10 Best Restaurants for Business Lunch

You do not have to sacrifice quality when you are looking for your lunchtime meal. From buttery soft steak to delicate lobster, you will find restaurants that satisfy your mid day hunger and give you a much needed break from a hectic day. Don't worry. If you need to have a more productive lunch, visit Bones, which has writing pads ready for you to jot down your business.

Gather your associates and prepare to have high-powered dealings in restaurants that are perfect for business lunches. These stylish restaurants can help you make a favorable impression among your business associates. So, do not waste valuable time trying to find the perfect restaurant for meeting and working with your business associates. If you need to locate a place at the last minute, let this be your go-to list for impressive food and excellent service.

Many of the restaurants on this list are located in business districts, so you are less likely to have to travel too far from the hotels or major businesses to meet your lunch partners. We chose a variety of restaurants, providing you with options that you might wish to present to others who will be in on your lunch meeting. Step out of your comfort zone and sample cuisine from a restaurant that you might not have visited before. Because the best restaurants are usually the busiest, call ahead for reservations when reservations are available. You might also wish to request a private room for your comfort and convenience in discussing business matters. 

10 Ray's in the City
Venerable Ray's on the River has established an outpost in the city, and it's a beautiful place, complete with an aquarium, an onyx bar, tiled walls and ambient lighting. Seafood is delivered several times daily, and everything is impeccably fresh. Terrific oysters from the raw bar are a briny treat, and the sushi bar offers favorite rolls fashioned to your specs. Much of the fish is simply grilled, but there's also grouper with a horseradish crust, ginger-glazed yellow fin tuna, lump crab cakes, and a wonderful broiled seafood platter. Pork, chicken and steak satisfy landlubbers who can't give up their comfort zones. (404-524-9224)

9 Flip Burger Boutique
White laminate and Emeco stainless steel chairs impart an airy, modern quality to this burger joint, which has indeed earned its "boutique" moniker. Rock star chef Richard Blais ups the ante on sophistication, articulating homemade condiments and sides that really shake up the flavor on themed beef burgers like Korean barbecue, steak tartare, and a Southern version with pimiento cheese and green tomato ketchup. Beyond the "basics," you can opt for lamb, tuna, falafel, shrimp, osso buco, and crab burgers, coupling them with sides of smokey jalapeno slaw and beet-and-goat cheese salad. Lest you forget, make sure to try a gourmet milkshake; flavors include Krispy Kreme and foie gras. (404-352-3547)

8 The Capital Grille
Fabulous city views coupled with incredible steaks make this revered place a perpetual favorite with the expense-account crew. Beef is dry-aged on the premises, so its quality is well-controlled. While the filet, porterhouse, and delmonico are sublime, the sirloin au poivre with Courvoisier cream sauce is absolutely decadent. Other choices include broiled lobster, veal or lamb chops, and seared salmon with mustard sauce. A superb wine list ups the ante, and service at the clubby establishment is as attentive and unobtrusively helpful as you'd expect. There's a busy after-work scene too. (404-262-1162)

7 BLT Steak
Clean-lined, monochromatic BLT Steak eschews the traditional dark interiors of a steakhouse and adds in a dose of bistro accessibility and downtown style. Exceptional American and Japanese cuts of beef are the focus, naturally aged and broiled at high heat. Go for a NY strip with bearnaise sauce or a flavorful, bone-in rib-eye. Poultry, veal, and seafood are also available, along with seasonal specials. A host of rich sides and decadent desserts contribute to a full meal, and a raw bar delivers ocean-fresh shellfish to aficionados. Moreover, a broad selection of wines fit the restaurant's stellar reputation, and while meals don't come cheap, they do come with high praise. (404-577-7601)

6 Bone's Restaurant
Highbrow wheeling and dealing is always on the slate at this long-lived Buckhead steakhouse, which is characterized by an outstanding menu and a decor that pays homage to Atlanta's rich history. Favorite entrees include petit filet mignon, a perfectly cooked bone-in rib-eye and a deliciously mammoth 20-ounce New York strip. Couple your meal with a side dish such as roasted garlic mashed potatoes or fried onion rings, and you'll easily see why Bone's enjoys such revered status. Superb service, an excellent wine list and a large bar round out its impressive offerings. (404-237-2663)

