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Carmel apple crepe cake with cinnamon spiced crepes, apple butter, cinnamon mascarpone and a brown butter crumb.
Carmel apple crepe cake with cinnamon spiced crepes, apple butter, cinnamon mascarpone, and a brown butter crumb at Tiny Lou’s.
Charmain Ware

22 Decadent Desserts to Try Right Now in Atlanta

From simple and succinct to completely mind-blowing, end the meal on a sweet note with these desserts

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Carmel apple crepe cake with cinnamon spiced crepes, apple butter, cinnamon mascarpone, and a brown butter crumb at Tiny Lou’s.
| Charmain Ware

Dessert may be the last course of the meal, but it’s certainly not the least important. Fortunately, Atlanta is chock-full of delicious dessert options that are anything but boring. Here are the restaurants around Atlanta in which to grab desserts, ranging from simple and succinct to decadent and completely mind-blowing.

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1. Spring Restaurant

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83 Church St
Marietta, GA 30060
(678) 540-2777
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Like its dinner offerings, Spring’s desserts are elegant yet unfussy and make use of what’s currently in season in Georgia. Each of the three desserts available on the menu are on the lighter side. Think yogurt panna cotta with citrus, pistachio, and candied Meyer lemon. Reservations required.

2. Muss & Turner's

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1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE #309
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 434-1114
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These sandwich wizards in Smyrna happen to also know a thing or two about sweets. The restaurant’s most unique treat is the goat cheesecake with seasonal compote. Don’t let the small, individual-sized portion fool — it’s rich and totally shareable. Order online for takeout.

3. Canoe

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4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 432-2663
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Why mess with perfection at the classic riverfront restaurant? On the menu since Canoe opened over 20 years ago, the popcorn sundae is a buttery-sweet concoction of popcorn-flavored ice cream, caramel, and house-made Cracker Jacks. Patio seating available. Reservations highly encouraged.

4. Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

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1133 Huff Rd NW D
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 350-5500
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Like the dinner menu, expect to find comfort in the desserts at Twisted Soul in Blandtown. Chef Deborah VanTrece’s critically acclaimed restaurant is all about fresh and in-season takes on Southern comfort food. Offerings here include the bourbon peach cobbler with whipped cream and the sweet potato pie. Patio seating available. Reservations encouraged.

5. Miller Union

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999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(678) 733-8550
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The pastry program at this west side institution is now led by Claudia Martinez. She brings her flair for fruit-forward desserts and whimsical plating to the dessert menu here. Look for desserts using in-season fruits, like wine-poached pears with white chocolate panna cotta and coconut cake and chocolate hazelnut mousse with satsuma and hazelnut cremeux. Patio seating available. Reservations highly encouraged.

6. Marcel

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1170 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 665-4555
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After a hearty dinner at this Ford Fry-backed steakhouse, there may not be enough room for dessert. Go ahead and order the baked Alaska anyway. It’s a showstopper. Cake and ice cream (the flavors change frequently) are covered in marshmallow, doused in liquor, and torched tableside. If ordering takeout, try the 12-layer chocolate cake. Patio seating available. Reservations highly encouraged.

7. Redbird

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1198 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 900-5172
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It’s simple, but the sugar cream pie at Redbird is a standout on the menu at the Westside Provisions District restaurant. The dessert is a tribute to chef Zeb Stevenson’s mother, and also happens to be the state pie of his home state of Indiana. It’s custardy and dusted with cinnamon, a nice complement to Stevenson’s vegetable-heavy menu. Patio seating available. Reservations highly encouraged.

8. THE CHASTAIN - New American Bistro

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4320 Powers Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 257-6416
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Former Atlas pastry chef Christian Castillo is now working his magic at the Chastain across from Chastain Park. That means dessert here isn’t optional, it’s mandatory. Desserts change frequently, but consider something like the grand cru soft chocolate cake with a banana jam and cacao nib praline. Patio seating available. Reservations highly encouraged.

9. Bar Margot

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75 14th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 881-5913
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Pastry chef Erica Lee has a passion for pastry and it shows on this dessert menu at the Four Season hotel restaurant. The menu changes often, but look for creations like the peach creme brûlée — a cloud-like treat of vanilla custard with peaches and caramel. Reservations encouraged.  

10. Lyla Lila

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693 Peachtree St NE UNIT 118
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 963-2637
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There are many worthy desserts on the menu at chef Craig Richards’ Italian gem in Midtown. However, the tiramisu here stands out above the rest. For chocolate lovers, order the chocolate mousse cake with orange caramel. Outdoor seating available. Reservations highly encouraged.

