Buckhead Hotel Restaurants Worth the Splurge

These hotel restaurants will change the way you think of hotel restaurants.

Create your own cocktail at Cook Hall.
There are lots of brunch stations at The Buckhead Ritz-Carlton.
Sink your teeth into a fabulous steak at Shula's.
Dine under phenomenal artwork at Southern Art.
Whether you find yourself in Atlanta for business or just treating yourself to a pampered staycation at one of the Buckhead hotels, you won't have to venture far to find top-notching dining. Many of these hotels have restaurants that will change the way you think of hotel restaurants. Whether it is chefs with notoriety or just a departure from the average hotel restaurant fare, here are several Buckhead hotel restaurants that are dining destinations in their own right.

  • Cook Hall
    Located in the W Atlanta, Buckhead near Lenox Square, Cook Hall really is a departure from your average hotel dining experience. They have wonderfully creative cocktails. They even have their own cocktail sets where you can make up your own cocktail. Have a big group? Rent out "The Attic," the upstairs private dining area. In the cool fall months, cozy up to your date on the fantastic patio with outdoor fire pit.

  • Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton
    If you truly want the white glove treatment, then head to The Buckhead Ritz-Carlton and indulge in a meal. You can't go wrong with Sunday brunch – so many stations of seafood, omelets and delectable cuts of meat. However, the lobby lounge is perfect for afternoon tea or cocktails in a sophisticated atmosphere.

  • Shula's Grill
    Shula's 347 Grill, located inside the Buckhead Marriott and owned by former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula aims to be a hybrid between sports bar and high-end steakhouse. Trivia: The "347" in Shula's 347 Grill isn't some random number. It is the number of wins Don Shula had in his career as a coach. Get the crab cake or bacon-wrapped shrimp if you are a seafood fan. Then move on to steaks – the New York strip and the rib eye are winners.

  • Southern Art
    Created by chef Art Smith, Southern Art, as the name suggests, provides modern Southern food in a beautiful atmosphere. You may have trouble focusing on your date as the beautiful décor with paintings hung from the ceiling beg for your attention.
Many of these Buckhead hotels offer dining packages. Find yourself with several free evenings? When you are done dining at these hotel restaurants, take a stroll to other nearby spots such as Aria, Bistro Niko, Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, Del Frisco's and Seven Lamps. Some are just a short walk or Uber ride away.

Malika Bowling is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta and founder of Atlanta Restaurant Blog. She has been a contributing writer to USA Today and Urbanspoon and has been featured on the Huffington Post. 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 you can follow her on Twitter @ATLEatsNTweets and on Instagram @malika_bowling.