the bqe restaurant & lounge

3.9
1219 Reviews
$30 and under
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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3.9based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.7
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
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61% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Teeboogie
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The service was ok. They brought out my greens and I had to ask 2 times where was my salmon. The food is not on the same level as it has been in the past. The dj and music was good however was extremely loud. This is great for a club but made it difficult to have a conversation even with waitress.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

We had reservations at 12:45 was on time and didn’t get sit till after 1:15. People that came after us got seated before we did. Then when we finally was going to our table, our table was in the back outside under a tent so we were hot and sweaty. No apologies from the manager all we got was we were overbooked. Food was the only thing good. If you make reservations don’t expect to get seated at that time.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The server forgot to put my wings in. Then she comes with my main meal and only gave one refill. I basically had to beg for a refill and my wings that I still wanted. Horrible experience with hot wings and absolutely No refill and it wasn’t even liquor. Can I get water so I can flush this sh** down.

I’ve been here before and it was fine but maybe it’s new management or possibly just a horrible server.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE, they make all these other establishments look bad because BQE can be packed wall to wall and still give amazing service and fast service.

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BrunchClub
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was not good and the food was mediocre and overpriced. I love my black people but the attitudes of the staff in this establishment was just down right TERRIBLE. I don't recommend nor do I understand all the hype about this place.

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NicoleO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I would not recommend. The food was okay, we were seated outside after being told there was inside seating. They had cutter cintronella candle on the table for the mosquitoes after we had to sit at a table that wasn’t properly cleaned and we all still got bit by mosquitoes. The server who brought us our food was “new” and mixed up orders. Some of the food came out cold and it just wasn’t up to standards. If you’re looking for a bar and party this might be it but if you want to eat....don’t come here.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Experience was terrible!!!!! Arrived at 12:35 for a 12:45 reservation. We were told to wait in the reservation line with approximately 25 other people with the same reservation times. We waited outside an hour before getting in. Once we were let in we had to wait another 30 min until we were seated. Once seated the food took an hour to get to our table for us to eat. All the host kept saying is that we are overbooked. The system should not allow people to make the same reservation times and cause such a delay. Once we received our food the grits were super salty. They brought out another bowl of grits after that and they were saltier than the first one. The cook should definitely taste and adjust once they received the first complaint. The waitress told us that they said they weren’t going to taste anything and if we didn’t want it send it back. We thought that was super rude! I wouldn’t definitely recommend it BQE due to the extremely long wait even with a reservation. The only thing that was good was the music.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Brides Brunch

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AnikaS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Oh my goodness our food was excellent! I ordered the shrimp n’ grits and it was very flavorful and the shrimp was juicy. My friend Li’s fried chicken was crispy and the Mac ‘n cheese was cheesy and delicious. The atmosphere was “turned up.” The Dj was Hamlin’ playing the cuts that the crowd liked. It was a nice mix of twenty and thirty somethings with some forty ans s few fifty somethings as well. Good vibes and lots of fun, high energy, friendly waitstaff. It was however VERY loud. A party atmosphere on Friday nights. We will return.

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Eatsaroundatl
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I went with a friend of mine, first time there. Ambiance was nice however music was waaaaaay too loud to even have a conversation.
Our waitress was nice & attentive however the food was a little pricey for the quality.
I would recommend for a nice outing with friends but definitely not a place where you could hold a conversation without screaming.

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Simone
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great time for my birthday! The mimosas were strong and the food & music was great. I had the chicken and waffles. I recommend making a reservation in advance.

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MontaviusS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good atmosphere was packed, good food had lemon pepper wings and cheesesteak egg rolls. Wings was a little small but good

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was very quick and the hostesses/waitresses were very nice, however the owner/manager had poor customer service. The waitress made a mistake on swiping the full bill for one of the guests in my party card when it was supposed to be split. A normal mistake she handled it well and was very apologetic about it but she had to get the manager to reverse the payment and when he came out he was very loud and irate yelling at my friend, he would barely let her speak to address her concerns with the restaurant and that’s not how you treat a customer trying to handle a bill situation that was an easy fix. Other than that the overall experience was good.

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Shar
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My daughters 24th Birthday!!! We had a GREAT TIME and Will DEFINITELY Be Back!!!

