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A Guide to Whale Watching in Atlanta

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Maybe you're looking for a sugar daddy or dream of rubbing elbows with professional athletes, or maybe you just want a nice meal at place that has also been known to feed very rich people. Whatever your reasons, Eater is here for you with a north-to-south, steak-heavy guide to Whale watching, aka a map of 13 restaurants and a couple dive bars where you can be almost certain that you'll find that special wallet someone you've always been looking for. Know another great place? Leave it in the comments or visit the tipline.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chops Lobster Bar

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70 W Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 262-2675
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Like many of the Buckhead Life Group restaurants and steakhouses in this city, Chops Lobster Bar sees its fair share of business executives, pro athletes, and people looking to impress trophy-esque dates.

2. Bone's

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3130 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 237-2663
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Bone's is a favorite of anybody looking to win over a client— and of CEOs looking for a nice weekday lunch. The restaurant gets its fair share of celebrities as well as wealthy regulars who dine in at least a couple times a week.

3. Fogo de Chão Churrascaria

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3101 Piedmont Rd
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 266-9988
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The Atlanta Braves aren't the only ones that favor this Brazilian steakhouse, but many of the professional baseball players do love coming here for a meaty meal when they're not on the road.

4. Aria Restaurant

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490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 233-7673
The fine dining fare at elegant East Paces Ferry restaurant Aria is favored by residents of Buckhead and beyond.

5. Pricci

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500 Pharr Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 237-2941
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The Italian food and great service at Pricci keep guests coming back. Here you can find any number of professional athletes and celebrities, as well as guests who have been long-time diners.

6. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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Who doesn't want that famous burger? Holeman & Finch sees repeat customers in everyone from actors to businessmen in town for work and bankers winding down from a long day.

7. Restaurant Eugene

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2277 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 355-0321
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Order the tasting menu at Holeman & Finch's fancier older sibling, Restaurant Eugene, and you will surely be in the presence of whales.

8. Woodfire Grill

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1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 347-9055
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Suburban whales looking for Top Chef fan favorite frequented this restaurant often. Although Kevin Gillespie is gone now, Chef of the Year Tyler Williams has taken over and the food is sure to be just as high-class.

9. Bacchanalia

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1198 Howell Mill Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 365-0410
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This prix-fixe restaurant is the place to go in Atlanta if you want to show off. The food is great, the price is high, and almost everything is sourced locally from owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison's farm.

10. South City Kitchen Midtown

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1144 Crescent Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 873-7358
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South City Kitchen has seen the likes of Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cameron Diaz, Usher, Owen Wilson, and many more. Sister Fifth Group restaurant Ecco is a great spot to sight celebs as well.

11. STK Atlanta

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1075 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 685-0777
STK is the favorite restaurant of famous musicians, athletes, actors, and steak lovers across Atlanta, and its location in the heart of Midtown is all kinds of convenient for whale watching. Bonus: It's not hard to catch a cab home if you indulge a little too much.

12. Clermont Lounge

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789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 874-4783
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Oh, the Clermont Lounge. It might not be as flashy as other strip clubs, but it's definitely a better place to meet your future baby daddy than Magic City...right? Everyone comes here: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert di Niro, and Anthony Bourdain have all made appearances in the last few months.

13. Kevin Rathbun Steak

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154 Krog St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 524-5600
It might not be in Buckhead, but the steak at Kevin Rathbun's restaurant has proven itself to be well worth the trek. High rollers and anyone with an expense account can be found here often.

14. Rathbun's

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112 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 524-8280
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Big-name chef Kevin Rathbun brings big-name whales to his restaurants. You know you've made it when mega-famous Atlanta athletes ask you to cater their last in-flight team meal.

15. Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium

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466 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 522-8275
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It may take you by surprise, but Church is a pretty great place to ogle celebs— or even challenge them to a game of ping pong. Lady Gaga, Ben Stiller, and Owen Wilson have all frequented the Old Fourth bar.

1. Chops Lobster Bar

70 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Like many of the Buckhead Life Group restaurants and steakhouses in this city, Chops Lobster Bar sees its fair share of business executives, pro athletes, and people looking to impress trophy-esque dates.
70 W Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

2. Bone's

3130 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Bone's is a favorite of anybody looking to win over a client— and of CEOs looking for a nice weekday lunch. The restaurant gets its fair share of celebrities as well as wealthy regulars who dine in at least a couple times a week.
3130 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

3. Fogo de Chão Churrascaria

3101 Piedmont Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305
The Atlanta Braves aren't the only ones that favor this Brazilian steakhouse, but many of the professional baseball players do love coming here for a meaty meal when they're not on the road.
3101 Piedmont Rd
Atlanta, GA 30305

4. Aria Restaurant

490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
The fine dining fare at elegant East Paces Ferry restaurant Aria is favored by residents of Buckhead and beyond.
490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

5. Pricci

500 Pharr Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
The Italian food and great service at Pricci keep guests coming back. Here you can find any number of professional athletes and celebrities, as well as guests who have been long-time diners.
500 Pharr Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

6. Holeman & Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Who doesn't want that famous burger? Holeman & Finch sees repeat customers in everyone from actors to businessmen in town for work and bankers winding down from a long day.
2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

7. Restaurant Eugene

2277 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30309
Order the tasting menu at Holeman & Finch's fancier older sibling, Restaurant Eugene, and you will surely be in the presence of whales.
2277 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30309

8. Woodfire Grill

1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Suburban whales looking for Top Chef fan favorite frequented this restaurant often. Although Kevin Gillespie is gone now, Chef of the Year Tyler Williams has taken over and the food is sure to be just as high-class.
1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

9. Bacchanalia

1198 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
This prix-fixe restaurant is the place to go in Atlanta if you want to show off. The food is great, the price is high, and almost everything is sourced locally from owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison's farm.
1198 Howell Mill Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

10. South City Kitchen Midtown

1144 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
South City Kitchen has seen the likes of Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cameron Diaz, Usher, Owen Wilson, and many more. Sister Fifth Group restaurant Ecco is a great spot to sight celebs as well.
1144 Crescent Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

11. STK Atlanta

1075 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
STK is the favorite restaurant of famous musicians, athletes, actors, and steak lovers across Atlanta, and its location in the heart of Midtown is all kinds of convenient for whale watching. Bonus: It's not hard to catch a cab home if you indulge a little too much.
1075 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

12. Clermont Lounge

789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Oh, the Clermont Lounge. It might not be as flashy as other strip clubs, but it's definitely a better place to meet your future baby daddy than Magic City...right? Everyone comes here: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert di Niro, and Anthony Bourdain have all made appearances in the last few months.
789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

13. Kevin Rathbun Steak

154 Krog St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
It might not be in Buckhead, but the steak at Kevin Rathbun's restaurant has proven itself to be well worth the trek. High rollers and anyone with an expense account can be found here often.
154 Krog St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

14. Rathbun's

112 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Big-name chef Kevin Rathbun brings big-name whales to his restaurants. You know you've made it when mega-famous Atlanta athletes ask you to cater their last in-flight team meal.
112 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

15. Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium

466 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
It may take you by surprise, but Church is a pretty great place to ogle celebs— or even challenge them to a game of ping pong. Lady Gaga, Ben Stiller, and Owen Wilson have all frequented the Old Fourth bar.
466 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

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