May 18, 2015
The Sun Dial Restaurant
The Sun Dial Restaurant

Dining is one of the most popular pastimes for visitors to Atlanta. The city is home to nearly half of Georgia’s 17,000 eating and drinking establishments. In each of our neighborhoods, you will find beloved, classic restaurants alongside fresh, new favorites. Use the guide below to sample Atlanta’s savory dining scene.

There are more than 300 dining options in Downtown for every taste and budget.

  • Classic pick: For more than 40 years, patrons of The Sun Dial Restaurant have experienced 360-degree, panoramic views, 723 feet from the ground at the revolving restaurant while enjoying lunch, dinner or brunch.
  • Fresh favorite: Back on street level, Alma Cocina has emerged as the place to go for vibrant dishes and cocktails featuring fresh ingredients and Latin American flavors.

Midtown is where old South cooking meets new South in Atlanta’s heart of the arts.

  • Classic pick: Mary Mac’s Tea Room has set the standard for Southern cooking in Atlanta since opening in 1945. One of the last tea rooms, Mary Mac’s knows how to serve up fried chicken.
  • Fresh favorite: Empire State South keeps traditional, Southern dishes authentic while adding a modern approach like a pork chop served with a sweet sorghum glaze, green beans and fried sweet potatoes.

Known for decadent and irresistible dining, Buckhead has award-winning chefs and local concepts on every corner.

  • Classic pick: Bones has been grilling steaks for Atlanta since 1979, including a 34 oz. bone-in ribeye.
  • Fresh favorite: Order an entire Majorcan style fish for the table at Gypsy Kitchen, which offers diners a blend of Spanish, Moroccan and Indian style creations.

For a plethora of hip, eclectic eateries and watering holes, head to the Eastside.

  • Classic pick: Murphy’s has been feeding Virginia-Highland for more than 30 years, and the regulars can’t get enough of its braised beef brisket or shrimp and grits.
  • Fresh favorite: Diners are flocking to Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, where the homemade moon pie with graham cracker cookie and peanut butter is a must-have, after dinner dessert.

Quickly gaining recognition as the new foodie neighborhood, Westside has a collective of traditional and innovative dining options.

  • Classic pick: Consistently rated as one of Atlanta’s top restaurants since 1993, Bacchanalia offers a five-course prix fixe menu with succulent dishes like rainbow trout, pork lonzino and ricotta tortellini.
  • Fresh favorite: Have a dinner to remember at Cooks & Soldiers, specializing in Basque cuisine which includes meats and fish grilled over hot coals and cheeses served atop toasted bread with crisp, refreshing ciders.

Visit for additional dining options throughout Atlanta.

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