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Linton's, the Atlanta Botanical Garden restaurant from chef and restaurateur Linton Hopkins.
Linton's, the Atlanta Botanical Garden restaurant from chef and restaurateur Linton Hopkins.
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James Beard Award-winning chef Linton Hopkins has opened his latest restaurant, and it's a looker. Linton's began service in the Atlanta Botanical Garden last week, bringing to fruition an ambitious plan that's part of a $200 million renovation project at the garden. Executive chef Jason Paolini, a veteran of Hopkins's Resurgens Restaurant Group, is running the kitchen, turning out a "sophisticated menu with international flair," sourcing some ingredients directly from the garden.

The restaurant's design was executed by local firm Perkins+Will, which aimed to create "an inviting, internationally inspired destination, visually linked to the garden." Glass walls bring the garden's greenery into the restaurant, and that's complemented by dark and light woods, cream, and beige. The decor and furniture make for a snazzy mid-century modern style, but are subtle enough that they don't suggest a period concept. Linton's boasts an exclusive collection of Dale Chihuly drawings on public display, and above the main dining room is an open-air space, which flows onto a rooftop patio that offers expansive views of the garden and Midtown skyline.

Garden admission or membership is required to dine at Linton's, which operates Tuesday through Saturday. The main restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the petit cafe, previously The Cafe at Linton's, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the quick cafe, offering to-go items, serves from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Take a look around the stunning space via the photos below.

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The main dining room at Linton's.

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Mid-century modern aesthetics and a Dale Chihuly drawing at Linton's.

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The main dining room at Linton's.

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Upstairs dining looks out onto the rooftop patio at Linton's.

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The rooftop patio at Linton's comes complete with its own landscaping.

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Linton’s rooftop patio gives views of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Midtown skyline.

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The ground-level patio at Linton's gives views of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and is perfect for people watching.

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The quick cafe allows diners to grab a bite on the go instead of eating in at Linton's.

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A cozy space complete with fireplace at Linton's.

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Communal seating at Linton's.

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Part of the main dining room, with exclusive Dale Chihuly drawings, at Linton's.

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The asparagus and beet salad with country ham at Linton's.

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The skillet chicken livers with wild greens and strawberries at Linton's.

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The poached egg and johnnycake on the rooftop patio at Linton's.

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