Southern Elements

3.4
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27 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
Bask in chic and contemporary surroundings at Southern Elements, located in the lobby of Hilton Atlanta. Dine on traditional southern cuisine with a contemporary twist. Enjoy a cocktail in the distinguished lounge or catch the news or sports on multiple large screen HDTVs.
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3.4based on all time ratings
3.5
food
3.4
service
3.3
ambience
3.1
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60% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Needs a major makeover.

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vipLeslieW
Louisville
23 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We had a reservation, but when we got there, no hostess appeared, and there was a line of people. Finally someone asked the concierge, and he said that when it gets busy like this they just do first come, first served. We made a reservation because we knew it would be busy. We had to eat elsewhere that night.

We came back another night, and it was “seat yourself”, still no hostess. We did eat there, but it was just ok.

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vip60644Worldwide
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Decent menu, but not the best place to dine on a major holiday. Convenient for those staying at the Hilton Atlanta.

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mack
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Staff was more concerned w/ large conference group at the bar. Regular dining area was not a consideration.

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TamaraM
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can say it's Wonderful food choices. Perfect dinning for breakfast. And most of all it's staffed by the Best of the best staff. Every detail was perfect.

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DonaldB
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I recommend Southern Elements to my associates. Was a good dining experience.

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DanaMarie64
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Very slow, waited an hour for our dinner..

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall1food2service3ambience2

Online app menu wasn’t the same at all of what was offered.

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DavidL
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Slow and overpriced. Didn't get our orders right. Too many distracting TV screens.

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JustAddSalt96
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience1

First, this isn't really a sit-and-order restaurant. It's a buffet, pure and simple. And for $25 per person, you can do a whole lot better in Atlanta. A WHOLE lot better...

First, the menu that's online is obsolete. There were *maybe* half a dozen offerings on the menu, but the server wasn't interested in discussing them. She simply said, "You want the buffet." A statement, not a question. So we went with that.

And while the food was okay, there was nothing special about it. Nothing that warranted $25 per person for breakfast--scrambled eggs, a waffle station, fresh fruit, yogurt, bacon, sausage, cereal. I've had the same, and the same quality, at Comfort Suites...and it was complimentary.

I was so frustrated to have taken an important business guest to the restaurant--had even told her that there were red velvet waffles advertised--only to find out I'd have been better off at Denny's. Or even Waffle House. Definitely a mistake I'll never make again.

Forewarned is forearmed, so count this as your forewarning. I'd definitely steer toward something like La Petit Marche or even Landmark Diner. Avoid this place if you have any other option.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While at the Atlanta Gift Market we were tired and hungry. We were so pleased with the Italian buffet they had. Excellent food and service. Perfect!

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ElleBee
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The drinks were very tasty and you will received the Southern Hospitality you expect in the South. I loved the fried chicken, very juicy and well seasoned and the drinks were divine. But the waffle wasn't very warm and a bit too chewy for my liking. Our server, Dai'Ja, was phenomenal and made it a very pleasant dining experience.

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indulgence
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2016
Overall1food3service1ambience2

I had an awful experience at this restaurant . Upon arrival the restaurant was mostly empty but I was told they did not have my reservation. When I showed the hostess my open table confirmation for a table for 8, she said they did not use open table any longer. When we were finally seated the waited would disppear after every interaction for over 30 minutes. It took an hour to get our drinks and two hours to get our meal. To top it off, when asked if there was a problem in the kitchen, the waitress said no and that she felt she had provided good service. Fortunately, the manager comped our meal but I still wouldn't go back.

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Swordfish
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken sandwich was tasty & sweet potato fries were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We had a combination of several appetizers and were very good. The service was not very good although the lady that waited on us was nice- she was the only one covering the restaurant and continued to forget our order - we had to ask for something at least 3 times. She seemed to be overwhelmed. It may be because it was in the hotel and they were not expecting the number of guests that they had at the same time. I think the food was good and if you are staying in the hotel and don't want to go out it is a good place to go.

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Dandan
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Some of the best fried chicken to date. Happen to be at the hotel and didn't want to go anywhere out. Luckily they provided and not disappointed.

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Vall
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Went there for dinner, huge disappointment! I have never experienced anything like that. I would not recommend anyone to go there.

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vipCoop
Seattle
74 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service --- pulled pork potato skins are amazing.
Red velvet cake was a big hit as well.

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vipRandy
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fried Chicken was absolutely fantastic, service excellent!!! Everyone was so happy with the meal and dining experiance. Cheers!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2015
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was very good, the service was slow and we sat for 15 minutes before I had to ask someone to come see us. Even for a busy nigh the place had plenty of room and wasn't crowded.

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Michael
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2014
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was not good at all. The service was slow. The order was not all brought out.

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vipFoodie1
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2014
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Although the food was good, the service was the worst I have ever endured in my life. This put a whole new meaning to slow. Lunch should not be a 2 hour thing...

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JEdwards
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2014
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food here could be average if served at the right temperature. (The fried chicken was over done while the mashed potatoes were room temperature. After sending the potatoes back we received more that were exactly the same...not even warm let alone hot.) Adding to the experience was slow service. It took 2.5 hours for two courses.

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Andy
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2014
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The food was unremarkable and over-priced. We could have done so much better elsewhere.

CJ
vipCatherineJane
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2013
Overall2food2service3ambience2

To be fair, we were in the Hilton on a very busy Atlanta weekend. This is a hotel lobby restaurant also serving as the main bar. We arrived at 9:15pm early for a 9:30 reservation and the place was packed with travelers and there was a 15-20 minute waiting list for a table. A stroke of luck found us a bar table that opened up and we took the opportunity to eat there rather than wait for our table. The waitress couldn't have been nicer, although very busy. Between us we had the sewed ahi appetizer, fried green tomato appetizer, caprese salad and black bean burger. All but the burger were ok, the burger was burnt but was remade quickly and well and the waitress handled the situation with charm. There was also a big buffet dinner available.

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vipErnieS
Naples
503 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2013
Overall1food1service1ambience3

What a disaster at Southern Elements. We had an 8:30 Monday evening reservation and all we wanted was quiet, low keyed meal, and a glass of wine to relax. We were warmly greated by staff, the restaurant only had 5 or 6 tables with guests......perfect. It went down hill from here. We waited 23 minutes until one of us stood up to look for staff. No One! We grabbed our coats and started walking out and then we were acknowleged. This hotel needs to get their restaurants in order as we also had very poor service at Nikoli's Roof. We can be very tolerant of a poor meal as it happens every now and then. Poor Service? They need us for business more than we need them.

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vipTank2k
Toronto
268 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2012
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Late night meal Salmon was very good, I would certainly have it again.

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Southern Elements is rated 3.4 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.