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16 Atlanta Restaurants Offering Outstanding Tasting Menus

From pricey ten-course meals with wine pairings to a budget-friendly three-course tasting at brunch

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A tasting menu is a great way to sample a restaurant’s food, offering smaller bites or portions coursed out over the entire meal — with or without wine pairings. While some restaurants specialize in tasting menus, others choose to offer these meals as an option to highlight new or star dishes on the menu. From pricey ten-course feasts with wine pairings to a budget-friendly, three-course tastings at brunch, here are the Atlanta restaurants to indulge in a splurge-worthy, multi-course meal.

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Bacchanalia

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Two decade-old fine-dining stalwart Bacchanalia and its epic tasting menu are better than ever. The menu still includes the popular crab fritter, Maine lobster with caviar and brioche, and a rotating array of in-season entrees and desserts. Located next to market and cafe Star Provisions on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, reservations are necessary for a table here. Don’t have reservations? Head to the bar for cocktails, a glass of wine, and the a la carte menu. Reservations required.

Local Three Kitchen & Bar

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Book the chef’s table inside the kitchen at Local Three. The eight-course meal for up to four people comes with drink pairings. The meal kicks off with bites like truffle parmesan popcorn and a Caesar salad and ends with cheeses and dessert. $250 per person. Call to reserve.

Little Bear

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Former pop-up chef Jarrett Stieber’s mischievous sense of humor and creativity are on full display at his Summerhill restaurant Little Bear. And the food here goes toe-to-toe with fine dining establishments all over town, but set within a much more laidback environment. For those wanting to try a little bit of everything on the menu, opt for the “Dealer’s Choice” option, which includes a chef’s choice four-course dinner. It’s $45 per person. Tell the server “Just F*ck Me Up, Fam.” Reservations encouraged.

Bulla Gastrobar

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While not a tasting menu, this Midtown tapas restaurant offers a three-course prix fixe menu during weekend brunch for $28 per person. Start off with ham croquettas or chickpea and chorizo stew. Move on to braised pork hash or a BEC with a tetilla cheese omelette on multigrain bread. Finally, order coconut flan or churros served with dipping chocolate for dessert. Pair it all with $3 mimosas.

Empire State South

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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. Currently, the restaurant is serving happy hour bites daily, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a four- or six-course tasting menu, starting at 5 p.m., for between $75 and $105 per person. Wine pairings optional. Empire State South also offers up one of the city’s most diverse wine lists, thanks to sommelier Steven Grubbs. Patio seating available. Reservations encouraged.

Few restaurants rival the sophistication found at Atlas inside the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead. Beyond the a la carte dishes here, order the tasting menu with wine pairings. For extra special attention with that tasting menu, reserve the chef’s table near the kitchen. Reservations required. Dress code. Valet parking.

Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante

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Storico Fresco Italian restaurant and market is one of the best places in town to consume pasta dishes like the cacio e pepe, squid ink ravioli, and lasagna alla bolognese. The restaurant even offers semi-private dining in its kitchen with a prix fixe menu and the option to pair wines with each course. Tables must be reserved in advance.

After years of serving up classic, white-tablecloth fine dining, chef Gerry Klaskala remodeled Aria to appeal to a younger generation of Atlanta diners. Now it’s a bit more relaxed and casual — there’s a walk-in ready bar and lounge for drinks and snacks. The kitchen consistently cranks out Aria favorites like butter braised lobster, slow braised pork, and lump crab cakes. Each night, the restaurant offers the option to order a seven-course tasting menu. The only catch — the entire table must order the menu. Patio available.

This Buckhead Greek restaurant, owned by chef Pano Karatassos, offers not one, but three tasting menus. The first tasting menu option comes with four spreads and five appetizers for $37 per person. A second tasting menu includes four spreads, three appetizers, and one shared entrée for $47 per person. The third option features four spreads, three appetizers, and a whole fish, split to serve a half pound of fish per person for $49. Reservations highly encouraged.

