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.