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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Atlanta

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Atlanta? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Rreal Tacos - Buckhead restaurant
4.9
4.9 (18)
$30 and under
Mexican
Buckhead
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Our server “Allen” was fantastic. The tacos & drinks were delish! Dessert- my birthday cake , did not disappoint… very tasty. Good vibes, great food, good time!
A photo of Gezzo's Coastal Cantina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (69)
$30 and under
Mexican
Bolton
About the restaurant
Gezzo’s Coastal Cantina is a Mexican restaurant and cocktail bar inspired by the flavors, textures and energy of beaches in Latin America and beyond! Our dishes feature fresh ingredients, sourced as locally as possible, and creative craft beverages. Whether you are dining among the lush tropical plants on our patio or on a swing at the chef's counter, you will almost smell the ocean! Just want to grab a drink? Our tiki inspired outdoor lounge is the perfect place to connect with neighbors or just enjoy a a fresh cocktail with friends and family.
Top review
AdamO
Dined 4 days ago
Such an incredible dining experience! The food was spectacular and the service was impeccable. I’ll be dreaming of that lamb taco, cochinita pibil entree, and the salmon tartare. Lastly, the desserts were executed perfectly, especially the churro bread pudding. Looking forward to going back!
A photo of El Malo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (67)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Reynoldstown
About the restaurant
At El Malo, we take your pleasure seriously. Invited are those for whom forbidding is forbidden; sanctum for the jewels of nightlife to fluoresce – The nowhere you’d rather be
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The cocktails were beautiful delicious and complex.
A photo of Bold Monk Brewing Co restaurant
4.7
4.7 (690)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Underwood Hills
About the restaurant
The Bold Monk Brewing Co. is a place where people are encouraged to engage, celebrate, and reflect. Our artful dining and gathering spaces, both indoor and outdoor, as well as our thoughtful food and beverage menus, are all purposely designed to promote harmony and a shared spirit of joy. We are grateful for the addition of the Bold Monk to our intimate group of restaurants, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed bringing it to reality.
— In hope and faith, Cindy and Alan LeBlanc, Brewed to Serve Restaurant Group

Top review
ChristopherH
Dined 4 days ago
We really enjoyed the food, the beer, and the service. The manager also stopped by to ensure that we were enjoying our meal. I would highly recommend.
A photo of Silom Thai and Sushi Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (389)
$30 and under
Thai
Buckhead
About the restaurant
Welcome to Silom Thai and Sushi Bar! An authentic, artistic and elegant fusion restaurant across the street from the Lenox Mall entrance and in the heart of Buckhead. With our award-winning Master chefs to our artsy open space bar - we capture your hearts with our savory and aromatic dishes. We take the authentic recipes from a Thailand and add sushi to the mix to bring give Atlanta the best of both worlds.

Some popular dishes include:

New Menu!!
Premium HIBACHI express
Newyork steak, Filet mignon, Premium Ribeye, Ocean lobster, Scallop
Our chefs work masterfully in our kitchen to bring the taste of HIBACHI to your table.

Omakase table
Traditional Omakase In Buckhead, ATL With Chef Leonard Yu

Top review
AmberP
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
The drinks were excellent and strong! Please never change. The sushi was fresh, and the calamari was delicious. The seafood pad Thai was amazing! I will definitely return.
A photo of Fadó Irish Pub - Atlanta restaurant
4.5
4.5 (247)
$30 and under
Pub
Buckhead
About the restaurant
We focus on gathering and connecting our neighborhood. The city's best pint of Guinness alongside a brilliant European and craft beer lineup, housemade cocktails and a from scratch kitchen. Your place for English Premier League soccer, NFL and College Football.
Top review
LeedesLady
Dined 6 days ago
The Buckhead Fado's has a fantastic atmosphere. It is also the prettiest pub in the Atlanta city proper.
A photo of Palo Santo Rooftop restaurant
4.5
4.5 (91)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
West Midtown
About the restaurant
Welcome to Palo Santo Rooftop, located next to King Plow. Our rooftop has an amazing view of the West Midtown skyline where you can enjoy our UNIQUE ROOFTOP MENU consisting of sashimi inspired small bites. Paired this with our agave focused bar program and bottle service for an unforgettable experience. Live DJ starts preforming at 9pm. Must be 25+ to enter. The kitchen is open until 11:30 pm.

