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By George

Where to Eat and Drink in Downtown Atlanta

From coffee and cocktails and fancy dinners with a skyline view to hot chicken, beef bulgogi, and sushi on a terrace 

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Downtown Atlanta is home to the city’s biggest tourist attractions like the CNN Center, Center for Civil and Human Rights, College Football Hall of Fame, and the Georgia Aquarium. Not to mention Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to NFL football team the Atlanta Falcons and soccer team Atlanta United, and State Farm Arena, home to Atlanta Hawks basketball.

Thanks to the efforts of institutions like Georgia State University and a variety of local urban planning and preservation organizations, downtown Atlanta has been experiencing revitalization over the last decade in hopes of preserving and repurposing unused and historic structures. Many buildings have been transformed into student housing, restaurants, locally owned coffee shops, hotels, apartments, and creative office spaces. The list below contains mostly local restaurants and bars walkable from the hotels, attractions, and offices in downtown Atlanta.

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Kwan's Deli and Korean Kitchen

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Located at the Embassy Suites near Centennial Olympic Park, this corner deli serves more than just hot and cold sandwiches, wings, and salads on its menu, it also dishes out Korean fare like bibimbap, spicy Korean fried chicken, and beef bulgogi.

Park Bar

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This two-story bar near Centennial Olympic Park is where to head for pre- and post-game eating and drinking or to watch Atlanta United and the Falcons play for those without tickets to games at the Benz. Park Bar’s menu is all about comfort food, so expect burgers, patty melts, chicken tenders, and potato skins here, along with more refined dishes like a New York strip steak and grilled Mahi Mahi. Park Bar takes its very large whiskey and bourbon selection (over 60 bottles) and beer offerings seriously, too.

Just Around the Corner

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This petite burger joint in the heart of the tourist district in downtown Atlanta is where to head for a quick cheeseburger and onion rings, pastrami sub, a fried whiting basket, wings, or even a gyro and fries. Order at the counter and then head to nearby Centennial Park for a picnic.

Jamrock Restaurant

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It’s hard to wrong with any order at this Atlanta Jamaican restaurant institution. Try one of the curry plates at Jamrock, including the rich curry shrimp and curry snapper, or opt for a plate of braised oxtails or a hearty sandwich, like the Hotty Hotty jerked chicken and turkey bacon topped with peppers and onions. Breakfast is also served here, featuring callaloo and saltfish, dumplings, and saltfish fritters. Keep an eye out for specials, too, such as jerk fish fried rice. There’s also a location on Moreland Avenue.

Baraka Shawarma Mediterranean

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Located in the Fairlie-Poplar district of downtown Atlanta, Baraka serves up plates of kebabs, gyros, falafel, shawarma, hummus, and tabouli. All food served here is halal.

Underground Atlanta

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The revitalization of tourist destination Underground Atlanta is underway and includes a rotating array of local food stalls and food carts along Upper and Lower Alabama streets, including Dolo’s Pizza.

The Food Shoppe

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Easily walkable from Centennial Olympic Park and nearby hotels, the Food Shoppe serves Creole dishes like shrimp jambalaya and gumbo, along with shrimp and grits and mac and cheese bowls mixed with barbecue and chicken and grab-and-go foods. Open for breakfast on weekdays.

Aamar Indian Cuisine

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This small, counter-service Indian restaurant might be one of downtown Atlanta’s best hidden gems. Head here for vegetable biryani, spicy curries, and comforting saag paneer.

Big Dave's Cheesesteaks

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Owned by Atlanta restaurateur Derrick Hayes, Big Dave’s on Forsyth Street serves up messy and meaty cheesesteaks on its menu. Try the Dave’s Way beef or salmon cheesesteak stuffed with three types of cheese, sweet peppers and banana peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Make sure to order the cheesesteak egg rolls here, too.

Rosa's Pizza

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Rosa’s Pizza may look unassuming from the outside, but this counter-service spot serves solid New York-style pizzas, hot Italian subs, calzones, and pastas. Order a Supreme pizza topped with pepperoni, sausage, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, and mozzarella cheese or a square of beef or vegetable lasagna served with a crusty roll and side salad. There’s mini cannolis for dessert, too. Pizzas can come served on gluten-free crusts.

Reuben's Deli

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This New York-style deli is where to head in downtown Atlanta for a classic Reuben, a hot pastrami, and even a liverwurst sandwich. Open for breakfast.

Sun Dial

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A truly unique experience in Atlanta, the iconic Sun Dial restaurant atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza gives diners a birds-eye view of the city skyline from 723 feet above the street. Begin with a classic Caesar salad or fried green tomato and lobster salad. Next, order the mussels mariniere with grilled sourdough bread for dipping or a juicy New York strip steak, before indulging in a slice of lemon cream cake or creme brulee for dessert. Reservations required.

