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Expense account in Atlanta

I'll be in Atlanta next weekend with an expense allotment I'll be hard-pressed to run through. With price as no object, where do I want to eat in the Buckhead/downtown areas?

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  1. Bacchanalia or the Ritz Carlton Dining Room in Buckhead. Internet searches on these 2 will provide more than enough info.

      1. re: bethd127

        No offense to Blue Point, or the others I previously mentioned but I would say that one of the top of the top restaurants (forgot this from the first post) in all of the Southeast is Seeger's. Blue Point is good, but it's not where you can really experience greatness when cost is no matter.

      2. yes, either bacchanalia or seegers if someone else is paying.

        1. Aria

          and the others mentioned except Bluepointe...not worth it and not in this league.

          1. And I'll add Restaurant Eugene and The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.

            Ditto on other's opinion re Bluepointe---nowhere near the same league as the other in this lists. I'd leave Aria off the list as well.

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            1. re: Therese

              What are your thoughts on Aria? Been lately?
              I had thought it would be one of those special places.
              I've heard and read very good things about it and was looking forward to a first visit.

              1. re: rcburli

                My last visit to Aria was at least six months ago, rcburli, possibly a year. Over the years I've found the food to be consistently very good, and certainly better than Bluepointe or the other Buckhead Life restaurants, but not at the same level as Bacchanalia et al. Service on my two most recent visits to Aria bordered on inept, and the decor is a bit jarring (all white interior, with a very large, dangerous-looking light fixture looming over the trendy diners below).

                Oh, while I'm thinking about it, another option for the original poster would be Joel, though it's not technically in Buckhead or downtown.

            2. Thanks for the recommendations. I'm thinking Bacchanalia. I'll post my thoughts.

              1. I am a little surprised that Seeger's only shows up on two of the responses above. My wife and I believe it is the finest restaurant in the city, and it is the only Atlanta restaurant listed in the Relais & Chateaux guide. We have dined there 6 or 7 times over the years, and every meal has been wonderful. It is the type of place where every bite is a revelation. Plus, they have a strong -- though very pricey -- wine list with many unusual selections from Burgundy, Rhone and Alsace.

                To be sure, we have always found Seeger's to be eccentric. Upon arriving, diners are seated in a bar/anteroom, where they are served cocktails and where they place their order for dinner. (Nothing unusual about the former, but Seeger's is the only fine restaurant I've ever been to where orders are not taken at the table.) Service at Seeger's can be awkward. On one occasion, I asked a waiter to explain the difference between "California foie gras" and "Sonoma foie gras," both of which were listed on the menu. After being told that "Sonoma is a county in California" - you don't say! - I was given a lengthy explanation that ultimately seemed to conclude that "Sonoma foie gras" and "California foie gras" were the same thing. On the same occasion, my wife and I were seated at an upstairs table, at which they placed us side-by-side, facing a large painting of a sultry, bare-breasted woman. Don't get me wrong, neither of us have anything against sultry, bare-breasted women, but it struck us as odd artwork for the type of restaurant that Seeger's is. (If you go to Seeger's, be sure to reserve a table in the lovely downstairs main dining room, as sitting upstairs feels removed from the action.)

                All that said, Seeger's is a superb restaurant. It would be my first choice for an expense account splurge in Atlanta. With all due respect to Bacchanalia -- which is very good in its own right -- I think that Seeger's offers a more "one of a kind" experience.

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                1. re: jamiejay

                  Thanks for the commentary - I was hoping pkimble would chose Seeger's as well. Maybe this will change his/her mind?!

                2. Another good choice is Joel's up Northside Drive. I find they treat me better there than the wait staff at Seeger's.
                  I had a nice meal at Paul's which is somewhat new. I don't disagree with the other choices listed above. You can have a memeroable meal at any of them.