Southern Art and Bourbon Bar

4.3
1606 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Southern
The Atlanta debut of acclaimed chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Art Smith, Southern Art combines modern sophistication with classic Southern charm, offering Southern-inspired cuisine and cocktails in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Bourbon Bar is the award-winning bourbon-centric bar and lounge alongside Southern Art featuring more than 70 varieties of bourbon. Bourbon Bar boasts four exclusive private label barrels from acclaimed distillers Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Four Roses and Heaven Hill and was recently named one of “America’s Best Bourbon Bars” by The Bourbon Review for the second consecutive year.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Southern, Southern, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30 - 10:30AM; Saturday - Sunday: 6:30 - 11:00AM
Sunday Brunch: 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 - 10:00PM; Friday- Saturday: 5:30 - 11:00PM
Bourbon Bar: Monday - Friday: 2:00PM - 2:00AM; Saturday: 12:30PM - 2:00AM; Sunday: 12:30PM - 12:00AM
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Phone number
(404) 946-9070
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Art Smith
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Cross street
Piedmont Road
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Parking details
Complimentary valet (maximum of four hours)
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MARTA north line: Station N7 Buckhead
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Entertainment
Please see our website events page for scheduled live music!
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Special events & promotions
Sandra Robbins
404-946-9153
Sandra.robbins@ihg.com
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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They offer a beautiful private dining room, up to 45 guests; a Chef's table for up to 16 guests; Semi private dining booths for up to 20 guests.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent. Lighting was a bit weird. Ham bar and bourbon selection are fantastic. It was my second time here. The first time there was better ambiance.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was so so. Received two thighs when I ordered fried chicken , which was heavily breaded. The grits were hard and lumpy- not what you expect when ordering shrimp and grits. The biscuits and the Boursin potatoes were the best items.

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TB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just want to say first and foremost, Kurt is awesome!!!!! I went to Southern Art a couple years ago for a friends birthday and he was awesome then as well. The best part about this visit was he remembered me and my friend. That speaks volumes!! This is the perfect place if you want to spoil someone or yourself! I went for my birthday and had a group of 10. Everyone is so accommodating from the bar to the host to your actual dining experience. The food is amazing! I had the chicken with Mac and cheese accompanied by the turnip greens. A friend of mine had the salmon. Numerous sides were ordered and it was all delicious!!!! Again, Kurt is amazing! The ambiance is amazing! Perfect for dates, proposals, special occasions, or just a night to yourself. I will be returning as often as possible!! Thanks again for my making birthday special!!

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Denver
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We met an old friend for brunch here, and were disappointed. We ordered off the menu, and none of the three of us finished our (roughly $20) breakfasts. Biscuits, which we expected to be ethereal, were more like cornbread - similar texture and greasy, and had herbs in them, which we hadn't wanted or expected. We are open to all kinds of foods and new takes on classics, but found nothing interesting or delicious when we ate there. We each ordered a different egg dish; it's possible our experience would have been different if we'd had waffles, pancakes, etc.

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NB
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, amazing service, fantastic bourbon menu. Dine here... you will not be disappointed!

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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 9 and met there for breakfast. There is a menu, but we chose the buffet, which included grits (excellent), assorted meats, fruits, and breads, and made to order omelets. We had excellent service. Note: it is located inside the Intencontinental Hotel. Valet parking is validated or you can park in the hotel parking deck for $15.

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GT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary, and they really took care of us. Two complimentary glasses of champagne and a complimentary dessert.

And the service from our waiter was outstanding.

Oh, and the food was very good as well.

We'll be back!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Menu mixed up classic recipes without going too far! Loved the art on the ceiling and the attentiveness of our server.

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AC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was true Southern cooking at its finest

The cocktails, appetizers, meal and dessert were excellent

Our waiter Gregory was fantastic

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DL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The visiting SAP Ariba Marketing Leadership Team thoroughly enjoyed our time at Southern Art.
Our waitress, Melanie, was incredible. Her passion for what she does and expertise in describing the menu options made us practically order one of everything! We enjoyed the food, specialty drinks and the ambience and will definitely return to Southern Art.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and food presentation.

