10 Best Seafood Restaurants in Atlanta: Classy and Upscale to Laid Back

Malika Harricharan

By , Local Expert, Atlanta
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Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature dishes really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Atlanta has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for Seafood. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Chops Lobster Bar or at The Optimist, named Esquire Magazine's Restaurant of the year for 2012. 

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    The Optimist

    • Cuisine: Seafood
    • Neighborhood: Westside

    Chosen as Esquire Magazine's Restaurant of the Year for 2012.

    Local Expert Tip: "There's a different menu at the bar. Perfect for those dining solo."

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    Chops Lobster Bar

    Chops Lobster Bar has been a staple here in Buckhead for years. Service is always impeccable.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you love lobster, but don't like dealing with the shell, they'll remove it for you, if you ask. "

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    Ray's on the River

    • Cuisine: American, Seafood
    • Average Main Course Price: $32
    • Neighborhood: Smyrna

    Not only is the restaurant one of the tops as far as food and service, but the views a wonderful too.

    Local Expert Tip: "Bring your camera when you visit. You'll want to capture some memorable moments from the lovely atmosphere outside. "

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    C & S Seafood & Oyster Bar

    Consistently tasty seafood with some of the best service in Atlanta.

    Local Expert Tip: "This place is pricey. Try to go on a business dinner if possible."

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    While many adults may like Kyma, don't feel bad to drag the kids along as there is a surprisingly decent kids menu.

    Local Expert Tip: "On Sundays, they offer an appetizer special where all are priced at $7. "

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    Goin' Coastal Seafood - Atlanta

    Very careful to make sure every animal is humanely raised and cared for.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss out the fantastic cocktails. "

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    Nicky's Seafood

    The surrounding area can be a bit sketchy. Best not to wander around the area.

    Local Expert Tip: "Atlanta's best kept seafood secret! This under the radar seafood joint serves up fantastic seafood at low prices. "

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    Ray's in the City

    Seafood is delivered several times daily, and everything is impeccably fresh.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure to make reservations as this spot stays busy with the downtown convention crowd. "

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    Fontaine's Oyster Bar

    Oysters! They have a great selection and a fun lively bar too.

    Local Expert Tip: "This is a great spot if you are by yourself. The huge bar allows for a nice meal. "

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    McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant

    Not only do they serve up some terrific seafood dishes, but they support local businesses and locally source foods.

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit for weekday specials which are available at the bar before the dinner rush. "



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