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A table with pasta, whole fish, crudite, and shrimp at Lyla Lila in Midtown, Atlanta
Grab elegant pasta dishes, whole wood-roasted fish, and cocktails from Lyla Lila on Peachtree.
Ryan Fleisher

Where to Eat and Drink in Midtown Atlanta

Korean fried chicken, pho, duck lasagna, Southern fare, and cocktails can all be found in Midtown

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Grab elegant pasta dishes, whole wood-roasted fish, and cocktails from Lyla Lila on Peachtree.
| Ryan Fleisher

At first glance, midtown Atlanta may look like a sea of high rises and swanky hotels. But, beyond busy Peachtree Street lies a true neighborhood filled with people who live and work here, and often know one another (and their dogs) by name. Scattered among the modern apartment buildings and towering office complexes, tree-lined streets like Juniper and Myrtle are filled with early 20th century and art deco duplexes, historic single family homes, and local businesses. This is the heart of Atlanta’s LGBTQ community, too, reflected in the neighborhood’s welcoming and inclusive bars, restaurants, and independent businesses. Frequented attractions like Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Fox Theatre, High Museum of Art, and Woodruff Arts Center all call Midtown home. The neighborhood is also home to some of Atlanta’s best restaurants and bars, most within easy walking distance from MARTA’s Midtown or Arts Center rail stations.

Whether taking in shows at the fabulous Fox and Alliance Theater or visiting the area for a music festival, conference, and even the Peachtree Road Race in July, be sure to check out these restaurants and bars in Midtown.

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Disclaimer: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here. It is highly advised people wear masks indoors or in crowded situations, regardless of vaccination status, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Nan Thai Fine Dining

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1350 Spring St NW #1
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 870-9933
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Owned by chef Nan Niyomkul, Nan Thai Fine Dining has been a staple on the Midtown restaurant scene for 18 years. Born in Bangkok, Niyomkul infuses her passion for cooking and serving the foods of Thailand into the beautifully presented dishes found at her eponymous restaurant. Standouts on the menu include the panang talay with jumbo prawn, sea scallops, and calamari, the Thai barbecue lamb chops (geah yang) in a kaffir lime honey glaze, and Nan’s Tasting Tree, a sampler platter of nearly every appetizer offered. Don’t skip the cocktails here. Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout.

2. Vietvana Pho Noodle House

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848 Spring St NW Suite A
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 748-4001
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Vietvana first opened in Avondale Estates in 2019 and quickly became a neighborhood favorite there. A second location soon followed in early 2020 in Midtown, serving the restaurant’s popular pho and bánh mì, But make sure to also order appetizers, like pork and shrimp spring rolls and Hue-style beef and pork meatballs in a sweet tomato garlic sauce. There’s also a fiery papaya salad on the menu here, a selection of bún (rice vermicelli noodles,) and cơm (rice) dishes. Order online for takeout or delivery.

3. Nagomiya

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1010 W Peachtree St NW Ste 400
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 975-3851
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Takashi Otsuka (Wagaya, Chirori, Wagaya Groceries) recently opened his latest restaurant at the Tens on West complex on West Peachtree Street. Nagomiya translates to “house of tranquility”, and Otsuka wants to provide a peaceful dining experience for guests at his new Japanese restaurant in Midtown. Serving both lunch and dinner, the menu here features ramen, rice bowls, and a large selection of sushi, sushi rolls, and sashimi as well as dishes like karaage fried chicken, teppan hamburg steak, and panko prawns. Order online for takeout or delivery.

4. The Consulate

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10 10th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 254-5760
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Looking to take a food tour of the world without leaving Atlanta? Every 90 days, the Consulate in Midtown brings the dishes, wine, and cocktails of a specific country to life on the menu under the Visa section. But globally inspired cuisine isn’t limited to just one portion of this menu. Look for dishes from countries like Greenland, Ethiopia, Italy, the Philippines, and Cuba here, too. The sleek and stylish restaurant has a retro vibe, and includes plush leather and velvet half-moon booths, tables for two, an intimate bar, and tucked away corners for more private dining experiences. Reservations encouraged.

