Few people likely associate seafood with Atlanta — a city approximately 1,000 feet above sea level in the Piedmont region of Georgia on a ridge south of the Chattahoochee River. With the closest beach over 265 miles away, Atlanta includes a surprising number of seafood restaurants. From fresh-caught fish straight from the waters of the Gulf to fried seafood fare, oysters and seafood towers, and platters by the pound, landlocked Atlanta features several restaurants for sensational seafood.Read More
20 Restaurants for a Sensational Seafood Meal Around Atlanta
From fresh-caught fish and oysters to fried fish fare and seafood platters by the pound, Atlanta includes several restaurants for really great seafood
C&S Seafood & Oyster Bar
This Vinings seafood spot specializes in raw bar favorites like oysters and shrimp cocktail as well as boiled seafood platters, whole fish entrees, such as a pan-seared red snapper, Maine lobster tails, a king crab platter, and even steaks. There’s also a location open in Sandy Springs.
Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar
Located at the Avenue East Cobb shopping center, Drift Fish House offers everything from seafood towers and sandwiches, like lobster rolls and oyster po’boys, to entrees such as a whole branzino and Atlantic grouper.
Ikhlas Seafoods and Pastries
Located in East Point, this Cleveland Avenue seafood joint serves up plates of fried fish, shrimp, and chicken wings as well as seafood dinners and sandwiches daily. Popular dishes here include catfish nuggets, fried perch, whiting, or trout paired with hushpuppies, and the family fish fry, which comes with ten pieces of whiting, a half pound of jumbo shrimp, fries, and hushpuppies. There’s also a single seafood dinner with scallops, shrimp, and oysters, too.
Steven's Fine Food & Seafood Market
This Riverdale seafood market also includes a menu of fried seafood platters served with a choice of hushpuppies, fries, cole slaw, corn, potatoes, or broccoli as well as crab, crawfish, and shrimp boils. There’s shrimp, oyster, and fish po’boys, wings, and family meals available on the menu here, too.
Located on bustling Howell Mill Road, this seafood restaurant from Ford Fry includes a designated oyster and raw bar and a full dining room serving everything from tuna crudo, smoked fish dip, and PEI mussels to whole roasted fish, a Maine lobster roll, and Spanish octopus. Pair dinner here with cocktails or a bottle of seafood friendly wine.
Trederick's Seafood & Grill
Located on the edge of the Pittsburgh neighborhood near downtown Atlanta, Trederick’s offers up Southern seafood comfort food on its menu. This includes lump crab cakes with remoulade sauce, baskets of fried catfish and shrimp, a fried whiting sandwich, and even steamed lobster tail and snow crab served with corn and potatoes. Grab a side of mac and cheese or hushpuppies, too. Order at the counter and take a seat inside or out on the patio.
Lure on Crescent Avenue in Midtown takes a slightly elegant yet relaxed approach to its seafood. The menu here includes oysters, bites like a fritto misto with shrimp and calamari, and sea scallops served with pork belly and queso fresco.
Big B's Fish Joint
Southern seafood restaurant Big B’s Fish Joint resides in the same complex as Tupelo Honey and brunch restaurant Snooze an A.M. Eatery. Here people can order crab cakes, sweet and spicy crispy shrimp, and oysters on the half shell to start, before diving into a meaty lobster roll, blackened catfish bowl, or an entree of fresh-caught rainbow trout served with sides like Old Bay fries and Brussels sprouts.
Bon Ton Atlanta
Owners Darren Carr and Eric Simpkins (The Lawrence) describe Bon Ton’s mainly seafood-based menu as “Louisiana meets Vietnam paired with stiff cocktails.” The Midtown restaurant, located across from Mary Mac’s, offers a selection of boiled and fried seafood on its menu as well as a shrimp burger, catfish banh mi, and a family-style “Crabstravaganza” that includes boiled snow crab, smoked snow crab, king crab, crawfish, fried shrimp, sausage, hushpuppies, and Cajun fries.
Atlanta Fish Market
It’s hard to miss the towering fish in front of this seafood restaurant. Atlanta Fish Market offers a variety of seafood choices on its vast menu, including oysters, sushi, jumbo crab claws, lobster rolls, and large entrees like stuffed flounder, trout amandine, and skate wing.
