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20 Atlanta Restaurants With Top-Notch Wine Lists

Where to sip wine in Atlanta right now

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Wine is more than simply pleasant to drink — paired with the right dish it can enhance the flavors of a meal and even aid in digestion. Atlanta’s wine game continues to be strong thanks to an uptick in interest among consumers, a growing number of great wine shops, and restaurants making solid bottle lists a priority. Here are the Atlanta restaurants offering outstanding wine lists and resident experts to guide the decision-making process.

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Spring Restaurant

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Spring’s tight list of carefully selected wines are meant for pairing with chef Brian So’s beautifully composed dishes. While the grape varietals may lean toward the familiar, many of the wines listed are organic, biodynamic, or simply hard to find retail. In other words, this is a wine lovers list. Spring does offer by-the-glass options, but ask for bottle recommendations to pair with the meal, which is coursed out. Reservations required.

Stem Wine Bar

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Hidden behind a large door in sister restaurant Seed, this East Cobb wine bar is sleek and sophisticated with a healthy selection of wines from Italy, Spain, France, and California. Separate menus for whites and reds listed from light to full-bodied make the decision-making process easier. Stem offers several wine flights including a sparkling trio and a blend of reds from Spain, France, and California called “The Blender”. The wine bar also carries a large selection of port, Madeira, sherry, and vermouth.

Bacchanalia

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Bacchanalia on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard continues to offer its outstanding tasting menu which comes with carefully selected wine pairings for each course. It’s optional, but worth the extra money for those wanting the full, fine dining experience here. Don’t have reservations? Head to the bar and thumb through the restaurant’s catalog of wines to pair with items from their a la carte menu.

Miller Union

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This James Beard award-winning restaurant also has had its fair share of nods to the wine program. The by-the-glass offerings here feature unique tastes like the Hondarrabi Zuri Getariako from Spain and a funky red Zweigelt from Austria. Miller Union carries a solid collection of half-bottles as well as magnums (1.5L), too. Expect to sip everything from affordable Jura Chardonnay from Domaine de Montbourgeau to serious California gems from Donkey and Goat and Matthiasson.

Cooks & Soldiers

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This Westside Spanish tapas spot from the Castellucci family takes its wine cues from the country in which the restaurant is inspired. The well-curated bottle and by-the-glass selections hail from throughout Spain; including several from the Basque region. Look for wines such as mencias, tempranillos, and blends of grenache and syrah here, along with plucky cavas and flights of sherry and Madeira. Patio seating.

El Viñedo Local

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South American coffee, wine, and tapas bar El Viñedo Local, one block north of the Fox Theatre, features a vast selection of wine on its menu. Most bottles on this list lean into South American wine producers using sustainable and organic winemaking practices. Grab a half or whole pour by the glass or a bottle for the table to pair with Uruguayan native chef Bruno Vergara’s arepas, perfectly baked empanadas and guava pastries, and ceviches. Pop in for a glass of wine in the evenings and sit on the spacious outdoor patio overlooking Peachtree Street. Patio seating.

Lyla Lila

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Head to Midtown for beautifully prepared pasta dishes and entrees like whole wood-grilled fish from chef Craig Richards and his team at Lyla Lila. This casually elegant neighborhood restaurant includes a deep yet accessible wine list, leaning into naturals, Old World classics, and Italian wines all meant to be thoroughly enjoyed with the food here. The bottle list occasionally features a few hard-to-find wines, too. Patio seating.

Empire State South

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Empire State South offers a large and diverse list thanks to sommelier Steven Grubbs. By-the-glass selections include riesling from Eugen Muller and chenin blanc from Chateau de Breze as well as numerous bottles from the Loire Valley and Spain. Be on the look out for coveted bottles from Dirty and Rowdy Family Wines which pop up on the menu from time-to-time. Check out ESS Bottle Shop to purchase wines selected by Grubbs online, too. Patio seating.

Atlas Restaurant

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Located in the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead, Atlas offers one of the deepest wine lists in town. From back-vintages like the 1997 Schloss Schönborn riesling to splurge bottles like the 1970 Rioja Gran Reserva from Faustino, the wines here are meant to impress. Atlas also carries an extensive collection of dessert and sweet wines for post-meal sipping.

