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50 Best Restaurants in Atlanta

50 Best Restaurants in Atlanta Staplehouse

1. Staplehouse

Two years after we gave it four out of four stars, Staplehouse is still on top.
Miller Union

2. Miller Union

Few chefs celebrate the region like Steven Satterfield does. He loves Georgia and accepts—with glee—what its soil gives him.
Masterpiece

3. Masterpiece

As long as Rui Liu's fermented long beans and cabbage with “streaky pork” and fish braised in chili oil are on the menu, Masterpiece's crowds won’t wane.
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4. Spring

Spring's dining room is intimate— just 14 tables—and Brian So’s cooking is technical, restrained, even reverent.
Cakes & Ale

5. Cakes & Ale

Billy Allin may have been raised in South Carolina, but his culinary enthusiasm knows no borders.
Tomo

6. Tomo

The best way to see Osaka-born chef Tomohiro Naito work his magic is to make reservations for his omakase at this restaurant in Buckhead’s Ritz-Carlton Residences.
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7. Atlas

In barely three years, Atlas has catapulted itself to the top of our fine dining pyramid.
Bacchanalia

8. Bacchanalia

The new Bacchanalia feels a little more relaxed, but the menu still offers those signature crab fritters with citrus and avocado as well as Anne Quatrano's impeccably sourced cheese course.
Restaurant Eugene

9. Restaurant Eugene

Linton and Gina Hopkins, the husband-and-wife team whose H&F brand continues to pop up across the city, give Southern food the white tablecloth treatment at their flagship restaurant.
Aria

10. Aria

The beauty of Gerry Klaskala’s food is that it’s fit for fine dining, but it’s not fussy.
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11. Gunshow

Built upon the singular promise of eating well and without pretension, Kevin Gillespie’s Gunshow is still our city’s gutsiest restaurant.
Sushi House Hayakawa

12. Sushi Hayakawa

Atsushi “Art” Hayakawa is not out to dazzle you with decor. This restaurant is a temple to fish, and the chef is nothing if not a purist.
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13. Kimball House

In four years, Kimball House has become a staging ground for a new kind of Southern cool.
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14. BoccaLupo

At Bruce Logue’s pasta bungalow, Old World Italian staples get New World makeovers.
Ticonderoga Club

15. Ticonderoga Club

While this dark little room in the corner of Krog Street Market is where mixologists Greg Best and Paul Calvert ply their trade, the kitchen pushes out a quality menu.
The Federal

16. The Federal

Much of this stretch of Midtown has become a bland, corporate landscape, but the Federal is a place to linger.
The General Muir

17. The General Muir

In its five years, the General Muir has become indispensable for its upscale New York–style Jewish deli–inspired menu.
Kyma

18. Kyma

The ocean-blue Kyma, which means wave in Greek, is Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s brightest star.
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19. Bones

If corporate bigwigs want to blow $6,000 on wine, they do it at this landmark wood-paneled steakhouse.
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20. Yet Tuh

For those of us without Korean grandmothers, Yet Tuh’s chefs are the city’s closest substitutes.
Grandma Pie O4W Pizza

21. O4W Pizza

What brings us back to O4W are the game-changing pizzas: classic round pies, thick-crust Sicilian ones, rectangular Detroit thick-crust, and square Grandma pies.
Bread & Butterfly Atlanta

22. Bread & Butterfly

Bread & Butterfly doesn’t just look like a proper Parisian bistro; it operates like one.
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23. B’s Cracklin’

When he opened the original B’s in Savannah in October 2014, Bryan Furman was one of the first to bring heritage pork to the barbecue world.
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24. Mamak

Mamak is an unapologetic reflection of real Malay cooking, which pulls from other South Asian traditions and blends them with a sure hand.
Taqueria del Sol

25. Taqueria del Sol

Eddie Hernandez and Mike Klank opened the first Taqueria del Sol on the Westside in 2000, cranking out crowd-pleasing $2 tacos.
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26. Kaiser’s Chophouse

After more than 30 years in some of Atlanta’s finest kitchens, Liechtenstein-born chef Peter Kaiser finally gets to see his name above the door of a restaurant.
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27. Chai Pani

Kudos to Meherwan Irani, who sticks to his spicy central and south Indian roots at Chai Pani restaurant in Decatur.
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28. Nam Phuong

Both the Chamblee and Norcross locations of Nam Phuong are worthwhile starting points for discovering the joys of Vietnamese cuisine beyond pho and banh mi.
Heirloom Market BBQ

29. Heirloom Market BBQ

Together at Heirloom Market, Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee merge American and Korean barbecue traditions.