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DinahA
Mississippi
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awsome place for sunday brunch, servers were very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They never disappoint me!! Every time I’m in the area it’s a must we have brunch. Always a good vibe and the service was amazing this go around.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Be careful of the automatic gratuity of 18% even for a party of 2. I selected no gratuity as we planned on tipping cash but it was included anyway. I should’ve reviewed the bill in better detail so I’ll take that as a loss and hope that our server really needed it since he was tipped twice and when asked about it he refused to return the additional funds.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food! Slow wait staff! Very loud and turnt up 4pm on a Friday.

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JRIley
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

terrible service from my waitress, and when the bill came i could see why...they automatically add gratuity to EVERY check...not just large parties. smh i saw the server literally twice throughout the night. i had to wave down other servers and bus boys for everything i needed!!!the food was pretty good but the service will have me avoiding this place like the plague. also, this business is not remotely following covid 19 guidelines...ppl sitting on top of each other. horrible experience!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was so bomb. Gabrielle was the most gracious server. I really liked that he was attentive and heard all our requests. Very happy with the service and food was good. Will be dining again very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

The food here is so good. Drinks are good as well. I use to come to this restaurant all the time and never had a problem. But so much has changed. Went here reclaims ended up walking out. I just wanted to eat with my kids. They do way too much and have staff with attitudes for no reason.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place

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RhondaT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made the reservation and got there and was told the kitchen was closed. Wasted my time.

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vipMissTushy
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were pretty much out of all the good items then it was super packed to the point this guy butt kept touching me because they allow patron to stand around 🤮 took forever to get food waitress was inattentive then had the nerve to add 20% gratuity. It's sad this really use to be a great place!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Black-owned businesses have to give a better reason for people to support other than being Black-owned. The food was good, service was not great at all. We were a party of 4 that went to 3. We were automatically charged 20% gratuity. The server had already gave us our check when we just got our food & only had 1 fill off the bottomless mimosas/belonging we got. We tried to get an independence of our bill as how do 3 people equals 200? On their website it says party of 6 or more will be charged auto gratuity. We’d figured it probably be because of COVID as some other restaurants do but they give you a heads up about it or tell you when they drop off the check. It’ll be my first & last time going there. Black-owned businesses doesn’t mean anything when you have terrible customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seating is very tight so don’t expect a lot of arm and table space but the vibe is cool. Music was food and the food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Everything was good but the fact that I received my food way after my wife and sister was done eating.

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RenataW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Never again.

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NiseyJ
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

I made reservations for 6pm and upon arrival I was told they weren't letting anyone in until 6:30 pm to relieve the day party that ended at 6pm. We weren't let in until 6:56 pm to get inside and there was still a crowd. Once we were inside and seated at our table, we were told they weren't taking orders until 7:15pm.
Despite the long wait and confusion of it all, we had an AMAZING TIME. The service, food and DJ made the experience so much better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed our dinner the atmosphere is simply a vibe and the food matches.

TJ
TamikaJ
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jemima(I hope I spelled that right) was amazing and attentive. Service was lightning fast and tasted soooooo good.

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BriaB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, first time here from Philly and it was lit! The reviews almost made us change our mind! The DJ mono was sooo lit! The food is amazing!! Our server Kerry was EXCELLENT, we loved him! It’s a turn vibe, Gotta experience it.

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LakiaA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I fly to ATL I always have to stop at this place! It’s the energetic atmosphere!!! Love it

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Nessey
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was nice. Food and customer service was great!

EJ
EJ01
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a little crowded and too close for comfort but everything else was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

French toast was bomb

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience which is why I had to go again, best lounge in Atlanta and the food is consistent most establishment struggle with their food tasting amazing when they have cook rotations.

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SeanS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The manager, Q, was awesome. I had a slight issue, she handled it and I was very pleased.
Our server, Hunter was great as well

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience1

Not the same bqe. Changes in ownership gave the place a club feel. Can’t hear myself over the music. The menu was incorrect and drinks bad. Item I ordered didn’t come as advertised or described. Great service though and cute place.

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Doug
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Absolutely loved the atmosphere. Music was on point with the slow R&B for the grown and sexy! Perfect since it was Valentine's Day.

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the bqe restaurant & lounge is rated 3.9 stars by 1219 OpenTable diners.

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