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Interior facing our patio and the BeltLine - The Illuminarium Cafe, Atlanta, GA

The Illuminarium Cafe

2.6
2.6
11 Reviews
$30 and under
American
WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING RESERVATIONS VIA OPENTABLE. ALL SEATING IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.

Join us in our indoor/outdoor cafe and patio with direct access to the Atlanta BeltLine. Located just south of Ponce City Market between New Realm Brewery and TWO Urban Licks. The Illuminarium Cafe serves authentic African street food along with more standard fare, and full bar opens at 2PM; our cafe can serve as an extension of our immersive safari attraction, or come just for the food - no admission ticket required. More info on the safari experience at https://www.illuminarium.com.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, African, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Thu, Fri 10:00 am–6:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (404) 341-1000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Damon Cundiff

  • Private party facilities

    Visit http://www.illuminarium.com/events for details on how to book the cafe or outdoor patio for your private event.

  • Neighborhood

    Virginia Highland

  • Parking details

    Visit http://www.illuminarium.com for information on nearby public parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 11 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

2.6
2.6 based on all time ratings
  • 2.8Food
  • 2.6Service
  • 2.7Ambience
  • 2.5Value

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  1. M

    Morgan

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We were going on vacation, & made this reservation about a month in advance. We paid for an uber to a warehouse out in the middle of nowhere, & it was closed! The doors were locked, lights were off, no one in sight. Thankfully there was a brewery open right next store, because we were starving after a day of sightseeing. This place is a huge SCAM! It also appears to be a very nice menu- & the cafe is a literal cafeteria. I would’ve been upset to pay those prices for the environment anyway.
  2. AP

    AngelaP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    While the food was very good, the service was horrible. We waited 15 minutes for our orders to be taken. Then it was over an HOUR before the food began to arrive. Some of the kids food never arrived and we had to go ask for it. Does it really take an hour to make Mac N Cheese!?!? Illuminarium was a great experience but we will skip the cafe in the future.
  3. K

    Kizzy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The cafe was ok. Nothing wow about it. The bar staff was attentive and helpful. The food need some improvement. Wings were very dry with no seasoning and comes with no sauce.
  4. JT

    015JTH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The food prices were great, but the food was just ok.
  5. KM

    KiemaM

    Atlanta

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was horrible. My date and I dressed nice and made a reservation thinking it would be an elegant atmosphere and it was worse then McDonalds. I showed the staff my reservation and then looked at me crazy. It was literally a high school cafeteria. Not what they said it would be. We left and went to a restaurant next door
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was low budget food experience with a high-end price tag. It wasn't terrible but something seems terribly wrong with eating a $36 plate in a cafeteria setting.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant was closed for a “closed event” with no notification. We ended going to the restaurant next door instead. We were looking forward to having African food after thr the wild safari experience.
  8. NC

    NevaC

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I drove 30 miles in inclement weather and my friend drove 35 miles to meet me to attend the event. I made dinner reservations on Open Table at the Illuminarium Cafe in advance of purchasing tickets for the Safari. The idea was to attend the Safari followed up by dinner for two. Highly disappointed to be told upon check in that the Cafe was CLOSED for a private event (TV Show Filming). We wanted the entire African Experience and dinner was a part of that. Open table sent me a confirmation email and a follow-up email the day before to confirm that I still planned to attend. Had we known the situation with the Cafe closure in advance of departure in inclement weather, we could have changed our experience attendance date to another date when the Cafe would be open. We were not pleased. Cannot comment on any aspect of the food, service, ambience, etc. at the restaurant since we were deprived of the experience because the restaurant was CLOSED!
  9. DE

    DExG

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely loved the Exhibit-themed menu! The service was great our server Ericka was Very Attentive! Will be back for sure!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    The server was ok, took forever to get a cocktail, had to go get napkins myself. The food was horrible, smelled bad and could not eat it. Could not recommend. Will never go back.
  11. a

    atlert

    Atlanta

    36 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    We went there the first day of opening, overall restaurant is very disorganized and lack of restaurant leadership. Food was over cooked and most importantly service was poor (not attentive). Hope they can improve on service so we could go back and try again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Illuminarium Cafe is rated 2.6 stars by 11 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Google Map for The Illuminarium Cafe

550 Somerset Terrace NE Atlanta, GA 30306

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Virginia Highland

  • Hours of operation

    Thu, Fri 10:00 am–6:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, African, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Visit http://www.illuminarium.com for information on nearby public parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Damon Cundiff

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (404) 341-1000

  • Private party facilities

    Visit http://www.illuminarium.com/events for details on how to book the cafe or outdoor patio for your private event.

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