Atlanta Restaurants Perfect For Wintertime Dining Out

Here are some Atlanta restaurants perfect for dining when it's chilly outside.
  • Einstein's is ATL's go-to spot for weekend brunch.
    Einstein's is ATL's go-to spot for weekend brunch.
  • Try a wood-fired pizza at Floataway Cafe.
    Try a wood-fired pizza at Floataway Cafe.
  • The shrimp is tasty at Horseradish Grill.
    The shrimp is tasty at Horseradish Grill.
  • If you're on the Westside, stop in at Marcel.
    If you're on the Westside, stop in at Marcel.

These Atlanta restaurants offer fireplaces, cozy seating, ample libations and hearty dishes to keep you warm.

Located within The St. Regis Atlanta, this swanky Buckhead spot boasts an impressive 20th-century art collection, elegant library and roaring fireplace. Dine on seasonal American fare in either the sleek dining room or the more casual tavern. Drink highlights include craft cocktails and an extensive wine list with selections from Italy, France and California as well as select dessert wines and ports. In the dining room, classic mains like sorghum-glazed duck breast, rack of lamb and a black Angus filet are augmented by seasonal vegetables, while the Tavern offers elevated bar food like Wagyu beef sliders and crispy gulf oysters. For dessert, try the Peruvian Cacao Pod, a chocolate mousse with Lucuma Creme Brulee, cocoa crumbs, caramelized puffed quinoa and Lucuma ice cream.

Barcelona Wine Bar
With outposts in Inman Park and Midtown, Barcelona offers a range of tapas to please all palates. Both locations have outdoor fireplaces and patio heaters to stave off the winter chill. Otherwise, belly up to the bar or snag a corner banquette to enjoy the restaurant’s most popular items, like cheese and charcuterie boards, spicy beef empanadas, grilled lamb pixtos, hearty paella and chicken pimientos. Stay warm all night with hot toddies like the Bourbon Spice Rack, made with Four Roses bourbon, pure maple syrup, lemon juice, and Scrappy’s cardamom and lavender bitters.

This Midtown mainstay is known for its weekend brunch, chock full of comfort foods like bourbon and banana French toast, fried green tomato Benedict, a house-made biscuit with sausage gravy and a Bloody Mary bar. For evening diners, the menu features assorted shareable snacks and small plates like deviled eggs, pineapple-mango sriracha wings and Manchego fritters with garlic-chili honey as well as an assortment of pastas, steaks and big plates of Southern staples like spicy jumbo shrimp and grits, and fried chicken with mashed potatoes, garlic kale and roasted mushroom gravy.

Horseradish Grill
This rustic retreat near Chastain Park will warm your body and belly with its timeless menu of classic comfort foods, many of them cooked over the restaurant’s wood-fired grill. Try the signature skillet fried chicken paired with four cheese macaroni and garlic green beans as good as grandma made them, or the signature blackened wood grilled rib eye steak with creamy roasted garlic and rosemary potatoes, sauteed asparagus and red wine demi. Save room for dessert -- the homemade pecan pie is not to be missed.

Meat takes center stage at Chef Ford Fry’s Westside steak house. Opulence abounds, from the plush velvet banquettes to the caviar service to the shareable 42-ounce Porterhouse. Pair your choice of steak with classic French sauces like Brandy au Poivre and Bérnaise and sides like pommes Dauphinoise. On a budget? Try the late night menu, available from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. and featuring $3 oysters and the $10 Marcel “Stack” -- fried bologna and American cheese.

Floataway Cafe
Tucked away off Zonolite Road near Emory University, this hidden gem is perfect for an intimate, romantic meal. Enjoy the restaurant’s signature wood-fired pizzas and oven-roasted favorites like Loup de mer, Spring Mountain Farms chicken, Bavette steak and octopus. An assortment of cheeses, seasonal vegetables and pastas like rigatoni with littleneck clams round out the menu and pair well with the Italian-focused wine list. End the evening with the warm toffee pudding with vanilla gelato and a cappuccino.

Laura Scholz writes for Atlanta Now magazine, the official visitors guide of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

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