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Looking into the dining room at the new Bacchanalia location.
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The Most Beautiful New Restaurants in Atlanta of 2017

These were the jaw-dropping designs of the year

Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Atlanta has no shortage of visually-stunning restaurant designs, and 2017 proved to be no exception with many of this year’s openings. Designs ranged from hat tips to the bright colors and patterns of Spain to chic takes on an old school steakhouse to the sexy vibes of a mid-century-inspired diner’s club.

Here, now, are the most beautiful, new restaurants in Atlanta of 2017.

Golden Eagle, Reynoldstown

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The bar at Golden Eagle. Andrew Thomas Lee
Chandler Bondurant

Restaurant designer Elizabeth Ingram worked closely with owner Michael Lennox to completely transform the interior of the former H. Harper Station into an old school, mid-century cocktail lounge and diner’s club. The interiors won the restaurant an Eater Award for restaurant design of the year. The dark and clubby vibes of this one-time train depot in Reynoldstown are enhanced by rich jewel tones of ruby reds, turquoise, and orange topaz set against dark hardwoods, golds, and plaids throughout which bring warmth to a space that neither feels too masculine or feminine.

C. Ellet’s Steakhouse, The Battery Atlanta

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Inside the dining room at C. Ellet’s. C. Ellet’s

The Atlanta firm Square Feet Studio created the design for the latest restaurant from chef Linton Hopkins located in the shadow of the Braves SunTrust Park at the Battery Atlanta. The steakhouse and oyster bar offers various experiences in its main dining room, club room, patio, and walk-up oyster bar. The chic and opulent space features accents such as murals by Seattle-based artist Maeve Harris, leather banquettes, and a chandelier from New York designer Gabriel Scott.

Bar Mercado, Krog Street Market

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Inside the dining room at Bar Mercado
Bar Mercado

Square Feet Studio again designed another 2017 restaurant beauty with Bar Mercado which took over the space formerly occupied by Cockentrice at Krog Street Market. The design features bright colors and patterns inspired by the Spanish landmark Mercado de San Miguel, a Madrid food hall housed in a building dating to 1916. Globe pendants made of capiz shell, colorful upholstery of reds, corals, and turquoise, rough woods, and brass fill the 100-seat dining room.

Star Provisions and Bacchanalia, Westside

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High ceilings at Star Provisions.
The hallway between Bacchanalia is lined with photos: memories from Quatrano and Harrison’s restaurants.
A view of Bacchanalia from the restaurant’s bar.

The architectural firm of Perkins+Will and interior designer Joyce Fownes created chef Anne Quatrano’s relocated market/cafe Star Provisions and fine dining restaurant Baccahanlia on Ellsworth Industrial. The 8,717-square-foot, free-standing building was the vision of Quatrano and her husband and business partner Clifford Harrison. The spaces (inspired by the couple’s Summerland Farm in Cartersville, GA) are filled with clean lines, large windows, and natural light with the market/cafe and restaurant split in half by a central kitchen and long, narrow hallway.

The Painted Duck, Westside

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The entrance to the duckpin bowling alley at the Painted Duck on Brady Avenue in Atlanta. Ryan Fleisher

This 26,000-square-foot, old school gaming parlour is located in Westside’s Stockyards Atlanta on Brady Avenue. The building, part of an adaptive re-use project, dates to just after the turn of the twentieth century. A graffiti-filled hallway leads to the basement space which is surrounded by original exposed brick and granite. The Painted Duck includes a few modern touches like black steel lighting, rose gold, copper, and brass fixtures and finishes, and plush seating areas. Beyond the grand chandelier above the dance floor at the entrance to the duckpin bowling lanes lies the real design stunner of the space, a 50-foot, flying duck mural by artist Todd Murphy.


976 Brady Avenue Northwest, , GA 30318 (404) 445-6867 Visit Website

Star Provisions

1460 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 365-0410 ext. 4 Visit Website


99 Krog St NE Ste V, Atlanta, GA (470) 428-2733 Visit Website

Krog Street Market

99 Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 Visit Website

The Battery

1100 Circle 75 Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30339

H. Harper Station

904 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (678) 732-0415 Visit Website

The Painted Duck

976 Brady Avenue Northwest, , GA 30318 (404) 352-0048 Visit Website

Bar Mercado

Krog Street Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 480-4866 Visit Website

The Cockentrice

99 Krog Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (470) 428-2733 Visit Website

Golden Eagle

904 Memorial Drive Southeast, , GA 30316 (404) 963-1703 Visit Website

C. Ellet's Steakhouse

2605 Circle 75 Parkway, , GA 30339 (678) 996-5344 Visit Website


1460 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard Northwest, , GA 30318 (404) 365-0410 Visit Website
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