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Where to Eat Around the Mercedes-Benz Stadium

A neighborhood dining and drinking guide near the Benz

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Those who’ve attended a Falcons or Atlanta United game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium have likely spent time eating and drinking pre- and post-game in the historic neighborhoods of Castleberry Hill and nearby Vine City, both in the shadow of the Benz.

Castleberry Hill turned its many industrial warehouses and buildings into art galleries, loft spaces, restaurants, and music venues. This hip and trendy neighborhood is home to an eclectic mix of musicians, creatives, and young families, and often sees its restaurants hosting Falcons, Hawks, and Atlanta United soccer fans on game days.

The restaurants in these neighborhoods offer visitors everything from cocktails and cognac to fried chicken and creatively-crafted sushi.

Looking for more suggestions on where to eat around Mercedes-Benz Stadium? Check out this dining guide to downtown Atlanta.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. BTJ Wings

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825 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 228-4811

BTJ Wings is located in the Walmart plaza in neighboring Vine City, a half mile west of the stadium. While the restaurant does offer other items like a Philly cheesesteak, burger, and even shrimp fried rice, the wings are the stars here. Wings come in garlic pepper, Cajun, extra hot, and lemon pepper.

2. Restaurant 10

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10 Northside Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 331-9977
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Looking for some place to hang before and after a game? Restaurant 10, directly across from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, serves up typical game day fare with plenty of beer. The menu includes sliders, fish and chips, wings, and burgers. There’s even a kids menu here.

3. Busy Bee Cafe

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810 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 525-9212
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Located near BTJ Wings on MLK Drive, Busy Bee Cafe has been in business since the 1940s. This Atlanta institution on the edge of Vine City serves some of the city’s best fried chicken, alongside an assortment of other meat-and-three staples. Take the yardbird to the next level by ordering it smothered with pan gravy. It’s always packed here, so be prepared to rub elbows with fellow diners and even a few celebrities. The restaurant is opening its second location in Downtown Atlanta this year.

4. Rosie's Coffee Cafe

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48 Northside Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 331-7703
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The second location of soul food restaurant Rosie’s Cafe (the original is located on Sylvan Road) resides just south of Mercedes-Benz stadium. The all-day cafe serves hearty breakfast plates like a loaded chicken biscuit and fish and grits made with lightly battered perch filets atop creamy buttered grits. Rosie’s also offers salads and sandwiches, too. In the evenings, the restaurant’s coffee bar transforms into a whiskey and cocktail bar. Breakfast on the weekdays or non-game days is highly recommended. Sunday brunch is super busy, so plan accordingly. Open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

5. Elliott Street Deli & Pub

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51 Elliott St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 523-2174
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Elliott Street has been a tried-and-true neighborhood gathering spot with solid sandwiches in Castleberry Hill. This low-key, no-frills pub is also a pre- and post-game hangout for Atlanta United, Falcons, and Hawks basketball fans attending games at the nearby Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena. However, it’s now sadly for sale.

6. Fellaship

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110 Centennial Olympic Park Dr Suite 102-104
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 254-4970
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Carolina Panthers quarterback and Atlanta native Cam Newton opened this swanky Castleberry Hill cigar bar and restaurant in May. It features a dining room and bar, a humidor, a glass-enclosed wine room, and a speakeasy-like VIP lounge located behind moving bookshelves. The restaurant and bar offer dinner and cocktails starting at 3 p.m. Expect to feast on dishes like crispy sesame shrimp, a wild rice vegetable bowl, lamb chops, and lobster tails. Note: Fellaship has a dress code.

7. Bottle Rocket Fine Food and Beverage

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180 Walker St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 574-5680
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Bottle Rocket is a popular hangout with Castleberry Hill residents as well as Atlanta United and Falcons fans. The restaurant’s menu is clearly stated on the window outside: sushi, grill, comfort cocktails. Expect anything and everything on the menu here, including platters of fresh sushi, bowls of fried rice, burgers and fries, and even a steak and sushi combo. It’s all good.

