The 11 Best Places for Lunch in Atlanta

Sometimes lunch is the best meal of the day. The midday meal is a sure bet at these Atlanta restaurants.
  • Southern favorites are on the menu at White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails.
    Southern favorites are on the menu at White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails.
  • Comfy seating and quiet spaces make for an intimate lunch at 101 Steak.
    Comfy seating and quiet spaces make for an intimate lunch at 101 Steak.
  • Ahi tuna, Malaysian wings and pork belly buns are just the start of a delicious group lunch at CO.
    Ahi tuna, Malaysian wings and pork belly buns are just the start of a delicious group lunch at CO.
  • Find all your deli favorites at Emory's General Muir.
    Find all your deli favorites at Emory's General Muir.
  • Pastas at Storico Fresco are phenomenal, but light salads are available, too.
    Pastas at Storico Fresco are phenomenal, but light salads are available, too.

Whether you have a business meeting and need a quiet, convenient place to talk shop or are looking to catch up with friends over lunch, we've got you covered. Let's do lunch! Here are 11 spots for a terrific midday meal experience. 

  1. 101 Steak – Want a fantastic lunch with gorgeous decor? Head to Vinings’ 101 Steak. The steak house is quiet and features affordable lunch entrees. Tip: Get the Reuben. Plus, there's a serene patio for warm days.

  2. Alma Cocina – Escape the chain restaurants of downtown and dine in this beautiful Latin restaurant instead.

  3. Alon’s – Short on time? Swing by Alon’s and pick out something from the display case. The restaurant features lots of hearty sandwiches, prepared pastas and other scrumptious sides. There's plenty of seating for a meeting or a quick reprieve from the office.

  4. Bocado – On the Westside, you’ll find some truly delicious sandwiches at Bocado. Go for the burger, or even the cauliflower and eggplant sandwich or any of the other delicious sandwiches. The light and bright dining room will make you feel warm even on the coldest day.

  5. CO – The modern looking restaurant features a beautiful flowing wooden art piece that goes from the bar all the way to the high-top tables. The crimson seats are a pop of color among the metallic tables. The menu features a mixture of Asian foods including Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese. The pork belly baos (steamed buns) and the kimchi dumplings are divine.

  6. The Federal – In the heart of Midtown, this casual spot is perfect for a business meeting or to catch up with a friend. At lunch there’s an incredible deal on pork or beef sandwiches. Sure, you can get the $50 steak if you are on the company dime and want one, but the roast pork or beef brisket sandwiches, which come with choice of toppings like garlic pickles and broccoli rabe, and are quite satisfying, too.

  7. The General Muir – If you are a transplant missing the delis from up North, look no further than Emory Point's The General Muir. The upscale spot features favorite deli classics, but also a surprisingly great vegetarian selection.

  8. Gus’s Fried Chicken – If you are in the South, you need to have fried chicken, and some of the best can be found at Gus’s downtown. The slightly spicy chicken will have you coming back time after time. Located at Peachtree Center, Gus's is an easy walk from the Marta station. 

  9. Lure – Seafood lovers can in indulge in all their favorites at this Midtown spot. Get the skate wing schnitzel or the swordfish club.

  10. Storico Fresco – Though it would be a shame to miss out on the fresh-made pasta dishes at this Buckhead spot, there are tasty salads as well. Plus the communal seating is great for group dining.

  11. White Oak Kitchen – The swanky downtown restaurant features excellent lunch entrees, plus it’s a perfect place for a business lunch or group dining.

No matter what you're in the mood for, you've always got plenty of dining options in Atlanta. And don't forget dessert

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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