10 Best Restaurants for Lunch in Midtown Atlanta

Looking for some mm-mm good lunch in Midtown? Explore the 10 best restaurants for lunch in Midtown Atlanta.
  • Smoked crab legs are a highlight at Bon Ton. Save room for the corn nuggets.
    Smoked crab legs are a highlight at Bon Ton. Save room for the corn nuggets.
  • Tabla's colorful foods are appealing to all senses.
    Tabla's colorful foods are appealing to all senses.
  • Get a juicy sandwich and side for a reasonable price at The Federal.
    Get a juicy sandwich and side for a reasonable price at The Federal.

Whether you've got to get out of the office for a break or you are just looking to refuel during a busy day in the city, here are the 10 best spots to have lunch in Midtown Atlanta. 

  1. Bezoria – This fast casual spot in the heart of Midtown offers Mediterranean fare. Make sure to get a mix of chicken, beef and falafel with your order. Fries are delightful, too.

  2. Bon Ton Boil House – The restaurant combines Cajun and Vietnamese flavors and is sister restaurant to the popular Buford Highway restaurant, Crawfish Shack. At lunch get the shrimp burger, catfish banh-mi or po boy. Make sure to add a side of the corn nuggets. 

  3. Cafe Agora – When I first visited this Mediterranean spot, it was housed in a tiny space in Buckhead, and I love that it has become so popular that there now are several locations. The best way to experience Cafe Agora is with a group, because the maza platter (sampling of all appetizers) is a must. The lamb gyro is one of my favorites, but  for a mix of everything, order the Agora mixed grill with chicken, lamb and beef.

  4. City Winery – Although the upscale decor at the Ponce City Market destination would lead you to believe lunch is pricey, it isn’t. A sandwich or flatbread comes with a side salad and non-alcoholic drink for $13. Add a glass of wine for an additional $5.

  5. The Federal – Located in the heart of Midtown, this is a lovely choice for a hearty lunch. Choose from a pork or beef sandwich, which comes with side.

  6. Pho King –Yes, the name may elicit giggles, (pho is pronounced “fa”), but the incredible flavors and generous portions here make for a satisfying lunch. You can’t go wrong with the traditional pho soup with your choice of meat. But rice and noodle dishes are stellar, too.

  7. Saltwood – Belly up to the burger bar inside the Loews Hotel  Get the Midtown bleu or hot mess. All burgers and sandwiches are $12 at lunch. If burgers aren’t your thing, get the 14-hour brisket sandwich or the foie gras hot dog. They’ve also got old-fashioned floats to wash your lunch down.

  8. TAP – Though the name might suggest this is a brewpub, don't be fooled. The cuisine is well thought out. You’ll be surprised to find a chilled tofu ramen salad or poke bowl here. Tacos are tasty and reasonably priced.

  9. Tabla –Tabla knows how to get you in and out quickly. It is an especially good choice if your office is within walking distance. Get one of the delicious wraps or try a thali (an assortment with vegetable, rice, curry) and dessert.

  10. Vortex – Known for gut-busting burgers, The Vortex offers a piece of Atlanta history as a longstanding restaurant.

Malika Bowling is the author of Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More!, and founder of Roamilicious. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. Her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram


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