8. No Mas! Cantina

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180 Walker St SW ste b
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 574-5678
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The bi-level, 350-seat No Mas! Cantina in Castleberry Hill serves Mexican restaurant standards like fish tacos, carnitas, enchiladas, fajitas, and margaritas on its menu with brunch on the weekends. And, there’s an artisan market and gift shop next door.

9. Match Bamboo Lounge

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199 Walker St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 228-1078
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Opened in 2016 in Castleberry Hill, Match Bamboo Lounge is where the “old school etiquette” and fine dining of Trader Vic’s meets the 21st-century tiki bar. Food mostly consists of bar bites and shared plates like jerk-rubbed wings or veggie spring rolls. Grab a rum-soaked Mai Tai or classic dark and stormy and head to the rooftop for views of the downtown skyline and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

10. Paschal's Restaurant

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180 Northside Dr SW #B
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 525-2023
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The historic Paschal’s restaurant served as a meeting place for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his lieutenants during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. But, long before Dr. King put Paschal’s on the map nationwide, the restaurant was already well-known around Atlanta for its delicious fried chicken. And, it still is today.

11. Dat Fire Jerk Chicken

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226 Northside Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 254-4494
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Dat Fire Jerk Chicken at the corner of Larkin Street and Northside Drive has dubbed itself “Atlanta’s best jerk chicken.” By all accounts, and the daily lunch lines, that’s not hyperbole. The small restaurant (with no inside seating) serves up Jamaican-style jerk pork and chicken as well as curried goat, oxtails, and sides of cabbage salad and rice and peas. Dat Fire is three blocks from Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

12. Parlor

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249 Peters St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

The sexy yet comfortably appointed cocktail den Parlor is open in Castleberry Hill, Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Parlor is fashioned after the room found in most 19th-century homes, where people gathered following dinner to chat and sip digestifs. Cocktails skew classic and lean toward smooth base spirits like cognac, rum, and brandy. Parlor also serves beer, wine, and three non-alcoholic cocktails on its menu as well as a small selection of shared plates.

13. Art Cafe Ethiopian Kitchen

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264 Peters St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(470) 355-3830
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Art Cafe Ethiopian speaks to the creative vibe which defines the Castleberry Hill neighborhood and its residents. As for the food, look for traditional meat dishes such as doro tibs (chicken sauteed with onions and peppers) or lega tibs (savory beef) or vegetarian dishes like dinich wot with slow-cooked potatoes, onions, garlic, and berbere (an Ethiopian spice).

1. BTJ Wings

825 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314

BTJ Wings is located in the Walmart plaza in neighboring Vine City, a half mile west of the stadium. While the restaurant does offer other items like a Philly cheesesteak, burger, and even shrimp fried rice, the wings are the stars here. Wings come in garlic pepper, Cajun, extra hot, and lemon pepper.

825 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314

2. Restaurant 10

10 Northside Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30314

Looking for some place to hang before and after a game? Restaurant 10, directly across from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, serves up typical game day fare with plenty of beer. The menu includes sliders, fish and chips, wings, and burgers. There’s even a kids menu here.

10 Northside Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30314

3. Busy Bee Cafe

810 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30314

Located near BTJ Wings on MLK Drive, Busy Bee Cafe has been in business since the 1940s. This Atlanta institution on the edge of Vine City serves some of the city’s best fried chicken, alongside an assortment of other meat-and-three staples. Take the yardbird to the next level by ordering it smothered with pan gravy. It’s always packed here, so be prepared to rub elbows with fellow diners and even a few celebrities. The restaurant is opening its second location in Downtown Atlanta this year.

810 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30314

4. Rosie's Coffee Cafe

48 Northside Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30313

The second location of soul food restaurant Rosie’s Cafe (the original is located on Sylvan Road) resides just south of Mercedes-Benz stadium. The all-day cafe serves hearty breakfast plates like a loaded chicken biscuit and fish and grits made with lightly battered perch filets atop creamy buttered grits. Rosie’s also offers salads and sandwiches, too. In the evenings, the restaurant’s coffee bar transforms into a whiskey and cocktail bar. Breakfast on the weekdays or non-game days is highly recommended. Sunday brunch is super busy, so plan accordingly. Open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

48 Northside Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

5. Elliott Street Deli & Pub

51 Elliott St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Elliott Street has been a tried-and-true neighborhood gathering spot with solid sandwiches in Castleberry Hill. This low-key, no-frills pub is also a pre- and post-game hangout for Atlanta United, Falcons, and Hawks basketball fans attending games at the nearby Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena. However, it’s now sadly for sale.