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The service and the food need some work, especially for the price. My party started by ordering cocktails at the bar while waiting to be seated and for the rest of our party. The waitress said she was going to put in our cocktail orders and have them brought to our table. 20 minutes later, after being seated, we find out from our waiter that she never even put the order in. Our table ordered the whole fried chicken and while the larger pieces were decently seasoned, it seems the chef threw in some drumettes as an afterthought. Well, the afterthought was tasteless and bland. No breading or seasoning at all. It’s as if they took them straight from the pack and threw them into oil. The cocktails were good and strong which we like and while our waiter was a little slow, he was very accommodating on the way we split our checks. For the overall experience, the price points could really come down at least 8% across the board. There are WAY better restaurant experiences in Atlanta where a table of 7, ordering no more than two cocktails each and fried chicken would not cost well over $300 as this experience did.

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Z
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Very disappointed. Nothing rose to the hype. Well, the service was good from Aubrey and Kandra. The ambiance was enchanting. The fried green tomatoes were awful for $14.00(four small slices) and greasy. The deviled eggs (two eggs) $12.00, yuck. Ok, the signature dish fried chicken $20.00 two-piece, no seasoning, tough meat, Kroger does a better job. Then the red velvet cake, just okay. I will never go back and I cannot in good conscience recommend to anyone. The owner seems like a nice person in print and on television. However, the food here is subpar for Atlanta southern food. There were 2 guest who decided to cross the street for chik filet, they saved over $50 for a chicken lunch. Oh, the restaurant is pretty, with lots of empty seats. Sorry, you asked. It’s my honest experience.

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BT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the shrimp and grits. Best I’ve ever had. Delightful wait staff. Wife had the fried chicken. Excellent! Mashed potatoes are special. The chairs we sat in were the most comfortable. We stayed and talked just to enjoy the chairs and the atmosphere.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Shrimp and Grits delicious.

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EC
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great. Service was a little on the slow side.

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I
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My book club met at Southern Art & Bourbon Bar with the author of the two books we discussed. It worked out perfectly. The staff was friendly and accommodating to our party of 10. Thank you so much!

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IM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always the food was excellent and our server Gregory took great care of us.

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JB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Would recommend a flight of Bourbon!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Southern cooking at its best. Great fried chicken, fried green tomatoes and Mint Juleps. Service was outstanding. Great evening. Highly recommend.

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OB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

The restaurant was not busy, there were only about 3-4 tables and at least one other table near us waited for over 20-30 minutes without anyone checking on them, not even to refil their water. We would had left but considering that we had already waited a while and we were really hungry, it would have taken us longer waiting for the car and then getting to another restaurant.

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M
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I think it needs to be more apparent that you should park in the garage connected to the hotel for validation. It wasn’t clear to me and I parked in the other adjacent garage and ended up paying $14.

The food was okay. I got the chicken and waffles. I’ve had better but it definitely wasn’t terrible. The wait stuff were all super friendly and attentive. The restless also empty at 1pm on a Sunday which is peak brunch time. We didn’t order any brunch cocktails but hey seemed to have to normal slate.

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MM
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was good but our waiter Chris was amazing. The cheese board was great. Kids enjoyed the fried chicken

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RH
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a word - outstanding. From the seating to service to the recipes and the presentation, all was great. Our server Chris was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. We can’t say enough about how Chris elevated an already fine dining experience. We had never been to the restaurant, though we have dined at Art Smiths DC restaurant. At the end of our meal, George, the manager, came over to ask about our experience and he shared with us further information about Mr. Smith’s other restaurants. We will be back to see everyone!

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VM
Atlanta
267 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On July 23rd, my husband and I dined at Southern Art, and it continues to be a favorite. The consistency in the quality of the food and the excellence in customer service (The Server, Kurt, excels in his role!) is impressive. Add to it a lovely decor and enjoyable music, and you have all the ingredients for wonderful dining. Recommend the Deviled Eggs, the Cheeseburger, the Pork Chop and the Peach Cobbler (to die for). Highly recommend dining at Southern Art.

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LP
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was really tasty and service very good. Nice to taste bourbon

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SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Having seen Chef Art on TV for a number of years, my wife and I were excited to bring her mother here for dinner while on a recent trip to Atlanta. I was excited about the extensive bourbon list and it did not disappoint, with both vertical and horizontal flights offered. The laid back atmosphere was matched by the very well prepared meal. The “Ham Board” charcuterie platter was a hit with all. My shrimp and grits entree was amazing which is saying something seeing as I am a northerner and have never understood the appeal of grits. Save room for desserts and try the pecan pie or peach cobbler. Thank you all for a fabulous meal!

