Whether it’s tacos or aged steaks, Atlanta restaurants serve something for every culinary taste and budget. Not only that, new restaurants open all the time. Here are some of our favorite — and newest — Atlanta restaurants.
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The Brasserie at Bazati is a sophisticated and relaxed all-day place where your can enjoy coffee and a pastry for breakfast, a drink at one of two bars or classic brasserie fare for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. The all-day menu features authentic plates such as steak frites, croque monsieur, duck confit and coq au vin. Next time you’re walking the Eastside BeltLine stop by The Brasserie’s 3,000-square-foot patio and garden and enjoy what Atlanta Magazine dubbed Atlanta’s “Best Brasserie.”
Estrella is the Yucatecan-inspired restaurant overlooking the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail in the Poncey-Highland area. (📷 Alyssa Fagien)
Estrella is the recently opened Yucatecan-inspired restaurant overlooking the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail in the Poncey-Highland area. Estrella features a buzzing open-air bar serving a lush list of bubbly and classic Latin cocktails, such as Hemingway daiquiris and pisco sours. One of Mexico’s most highly regarded chefs, Roberto Solis, created the Yucatecan menu, and guests can enjoy both shareable small plates and main dishes rooted in regional Mexican specialties.
The popular Marietta-based bakery, Doughnut Dollies, opens a second location in West Midtown in May. Guests can munch the eccentric and decadent doughnuts Doughnut Dollies has become known for while sipping on Athens-based Jittery Joe draft coffee options. Each doughnut is made fresh daily and is a masterpiece. Perhaps try the chocolate Old Fashioned doughnut garnished with fresh orange and fennel pollen.
Boxcar, located in the West End, features farm-to-table foods with unique options such as the "Lobstah Roll."
The Hop City team opened Boxcar in the West End’s Lee + White development. Executive chef Matt Hutchins’ passion for farm-to-table dining shines through in the new Boxcar menu with unique options including the “Lobstah Roll,” Yuzu fried chicken and roasted beet carpaccio as well as elevated bar classics like the soft-baked pretzel and the Boxcar beef burger. To complement its refined menu, Boxcar features a selection of 80 rotating draft beers, wine and creative cocktails at two in-house bars. A portion of sales at Boxcar is donated to the Atlanta Mission.
Enjoy exotic and fresh sushi at District M, which claims to have Atlanta's largest sushi bar. (📷 Jeff Moore)
District M Sushi opened at the Modera Sandy Springs complex and features a 140-seat restaurant that offers à la carte sushi, traditional omakase experiences and a sashimi moriawase, along with charcoal grilled meats and vegetables. The 20-seat sushi bar is among the largest in the city.
Bully Boy, the BeltLine restaurant from Concentrics Restaurants and chef Michael Bertozzi, offers Eastern seaboard fare from its farms, rivers and coastal waters. The seafood menu is paired with a nostalgic cocktail list and local and coastal craft brews. The wine program was curated by advanced sommelier Justin Amick of Painted Hospitality.
A short walk from the BeltLine is The Barrelhouse, which prides itself on being a “neighborhood corner pub.” Located on Highland Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward, the Barrelhouse is a great place to grab a bite and enjoy a wide selection of libations from craft brews to classic cocktails.
Almost two years after closing due to a car crash severely damaging the building, Ammazza, the Atlanta-based pizzeria and restaurant, has reopened in its original Edgewood location. Owner Hugh Connerty made it bigger and better, doubling the kitchen size with four custom, copper-tiled Acunto pizza ovens and a new dough room.
Stuffed cabbage and chicken kebabs are just some of the Turkish and Mediterranean-inspired dishes at Truva in Virginia Highland. (📷 Henri Hollis)
Truva Mediterranean Restaurant opened a second location on North Highland Avenue in Virginia-Highland (the first is Downtown) and offers Turkish food paired with fusion-inspired Mediterranean touches prepared by an executive chef born and raised in Turkey. In addition to the succulent food and specialty drinks, Truva presents belly dancers to further delight diners.
Gusto! is an Atlanta-based restaurant chain opening new stores all around town. Gusto!’s menu offers proteins combined with fresh and favorable ingredients at reasonable prices. The latest Gusto! opening is in West Midtown.
Gino’s East of Chicago opened in the Windy City in 1966 and opened its first Atlanta restaurant recently in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood. No matter the location, diners will love the deep-dish pizzas made with fresh ingredients, along with chicken wings and salads.
Atlanta restaurateur legend Tom Catherall closed his Virginia-Highland restaurant, Taco Cowboy, and debuted Bar.Bacoa, which features tapas, tacos and mixologist cocktails.
One of Atlanta’s most iconic and favorite restaurants is Hal’s The Steakhouse in Buckhead. Blais Nowak’s father opened Hal’s and now he is following in his father’s wake by opening Nowak’s, a Morningside steak house that features impeccably prepared steaks along with favorites such as meatloaf, chicken bon femme and redfish. Don’t be surprised if there’s a touch of New Orleans as Nowak’s hails from the Crescent City.
Buena Vida Tapas & Sol opened in the Old Fourth Ward Park along the Atlanta BeltLine. The 190-seat Spanish tapas restaurant channels the coastal vibes of southern Spain and boasts a 50-seat patio.
Atlanta is home to a number of celebrity-owned restaurants and the latest is Fellaship, an exclusive intimate lounge and restaurant owned by NFL great Cam Newtown. Located adjacent to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Castleberry Hill, the restaurant features such delights as home-style chicken pot pie, onion-crusted beef short rib and a 22-ounce rib eye steak.
Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications.