Atlanta is not only a gorgeous city in the sate of Georgia that has hosted the Olympic Games, but also a thriving cosmopolitan cultural capital. The districts of downtown Atlanta and Buckhead are home to some of the world’s largest Fortune 500 companies, arts institutions, and most importantly: the finest dining east of California and south of D.C. You might have other business taking you into town, but even if you don’t – your real business is visiting these crème de la crème eateries that show off the distinct blend of southern charm and modern sensibility Atlanta is loved for. Discover what these fine dining restaurants in downtown Atlanta have to offer.
Cakes & Ale
Location: 155 Sycamore Street, Decatur – (404) 377-7994
Chef Billy Allin perfectly produces a taste that is genuinely Atlantan: traditional southern comfort done with a cosmopolitan complexity at Cakes & Ale. Menu highlight: whole roasted North Carolina trout deboned in front of you, drizzled in bacon mayonnaise, and served with salad greens.
Location: 1198 Howell Mill Road NW, Home Park, Atlanta – (404) 365-0410
Owner/Chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison create an experience that combines farm-fresh food from their own farm with what is undoubtedly the swankiest five-course dining experience in downtown Atlanta at Bacchanalia. Menu highlight: gulf crab fritter with Thai essence and avocado, paired with Stoller Chardonnay.
Location: 3130 Piedmont Rd NE, Buckhead, Atlanta – (404) 237-2663
Fine dining restaurants in the ATL means steakhouses, and Bones has to be on that list. Recipient of the Best of Atlanta Steakhouse Award for the past 16 years, it makes the following section a no-brainer. Menu highlight: 20oz dry aged bone-in rib eye, charred and served rare.
Kevin Rathbun Steak
154 Krog Street NE, #200, Inman Park, Atlanta – (404) 524-5600
One of four equally mouth-watering Kevin Rathbun restaurants in downtown Atlanta, the appetizers and sides command attention. The menu has more than 50 different options meaning you can come back again and again to taste the creative variety offered here. Menu highlight: Colorado rack of lamb with rosemary mustard crust and red pepper-mint vinegar.
490 East Paces Ferry Road NE, Buckhead, Atlanta – (404) 233-7673
This cozy establishment shows unrivaled passion in every bite of their flavorful recipes, but the deserts at Aria are sublime. Try their goat-cheese cheesecake or chocolate meringue and prepare to be stunned at how good dessert can be. Menu highlight: pan roasted breast of farm raised duck, with pecan spaetzle, Brussel sprouts, sunchokes, and apple mostarda.
So many amazing fine dining restaurants here, you’ll just have to move
These five were just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to restaurants in downtown Atlanta. Chops Lobster Bar, Canoe Restaurant, Pampas Steakhouse, Umi Sushi, and Chama Guacha Brazilian Steakhouse all really should’ve been on this list, but there just wasn’t enough time to do each of them justice – which is exactly how you’ll feel when you visit. For those who truly appreciate the finer things in life, there’s a way to give yourself the time you need to savor all these restaurants and more: imagine yourself living in an incredibly elegant European-inspired luxury home reminiscent of a French mansion. Now imagine that this home of yours is that perfect distance from the city – where you avoid the traffic but are also only a few minutes away from all of the restaurants on this list.
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