Best Places in Atlanta for a Business Lunch

Choose one of these 12 Atlanta restaurants for a home run of a business lunch.
  • Dark wood and comfy seating at 101 Steak provide a serene setting for any business lunch.
    Dark wood and comfy seating at 101 Steak provide a serene setting for any business lunch.
  • Fogo de Chao features great lunches for both meat eaters and vegetarians.
    Fogo de Chao features great lunches for both meat eaters and vegetarians.
  • There are so many tempting menu options, like this veggie flatbread, at Village Tavern in Alpharetta.
    There are so many tempting menu options, like this veggie flatbread, at Village Tavern in Alpharetta.
  • The menu is heavy on seafood, but Noble Fin serves some great non-seafood items, like beef tartare.
    The menu is heavy on seafood, but Noble Fin serves some great non-seafood items, like beef tartare.
  • Soho in Vinings features a lovely private dining area for large groups.
    Soho in Vinings features a lovely private dining area for large groups.

When business lunch is on your plate, you don't want loud music, constant interruptions or cuisine that isn't crowd pleasing. Right? Here's a list of the top 12 spots in Atlanta that will make your business lunch a hit.

  1. 101 Steak – It's quite popular for dinner and for amazing steaks, but don't overlook this Vinings spot for your next business lunch. Share some oysters with sour orange cocktail sauce or pickled ginger mignonette. Choose from hearty salads or sandwiches for your main. 

  2. Bocado – If you find yourself in Midtown for lunch, Bocado, on the Westside, is a highlight. In fact, Bocado makes my favorite burger in the city. And don’t even think about getting the burger without the herb fries. For vegetarians, get the roasted cauliflower sandwich with eggplant, cilantro and spicy mayo. The space is bright and quiet enough for a business lunch although there might be the occasional moms lunching with kiddies in tow.

  3. Canoe – If you want to impress your clients, look no further than Canoe in Vinings. The beautiful space overlooks the Chattahoochee River. Canoe does have private dining space as well. With light salads and sandwiches like pastrami, cod and lamb, there are tasty dishes for everyone.

  4. The Federal – In the heart of Midtown and within walking distance to several hotels is newly opened The Federal from Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere. Service is quick and efficient. Tip: Get the beef brisket or roast pork sandwich special, which is one of chef Shaun Doty’s favorite menu items.

  5. Fogo De Chao – Many think of Fogo just for dinner, but the spacious restaurant features a similar lunch menu with choice of perfectly cooked meats with options of beef, lamb and chicken. Plus the Feijoada bar features upscale vegetables, cheeses and salad fixings.

  6. Noble Fin – There isn’t much fine dining in Peachtree Corners, but thank goodness that’s changed since chef Jay Swift moved there after shuttering his popular 4th & Swift restaurant. The seafood-heavy menu does have some meat dishes as well. The space is bright and open, making for a terrific business lunch.

  7. Ray’s RestaurantsRay’s in the City (downtown), Ray’s on the River (Sandy Springs) and Ray’s Killer Creek (Alpharetta) all have comfortable seating, friendly staff and delicious crowd-pleasing entrees guaranteeing your business lunch to be a success. Make sure to make reservations as these restaurants can get quite crowded.

  8. Soho – One of the most underrated restaurants in Atlanta is Soho.  A beautiful semi-private dining space has beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows and is perfect for large groups. Smaller groups will enjoy the other dining rooms as well. The eggplant lasagna is fantastic even if you aren't a vegetarian.

  9. South City Kitchen – You can’t go wrong with pimento cheese appetizers at South City Kitchen or really any of the upscale Southern food. Though the restaurant can be quite noisy in the evening, at lunch it is more quiet, perfect to conduct a business lunch.

  10. King and Duke – It always seems quite crowded, but it is a good spot in Buckhead for meeting a new or potential client. The parking is easy with valet, and the restaurant is easy to find at the corner of Peachtree and West Paces Ferry roads.

  11. Village Tavern – With plenty of businesses in Alpharetta, it's lucky that there aren’t a sea of chain restaurants here. Village Tavern is one of the standouts.  This restaurant features large tables, which can easily accommodate a laptop or two. Plus the sizable menu features vegetarian and gluten-free items in addition to many other offerings like sandwiches and pizzas. My favorites are the meatloaf and the pimento cheese burger.

  12. White Oak Kitchen – If you’re staying at one of the downtown hotels or meeting someone in downtown Atlanta, White Oak Kitchen is a terrific spot to have lunch. The large space is sparsely filled at lunch and service is helpful without being overbearing. Plus, the cuisine has a Southern flare for anyone from out of town craving a taste of the South.

 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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