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Shrimp cocktail from the Betty at the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel in Buckhead.
Andrew Thomas Lee

14 Atlanta Hotel Restaurants Even Locals Love

Find pasta and wine, Southern twists on French classics, and a restaurant high above the city streets for dinner and drinks at these Atlanta hotels

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Shrimp cocktail from the Betty at the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel in Buckhead.
| Andrew Thomas Lee

While many big cities across the country include active and vibrant hotel restaurant scenes that also attract locals, Atlantans are notoriously skeptical of dining at restaurants in hotels here, preferring instead to stay loyal to independent, homegrown establishments in the city. However, recent restaurant openings by Atlanta chefs and restaurant groups at some of the city’s newer hotels are enticing more than just tourists and business travelers to the table. From dinner and drinks perched high above the city streets to getting gussied up for a night of caviar, champagne, and a tasting menu, even locals enjoy dining at these hotel restaurants in Atlanta.

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Drawbar at the Bellyard Hotel

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More than just a cocktail bar serving classics and views of the city from its terrace on the third floor, Drawbar also offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the week. There’s even a weekend brunch here. Dine on everything from omelettes and banana bread French toast in the morning to chimichurri ribeye and jerk grilled mahi-mahi in the evenings. Reservations highly encouraged on the weekends.

The Sun Dial at the Westin Peachtree Plaza

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While certainly not new, the Sun Dial restaurant at the Westin Peachtree Plaza downtown continues to be a date-night destination for many Atlantans due to its breathtaking views of the skyline 723 feet above the city streets. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. Kick off a meal here with a classic Caesar salad or fried green tomato and lobster salad. Then, 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 at the Candler Hotel

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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.

Reverence at Epicurean Atlanta

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Reverence, located on the ground floor of this culinary-driven hotel in Midtown, offers dinner in the evenings featuring appetizers such as Peking duck dumplings and cauliflower panna cotta and heartier bites, including a beetroot salad with Maine Lobster, figs, and yuzu koshu and shrimp and grits croquetas. Look for entrees like hay-smoked rack of lamb, a vegetable plat du jour, and butternut squash agnolotti stuffed with tender short rib as entrees and shortbread cheesecake for dessert. Reservations highly encouraged. 

Bar Margot at the Four Seasons

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Named for the iconic character of Margot from the Wes Anderson film “The Royal Tenenbaums”, Bar Margot is more than just a posh cocktail bar and lounge at the Four Seasons in Midtown. Head here for dinner in the evenings and start off the meal with a twist on the gin martini made with amontillado sherry and lime cordial and some deviled eggs topped with speck. Cleanse the palate with roasted beet poke and soba noodles, before diving into lobster thermidor or a surf and turf platter of beef tenderloin and grilled jumbo shrimp. There’s sticky toffee pudding for dessert, too. Keep an eye out for celebrities who often frequent Bar Margot while they are in town shooting movies and television shows. Reservations highly encouraged.

Trader Vic's at Hilton Atlanta Downtown

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Few hotel restaurants in Atlanta are as iconic as Trader Vic’s, located on the bottom floor of the Hilton Downtown. The bar menu here features tiki cocktails created by legendary barman and restaurateur Vic Bergeron, including the Mai Tai, Zombie, and the frozen Peachtree Punch (found only in Atlanta). Dine on everything from crab rangoon and salt and pepper calamari to kung pao chicken, volcano shrimp, and rack of lamb served with curry vegetable Singapore noodles. Reservations highly encouraged, especially during large conventions and festival weekends.

Atlas at the St. Regis

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Atlas at the St. Regis continues to be one of the city’s destination restaurants for locals seeking a splurgy-worthy dinner. Begin a meal with the hamachi crudo or seasonal risotto. Next, order the seared duck breast, butter poached lobster, or filet mignon. For dessert, there’s a cheese course, strawberries and creme mascarpone mousse, and a hazelnut chocolate sphere. Beyond the a la carte dishes on the menu, Atlas also offers a tasting menu with wine pairings and a chef’s table experience. Need wine selection guidance? Ask the sommelier for assistance. Reservations required. Dress code.

The Garden Room at the St. Regis

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People don’t need a reservation at Atlas to drink and dine at this cocktail bar and small plates restaurant at the St. Regis. Located within a romantic garden setting just outside of Atlas, order oysters and ceviche to start, before indulging in black truffle pasta pillows tossed in butter sauce and parmesan, crispy chicken with miso slaw, or a wagyu beef burger. For dessert, there’s the daily sorbet and even a decadent ice cream sundae on the menu. Reservations highly encouraged. Dress code.

Lantana at The Starling

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In 2021, the W Hotel in Midtown at Colony Square received a much-needed makeover and rebranded to the Starling, becoming a Hilton property. And with the rebrand came a new restaurant for the hotel called Lantana, led by chef Cole Pate (formerly of Atlanta restaurants the Southern Gentleman and Gyspy Kitchen.) Named for the flower, which is reflected in the design through floral patterns, bold colors, and lounge furniture, expect dishes like Bang Island mussels, wings, and hassleback potatoes paired with martinis and a Mandarin ginger gin sour during dinner. Breakfast and late night drinks are also served here. Reservations highly encouraged.

Fia Restaurant at the Burgess Hotel

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Part of a boutique hotel in Buckhead, Fia features a menu filled with classic American fare mixed with Southern flavors. Order the wedge salad served with tomato pesto and blue cheese mousse, the goat cheese and tomato tartlet, or the crispy pork belly with a jack and Coke glaze to start. Dine on spicy pork sausage spaghetti, mushroom and English pea risotto, or whole roasted branzino served with fennel and citrus salad for dinner. For a low-key dining experience, head over to Mr. B Bar at the Burgess for a martini or an old fashioned and a rosemary ham sando or tomato risotto arancini. Reservations encouraged.

The Betty at Kimpton Sylvan

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The Betty at the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel on East Paces Ferry Road features mid-century supper club classics on the menu, like beef cheek stroganoff with black pepper gnocchi, linguine and clams, and head-on shrimp cocktail with preserved lime. Expect classic cocktails leaning into that mid-century vibe, too. For lighter fare and al fresco dining, check out Willow Bar at the hotel. Order a G&T or glass of rose and dine on everything from charcuterie and cheese and oysters to boquerones (white anchovies) and a cheeseburger with “fancy sauce.” Reservations highly encouraged.

Dirty Rascal at the Thompson Hotel

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Owned by chef Todd Ginsberg and the team behind Rye Restaurants group (the General Muir, Wood’s Chapel BBQ), Italian-American restaurant Dirty Rascal serves red sauce joint classics and comfort foods on the menu. Order steak Diane, lasagna, chicken scarpariello, and eggplant parmesan here during dinner or meatballs, shrimp cocktail, and hero sandwiches and paninis at lunch. Make sure to order a martini from the bar, including a steakhouse take with blue cheese stuffed olives. Reservations encouraged.

Mrs. P’s Bar and Kitchen at the Wylie Hotel

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Once home to the Garner-Wallace Hotel, the Wylie breathes new life into the nearly century-old building and brings a new restaurant in Mrs. P’s to Ponce. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu here leans into Southern comfort foods, while also tapping into the global food influences now found at restaurants throughout Atlanta. Expect an avocado tartine with prosciutto, poached eggs, and arugula or breakfast tacos stuffed with nduja sausage, eggs, and beans at breakfast, with red beans and rice arancini at lunch, and okra “devils on horseback”, steak and eggs topped with trout roe, or barbecue lamb lollipops during dinner. Grab a seat in the dining room or in the sunroom overlooking Ponce.

