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Permanently Closed - The Luminary

4.1
256 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Our head chef, Eli Kirshtein is known for his cooking prowess on Top Chef. Now, he brings you a unique and cultured dining experience here at The Luminary, a French American Brasserie located in the up and coming Krog Street Market.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Lunch Tues Wed Thur Fri: 12:00 Noon to 3:00 pm.
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Phone number
(404) 600-6199
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eli Kirshtein
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Krog Stre(South) Krog Street and Edgewood
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Parking details
Valet parking is available to our guest on the Krog Street side of the Krog Street Market. The entrance to the valet stand is just beside our patio in the drive way entrance to the garage. Self parking is available on the Lake Avenue side of Krog Street Market in the Lower Parking lot. Soon there will be additional self parking available across the street in the Stove Works Parking Deck.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.6
value
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
2.0  Dined on March 25, 2017

We learned when we arrived that they were closing in a week. They seemed to be short on staff (as many tables were open despite a waiting list). Once we got water and menus, our waiter was hard to find. No water refills, didn't remember we had asked for an extra plate, drinks taking forever to be delivered (wine barely made it before dinner arrived). We learned 10 minutes after our dinners were ordered that one of the 4 offered entrees was no longer available. Frustrating that he didn't know earlier (and that the restaurant didn't plan to have food to last past 8 PM on a Saturday night). All in all a disappointing dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
2.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

Restaurant is about to close, but wanted a last rose slushie hurrah. They claimed they did not have the ingredients for the slushies (disappointing). I was served completely undercooked fish, after waiting 30-40 minutes for the entree. They graciously took it back, but this is still completely unacceptable. Have had good meals here in the past, but they have obviously given up.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

Delicious food and great service. So sad to see this place leave the neighborhood!

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vipAmandaS (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2017

It's nice because the menu changes periodically so there's always new offerings​, the cocktails are delicious, decent beer list.

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ChuckofChaine (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2017

Wonderful restaurant! Great Service! Just too bad they are closing at the end of the month. They will be missed!!

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vipMidtownfoodie (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on March 14, 2017

Nice restaurant great service , too bad restaurant is closing at the end of the month

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vipLoveGoodFood (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on March 14, 2017

Great food. Our kids (ages 10 and 11) enjoyed it too.

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KindaFoodie (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on March 12, 2017

This restaurant left us scratching our heads. Lovely room. Patient, earnest, personable but poorly trained server -- it was not his fault. The restaurant substituted items without notice; e.g., a cosmo cocktail that looked like lemonade -- no cranberry juice, so the bartender substituted lemon juice and acted offended when asked what is this drink. Same thing happened with an item on the food menu. When asked to identify an unidentifiable slice of grilled something, his reply was not credible. We asked him to check with the kitchen. He returned and confirmed his prior answer. We said no way this is onion -- onion has layers. Sent him back again, and the answer was celery root. The online menu is not updated, so there was only one entree choice we wanted. Three stars because the steak was great. Everything else was passable. We only eat dessert once a week, but we left half of this one on the plate. Cake was dry. Hint to the chefs: when you are fawning over your fellow visiting chefs, parading out dish after dish with breathless anticipation of their reaction, in a nearly empty restaurant you might acknowledge the presence of paying guests with a brief "hello, how is everything?"

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vipgm60 (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on March 5, 2017

We had the hangar steak, trout and the pork. We each enjoyed our meals- really delicious!
Great wait staff as well.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on March 5, 2017

