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Willow Bar, Atlanta, GA

Willow Bar

4.1
4.1
57 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Winter Wonderland is back. Book your igloo experience and enjoy with your loved ones: open Fridays and Saturdays.

This is our lush secret garden tucked behind the Sylvan Hotel. From the covered outdoor bar to the landscaped paths that wind through our 6,300-square-foot courtyard, there are private nooks and social spaces to discover around every corner. Share a cheese board with a date by the cozy glow of a lantern, find a new fave natural wine with your pod by the fire pit, or enjoy a herbaceous cocktail with friends: At Willow Bar, to paraphrase a famous line, the whole world is a garden if you look the right way.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (470) 531-8904
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Thomas Davis
  • Private party facilities
    When you want to add a little throwback flair to your private party, book with Willow. From tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, fun cocktails to a multi-course menu of Chef Thomas’s creative and diverse cuisine in our lush garden or covered bar area, make your next birthday, anniversary fete or business dinner unforgettable.
  • Neighborhood
    Buckhead
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 57 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

57 Reviews
  1. Kyfraz

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined in one of the winter igloos and it was just such a fun experience with friends. Service was great and there was a prefix menu for the igloos

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The service is non existent but the drinks and apps were good!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The Wonderland experience was awful. The igloos themselves are cute, but that's all the good I have to say about the entire evening. We saw a server twice. Our group had to keep going to the bar to order drinks. The food that is included took over an hour to come out and then wasn't enough to feed our group. For $89 (110 w/ tax and gratuity)/per person, I expected more. We had a group of 10. For $1100 (drinks not included), I feel like we could have gotten more than 1 pretzel, 2 small bowls of fries, and a couple of dips. Terrible value and experience.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommended First time experience was awesome

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  5. OpenTable

    Atlanta Metro

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a wonderdul experience! My friends and I loooved the igloos!! The food, the music (we played all those holiday records on the record player inside) great food and the service was top notch. If you want to have an awesome experience with your friends, definitely try it! We’ll be back again in 2 weeks

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  6. LilyM

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    This was a strange experience. We had a reservation but there was no one else in the restaurant on a Friday night. One server also acting as bartender. The next night I noticed the restaurant was closed.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super dog friendly! We love going there and plan on returning

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Cute patio but wasn’t clean even though I made a reservation. Only 1 server and 1 cook on a Saturday night? Very slow service. Drinks were nasty and expensive. Food was okay but took forever and came out wrong for 1 person. I would come back but maybe by myself just for a drink.

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  9. AshleyD

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambiance was nice but the food was disappointing and the service slow. The fries were overly fried (dark and extra crunchy), the red wine was served chilled, the dessert tasted like it was made from a box (cheap, stale, imitation flavoring). The server was nice, but slow. She might have been the only person working so that’s understandable but they should have more than one server available. It took 10 minutes to be seated, 15 minutes to place our order, 10 minutes to receive our drinks, etc. Not a place I will visit again.

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  10. ChefTae

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was perfect! My boyfriend, toddler and I went for dinner and sat outside. My son danced to the music and played in the dirt. I had the burger and my boyfriend had the chicken sandwich. I love a small menu. There were 4 drinks to choose from, 4 entrees and I think, 2 desserts. That makes things so easy. The Customer Service was good too. I did wait longer than anticipated to be greeted. Buying didn’t wait long for my food. Apologies for whatever my son may have destroyed but I will definitely be coming back for date night.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The igloo experience sounds like a great idea but it’s really horrible. The tent was cold and and not worth the money. How do you setup an igloo, make people pre pay for dinner and then serve them a limited menu consisting of three entrees: grilled cheese and soup, burger with fries, or chicken sandwich. It was really pathetic and overall I was embarrassed to set this date up for my fiancé. SAVE YOUR TIME AND MONEY!!

