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15 Restaurants for a Quiet Meal Around Atlanta

Restaurants and bars perfect for quiet 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 a quiet spot to dine or drink where tunes play softly in the background and the din of nearby conversations is kept to a respectable level? These establishments are perfect for a quiet meal or to meet up for relaxed conversation over drinks.

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1. Spring Restaurant

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36 Mill St
Marietta, GA 30060
(678) 540-2777
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The critically acclaimed restaurant features a tight menu of dishes paired with a carefully curated list of natural and biodynamic wines. The small dining room here lends itself nicely to intimate dinner dates for two or foursomes of friends meeting to catch up over bottles of wine and a meal. Reservations highly encouraged.

2. Eleanor’s at Muss & Turner's

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1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE Suite 309
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 434-1114
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Grab a casual dinner on a weekday night at Muss and Turners, then slip behind the cooler door for after-dinner drinks at Eleanor’s, the restaurant’s intimate cocktail bar.

3. Volare Wine & Bistro

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603 N Central Ave
Hapeville, GA 30354
(404) 503-6730
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Volare brings Southern-French fancy to the “ATL 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.

4. Staplehouse Market

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541 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 524-5005
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The award-winning restaurant on Edgewood Avenue transformed into a neighborhood market selling everything from artisan pantry ingredients and fresh-baked crackers, breads, and pastries, to chocolates, beer, and wine. But the market also serves cocktails. Grab a menu and order a cocktail and food from the daily menu board or create a charcuterie and cheese spread and head out to the covered or garden patios out back. There’s even a fire pit for chillier days. Covered and non-covered patio seating available.

5. Ziba's Bistro

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560 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 622-4440
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This relaxed Grant Park neighborhood gathering spot offers a bit of 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. Patio available.

6. 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.

7. Fellows Cafe

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1088 Green St
Roswell, GA 30075
(678) 983-1481
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Located in downtown historic Roswell inside the “Yellow House” on Green Street, breakfast and brunch at Fellows Cafe includes lemon ricotta hotcakes, various types of toasts, and dishes like sweet potato eggs benedict. Grab a seat on the small front porch or underneath the old oak tree along Green Street, which is dog-friendly. Patio available.

8. 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. Open for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks. Patio available. Reservations encouraged.

9. 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. Reservations encouraged.

10. 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. Patio available.

11. 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 has temporarily discontinued its popular Southwestern-influenced breakfast. But dinner is where Gato really shines. Served Wednesday through Sunday, dinner here explores the regional food roots of southern Mexico and the Yucatán. Head in to enjoy a tight selection of natural and biodynamic wines in the evening with a family-style meal. Gato also serves as a pop-up incubator for rising, young chefs and restaurant entrepreneurs. Follow on Instagram for regular pop-up updates.

12. 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. Patio available.

13. Paolino Italian Restaurant

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350 Mead Rd
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 975-3146
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Located in the heart of Oakhurst Village, Paolino’s centers around classic Italian dishes and pastas, including fettuccine Alfredo, linguine and clam sauce, and lasagna, along with lobster ravioli and eggplant pappardelle. Grab a seat on the patio or in the dining room for a quiet meal, especially during the weekdays.

14. 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. 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.

15. Dish Korean Cuisine

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5000 Buford Hwy NE
Chamblee, GA 30341
(470) 299-8886
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Snack on banchan before diving into seafood pancakes, spicy short ribs, or stir-fried squid bokkeum paired with kimchi fried rice and spam at this low-key, family-owned Korean restaurant next door to bustling Food Terminal on Buford Highway. The budae jjigae (spicy sausage, spam stew) here is comforting, filling, and not to be missed. Like burgers? Try the dduck galbhi made with short rib and topped with spicy cabbage and house mayo.

1. Spring Restaurant

36 Mill St, Marietta, GA 30060

The critically acclaimed restaurant features a tight menu of dishes paired with a carefully curated list of natural and biodynamic wines. The small dining room here lends itself nicely to intimate dinner dates for two or foursomes of friends meeting to catch up over bottles of wine and a meal. Reservations highly encouraged.

36 Mill St
Marietta, GA 30060

2. Eleanor’s at Muss & Turner's

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE Suite 309, Smyrna, GA 30080

Grab a casual dinner on a weekday night at Muss and Turners, then slip behind the cooler door for after-dinner drinks at Eleanor’s, the restaurant’s intimate cocktail bar.

1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE Suite 309
Smyrna, GA 30080

3. Volare Wine & Bistro

603 N Central Ave, Hapeville, GA 30354

Volare brings Southern-French fancy to the “ATL 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

4. Staplehouse Market

541 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

The award-winning restaurant on Edgewood Avenue transformed into a neighborhood market selling everything from artisan pantry ingredients and fresh-baked crackers, breads, and pastries, to chocolates, beer, and wine. But the market also serves cocktails. Grab a menu and order a cocktail and food from the daily menu board or create a charcuterie and cheese spread and head out to the covered or garden patios out back. There’s even a fire pit for chillier days. Covered and non-covered patio seating available.

541 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

5. Ziba's Bistro

560 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

This relaxed Grant Park neighborhood gathering spot offers a bit of 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. Patio available.

560 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

6. 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

7. Fellows Cafe

1088 Green St, Roswell, GA 30075

Located in downtown historic Roswell inside the “Yellow House” on Green Street, breakfast and brunch at Fellows Cafe includes lemon ricotta hotcakes, various types of toasts, and dishes like sweet potato eggs benedict. Grab a seat on the small front porch or underneath the old oak tree along Green Street, which is dog-friendly. Patio available.

1088 Green St
Roswell, GA 30075

8. 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. Open for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks. Patio available. Reservations encouraged.

290 Elizabeth St NE F
Atlanta, GA 30307

9. 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. Reservations encouraged.

573 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

10. 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. Patio available.

1123 Zonolite Rd NE #15
Atlanta, GA 30306

11. 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 has temporarily discontinued its popular Southwestern-influenced breakfast. But dinner is where Gato really shines. Served Wednesday through Sunday, dinner here explores the regional food roots of southern Mexico and the Yucatán. Head in to enjoy a tight selection of natural and biodynamic wines in the evening with a family-style meal. Gato also serves as a pop-up incubator for rising, young chefs and restaurant entrepreneurs. Follow on Instagram for regular pop-up updates.

1660 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

12. 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. Patio available.

1042 W College Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

13. Paolino Italian Restaurant

350 Mead Rd, Decatur, GA 30030

Located in the heart of Oakhurst Village, Paolino’s centers around classic Italian dishes and pastas, including fettuccine Alfredo, linguine and clam sauce, and lasagna, along with lobster ravioli and eggplant pappardelle. Grab a seat on the patio or in the dining room for a quiet meal, especially during the weekdays.

350 Mead Rd
Decatur, GA 30030

14. 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. 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.

121 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

15. Dish Korean Cuisine

5000 Buford Hwy NE, Chamblee, GA 30341

Snack on banchan before diving into seafood pancakes, spicy short ribs, or stir-fried squid bokkeum paired with kimchi fried rice and spam at this low-key, family-owned Korean restaurant next door to bustling Food Terminal on Buford Highway. The budae jjigae (spicy sausage, spam stew) here is comforting, filling, and not to be missed. Like burgers? Try the dduck galbhi made with short rib and topped with spicy cabbage and house mayo.

5000 Buford Hwy NE
Chamblee, GA 30341

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