5. Cypress Street Pint & Plate

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817 W Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 815-9243
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Cypress Street lies within the heart of Midtown and offers fire pits on its patio, live music, trivia nights, and all manner of sports on the TVs. Indulge in pub grub here, including loaded sweet potato nachos and the Sublime doughnut burger — a half-pound burger with cheddar cheese, caramelized onion, and applewood bacon. Patio seating. Order online for takeout.

6. Ecco Midtown

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40 7th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 347-9555
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Longtime Fifth Group restaurant Ecco continues to be a darling on the Midtown restaurant scene. Head in for drinks and light bites during happy hour, dinner with friends after a busy work day, or a weekend date night. Feast on some of Ecco’s most popular dishes, including fried goat cheese, the braised pork pappardelle, speck flatbread with smoked ricotta, and the crispy duck breast. There’s also a location in Buckhead and at Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout.

7. El Viñedo Local

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730 Peachtree St NE #100
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 596-8239
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South American coffee, wine, and tapas bar El Viñedo Local recently opened on Peachtree Street in Midtown, one block north of the Fox Theatre. Owner Robert Kaster tapped Uruguayan native chef Bruno Vergara to create dishes and grab-and-go food for the all-day menu here, including arepas and perfectly baked empanadas and guava pastries, as well as a selection of ceviche, sandwiches like a choripan, and plates of fried plantains, rice, and beans. Like the coffee and food, wines at El Viñedo Local lean into South American producers using sustainable and organic winemaking practices. Patio seating. Takeout available.

8. Tabla

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77 12th St NE #2
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 464-8571
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This popular Indian restaurant opened in Midtown just under a decade ago on bustling 12th Street. Owned by Sandeep Kothary, head to Tabla for duck confit samosas, butter chicken, and dal bukhara (ginger and garlic-infused black lentils), along with a variety of thali specials, wraps, and salads during lunch. There’s also a location in Buckhead. Patio seating. Order online for takeout.

9. MSR My Sisters Room

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84 12th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 705-4585
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My Sister’s Room (or MSR to regulars) moved from East Atlanta Village (where Banshee now resides) to Midtown a few years ago. And, it hasn’t looked back. MSR attracts studs, femmes, butch lesbians, and the people who love them. Queer and trans people are certain to feel comfortable at MSR, too. MSR regularly hosts special guest performers and DJs to keep the self-described “go-to” bar fresh and exciting. Stop by on a Sunday afternoon for a classic tea dance or one of the many comedy and cabaret shows offered throughout the week. 

10. Publico Atlanta

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1104 Crescent Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 973-0070
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Publico on Crescent Avenue in Midtown is known as a neighborhood gathering spot, not just for nearby residents, but for their pets, too. It even built a grassy patio with dogs in mind. The gastropub considers the city’s dogs VIPs (very important puppies) and includes a menu filled with freshly made treats. Sales from the VIP menu benefit the Atlanta Humane Society.

11. Lyla Lila

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693 Peachtree St NE UNIT 118
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 963-2637
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Owned and operated by chef Craig Richards, Lyla Lila has become a neighborhood gathering place and a destination restaurant near the Fox Theatre since opening in 2019. This casually elegant restaurant is where pastas, like the luscious duck lasagna, crafted by Richards really shine, alongside dishes such as cold-smoked scallops and whole wood-grilled fish served with seasonal vegetable preparations. Make sure to order a cocktail here before pairing the meal with wine. Reservations encouraged. Patio seating. Order online for takeout.

12. Mukja Korean Fried Chicken

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933 Peachtree St NE Suite 951
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 855-5516
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Founded by two longtime friends, Peter Chung and Sean Chang, Mukja Korean Fried Chicken in Midtown melds Korean flavors and ingredients into its wings and fried chicken on the menu. Expect wings at this counter-service restaurant paired with pickled radishes and a choice of sauces, including Korean sweet heat and soy garlic or chicken and waffles infused with garlic, jalapeños, scallions, and honey butter. Sides include kimchi mac and cheese and Korean coleslaw made with red cabbage and scallions tossed in gochugaru vinaigrette. The Mukja rice bowl comes with grilled chicken thigh mixed with cabbage, carrots, perilla, scallions, and heat from gochujang sauce. Order online for takeout.