By George

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By George debuted in October 2019 at the Candler Hotel on Peachtree Street. Located on the first floor of the circa 1906 building, the restaurant serves what’s described as an “American contemporary” menu with dishes like heirloom tomato salad, steamed mussels, wild mushroom ragout pappardelle, and a grilled Berkshire pork chop. Make sure to order wine and cocktails here. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations highly encouraged.

Meehan's Public House Downtown

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Soccer fans often find themselves here on Saturday mornings to watch international matches, cheer on their team, and sip beer. The Irish pub is located in the old Macy’s department store building on Peachtree Street and is an ideal place to grab a pint and bite to eat, like the classic fish and chips or shepherd’s pie.

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

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Located on the corner of Peachtree and Baker streets, White Oak Kitchen is casual fine dining serving contemporary spins on Southern comfort foods like seared duck breast with turnip and bok choy or catfish with butternut squash. Expect a solid list of whiskey cocktails as well as reasonably-priced, by-the-glass and bottles of wine. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations encouraged.

Saito - Sushi, Steak & Cocktails

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Red Phone Booth and Amalfi Pizza owners Stephen de Haan and Greg Grant, along with master sushi chef Saito Saito, opened this long-awaited downtown Atlanta restaurant in 2021. The restaurant resides in the lobby of the century-old Regenstein’s department store building on Andrew Young International Boulevard. Saito Sushi includes an outdoor terrace and features a menu of sushi using fish flown in daily from Japan as well as omakase options and steaks. Some cocktails incorporate rare Japanese whiskeys and sakes served over double-reverse osmosis ice pressed into a sphere using a Taisin ice mold. Reservations encouraged.

Red Phone Booth and Amalfi Pizza

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Located in the old Dailey’s building, those wanting to gain entrance to Red Phone Booth will first need to dial a secret code. This speakeasy serves up classic cocktails like the sazerac and old fashioned and offers a cigar program with a walk-in humidor featuring over 100 cigar options. Amalfi Pizza resides just upstairs in a rustic yet chic setting, where it serves Neapolitan pies and pastas and cannolis for dessert paired with beer and wine.

Alma Cocina Downtown

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After closing in March 2020 due to the pandemic, Latin American restaurant Alma Cocina returned to Peachtree Tower in downtown Atlanta this spring. Expect tacos, tamales, and roast chicken mole here, along with fresh crudo with burnt nori-avocado puree and Anaheim peppers, a guajillo grilled octopus with ancho carrots, and pork belly served with charro beans and fresh tortilla. Pair a meal with one of Alma’s tequila or mezcal cocktails. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations encouraged.

Aviva by Kameel

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This downtown food gem is deceptively hidden in the mall at Peachtree Center. While more of a food court than a mall, make a beeline to this Mediterranean food stall filled with dishes served by the delightful chef Kameel. Aviva by Kameel also has a location in Midtown at the Collective at Coda. Open for lunch.

Hsu's Gourmet

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This family-owned and operated Chinese restaurant has been a downtown Atlanta staple since 1989. Located in Peachtree Center, Hsu’s is easily walkable from several area hotels and can accommodate large groups. The menu offers everything from lo mein and pan-fried noodles to spicy basil chicken and salt and pepper shrimp. Folks should head here for the three-course Peking duck feast served with soup, Chinese crepes, and the meal’s star attraction, the crispy roast duck in a sweetly salted honey soy sauce. It feeds two. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations encouraged.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

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This Memphis favorite opened in downtown Atlanta in 2015, and it’s been a hit ever since with its spicy, extra-crispy fried chicken. Plates come with baked beans, slaw, and white bread. Gus’s has other metro Atlanta locations in Chamblee, Sandy Springs, and Kennesaw.

Trader Vic's

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Atlanta is home to one of two Trader Vic’s outposts remaining in the United States, and the only location still associated with Hilton Hotels. This classic Atlanta restaurant offers half-off Mai Tai cocktails and live music on Thursday nights, too. Trader Vic’s is often full of both tourists and Atlanta residents seeking a vintage, Polynesian pop culture infusion paired with extremely strong tiki drinks. Reservations encouraged.

Kenley's Catering And Restaurant

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Only open on weekdays, Kenley Waller’s eponymous restaurant is a local favorite for downtown residents and Georgia State University students seeking meals filled with comfort foods. Kick off the day bright and early with breakfast featuring everything from biscuits and gravy to omelettes and build-your-own breakfast plates and sandwiches. Lunch and early dinner here offers plenty to choose from, too, including soups of the day, meat-and-three platters, hot wings, fish plates, and hot and cold sandwiches and combos. Open for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner.

