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15 Intimate Restaurants for a Quiet Meal Around Atlanta

Restaurants and bars perfect for cozy meals or relaxed conversation over drinks

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Not everyone wants to dine with music blaring over the speaker system or within the cavernous spaces restaurants and bars seem to occupy these days. Looking for an intimate spot to dine or drink where music plays softly in the background and the din of nearby conversations is kept to a respectable level? These establishments are perfect for a cozy meal or to meet up for relaxed conversation over drinks.

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1. Floataway Cafe

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1123 Zonolite Rd NE #15
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 892-1414
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Chef Anne Quatrano opened this quaint cafe and bar near Emory Village over 20 years ago. Located in a renovated warehouse, Floataway offers several places to dine quietly on dishes filled with French, Italian, and Spanish influences, including at the small bar and out on the courtyard patio.

2. endive Publik house

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1468 Mecaslin St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 504-9044
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Tucked away in a brick building off of Mecaslin Street in the Loring Heights neighborhood, this cozy bistro and bar is a warm and inviting place to dine. Owned by chef and caterer Drew Ihrig, Endive offers quiet candlelit dining and low-key vibes paired with dishes like smoked duck flatbread pizza, beef tenderloin, and seared sea bass. Open for dinner Thursday through Saturday.

3. Chirori – Robata & Sake Pairing

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349 14th St NW C-1
Atlanta, GA 30318
(470) 427-3171
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Located in the former Better Half restaurant space on 14th Street, Robatayaki and sake restaurant Chirori includes a small dining room and bar along with a small, street-side patio. Chirori’s menu focuses on robatayaki or meats, seafood, and vegetables grilled over hot charcoal and includes suggested sake pairings for each dish.

4. The back patio at Marcel

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1170 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 665-4555
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The dining room at Ford Fry’s Westside Provisions District steakhouse might be buzzing, but head straight back to the covered patio for an intimate evening by the outdoor fireplace. Overlooking the train tracks which divide the Howell Mill complex, the patio at Marcel offers the full food and beverage menu as in the dining room — only in a much quieter setting.

5. Cafe Alsace

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121 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-5622
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Located just up from No. 246 on East Ponce de Leon, this small cafe offers a quiet escape from Decatur’s busy dining scene beyond its doors. The menu offers traditional French and Alsatian dishes (northeastern France) such as quiche, spaetzle (egg noodles), choucroute garnie (sauerkraut, sausages, potatoes), and sandwiches like the croque-monsieur or mauricettes made with pretzel bread. The wine list is a lovely mix of both French and Alsatian bottles with affordable price points. Open for lunch and dinner. Hours for both meals vary by day.

6. The Poncey Highland

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640 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306
(678) 358-3208
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The quaint cafe and coffeehouse located on North Highland keeps breakfast and brunch delightfully unpretentious. It also keeps rolling out fancy toast and waffle specials throughout the week. Grab a latte and an order of chickpea smash served on fresh toast topped with feta cheese and chives or a curried chicken salad with honey-lime curry sauce, red grapes, purple onions, and chives. As for waffles, try the prosciutto and arugula topped with eggs over easy and drizzled in a balsamic reduction. Open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

7. Babette's Cafe

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573 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 523-9121
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Babette’s Cafe is inspired by the Isak Dinesen’s story and the movie “Babette’s Feast”. Located in a former cottage on North Highland, this convivial bistro’s cozy dining room and dishes are inspired by the restaurants and food found in the countrysides of France, Spain, and Italy.

8. Gato

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1660 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 371-0889
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This small and inviting neighborhood restaurant on the corner of McClendon Avenue and Clifton Road in Candler Park offers a Southwestern-influenced breakfast and lunch throughout the week. Dinner is served Thursday through Sunday and explores the regional food roots of southern Mexico and the Yucatán. Head here to enjoy a tight selection of natural and biodynamic wines, too.

9. Wahoo! Grill

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1042 W College Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-3331
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This neighborhood bistro along West College Avenue in Decatur was built for cozy meals and conversation. It also includes one of the area’s loveliest garden patios. Wahoo serves comforting dishes such as crab bisque, pimento cheese fritters, and risotto as well as fried chicken, New York strip, and mountain trout. Make sure to order wine here, too. Wahoo can become slightly noisy on the weekends when the dining room fills up with couples and friends gathering for a meal. Even then, the noise level is still within reason.

10. Bread & Butterfly

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290 Elizabeth St NE F
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 515-4536
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Inspired by the cafes of Paris, this sunny Inman Quarter cafe shines with French bistro fare and a simple but excellent wine list. Dine on dishes such as a decadent burger with Swiss and caramelized onions, steak frites, crab, crayfish, and penne au gratin, or an ode to New Orleans institution Commander’s Palace with its shrimp remoulade. Grab a seat on the sun porch or inside the quaint dining room or at the five seat bar.

