Atlanta is a city of many delicious layers. Full of both American history and emerging culture, the city is home to many top-notch theaters, music venues, museums, professional sports, and of course, great fine dining.
With so many restaurants in Atlanta and the surrounding smaller towns, you might find it hard to make a decision. We’re here to help you figure out where to get started by putting together a list of some of the best restaurants in Atlanta. And to add to your experience, we have two Select Registry members located right in the middle of everything! When you stay at the Shellmont Inn or the Stonehurst Place, you'll begin each day of your culinary tour off with a lovely gourmet breakfast. From casual fare to fine dining and everything in between, the best restaurants in Atlanta await you!
Here are the 10 best restaurants in Atlanta.
This fine dining establishment continuously tops lists of the best restaurants in Atlanta. Its menu of coursed meals relies on seasonal and produce to create delicious Contemporary American Dishes. From its white table clothes to its industrial chic design, Bacchanalia is a great option for an upscale meal before a show or night out in the city!
2. Two Urban Licks
Two Urban Licks is a unique dining experience with an impressive 14-foot wood-pit rotisserie featured in the dining room. The menu consists of a fresh take on classic American cuisine with wood-fired meats and fish. Enjoy live blues as you dine in this stylish warehouse with incredible city views!
Gunshow showcases the talents of Top Chef finalist Kevin Gillespie. The dishes are described as simple, yet scrumptious with deliciously intense flavors. If you don't mind getting to know other dinner guests, take a seat at one of the communal tables at this eclectic eatery!
If you want classic southern comfort food made in the traditional way, head straight to Greenwoods. You'll find good Southern cooking at this laid back spot! Think platters of fried chicken, biscuits, and meatloaf as well as homemade pies.
5. JCT Kitchen
Another great spot for southern cuisine, JCT Kitchen offers a fresh take on some old favorites. You’ll find shrimp and grits on the menu, as well as banh mi sandwiches. This hip space also has an upstairs bar with a breathtaking skyline view!
A romantic date spot with idyllic gardens, this restaurant on the banks of the Chattahoochee River is a perennial favorite among locals and visitors alike. Canoe features seasonal fare ranging from classic steakhouse dishes to more exotic options like ostrich. No matter when you visit, you can expect sophisticated and delicious food!
7. Capital Grille
A beautiful view of the Atlanta city skyline and top notch cuisine are standard of the Capital Grille. The menu consists of poultry, seafood, and an outstanding selection of mouth watering steaks. This sophisticated steakhouse is located in Historic Buckhead and offers its guests world-class wines and valet parking in addition to fine dining!
Housed in the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Tomo is a well-known Atlanta sushi spot with some of the best rolls and fish in the city. Its artful sushi is complimented by a great collection of Japanese beverages like whiskey, sake, and Shochu.
Ecco is located right in Midtown, close to museums, theaters and more, making it a great place for a night out on the town. Pizza, pasta, great appetizers and an expansive wine selection make up Ecco’s menu. Its sleek atmosphere and its ever changing menu always provide for a delicious and interesting night out!
10. Alma Cocina
Alma Cocina, a superb Mexican/Latin restaurant in downtown Atlanta, uses fresh ingredients to create delicious dishes that bring a new taste to familiar recipes. Its inventive dishes are best enjoyed with a libation from its unique cocktail and tequila menus!
Where To Stay In Atlanta, Georgia
As you’re tasting the menus of all the best restaurants in Atlanta, you’ll need to have a comfortable and luxurious place to call your home base. If you're looking for a personalized lodging experience, consider staying at one of the two Select Registry properties in Atlanta.
- Considered one of the top Atlanta bed and breakfasts, the Stonehurst Place offers travelers an award winning lodging experience in a stylish boutique hotel atmosphere. This historic mansion dates back to the late 1800s and is just steps from all of the city’s most exciting attractions, like the Botanical Gardens, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Georgia Dome.
- The Shellmont Inn Bed & Breakfast is located in the heart of Atlanta’s Midtown area, making it convenient to visit all of the best restaurants in Atlanta. It’s also near many museums, theaters, and shops. The inn is housed in an impeccably restored 1981 mansion that is on the National Register of Historic Places; it’s also designated by the city of Atlanta as a Landmark Building.
So, luxuriate in the best of Atlanta’s history all while enjoying the best of the present! And you can be sure that it will provide a signature Select Registry experience! Photo credit: Joshua Resnick / Adobe Images