Sperata

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
Located in charming Historic Downtown Buford, Sperata offers an amazing fusion of delectable food and friendly service in an elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere. The world-renowned chef and owner prepares meals around the freshest and finest quality ingredients, pleasing each distinct palette with mouth-watering aromas and flavors. The dinner menu includes such favorites as Grilled Scallops in Tomato Tapenade, Sperata House Salad, Filet Mignon with Portobello Mushroom, and Vanilla Bean Crème Brule, all cooked to perfection. Enjoy daily features, which include a variety of fish specialties such as Banana-Rum Crusted Halibut with Butternut Squash Ravioli and Coconut Lemongrass Sauce. Superb culinary creations are complimented by an exceptional wine list and full bar. Upstairs from the main dining room is an equally inviting function room that seats up to 100 guests and is perfect for private and corporate parties and entertaining. We invite you to a most pleasurable dining experience!
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CD
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first visit for my husband, my friends, and myself on a rainy Monday evening, January 13th, 2020! We were greeted by our waiter, Oliver, who sat us at a lovely table under a chandelier and proceded to provide us with a remarkably good dining experience. The food was wonderful, as was the atmosphere of this excellent, unexpected gem of a restaurant and dining experience. They have classical music on weekends by an experienced pianist, with Van Gogh on the walls. Go; you'll love it!

MB
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service, it was our first time there. 1st rate experience, I recommend this restaurant.

OT
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sperata continues to deliver wonderful meals each time we dine.

w
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Would recommend Sperata for any occasion.

DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, had the lamb and was cooked perfectly. As for the service they were very knowledgeable and willing to do whatever was needed.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for New Year’s Eve dinner before going out. It was a set menu for the holiday. The dinner and wine pairing were amazing!! Service was very good and the live music was perfect ambience for an amazing meal!! It was a bit pricy, but well worth it for a special occasion.

EM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to Sperata for Christmas Eve Dinner has become a tradition for my sister and I. It's part of our Christmas gift to each other. Michael our server was wonderful and attentive his service was great. The food ....what can I say was awesome....very tasty and nicely plated. From the onion tart, lamb chops, pork tenderloin to the creme brulee each bite was fantastic. The atmosphere is very quaint and quiet enough that you can easily have a conversation without speaking loudly. In life you get what you pay for and Sperata is priced fairly but for us it's definitely a special occasion place to dine.

y
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We celebrated my husband’s birthday and the experience was delightful!

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual. Food and great friends who work there make this one of our favorite things to do!

b
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delish! The waiter was pleasant and knew his stuff, piano took requests!!

ML
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Family visiting from Austin Tx

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Waited an hour for mains, none of our appetizers (which did show up relatively quickly, relative only to the mains) were remarkable (to err on the side of politeness). Even after asking for our mains to be wrapped rather than served, we waited another ten minutes only to be presented with a bill overcharging us, and not even the slightest mention of an apology or accommodation; instead, it was suggested that next time we tell them we have plans after. Of course our waiter also claimed they had a large party upstairs that had caused the delay, so what good it would’ve done for us to tell them we wanted things to move at a normal pace I don’t know. Bottom line: there’s no reason to visit this place.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good again.

MC
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall it was very nice but seeing that it was our anniversary, as well as our friends, we expected a little more than what we received!

OT
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my wife’s favorite restaurant in Buford. Always great for a date night. Food is superb!!!

GC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food & wine was superb. They gave my wife & I a very nice evening. Pianist was very good.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I dined here for our wedding anniversary.

We both love this restaurant for the food, service and ambience.

The staff and chef are very accommodating if you have dietary restrictions.

The quality of food is excellent and presentation first class.

A sign of a great restaurant is hot food on hot plates - that is what you get here !!!!

I highly recommend this restaurant.

k
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints; always amazing food and great service.

M
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our server was absolutely phenomenal. oscar is very personable and provided excellent service. This was my second visit and I will return. the food was delicious. I'd recommend the lamb

JV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed at Sperata. The food is excellent and well presented. So nice to find a restaurant with an imaginative menu and a pleasant atmosphere.

JL
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sperata is the perfect fine dining experience for a romantic night, special occasion or just pure Epicurean pleasure. The atmosphere is quiet and inviting. You may choose the 5 course meal option or a la carte options. From unique gourmet salads to the best steak and mussels I've ever experienced to the creme brulee and toffee bread pudding a la mode...truly a sensory delight...service is first rate and ensures the perfect dining experience. Compliments to the chef and staff. Sperata will always be a special place for us to slow down, escape and gaze across the table on anniversaries, Valentine's and enjoy a glass of wine and delicious food together.