11. Joy Cafe

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1100 Peachtree St NE #110
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 996-1377
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This Midtown restaurant is best known for its brunch, but don’t sleep on the desserts at Joy Cafe. The cookies and milk pie is a creamy, decadent mess of milk-soaked chocolate chip cookies topped with whipped cream…and more cookies. Patio seating available. Order online for takeout.

12. Tiny Lou's

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789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(470) 485-0085
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Charmain Ware took over the role of executive pastry chef at Tiny Lou’s in 2020, following the departure of Claudia Martinez. But she quickly made the role her own with desserts like a cinnamon crepe cake with house-made apple butter, mascarpone, and a brown butter crumble. Reservations highly encouraged.

13. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

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1238 DeKalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-4030
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The bustling Candler Park barbecue joint makes a killer banana pudding for dessert. It’s a must-order every time. For those people headed to grab takeout from the Fox Bros. “que-osk” on Ottley Drive, make sure to grab whatever is on the dessert menu there, too. A second location of the restaurant is now open at the Works in Underwood Hills. Patio seating available. Call to order takeout.

14. Novo Cucina

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5592 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(470) 275-3000
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This Dunwoody neighborhood restaurant is known for pasta and pizza, but it’s worth noting the gelato here is outstanding. It’s made in house (originally helmed by Meridith Ford, owner of Cremalosa) and is incredibly rich and creamy. There are seasonal flavors, but regular flavors on the menu include hazelnut Nutella swirl and pistachio. Patio seating available. Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout.

15. 26 Thai Sushi & Bar (Brookhaven)

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705 Town Blvd NE, Q330
Brookhaven, GA 30319
(678) 973-0226
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Mango and blue sticky rice? Yes, and Thai 26 does it gloriously at each of the four locations. It’s rich, creamy, and the rice is served warm, which is a lovely contrast to the cool mango (especially after a spicy meal). In addition to Brookhaven, there are also locations at the Battery in Cobb County and in Buckhead and Midtown. Patio seating available. Order online for takeout.

16. The General Muir

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1540 Avenue Pl B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329
(678) 927-9131
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Chocolate cake lovers should bookmark this next dessert from the General Muir. The rich and decadent Brooklyn blackout is filled with layers of dark chocolate cake, a salted caramel filling, ganache frosting, and chocolate cookie crumbs on the exterior for that extra crunch factor. There’s also a location in Sandy Springs. Patio seating available. Order online for takeout.

17. Buena Gente Cuban Bakery

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1365 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(678) 744-5638
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Buena Gente Cuban Bakery brings a taste of Miami to a Decatur shopping center. It’s only fitting that the shop offers a decadent key lime pie on its menu. Get there early, as this dessert quickly sells out. Order online for takeout.

18. Iberian Pig

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121 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 371-8800
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The Iberian Pig takes a modern approach to Spanish cooking, but the churros on the menu here are as traditional as it gets. The tubular dough fritters are crispy on the outside and airy on the inside with just the right amount of cinnamon sugar. This fried dough treat is perfect for dunking in the accompanying chocolate sauce. There’s also an Iberian Pig location in Buckhead. Patio seating available. Order online for takeout or delivery.

19. LEON's Full Service

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131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-0500
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Rachel Wright oversees the pastry program at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur. Though it’s best known for pub grub and great cocktails, Wright’s desserts are always worth ordering. Try the grown-up version of a candy bar made with a peanut butter cookie crust, banana caramel, dark chocolate ganache, and sea salt garnish. Patio seating available. Order online for takeout.

20. The Deer and The Dove

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155 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 748-4617
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The Deer and the Dove in Decatur offers a dessert that’s harder to find in Atlanta these days: chocolate soufflé. It’s made with a chocolate ganache, hazelnuts, and benne seeds and is served with a sorghum ice cream. Patio seating available. Reservations highly encouraged.

21. Snackboxe Bistro

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6035 Peachtree Rd
Doraville, GA 30360
(770) 417-8082
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Doraville’s Laotian street food restaurant doesn’t have an extensive dessert menu, but don’t entirely overlook it. For instance, try the nam van — a blend of coconut milk, water chestnut tapioca jelly, jackfruit, longan, corn, honey dew, cantaloupe, and sweet basil seeds. A straw and a spoon are both needed for this dessert. Order online for takeout.

