If you’re feeling flash and want to indulge in some of Atlanta’s finest food, you’re in the right place for inspiration. The city’s restaurant scene has something for everyone, from the most devout vegetarian to the most hard-core carnivore.
If you’re happy enough to spend $49 on a slice of Iberian ham, $109 on a steak, or $200 on some foie gras, then grab your wallet and check out our list of the 20 most expensive restaurants in Atlanta.
20. The Iberian Pig - $49 average per person
Where: 3150 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta, Ga
For $49 at The Iberian Pig in Buckhead, you’ll get the chance to sample five from the range of Iberia meats on offer, including Spotted Trotter Duck Prosciutto, Lomo Iberico, Paleta Iberico De Bellota, Jamon Iberico, Chorizo Iberico De Bellota, Salchichon Iberica, and Jamon Serrano.
If you’d rather try some of the menu’s vegetarian offerings, then good luck finding any. As the name of the restaurant suggests, this is one place that is completely and unapologetically dedicated to meat, whether that’s duck, seafood, pork, or beef.
19. The Farmhouse at Serenbe - $54 average per person
Where: 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Chatt Hills, GA 30268
As the first among Atlanta’s crop of farm to table restaurants, The Farmhouse at Serenbe is one of the city’s treasures, offering locally grown, organic ingredients from both Serenbe farms and the restaurant's own kitchen garden. Expect a casual, relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and a menu that will set you back around $54 dollars.
18. Le Bilboquet - $55 average per person
Where: 3027 Bolling Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Combining a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere with food that could be straight out of a Parisian Bistro, Le Bilboquet is a great spot to grab a light brunch, relaxed lunch, or elegant dinner.
The menu is simple, the treatment of ingredients delicate, and the cost moderate: expect to pay around $55 per head (providing you steer clear of the costlier items such as the Le Contre Fillet De Boef at $54 and at least half of the wine list).
17. Nan Thai Fine Dining - $60 average per person
Where: 1350 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
If you want to dine at a 13 x four-diamond award-winning restaurant, book yourself a place at Nan Thai Fine Dining. Established in 1997 by Charlie Niyomkul, the restaurant has become one of the best-loved restaurants in Atlanta.
Responsible for the restaurant’s authentically Thai menu is Nan Niyomkul, a chef who’s numerous honors include presiding over culinary proceedings at events such as the PGA Tour Championship Dinner, The FedEx Cup Dinner, The Miss Universe Dinner, and The Master's Champion's Dinner.
Expect to leave about $60 poorer per person.
16. Bistro Nico - $60 average per person
Where: 3344 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
For classic French cuisine, you’ll not do much better than Bistro Nico. Simple, authentic fare competes with a cocktail list that is guaranteed to test even a nun’s sobriety.
The setting is just as spectacular as the menu, with an upscale, sophisticated vibe that’s perfectly in keeping with the French chic of the menu.
15.One Flew South Restaurant & Sushi Bar - $60 average per person
Where: 6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320
An upscale restaurant in an airport may sound a misnomer, but anyone who’s had the pleasure of eating at One Flew South Restaurant & Sushi Bar at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will know the truth.
Featuring excellent cocktails and an equally excellent sushi menu, it makes for a great start to your travels. Just be warned- the restaurant automatically adds an 18% tip for all parties to your bill, leaving you more out of pocket than you may have been expecting.
14. Rathbun's - $62 average per person
Where: 112 Krog Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30307
If a menu that includes dishes such as Roasted Rohan Duck Breast with Thai Risotto, Shiitake, and Green Curry Jus; Enchanted Springs Trout with Roasted Carrot, Snow Pea, Hazelnut, and Brown Butter; Hot Smoked Salmon Tostada with Habanero Cream Cheese; and Flash Fried Calamari with Sweet Chipotle Aioli and Pea Shoots appeals, then you may want to head down to Rathbun's where, for around $62 per person, you can enjoy some of Chef de Cuisine Chalmers Stewart’s fine offerings.
13. Chops - $75 average per person
Where: 70 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Renowned for its pristine seafood and prime-aged beef, Chops is an almost permanent fixture on lists of America’s best steak houses.
The venue is actually split in two: Chops, a steakhouse with a sophisticated, luxe style, and the Lobster Bar, an impeccably thought out seafood bar offering a wide selection of raw delicacies.
Highlights of the extensive menu include the signature icy water Nova Scotia lobster tail, thinly crisped, lightly fried, and served with Greek honey-mustard aioli, and the slightly intimidating Shellfish Tower, a giant heap of Maine lobster, jumbo shrimp, cold water oysters, and littleneck clams.
12. Bones - $78 average per person
Where: 3130 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Ranked by Zagat as the # one rated restaurant in Atlanta, Bones offer friendly service, a welcoming ambiance and a classic American menu full of great meats, fresh fish, and superb sandwiches.
If you really want to treat yourself, the wine menu is the place to start, with its fine collection of old and new world vintages.
11. King + Duke - $80 average per person
Where: 3060 Peachtree Road Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30305
At the heart of King and Duke is an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, treated well and served simply. Its welcoming interior houses a stunning wood and marble bar, a cozy dining area, and a large outdoor patio.
One you’ve chosen where to sit, you’ll be greeted with a menu that leans heavily towards the carnivorous; if you truly want to indulge in some meaty goodness, try the “The King”, $109 dollars of bone in ribeye, served with roasted bone marrow, and cippolini chimichurri.
Slightly cheaper options include the duck steak with black amber plums, charred scallion and coriander (a steal at $48), and the hearth roasted L-bone steak with roasted garlic butter and beef “dripping” fries ($69).
