The Lawrence

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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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SB
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Amazing drinks. Loud atmosphere.

AW
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lawrence is where the Midtown locals go for really good food, an excellent bar and wine and old fashioned conversation. Tonight we started with an appetizer of fresh raw oysters served with a delicious Meuniere sauce. I enjoyed a moist and flavorful- Tuscan Airline chicken breast (I find that name completely offensive-who ever had a good piece of chicken on an airline!). The house made pickled vegetables were a fine complementary flavor. My partner ordered oxtail tagliatelle. The serving looked small when it arrived, but the richness of the oxtail meat and gravy created a very satisfying dish. We ordered a Bruleed cheesecake and a dark chocolate cream topped with a raspberry sauce. Both were very delicious and not-too-large. The chef has a wonderful gift of creativity with flavors. The Lawrence is always full...but service doesn't hurry the diners. Call for a reservation. Parking is available across the street. Go and enjoy!

OT
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I took a prospective employee to dinner on a Tuesday evening and we had to shout at one another to be heard across a table for two. The food was okay when it finally arrived, but we had to wait 15 minutes for a cocktail to arrive and another 45 minutes (with no check in from the wait staff) for the meal to arrive. It was a big disappointment, having had good experiences here previously.

KT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food overcooked. Drinks were good, but service not so good. Took a long time to get drinks and no check in about the food.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food. Fast service. Excellent attentiveness from staff.

MN
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Been there many times but took a group of 7 there Saturday night and it took an hour to get an entree. Was not even that crowded. Waiter was attentive but clearly there was a problem in the kitchen

R
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger I’ve had in years. The Larry sauce is very good. Service was excellent.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

While this is not the first time we have been here, it had been a while since we came in, my fiancé and I came for dinner on New Years Eve. Every other time we have been here the food and service has been exceptional, except for this time, and I will give them the benefit of the doubt because it was New Years Eve. First, I was disappointed to learn the salmon chips were no longer on the menu, which was easily their best appetizer in my previous visits. Not sure if this was a new menu because of the NYE thing, but it used to be a staple for them. Next, our server was very inattentive, I think we saw him three times. Once to take our order, once to deliver the check, and once to bring my card back. The food took forever to arrive, and when it did show up, it was cold. The hostess had to bring our food out. They did not bring the wine pairing we ordered with our food either, so we had to wait even longer for that, again delivered by the hostess. When the wine did show up, I’m not even convinced it was the wine we ordered, it tasted like $6/bottle grocery store wine (was listed as $14/glass). At this point, I didn’t even care and just wanted to eat and get out ASAP. Really disappointed in the experience as I was so sure it would be a great restaurant for this occasion. Hopefully this night was an exception and not a new standard.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Too loud last night

S
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great neighborhood spot with a small but interesting menu of very solid dishes. Excellent cocktail bar and nice wine list. Loved the ricotta with fig jam and toast points, different and more delicious than I anticipated. I could probably make this my dinner. Roast chicken may seem like a shrug but the skin is golden, the meat very tender, and the saffron rice the perfect foil to soak up the juices. When the bar fills the space can be noisy so if you want to talk during dinner, ask for a spot away from the front area. Our favorite pre-theater/symphony spot.

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and great food!

MM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dinner after symphony. Liked the local neighborhood vibe. Limited menu, extensive wine and cocktail menu. Scallops were yummy. Friendly folk. If I’m in the neighborhood again, I’d probably drop in. Good date night spot

EW
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was very good, service was excellent. Overall very good but very loud.

B
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience3

The table we reserved was given away and we ended up having to sit in the center of the restaurant. The black female host was also quite rude when we asked why our table for 4 was given to the table of 3. This is unacceptable.

OT
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best cocktails in midtown. Give the bartender a minute they really make sure your drink is made correctly. Food was great also

RF
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Costeel was awesome as always.

OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food wasn’t as good as it has been in the past. Service was still great.

TK
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The Lawrence has a great bar and is a great location to meet friends for a drink. I used to enjoy dining there as well, but the past few times I have been I find myself disappointed at the either the service or the food or both. The menu has changed and I don't think it is for the better. I don't find the price of the entrees to be inline with the quality of the food.