22. Zyka

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1677 Scott Blvd
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 728-4444
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An Atlanta-area institution since 1997, Zyka on Scott Boulevard in North Decatur serves up delicious Indian fare, ranging from halal meats to vegetarian options, in a no-frills dining room setting. Ordering kulfi — a dense frozen dessert — is a must here. The dessert comes in a variety of flavors, including pistachio and mango, and is served in a little clay pot. There’s also a location open in Alpharetta. Order online for takeout.

1. Spring Restaurant

83 Church St, Marietta, GA 30060

Like its dinner offerings, Spring’s desserts are elegant yet unfussy and make use of what’s currently in season in Georgia. Each of the three desserts available on the menu are on the lighter side. Think yogurt panna cotta with citrus, pistachio, and candied Meyer lemon. Reservations required.

83 Church St
Marietta, GA 30060

2. Muss & Turner's

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE #309, Smyrna, GA 30080

These sandwich wizards in Smyrna happen to also know a thing or two about sweets. The restaurant’s most unique treat is the goat cheesecake with seasonal compote. Don’t let the small, individual-sized portion fool — it’s rich and totally shareable. Order online for takeout.

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE #309
Smyrna, GA 30080

3. Canoe

4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

Why mess with perfection at the classic riverfront restaurant? On the menu since Canoe opened over 20 years ago, the popcorn sundae is a buttery-sweet concoction of popcorn-flavored ice cream, caramel, and house-made Cracker Jacks. Patio seating available. Reservations highly encouraged.

4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

4. Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

1133 Huff Rd NW D, Atlanta, GA 30318

Like the dinner menu, expect to find comfort in the desserts at Twisted Soul in Blandtown. Chef Deborah VanTrece’s critically acclaimed restaurant is all about fresh and in-season takes on Southern comfort food. Offerings here include the bourbon peach cobbler with whipped cream and the sweet potato pie. Patio seating available. Reservations encouraged.

1133 Huff Rd NW D
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. Miller Union

999 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

The pastry program at this west side institution is now led by Claudia Martinez. She brings her flair for fruit-forward desserts and whimsical plating to the dessert menu here. Look for desserts using in-season fruits, like wine-poached pears with white chocolate panna cotta and coconut cake and chocolate hazelnut mousse with satsuma and hazelnut cremeux. Patio seating available. Reservations highly encouraged.

999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

6. Marcel

1170 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318

After a hearty dinner at this Ford Fry-backed steakhouse, there may not be enough room for dessert. Go ahead and order the baked Alaska anyway. It’s a showstopper. Cake and ice cream (the flavors change frequently) are covered in marshmallow, doused in liquor, and torched tableside. If ordering takeout, try the 12-layer chocolate cake. Patio seating available. Reservations highly encouraged.

1170 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

7. Redbird

1198 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318

It’s simple, but the sugar cream pie at Redbird is a standout on the menu at the Westside Provisions District restaurant. The dessert is a tribute to chef Zeb Stevenson’s mother, and also happens to be the state pie of his home state of Indiana. It’s custardy and dusted with cinnamon, a nice complement to Stevenson’s vegetable-heavy menu. Patio seating available. Reservations highly encouraged.

1198 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

8. THE CHASTAIN - New American Bistro

4320 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30342

Former Atlas pastry chef Christian Castillo is now working his magic at the Chastain across from Chastain Park. That means dessert here isn’t optional, it’s mandatory. Desserts change frequently, but consider something like the grand cru soft chocolate cake with a banana jam and cacao nib praline. Patio seating available. Reservations highly encouraged.

4320 Powers Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30342

9. Bar Margot

75 14th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Pastry chef Erica Lee has a passion for pastry and it shows on this dessert menu at the Four Season hotel restaurant. The menu changes often, but look for creations like the peach creme brûlée — a cloud-like treat of vanilla custard with peaches and caramel. Reservations encouraged.  

75 14th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

10. Lyla Lila

693 Peachtree St NE UNIT 118, Atlanta, GA 30308

There are many worthy desserts on the menu at chef Craig Richards’ Italian gem in Midtown. However, the tiramisu here stands out above the rest. For chocolate lovers, order the chocolate mousse cake with orange caramel. Outdoor seating available. Reservations highly encouraged.

693 Peachtree St NE UNIT 118
Atlanta, GA 30308

11. Joy Cafe

1100 Peachtree St NE #110, Atlanta, GA 30309

This Midtown restaurant is best known for its brunch, but don’t sleep on the desserts at Joy Cafe. The cookies and milk pie is a creamy, decadent mess of milk-soaked chocolate chip cookies topped with whipped cream…and more cookies. Patio seating available. Order online for takeout.

