Atlanta, Georgia is one of the Southeast’s most popular destinations. Not only do people love visiting there, but it is a popular place to live as well. Atlanta is rich with Southern charm yet adds plenty of sophistication with its museums, galleries, concerts, shopping opportunities and of course, its food.
Atlanta offers some of the most interesting and spectacular food events in the country including the Food and Wine Festival and their renowned Atlanta Food Walks that give visitors and locals the chance to experience the food Atlanta has to offer in a unique and unforgettable way.
Atlanta is also a popular convention destination. There is plenty for you to do while you’re experiencing the food that this bustling city has to offer. See the world’s largest aquarium, check out the World of Coca Cola and the CNN studios or if you are a history buff, check out Atlanta’s role in the Civil War and Civil Rights movement as well. You will also be thrilled with the city’s exciting night life.
If you are stumped about which restaurants to try, we can help. We have listed 10 of the best places to eat in Atlanta that will give you an idea of the varied and exceptional places in town to satisfy your hunger no matter what type of cuisine you are craving.
La Parilla Mexican Restaurant
La Parilla Mexican Restaurant is all about serving up a Fiesta for their guests with their incredible menu full of the best Southeastern Mexican zest you can find. Starting in 1994, La Parilla Mexican Restaurant has provided their guests with menu items that will fascinate and please any palate. If you love Mexican food you owe it to yourself to come dine at La Parilla Mexican Restaurant. Choose from guest favorites like juicy, tender fajitas, cheesy quesadillas, nachos and more that have been cooked to perfection by the La Parilla chefs. The atmosphere is festive too with lots to look at and hear. You can even purchase a T shirt to commemorate your visit. One thing is for sure, if you have a craving for Mexican food, no other place will do except for La Parilla Mexican Restaurant.
Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
Visit: Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
Delicious BBQ is hard to beat when you can find it. Moist, tender, juicy and flavorful…that first bite will have your eyes closing in bliss. That is what you can expect when you dine at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack. The menu is full of delicious BBQ entrees like Full and Half Slabs of Ribs, Half or a Quarter of a chicken smothered in tangy sauce, or if you’re having trouble deciding between chicken or ribs just choose the combo which gives you both. Sides that you can choose from include macaroni and cheese, baked beans, Cole slaw, collard greens and more. Finish your tangy, tasty BBQ meal with a delicious brownie or piece of pie and you’re all set. Don’t forget to purchase a few bottles of Fat Matt’s famous BBQ sauce before you leave.
Visit: Steamhouse Lounge
Steamhouse Lounge moved to Midtown in July of 2008. This charming seafood restaurant offers guests award-winning lobster bisque that will have you coming back for more along with other fresh seafood, ice cold beer and their signature Goombay Smash. The atmosphere is casual and laid back with tables and booths to choose from inside the two-level restaurant or you can sit outside on the wrap-around outdoor deck and patio that has a convenient outdoor bar as well. Your dining experience can begin with a taste from our Raw Bar where you can order steamed clams, raw clams on the half shell or hot or cold jumbo shrimp that you peel and eat. Next, how about an appetizer of fried calamari or their jumbo lump crab cake. Your dining experience is just getting started, so loosen those pants and dive into your main course which can be crab and shrimp dinner or the steamed seafood sampler. Finish your meal with a Chocolate Dipped Key Lime Pie or Raspberry Chocolate Mousse and go home full and satisfied and talking about what you’ll order next time.
Ray’s in the City
Visit: Ray’s in the City
Chef Dean at Ray’s in the City , makes it his goal turn every guest that comes through the door to experience the exquisite food at Ray’s a repeat guest. He uses only the freshest ingredients in every dish while providing a staff that is knowledgeable and friendly. This impeccable service and delicious food combine to provide you with an experience you won’t forget. You can choose from a variety of made-to-order sushi, fresh seafood that is flown in daily from both the Pacific and Atlantic and hand-cut steaks that will make your mouth water. The atmosphere of Ray’s is casual and elegant, providing guests with a place to unwind while they dine on food that will erase the stresses of the day. The friendly staff will help you choose the perfect wine to complement your selections and will even help you by suggesting some of their popular entrees such as the Broiled Seafood Platter that features scallops, fish, shrimp, and jumbo lump crab cake, served with Yukon Gold whipped potatoes. There are daily specials as well that Chef Dean creates for your dining pleasure. A dinner at Ray’s is one you won’t soon forget.
Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria
Visit: Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria
Nothing beats a homemade pizza that has been cooked in an authentic coal oven. It provides a flavor and taste that you can’t duplicate with any other type of pizza oven. Max’s offers guests true New York Style pizza that will make you feel like you are on the streets of New York City. The perfectly crisp crust and tons of delicious toppings and secret recipe red sauce will please every palate. Max’s is the perfect place to go to eat –in or if you’re in the mood to stay home, you can still dine on their delicious foods with their pickup service. Choose from one of Max’s 10 specialty pizzas like the Salumi which is topped with pepperoni, capicola, sausage and salami or create your own from the large selection of fresh ingredients. If you don’t feel like pizza, there are sandwiches, salads and Italian entrees to choose from as well. And don’t forget to add delicious Zeppolis or the Cannoli of the day to finish your meal.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Visit: Maggiano’s Little Italy
If you’re looking for delicious Italian food, look no further than Maggiano’s Little Italy. The first restaurant opened in 1991 and they have been serving guests authentic Italian-American meals for their guests that are hard to beat. The delicious dishes are inspired by traditions and authentic recipes that include such classics like Chicken Parmesan and Spaghetti and Meatballs or choose from specialties like Tuscan Shrimp and Chicken. Maggiano’s Little Italy isn’t deterred by those with dietary restrictions and allergies. Just let them know what you need and they are happy to oblige you. The Executive Chef, Thomas Wenning, can help you select a dish that will be in line with your restrictions so you can enjoy your dinner without worry. They even offer gluten-free pasta for those on a gluten-free diet. There’s something for everyone at Maggiano’s Little Italy.
Visit: Bone’s Restaurant
In 1979, Bone’s Restaurant opened its doors with a dedicated mission to serve guests only the finest steaks and seafood while providing them with impeccable service. They have been recognized as the best steakhouse in Atlanta and with good reason. Their menu is full of dishes including Prime Beef, Maine Lobster, fresh seafood and a host of other regional specialties that will please even the pickiest eater. Bone’s Restaurant is well known among professionals as an excellent place to go for business lunches and dinners. There are private party rooms and even personalized menus that can accommodate special occasions and fine dining experiences that will be unforgettable. Bone’s has won the Best Atlanta Steakhouse award for the last 16 years and it doesn’t look like that will be changing anytime soon. They have recently been recognized by Zagat as having the highest rating for service and food of any steakhouse in the United States. They are proud of their ratings and will continue to provide the quality, delicious foods and second to none service that makes them the best.
Visit: McKendrick’s Steakhouse
Another excellent and traditional Atlanta steakhouse is McKendricks. The décor features soft lighting, oversized leather booths and dark wood that add to your overall dining experience. The menu is full of excellent dishes that parallel the care and attention that McKendrick’s brings to your dining experience. Chef Thomas Minchella only serves dishes and ingredients that have met his strict standards in taste and quality. Some of the incredible signature dishes you can choose from include four cheese macaroni with lobster meat, South African lobster tails and the delectable bone-in Rib eye. Dinner at McKendrick’s Steakhouse is meant to please the palate and soothe the nerves, giving diners a wonderful, relaxing and ambient experience that is perfect for special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays and even rehearsal dinners.
Thumbs Up Diner
Visit: Thumbs Up Diner
Thumbs Up Diner has been an Atlanta fixture for over 10 years now. They have several locations that guests can go to and they continue to set the standard for delicious breakfasts year after year. Thumbs Up knows that their guests are the key to their success. The regulars are made up of a mixture of locals, neighbors, professionals and regular tourists that come back again and again every time they come to the city. You will certainly feel like you stepped back in time when you dine at Thumbs Up Diner. The friendly, welcoming staff is a tribute from days gone by when diners were THE place to eat for families and singles alike. Whatever you are in the mood for, you will likely find at Thumbs Up Diner whether it is a juicy burger or you feel like building your own breakfast. You can even indulge in one of their many Blue Plate Specials including friend chicken fingers, tuna salad and more. Thumbs Up Diner will be a place you will add to your To Do list every time you visit Atlanta.
Carroll Street Café
Visit: Carroll Street Café
Charming and welcoming, Carroll Street Café offers guests a unique experience that provides freshly made dishes and a cozy, laid back atmosphere that is very European-like. Carroll Street Café is a favorite of musicians, locals, and artists as the place to go for atmosphere and great food. There is a full bar, an eclectic wine list and wine and beer specials every day. If you feel like sitting outside, have a seat at one of the sidewalk tables that are perfect for people-watching while you enjoy dishes like Seafood Penne, featuring Penne Pasta in a delicious lobster cream sauce and mixed with shrimp, salmon, mussels, basil and cilantro. If you want something lighter, choose from the fun Tapas menu. Whatever you’re craving, Carroll Street will have something that will please. At night, you will love the candle lit interior which makes this charming restaurant the perfect place for a date. This great neighborhood café is perfect for almost every occasion and continues to be a favorite among everyone who goes there.