Go Fish! Atlanta's 10 Best Seafood Restaurants

Didn't know Atlanta has an ocean? Well, you'd think so from all the great seafood served in this town.
  • Ray's in the City offers a tempting selection of shellfish.
    Ray's in the City offers a tempting selection of shellfish.
  • Oysters abound at seafood restaurants like C&S Oyster Bar.
    Oysters abound at seafood restaurants like C&S Oyster Bar.
  • Octopus appetizer at A-Priori is a must.
    Octopus appetizer at A-Priori is a must.
  • Kyma has an amazing selection of fish.
    Kyma has an amazing selection of fish.
  • The surf and turf entree at Atlantic Seafood Company is mm mm good.
    The surf and turf entree at Atlantic Seafood Company is mm mm good.

Just because Atlanta isn’t near the ocean, doesn’t mean we lack incredible seafood options. Seafood lovers flock to local icons like Atlanta Fish Market, with the "Southeast's widest selection of fresh seafood." If you're hooked on fresh fish, hang on to our list of the best seafood restaurants in Atlanta.

  1. A Priori – A bit of a hidden gem is A-Priori located on Buford Highway. Octopus is a menu highlight here. Get the octopus stew if it is available. A lobster roll doesn’t disappoint, and the branzino is a treat for fish lovers.

  2. Atlantic Seafood Company – On the north side, this spectacular Alpharetta spot is bursting with tremendous seafood options. Atlantic Seafood Company has a massive menu to match its expansive space. Start with the squid salad (marinated squid, octopus, cucumber, sweet soy vinaigrette) and crab and bacon oysters. Sushi is delectable, too. 

  3. C&S Oyster Bar – Though pricey, the Vinings restaurant provides excellent service, perfect for a business dinner or special celebration. Think towers of chilled seafood like oysters, jumbo shrimp and crab claws.

  4. Crawfish Shack – Located on Buford Highway, Crawfish Shack was nearly an overnight success. Though many go for the namesake, the fried shrimp is a winner, too. Get the beignets if they have them, but note that they are often sold out.

  5. Goin’ Coastal – If sustainable matters to you, than this is your spot as it is the mission to provide sustainable and ethically sourced seafood and meats. Fried pickles are the way to start off your meal. There are daily specials, but the trout and lobster rolls are standouts. 

  6. Hammock’s Trading Company – The nondescript building on Roswell Road is hiding a secret – killer seafood at inexpensive prices. Chef and co-owner William Sigley trained under Wolfgang Puck and is serving up creative seafood dishes. A smoked trout salad is marvelous, but for something heartier try the barbecued oysters. Tip: Hammock's offers many gluten free options.

  7. Kyma  – The beautiful Buckhead restaurant still impresses after many years. Octopus is a specialty here, so don’t miss out. Sole and barramundi are two of the best choices to be had. Don’t miss out on the loukoumades (deep fried doughnut balls that are soaked in a honey syrup ) for dessert. Tip: Kyma has a terrific kids' menu if you are a raising a foodie.

  8. Lure Try the bottle shop cocktails while you are enjoying some of the oysters at this Midtown spot. Plus don’t miss out on the Tuna Poke served with shrimp chips. Scallops are a highlight, too. Tip: Visit at off peak times to get a decent sized table, as the regular tables for couples don’t have much surface area.

  9. The Optimist – Chef Ford Fry has some of the best seafood dishes in town at this beach-themed restaurant. The lobster roll is a fantastic choice at lunch. At dinner get the Shrimp A la Plancha to start. The Duck Fat Poached Swordfish is a customer favorite that never leaves the menu. 

  10. Ray’s  - Whether you visit the original in Vinings or the newer downtown location, you are in for some stunning seafood at Ray’s on the River or Ray’s in the City. Fresh seafood is flown in daily. Horseradish-crusted grouper is a signature item.

Still looking for the perfect spot for dinner in Atlanta? We've got you (and your dish) covered at our Atlanta seafood guide.

Malika Bowling is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta, Food Blogging 101 and founder of Atlanta Restaurant Blog. She has been a contributing writer to USA Today and has been featured on HGTV, Huffington Post and About.com. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. She is the president of the Association of Food Bloggers and her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram

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