The Municipal Market aka Sweet Auburn Curb Market

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Founded in 1918 as an open-air market, the Municipal Market (known locally as Sweet Auburn Curb Market) resides on the border between downtown Atlanta and historic Sweet Auburn. The market features dozens of local shops and food stalls offering everything from fresh produce, seafood, and meats to baked goods, sweets, and local restaurants serving Vietnamese, soul food, pizza, and Cajun and Creole cuisine. Restaurant stalls change often here, so it’s best to check online before heading over. Closed Sunday and Monday. Easily accessible via the Atlanta StreetCar

Kwan's Deli and Korean Kitchen

Located at the Embassy Suites near Centennial Olympic Park, this corner deli serves more than just hot and cold sandwiches, wings, and salads on its menu, it also dishes out Korean fare like bibimbap, spicy Korean fried chicken, and beef bulgogi.

Park Bar

This two-story bar near Centennial Olympic Park is where to head for pre- and post-game eating and drinking or to watch Atlanta United and the Falcons play for those without tickets to games at the Benz. Park Bar’s menu is all about comfort food, so expect burgers, patty melts, chicken tenders, and potato skins here, along with more refined dishes like a New York strip steak and grilled Mahi Mahi. Park Bar takes its very large whiskey and bourbon selection (over 60 bottles) and beer offerings seriously, too.

Just Around the Corner

This petite burger joint in the heart of the tourist district in downtown Atlanta is where to head for a quick cheeseburger and onion rings, pastrami sub, a fried whiting basket, wings, or even a gyro and fries. Order at the counter and then head to nearby Centennial Park for a picnic.

Jamrock Restaurant

It’s hard to wrong with any order at this Atlanta Jamaican restaurant institution. Try one of the curry plates at Jamrock, including the rich curry shrimp and curry snapper, or opt for a plate of braised oxtails or a hearty sandwich, like the Hotty Hotty jerked chicken and turkey bacon topped with peppers and onions. Breakfast is also served here, featuring callaloo and saltfish, dumplings, and saltfish fritters. Keep an eye out for specials, too, such as jerk fish fried rice. There’s also a location on Moreland Avenue.

Baraka Shawarma Mediterranean

Located in the Fairlie-Poplar district of downtown Atlanta, Baraka serves up plates of kebabs, gyros, falafel, shawarma, hummus, and tabouli. All food served here is halal.

Underground Atlanta

The revitalization of tourist destination Underground Atlanta is underway and includes a rotating array of local food stalls and food carts along Upper and Lower Alabama streets, including Dolo’s Pizza.

The Food Shoppe

Easily walkable from Centennial Olympic Park and nearby hotels, the Food Shoppe serves Creole dishes like shrimp jambalaya and gumbo, along with shrimp and grits and mac and cheese bowls mixed with barbecue and chicken and grab-and-go foods. Open for breakfast on weekdays.

Aamar Indian Cuisine

This small, counter-service Indian restaurant might be one of downtown Atlanta’s best hidden gems. Head here for vegetable biryani, spicy curries, and comforting saag paneer.

Big Dave's Cheesesteaks

Owned by Atlanta restaurateur Derrick Hayes, Big Dave’s on Forsyth Street serves up messy and meaty cheesesteaks on its menu. Try the Dave’s Way beef or salmon cheesesteak stuffed with three types of cheese, sweet peppers and banana peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Make sure to order the cheesesteak egg rolls here, too.

Rosa's Pizza

Rosa’s Pizza may look unassuming from the outside, but this counter-service spot serves solid New York-style pizzas, hot Italian subs, calzones, and pastas. Order a Supreme pizza topped with pepperoni, sausage, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, and mozzarella cheese or a square of beef or vegetable lasagna served with a crusty roll and side salad. There’s mini cannolis for dessert, too. Pizzas can come served on gluten-free crusts.

Reuben's Deli

This New York-style deli is where to head in downtown Atlanta for a classic Reuben, a hot pastrami, and even a liverwurst sandwich. Open for breakfast.

Sun Dial

A truly unique experience in Atlanta, the iconic Sun Dial restaurant atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza gives diners a birds-eye view of the city skyline from 723 feet above the street. Begin with a classic Caesar salad or fried green tomato and lobster salad. Next, order the mussels mariniere with grilled sourdough bread for dipping or a juicy New York strip steak, before indulging in a slice of lemon cream cake or creme brulee for dessert. Reservations required.

By George

By George debuted in October 2019 at the Candler Hotel on Peachtree Street. Located on the first floor of the circa 1906 building, the restaurant serves what’s described as an “American contemporary” menu with dishes like heirloom tomato salad, steamed mussels, wild mushroom ragout pappardelle, and a grilled Berkshire pork chop. Make sure to order wine and cocktails here. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations highly encouraged.