13. Empire State South

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999 Peachtree St NE Suite #140
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 541-1105
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Chef Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South continues to shine the spotlight on Southern food and the farmers who grow and produce the region’s vegetables, seafood, and meats. Try the jarred spreads and pickles, pickled shrimp, quail, any of the vegetable dishes listed on the menu, and shoofly pie for dessert. Currently, the restaurant is serving happy hour bites daily, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a coursed-out tasting menu experience, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Empire State South also offers up one of the city’s most diverse wine lists, thanks to sommelier Steven Grubbs. Make sure to order cocktails here, too. Patio seating available. Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout and from the virtual wine shop.

14. Café Intermezzo - Midtown

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1065 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(470) 878-3137
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Looking for decadent desserts paired with coffee, wine, or a nightcap in Midtown? Head over to Cafe Intermezzo for plenty of cheesecake choices, tres leches and carrot cake tortes, and tiramisu. This neighborhood cafe may be known for its desserts and late-night bites, but breakfast, brunch, and dinner are served here, too. Try the chicken Florentine crepe, Belgian waffles, and pastrami and Swiss on grilled rye bread. Cafe Intermezzo has locations in Dunwoody and Alpharetta. Patio seating. Order online for takeout and delivery.

15. Rreal Tacos

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100 6th St NE #110
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 458-5887
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Adrian Villarreal owns this taqueria in Midtown, which serves tacos, sides, and sweets. Try the carnitas or trumpo tacos here. There’s a vegetarian taco with avocado and refried beans and a grilled fish taco, too. Rreal Tacos also sells taco meal kits serving four to six people. Order online for takeout.

16. Joy Cafe

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1100 Peachtree St NE Exhibit A
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 996-1377
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Another longtime staple on the Midtown restaurant scene, Joy Cafe serves up a great spicy chicken biscuit topped with hot sauce and green tomato chow chow at brunch, followed by some of the city’s best fried chicken in the evenings. The fried chicken dinner here sees the bird citrus brined and marinated in buttermilk and served with Joy Cafe’s popular mac and cheese. Make sure to also order the Belgian waffles and one of three grilled cheese preparations here: the classic with cheddar; the California with gruyere, tomato, and avocado; and the Southern made with pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, and bacon. Patio seating. Order online for takeout.

17. Babs Midtown

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814 Juniper St NE #3
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 541-0888
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A frequent neighborhood haunt for nearby residents, Bab’s serves breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch in the heart of Midtown. Head in for a smoked salmon bagel, the Juniper wrap stuffed with scrambled eggs, tomato, onion, turkey sausage, cheese, and onions, or a hearty omelette in the morning. Call for takeout.

18. The Lawrence

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905 Juniper St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 961-7178
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While the food at the Lawrence is always on point, it’s the cocktails here that really stand out. The bar offers New York City cocktail culture coupled with Southern hospitality in the heart of Midtown. Fronted by a team trained under owner and barman Eric Simpkins (who himself got started at NYC’s Pegu Club under Audrey Saunders,) the Lawrence serves up modern takes on the classics and innovative originals built with base spirits such as sherry, madeira, aquavit, and agricole rhum. Head to nearby Myrtle Street to visit Viet-Cajun restaurant and bar Bon Ton, also owned by Simpkins and Darren Carr. Patio seating. Order online for takeout.

19. Colony Square and Politan Row food hall

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1197 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 965-9091
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The $400 million transformation of the half-century-old Colony Square complex in Midtown is nearly complete and now includes an 11-stall food hall with a hidden cocktail bar, a dine-in movie theater with an Italian restaurant attached to it, and a number of new bars and restaurants now open or preparing to open in the coming months. Read more about Politan Row and Colony Square’s restaurants here.

20. Zocalo Mexican Kitchen & Cantina

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187 10th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 249-7576
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This Midtown Mexican restaurant staple located just a few blocks from Piedmont Park is where to head for great warm weather patio vibes on the deck and solid margaritas. Get the house margarita fresh or frozen here. Pair it with a bowl of queso and chips, too. Luis Martinez-Obregon and chef Lucero Martinez-Obregon also own Chattahoochee Food Works stall Taqueria La Luz. Patio seating. Order online for takeout and delivery.

21. Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar

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980 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 343-2446
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Campagnolo is a comfortable and casual neighborhood trattoria with a large patio located in the heart of Midtown. Favorites to try here include the pappardelle with duck confit and the fettuccine capricciose with wild mushrooms and arugula topped with pecorino cheese. Patio seating. Call for takeout.

22. Blake's On The Park

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227 10th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 464-7715
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A flagship bar of Atlanta’s LGBTQ scene since 1988, Blake’s on the Park serves as a neighborhood hangout during the week, but weekends see the bar transform into a dance hall with impromptu drag shows. Bring the dollar bills, and be sure to tip the performers well. Blake’s long-held prominence in Atlanta does make it a common stop for straight bachelorette parties. Don’t worry, the drag queens at Blake’s help keep them in line. 

23. Woody's CheeseSteaks

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981 Monroe Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 876-1939
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Looking for cheesesteaks in Midtown? Head over to sandwich institution Woody’s at the corner of Monroe and Virginia across from Midtown High School for one of the restaurant’s original cheesesteaks with shaved, chopped steak, sauteed onions, and a choice of white American cheese, provolone, or Cheese Whiz or a sandwich stuffed with shaved chopped steak, sauteed onions, mushrooms, peppers, and cheese of choice. There’s also a location in Buckhead and a forthcoming location in East Atlanta Village. Patio seating. Call for takeout. Open late nights.

24. MetroFresh

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931 Monroe Dr NE a106
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 724-0151
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MetroFresh, located in the Midtown Promenade complex across from Midtown High School, serves freshly made soups, salads, and sandwiches, along with wine and larger entrees in the evenings. Opened by former actor Mitchell Anderson, this small restaurant blends casual dining with seriously good food. The menu is seasonal and changes frequently. Order at the counter and take a seat. Vegan and gluten-free options available. Patio seating.

25. The Highlander

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931 Monroe Dr NE ste c-101
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 872-0060
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After nearly 30 years, the Highlander at Midtown Promenade is still a fixture on Atlanta’s dive bar scene. Head into this neighborhood spot for classic bar food, including jerk chili, pasta-rella sticks, sandwiches, and pitchers of deep-fried tater tots paired with ice-cold cans of Coors Light or High Life, generously poured shots, and no pretense. Order online for takeout.

1. Nan Thai Fine Dining

1350 Spring St NW #1, Atlanta, GA 30309

Owned by chef Nan Niyomkul, Nan Thai Fine Dining has been a staple on the Midtown restaurant scene for 18 years. Born in Bangkok, Niyomkul infuses her passion for cooking and serving the foods of Thailand into the beautifully presented dishes found at her eponymous restaurant. Standouts on the menu include the panang talay with jumbo prawn, sea scallops, and calamari, the Thai barbecue lamb chops (geah yang) in a kaffir lime honey glaze, and Nan’s Tasting Tree, a sampler platter of nearly every appetizer offered. Don’t skip the cocktails here. Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout.

1350 Spring St NW #1
Atlanta, GA 30309

2. Vietvana Pho Noodle House

848 Spring St NW Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30308

Vietvana first opened in Avondale Estates in 2019 and quickly became a neighborhood favorite there. A second location soon followed in early 2020 in Midtown, serving the restaurant’s popular pho and bánh mì, But make sure to also order appetizers, like pork and shrimp spring rolls and Hue-style beef and pork meatballs in a sweet tomato garlic sauce. There’s also a fiery papaya salad on the menu here, a selection of bún (rice vermicelli noodles,) and cơm (rice) dishes. Order online for takeout or delivery.

848 Spring St NW Suite A
Atlanta, GA 30308

3. Nagomiya

1010 W Peachtree St NW Ste 400, Atlanta, GA 30309

Takashi Otsuka (Wagaya, Chirori, Wagaya Groceries) recently opened his latest restaurant at the Tens on West complex on West Peachtree Street. Nagomiya translates to “house of tranquility”, and Otsuka wants to provide a peaceful dining experience for guests at his new Japanese restaurant in Midtown. Serving both lunch and dinner, the menu here features ramen, rice bowls, and a large selection of sushi, sushi rolls, and sashimi as well as dishes like karaage fried chicken, teppan hamburg steak, and panko prawns. Order online for takeout or delivery.

