Permanently Closed - Restaurant Eugene

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This restaurant is permanently closed. We have exciting news at Eugene! Restaurant Eugene will close its 15-year-old location for a brief renovation and reopen in the fall as Eugene and Elizabeth's. Eugene and Elizabeth's will continue Restaurant Eugene's tradition of highlighting the best of Atlanta ingredients and purveyors, but will feature an approachable a la carte menu from James Beard Award-winning chef Linton Hopkins. The Hopkins hope the changes to the restaurant will celebrate their Atlantan roots and local community. Restaurant Eugene welcomes diners to savor an ever-changing menu that highlights Georgia's purest, locally grown produce and naturally raised meats. Each detail-from the hearth-baked bread to the pickled peaches to the charcuterie- is made in-house. Indulge in a bottle from the meticulously selected wine list or join us at the bar for a libation from our nationally recognized cocktail menu. August 18th is the last night to join us as Restaurant Eugene.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful! The food and the staff were amazing and everyone truly enjoyed the experience!

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CraigB
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food with warm and hospitable service. Loved the tasting menu with wine pairings. The wine elections were amazing. The whole staff is personable and accommodating and goes the extra mile to make any experience there a special one.

JD
vipJDRLifesGood
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my son for a one last trip to Restaurant Eugene. So sorry to see them close, but look forward to the new concept. Absolutely love Restaurant Eugene.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service!!! Can’t wait for the updated restaurant. I hope the quality of service will remain the same.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loverly! We're excited for the new place, but will be sad to see this one go!

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yeunk
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurant I've been in Atlanta. Nice service and very delicious food.

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BethD
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The tasting menu was very, very good. I would highly recommend it. However, we were a party of three and were all rather disappointed in dessert. The staff tried very hard when they realized that we did not really enjoy our dessert and actually had the kitchen make us something else from scratch. We really appreciated their efforts, however, on this night dessert was not their strong suit. Will give them another try in the future.

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vipjdanh
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Eugene is, by far, our favorite dining spot in Atlanta and we will be sad to see its chapter come to an end this month. With each visit to this culinary Eden, we are greeted by staff who’ve remembered us and our preferences, and provide services that are second to none. Jason, the Service Manager, is always a joy to see and speak to, so be sure to say hello.

In all of our dining experiences at Restaurant Eugene, we have only ever had the tasting menu. It is the perfect way to sample the creativity of Chef James and his team of experts, and you will be met with something new each time.

August 18th, their last day, is coming up and I know we will be back again soon for our final farewells to this amazing place. I urge you to come try it if you haven’t, and to come again if it’s been some time since your last visit. They will be back with a more casual flare once returned, and I have no doubt they will be incredible, but RE will still be missed. ♥️

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vipgti37923
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As it has been for many years, Restaurant Eugene is the absolute best fine dining restaurant in the Atlanta Area. The food and service were superb. Unfortunately, Linton Hopkins has chosen to close and rebrand the restaurant as of August 18th COB. It seems that the art of fine dining is quickly becoming an undesired quality that is rarely demanded by the dining public. It is sad.

But, I am sure that whatever the rebranded establishment is - it will be an excellent endeavor. So long, to a dear friend.

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nolaborn4665
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

My husband ordered The sunday supper fried chicken which was good. I decided to order the vegetable platter which i think is an entree. It had roasted beets, okra, chargrilled onions, mushrooms, pineapples, corn, trumpet squash and roasted tomatoes. Many of my favorites. The platter was served in a saute pan that was the size of a flat salad plate. $32. Most of the vegetables were warm but several were not. The squash / tomato combination was not pleasant. I didn’t have the energy to ask for an alternative. Fortunately my husband took pity on me and gave me a piece of chicken. The cornbread and pimento cheese macaroons were excellent. Our waiter was a nice guy but he was very casual in his approach and asked us what our names were. He told us this evening was all about us. He forgot about us after we completed our entrees. We have celebrated many occasions at Eugene’s including cookbook author dinners and new year’s eve. But had stopped going because the food quality was not on par with the price.Hopefully when they move to the new format, the value and service will improve.

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vipSusan
Atlanta
46 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in ATL. They are closing and rebranding so big changes in the coming months.

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vipIman
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superlative fine dining, but pricey and somewhere to eat only for special occasions.

JR
JimR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Eugene is undoubtably the best restaurant in the Atlanta area. Jason Pinnock served as our host and took care of our every need. Would highly recommend everyone to visit before it closes on August 17 for remodeling. Unfortunately they will be going to a more casual environment in an apparent attempt to increase patronage. However with a more casual setting, but still the same quality of food, I think they will need to lower prices to attract a larger clientele.

JD
vipJDRLifesGood
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a perfect evening at a perfect restaurant. Sunday supper at Restaurant Eugene was superb! We're sorry to hear that the concept will be changing, but will be excited to try it.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Eugene is a uniquely sublime experience. An Atlanta treasure from the moment you arrive. Food is always well thought out, executed flawlessly.