Tiny Lou's at Hotel Clermont

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Tiny Lou’s at the Hotel Clermont was one of the first new hotel restaurants in Atlanta to attract a more local clientele to the dining room when it opened in 2019. The French-Southern restaurant above the famous Clermont Lounge features steak tartare, deviled eggs topped with truffle oil and caviar, and a wild boar terrine to begin a meal. Order steelhead trout almondine, steak frites, or the pork chop with cannellini bean cassoulet for dinner. Do not skip dessert at Tiny Lou’s, including the crepe cake layered with cinnamon, caramel, brown butter, orange marmalade, and cardamon mascarpone or the ginger molasses cake with chamomile panna cotta. Order wine or champagne by the glass or bottle. After dinner, head up to the moody Lobby Bar at Hotel Clermont for a nightcap. Reservations highly encouraged.

Drawbar at the Bellyard Hotel

More than just a cocktail bar serving classics and views of the city from its terrace on the third floor, Drawbar also offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the week. There’s even a weekend brunch here. Dine on everything from omelettes and banana bread French toast in the morning to chimichurri ribeye and jerk grilled mahi-mahi in the evenings. Reservations highly encouraged on the weekends.

The Sun Dial at the Westin Peachtree Plaza

While certainly not new, the Sun Dial restaurant at the Westin Peachtree Plaza downtown continues to be a date-night destination for many Atlantans due to its breathtaking views of the skyline 723 feet above the city streets. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. Kick off a meal here with a classic Caesar salad or fried green tomato and lobster salad. Then, 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 at the Candler Hotel

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.

Reverence at Epicurean Atlanta

Reverence, located on the ground floor of this culinary-driven hotel in Midtown, offers dinner in the evenings featuring appetizers such as Peking duck dumplings and cauliflower panna cotta and heartier bites, including a beetroot salad with Maine Lobster, figs, and yuzu koshu and shrimp and grits croquetas. Look for entrees like hay-smoked rack of lamb, a vegetable plat du jour, and butternut squash agnolotti stuffed with tender short rib as entrees and shortbread cheesecake for dessert. Reservations highly encouraged. 

Bar Margot at the Four Seasons

Named for the iconic character of Margot from the Wes Anderson film “The Royal Tenenbaums”, Bar Margot is more than just a posh cocktail bar and lounge at the Four Seasons in Midtown. Head here for dinner in the evenings and start off the meal with a twist on the gin martini made with amontillado sherry and lime cordial and some deviled eggs topped with speck. Cleanse the palate with roasted beet poke and soba noodles, before diving into lobster thermidor or a surf and turf platter of beef tenderloin and grilled jumbo shrimp. There’s sticky toffee pudding for dessert, too. Keep an eye out for celebrities who often frequent Bar Margot while they are in town shooting movies and television shows. Reservations highly encouraged.

Trader Vic's at Hilton Atlanta Downtown

Few hotel restaurants in Atlanta are as iconic as Trader Vic’s, located on the bottom floor of the Hilton Downtown. The bar menu here features tiki cocktails created by legendary barman and restaurateur Vic Bergeron, including the Mai Tai, Zombie, and the frozen Peachtree Punch (found only in Atlanta). Dine on everything from crab rangoon and salt and pepper calamari to kung pao chicken, volcano shrimp, and rack of lamb served with curry vegetable Singapore noodles. Reservations highly encouraged, especially during large conventions and festival weekends.

Atlas at the St. Regis

Atlas at the St. Regis continues to be one of the city’s destination restaurants for locals seeking a splurgy-worthy dinner. Begin a meal with the hamachi crudo or seasonal risotto. Next, order the seared duck breast, butter poached lobster, or filet mignon. For dessert, there’s a cheese course, strawberries and creme mascarpone mousse, and a hazelnut chocolate sphere. Beyond the a la carte dishes on the menu, Atlas also offers a tasting menu with wine pairings and a chef’s table experience. Need wine selection guidance? Ask the sommelier for assistance. Reservations required. Dress code.

The Garden Room at the St. Regis

People don’t need a reservation at Atlas to drink and dine at this cocktail bar and small plates restaurant at the St. Regis. Located within a romantic garden setting just outside of Atlas, order oysters and ceviche to start, before indulging in black truffle pasta pillows tossed in butter sauce and parmesan, crispy chicken with miso slaw, or a wagyu beef burger. For dessert, there’s the daily sorbet and even a decadent ice cream sundae on the menu. Reservations highly encouraged. Dress code.

