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the bqe restaurant & lounge

4.0
4
1328 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
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bqe restaurant and lounge is not your average soul food restaurant. It's soul food amplified! The decor and unique lighting fixtures remind you of a modern day New York speakeasy. Expect to hear cool sounds of neo soul and jazz to free your mind while you dine. The warm eye catching colors and plush fabrics will soothe you as you sip one of our New York inspired signature cocktails. Complete your dining experience with one of our delicious signature desserts.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 13 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Wed–Fri 10:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–3:00 am

  • Phone number

    (404) 593-9407

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Virgil Harper

  • Catering

    We provide catering. Please call (404) 996-6159 to organize your event.

  • Private party facilities

    Looking for a venue to book for private events? Look no further! BQE is your solution! Contact us today for more details!

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (855) 530-7525

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Bell St

  • Parking details

    Valet parking for $10.00 Wednesday - Sunday<br />

  • Public transit

    King Memorial Train Station: MARTA<br />Georgia State Train Station: MARTA<br />Sweet Auburn Market: Atlanta Streetcar<br />Dobbs Plaza: Atlanta Streetcar

  • Entertainment

    Get here early, Dinner starts at 5pm! Monday - Friday: Afterwork Mixer 5pm-7pmMonday: M-Monday'sTuesday: Tuesday DinnerWednesday: Comedy Night. Show starts at 8pmThursday: Karaoke Night. Show starts at 9pmSaturday Brunch: GetBrunch!! Day party. Starts at 11amFriday & Saturday Night: Live Bands. Show starts at 9pmSunday Brunch: Starts at 10amSunday Night: Soulful Single Sundays. Starts at 5pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made a reservation for 2:30 got the run around all the way until 3:50 after I witnessed people already sitting that came after us without reservations. My party and I finally left and went to a different restaurant. I wouldn’t recommend making reservation because you won’t get sat. A party of 17 for a reservation at 3:45 sat before us.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I alway enjoy dining at BQE when I visit Atlanta. It’s definitely a great vibe with great food and service!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Service was ok- our first round of drinks took an hour & 15 minutes. Our food came at least 30 minutes before we got our first drink. The server said that the bar was backed up, but never asked if we wanted a water or anything else while we waited an hour for our drink. Food was ok- the fryer grease needs to be changed or filtered. We come here a lot & it seems like the dj plays the same set every Saturday.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Cool place but the quality does not match the expense.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    I go out to eat a lot. I’ve been to BQE back a few years ago (pre pandemic) and it was good. My good this time tasted horrible. I really just wanted the cheesesteak egg rolls and salmon pasta cause it used to be good. Both were bad. The cheesesteak egg rolls were soggy as if the fryer wasn’t hot enough, and the salmon pasta, the issue was that the pasta was over cooked which makes the dish taste watery. Altogether just not a good meal. I hope you guys bring back the way you used to do things.
  6. KF

    KeilahF

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Went here with friends. Server was nice but didn’t listen to us most of the night. This place is expensive for no reason. I kept asking for a fork but they kept giving me spoons. Also it was all cheap plastic ware. We all ordered soda and it came as if they mixed it with water. We would have ordered water, but water was technically more expensive than the soda. Soda was 4 and water was 5. We order the salmon pasta, fried chicken and fish and grits. The fish and grits was terrible. Fish was made well but the grits weren’t seasoned and had no butter. It was supposed to come with a sauce with crawfish (crawfish was according to my server). It was just the fish on cold unseasoned grits. I asked to take it off so I could just share the pasta and instead they gave me another plate I didn’t order and stated afterwards that I wouldn’t have been able to send the food back unless I ordered something else. When I got the pasta it was like half of the portion as my friends. Fried chicken plate. Publix fried chicken is better. Greens were too sweet. We Switched the sweet potato purée for the macaroni and cheese. Bad decision. Worst Mac I’ve ever had. Pasta was good but was not worth $28. There were not that many people but the fact that we had to keep asking for things and it taking like 10 to 15 minutes for us to still not get anything was just the cherry on top. We never got forks that night. And will not be coming back,
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    They gave me rice that was extremely hard and crunchy and I couldn’t eat it. The chicken and the spinach was okay. I tried to swap out for something else but they said it would take a while. And I didn’t want any of the other sides. Not thinking I should’ve requested a discount. They gave my boyfriend the bottom of the pan mash potato’s he said they tasted burned. Come to find out that was the last of the potato’s they gave him. He also had the ribs which was just one big huge bone and a tiny piece of meat. $32 dollars for his meal $22 for mine I believe. The food was far too expensive for it to taste this bad. I can’t believe they would give us food that wasn’t cooked well and didn’t even try to rectify the issue. Went here for my birthday and I won’t be back.
  8. SY

    ShaneaY

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience3
    Wedding Anniversary. Too loud to converse.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! I didn’t have to wait long to be seated (which is rare) and the experience overall was great!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Terrible service. You have to pay for water. Plastic glasses. Cheap champagne. Plastic forks and spoons. hookah was good.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    The food was terrible. It took 10 mins before our waitress came, but to be fair, it was her 2nd day.
  12. T

    Trish

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    It was a recommendation but it was not for me. Didn’t like being searched just to have brunch and it could be that I expected an older crowd.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    There is a doorman who is armed and in a flak jacket. The pat down by him was the start of our experience. Music was good, food was OK. Service was slow and inattentive, which was not unusual for Atlanta. Many places have a mandatory service charge/tip and it showed. Also, the neighborhood is very sketchy.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the service, love band, DJ, and the camera man made my night amazing!
  15. GS

