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Need help w/ 2 dinners in Atlanta

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I need 2 dinner recs for a small group (4-6). Several don't eat seafood of any type, so I would need a place with a varied menu. Also seeking a place with a good atmosphere/vibe. We'll be staying downtown near Peachtree Center without a car, but can get a cab as needed.

I have looked at: Ecco, Globe, Peasant Bistro, Two Urban Licks, FAB, City Grill, Dailey's, One Midtown Kitchen, Ray's in the City, Rathbun's, Repast and South City. Of those, these stand out:

Ecco
Globe
Peasant Bistro
Two Urban Licks

Any feedback to help me narrow it down to 2? I'm sure I've missed a lot, so other suggestions welcome. Tapas would work, if there are any noteworthy places in town.

Thanks.

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  1. From your list my choice would be Ecco.
    Peasant Bistro is still working out the kinks, and I wouldn't suggest The Globe for a dinner when coming from out of town, maybe lunch though.
    I really like Two Urban Licks but many people think it's too loud. The food is aways good.

    Pura Vida in the Highlands for tapas is not far from your hotel and a great spot.

    Repast is excellent, and I highly recommend it.

    1. Your research is good as I agree with your choices although I haven't tried Globe. Ecco is in Midtown, so if geography matters, Peasant Bistro is in walking distance. You could walk across Centennial Park and be there in 10 minutes from Peachtree Center. I have eaten at the Bistro more than a dozen times and while they are newer than Ecco, their menu is much more diverse; I find the food awesome. Also, the window seating has beautiful views on downtown. If the weather is good, the patio is also very large and you could sit outside. When I ate at Ecco, I reserved for the outside eating and when I arrived they said there were no tables; it's a much smaller area. As for Two Urban Licks, it is loud and also a cab ride away. Bon appetit!

      1. I would try Woodfire Grill, Floataway Cafe, Sotto Sotto, Restaurant Eugene.Oh and Ecco.

        1. I like The Globe a lot, and use it for work entertaining.

          And I'd bring Repast, which didn't make it past your first cut, to the very top of the list: locally owned, great food, great drinks, very pleasant vibe.

          I would very specifically recommend against Ray's in the City, FAB, and South City. One Midtown Kitchen and Two Urban Licks are okay, and Rathbun's is very good (though he tends to have heavy hand with the salt).

          Tapas at Pura Vida are great, but if you're there on a weekend you'll need to reserve.

          1. I would go for Rathbun's Steak instead of the original Rathbun's and would second the opinion on Sotto Sotto - hand-crafted Italian pastas and everything is amazing. Both are a very short cab ride from downtown and have a fun view of the city on the way back. Another fun tapas place (one of the original spots in Atlanta) is Eclipse di Luna in Buckhead. Live music, great menu and drinks and very reasonably priced.