1010 W Peachtree St NW Ste 400
Atlanta, GA 30309

4. The Consulate

10 10th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Looking to take a food tour of the world without leaving Atlanta? Every 90 days, the Consulate in Midtown brings the dishes, wine, and cocktails of a specific country to life on the menu under the Visa section. But globally inspired cuisine isn’t limited to just one portion of this menu. Look for dishes from countries like Greenland, Ethiopia, Italy, the Philippines, and Cuba here, too. The sleek and stylish restaurant has a retro vibe, and includes plush leather and velvet half-moon booths, tables for two, an intimate bar, and tucked away corners for more private dining experiences. Reservations encouraged.

10 10th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

5. Cypress Street Pint & Plate

817 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

Cypress Street lies within the heart of Midtown and offers fire pits on its patio, live music, trivia nights, and all manner of sports on the TVs. Indulge in pub grub here, including loaded sweet potato nachos and the Sublime doughnut burger — a half-pound burger with cheddar cheese, caramelized onion, and applewood bacon. Patio seating. Order online for takeout.

817 W Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

6. Ecco Midtown

40 7th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Longtime Fifth Group restaurant Ecco continues to be a darling on the Midtown restaurant scene. Head in for drinks and light bites during happy hour, dinner with friends after a busy work day, or a weekend date night. Feast on some of Ecco’s most popular dishes, including fried goat cheese, the braised pork pappardelle, speck flatbread with smoked ricotta, and the crispy duck breast. There’s also a location in Buckhead and at Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout.

40 7th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

7. El Viñedo Local

730 Peachtree St NE #100, Atlanta, GA 30308

South American coffee, wine, and tapas bar El Viñedo Local recently opened on Peachtree Street in Midtown, one block north of the Fox Theatre. Owner Robert Kaster tapped Uruguayan native chef Bruno Vergara to create dishes and grab-and-go food for the all-day menu here, including arepas and perfectly baked empanadas and guava pastries, as well as a selection of ceviche, sandwiches like a choripan, and plates of fried plantains, rice, and beans. Like the coffee and food, wines at El Viñedo Local lean into South American producers using sustainable and organic winemaking practices. Patio seating. Takeout available.

730 Peachtree St NE #100
Atlanta, GA 30308

8. Tabla

77 12th St NE #2, Atlanta, GA 30309

This popular Indian restaurant opened in Midtown just under a decade ago on bustling 12th Street. Owned by Sandeep Kothary, head to Tabla for duck confit samosas, butter chicken, and dal bukhara (ginger and garlic-infused black lentils), along with a variety of thali specials, wraps, and salads during lunch. There’s also a location in Buckhead. Patio seating. Order online for takeout.

77 12th St NE #2
Atlanta, GA 30309

9. MSR My Sisters Room

84 12th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

My Sister’s Room (or MSR to regulars) moved from East Atlanta Village (where Banshee now resides) to Midtown a few years ago. And, it hasn’t looked back. MSR attracts studs, femmes, butch lesbians, and the people who love them. Queer and trans people are certain to feel comfortable at MSR, too. MSR regularly hosts special guest performers and DJs to keep the self-described “go-to” bar fresh and exciting. Stop by on a Sunday afternoon for a classic tea dance or one of the many comedy and cabaret shows offered throughout the week. 

84 12th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

10. Publico Atlanta

1104 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Publico on Crescent Avenue in Midtown is known as a neighborhood gathering spot, not just for nearby residents, but for their pets, too. It even built a grassy patio with dogs in mind. The gastropub considers the city’s dogs VIPs (very important puppies) and includes a menu filled with freshly made treats. Sales from the VIP menu benefit the Atlanta Humane Society.