Meehan's Public House Downtown

Soccer fans often find themselves here on Saturday mornings to watch international matches, cheer on their team, and sip beer. The Irish pub is located in the old Macy’s department store building on Peachtree Street and is an ideal place to grab a pint and bite to eat, like the classic fish and chips or shepherd’s pie.

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

Located on the corner of Peachtree and Baker streets, White Oak Kitchen is casual fine dining serving contemporary spins on Southern comfort foods like seared duck breast with turnip and bok choy or catfish with butternut squash. Expect a solid list of whiskey cocktails as well as reasonably-priced, by-the-glass and bottles of wine. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations encouraged.

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Saito - Sushi, Steak & Cocktails

Red Phone Booth and Amalfi Pizza owners Stephen de Haan and Greg Grant, along with master sushi chef Saito Saito, opened this long-awaited downtown Atlanta restaurant in 2021. The restaurant resides in the lobby of the century-old Regenstein’s department store building on Andrew Young International Boulevard. Saito Sushi includes an outdoor terrace and features a menu of sushi using fish flown in daily from Japan as well as omakase options and steaks. Some cocktails incorporate rare Japanese whiskeys and sakes served over double-reverse osmosis ice pressed into a sphere using a Taisin ice mold. Reservations encouraged.

Red Phone Booth and Amalfi Pizza

Located in the old Dailey’s building, those wanting to gain entrance to Red Phone Booth will first need to dial a secret code. This speakeasy serves up classic cocktails like the sazerac and old fashioned and offers a cigar program with a walk-in humidor featuring over 100 cigar options. Amalfi Pizza resides just upstairs in a rustic yet chic setting, where it serves Neapolitan pies and pastas and cannolis for dessert paired with beer and wine.

Alma Cocina Downtown

After closing in March 2020 due to the pandemic, Latin American restaurant Alma Cocina returned to Peachtree Tower in downtown Atlanta this spring. Expect tacos, tamales, and roast chicken mole here, along with fresh crudo with burnt nori-avocado puree and Anaheim peppers, a guajillo grilled octopus with ancho carrots, and pork belly served with charro beans and fresh tortilla. Pair a meal with one of Alma’s tequila or mezcal cocktails. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations encouraged.

Aviva by Kameel

This downtown food gem is deceptively hidden in the mall at Peachtree Center. While more of a food court than a mall, make a beeline to this Mediterranean food stall filled with dishes served by the delightful chef Kameel. Aviva by Kameel also has a location in Midtown at the Collective at Coda. Open for lunch.

Hsu's Gourmet

This family-owned and operated Chinese restaurant has been a downtown Atlanta staple since 1989. Located in Peachtree Center, Hsu’s is easily walkable from several area hotels and can accommodate large groups. The menu offers everything from lo mein and pan-fried noodles to spicy basil chicken and salt and pepper shrimp. Folks should head here for the three-course Peking duck feast served with soup, Chinese crepes, and the meal’s star attraction, the crispy roast duck in a sweetly salted honey soy sauce. It feeds two. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations encouraged.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

This Memphis favorite opened in downtown Atlanta in 2015, and it’s been a hit ever since with its spicy, extra-crispy fried chicken. Plates come with baked beans, slaw, and white bread. Gus’s has other metro Atlanta locations in Chamblee, Sandy Springs, and Kennesaw.

Trader Vic's

Atlanta is home to one of two Trader Vic’s outposts remaining in the United States, and the only location still associated with Hilton Hotels. This classic Atlanta restaurant offers half-off Mai Tai cocktails and live music on Thursday nights, too. Trader Vic’s is often full of both tourists and Atlanta residents seeking a vintage, Polynesian pop culture infusion paired with extremely strong tiki drinks. Reservations encouraged.

Kenley's Catering And Restaurant

Only open on weekdays, Kenley Waller’s eponymous restaurant is a local favorite for downtown residents and Georgia State University students seeking meals filled with comfort foods. Kick off the day bright and early with breakfast featuring everything from biscuits and gravy to omelettes and build-your-own breakfast plates and sandwiches. Lunch and early dinner here offers plenty to choose from, too, including soups of the day, meat-and-three platters, hot wings, fish plates, and hot and cold sandwiches and combos. Open for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner.

The Municipal Market aka Sweet Auburn Curb Market

Founded in 1918 as an open-air market, the Municipal Market (known locally as Sweet Auburn Curb Market) resides on the border between downtown Atlanta and historic Sweet Auburn. The market features dozens of local shops and food stalls offering everything from fresh produce, seafood, and meats to baked goods, sweets, and local restaurants serving Vietnamese, soul food, pizza, and Cajun and Creole cuisine. Restaurant stalls change often here, so it’s best to check online before heading over. Closed Sunday and Monday. Easily accessible via the Atlanta StreetCar

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