11. Julianna's Coffee & Crepes

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775 Lake Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 436-1825
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Julianna’s is a petite restaurant tucked inside a circa-1901 house on Lake Avenue in Inman Park serving Hungarian-style savory and sweet crepes made from an old family recipe. Open for breakfast and lunch, order at the counter and grab a seat at one of the tables inside or at a small cafe table outside.

12. Paper Crane Lounge at Staplehouse

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Staplehouse, 541 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 524-5005

What was the restaurant’s private dining room is now a cozy cocktail bar called Paper Crane Lounge. Located on the second floor, the drinks are ever-evolving and organized on the menu by flavor intensity and strength. Expect cocktails using local ingredients paired with the focused and expansive selection of spirits, liqueurs, bitters, and garnishes. Paper Crane Lounge serves a menu of light bites as well as a small selection of wine and beer. Check in at the Staplehouse host stand inside to gain access to the lounge.

13. Ziba's Bistro

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560 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 622-4440
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This low-key and unassuming Grant Park neighborhood gathering spot offers quiet respite from busy Boulevard beyond; especially on the weekdays. Head in for wine, friendly service, and comfort-filled dishes of pasta and homey favorites like meatloaf and jambalaya. There’s seating inside and out on the street-side patio.

14. Cardinal

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1039 Grant St SE Suite B40-A
Atlanta, GA 30315

Cardinal, from Third Street Goods owners and bartenders Holli Medley and Kathryn DiMenichi, brings a chic yet comfortable cocktail lounge to the Beacon in Grant Park. Accessed via Third Street’s patio, Cardinal features a large horseshoe bar and intimate booths and two-top tables for lounging. Grab a glass of bubbles, a Champagne Velvet tallboy, or try one of the bar’s stellar cocktails, like Cardinal’s namesake with gin, dry vermouth, muscadine wine, and honey. Cardinal also offers a lengthy list of sherry and vermouth selections as well as a small menu of snacks and shared plates. Open at 6 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday.

15. Volare Wine & Bistro

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603 N Central Ave
Hapeville, GA 30354
(404) 503-6730
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Near Hartsfield-Jackson airport? Aimed at Hapeville’s date-night crowd, Volare brings Southern-French fancy to the “airport district”. The restaurant mixes elegance in an understated location overlooking the train tracks. This juxtaposition is also reflected in the dishes like the Cajun pastas, Parmesan encrusted cordon bleu, grilled Australian lamb chops in Grand Marnier gastrique, or mountain trout.

1. Floataway Cafe

1123 Zonolite Rd NE #15, Atlanta, GA 30306

Chef Anne Quatrano opened this quaint cafe and bar near Emory Village over 20 years ago. Located in a renovated warehouse, Floataway offers several places to dine quietly on dishes filled with French, Italian, and Spanish influences, including at the small bar and out on the courtyard patio.

1123 Zonolite Rd NE #15
Atlanta, GA 30306

2. endive Publik house

1468 Mecaslin St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Tucked away in a brick building off of Mecaslin Street in the Loring Heights neighborhood, this cozy bistro and bar is a warm and inviting place to dine. Owned by chef and caterer Drew Ihrig, Endive offers quiet candlelit dining and low-key vibes paired with dishes like smoked duck flatbread pizza, beef tenderloin, and seared sea bass. Open for dinner Thursday through Saturday.

1468 Mecaslin St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

3. Chirori – Robata & Sake Pairing

349 14th St NW C-1, Atlanta, GA 30318

Located in the former Better Half restaurant space on 14th Street, Robatayaki and sake restaurant Chirori includes a small dining room and bar along with a small, street-side patio. Chirori’s menu focuses on robatayaki or meats, seafood, and vegetables grilled over hot charcoal and includes suggested sake pairings for each dish.

349 14th St NW C-1
Atlanta, GA 30318

4. The back patio at Marcel

1170 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318

The dining room at Ford Fry’s Westside Provisions District steakhouse might be buzzing, but head straight back to the covered patio for an intimate evening by the outdoor fireplace. Overlooking the train tracks which divide the Howell Mill complex, the patio at Marcel offers the full food and beverage menu as in the dining room — only in a much quieter setting.

1170 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. Cafe Alsace

121 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Located just up from No. 246 on East Ponce de Leon, this small cafe offers a quiet escape from Decatur’s busy dining scene beyond its doors. The menu offers traditional French and Alsatian dishes (northeastern France) such as quiche, spaetzle (egg noodles), choucroute garnie (sauerkraut, sausages, potatoes), and sandwiches like the croque-monsieur or mauricettes made with pretzel bread. The wine list is a lovely mix of both French and Alsatian bottles with affordable price points. Open for lunch and dinner. Hours for both meals vary by day.