CW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently moved to Buford so this was our first time here but definitely not our last!

BK
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't have asked for a greater anniversary dinner. The "Steak Diane" was the best I ever had. Great service. We will be back.

JW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We actually ended up with another couple that was also eating their and the staff was very good about changing our table from 2 to 4. The food was excellent, but a little pricey. We enjoyed the piano player and the music was soft enough that we could very easily carry on a conversation. I would recommend Sperata's especially for a special occasion.

SR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food! Piano a little loud but overall fantastic!

R
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service is always the best. Piano was a bit loud where we sat at the window.

MM
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meals were all(4) prepared to perfection and served at a nice warm temp without being overcooked(salmon and steak). Onion tart and fried green tomatoes(not too bready or greasy) and salads were all delicious. The bread pudding was amazing! We'll be back! Thanks Paul for great service-memorable meal all the way around!

DR
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant was crowded, so they’re obviously doing things well. I thought our server, Oliver was very good. He was sensitive to our conversation with the couple we were dining with. We had a very nice table in the front window, however, we were next to the piano which made it somewhat noisy. The menu is rather limited, but my Caprese Salad, Lamb Chops and Cheesecake were all delicious. The kitchen totally screwed up my wife’s order and there was no offer to correct it. Because of a recent doctor’s visit, my wife specifically requested her Salmon be simple grilled with light olive oil, no sauce and no potatoes. Somehow, the kitchen either didn’t get the instructions, or inadvertently overlooked them. I’m not sure my wife would have wanted a re-cook (had it been offered), because her meal would have been meaningfully delayed and she was very hungry. Nevertheless, the very least the restaurant should have done was offer a complimentary dessert, if they did not want to comp the meal. We would probably go there again, but wish they offered a slightly more extensive menu... particularly more non-red meat offerings.

DB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable dinning. I took my wife for our anniversary and everything was great! We will be going back this time during the weekend when the pianist will be playing.

SA
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oliver was a terrific server... very knowledgeable and attentive.

K
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clayton provided wonderful service, every aspect of our meal was delicious, and the ambiance and location were perfect for a much-needed date night. Live piano and a glass of great wine made our night!

CG
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy and comfortable. Excellent food. Wonderful service. we will be back

JS
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was outstanding. The chef did a wonderful job of making this a good experience for our group of six. We made another reservation for the following week.

LB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Ambiance was very nice and our waiter was particularly informative and helpful. The pianist was on vacation so that was a little disappointing as we had mentioned this to our friends prior to bringing them to the restaurant. We did feel that the entrees were extremely pricey even though the portions were large. I would not recommend the paella as it is prepared very different than the traditional Cuban style. Our guest ordered this entrée and did not care for it. The rest of the entrees were very good and the Sticky pudding was exceptional.

DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner. The organic chicken was the best I have ever had anywhere, and the arugala & goat cheese salad with the pears and beets is wonderful. Creme brulee was perfection. Service was elegant and charming. Love this place!

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always an awesome experience. Great local place to get a star meal.

SH
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sperata is our favorite restaurant. We go there to celebrate all our special occasions. The food, the service and ambiance is always *!

RP
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been there numerous times and are never disappointed with the food or the service.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The meal and the service was good... it’s just not on the top of our list to go back.

J
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is a nice looking restaurant and the staff are friendly and helpful. If you can get your meal cooked the way you like it, the food is good. So, for example, I ordered the tenderloin, medium-well. It came medium-rare. After sending it back, it came out a little while later, medium (not medium-well). They later took off the price of our salads to compensate for their error. They forgot to bring our appetizer, but when it did come, it was very good. I was hoping to get a nice beer with my dinner, but the waiter informed me it is a wine and liquor restaurant, not beer. It's not like I was trying to get some cheap beer. Haven't run into this kind of alcohol type prejudice before, and have dined at many fine restaurants. My wife had salmon with shrimp. She said it was good, except that the shrimp were undercooked (she brought them home and cooked them a little at home). Although the restaurant was not busy, service was also slow. If you are easygoing, patient, persistent, and drink liquor or wine, you can have a good experience. Otherwise, I recommend going somewhere else.

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