12 Picks: Try These Top Restaurants In Buckhead

Buckhead is known for its good eats. Explore these top Buckhead restaurants.
  • St. Cecilia evokes the coasts of Spain, Italy and France.
    St. Cecilia evokes the coasts of Spain, Italy and France.
  • The food at Watershed is almost too pretty to eat. (photo Malika Bowling)
    The food at Watershed is almost too pretty to eat. (photo Malika Bowling)
  • Atlas brings the finery to fine dining with inspired small plates and 20th century art decor.
    Atlas brings the finery to fine dining with inspired small plates and 20th century art decor.

Buckhead has always been ground zero for good eats in Atlanta even with fine dining and tasty morsels spreading to other neighborhoods in the city. That doesn’t mean Buckhead has lost its luster. It still boasts a tremendous variety of options, starting with these top 12 Buckhead restaurants. 

  1. 10 Degrees South – This gorgeous upscale restaurant was established in 1989 as the first South African restaurant in the United States. It offers a fusion of exotic flavors and a wide variety of dishes like ostrich medallions, filet au poivre, fresh fish and more. 10 degrees is sure to provide a memorable (and romantic) meal.
    Where: 183 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta

  2. Aria – Generally regarded as one of the top restaurants in Atlanta, Aria is a modern yet cozy space to celebrate a special occasion or just enjoy delicious modern American cuisine.  Menus are seasonal and updated nightly but think dishes such as octopus tempura, lump crab cakes, crisped boneless duck confit or short ribs of beef.
    Where: 490 East Paces Ferry Road NE, Atlanta

  3. Atlas – Located in the St. Regis hotel, Atlas surpasses your average hotel restaurant easily. Providing an evolving menu of curated cocktails and farm to table-inspired small plates, Atlas encourages dining at your own pace. Art aficionados will appreciate the restaurant’s impressive display of 20th century paintings from artists like Picasso, Matisse and more.
    Where: 88 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta

  4. Basil's Restaurant & Tapas Bar – Basil’s, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Buckhead, offers a menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes ranging from from kabobs to paella and Greek shrimp and a variety of tapas. Go when the weather is nice to take advantage of the “Best Deck in Atlanta” with a lovely skyline view.
    Where: 2985 Grandview Ave. NE, Atlanta

  5. Bones – To visit Bones is to step back into another era of dining. You'll find waiters in jackets offering world-class service of the very best in seafood and steaks. Bones has been rated the top steak house in Atlanta for the last 16 years running and holds the highest Zagat rating, all but guaranteeing you a delicious meal. Visit with a group and start with the seafood tower, consisting of crab, shrimp and oysters and follow up the best steak you’re ever had. 
    Where: 3130 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta

  6. Cape Dutch – Another offering from the man behind 10 Degrees, Cape Dutch is a meat lovers dream. Focused around an open-faced grill, Cape Dutch offers the best in dry aged steaks, as well as elk, whole fish and Cornish hen. 
    Where: 782 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta

  7. Local Three Kitchen & Bar – Enjoy the eclectic dining room vibe that accompanies the interesting menu. Groups will enjoy the Notorious P.I.G., a charcuterie sampler. Other options include Dr. J’s Pekin Duck Bolognese or an Angus Hanger Steak “Wellington.”
    Where: 3290 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta

  8. Portofino – Portofino’s dishes are as beautiful as its dining rooms and patio. Creative pasta and seafood dishes grace the American Italian menu, which includes an extensive wine list. Everything is so delicious we can’t even choose a favorite. 
    Where: 3199 Paces Ferry Place NW, Atlanta

  9. Seven Lamps – This place is bustling, so while it may not make a great spot for a romantic date, it is a great spot for a tasty meal. You'll find a fresh selection of craft food and drinks ranging from from small plates to entrees like wood grilled duck breast or wood grilled hanger steak. Plus the secret menu item, the burger, is killer.
    Where: 3400 Around Lenox Road, #217, Atlanta

  10. St. Cecilia – Offering simple European dishes inspired by the coasts of Spain, Italy and France, St. Cecilia provides a wide variety of dishes, but pasta and seafood lovers will be especially enamored.  Choose from a rotating selection of handmade pasta dishes ranging from squid ink spaghettini to ricotta gnudi or enjoy coriander-crusted swordfish or lamb shoulder confit. St. Cecilia also offers a nice and reasonably priced wine list. Overall the combination makes St. Cecilia a great spot to bring family friends or your most beloved.
    Where: 3455 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta

  11. Southern Art and Bourbon Bar – Renowned Southern chef Art Smith is the force behind this modern, urban eatery featuring the best the South has to offer. Located in Buckhead’s InterContinental Hotel, Southern Art serves up beautiful decor from floor to ceiling, sumptuous Southern dishes and live music most nights in the adjacent Bourbon Bar. Portions are large, even the “Ham Bar,” SA’s version of charcuterie, is a generous portion.
    Where: 3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta

  12. Watershed – This upscale spot on Peachtree Road also makes the list as a favorite brunch spot. Dishes like Pork Belly & Sweetbreads, Watershed fried chicken and 48-hour short rib “Yaka Mein” keep us coming back for more of the local, seasonal offerings.
    Where: 1820 Peachtree Road, Atlanta

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