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vipEricH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tasting menu with the wine paying is an amazing experience. Every house was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was fantastic. We had the tasting menu, and the pheasant was incredible. I’m glad we got to try Restaurant Eugene before it closes/changes.

JC
JohnC
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant! Amazing food, incredible service and great atmosphere. A great combination for incredible dinner!

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JennyN
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eugene met all our expectations and more! It is the perfect venue for a special occasion. When you book, make sure the concierge knows what you are celebrating. The Eugene Tasting Experience + the wine pairing was out of this world. Amazing food and stellar service: the sommelier, all the waiters, the host, Ivan, our waiter, who was fantastic! and everyone was so kind and attentive. They seem to enjoy working there, and I love all the diversity I saw amongst the staff.

I highly recommend this place. I couldn't stop talking about it next day at work, and now two colleagues have booked for an anniversary and a b-day celebration. I am sure they will have a blast!

Thanks to the Eugene Team. It was a memorable time!

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vipBuckheadnative
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening. The staff was so professional, yet personable....we especially loved the “bread man,” but all of them were great.
In spite of the small portion, the salad with tender fennel threads was over the top good, as was the crab galette. Duck and roasted vegetables entrees were delicious, but the bland trout needed something to give it a bit more character. Dessert with the peach half, topped with killer peach pit ice cream was perfect to share for our last course.
We certainly appreciated the servers waiting to clear the table until the last person in our party had finished eating. Good manners prevail at Restaurant Eugene and we tipped accordingly!

JC
JaimeChandra
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Updated Review: 8/14/19: After my last negative review, I was contacted directly by management and was asked to give them an opportunity to make things right. As expected, our experience was much better this time around. Though, we did still have to send back one underwhelming cocktail and found the duck to be so salty that we squeeze a lime to help cut the salt... thankfully that worked. We opted for a la carte instead of the tasting menu and sampled a variety of their cocktails. The tartare was quite amazing and I'm always a sucker for expertly prepared red snapper. Hopefully they keep some of the cocktails at their new concept and we'll give Eugene & Elizabeth's a try once it opens.

Original Review: 7/16/19: Good thing this place is closing. Our reservation was for our Anniversary later on Sunday, so being stuck in the middle of the restaurant next to a table of loud college kids was a slap in the face. There were plenty of open tables, but instead we were in the center of foot traffic being bumped by staff repeatedly. At least they apologized, but there’s no reason it should have happened.

The food ranged from impressive to mediocre, with the pairings redeeming some of the flavor experiences. It feels like they’re phoning it in since they close in a month.

I wish we had tried something new rather than going back one last time before they closed.

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OpenTableDK
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

One of the most disappointing experiences at a fine dining restaurant. The service was strangely awkward: so many different servers, yet unable to take care of simple tasks, like bringing out the menus, or presenting correctly what they are serving (chanterelles versus shiitake mushrooms?), or simply failing to clear empty glasses off the tables (at one point there were 8 glasses on a table with 4 unused, and a couple at the next table started unloading theirs to an adjacent table to make room). But the most disappointing part really was the food. For $95 for a tasting menu – the food was bland, unimaginative and even unpalatable. The exceptionally long intervals between courses stretched out this experience to three excruciating hours, which we spent hungrily waiting and watching bizarre tablecloth ironing ceremonies on tables next to us. Excessive attention to table cloth in contrast to lack of basic timing consideration felt absurd. After five very uninspiring bite-size appetizers, two tiny entrées and two desserts, we actually left hungry, but not craving for anything more from Eugene.

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vipMeremcclure
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The slowest service I’ve ever experienced in fine dining. Very disappointing.

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vipHughH
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As anyone who has reached the green on two and then three putted knows, there are days when your game is simply off. I reviewed Restaurant Eugene two weeks ago and described such a day. At the invitation of management, we returned to Restaurant Eugene last night. The experience this evening was on par with other visits and fully met our expectations. The restaurant was not overcrowded and the staff was not hectically attempting to compensate for over booking and understaffing—the cause, I have been assured, of the earlier disappointing dinner. The pheasant was deliciously prepared, as was the grouper. And this time the rice and crab soup brimmed with flavor. The sommelier did her excellent job of wine pairing, again. In short, this was the restaurant that we had come to love over the years. The restaurant will change this fall. I trust that the new iteration will continue in this tradition and that the three-putt bogey of two weeks ago will be simply a bad day not destined to be repeated.

JM
JimM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was good but not great and the portions were small -- OK for me but not for a big appetite. The Ambiance was traditional, quiet, and elegant. The service was superb. All in all, we had an excellent dining experience but not an excellent gourmet experience.

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RuthP
Atlanta
7 reviews