Atlanta hotels have long boasted some of the best best restaurants in the Southeast, and some of them – such as the Polaris, Sun Dial and Nikolai’s Roof – have been world famous for decades. But the restaurant scene is always changing, and Atlanta’s downtown hotels have some great new eateries that boast the latest cuisines and farm-to-table dishes.
Here are some of our favorite restaurants located in downtown Atlanta hotels.
The Polaris at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta has been a treasured icon in the city’s dining scene and its blue dome has been a part of its skyline since the 1960s. The Polaris serves handcrafted cocktails and chef-inspired shared plates while guests enjoy amazing rotating panoramic views of metro Atlanta.
The Westin Peachtree Plaza’s Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar and View is a culinary delight that is 73 stories above the street. In addition to serving up an out-of-this-world view, the restaurant specializes in regional tastes such as Georgia mountain trout, hearty steaks and signature drinks. The acclaimed Mose Davis Jazz Trio plays regularly.
Nikolai’s Roof in the Hilton Atlanta has been one of the city’s best restaurants since 1976. High above the city on the 30th floor, Nikolai’s Roof has been the recipient of the highly coveted AAA Four Diamond award for 24 consecutive years and is the longest-running active restaurant with that honor. Chef Stephanie Alderete offers a seasonal three- four- and six-course meal with French and Russian touches. Among signature dishes are the red beet and beef borscht consommé, roasted chicken piroshki and grand mariner soufflé. Don’t forget the flavored vodka.
The W Atlanta Downtown offers three dining options, including the Wetbar on the roof next to the pool and the Living Room in the lobby, but BLT Steak is its signature restaurant and serves a variety of delicious menu options such as Japanese Kobe steak cuts, Florida stone crab, chicken liver pate and briny oysters. Of course, all of the steaks are world-class.
The newly opened Hotel Indigo Downtown pays homage to famed local architect John Portman by opening JP Atlanta that features classic Georgian dishes with an artistic presentation and modern design.
Over at the Omni Atlanta Hotel, Prime Meridian Restaurant brings a bit of the South into the dining experience with such delicious local dishes as Georgia crusted sweet onion soup, she crab soup, seafood gumbo, coastal blue crab cake, shrimp and grits, and a special hoppin’ John of the day.
Glenn’s Kitchen, located in the Glenn Hotel, features unpretentious American fare, with a Southern twist. Specialties range from short rib ravioli to fish tacos to a pan-seared Angus burger.
The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta provides a memorable culinary experience at the Atlanta Grill, which features grilled steaks, seafood and Southern-inspired cuisines. There is live jazz Wednesday through Saturday.
Terrace Bistro at the Ellis Hotel specializes in American Southern bistro-style entrees that use organic ingredients sourced from local and regional farmers, fishermen and producers. Key dishes include black bean and vegetable tacos, stuffed roasted acorn squash and goat cheese ravioli.
For a truly relaxing meal, go to the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel’s Fandangles Restaurant and Bar that overlooks the pool in a garden courtyard. Fandangles offers a health-conscious “Southern Evolution” menu with a distinct regional and local flair including fried green tomatoes and a Niman Ranch prime brisket burger.
Ruth's Chris Steak House, located in the Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park, is world famous for its signature steaks such as the cowboy rib eye and the Porterhouse for two as well as its specialties such as lamb chops and fresh lobsters.
Sear is a fire-inspired American restaurant located in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis hotel. Sear features seared steak and seafood along with more than 140 varieties of wines from its five floor-to-ceiling wine vaults.
Room, at the Twelve Hotel & Residences Centennial Park, offers a little bit for everyone — great cuisine, sushi and handcrafted cocktails. Among its signature dishes are T-bone steak, seared salmon and dragon sushi rolls.
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