    1 person found this helpful

  12. Prefergoodservice

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waitstaff was very attentive! We were a party of 7 for the igloo and it was pretty tight. The tables were a bit small and the dessert really should be individual because it was difficult to share with a larger party..But otherwise the value was good. Plenty of food for everyone. The drinks are very good and the atmosphere is perfect for a ladies night. Table is perfect for a date night.

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  13. SHAEH

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful ambiance and the festive mix drinks were excellent. However, the food and service were subpar, not worth the $300 bill for 2 people. I would return though, only for drinks with friends but would not to dine in again.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Experience was 10/10 , pre selected menu is small but would of like to see more entree choices. Outside of that the drinks were good . We had the Rudolph in Cancun cocktail & thee mussels appetizer was delish !

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  15. ZaynaS

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The value of a dollar does not exist here. My check was $100 for 2 drinks and 2 subpar sandwiches. I would not recommend the grill cheese to anyone. The cheese is not melted on the very thick bread. My husbands chicken sandwich came with cold fries. The fries tasted like store bought frozen fries that still had ice in the middle of the fries. It was not throughly cooked through. It took 30 mins before we got our drinks which came out after we received our food. The waitress seemed to be socially anxious, she didn’t talk much or ask us about our food or experience. When she took our plates from the table she didn’t even ask why they were still full plates. The experience for the cost was not worth it at all. I’m really glad I decided to not pay $85/pp to reserve the igloo because this review would’ve been a corporate call. I will not recommend and not be returning, several people we know and social media followers have already asked about our experience and we were honest, do not go unless you are okay with losing money how we did last night. $100 wasted on a terrible experience and food

    3 people found this helpful

  16. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Most of our food came out room temperature / the experience was cool but overall not worth the money.

    1 person found this helpful

  17. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was too cold in there and no other forms of entertainment were offered such as when I visited there was a record player in one of the igloos. If I had known I would have brought a speaker. No board games like advertised or were they even offered.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. Chris

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Booked for the igloo experience and the restaurant was heavy understaffed. All of the available staff were very pleasant, they needed additional help. Food was solid overall, mussels were excellent, holiday drinks were very good.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    When we arrived for our reservations, they were out of nearly everything to make cocktails and there only had one bartender and somebody they pulled in from the back to serve the whole restaurant. Service took a long time, we couldn't order cocktails, and the food was overcooked and of poor quality for the price.

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  20. ChiaC

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic time. The service, drinks, and food were great. What a lovely experience.

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  21. nassab

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice setting. Food was ok but it was all cold. Cold French fries. Cold mussels. Other than that the atmosphere is very nice and the decor was very nice! Very picturesque. Warning about parking.. we had to circle and circle in and out around the hotel and ended valet parking which was not bad only $10.

    1 person found this helpful

  22. SharaT

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s definitely a secret!! We really enjoyed the seclude vibes. Bartender was very attentive and drinks were good! Will definitely be visiting again.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. StillHungry252

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    First and last time coming here. Terrible 1st impression of what I believed to be a nice restaurant

    1 person found this helpful

  24. MichelleO

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was to die for ! Had a couple different aptz and we split the burger Literally everything we ate we loved. The service was wonderful Would definitely go back

    1 person found this helpful

  25. Robert

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked this restaurant weeks in advance for special valentines dinner. We choose this place over countless other options as we heard it was nice. Booked through open table and a couple days after making the reservatio - I was messaged asking if my wife and I would like an outdoor pod seating? They looked fun online so I replied and said yes so long as they were heated. I replied again to confirm the heating and received no response but assumed they would have to be as they were outside in the winter. Upon being seated in the pod for our reservation - we find out there is no heat and the manager said they "used to have some heaters but they didn't work" and were not offered anything else. We continues to stay and try to make the best of it on a cold night. However, the menu offered was very disappointing and small compared to what we had see online with very little food options. There was also only one Christmas beer listed on the menu as well as mostly Christmas inspired cocktails even though its 2 months after Christmas. After asking for other beers and a wait the waitress came back and listed a couple but forgot the others so I just decided on a glass of wine instead. We immediately decided to go on Open Table and we booked dinner at a different restaurant.