Lantana at The Starling

In 2021, the W Hotel in Midtown at Colony Square received a much-needed makeover and rebranded to the Starling, becoming a Hilton property. And with the rebrand came a new restaurant for the hotel called Lantana, led by chef Cole Pate (formerly of Atlanta restaurants the Southern Gentleman and Gyspy Kitchen.) Named for the flower, which is reflected in the design through floral patterns, bold colors, and lounge furniture, expect dishes like Bang Island mussels, wings, and hassleback potatoes paired with martinis and a Mandarin ginger gin sour during dinner. Breakfast and late night drinks are also served here. Reservations highly encouraged.

Fia Restaurant at the Burgess Hotel

Part of a boutique hotel in Buckhead, Fia features a menu filled with classic American fare mixed with Southern flavors. Order the wedge salad served with tomato pesto and blue cheese mousse, the goat cheese and tomato tartlet, or the crispy pork belly with a jack and Coke glaze to start. Dine on spicy pork sausage spaghetti, mushroom and English pea risotto, or whole roasted branzino served with fennel and citrus salad for dinner. For a low-key dining experience, head over to Mr. B Bar at the Burgess for a martini or an old fashioned and a rosemary ham sando or tomato risotto arancini. Reservations encouraged.

The Betty at Kimpton Sylvan

The Betty at the Kimpton Sylvan Hotel on East Paces Ferry Road features mid-century supper club classics on the menu, like beef cheek stroganoff with black pepper gnocchi, linguine and clams, and head-on shrimp cocktail with preserved lime. Expect classic cocktails leaning into that mid-century vibe, too. For lighter fare and al fresco dining, check out Willow Bar at the hotel. Order a G&T or glass of rose and dine on everything from charcuterie and cheese and oysters to boquerones (white anchovies) and a cheeseburger with “fancy sauce.” Reservations highly encouraged.

Dirty Rascal at the Thompson Hotel

Owned by chef Todd Ginsberg and the team behind Rye Restaurants group (the General Muir, Wood’s Chapel BBQ), Italian-American restaurant Dirty Rascal serves red sauce joint classics and comfort foods on the menu. Order steak Diane, lasagna, chicken scarpariello, and eggplant parmesan here during dinner or meatballs, shrimp cocktail, and hero sandwiches and paninis at lunch. Make sure to order a martini from the bar, including a steakhouse take with blue cheese stuffed olives. Reservations encouraged.

Mrs. P’s Bar and Kitchen at the Wylie Hotel

Once home to the Garner-Wallace Hotel, the Wylie breathes new life into the nearly century-old building and brings a new restaurant in Mrs. P’s to Ponce. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menu here leans into Southern comfort foods, while also tapping into the global food influences now found at restaurants throughout Atlanta. Expect an avocado tartine with prosciutto, poached eggs, and arugula or breakfast tacos stuffed with nduja sausage, eggs, and beans at breakfast, with red beans and rice arancini at lunch, and okra “devils on horseback”, steak and eggs topped with trout roe, or barbecue lamb lollipops during dinner. Grab a seat in the dining room or in the sunroom overlooking Ponce.

Tiny Lou's at Hotel Clermont

Tiny Lou’s at the Hotel Clermont was one of the first new hotel restaurants in Atlanta to attract a more local clientele to the dining room when it opened in 2019. The French-Southern restaurant above the famous Clermont Lounge features steak tartare, deviled eggs topped with truffle oil and caviar, and a wild boar terrine to begin a meal. Order steelhead trout almondine, steak frites, or the pork chop with cannellini bean cassoulet for dinner. Do not skip dessert at Tiny Lou’s, including the crepe cake layered with cinnamon, caramel, brown butter, orange marmalade, and cardamon mascarpone or the ginger molasses cake with chamomile panna cotta. Order wine or champagne by the glass or bottle. After dinner, head up to the moody Lobby Bar at Hotel Clermont for a nightcap. Reservations highly encouraged.

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