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.
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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.
Excellent place to take clients.
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!
Great outside space, fun environment and good food.
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!
The food was very good and the service was top notch.
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.
- 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.
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.
The Spence is definitely one of the best restaurants in town. I visited The Spence for Mothers Day with my family from out of town. Before my visit, the staff provided me with the brunch menu via email in order to prepare. Upon our arrival, the staff were polite and courteous and seated us immediately. Soon after being seated, our waitress arrived and provided very quality service. The manager (Mike) was one of the most personable managers I've experienced. He was attentive, open to feedback, and went above and beyond to ensure everyone had a positive experience.
I was also impressed with the ambiance. The decor was tasteful and the atmosphere was upscale casual. The Spence is my new favorite place in town. I plan on visiting The Spence very soon - so should you!
My favorite place to eat in Atlanta! Relaxed, but excellent food choices and preparation. Great small plates and appetizers as well as entrées. Innovative cocktails and exquisite desserts. Food is always fresh and creative. Plus they change the menu so you don't get tired of it.
This was our first time to this restaurant prior to a concert at the Fox. This was also a great location being close by and gave us the opportunity to try somewhere new. We found the food, service and selection to be great! We really enjoyed the tiny buns as the bread course and all that followed. It got quite noisy over time as people rolled in, but luckily we chose a table into the corner. Really enjoyed our whole experience!
I thought the Duck was not too tasty and a little difficult to eat. The sides
of julienne carrots and tortillas, made no sense and did not make the
plate look any more appetizing. I could have made tacos if I got
shredded duck, but I basically had to mutilate the duck to get
to the meat, and by that time, I wasn't going to make a taco with
My guests seemed to enjoy the Salmon, so some positive points for that.
Should have tried the Pizza or Pasta, as they looked pretty good.
A little bit pricey on the Entrees for what they are.
Took an hour to get our food and it wasn't crowded.Branzino was great. Few veggie options. Fiddlehead was good but too much batter.