51 Elliott St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

6. Fellaship

110 Centennial Olympic Park Dr Suite 102-104, Atlanta, GA 30313

Carolina Panthers quarterback and Atlanta native Cam Newton opened this swanky Castleberry Hill cigar bar and restaurant in May. It features a dining room and bar, a humidor, a glass-enclosed wine room, and a speakeasy-like VIP lounge located behind moving bookshelves. The restaurant and bar offer dinner and cocktails starting at 3 p.m. Expect to feast on dishes like crispy sesame shrimp, a wild rice vegetable bowl, lamb chops, and lobster tails. Note: Fellaship has a dress code.

110 Centennial Olympic Park Dr Suite 102-104
Atlanta, GA 30313

7. Bottle Rocket Fine Food and Beverage

180 Walker St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Bottle Rocket is a popular hangout with Castleberry Hill residents as well as Atlanta United and Falcons fans. The restaurant’s menu is clearly stated on the window outside: sushi, grill, comfort cocktails. Expect anything and everything on the menu here, including platters of fresh sushi, bowls of fried rice, burgers and fries, and even a steak and sushi combo. It’s all good.

180 Walker St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

8. No Mas! Cantina

180 Walker St SW ste b, Atlanta, GA 30313

The bi-level, 350-seat No Mas! Cantina in Castleberry Hill serves Mexican restaurant standards like fish tacos, carnitas, enchiladas, fajitas, and margaritas on its menu with brunch on the weekends. And, there’s an artisan market and gift shop next door.

180 Walker St SW ste b
Atlanta, GA 30313

9. Match Bamboo Lounge

199 Walker St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Opened in 2016 in Castleberry Hill, Match Bamboo Lounge is where the “old school etiquette” and fine dining of Trader Vic’s meets the 21st-century tiki bar. Food mostly consists of bar bites and shared plates like jerk-rubbed wings or veggie spring rolls. Grab a rum-soaked Mai Tai or classic dark and stormy and head to the rooftop for views of the downtown skyline and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

199 Walker St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

10. Paschal's Restaurant

180 Northside Dr SW #B, Atlanta, GA 30313

The historic Paschal’s restaurant served as a meeting place for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his lieutenants during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. But, long before Dr. King put Paschal’s on the map nationwide, the restaurant was already well-known around Atlanta for its delicious fried chicken. And, it still is today.

180 Northside Dr SW #B
Atlanta, GA 30313

11. Dat Fire Jerk Chicken

226 Northside Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Dat Fire Jerk Chicken at the corner of Larkin Street and Northside Drive has dubbed itself “Atlanta’s best jerk chicken.” By all accounts, and the daily lunch lines, that’s not hyperbole. The small restaurant (with no inside seating) serves up Jamaican-style jerk pork and chicken as well as curried goat, oxtails, and sides of cabbage salad and rice and peas. Dat Fire is three blocks from Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

226 Northside Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

12. Parlor

249 Peters St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313

The sexy yet comfortably appointed cocktail den Parlor is open in Castleberry Hill, Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Parlor is fashioned after the room found in most 19th-century homes, where people gathered following dinner to chat and sip digestifs. Cocktails skew classic and lean toward smooth base spirits like cognac, rum, and brandy. Parlor also serves beer, wine, and three non-alcoholic cocktails on its menu as well as a small selection of shared plates.

249 Peters St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

13. Art Cafe Ethiopian Kitchen

264 Peters St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Art Cafe Ethiopian speaks to the creative vibe which defines the Castleberry Hill neighborhood and its residents. As for the food, look for traditional meat dishes such as doro tibs (chicken sauteed with onions and peppers) or lega tibs (savory beef) or vegetarian dishes like dinich wot with slow-cooked potatoes, onions, garlic, and berbere (an Ethiopian spice).

264 Peters St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

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