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Choice of three places in Atlanta- which one?

Clarkafella Jun 30, 2008 09:02 PM


Next week I will be in Atlanta- and one of my vendors has offered to take me out to dinner on the company dime. Wednesday night she will be going to Woodfire Grill, Thursday night to Rathburn's, and Friday night it will be Ecco.

Which place would be best?

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    rcburli RE: Clarkafella Jul 1, 2008 06:15 AM

    If I had the chance to go out with someone else's money, from this list I would choose Rathbun's. I did not have a great experience there and would like to give it another chance, especially on someone else's dime.

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      snobofwine RE: Clarkafella Jul 1, 2008 10:16 AM

      I would agree with rcburli

      Rathbuns hands down of the 3 choices

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        Katj RE: Clarkafella Jul 1, 2008 12:57 PM

        I would have a hard time deciding between Rathbun's and Woodfire. I have had great experiences at both.

        1. waitress RE: Clarkafella Jul 3, 2008 08:28 PM

          We stopped at the bar at Rathburn's two weeks ago on a visit to ATL. I had the best thai beef salad appt there, it was rare beef (maybe filet) tossed with a fish sauce, sugar, rice wine vineager, topped with jalapenos and fresh cilantro. There is a little bar right beside it, have drinks there first.. I think the bar is called JCT.. might have a photo of JCT.

          1. waitress RE: Clarkafella Jul 3, 2008 08:30 PM

            The bar beside Rathburn's is Krog Bar, JCT was another fun bar. They made a Pimm's Cup with muddled strawberries and fresh mint. How easy I get confused. Jeez, maybe I should lay off the booze.

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              Narshkite RE: Clarkafella Jul 5, 2008 10:49 PM

              You can't go wrong with Woodfire or Rathbun's - both are wonderful and favorite places for me to take clients. Rathbun's is uber-loud and quite festive while Woodfire is quiet and intimate -- very foodie with wonderful care given to walking diners through preparation and wine pairings (if interested -- which I always am). Maybe atmosphere can be the deciding factor for you. BTW, though it is definitely third on the list of three you offered, Ecco is just fine too. The food is better than average, the room is great, the cocktails are spledid, and the vibe is cool.

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                sazall RE: Clarkafella Jul 6, 2008 04:23 PM

                I agree with the chorus of Rathbun's votes. I have enjoyed both Woodfire and Rathbun's, but have had a more consistent experience at Rahthbun's. Sadly, have had on occasion an only so-so experience at Woodfire. I would not recommend Rathbun's Steak restaurant if that is being considered (may want to confirm it is regular old Rathbun's) - service can be spotty and they have a heavy hand with salt there.

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                  aka frank RE: Clarkafella Jul 9, 2008 01:54 PM

                  Rathbun's, hands-down. Ecco is not so good beyond the bar, charcuterie and appetizers and Woodfire can be hard to grasp, and quite frankly, can be unreliable. I've never had a bad trip to Rathbuns. Ask to dine in Shelini's section. She's one of the best waitresses in Atlanta. You could start out with a glass of wine at Krog Bar; it's in the same building and is owned also by Kevin Rathbun.


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                    f1i2s3c4h5e6r7 RE: Clarkafella Jul 10, 2008 06:33 PM

                    I'd go Woodfire. I went to Rathbun's once and didn't like it. Ecco was good, but not spectacular. I've been to Woodfire twice and it was awesome both times.

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                      tybeelucy2 RE: Clarkafella Jul 11, 2008 07:56 AM

                      I haven't been to any of the three but would choose Rathburns. It's #6 on a local magazine's list of top restaurants in ATL

                      1. katiei RE: Clarkafella Jul 11, 2008 05:21 PM

                        From all the buzz I've heard, Rathbun's is the best of the bunch. I LOVE Ecco, and have heard REALLY good things about Woodfire Grill.... but many reliable foodies claim Rathbun's to be the best of ATL.... If I were choosing among the 3, I would go to Rathbun's.

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