Best Places to Eat Near Philips Arena Atlanta

Downtown Atlanta has long had an allure all its own. Home to a slew of globally recognized attractions like World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the Georgia Aquarium, the Georgia World Congress Center, Philips Arena and Centennial Olympic Park, not to mention countless office towers, it's a hub for business, sporting events and tourism. Whether it's an Atlanta Hawks basketball game at Philips, a world-class musical performance at Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts, or a mega fashion show at AmericasMart, Downtown Atlanta thrives at attracting visitors. Though Buckhead, Midtown and surrounding in-town neighborhoods have long claimed much of the nightlife crowd, recent Downtown developments in this and neighboring areas have amped up the area's allure after dark.

Grand new hotels, renovated buildings and exciting new dining concepts have exploded onto the scene giving locals and visitors extra incentive to stick around Downtown after the event, festival or race is over. Given Atlanta's national reputation as a culinary hotbed – and the home to numerous James Beard award-winners and former Top Chef fan-favorites – it's no surprise that restaurant newcomers have been exceptional. Whether you're craving a juicy cheeseburger, a liquid nitrogen cocktail or a perfectly cooked steak, Atlanta's up to the challenge. Here, we've hand-picked 10 of our favorites within a two-mile radius of Philips Arena. Downtown? You bet!


Dantanna's Downtown
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Dantanna's Downtown blends the upscale sports bar with impeccable food that's good every time. The CNN Center location is truly in the heart of it all just a short walk from Philips Arena, the Georgia Aquarium and neighboring downtown...  Read More

Sweet Auburn Curb Market
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The oldest public market in Atlanta is also, arguably, the tastiest. Located in the Martin Luther King Historic District, the market is jam-packed with vendors selling fresh produce and seafood, and at any given moment, is a popular feasting...  Read More

Young Augustine's
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For an easy-going dinner, this local neighborhood bar's always a safe bet. Attracting a young, hip crowd this Grant Park pub makes for an idyllic spot to unwind after a long day of meetings Downtown. Hang out on the patio with a cool craft brew...  Read More

Old Fourth Ward
The Sound Table
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Jonesing for an edgy spot for sipping cocktails and tasting innovative dishes? Look no further. The menu at this local tastemaker was crafted specifically for the top-notch bar program, so imbibe during your visit and don't be afraid to let...  Read More

Ray's in the City
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With multiple locations throughout Atlanta, Ray's Restaurants are known for their dedication to quality ingredients, sustainable seafood and thoughtfully prepared entrees. After re-invigorating the bar program this past year, diners can expect...  Read More

No Mas Cantina


Mexican restaurant No Mas Cantina sits within the hottest up-and-coming Atlanta neighborhood of the moment, Castleberry Hill. A thriving arts community just a stone's throw away from downtown, this historic warehouse district is on the National...  Read More



Since opening in late 2011, Alma Cocina has become a regular favorite for upscale Mexican food in downtown Atlanta. The restaurant interiors blend western stylings with contemporary furnishings for an ambiance that's both mod and welcoming, and...  Read More

The Varsity
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This gluttonously greasy local fixture has been a national hotspot since 1928. Sidle into a booth inside or go authentic and place your order from you car. Order a chocolate shake and take your pick of traditional diner fare. You can't go wrong...  Read More


Meet Kelly Skinner

Kelly Skinner comes to Atlanta by way of sunny coastal city, Pensacola, FL. A lover of all things food, music and travel, Skinner found her perfect match in Atlanta in the food-centric hub of...  More About Kelly