    GeorgeS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    This was my second time here. I brought a group a friends from out of town because I had such a pleasurable experience the first. But this experience…. not so much. First off, we barely saw our waiter. He wasn’t “rude” but he wasn’t very attentive. Which makes since to have had gratuity already included in the check. The live music also wasn’t happening which i’m not sure as to why with that being one of the main reasons I came back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I cannot come to Atlanta without visiting this place! It has never failed me in the last 5 years!!! Great food, great music, and amazing atmosphere!!! Saturday brunch is the BEST!!!
  17. TW

    TheWoodalls901

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such an amazing experience the food was phenomenal!!!! The band and music and atmosphere
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a vibe!! Great food!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved it for my first time ! Everything was on point !
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Girls night out
  21. TJ

    TitusJ

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    Food was great
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Overall the experience was amazing. The only reason I deducted one star is because the music was entirely too loud to even hear the waitress right in front of me. Other than that, the actual music/DJ, food, service, and value were above & beyond. As such, despite the volume of the music, I will go back next time I’m in ATL.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Hookah and music!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Loved the music but I had a 3 shots of Titos and I can tell it was very watered down. The food was cold and the mac and cheese was at least 3 days old and not properly rewarded. It's usually better service and food but this was not a good night.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We were seated right upon arrival. Server was very attentive. Food came out in a timely manner. They could ease up on the sugar in the collard greens, add some breadcrumbs and old bay to the crab cakes. Just a suggestion…. If you know good food you KNOW good food! I only wish we could have sat on the other side where the live entertainment was.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for Mother’s Day dinner. It was lively, music was family-friendly and she really enjoyed. The food was perfect as usual.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    BQE never fails to deliver on a lively atmosphere with good music. The staff was incredibly nice and the food was good. However, they need to work on the timing and execution of preparing food for a table. Our food came out extremely staggered. The fries didn’t come out with the burger and weren’t ready for another 20 minutes after our burger and one person in our party didn’t receive her food for a solid 30 minutes after the rest of the table received there’s and we all ordered at the same time. That all being said, the manager properly discounted the meal For the inconvenience and when the food finally did come out, everyone enjoyed it.
  28. s

    sterlings

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    We had a night out for two my wife and I . I didn’t pay close attention to the menu before we came thinking it was going to be more variety of soul food choices. The menu was limited the food was bland, and the table had syrup all over it. Cool lounge area, but not so much for a good dinner. Our server was outstanding and attenative. We enjoyed the vibe, but in future we would make sure we eat before we get there. Just being honest!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Food was horrible
  30. D

    Dickson

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Not a welcoming place.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibes food always good
  32. EF

    EricF

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    First time going to this restaurant. Went with my wife for Saturday brunch around 12:30pm. Place has a lot for valet parking ($20). However, street parking is available if you’re willing to walk. When we got to the door, a security guard came out and asked to see our IDs and patted me down. I asked him if I needed to concerned given the security precautions, but was told that nothing had happened “since [he] had been there.” Venue is designed for a party brunch atmosphere so if you are looking for a quiet brunch, this is not for you. Food and drinks were delicious. I ordered the Bronx Bomber cocktail with Bananas Foster French Toast. My wife ordered mimosas with the Chicken and Waffles. She also ordered the catfish tenders. The wait for things was longer than we had anticipated given the number of patrons seated and the number of staff waiting around. All in all, if you’re looking for a day party brunch, this is the place for you. If not, you can get similarly tasty food and cocktails elsewhere.
  33. MG

    MorganG

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    It's definitely a good experience with good vibes. The food is awesome
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Food was good. However I ordered the Philly steak egg rolls and they were burnt. I told the waiter she just took them off the table, brought my food out. Didn’t ask if I still wanted the appetizer. She then brought it out after my dinner. That defeats the purpose of an appetizer. I asked for Tito’s and a splash of crown. She brought me a shot. Salmon Alfredo is delicious
  35. M

    Magical

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    The vibe was off it was giving unfriendly and uninviting. The food was okay nothing special
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice outing! Waitress was very attentive, food was great and drinks were on point!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was Amazon
  38. T

    Trell

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience1
    Dine with caution. Have a reservation to minimize your wait time. Even with a reservation, you will wait at least 30 minutes. The food is great, the service is good. The noise level was ear shattering. It is a very great place for food and music, however, as long as you pack your patience, ear plugs and a snack, you are in for a good time.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Definitely for be girls ! Not really for date night
  40. MB

    ManiB

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The food wasn’t up to par . The crab cakes were dry and the man and cheese was hard .

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the bqe restaurant & lounge is rated 4 stars by 1328 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for the bqe restaurant & lounge

262 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bell St

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Wed–Fri 10:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–3:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking for $10.00 Wednesday - Sunday<br />

  • Public transit

    King Memorial Train Station: MARTAGeorgia State Train Station: MARTASweet Auburn Market: Atlanta StreetcarDobbs Plaza: Atlanta Streetcar

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Virgil Harper

  • Entertainment

    Get here early, Dinner starts at 5pm! Monday - Friday: Afterwork Mixer 5pm-7pmMonday: M-Monday'sTuesday: Tuesday DinnerWednesday: Comedy Night. Show starts at 8pmThursday: Karaoke Night. Show starts at 9pmSaturday Brunch: GetBrunch!! Day party. Starts at 11amFriday & Saturday Night: Live Bands. Show starts at 9pmSunday Brunch: Starts at 10amSunday Night: Soulful Single Sundays. Starts at 5pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (404) 593-9407

  • Catering

    We provide catering. Please call (404) 996-6159 to organize your event.

  • Private party facilities

    Looking for a venue to book for private events? Look no further! BQE is your solution! Contact us today for more details!

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (855) 530-7525

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