Lucian Books and Wine

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Owners Katie Barringer and sommelier Jordan Smelt merge their love for books, wine, food, and London at bookshop and wine bar Lucian. The bookshop-wine bar combo specializes in titles centered around art, design, food, and culture and carries nearly 250 wines by the bottle and 15 wines by the glass, curated by Smelt. Wines are meant to be sipped, savored, and paired with chef Brian Hendrickson’s tight menu of French-American dishes. Rather than group wines by subjective tasting notes, Smelt makes the deep wine list here approachable, grouping by varieties like chardonnay, cabernet franc, or sauvignon blanc.

Storico Vino

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After months of delays due to the pandemic, the owners behind Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante and Forza Storico finally opened their long-planned wine bar at Buckhead Village. This is where to head for bottles and by-the-glass selections of Italian wines paired with charcuterie and cheese boards, oysters, crudo, bruschetta platters, and shareable pastas. Patio seating.

Aria in Buckhead may carry Atlanta’s most comprehensive bottle list which often reads like a wine lover’s “best of” and includes everything from chablis from Francois Raveneau to tempranillo from Lopez de Heredia. Look for back-vintages and hidden gems here, too, like the 2002 Domaine du Viking Vouvray Cuvee Aurelie and by-the-glass pours of a variety of large format (magnum) bottles. Patio seating.

Staplehouse

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The award-winning restaurant on Edgewood Avenue has transformed into a neighborhood market selling everything from artisan pantry ingredients and bags of house-made dry pasta to pastries, chocolates, and wine. Peruse the shelves for wines from small family producers, a tight list of natural wines, classic Old World vintages, and even a few rare finds for purchase at the shop. Take the bottle and other food provisions home, or enjoy that bottle on the back patio or in the garden with a meat and cheese board, chef Ryan Smith’s chicken liver tart, or smoked brisket tacos. Patio seating.

8ARM has shifted menu gears again, this time to Japanese-focused dishes from chefs Hiro Endo and Allen Suh, including sushi, ramen, and traditional izakaya fare. But people can still expect the wine list here to be deep and loaded with by-the-glass and bottle options of mostly natural and small producer sparkling, white, skin contact, rose, and red wines, along with a selection of natural junmai sakes. Patio seating.

Ticonderoga Club

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Ticonderoga Club inside Krog Street Market might be known for its cocktails, but wine geeks shouldn’t dismiss the wines here. The tight bottle and by-the-glass selections range from full-bodied and funky reds to crisp, bright whites and sparkling naturals. This is where to sip madeira, sherry, and vermouth, too.

This wine bar just off of Canton Street in historic downtown Roswell offers an extensive selection of wines by the glass and bottle on its menu, including an entire section dedicated to sparkling wines and slightly more obscure wines. Food here leans wine-friendly with snacks, charcuterie and cheese boards, and entrees such as braised lamb shank and duck confit. Patio seating.

Barcelona Wine Bar Inman Park

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There are close to 400 wines listed on the menu at each location of this Connecticut-based chain, and that includes both the Inman Park and Westside Ironworks outposts in Atlanta. While many of the wines listed on the menu are centered around Spain and Italy, expect to find impressive bottles from other regions like South America and France. Patio seating.

Kimball House

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People have come to expect great food, outstanding oyster selections, and stellar cocktails from Kimball House, but don’t sleep on the wine list here. It’s equally impressive and includes everything from small producer skin contact wines and vintage Champagne to bone-dry muscadets and bold Old World reds. Reservations highly encouraged. Patio seating.

CRÚ Food & Wine Bar (Avalon)

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This Dallas-based chain now has two metro Atlanta locations: the first in Alpharetta’s Avalon and the newest at Battery Atlanta in Cobb County. In addition to an extensive bottle list, CRÚ offers sample flights which allow for two-ounce pours of three wines at various price points, like the “Burgundy Beauties” showcasing three pinot noirs from Burgundy for $15. Patio seating.

The Vibrary: Wine & Bookbar

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Located in Stone Mountain Village, this newly opened wine bar and bookshop, owned by Stone Mountain resident Candace Walker, focuses its wine list on mostly organic and biodynamic varietals. It also merges Walker’s love of wine with her lifelong love of books. Grab a seat at the bar or on one of the plush sofas with a glass and a good book or to chat with friends while exploring the wine menu. Pair wine with a charcuterie and cheese board. There’s even a vegan option. Like the books, some wines here are available for retail purchase. The Vibrary also hosts wine tastings, book signings, and book clubs.

