Looking for good, quiet & moderately priced
The diners: out of towners, one avid foodie and one slightly adventurous meat & potato guy who don't want to have to yell to hear each other over dinner :-). Will be in ATL for 3 days.
We love the Atlanta food scene. Just so you know where we've already tried, over the past few years we've eaten at Holeman & Finch, Woodfire Grill, JCT Kitchen, Sotto Sotto, Muss & Turner's, Local 3, Atmosphere, La Grotta, Leon's, Taqueria Del Sol, Farm Burger, Tasty China, Tasty China 2, Gu's ... and oh my, why did Bakeshop close, their almond croissants were to die for.
Of the above, our fav's are probably Local 3 (foodie) and Atmosphere (non-foodie) - both more consistent than we've found some of the others. We're not picky about cuisine, tho fav's are asian & italian. We don't mind driving - we range from Decatur to Marietta and all points in between.
We're looking for some moderately priced restaurants with a really solid menu. I have some options for a nice night on the town, but we would like to stay low key for a couple of the nights. Any suggestions?
I'd second a few of the recommendations here, specifically La Tavola, Floataway Cafe, Empire State South, The Optimist, and to a lesser extent, Ecco. I'd also add Kyma to the list of options.
A couple of folks have mentioned The Spence and No. 246. Just to be clear: neither are quiet, by any stretch of the imagination. If you do decide you're up for a "livelier" decibel level, I'd absolutely recommend No. 246 over The Spence. We felt The Spence was okay at best...the meal was very uneven from course to course. Add to that the fact that we were packed in like sardines (our party of four felt guilty that we were basically sitting in on the obvious date at the table next to ours), and that our server was inattentive and aloof, not to mention the food was better at No. 246 by a mile, and it's no contest for me.
Some very good places you have been so far!
ESS, Ecco, No 246, Spence etc. are all excellent, but NOT quiet. Also avoid Rathbun's, extremely loud in there.
You will consider La Grotta, Violette, Alfredo's, Mckinnons non-foodie.
You might want to try Cakes & Ale, Floataway Cafe (same owner as Bacchanalia, Abattoir; definitely quiet), and One Eared Stag (very foodie, check out the menu, which changes almost daily).
alfredos for italian--its a red tablecloth place very family orieneted--- to me their veal is terrififc
Red Snapper also on Chesire bridge--their softshell crab is great,and their mixed seafood platter is very good esp the shrimp.
Both places have been there forever. need a res at Alfredos for weekends--both are fairly quiet
Priccis is very good too --their ossobucco is outstanding
Agree with Violtettes--also La Petetit Maison is family run country french spot--very reasonale for excellent French food--i always get their special