BoccaLupo

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Head in to BoccaLupo for the fresh, handmade pasta (the black spaghetti and the 20-yolk tagliatelle are now Atlanta classics), stay for the wine and cocktails. Chef Bruce Logue also offers a four-course pasta tasting menu, which changes nightly. Reservations highly encouraged. Bar seating first come, first served.

Gunshow

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While not technically a tasting menu, chef Kevin Gillespie’s flagship restaurant in Glenwood Park offers a take on dim sum. Create an individualized tasting menu from the carts traveling throughout the dining room from table to table serving two or three dishes options each. Menus change weekly, sometimes daily here. Reservations required.

Georgia Boy

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Now back open at Plaza on Ponce, Georgia Boy is only accessible via Southern Belle, its sister restaurant. People enter the tasting room from behind a bookcase beyond the bar. Arriving at the library-like waiting area to the chefs counter, diners are ushered into Georgia Boy for a 16-course tasting created by chef Joey Ward with sake, cider, and wine pairings. Four seatings are available nightly. Reservations required.

Lazy Betty

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Lazy Betty in Candler Park was built around the tasting menu experience. Here, people choose between two highly curated tasting menus of six to eight courses with optional wine pairings. There’s also champagne and caviar service, which comes served with steamed milk buns and scallion pancakes. Seating is currently available in the dining room and on the covered patio. Reservations required. Vegetarian menu available upon request.

The Alden

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The Alden owned and operated by chef Jared Hucks offers a seven-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings nightly at the chefs counter for $125 per person. The menu changes frequently here. First seating is at 6:30 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. seating. Reservations highly encouraged. Call in advance to go over allergies and dietary restrictions.

The White Bull

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Chef Pat Pascarella’s Italian-Southern restaurant in Decatur offers a five-course chef’s tasting menu with optional wine pairings. The tasting menu changes frequently and is only offered Monday through Thursday and on Sunday evenings. Reservations required.

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Ford Fry’s reimagined red sauce restaurant includes the option to sit at the chef’s counter by the kitchen for a five-course tasting for up to four people. It’s $75 per person. For larger parties, opt for the Black Sheep family table offering a four-course, family-style meal with wine pairings at $60 per person. Reservations required for both.

Bacchanalia

Two decade-old fine-dining stalwart Bacchanalia and its epic tasting menu are better than ever. The menu still includes the popular crab fritter, Maine lobster with caviar and brioche, and a rotating array of in-season entrees and desserts. Located next to market and cafe Star Provisions on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, reservations are necessary for a table here. Don’t have reservations? Head to the bar for cocktails, a glass of wine, and the a la carte menu. Reservations required.

Local Three Kitchen & Bar

Book the chef’s table inside the kitchen at Local Three. The eight-course meal for up to four people comes with drink pairings. The meal kicks off with bites like truffle parmesan popcorn and a Caesar salad and ends with cheeses and dessert. $250 per person. Call to reserve.

Little Bear

Former pop-up chef Jarrett Stieber’s mischievous sense of humor and creativity are on full display at his Summerhill restaurant Little Bear. And the food here goes toe-to-toe with fine dining establishments all over town, but set within a much more laidback environment. For those wanting to try a little bit of everything on the menu, opt for the “Dealer’s Choice” option, which includes a chef’s choice four-course dinner. It’s $45 per person. Tell the server “Just F*ck Me Up, Fam.” Reservations encouraged.

Bulla Gastrobar

While not a tasting menu, this Midtown tapas restaurant offers a three-course prix fixe menu during weekend brunch for $28 per person. Start off with ham croquettas or chickpea and chorizo stew. Move on to braised pork hash or a BEC with a tetilla cheese omelette on multigrain bread. Finally, order coconut flan or churros served with dipping chocolate for dessert. Pair it all with $3 mimosas.

