Atlanta's top 10
Please recommend Atlanta's top 10 fine dining restaurants, with #1 being the best. I'm from the northeast and frequently dine at Michelin-star quality restaurants, so that's what I am hoping to match. This inquiry isn't just for me - it's for my soon-to-be in-laws as well. Please do your best. I really appreciate it. As for location, commuting is no problem as long as it is within a 50 mile radius from the center of Atlanta.
Fine dining is pretty limited in Atlanta; however, some of the better dining establishments/food focused places are as follows (no particular order)
- Quinone's at Bacchanalia
- Floataway Café
- JCT Kitchen
- The Optimist
- No 246
- Miller Union
- 4th and Swift
- Sotto Sotto
- Woodfire Grill
- Empire State South
- Restaurant Eugene
- Holeman and Finch
- Local Three
- Muss and Turners
- Cakes and Ale
- The Bakery at Cakes and Ale
- One Earred Stag
- The Shed at Glenwood
- The Hil at Serenbe
- Sushi house Hayakawa
- Honey Pig
- Cardamom Hill
- General Muir
- Miso Izakaya
- Shoya Izakaya
- VG Bistro
- Little Alley Steaks
- Table and Main
- Seven Lamps
I like McKendrick, it's one of the better places in the Perimeter Center area. And clearly, I struggle with where to draw the line...I live in Brookhaven and left off several neighborhood gems, such as Haven, Valenza and K pub. As well, many comparable places in Alpharetta (e.g. - Vinny's, Cabernet, Kosmos, etc) what can I say, it's an ever growing, evolving list.
Woodfire Grill's tasting menu and service is the closest I've had to fine dining in ATL (as compared to French Laundry or Daniel in NYC).
Bacchanalia and Quinones Room are good (but not great) and disappointing, respectively. The associated Star Provisions deli counter is excellent for lunch or take-out.
Restaurant Eugene is very good and the service level is close to what you're looking for. Same with Sotto Sotto. There are others on rcburli's list that I have not been to.
Cakes and Ale has amazing drinks and a very good bakery (croissants!), but it's crowded and I don't love the food.
Ecco has addictive fried goat cheese balls in honey and very good drinks - not fine dining, but a good pre- or post-theater place.
Optimist is all right food-wise, but not amazing as an experience. Same with Empire State South and Holeman and Finch. And none are fine dining service level.
I like Rathbun's, but only in the wine room or outside, as the main space is too noisy. Very good food and service, but not fine dining.
Hope that helps...
Probably the best meal I've had was the Chef's Table at No. 246 with Chef Drew talking to us the whole time.
Not really in order...
Restaurant Eugene (another top top meal)
Bacchanalia (over-hyped I think)
4th and Swift
Empire State South
Holeman and Finch (another outstanding experience but not fine dining)
Cake's and Ale
I find the Buckhead Life restaurants hit and miss. Probably like Kyma the best.
Also, folks might push for Kevin Rathbun's restaurants, but I've never been really impressed.
Just about any restaurant in the Buckhead Life Group is excellent. Of those, my favorites are: Chops Lobster Bar (steak/seafood), Bistro Niko (French), Kyma (Greek), Atlanta Fish Market, Pricci (Italian).
Also, in the Perimeter area, McKendricks Steak House is excellent. www.mckendricks.com
Bacchanalia is consistently in the Top 5 each year, if not #1 in Atlanta. www.starprovisions.com
That should get you started on a few......