W. H. Stiles Fish Camp
W.H. Stiles Fish Camp from Atlanta chef Anne Quatrano (Star Provisions, Bacchanalia, Floataway Cafe) at Ponce City Market features a menu filled with daily oyster specials, along with dishes like New England clam chowder, and Maryland crab cakes. The menu includes one of Atlanta’s best lobster rolls, too. It’s served on a buttered Parker House roll and is overflowing with lobster meat mixed with mayo, celery, and tarragon. However, it’s also one of the most expensive rolls in town, coming in at $38.
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After being closed for well over a year due to the pandemic, seafood restaurant Bully Boy reopened last fall, and with a new Japanese kaiseki-inspired menu. The restaurant first opened in 2018 offering a menu filled with East Coast seafood-driven dishes. Now with a new multi-course menu, Bully Boy features a succession of small plates progressing from fresh oysters and hamachi kama to grilled octopus and whole fish preparations paired with beer, wine, sake, and cocktails.
Girl Diver Atlanta
This seafood-driven restaurant from Char Korean Bar and Grill owner chef Richard Tang opened at the Madison Yards development on Memorial Drive in 2020. Set along the newly extended Eastside Beltline trail in Atlanta’s Reynoldstown neighborhood, Girl Diver specializes in Southeast Asian-meets Cajun fare in its seafood-by-the pound dishes and shareable party platters paired with cocktails. A second location opens by the end of this year at the emerging Westside Paper complex on West Marietta Street.
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Fontaine's Oyster House
A longtime neighborhood favorite, this Virginia-Highland seafood staple serves everything from crab cakes and peel-and-eat shrimp to fried seafood baskets and jambalaya. But those in the know come here for the oysters, especially on Tuesdays when the bivalves are half priced. Make sure to check out Fontaine’s other weekdays specials, too, including crab leg specials.
People continue to flock to this seafood market, cafe, and raw bar in Poncey-Highland to purchase fresh-caught fish, shrimp, and oysters. Owned chef Nhan Le and Skip Engelbrecht and chef Bradford Forsblom, Fishmonger also features a cafe menu in the afternoon filled with dishes like a Gulf shrimp salad roll, shrimp Louie, a tuna melt, seafood chowders, and a super popular grouper sandwich. The grouper even received a presidential seal of approval in 2022. A second location is also open at Pratt Pullman District in Kirkwood, offering more seating and cocktails, beer, and wine.
With multiple locations throughout Atlanta, this seafood market sells fresh fish, oysters, clams, shrimp, crab, and lobster, along with a selection of daily soups and sandwiches. That includes a New England-style lobster roll. Make sure to check out the weekly specials.
Crawfish Shack Seafood
This Viet-Cajun seafood restaurant on Buford Highway offers plenty of po’ boys, heaping portions of steamed, boiled or fried seafood, and oysters on its menu. However, the best bet here is Crawfish Shack’s “Shack-tastic Seafood Platters”, filled with snow crab, blue crab, crawfish, shrimp, and mussels and sides of corn, red potatoes, and Andouille sausage.
This seafood restaurant and cocktail bar opened in the former Square Pub space in Decatur in 2022, transforming it into a multi-level, easy breezy spot for ceviche, fresh fish, and Argentinian steaks paired with pisco sours and classic daiquiris. Look for chilled seafood and conserva selections here and whole-roasted fish dinners.
Marisqueria El Veneno
One of Atlanta’s oldest and most beloved marisquerias (Mexican seafood restaurant), this is where to head for real deal seafood with heat. El Veneno offers platters of mixed seafood to feed a family, soups filled with crab legs and shrimp, oysters, and plenty of micheladas to curb the kick from the hot sauce. Try the caldo de camaron (shrimp soup) or huachinango estilo Nayarit, a fried, whole red snapper topped with spicy salsa.
Mariscos La Riviera Nayarit
Opened since 2011 in Norcross, this marisqueria serves Mexican seafood platters brimming with shrimp, crab legs, and lobster as well as dishes like whole red snapper rubbed in chile marinade and la piña rellena — a broiled, half pineapple stuffed with grilled seafood and topped with melted cheese. There’s a second location on Buford Highway in Crossroads Village.