1104 Crescent Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

11. Lyla Lila

693 Peachtree St NE UNIT 118, Atlanta, GA 30308

Owned and operated by chef Craig Richards, Lyla Lila has become a neighborhood gathering place and a destination restaurant near the Fox Theatre since opening in 2019. This casually elegant restaurant is where pastas, like the luscious duck lasagna, crafted by Richards really shine, alongside dishes such as cold-smoked scallops and whole wood-grilled fish served with seasonal vegetable preparations. Make sure to order a cocktail here before pairing the meal with wine. Reservations encouraged. Patio seating. Order online for takeout.

693 Peachtree St NE UNIT 118
Atlanta, GA 30308

12. Mukja Korean Fried Chicken

933 Peachtree St NE Suite 951, Atlanta, GA 30309

Founded by two longtime friends, Peter Chung and Sean Chang, Mukja Korean Fried Chicken in Midtown melds Korean flavors and ingredients into its wings and fried chicken on the menu. Expect wings at this counter-service restaurant paired with pickled radishes and a choice of sauces, including Korean sweet heat and soy garlic or chicken and waffles infused with garlic, jalapeños, scallions, and honey butter. Sides include kimchi mac and cheese and Korean coleslaw made with red cabbage and scallions tossed in gochugaru vinaigrette. The Mukja rice bowl comes with grilled chicken thigh mixed with cabbage, carrots, perilla, scallions, and heat from gochujang sauce. Order online for takeout.

933 Peachtree St NE Suite 951
Atlanta, GA 30309

13. Empire State South

999 Peachtree St NE Suite #140, Atlanta, GA 30309

Chef Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South continues to shine the spotlight on Southern food and the farmers who grow and produce the region’s vegetables, seafood, and meats. Try the jarred spreads and pickles, pickled shrimp, quail, any of the vegetable dishes listed on the menu, and shoofly pie for dessert. Currently, the restaurant is serving happy hour bites daily, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a coursed-out tasting menu experience, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Empire State South also offers up one of the city’s most diverse wine lists, thanks to sommelier Steven Grubbs. Make sure to order cocktails here, too. Patio seating available. Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout and from the virtual wine shop.

999 Peachtree St NE Suite #140
Atlanta, GA 30309

14. Café Intermezzo - Midtown

1065 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Looking for decadent desserts paired with coffee, wine, or a nightcap in Midtown? Head over to Cafe Intermezzo for plenty of cheesecake choices, tres leches and carrot cake tortes, and tiramisu. This neighborhood cafe may be known for its desserts and late-night bites, but breakfast, brunch, and dinner are served here, too. Try the chicken Florentine crepe, Belgian waffles, and pastrami and Swiss on grilled rye bread. Cafe Intermezzo has locations in Dunwoody and Alpharetta. Patio seating. Order online for takeout and delivery.

1065 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

15. Rreal Tacos

100 6th St NE #110, Atlanta, GA 30308

Adrian Villarreal owns this taqueria in Midtown, which serves tacos, sides, and sweets. Try the carnitas or trumpo tacos here. There’s a vegetarian taco with avocado and refried beans and a grilled fish taco, too. Rreal Tacos also sells taco meal kits serving four to six people. Order online for takeout.

100 6th St NE #110
Atlanta, GA 30308

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16. Joy Cafe

1100 Peachtree St NE Exhibit A, Atlanta, GA 30309

Another longtime staple on the Midtown restaurant scene, Joy Cafe serves up a great spicy chicken biscuit topped with hot sauce and green tomato chow chow at brunch, followed by some of the city’s best fried chicken in the evenings. The fried chicken dinner here sees the bird citrus brined and marinated in buttermilk and served with Joy Cafe’s popular mac and cheese. Make sure to also order the Belgian waffles and one of three grilled cheese preparations here: the classic with cheddar; the California with gruyere, tomato, and avocado; and the Southern made with pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, and bacon. Patio seating. Order online for takeout.

1100 Peachtree St NE Exhibit A
Atlanta, GA 30309

17. Babs Midtown

814 Juniper St NE #3, Atlanta, GA 30308

A frequent neighborhood haunt for nearby residents, Bab’s serves breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch in the heart of Midtown. Head in for a smoked salmon bagel, the Juniper wrap stuffed with scrambled eggs, tomato, onion, turkey sausage, cheese, and onions, or a hearty omelette in the morning. Call for takeout.

