Restaurant Eugene

4.7
2310 reviews
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Contemporary American
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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Sunday Supper

Join us each Sunday through August 18th for Sunday Supper!

Supper includes our cast-iron fried chicken and a bounty of Chef's selection of seasonal sides.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 13, 2019

Ends: August 19, 2019

Availability: Sun 4:00PM-9:00PM

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Sun 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Thu 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

y
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BD
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

j
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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. ♥️

g
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

n
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

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.

S
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

I
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

EH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JN
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

B
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

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.

M
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

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

HH
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

RP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best fried chicken! Our nieces were visiting from South Florida and we wanted to give them a Southern experience. We were excited to find out the Eugene had just started Sunday Night Fried Chicken Dinner. The fried chicken was the best we have ever had, moist and crispy with just the right amount of batter and spices. The corn tomato succotash, again, the best with a fresh citrusy, celeriac flavor. And make sure to ask for seconds on the corn muffins. Also, save room for desserts. As one of our niece's stated, "I can do this every Sunday." We plan to return!

PP
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Eugene was perfection! We were thrilled to get a reservation at Restaurant Eugene's Sunday Supper, highlighting fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn and tomato salad, and cornbread. Absolutely the BEST fried chicken and cornbread I have ever eaten. The ambiance, service, and value were exceptional, too. We hope that Restaurant Eugene will make the fried chicken Sunday Supper a regular event!

JW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Eugene’s many times since it first opened. It has remained a wonderful spot to enjoy any occasion.

M
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was super friendly, and professional. The food was excellent. My wife and I highly recommend this restaurant.

Keep up the good work.

Happy customers.

E. King

SH
London
84 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating - and they just made it an amazing experience! We practice keto diet and both the chef and pastry chef took special care of us! It was awesome!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back on top for Atlanta dining!

T
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Other than the strange service and the mediocre food it was a good restaurant. When we were seated we ordered two drinks (G&T and a Martini). Five minutes later someone else asked us to clarify our drink order. Five minutes after that a third person asked us to clarify our drink order. Finally, after twenty total minutes our drinks arrived.

The highlights of our meal were the amuse bouche: a pepper-pimento cheese savory macaron, and the side dish of dried-fried molasses peanut crusted eggplant. Both of these were fabulous. All of the entrees were forgettable.

The sommelier did an excellent job of recommending good wines that pared well with each course.

We were especially disappointed because we had a superb meal there several years earlier.

My wife joked as we departed that they must have the real kitchen staff tied-up in the back.

RS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the restaurant. The Maitre D was amazing, funny, welcoming and attentive. The staff was attentive. The wine selection was great. As part of the tasting menu I found two items to be close to terrible: The beats ice cream was a fail, and so was the fennel mignonette oysters - There was no tasting the oysters, it was all fennel. Everything else on the tasting menu was phenomenal.

l
Atlanta
59 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They never miss. Love the tasting menu to allow the chef to dazzle out palettes.

JB
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary Dinner.
It was great!

LB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent high-end dining experience. The Chef tasting and and wine pairing was a pretty penny but overall delicious and fun journey. They also have and excellent selection of expensive whiskeys if that's your fancy.

WG
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the highlights of the night was the cocktail menu. I had a flip which Ive never seen on any other Atlanta menu. If you have been to Scotland, then this lives up to it.

Y
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous tasting menu and evening. Each course was delightful and you cannot make a bad choice for your meal!

C
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recommend the wine pairings!

OT
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food has always been extraordinary both in taste and presentation. The service has now caught up and is equal to the magnificent food presented. We started our anniversary evening at the bar with a delightful mixologist and our drinks were excellent.We have been going to this restaurant for 15 years since it opened and it is now in our opinion the very best in dining in Atlanta.

JB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

It was very disappointing visit . Our primary server couldn’t hide his disdain at our ordering a la cart vs his recommendation of the tasting menu. He interrupted our drink order as he felt it too complicated and pulled some else in. One in our party had dined there before and said her experience was good. And the secondary servers were nice and attentive. Maybe he was having an off night. The food was so so, for the price. Snapper dish was over cooked and my salad way too salty. It was a surprisingly uncomfortable dining experience for our group

JB
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Atlanta, arguably THE best.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Ivan did a great job making it a special anniversary meal for us.

OT
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love restaurant Eugene! Great food and wonderful service. Thanks!

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