Spring Restaurant

Spring’s tight list of carefully selected wines are meant for pairing with chef Brian So’s beautifully composed dishes. While the grape varietals may lean toward the familiar, many of the wines listed are organic, biodynamic, or simply hard to find retail. In other words, this is a wine lovers list. Spring does offer by-the-glass options, but ask for bottle recommendations to pair with the meal, which is coursed out. Reservations required.

Stem Wine Bar

Hidden behind a large door in sister restaurant Seed, this East Cobb wine bar is sleek and sophisticated with a healthy selection of wines from Italy, Spain, France, and California. Separate menus for whites and reds listed from light to full-bodied make the decision-making process easier. Stem offers several wine flights including a sparkling trio and a blend of reds from Spain, France, and California called “The Blender”. The wine bar also carries a large selection of port, Madeira, sherry, and vermouth.

Bacchanalia

Bacchanalia on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard continues to offer its outstanding tasting menu which comes with carefully selected wine pairings for each course. It’s optional, but worth the extra money for those wanting the full, fine dining experience here. Don’t have reservations? Head to the bar and thumb through the restaurant’s catalog of wines to pair with items from their a la carte menu.

Miller Union

This James Beard award-winning restaurant also has had its fair share of nods to the wine program. The by-the-glass offerings here feature unique tastes like the Hondarrabi Zuri Getariako from Spain and a funky red Zweigelt from Austria. Miller Union carries a solid collection of half-bottles as well as magnums (1.5L), too. Expect to sip everything from affordable Jura Chardonnay from Domaine de Montbourgeau to serious California gems from Donkey and Goat and Matthiasson.

Cooks & Soldiers

This Westside Spanish tapas spot from the Castellucci family takes its wine cues from the country in which the restaurant is inspired. The well-curated bottle and by-the-glass selections hail from throughout Spain; including several from the Basque region. Look for wines such as mencias, tempranillos, and blends of grenache and syrah here, along with plucky cavas and flights of sherry and Madeira. Patio seating.

El Viñedo Local

South American coffee, wine, and tapas bar El Viñedo Local, one block north of the Fox Theatre, features a vast selection of wine on its menu. Most bottles on this list lean into South American wine producers using sustainable and organic winemaking practices. Grab a half or whole pour by the glass or a bottle for the table to pair with Uruguayan native chef Bruno Vergara’s arepas, perfectly baked empanadas and guava pastries, and ceviches. Pop in for a glass of wine in the evenings and sit on the spacious outdoor patio overlooking Peachtree Street. Patio seating.

Lyla Lila

Head to Midtown for beautifully prepared pasta dishes and entrees like whole wood-grilled fish from chef Craig Richards and his team at Lyla Lila. This casually elegant neighborhood restaurant includes a deep yet accessible wine list, leaning into naturals, Old World classics, and Italian wines all meant to be thoroughly enjoyed with the food here. The bottle list occasionally features a few hard-to-find wines, too. Patio seating.

Empire State South

Empire State South offers a large and diverse list thanks to sommelier Steven Grubbs. By-the-glass selections include riesling from Eugen Muller and chenin blanc from Chateau de Breze as well as numerous bottles from the Loire Valley and Spain. Be on the look out for coveted bottles from Dirty and Rowdy Family Wines which pop up on the menu from time-to-time. Check out ESS Bottle Shop to purchase wines selected by Grubbs online, too. Patio seating.

Atlas Restaurant

Located in the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead, Atlas offers one of the deepest wine lists in town. From back-vintages like the 1997 Schloss Schönborn riesling to splurge bottles like the 1970 Rioja Gran Reserva from Faustino, the wines here are meant to impress. Atlas also carries an extensive collection of dessert and sweet wines for post-meal sipping.