CB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, Service, and Ambiance were perfect for a casual yet nice evening. I'd say it is a great casual date spot or perfect for a comfortable setting with friends. The bar area appeared to be alive and enjoyable to grab dinner alone and perhaps even make a new friend.

VD
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burger was excellent! Customer service was top notch and the drinks were on point! I will definitely return!

B
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

What Open Table describes as energetic was way too loud for me to converse w/ the 2 friends I came with. Despite the good food and service, we will not be returning to this restaurant because of the noise level.

TC
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was well prepared and very tasty, but portions were a bit smaller than expected for the price. Drinks were well done!

SS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great server was too soft spoken for noise level
Would go back

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It took a really long time to get out drinks. Apps came out before drinks. Apps didn’t match description on menu and when I asked why the bread wasn’t served with the olives, It wasn’t well received. Like i should’ve known the menu was wrong?
Menu was summer-themed in November. Our chairs were pulled from the patio- very wobbly and not comfortable.
Overall good food and okay service but easy changes would have made it much more enjoyable.

SR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I wish there were more entree options. The food was good but not as creative as I expected it to be. Great atmosphere and music. Service was good.

DI
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It took a while to get my food and my burger was charred.

MT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diamond in the rough. Great neighborhood location without all of the fanfare.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I took my 8 year old girl fir a night out. Our server was awesome. She was the only child there and he went out of his way to make her feel like a Princess. It was great. We will go back.

C
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Friendly service, excellent food, but the crafted cocktails took a long time. We didn’t get our first round of drinks until after we had almost finished our appetizers and then ordered our second round and didn’t receive them till after we finished our meal. I have been here many times and this is the only time it has taken this long to gets drinks.

NJ
Cincinnati
69 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were in town for a concert, and I had read The Lawrence was well regarded. The experience was great. The service was excellent while the meal was delicious. Heartily recommend to others

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

First time coming. It was close to the Fox Theater which is why we chose it. Service was great and the food was good but definitely won’t be going back. The portions were barely appetizer size. $33 for 3 scallops and a tablespoon of cream corn. Husband ordered the shrimp and got 5 with a tablespoon of couscous. We ordered 1 app, 4 entrees, 2 deserts and a few drinks and spent $280 and left feeling not satisfied. I’m a small person and don’t eat much and even this was too small a portion for me. Your husbands will leave starving. Food was great but too much money for the tiny amount you get. Be prepared to order TWO entrees if you don’t want to leave starving.

FG
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome place! Felt like a local.

B
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It's very noisy. Did I mention, it's very noisy? I struggled to hear my date across our small table, and no way I could hear most of what our server was saying. The food was tasty, but for the $$ I think the portions should be larger. It is convenient to the Fox, so if you go to see Wicked, this is a good choice.

J
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I brought my 9 month old and our server never asked once if he needed anything and didn’t come back to our table for 30 minutes to see how we were doing. I did not feel welcomed here even though I have been here multiple times and love the food and beverages.

RN
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Ordered a Dewars scotch & water with a twist of lime. Server said ok. Brought the drink and it was not Dewars. Asked the server and he said they were out of Dewars and substituted another scotch. Turns out they don’t even carry Dewars and he didn’t just say that so I could order something else. Steak not cooked correctly. Expensive, loud and poor service.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Food portions were very small and items that I have loved in past visits have become smaller and changed but not in a good way. Service and ambiance is good. Cocktails are good. It is very loud inside though. I will unlikely go back and the Lawrence used to be one of my favorite restaurants in midtown.

KB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience5

Our waitress was excellent and was doing her very best to provide a great experience but the food just is not that good from beginning to end (dessert) … price is high, portion size small …

T
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Lovely atmosphere. Waiting staff attentive. Will definitely recommend and would return if back in Atlanta.

OT
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Great service! Nikki was great! Listen to her recommendations the fish dip was amazing!!! Fun drink menu. Will be going back!

MK
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful service! Would love to return.

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