Best Restaurants in Atlanta

By: Jo Montgomery

If you live in Atlanta or are lucky enough to have visited, you know that this vibrant city has a personality of its own. From the warm southern hospitality and melodic drawls to the tall cold glasses of sweet tea, it’s easy to see why so many have Georgia on their minds. But what really makes Atlanta so appealing is its matchless cuisine. From traditional and mouth-watering Southern favorites to the creme de la creme of fare from around the globe, Atlanta has it all and at every price range. So, if you’re ready to treat yourself to some delectable dishes at the most amazing restaurants in Atlanta, our list of the best restaurants in Atlanta will lead you there. Bone Appétit!

Best Restaurants in Atlanta

Aviva by Kameel, at 225 Peachtree Street, is a fast-casual restaurant that sources hormone-free meat and local produce. They don’t even have a freezer! One bite and you’ll know why it is rated #1 in Atlanta.   

Babette’s Café, at 573 N Highland Avenue, is home to modern French, Italian and Spanish cuisines served in the ambiance of the European countryside. It’s delicious, uncomplicated food and wine, presented in a casual setting. You’ll feel like you’ve come home.

The Varsity, at 61 North Avenue, is world-famous. It’s also huge – taking up 2 city blocks and can accommodate 800 diners inside. It’s also “the world’s largest drive-in.” Locals know it’s just a fun place to eat. And, no trip to Atlanta would be complete without one of their hotdogs, order of onion rings, and a FO (Frosted Orange shake, made with orange and vanilla ice cream).


Herban Fix Vegan Kitchen, at 565 Peachtree Street NE, Suite A, is a favorite of vegans, vegetarians, and meat lovers alike! Its vegan dishes, with Asian influences, prove that a healthy, wholesome meal doesn’t’ have to skimp on taste.

Desta Ethiopian Kitchen, at 3086 Briarcliff Road NE, will make your mouth happy! As a matter of fact, “Desta” means “happiness” in Ethiopian. Its African and Ethiopian cuisine is lovingly made with only fresh, authentic ingredients like berbere, mitmita, and Ethiopian butter. It offers dine-in or food-to-go.

The Capital Grille, at 255 East Paces Ferry Road NE, is an Atlanta institution. This beloved steakhouse is located in a historic Southern-style building that promises a sophisticated dining experience. Your mouth will water for their dry-aged, hand-carved steaks. But, of course, vegans and vegetarians have lots of delectable options too.

Nikolai’s Roof, at 255 Courtland Street NE, is an award winner! It has received the AAA Four Diamond award for 27 consecutive years. So, they must be doing something right. They serve contemporary cuisine with a Russian influence. And, on Thursday nights, you can sample their in-house flavored vodkas. Yum!

The Porter Beer Bar, at 1156 Euclid Avenue NE, is every beer lover’s dream! It is one of the best American pubs in Atlanta, hands down. With a menu of over 800 beers, a full cocktail menu, lunch, and dinner, it has something for every taste. And their “Hair of the Dog” Brunch menu is the star of any weekend.

Thumbs Up Diner, at 573 Edgewood Avenue SE, is both delicious and nostalgic. Their authentic southern cooking, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and homemade biscuits keep people coming back again and again.  

Jack’s Pizza & Wings, at 676 Highland Avenue NE, has the most scrumptious yet affordable pizza, wings, and beer in Atlanta. Try the Strawberry lemon pepper wing combo with one of their great pitcher deals or well drinks. You will never leave hungry.

American Deli, at 363 Hill Street SE, is no-frills, on a budget great food. From Philly Cheesesteaks and burgers to fried rice, Gyros, and salads, you’ll think your tongue is throwing a party for your mouth. And it’s so affordable, you can treat a friend or bring the whole family.

Atkins Park, at 794 North Highland Avenue NE, is said to be the oldest continuously licensed tavern in Atlanta. This Virginia-Highland bar and restaurant is a neighborhood spot where you can kick back and enjoy a pint and bar snack or a full meal.

So, which one of the best restaurants in Atlanta are you going to try out first? Since each offers a distinctly unrivaled dining experience, go ahead and try them all. Then, when you’re ready for more, check out Atlanta Magazine’s 75 Best Restaurants. Enjoy eating, drinking, and making your way through Atlanta.