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IM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday

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LA
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant atmosphere was amazing. After leaving the hotel room we wondered if our casual attire was too informal. We found that we were dressed no different than the other patrons. Our waiter was wonderful. He was friendly and courteous. He made us feel at home (thank you Kurt). We took his recommendations and were not disappointed. The fried green tomatoes were fantastic. The fried chicken was full of flavor. The honey in the brussel sprouts, helped to make me a fan. We truly enjoyed the bread, although we were not thrilled with the pickled vegetables. When visiting this establishment, be sure to look up, so that you don't miss out on the artwork that is hanging from the ceiling.

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F
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Finest shrimp and grits ever. Plus creamy onion soup unique and wonderful. Actually had breakfast there the next morning and omelet was equally fabulous. I travel a great deal...this is one of finest Atlanta and east coast restaurants. Highly recommend.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Curt was great. Very personable and attentive. His recommendations were spot on.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My salmon was a little over cooked but other than that, was delicious! Great menu, ambience!

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VM
Atlanta
267 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a favorite Atlanta restaurant. The service and food are consistently excellent, and the decor colorful and attractive.

The people who staff this restaurant, from the Valets and Hosts, provide excellence in Customer Service, and our Server for lunch on this particular day was no exception. Ruben, was friendly, helpful and attentive. He made for the perfect dining experience.

Recommend Addie Mae’s Soup (Art's family chicken and dumplings recipe), Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Salad with Shrimp (Burrata, heirloom tomatoes, pistachio pesto, arugula, citrus pearls, balsamic reduction), Southern Art Cheeseburger ((50/50 brisket-chuck blend, Southern style pimento cheese, Vidalia onion jam, butter lettuce, beefsteak tomatoes, Southern Art brioche bun), and the Peach Cobbler (to die for). FYI: I choose to have a burger without all the fixins. The brisket-chuck blend was delicious, and the brioche bun excellent.

Highly recommend dining at Southern Art & Bourbon Bar. Look forward to dining there again!

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great! Ambiance is exceptional!

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SA
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time visiting and I have already made reservations for my next visit! Delicious food, great service and perfect location!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointed that there was no longer a Sunday brunch buffet

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CG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Went for brunch at 11:30am. Not sure if it was the time we went but the service was not good. Waitress said they didn't have diet coke that she would need to walk somewhere far to get it. I also wasn't aware that there are no alcoholic drinks served before 12:30pm but that's my fault.

The waitress barely came back to check on us, though she had a pleasant attitude. It felt like she may have been doing something else and possibly filling in as our waitress. Got much busier after 12:30pm so if O go again it will definitely be after brunch.

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I always love this hotel for breakfast. My recent visit was good. My server was a bit inattentive and was slow to bring my order. Other than that, the greeters and the rest of the wait team were awesome!

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FF
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The bar, bartenders and cocktails are excellent a the Bourbon Bar. The look and atmosphere of the restaurant are really upscale. When it comes to the menu and the food at the Southern Art Restaurant, this is where the evening did not live up to my expectations. For southern cuisine the food was bland. We started with the fried green tomatoes and cheese board. The green tomatoes had a very thick crust and not taste, thankfully it had a sauce that had a little. The cheese seem bland and in all honesty a bit hard and old.

For dinner, I grabbed a piece of fried chicken off the plates of one my dinner companions, and while the fried chicken looked awesome there was no flavor. I myself order the ravioli and it was also bland and tasteless, on top of being a little cold.

I think it's time for a refresh of the menu or at least the recipes. When you go to a southern restaurant in Atlanta, there is an expectation of great flavor, this dinner did not meet that expectation at all.

This restaurant is in the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel, so there was an expectation that this would be an ideal location for a business dinner with vendors from California. I believed this would give them an upscale taste of real southern fine cuisine. I was very disappointed in the food.

I will definitely go back to the bar, the atmosphere, drinks and knowledge of the bartenders were very upscale and awesome. I wish that my dinner was a tasteful as my drink. It may be time to revamp the menu, kitchen staff and recipes. This was not true southern cuisine and I don't believe that I will suggest this restaurant to anyone that is looking for a true upscale southern cuisine experience. For the cost, my expectations of taste and freshness where much higher than what I received.

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