Atlanta's Top Restaurants: Eat the Best Meal of Your Life

Atlanta has changed over the years, and she's truly come into her own in the culinary scene, taking the farm-to-table movement to the next level. Restaurants like Miller Union and Restaurant Eugene are visiting farmer's markets regularly, fostering partnerships with local farmers, and meeting the demands of customers seeking the freshest of ingredients. But these aren't your grandma's meats and veggies; they sing with creativity, flavor and boldness. It's time to build your Atlanta bucket list of gastronomic proportions. Dress up for an elegant night on the town at Cape Dutch, or come casual to Gunshow. Make a reservation (and deposit) at Staplehouse on the weekend, or shop the new Ponce City Market area during the week with a stop at Breeza Cucina. Hit up Hugh Acheson's Empire State South for a weekend brunch, or escape to Umi for a whirlwind romantic experience.Whatever your dining style, company or location in the city, we've got something you'll love. Whatever you do, come hungry!

Old Fourth Ward
Brezza Cucina
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For the traveler in all of us, let Brezza Cucina transport you to the Italian countryside with their authentic Italian fare complimented by New American influences. Anchoring the east end of the Central Food Hall, Brezza Cucina offers a...  Read More

Serpas True Food
Photo courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser


A neighborhood favorite in historic Old Fourth Ward, Serpas True Food is the first independent restaurant by executive chef Scott Serpas. A New Orleans native, Serpas opened the contemporary American concept in January 2009 in a reclaimed cotton...  Read More

King + Duke
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King + Duke, named after Mark Twain's characters in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, sits right at the intersection of Peachtree and Paces Ferry Roads in the heart of Buckhead. The restaurant is designed to be a throw-back to how food used to...  Read More

Empire State South
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James Beard award-winning chef Hugh Acheson's first Atlanta restaurant offers an alternative take on Southern cuisine. The beautiful, rustic-chic space is teeming with a knowledgeable staff seeking to optimize your dining experience. The menu,...  Read More

Morningside / Lenox Park
Cape Dutch
Photo courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser


A trendy, culinary escape just off Morningside's Cheshire Bridge Road, Cape Dutch is one of many recent additions to Atlanta's flourishing restaurant scene. Following a successful opening in November 2015, helmed by restaurateur Justin Anthony...  Read More

Old Fourth Ward
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This Old Fourth Ward restaurant has received a 2016 James Beard Award nomination for Best New Restaurant. Born out of tragic circumstances, Staplehouse has had tremendous support from the Atlanta community since its inception. Not to rest on its...  Read More

Restaurant Eugene


James Beard-award winning, contemporary Southern restaurant Restaurant Eugene is an upscale farm-to-table eatery led by culinary whiz Chef Linton Hopkins. Settle into the sleek dining room of this Peachtree Battle local fixture (nestled beside...  Read More

Miller Union


Chef Steven Satterfield's curated menu of sustainable eats has been wowing diners since he opened this ethereal restaurant on Atlanta's Westside. Like others on this list, the culinary offerings are dictated by seasonality and are expertly...  Read More

Photo courtesy of David Crawford


Celebrity Chef Kevin Gillespie challenges the typical restaurant experience: multiple chefs work to prepare their unique creations, then leave the safety of the kitchen to hustle those dishes to customers ordering a la carte. Don't think twice...  Read More

Umi Buckhead
Photo courtesy of Umi/ Douglas Stratton


Chef Fuyuhiko Ito is a master at his craft and dishes elegant presentations that taste every bit as sensational as they look. The best seat in the house? The sushi counter; the omakase is a must. Heavenly goshinamori is the restaurant's most...  Read More


Meet Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any...  More About Lesli