    5 people found this helpful

  26. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was sooo good! The igloos were a little chilly but it wasn’t too bad. Very fun to feel like you were in your own little world.

    1 person found this helpful

  27. crystalp

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for our 20th wedding anniversary- the igloos are such a fun idea. Service was a little slower than we prefer but the server was very friendly. Food was delicious.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was the exact ambiance I was looking for to have a romantic date with my husband. We had an amazing experience at Willow Bar.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere was great! Service was a little slow but friendly.

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  30. RobynR

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was absolutely amazing! It was my birthday and it turned out to be everything I wanted it to be!

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  31. JenniferM

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed dining outside in the ski dome. It was a wonderful experience and the staff were very good!

    1 person found this helpful

  32. BrittanyW

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Igloo was not set up as described on the website. We were on a two hour time limit due to only being able to reserve the igloos for two hours. Service was EXTREMELY slow. Took over 30 minutes to even order cocktails. We would have ordered more had the service been faster. Cool experience but not worth the $we paid. Won’t do it again.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had reserved a bubble back in December. Everything went well for us. Bubbles are still up. They told me they had to close because of a Covid outbreak. There was no one there besides us so it was great for taking pictures. Drinks were good. Their burger and potatoes were amazing! And our server was great! Don’t forget to stop at,St. Julep’s, the roof top bar, before you leave!

    4 people found this helpful

  34. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My boyfriend and I came to Willow Bar and had dinner in their igloos. The ambiance and service was amazing. It was a perfect intimate safe location especially with the rise in Covid. I was disappointed because the food was the only thing that took away from the experience. Both of our meals came out over cooked and cold. They quickly corrected the situation by sending it back to the kitchen. Our food was remade and came out hot, however the food wasn’t tasty. The drinks were also lacking.

    4 people found this helpful

  35. AndreM

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing ambiance and great drink program. The servers were very attentive and I can really appreciate that nowadays.

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  36. Atlbelle1987

    Atlanta Metro

    35 reviews

    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The set up is wonderful and really makes you feel like you're in winter wonderland. The servers were extremely busy but very kind; just 2 ladies running around like crazy trying to serve everyone. The food was appetizer type so don't go hungry or expecting dinner. My only complaint is that when we booked we selected the option of "book an apres ski igloo" on the willow bar website which redirected us to opentable. Apparently our booking was for a table and not an igloo which was extremely disappointing. They should have fixed that. We were willing to wait for an igloo since they were limited to 2 hour reservations but the staff were so busy they didn't bother to adhere to time limits. Next year I hope willow bar fixes this with opentable.

    2 people found this helpful

  37. TreschaH

    Atlanta Metro

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The Willow Bar is cute! It’s a great place for a date or a group of friends to chill. The food is bar style but very good. The service is really good. The Igloos were not as fun as I thought they would be. It was slightly chilly and while they provided blankets the heat lamps were not working so it was cold! Once you get over ohhh this is cute … you are cold and it’s hard to shake. Good concept … but the heat lamps are a must!

    2 people found this helpful

  38. AlisaP

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went during the coldest night to experience Winter Wonderland with the igloos. I would have given a 5, but the only issue was not having enough propane, and canisters to keep us warm. We had blankets which helped, but the extra heat would have been perfect. Our waitress was really helpful, and super nice. As well as the bartender! The food was great. The host could have been nicer. But, you know, happy holidays 🙃

    2 people found this helpful

  39. MindeKing

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    They were sold out of champagne and scotch

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful except the food. The food was bad, they just need a better menu with more food on it.

    1 person found this helpful

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Willow Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 57 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Willow Bar

374 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305-2301

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Buckhead
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Thomas Davis
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (470) 531-8904
  • Private party facilities
    When you want to add a little throwback flair to your private party, book with Willow. From tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, fun cocktails to a multi-course menu of Chef Thomas’s creative and diverse cuisine in our lush garden or covered bar area, make your next birthday, anniversary fete or business dinner unforgettable.
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