the bqe restaurant & lounge

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$30 and under
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Southern
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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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We were in the ATL to attend Oprah’s 2020 vision tour and went here based on the recommendation from our concierge. First night we didn’t have a reservation - the place was crowded - we were led to a seating area OUTSIDE- it was a heated tent area behind the restaurant. Props to the restaurant for capitalizing on its popularity; however, I don’t expect to eat dinner in a tent in the parking lot. By the way, we observed servers bringing food and drinks outdoors UNCOVERED ! So, we decided to forgo this dining experience and made a reservation through open table for the following night. We were late for our reservation- I tried calling the restaurant (a few times) to notify them but only got voicemail. When we we arrived - I explained this to the hostess/manager - and we were seated. However, there was an unwelcome tone from the hostess that accompanied the seating. Our server, however was pleasant enough. We ordered food and drinks - and about halfway into our meal - we were informed that there was a 2 hour limit for dinner (huh). As we were finishing up our 2nd round of drinks & waiting to pay our check - the hostess came over to our table & told us our 2 hours were up and we had to leave. Uhm - I’ve never had any limit placed on a dining experience. With all that being said - I understand this may be an ATL hotspot, but it leaves a lot to be said of southern hospitality and customer service. The ONLY reason I didn’t give this 1 star is because I’m trying to be objective- the server was good and the food was good but the attitude and treatment from the hostess was awful.

LB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was really good and our server was great. The noise level is too loud. Also, making reservations on OT confirms a space, but we were outside in a tent with heaters. Not ok. Apparently, the booths inside are paid for and reserved. It would have been good to know that ahead of time.

A
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience3

It was a good experience the food could’ve been better however.

CB
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great restaurant, not upscale remember it is a lounge. The food took a long time, and the speaker system probably could use an upgrade lol. Besides that Great energy, the food was amazing, and we had a great time.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The overall experience was ok. There was a long strand of hair in my first drink which I noticed before the waiter even placed it on the table and everyone had already gotten and finished their meals 20-25mins before mine even came out lol. The waiter was nice and attentive though.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food wasn’t seasoned as well this time however I’ve been a few times before and everything was good. It seems they’ve changed the portion sizes of everything. Also you can’t see your bill and don’t get a printed receipt so you wouldn’t know gratuity is already included. Tipped the waiter $15 on a $30 meal. Not knowing it was already included. It seemed misleading. But other than that service and ambiance were great

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy my experience at BQE. I had a great time celebrating my boyfriend's birthday. There was a mixup with my reservation and the staff was so accommodating and helpful. Food and music were awesome.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 1st anniversary here. The food was amazing and everyone was friendly. I would recommend this place to everyone.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food & service was beyond Amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had so much fun for my birthday. The food music host and Dj was so energetic!!!! It was lit.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Total experience was amazing. Food, service and music superb. If you aren't into loud music this may not be the spot for you. It's definitely a good party spot.

BM
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I had over the amount of guest on a slow day and they acted like they were about to have an heart attack, then the section that we could have moved too was said to be reserved, but they never showed! And it was just out of order, I’ll never go bk for a birthday or dinner.

V
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Comfort food for the soul! Great atmosphere. Great for groups for conversation, good music, and unwinding.

OT
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Second time here, but first time making reservations. Highly recommend making reservations. They were running behind opening, but staff was so darn pleasant that it made up for it. Food was scrumptious!

SK
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience4

Half of our group didn’t get their food. The kitchen was backed up and it took 1.5 hours to get our food.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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AC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere was so fun! Great music to go with amazing food. Our waiter Kerry made sure we truly enjoyed ourselves so me and my husband will definitely be coming back. Prayerfully we get Kerry as our waiter

AW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

LG
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was great, no vegan options. The mimosas were horrible. The service was OK. It seemed like they were not prepared for their 10am reservations, we were not let in the building until 10:10. I'm OK with them opening late and not being prepared, but for us to be the 1 of 2 customers at the time, I expected better service. I probably would not return, but I do recommend this place. It's just not my thing.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was good until I found a piece of plastic inside of my yams.... service was good but I didn’t like the fact that I had a reservation and we had to wait outside in the cold for an additional 25 mins because they stated they didn’t finish cleaning the restaurant in time ! Other than that the place was cool

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience1

I had reservation at 2 pm and did not get seated until 3pm and the food did not come out until 4:30 pm and the order was wrong,

G
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

BQE is certainly the place to be for a lively atmosphere with your fellow atlanta peers turning up to good music and enjoying good food.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Music To Loud couldn’t enjoy our food.. People Dancing around us. Terrible atmosphere for a Sunday...

M
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere and waiter was extremely nice and helpful. My husband was a little disappointed that the van did not come at the appointed time of 9 PM but the DJ was awesome

BB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 Star Food & Service!!! The food, drinks, music and atmosphere were amazing. When I visit ATL again I will definitely be going back to BQE!!!!

RJ
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service by friendly staff that provided the quality southern food we were looking for while in Atlanta.

TB
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love going to BQE, we went right when the opened so it wasn’t too crowded because it is a small space. We had the red velvet chicken and waffles and it was delicious. They server was nice and quick.

WH
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wallace, our server was great!! Visited with my bestie for our bday and the first table we were seated at was sticky and half cleaned. Wallace quickly moved us to a cleaner table. I'm really big on cleanliness so it gets a 3.5 on clean for me. The lighting, drinks hookah and food was perfect! I got the chance to stay longer for the comedian and the entertainment was good as well. The only issue I had was the location. Like most urban restaurants in Atlanta the location sucks. Not the neighborhood I would like to be in but they do have separate parking for the restaurant which made me feel better.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was LIT!!! Great VIBE, FOOD, PEOPLE 🔥. The day was perfect, great weather too. Love the food and the music so good!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I had a great time here! It was a hug party. My boyfriend and I enjoyed.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Outdoor seating was not the same ambiance as inside. Still enjoyable, just more low key.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing first experience. The service was awesome when we walked in, during the meal, and also on our way out of the door. All of the food ordered was amazing! We will be back.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible service, making a reservation was pointless because we didn’t get seated until an hour later. Then once we got seats they told us that the kitchen was closed. Worst experience ever.

SC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had an absolute AMAZING time!! We can not wait to go back!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I enjoyed myself at your establishment. The greeters the door were a little unorganized but over all it was a great experience for this being my first time being there. Thank you for a great time

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Let me start off but saying the food was amazing. I got the blackened salmon Alfredo and my date got the chicken and waffles. He was even allowed to get extra wings for $2 each (awesome).


I came from NC to done here! Haven’t been in years. Made a reservation. When i arrived, i followed the hostess to our seats. Didn’t realize that we would have to sit outside not even though i made this reservation like 3 weeks ago. It was raining and cold. I was not happy about this of course (especially since i saw seats inside). When i ask why do we have to sit out here and explained that i made reservations they told me that “some people pay to reserve indoor seating”. This may help some people reserving on this app for this restaurant. Call in or something to see how to go about paying for indoor seating. I never heard of anything like it. Kinda like paying for entry which isn’t bad i guess. Just took me for a loop.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

God food good vibes good service.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

For a quiet Tuesday night, the service was poor. Long wait time for appetizers and food came out on top of it (order separately).

MC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The noise level was extremely loud. I had to practically stand next to the hostess and yell in her ear to tell her about our reservations. Will never go again on a Sunday.

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