1100 Peachtree St NE #110
Atlanta, GA 30309

12. Tiny Lou's

789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Charmain Ware took over the role of executive pastry chef at Tiny Lou’s in 2020, following the departure of Claudia Martinez. But she quickly made the role her own with desserts like a cinnamon crepe cake with house-made apple butter, mascarpone, and a brown butter crumble. Reservations highly encouraged.

789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

13. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

1238 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

The bustling Candler Park barbecue joint makes a killer banana pudding for dessert. It’s a must-order every time. For those people headed to grab takeout from the Fox Bros. “que-osk” on Ottley Drive, make sure to grab whatever is on the dessert menu there, too. A second location of the restaurant is now open at the Works in Underwood Hills. Patio seating available. Call to order takeout.

1238 DeKalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

14. Novo Cucina

5592 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338

This Dunwoody neighborhood restaurant is known for pasta and pizza, but it’s worth noting the gelato here is outstanding. It’s made in house (originally helmed by Meridith Ford, owner of Cremalosa) and is incredibly rich and creamy. There are seasonal flavors, but regular flavors on the menu include hazelnut Nutella swirl and pistachio. Patio seating available. Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout.

5592 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

15. 26 Thai Sushi & Bar (Brookhaven)

705 Town Blvd NE, Q330, Brookhaven, GA 30319

Mango and blue sticky rice? Yes, and Thai 26 does it gloriously at each of the four locations. It’s rich, creamy, and the rice is served warm, which is a lovely contrast to the cool mango (especially after a spicy meal). In addition to Brookhaven, there are also locations at the Battery in Cobb County and in Buckhead and Midtown. Patio seating available. Order online for takeout.

705 Town Blvd NE, Q330
Brookhaven, GA 30319

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16. The General Muir

1540 Avenue Pl B-230, Atlanta, GA 30329

Chocolate cake lovers should bookmark this next dessert from the General Muir. The rich and decadent Brooklyn blackout is filled with layers of dark chocolate cake, a salted caramel filling, ganache frosting, and chocolate cookie crumbs on the exterior for that extra crunch factor. There’s also a location in Sandy Springs. Patio seating available. Order online for takeout.

1540 Avenue Pl B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329

17. Buena Gente Cuban Bakery

1365 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

Buena Gente Cuban Bakery brings a taste of Miami to a Decatur shopping center. It’s only fitting that the shop offers a decadent key lime pie on its menu. Get there early, as this dessert quickly sells out. Order online for takeout.

1365 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

18. Iberian Pig

121 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030

The Iberian Pig takes a modern approach to Spanish cooking, but the churros on the menu here are as traditional as it gets. The tubular dough fritters are crispy on the outside and airy on the inside with just the right amount of cinnamon sugar. This fried dough treat is perfect for dunking in the accompanying chocolate sauce. There’s also an Iberian Pig location in Buckhead. Patio seating available. Order online for takeout or delivery.

121 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030

19. LEON's Full Service

131 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Rachel Wright oversees the pastry program at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur. Though it’s best known for pub grub and great cocktails, Wright’s desserts are always worth ordering. Try the grown-up version of a candy bar made with a peanut butter cookie crust, banana caramel, dark chocolate ganache, and sea salt garnish. Patio seating available. Order online for takeout.

131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

20. The Deer and The Dove

155 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030

The Deer and the Dove in Decatur offers a dessert that’s harder to find in Atlanta these days: chocolate soufflé. It’s made with a chocolate ganache, hazelnuts, and benne seeds and is served with a sorghum ice cream. Patio seating available. Reservations highly encouraged.

155 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030

21. Snackboxe Bistro

6035 Peachtree Rd, Doraville, GA 30360

Doraville’s Laotian street food restaurant doesn’t have an extensive dessert menu, but don’t entirely overlook it. For instance, try the nam van — a blend of coconut milk, water chestnut tapioca jelly, jackfruit, longan, corn, honey dew, cantaloupe, and sweet basil seeds. A straw and a spoon are both needed for this dessert. Order online for takeout.

6035 Peachtree Rd
Doraville, GA 30360

22. Zyka

1677 Scott Blvd, Decatur, GA 30033

An Atlanta-area institution since 1997, Zyka on Scott Boulevard in North Decatur serves up delicious Indian fare, ranging from halal meats to vegetarian options, in a no-frills dining room setting. Ordering kulfi — a dense frozen dessert — is a must here. The dessert comes in a variety of flavors, including pistachio and mango, and is served in a little clay pot. There’s also a location open in Alpharetta. Order online for takeout.

1677 Scott Blvd
Decatur, GA 30033

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