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Permanently Closed - The Spence

1175 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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The Spence is a contemporary American restaurant that is popular for its seafood dishes. The restaurant's interior is trendy and modern. One of its most striking features is its extra-high ceiling. Guests can choose to sit outside in the open dining area when the weather is nice. A full-service bar is also available at The Spence, complete with a wide range of wines, cocktails and other spirits.

For starters, try an appetizer like the Mexican street corn with chili, lime and queso fresco, oyster mushroom tartine with lamb chopper, pickled ramp and turnip, fried chicken liver with guava mustard or meadow creek Appalachian cheese served with an apricot scone and marmalade. A number of main course items are also available at The Spence for guests to choose from, including braised short rib with corn, red onions and horseradish and Long Island duck breast with dates, onion soubise and lemon cucumber.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday CLOSED
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Phone number
(404) 892-9111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Public transit
Complimentary valet drop off directly in front of the restaurant on Fifth Street.
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Special events & promotions
We have a private dining room with a 36 person capacity. We also have feasting menu options available at our chefs tables which can hold up to 22 people. Our feasting menus consist of selecting a whole animal for your main protein to be broken down alongside side dishes, appetizers and dessert for $65 a head. Must call the restaurant and book a contract for the feasting menu options.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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vipAdamC (Atlanta)
1.0  Dined on June 28, 2016

closed . The restaurant is closed. The restaurant is closed.

vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

This was our first time at The Spence and we really enjoyed it. With Georgia Tech summer break it was a quiet evening, but we loved the attention from our servers and the manager. The recommended starters (duck spring rolls and sautéed cauliflower) were fantastic. We split a whole Bronzino as an entree and it was perfectly prepared. A great overall experience and we will be back.

vipJBDowntown (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on June 17, 2016

Excellent place to take clients.

ThaniaS (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2016

The server we had was great. She introduced us to a great Riesling that I now keep on hand. The yellow Jacket cocktail is wonderful and the Risotto is just the way it should be. I will definitely go there again!

vipChiTown (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 8, 2016

Great outside space, fun environment and good food.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on May 27, 2016

Excellent from the moment we walked in the door! Service, food, and ambience were top-notch! We would definitely return to this place when back in Atlanta! Highly recommended!

snooch2danooch (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on May 20, 2016

The food was very good and the service was top notch.

vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
2.0  Dined on May 20, 2016

Went here on a date night expecting a nice, upscale neighborhood gem but instead we entered an empty restaurant with 3 other tables. We had a server and a trainee and we have never been treated with such attitude. Luckily, the hostess was great and and helped make the night better. The food is okay, it's definitely better quality than a chain restaurant, but it's very much overpriced. For the lack of patrons, always open availability and terrible service, we would not recommend to any friends especially when expecting service and food on the level of many other high quality restaurants in the area given the price point.

Reviewer (Atlanta)
1.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

- TERRIBLE service, took an hour to get our food
- Appetizers came out after our main plates
- Not all dishes came out at the same time - one 10 minutes after the others
- Refills were never offered and we have to ask - even for water

When you pay that much for lunch, you would like the staff to give you attention and care that you are there, especially on a day like Mother's Day

I would not go back or recommend The Spence unfortunately.

vipatlfrank (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

I've had some very nice meals at The Spence, especially early in its run, but this visit, for Mother's Day brunch, was pretty awful. The entrees ranged from mediocre (in the case of eggs Benedict), like something you'd expect to get in a hotel ballroom, to just plain bad (in the case of a quiche that my wife couldn't even finish). The "cheese grits" two of us ordered on the side arrived cold and solidified in the bowl -- even the cheese on top had hardened into a solid squiggle. The only truly nice thing I had was my cocktail, so I had two. Service was fine, but couldn't make up for the poor food. It was just thoroughly disappointing, especially given the prices. I know founding chef Richard Blais is long gone, but I planned Mother's Day brunch there expecting that the restaurant was in capable hands and that the food would be better than barely passable. Unless I hear that things have improved dramatically, I won't be back.