5 Villa Christina
Villa Christiana boasts the distinction of being the area's only three-story, stacked-stone Italian villa serving a gourmet menu of fresh seafood, high quality steak cuts and a smattering of authentic Italian favorites. The facilities include the main restaurant with its exhibition kitchen, two elegant ballrooms, two private dining rooms, an outdoor event pavilion as well as the Caffe Christina To Go Restaurant. Vast grounds, beautiful gardens and exquisite landscaping add to the Villa's appeal. Plus, a special Mother's Day lunch allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of life by stealing away for a few leisurely Sunday morning hours to enjoy a delicious brunch. (678-686-4272, 404-303-0133)

4 The Palm
While dining at the Palm, you may spot a member of the Braves, an award-winning actor or even a noted pop star. Yes, the NYC-based chain has star quality. And though wall after wall of celeb caricatures certainly gives the place a shtick all its own, make no mistake: the USDA Prime steaks are justifiably famous, the jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters are delicious, and the veal Milanese is sublime. Delectable sides include cottage fries, creamed spinach and fried onions. The casual yet refined atmosphere and outstanding service accommodate a relaxed meal or a business meeting with equal aplomb. (404-814-1955)

3 Hsu's Gourmet
Constantly busy with downtown professionals and folks staying at nearby hotels, Hsu's boasts much more than a convenient location. Its husband-and-wife team capitalize on their Asian heritage and love of food, and their passion shows in the celebrated cuisine. Szechuan and Hunan dishes are a specialty, and you'll find everything from Peking duck served in three courses to walnut shrimp, wok-charred beef medallions, and sea scallops in black pepper sauce. Another favorite is Spicy Anna's Seafood Noodle Soup. (404-659-2788)

2 Le Giverny Bistro
This hotel-affiliated French restaurant does its most brisk business at lunch, thanks to patronage from surrounding offices. After a bite of Le Giverny's delightful cuisine, these folks know they've found something good. Steak frites, a perennial classic, is always a terrific choice, and sautéed rainbow trout with a touch of hazelnut butter satisfies the need for something both light and flavorful. Pork tenderloin, merlot-braised lamb shank, and pastas are also delicious -- whether you sample them day or night. (404-325-7252)

1 Chops Lobster Bar
Chops, a swanky local favorite, is often frequented by power brokers and features hushed tones and a well-stocked display case. Steaks take center stage, of course, and you can choose from a range of cuts and sizes. Side dishes are also noteworthy, going beyond run-of-the-mill salads and baked potatoes to include creamed spinach and walnut-raisin bread. If you want something lighter, opt for the Lobster Bar downstairs, which offers the featured crustacean along with yellow fin tuna, almond-crusted swordfish and grilled sea scallops. The wine list is excellent. (404-262-2675)


Claudine Williams worked as a newspaper reporter and a teacher before becoming a freelance travel writer. Claudine has lived in several cities in the United States, but moved to metro Atlanta after falling in love with the city during the 1996 Olympics. She has written about Atlanta’s attractions for About.com and as the Atlanta Traveler for b5 media. Although her travels have taken her to Africa, South Korea, and Germany, Claudine still enjoys Atlanta’s great food, shopping, spas, and hospitality.

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Maps and Directions

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Ray's in the City 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
COST: $$
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Flip Burger Boutique 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Burger, New American
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Take Out
Neighborhood: WESTSIDE
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The Capital Grille 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
COST: $$$
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BLT Steak 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, French, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$$$
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Bone's Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Buckhead
COST: $$$
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Villa Christina 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: DUNWOODY
COST: $$$
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The Palm 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Cigar Friendly, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Wine Cellar
Neighborhood: Buckhead
COST: $$$
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Hsu's Gourmet 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Dining Options: Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
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Le Giverny Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, French
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Emory
COST: $$
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Chops Lobster Bar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Buckhead
COST: $$$