10. Two Urban Licks - $80 average per person
Where: 820 Ralph McGill Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30306
As its name suggests, Two Urban Links offer a contemporary dining experience in an edgy, industrial style setting. The menu (created by executive chef Michael Bertozzi) is just as cutting edge as the venue, featuring dishes such as tuna poke made from ahi tuna, avocado, cucumber, miso, wakame, quinoa, compressed watermelon, and sesame; baked oysters with corn butter, bacon and pickled cherry bomb peppers; and shaved calamari in a sweet and spicy dressing with cilantro and wasabi aioli.
With nominations such as “Best Restaurant Scene” and “Best Place to Take an Out of Towner” behind them, it’s not going to come cheap – and it doesn’t. Expect an average meal to set you back around $80.
9. Aria - $83 average per person
Where: 490 E. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, Georgia, 30305
Under the direction of chef Gerry Klaskala, Aria just goes from strength to strength. If you’re in the mood for rustic, hearty fare with an elegant twist, this is the place for you.
Expect plenty of hearty dishes that have been cooked long and slow, and liberally sprinkled with love along the way. Just be careful not to fill up to much on the signature lobster cocktails and Zinfandel-braised beef short rib that you can’t indulge in one of pastry chef Kathryn King's masterful deserts before you leave.
8. Restaurant Eugene - $85 average per person
Where: 2277 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30309
At Restaurant Eugene, the flagship restaurant of James Beard Award-winning chef Linton and Gina Hopkins, you can expect ingredients so fresh and lively, they’re almost jumping off the plate. The five-course tasting menu may leave you $85 poorer, but it’s one expenditure you’re unlikely to regret.
7. 10 Degrees South - $85 average per person
Where: 4183 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
It may not be the most expensive addition to our list, but according to Open Table, it could well be the most original: “10 Degrees South is the only restaurant of its kind in the USA, specializing in South African cuisine”.
Since 1998, the restaurant has been treating local diners to the pleasures of authentic South African cuisine, a joyous hotchpotch of French, Portuguese, Dutch, German & Malaysian cuisines, with some Mediterranean influences thrown in for good measure.
If you’re in the mood for meat, you won’t go far wrong with the Safari Platter ($85), while a vegetable curry at $26 may make a more suitable option for vegetarian guests.
6. The Optimist - $86 average per person
Where: 914 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
As one of Atlanta’s finest seafood restaurants, The Optimist is a testament to chef-owner Ford Fry’s commitment to delivering only the freshest, highest quality seafood available.
As you’d expect of an establishment owned by a chef who’s been named a James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurateur semifinalist; Restaurateur of the Year by the Georgia Restaurant Association; and Empire Builder of the Year by Eater Atlanta, its food isn’t going to come cheap, and indeed it doesn’t. $86 will get you the “Refuge”, a collection of oysters, shrimp, ceviche, fish dip, salmon poke, lobster.
If you’re feeling particularly splash, you could always out for “The Starving Man” instead, but expect to have to lay down $150 if you do.
5. Umi Sushi - $88 average per person
Where: 3050 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
As one of Buckhead’s most respected restaurants, Umi Sushi is a delight for sushi fans. Serving up clean, pristine fish (expect treats like tuna carpaccio, monk fish liver pate, shrimp tempura, and every type of sashimi you can imagine) in an elegant sophisticated space, this is the kind of special-occasion restaurant that lives on in memory long after the indigestion has passed. If you can manage to avoid the most expensive side of the menu, $88 should be enough to get you a good meal.
4. Cape Dutch - $90 average per person
Where: 1782 Cheshire Bridge NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
With a bowl of butternut squash alone costing you $12, and a simple leek soup costing you another $9, Cape Dutch is certainly not the cheapest option in Atlanta.
On the other hand, it is one of the best: for carnivores, there’s an insanely good, 35 day aged, 30 oz tomahawk ribeye for $96, and for seafood lovers there’s a whole Maine lobster served with chilled chive sauce and a truffle vinaigrette salad. If you manage to keep your indulgence to a reasonable level, you should be able to get away for around $90 per person.
3. Empire State South - $90 average per person
Where: 999 Peachtree St - Atlanta, GA 30309
James Beard award-winning chef Hugh Acheson's flagship Atlanta restaurant serves up a stylized version of traditional Southern cuisine in a delightfully rustic setting that’s brimming with old world charm.
Menu highlights include a starter of pickled shrimp served with cucumber, puffed rice, chili and green tomato, and an entrée of Carolina Gold Rice Grits with chanterelle and brood. A desert of Fig Tart with orange marmalade, vanilla ice cream, and pink peppercorn meringue will round your meal off perfectly.
2. Staplehouse - $105 average per person
Where: 541 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
If your really want to treat yourself (and have $105 to spare), the tasting menu at Staplehouse is the perfect opportunity. Although the menu changes frequently (depending both on the season and what Chef Ryan Smith has managed to forage that day), you can expect everything to be fresh, local, contemporary, and divine.
Voted by GQ as one of the Best New Restaurants of the Year 2016, the cozy, warm atmosphere will have you booking your next visit before you’ve finished your first.
1. Bacchanalia - $140 average per person
Where: 1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30318
A restaurant named after the festivals of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, freedom, intoxication and ecstasy, is unlikely to be found serving up greasy fries and cheap hamburgers.
And Bacchanalia, a restaurant that’s enjoyed a reputation as Atlanta’s most celebrated restaurant since it opened in 1993, is most certainly not. With a fresh, seasonal menu that includes indulgences such as Maine lobster served with dill, caviar, brioche, and shishito pepper; veal sweetbreads with pain perdu and preserved sunchoke; and roasted whole foie gras with peach, honey, and sage (a steal at just $200), there’s a reason it’s considered the high spot of the Atlanta restaurant scene.
As long as you’d don’t plump for the whole foie gras, you should be able to escape for around $140 per person.
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