Empire State South

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. Currently, the restaurant is serving happy hour bites daily, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a four- or six-course tasting menu, starting at 5 p.m., for between $75 and $105 per person. Wine pairings optional. Empire State South also offers up one of the city’s most diverse wine lists, thanks to sommelier Steven Grubbs. Patio seating available. Reservations encouraged.

Atlas

Few restaurants rival the sophistication found at Atlas inside the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead. Beyond the a la carte dishes here, order the tasting menu with wine pairings. For extra special attention with that tasting menu, reserve the chef’s table near the kitchen. Reservations required. Dress code. Valet parking.

Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante

Storico Fresco Italian restaurant and market is one of the best places in town to consume pasta dishes like the cacio e pepe, squid ink ravioli, and lasagna alla bolognese. The restaurant even offers semi-private dining in its kitchen with a prix fixe menu and the option to pair wines with each course. Tables must be reserved in advance.

Aria

After years of serving up classic, white-tablecloth fine dining, chef Gerry Klaskala remodeled Aria to appeal to a younger generation of Atlanta diners. Now it’s a bit more relaxed and casual — there’s a walk-in ready bar and lounge for drinks and snacks. The kitchen consistently cranks out Aria favorites like butter braised lobster, slow braised pork, and lump crab cakes. Each night, the restaurant offers the option to order a seven-course tasting menu. The only catch — the entire table must order the menu. Patio available.

Kyma

This Buckhead Greek restaurant, owned by chef Pano Karatassos, offers not one, but three tasting menus. The first tasting menu option comes with four spreads and five appetizers for $37 per person. A second tasting menu includes four spreads, three appetizers, and one shared entrée for $47 per person. The third option features four spreads, three appetizers, and a whole fish, split to serve a half pound of fish per person for $49. Reservations highly encouraged.

BoccaLupo

Head in to BoccaLupo for the fresh, handmade pasta (the black spaghetti and the 20-yolk tagliatelle are now Atlanta classics), stay for the wine and cocktails. Chef Bruce Logue also offers a four-course pasta tasting menu, which changes nightly. Reservations highly encouraged. Bar seating first come, first served.

Gunshow

While not technically a tasting menu, chef Kevin Gillespie’s flagship restaurant in Glenwood Park offers a take on dim sum. Create an individualized tasting menu from the carts traveling throughout the dining room from table to table serving two or three dishes options each. Menus change weekly, sometimes daily here. Reservations required.

Georgia Boy

Now back open at Plaza on Ponce, Georgia Boy is only accessible via Southern Belle, its sister restaurant. People enter the tasting room from behind a bookcase beyond the bar. Arriving at the library-like waiting area to the chefs counter, diners are ushered into Georgia Boy for a 16-course tasting created by chef Joey Ward with sake, cider, and wine pairings. Four seatings are available nightly. Reservations required.

Lazy Betty

Lazy Betty in Candler Park was built around the tasting menu experience. Here, people choose between two highly curated tasting menus of six to eight courses with optional wine pairings. There’s also champagne and caviar service, which comes served with steamed milk buns and scallion pancakes. Seating is currently available in the dining room and on the covered patio. Reservations required. Vegetarian menu available upon request.

The Alden

The Alden owned and operated by chef Jared Hucks offers a seven-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings nightly at the chefs counter for $125 per person. The menu changes frequently here. First seating is at 6:30 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. seating. Reservations highly encouraged. Call in advance to go over allergies and dietary restrictions.

The White Bull

Chef Pat Pascarella’s Italian-Southern restaurant in Decatur offers a five-course chef’s tasting menu with optional wine pairings. The tasting menu changes frequently and is only offered Monday through Thursday and on Sunday evenings. Reservations required.

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no. 246

Ford Fry’s reimagined red sauce restaurant includes the option to sit at the chef’s counter by the kitchen for a five-course tasting for up to four people. It’s $75 per person. For larger parties, opt for the Black Sheep family table offering a four-course, family-style meal with wine pairings at $60 per person. Reservations required for both.

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