30. Noble Fin

Its dining room may look nondescript, but Noble Fin is one of our most assured, satisfying seafood restaurants.
No. 246

31. No. 246

Ford Fry didn’t always launch behemoth restaurants with sky-high design budgets. In 2011, he opened this intimate Italian charmer in Decatur that remains his most sincere effort.
Cooks and Soldiers

32. Cooks & Soldiers

You might not expect to find one of the city’s greatest steaks among Cooks & Soldiers' traditional Spanish pintxos.
Madras Mantra

33. Madras Mantra

To many fans’ surprise (and delight), Narendra Patel and Ram Nanjuda returned to Decatur’s Madras Saravana Bhavan, where they opened under a new name in a pristine, pastel-colored dining room.
Octopus Bar

34. Octopus Bar

When Nhan Le and the late Angus Brown opened Octopus Bar in 2011, they shook up Atlanta's dining scene, offering small plates rife with primo ingredients like oysters and uni but served in a loud, dark room.
Seed Kitchen & Bar

35. Seed Kitchen & Bar

Doug Turbush brings a bright-white New Nordic aesthetic to an East Cobb strip mall, an unexpected location for an idiosyncratic restaurant.

36. Porch Light Latin Kitchen

Chef Andre Gomez draws on his Puerto Rican heritage at Porch Light, where he serves a beer-can chicken burrito and sofrito mac and cheese with pork rind crumbs.
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37. Vingenzo’s

Some of the best Neapolitan pies can be found in Woodstock, where chef and owner Michael Bologna cooks them in a wood-fired oven.
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38. The Optimist

What with the mini-golf lawn outside, you don’t really need dinner to have a grand time at Ford Fry’s seafood sensation. But you'll want to eat.
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39. Food Terminal

Food Terminal is the quintessential expression of Buford Highway’s tradition-bending resurgence.
One Eared Stag

40. One Eared Stag

Anchored by a long, friendly bar, One Eared Stag is the kind of place nearby residents hit up twice a week.
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41. Rumi’s Kitchen

Ali Mesghali’s Persian restaurant is staged against a turquoise-tiled open kitchen curving along the back wall.
Table & Main

42. Table & Main

Ryan Pernice has invigorated downtown Roswell with two of the busiest restaurants in the area: Table & Main and Osteria Mattone.
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43. Busy Bee

We’d be a lesser town without this institution, which has been a go-to for the comforts of smothered pork chops, oxtails, and fried chicken since 1947.
Best New Restaurants in Atlanta - 9292 Korean BBQ

44. 9292 Korean Barbecue

Good Korean barbecue is the sum of its parts. At 9292, each part is a cut above.
Kevin Rathbun Steak

45. Kevin Rathbun Steak

This glossy steakhouse along the BeltLine’s Eastside trail has long attracted expense-account diners as well as date-night couples.
Community Q BBQ Mac and Cheese

46. Community Q BBQ

Dave Roberts is a veteran pitmaster dedicated to tender pulled pork and smoky St. Louis–style ribs.
Tibs at Desta

47. Desta Ethiopian Kitchen

You’ll find Desta’s dining room packed with people born in both Atlanta and Ethiopia.
Empire State South

48. Empire State South

This rustic Midtown centerpiece still draws enormous energy from its handsome bar, which opens at 7 a.m. with coffee, pastries, and bagels.
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49. Rising Son

When Hudson Rouse, formerly of Home Grown, and his wife, Kathryn Fitzgerald Rouse, opened this earnest meat-and-three for breakfast and lunch almost two years ago, crowds flocked.
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50. Arepa Mia

Lis Hernandez has been slinging arepas—stuffed cornmeal patties, crunchy from a hot grill—at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market since 2012.

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Best New Restaurants in Atlanta - 9292 Korean BBQ

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