814 Juniper St NE #3
Atlanta, GA 30308

18. The Lawrence

905 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

While the food at the Lawrence is always on point, it’s the cocktails here that really stand out. The bar offers New York City cocktail culture coupled with Southern hospitality in the heart of Midtown. Fronted by a team trained under owner and barman Eric Simpkins (who himself got started at NYC’s Pegu Club under Audrey Saunders,) the Lawrence serves up modern takes on the classics and innovative originals built with base spirits such as sherry, madeira, aquavit, and agricole rhum. Head to nearby Myrtle Street to visit Viet-Cajun restaurant and bar Bon Ton, also owned by Simpkins and Darren Carr. Patio seating. Order online for takeout.

905 Juniper St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

19. Colony Square and Politan Row food hall

1197 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30361

The $400 million transformation of the half-century-old Colony Square complex in Midtown is nearly complete and now includes an 11-stall food hall with a hidden cocktail bar, a dine-in movie theater with an Italian restaurant attached to it, and a number of new bars and restaurants now open or preparing to open in the coming months. Read more about Politan Row and Colony Square’s restaurants here.

1197 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30361

20. Zocalo Mexican Kitchen & Cantina

187 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

This Midtown Mexican restaurant staple located just a few blocks from Piedmont Park is where to head for great warm weather patio vibes on the deck and solid margaritas. Get the house margarita fresh or frozen here. Pair it with a bowl of queso and chips, too. Luis Martinez-Obregon and chef Lucero Martinez-Obregon also own Chattahoochee Food Works stall Taqueria La Luz. Patio seating. Order online for takeout and delivery.

187 10th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

21. Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar

980 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Campagnolo is a comfortable and casual neighborhood trattoria with a large patio located in the heart of Midtown. Favorites to try here include the pappardelle with duck confit and the fettuccine capricciose with wild mushrooms and arugula topped with pecorino cheese. Patio seating. Call for takeout.

980 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

22. Blake's On The Park

227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

A flagship bar of Atlanta’s LGBTQ scene since 1988, Blake’s on the Park serves as a neighborhood hangout during the week, but weekends see the bar transform into a dance hall with impromptu drag shows. Bring the dollar bills, and be sure to tip the performers well. Blake’s long-held prominence in Atlanta does make it a common stop for straight bachelorette parties. Don’t worry, the drag queens at Blake’s help keep them in line. 

227 10th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

23. Woody's CheeseSteaks

981 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Looking for cheesesteaks in Midtown? Head over to sandwich institution Woody’s at the corner of Monroe and Virginia across from Midtown High School for one of the restaurant’s original cheesesteaks with shaved, chopped steak, sauteed onions, and a choice of white American cheese, provolone, or Cheese Whiz or a sandwich stuffed with shaved chopped steak, sauteed onions, mushrooms, peppers, and cheese of choice. There’s also a location in Buckhead and a forthcoming location in East Atlanta Village. Patio seating. Call for takeout. Open late nights.

981 Monroe Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

24. MetroFresh

931 Monroe Dr NE a106, Atlanta, GA 30308

MetroFresh, located in the Midtown Promenade complex across from Midtown High School, serves freshly made soups, salads, and sandwiches, along with wine and larger entrees in the evenings. Opened by former actor Mitchell Anderson, this small restaurant blends casual dining with seriously good food. The menu is seasonal and changes frequently. Order at the counter and take a seat. Vegan and gluten-free options available. Patio seating.

931 Monroe Dr NE a106
Atlanta, GA 30308

25. The Highlander

931 Monroe Dr NE ste c-101, Atlanta, GA 30308

After nearly 30 years, the Highlander at Midtown Promenade is still a fixture on Atlanta’s dive bar scene. Head into this neighborhood spot for classic bar food, including jerk chili, pasta-rella sticks, sandwiches, and pitchers of deep-fried tater tots paired with ice-cold cans of Coors Light or High Life, generously poured shots, and no pretense. Order online for takeout.

931 Monroe Dr NE ste c-101
Atlanta, GA 30308

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