PARTIES OF 1-4 THERE IS A $30 PER PERSON MINIMUM AND PARTIES 5-6 THERE IS A $45 PER PERSON MINIMUM. FOR PARTIES 7 OR MORE, PLEASE EMAIL US AT EVENTS@BOTANICOHOSPITALITY.COM

Please respect the time limit for your party size so we can accommodate future reservations.
If there is inclement weather, your reservation may be rescheduled or cancel due to limited seating.

**VALET PARKING ONLY**
Dress code is NO CAPS, NO RIPPED CLOTHING, NO CUTOFF TEES OR FLIP FLOPS FOR MEN, NO GYM ATTIRE AND NO BAGGY CLOTHING. We reserve the right to make certain exceptions for the dress code.

Top review
deedot8vip
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Our server was amazing, attentive and professional. The food menu is limited on the rooftop so I hated that part. Also, I’ve never been ID’ed at check in of the reservation. I thought that was so weird.
A photo of Rowdy Tiger restaurant
4.4
4.4 (622)
$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Midtown
About the restaurant
Named for the Free and Rowdy Party that fought to bring an end to Prohibition in Atlanta, Rowdy Tiger Whiskey Bar & Kitchen and its rooftop outpost, Rowdy Tiger Rooftop, combine the free spirit of the roaring 20s era with the comforts of modern Southern cuisine alongside the finest and most interesting collection of whiskeys and whiskey-based cocktails in the city.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Tony was so nice and the food was exquisite! Highly recommend!
A photo of The James Room restaurant
4.4
4.4 (27)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Inman Park
About the restaurant
Positioned on the East Side Beltline trail, The James Room is a dark and moody cocktail lounge that is meant to be a place where you can leave your stresses at the door and immerse in the energetic vibrations of our cozy and intimate space. Upon entry, an upscale coffee shop takes your gaze. During the day, the cafe intriguingly offers unique flavors such as sea salt lavender and rosemary sage, or you can opt for a classic vanilla or caramel addition to your joe if you fancy. A few paces away is an inconspicuous door disguised as a bookcase, leading to the speakeasy area equipped with a peculiar mood. The atmosphere feels intimate yet communal and invokes a sense of leisure. The fine leathers and premium seating upgrade your typical lounge visit to an elevated, exclusive treat. Once you get settled, indulge in our savory light bites and carefully hand-crafted cocktail menu...and if you're lucky, maybe even the sounds of a DJ spinning some of your favorite hits.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The cocktail bar was recommended by a friend and we absolutely loved it! The atmosphere, the ambiance, and the service was excellent. Our server was very attentive. We also liked the fact that there were no TVs, so you could focus and enjoy the person or persons you are with. We will definitely be back.
A photo of North Italia - Buckhead restaurant
4.3
4.3 (234)
$30 and under
Italian
Buckhead
About the restaurant
Opening June 22nd, 2022!

At North, we set the standard for crave-worthy by serving delicious handmade food daily. Our chefs use only the freshest ingredients to create Italian dishes that consistently satisfy. Enjoy pastas made from scratch daily. Favorites like Bolognese and Chicken Parm. And unexpected bites that go above beyond, like savory Zucca Chips and White Truffle Garlic Bread. Plus an assortment of house-made cocktails, expertly curated wine, and local craft beers that will beckon you to relax, sip and savor every moment you are here.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
Food was average. Great location and friendly service. As expected for a chain restaurant.
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