121 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

6. The Poncey Highland

640 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

The quaint cafe and coffeehouse located on North Highland keeps breakfast and brunch delightfully unpretentious. It also keeps rolling out fancy toast and waffle specials throughout the week. Grab a latte and an order of chickpea smash served on fresh toast topped with feta cheese and chives or a curried chicken salad with honey-lime curry sauce, red grapes, purple onions, and chives. As for waffles, try the prosciutto and arugula topped with eggs over easy and drizzled in a balsamic reduction. Open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

640 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306

7. Babette's Cafe

573 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

Babette’s Cafe is inspired by the Isak Dinesen’s story and the movie “Babette’s Feast”. Located in a former cottage on North Highland, this convivial bistro’s cozy dining room and dishes are inspired by the restaurants and food found in the countrysides of France, Spain, and Italy.

573 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

8. Gato

1660 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

This small and inviting neighborhood restaurant on the corner of McClendon Avenue and Clifton Road in Candler Park offers a Southwestern-influenced breakfast and lunch throughout the week. Dinner is served Thursday through Sunday and explores the regional food roots of southern Mexico and the Yucatán. Head here to enjoy a tight selection of natural and biodynamic wines, too.

1660 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

9. Wahoo! Grill

1042 W College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

This neighborhood bistro along West College Avenue in Decatur was built for cozy meals and conversation. It also includes one of the area’s loveliest garden patios. Wahoo serves comforting dishes such as crab bisque, pimento cheese fritters, and risotto as well as fried chicken, New York strip, and mountain trout. Make sure to order wine here, too. Wahoo can become slightly noisy on the weekends when the dining room fills up with couples and friends gathering for a meal. Even then, the noise level is still within reason.

1042 W College Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

10. Bread & Butterfly

290 Elizabeth St NE F, Atlanta, GA 30307

Inspired by the cafes of Paris, this sunny Inman Quarter cafe shines with French bistro fare and a simple but excellent wine list. Dine on dishes such as a decadent burger with Swiss and caramelized onions, steak frites, crab, crayfish, and penne au gratin, or an ode to New Orleans institution Commander’s Palace with its shrimp remoulade. Grab a seat on the sun porch or inside the quaint dining room or at the five seat bar.

290 Elizabeth St NE F
Atlanta, GA 30307

11. Julianna's Coffee & Crepes

775 Lake Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Julianna’s is a petite restaurant tucked inside a circa-1901 house on Lake Avenue in Inman Park serving Hungarian-style savory and sweet crepes made from an old family recipe. Open for breakfast and lunch, order at the counter and grab a seat at one of the tables inside or at a small cafe table outside.

775 Lake Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

12. Paper Crane Lounge at Staplehouse

Staplehouse, 541 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

What was the restaurant’s private dining room is now a cozy cocktail bar called Paper Crane Lounge. Located on the second floor, the drinks are ever-evolving and organized on the menu by flavor intensity and strength. Expect cocktails using local ingredients paired with the focused and expansive selection of spirits, liqueurs, bitters, and garnishes. Paper Crane Lounge serves a menu of light bites as well as a small selection of wine and beer. Check in at the Staplehouse host stand inside to gain access to the lounge.

Staplehouse, 541 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

13. Ziba's Bistro

560 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

This low-key and unassuming Grant Park neighborhood gathering spot offers quiet respite from busy Boulevard beyond; especially on the weekdays. Head in for wine, friendly service, and comfort-filled dishes of pasta and homey favorites like meatloaf and jambalaya. There’s seating inside and out on the street-side patio.

560 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

14. Cardinal

1039 Grant St SE Suite B40-A, Atlanta, GA 30315

Cardinal, from Third Street Goods owners and bartenders Holli Medley and Kathryn DiMenichi, brings a chic yet comfortable cocktail lounge to the Beacon in Grant Park. Accessed via Third Street’s patio, Cardinal features a large horseshoe bar and intimate booths and two-top tables for lounging. Grab a glass of bubbles, a Champagne Velvet tallboy, or try one of the bar’s stellar cocktails, like Cardinal’s namesake with gin, dry vermouth, muscadine wine, and honey. Cardinal also offers a lengthy list of sherry and vermouth selections as well as a small menu of snacks and shared plates. Open at 6 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday.

1039 Grant St SE Suite B40-A
Atlanta, GA 30315

15. Volare Wine & Bistro

603 N Central Ave, Hapeville, GA 30354

Near Hartsfield-Jackson airport? Aimed at Hapeville’s date-night crowd, Volare brings Southern-French fancy to the “airport district”. The restaurant mixes elegance in an understated location overlooking the train tracks. This juxtaposition is also reflected in the dishes like the Cajun pastas, Parmesan encrusted cordon bleu, grilled Australian lamb chops in Grand Marnier gastrique, or mountain trout.

603 N Central Ave
Hapeville, GA 30354

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