent food. Who could ask for more?

HS
HaroldS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
vipPeRo
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
MelissaC
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

K
vipKevp
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DM
vipDMurray
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

JD
JamelD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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!

FAQs

Nowak's does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Nowak's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (404) 347-9747.

Nowak's is rated 4.4 stars by 734 OpenTable diners.