Resting on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Canoe’s placidity and serene environs accompany guests, making for leisurely dining and picturesque views of the waterway. Its surrounding gardens are often dressed in a light, pleasant fog, dotted with mossy stones and greenery, perfect for a post-meal stroll.
Address & telephone number: Canoe, 4199 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 770 432 2663
Atlanta Fish Market
Tucked off of a bumpy, pothole-ridden Pharr Road in a quiet little corner of Buckhead, Atlanta Fish Market could not be a smoother establishment. Perhaps the first thing guests will notice is the 65-foot bronze statue of a fish, leaping into mid-air: this restaurant’s seafood selection is among the widest and most thoroughly developed in the city. With over 100 varieties flown in daily, there’s no shortage of options; Hong Kong style sea bass, blackened Florida grouper, and stuffed jumbo crab pop out across the menu. Honestly, even their steak is to die for – try a New York strip or the filet mignon, and you will not be disappointed.
Address & telephone number: Atlanta Fish Market, 265 Pharr Road, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 262 3165
Chops Lobster Bar
This quintessential chophouse boasts a dark wood interior with marble floors, spectacular in design, dimly lit, and adorned with well-crafted modern artwork. Try a 26-ounce dry-aged porterhouse steak cut, or even a classic filet pepper steak with brandy pepper sauce and mushrooms. As far as the lobster, Chops delivers a tasteful explosion with its icy water Nova Scotia lobster tail dish, which is thinly crisped and flash fried, richly coated in drawn butter and a tasty Greek honey mustard aioli spread.
Address & telephone number: Chops Lobster Bar, 70 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 262 2675
Livingston Restaurant and Bar
Situated in the impressive Georgian Terrace Hotel and complemented by a full patio with a spectacular cross street view of the historic Fox Theatre, Livingston Restaurant and Bar emits a spirit and atmosphere that resonates deeply with Atlantans. The menu harbors several improvised spin-offs of southern classics – the shrimp and grits contain turnip greens and oyster mushrooms; the southern coast grouper is bedded on Carolina golden rice and pineapple butter and has blackberry vinegar drizzled on top. Livingston also serves up a sensational brunch at the weekend.
Address & telephone number: The Georgian Terrace Hotel, 659 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 897 5000
Prime Meridian occupies a roomy, open portion of the Omni Hotel, located in the heart of downtown and across from Centennial Olympic Park. The upscale establishment has an open kitchen and is positioned in the South Tower of the hotel, which allows for an incredible skyline view of Downtown Atlanta. Executive Chef Greg Wright engineers the preparation of Prime Meridian’s ‘sophisticated American cuisine’ from behind the scenes, yielding three fully developed menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Address & telephone number: Prime Meridian Restaurant, Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, 100 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 818 4450
Opened in 1993, Bacchanalia has been garnering attention from the press for its award-winning, farm-fresh fare. The five-course prix fixe experience (cheese course, three savory courses, and a dessert course) offered by Bacchanalia is perhaps best defined by its adventurous picks, which range from bold options like veal sweetbreads with plum and garlic, to gulf crab fritters topped with Thai pepper, avocado, and citrus juices. Bacchanalia’s tenacious grasp over the Atlanta fine dining landscape seems to show zero signs of tenuousness.
Address & telephone number: Bacchanalia, 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 365 0410
This Buckhead steakhouse serves nothing but prime cuts. From the eight and a half-ounce filet mignon – carefully cooked to tender, juicy perfection – to the dry-aged porterhouse for two, Bones will have you drooling while you wait. Steaks aren’t all this restaurant can do well: the crab stuffed trout with marcona almonds face off against the seared scallops with wild mushrooms risotto and truffle oil, yielding in quite the match-up. The restaurant’s award-winning wine cellar also beckons intensely to visitors, mostly due to its 20,000 bottles and 2,000 selections.
Address & telephone number: Bones Restaurant, 3130 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, GA, USA, + 1 404 237 2663