Lucian Books and Wine

Owners Katie Barringer and sommelier Jordan Smelt merge their love for books, wine, food, and London at bookshop and wine bar Lucian. The bookshop-wine bar combo specializes in titles centered around art, design, food, and culture and carries nearly 250 wines by the bottle and 15 wines by the glass, curated by Smelt. Wines are meant to be sipped, savored, and paired with chef Brian Hendrickson’s tight menu of French-American dishes. Rather than group wines by subjective tasting notes, Smelt makes the deep wine list here approachable, grouping by varieties like chardonnay, cabernet franc, or sauvignon blanc.

Storico Vino

After months of delays due to the pandemic, the owners behind Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante and Forza Storico finally opened their long-planned wine bar at Buckhead Village. This is where to head for bottles and by-the-glass selections of Italian wines paired with charcuterie and cheese boards, oysters, crudo, bruschetta platters, and shareable pastas. Patio seating.

Aria

Aria in Buckhead may carry Atlanta’s most comprehensive bottle list which often reads like a wine lover’s “best of” and includes everything from chablis from Francois Raveneau to tempranillo from Lopez de Heredia. Look for back-vintages and hidden gems here, too, like the 2002 Domaine du Viking Vouvray Cuvee Aurelie and by-the-glass pours of a variety of large format (magnum) bottles. Patio seating.

Staplehouse

The award-winning restaurant on Edgewood Avenue has transformed into a neighborhood market selling everything from artisan pantry ingredients and bags of house-made dry pasta to pastries, chocolates, and wine. Peruse the shelves for wines from small family producers, a tight list of natural wines, classic Old World vintages, and even a few rare finds for purchase at the shop. Take the bottle and other food provisions home, or enjoy that bottle on the back patio or in the garden with a meat and cheese board, chef Ryan Smith’s chicken liver tart, or smoked brisket tacos. Patio seating.

8ARM

8ARM has shifted menu gears again, this time to Japanese-focused dishes from chefs Hiro Endo and Allen Suh, including sushi, ramen, and traditional izakaya fare. But people can still expect the wine list here to be deep and loaded with by-the-glass and bottle options of mostly natural and small producer sparkling, white, skin contact, rose, and red wines, along with a selection of natural junmai sakes. Patio seating.

Ticonderoga Club

Ticonderoga Club inside Krog Street Market might be known for its cocktails, but wine geeks shouldn’t dismiss the wines here. The tight bottle and by-the-glass selections range from full-bodied and funky reds to crisp, bright whites and sparkling naturals. This is where to sip madeira, sherry, and vermouth, too.

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VIN25

This wine bar just off of Canton Street in historic downtown Roswell offers an extensive selection of wines by the glass and bottle on its menu, including an entire section dedicated to sparkling wines and slightly more obscure wines. Food here leans wine-friendly with snacks, charcuterie and cheese boards, and entrees such as braised lamb shank and duck confit. Patio seating.

Barcelona Wine Bar Inman Park

There are close to 400 wines listed on the menu at each location of this Connecticut-based chain, and that includes both the Inman Park and Westside Ironworks outposts in Atlanta. While many of the wines listed on the menu are centered around Spain and Italy, expect to find impressive bottles from other regions like South America and France. Patio seating.

Kimball House

People have come to expect great food, outstanding oyster selections, and stellar cocktails from Kimball House, but don’t sleep on the wine list here. It’s equally impressive and includes everything from small producer skin contact wines and vintage Champagne to bone-dry muscadets and bold Old World reds. Reservations highly encouraged. Patio seating.

CRÚ Food & Wine Bar (Avalon)

This Dallas-based chain now has two metro Atlanta locations: the first in Alpharetta’s Avalon and the newest at Battery Atlanta in Cobb County. In addition to an extensive bottle list, CRÚ offers sample flights which allow for two-ounce pours of three wines at various price points, like the “Burgundy Beauties” showcasing three pinot noirs from Burgundy for $15. Patio seating.

The Vibrary: Wine & Bookbar

Located in Stone Mountain Village, this newly opened wine bar and bookshop, owned by Stone Mountain resident Candace Walker, focuses its wine list on mostly organic and biodynamic varietals. It also merges Walker’s love of wine with her lifelong love of books. Grab a seat at the bar or on one of the plush sofas with a glass and a good book or to chat with friends while exploring the wine menu. Pair wine with a charcuterie and cheese board. There’s even a vegan option. Like the books, some wines here are available for retail purchase. The Vibrary also hosts wine tastings, book signings, and book clubs.

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