No one will probably read this, but oh well...
Service was very good, food was good. With that being said there were a few irritating issue, just a few... lol.
We had a 1:45 brunch reservation, not that we needed one. There was no one there. When we got there things seemed to start off on a negative note. We were told we could not sit outside because they were smoking some food item( green egg, blah, blah) something on patio.It was disappointing because it was like 68-70 outside, nice day. We said what a shame, but oh well we dealt with it. We sat in a nice booth and we said all is good with a cocktail. Well... We were told right away that they could not make special cocktails because the bartender was not there.( by the way a manager should be knowledgeable in mixing special drinks) Ok...We will order wine and simple cocktails. We were catching up with friends, chatting, laughing, but kept feeling hurried to order. So we finally ordered a cheese plate to start and said ok we gotta hurry and decide on a main course. The cheese plate was good but ran out of the "House Special Crackers" my friend politely asked for some more...what happened next was laughable! The server came back with saltines! We asked where are the other crackers? He politely said they take count or inventory on the crackers! Really? Instead of saying something in the beginning that wanting more crackers would be extra, or maybe that wasn't an option. Who knows??? We got our food and it was good, service was over all good. Then this happened...we were told it was last call and if we wanted any more wine or cocktails we better order. What?!?! Are we at a bar??? Ok... we had a reservation for brunch 1:45, we were a little late( 2:00) if you are that adamant about everything shutting down at 3:00, then DON't take reservation at 1:45! And expect your guests to have a nice relaxing experience.
Disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
2.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

The food was really quite mediocre - the foie Gras appetizer was too sweet. Entrees were decent but the dessert was inedible. It was as if they forgot to add any sugar - it was very strange.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

Dinner was good but service was slow

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Bevy (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 1, 2017

We love the Luminary and are happy that it's in our neighborhood!

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Rico (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 24, 2017

Took girlfriend here for her b-day. She loves oysters and we live on the beltline so it was a no-brainer. The oysters were good and the outdoor seating was lovely. Unfortunately that was about all I can muster that was positive.

Tried ordering the poutine--they were out. GF's frose was melted before it reached the table (not sure it ever was frozen tbh it just looked like red wine?).

Took nearly two hours for our entrees to come out. GF's pork tasted like it had been sitting under a heatlamp for an hour and my medium-rare steak was basically uncooked. First time I've ever had to send food back at a restaurant :/

Hostess did a great job handling the situation, comping us a round of drinks and bringing out a small charcuterie board, which was appreciated, but overall a disappointment.

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Philosoraptor (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 21, 2017

The staff was very friendly and attentive, and the food was extremely rich and flavorful. We're excited to come back, especially for those oysters!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

The food here is always fantastic and surprising in the best way. More people should be eating here. One of the best restaurants in Atlanta. And the cocktails and wine are great too.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
1.0  Dined on February 19, 2017

The staff was making excuses from the beginning after being told we were VIP's from the Hostess when seated (she really did try to console the worsening situation many times.) Really slammed & understaffed with the bar area full & 2 - 3 tables in the dining room. 20+ min to get first drink. Another 20+ min for 2 dz. oysters (2-3 people opening - Chef did send out a cheese plate to our table - oysters were good.) Nice gesture if all fell into place but the Foie Gras course had a "RAW" pancake. Sent it to back & was never replaced. Chicken dish was nice but the Mussels ordered were overcooked to the point of being inedible.
Left before dessert - used a Groupon.
I've been in the restaurant biz for 40+ years & have had only a couple of experiences that rivaled this one here!
Sad..........

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Michael (Atlanta)
1.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

Went to restaurant as a result of a Groupon. Our server was good, knowledgeable and very friendly. That was the good part. My entree was bad and a different entree was substituted. My initial entree was too salty and inedible. The substituted pasta consisted of 4 tiny pieces of ravioli that would not have satiated a gold fish. Spouse's entree did not contain pasta otherwise represented on the menu. Individual glasses of wine were expensive. Overall, I would not recommend this restaurant.

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Firsttimer (Tallahassee)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2017

We went for brunch and had the Dutch baby pancake w persimmon and the mushroom breakfast sandwich. Asked to share but the chef didn't spit anything.
The Americano was delicious but nothing else was over a 5 on a scale of 1-10. The pancake was more like French toast; the honey wasn't local (something they say they pay attention to and laughably bragged about their cocoa nibs being from across the way/from a market store). The sandwich was dominated by the mustard choice and amount. The waitress refilled our water overt time our glass went below 3/4 full. Makes it hard to take a sip! We won't be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2017

Great restaurant in Old Forth Ward , really good food and service, great atmosphere , wonderful people , outstanding experience . Oh yeah , the food was very tasty !

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