The Lawrence

4.6
677 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Lawrence is Midtown Atlanta"s go to spot for neighborhood fine dining & great drinks with the most picturesque patio walking distance from Piedmont Park on the corner of 8th & Juniper. The Lawrence features seasonal takes on the classic American restaurant with international influences & a touch of Southern charm. Well known for its progressive wine list & an award winning cocktail program - the bar stays open all day in between its lunch, brunch & dinner services and sometimes late into the night. The Lawrence has something for everyone whatever the mood, be it casual or elegant- hungry or thirsty.
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BM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic eatery with variety of selection. Service was above average with waitstaff attentive and customer oriented.

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The noise level undercuts excellent food and prompt service. There were 5 of us and we had to shout to hear each other. I missed half the conversation. This is the case for most restaurants these days where “energetic” is a kind word for decor that doesn’t help absorb sound. BUT if you can get a seat outside, then the food is worth it!

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Server was not real attentive. Seemed distracted. He recovered after we asked him where our drinks were.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was wonderful as always!!! Miles was a great waiter!! I will be back! Favorite place in Atlanta!!!

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BE
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Waitress not attentive. Ceviche was undercooked. Wasn’t asked how things were or about the food. Valet apparently took lunch because we stood there 20 minutes before finding him in the restaurant on his smart phone.

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AC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

The food and service were excellent, but the music playing through the Marshall amps was way too loud. And the place was too hot on the day we visited.

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Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here after a very disappointing dinner at another restaurant. We didn't have a reservation, but the manager (I think his name was Brian) was able to get us a great table despite the restaurant being very busy! We had mentioned how disappointed we were with the other restaurant, and Brian made sure we had an amazing experience at The Lawrence. After he heard that we were bournon fans, he brought over a special single barrel bottle his store had picked, and it was great! Highly recommended if you are a fan of good bourbon. Our server made some excellent recommendations, and everything we ate was incredible! I cant wait to go back!

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great hamburger! Loved the neighborhood. Great vibe.

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B
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner at The Lawrence. The hanger steak was fabulous. I subbed the fries for asparagus. It was so good. Very tasty. Our server was wonderful too. They have complimentary valet at Wells Fargo.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Much, much too loud. Table was not available upon our arrival. People still seated there. Waitress was super busy so we had to wait to even get her to stop by. Actually had to request our bill from another staff member. Will never visit again in the evenings. Great place for a drink or two but not to share a meal with good friends who want to talk.

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Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Lawrence is one of my Midtown favorites, especially if you're going to a show at The Fox or are headed to the Woodruff Arts Center. The cocktails are truly one of a kind creations that challenge the palate and make me want to come back again. The food is very good, though when they are busy, the service and speed of the kitchen lags a bit … just enough for another cocktail. :-)

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g
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Little loud (and intimate, unless you get the right table) for a business lunch, but otherwise great!

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat outside. Wonderful food, scallops and Ahi tuna. Nice size portions. Good service

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CL
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Lawrence is an excellent restaurant . The server and other staff people were very kind. It's not tops on atmosphere, but if you're just looking for good food, it works well.

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AB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was average. Service was ok. I expected more from the restaurant

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RF
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always terrific

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e
Orlando
27 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great spot for a casual dinner. A great outdoor patio.

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J
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great evening. Loved the food and the service and the ambience. The noise level was a little high for us. The scallops were sensational. My steak frites were quite good. I could have gone more stars, but I reserve those for only a few crazy experiences. Nicole, our waitperson was great. She gave us great advice, was efficient and fun. Here too, I might have gone higher in praise, but it is tough to be perfect in such a jolly fun-filled place. Reservations are helpful if you don't want to be at the popping high-energy bar. It is a fairly small space, so our reserved seats still allowed us to take in all the action. The scene was eclectic with gay and straight youguns, a table of mature black women, Asian folks... I just adore such a customer salad. I wish I could have tried more dishes.

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EK
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time all around. Excellent food and even better service!!

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j
Atlanta
49 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Hope it was an off night with recovery from the kitchen fire. Service slow. Timing of courses off. Many items not available.

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S
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went on a Sunday evening. Had to wait 30 minutes to get seated due to mismanagement by one of the hostesses. Mussels and part of meal was lukewarm. Usually everything thing is great. Will give them another try at time other than Sunday evening.

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JB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bar is excellent. Dining room is open and trendy. I go to the Lawerence whenever I have the chance.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Costeel was amazing! Great atmosphere and the food was superb. Will definitely be back!

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Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fish and Crab and rice dish was just amazing! Truly a nice flavor!

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F
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Cool Joint. Good Food. Great place if in Mid-Town and want to grab a drink or a meal.

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KS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, and our server Nicki was attentive and pleasant. Overall, great experience!

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P
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Waiter seemed high and told us at the beginning of our meal he was “a bit out of it” and that we should bear with him. Brought the wrong cocktail. Food was mediocre. We won’t be back.

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EC
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktails are exceptional. Servers are very courteous and know their menus.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great little place, but VERY loud.

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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent cocktails.

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TD
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Tasty inventive food, nice interior and pleasant cocktails. The Lawrence has all that going for it as well as a great location. But it is one of the loudest interiors around, which is a drawback for many people. And the service was quite uneven. I'm not sure if our primary server was having an off night, as he did say his brain wasn't working that night, but that lack of attention can add stress to your evening, especially when trying to relax with friends. I'd be more likely to try again on a less busy night.

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JL
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We went on a Thursday night and it was packed. We had reservations and got seated quickly. This is a VERY LOUD restaurant. So if you're expecting to have an intimate dinner go elsewhere. We had to yell to hear each other speak across the table. The food was very good. The service was not. Our server was working 3 tables and we had to keep waiting on things. It took about 15 mins to get our first drinks. A food runner brought our appetizer which was the salmon. Delicious. We kept waiting for our server to return so we could order our wine to accompany the steak and it took her so long to return that the steak was brought out (by another food runner) and our wine didn't come until the steak was cold. It was very disappointing. Also, the bathrooms were very nasty and there was only one bathroom in service. So expect a waiting line for the bathroom. We had high expectations but were disappointed.

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AE
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely menu that catered to everyone's preferences, which was great. It had a very trendy vibe and we especially enjoyed the cocktails.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable business meal. Waiter is consistently one of the best in town. Food was good as expected. Great wine list and waiter is knowledgeable.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about our experience except how tight the seating is. If you have trouble w sitting close to strangers this isn’t the place for you! Otherwise food and service on point!

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SJ
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Out of every bottle of wine selected. New server who was nice but not knowledgeable enough to help manage wine expectations/selections. Server should have had someone who was more seasoned to back him up if even a manager to touch the table to assist when challenges were presented.

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JW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Food was good but not great. I can get better portion size for same price at other places in Atlanta. The only thing unique is the drink menu options. I will come there again for sure for drinks and apps. Not for dinner food.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had an 8:00pm reservation and got sat at 8:30pm.

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AS
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The valet is top notch here, it really takes the trip to the restaurant to the next level! Then the food is always amazing, and I've tried a lot on the menu. The cocktails are seasonal, unique and delicious! Servers have always been pleasant and efficient. I keep coming back, never had a bad experience!!

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JK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious! We had the salmon chips and then shared the steak and red snapper. Everything was delicious! Pricey and wine is not a generous pour but that's midtown. The biggest problem is the noise level. We were there at 6:15 on a Friday night and sat in a booth. I couldn't hear what the person across the table from me was saying. May be best to sit outside! The complimentary valet is great and we left the car there and Ubered to the Fox. Saved money and headache trying to park near the Fox.

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