10 Best Casual Dining Restaurants

Sometimes you just want a casual dining experience where you do not have to dress up or dine in pretentious surroundings. Don your casual attire and relax with your family and friends in this restaurants. If you prefer to take your food to go, many of these restaurants have carry-out available. Kids are welcomed, and you can leave your high heels, and tie at home. It’s time to enjoy some of Atlanta’s casual dining experiences. 

Buckhead Italian Market and Bakery
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Try the Panini sandwiches, including the Italian, chicken salad, roast beef, turkey, and caprese at Buckhead Italian Market and Bakery. Hot entrees at the The Buckhead Italian Market and Bakery include pastas like the spaghetti bolognese,...  Read More



Experience a piece of Italy in Atlanta. Developed by Diovanni Di Palma, the pizzeria the idea for the pizzeria was conceived when Di Palma visited his family in Italy. The Artisian pizzas are lovingly crafted using old-fashioned techniques...  Read More

My Friend's Place
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My Friend's Place opened in 1980 in the Sandy Springs area. Honoring friends of owners David and Rosalind Katz, the deli was developed as a comfortable and fast place to eat healthy food. The chicken salad, tuna salad, or egg salad are some of...  Read More

Tin Drum Asia
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Teriyaki stir fry, pad tai, and fried rice are some of the offerings available at Tin Drum Asia. Stir fried noodles, soups and curry are served up, too. Look for vegetarian dishes or order from a gluten-free menu if you have these dietary restrictions.



This neighborhood cafe uses local, seasonal ingredients and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast, you'll find scrambled eggs, bacon, honey glazed bacon, and stuffed French toast. You'll also find sandwiches, including a triple...  Read More

Mellow Mushroom
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In existence since 1874, Mellow Mushroom has salads pizzas, subs, and salads. You'll also find gluten-free pizza, a kids menu and a wide variety of beer. Although Mellow Mushroom has about 100 locations, each restaurant is slightly different,...  Read More

Atlantic Grill
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A mountain of nachos, complete with pulled pork, chili, cheese and sour cream could be the perfect appetizer (or meal) for you and your friends. If you think that you can eat the kitchen sink, try the Kitchen Sink salad. It comes complete with...  Read More

Sandy Springs
5 Seasons Brewing


More than just a brewpub, 5 Seasons is a destination for awesome microbrews, an inventive menu and constant conviviality. The warm, inviting space issues an irresistible call, and patrons give heed, eager to sample the signature Seven Sisters...  Read More


Meet Claudine Williams

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...  More About Claudine