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Where to Eat in Alpharetta: 10 Restaurants Shattering Suburban Dining Myths

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Ray's on the Creek.
| Photo: Atlanta Dish

The 'burbs are buzzing and the secret is out— just a short drive up Hwy 400 lurk culinary delights that defy expectations. Abandon all preconceived notions about strip malls, food courts, and blue plate specials. Bring a healthy appetite and an open mind. It's time to venture north of Atlanta and discover 10 great restaurants that can only be found in Alpharetta.
—Brent Harrison


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Breadtime

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235 South Main Street
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 691-6723
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Everything about this mom and pop bistro smacks of European authenticity, from the handmade pastas, to the imported meats and cheeses, and even the lovingly crafted sandwiches. The dining area is a tight squeeze, but patrons are willing to sacrifice a bit of elbow room for the opportunity to savor the fresh zwiebelkuchen along with a bevy of other tasty morsels that are much easier eaten than pronounced.

2. Alpine Bakery and Trattoria

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12315 Crabapple Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 410-9883
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It doesn’t get any better than this Crabapple gem for adherents of the credo that life is short, so it’s best to eat dessert first. There are lunch and dinner menus full of delectable Italian staples, but that’s only for guests with the willpower to resist stuffing themselves in a bakery overflowing with astounding layer cakes. And pies. And cookies. And cannolis. And cheesecakes. And strudels. And tarts…

3. Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse

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4055 Old Milton Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 864-1126
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Carnivores ravenous for a never-ending parade of meat, but disinclined to drop big bucks at a fancy Churrascaria, have found a happy place at this self-service Brazilian steakhouse. There aren’t any gauchos with meat skewers; just tantalizing all-you-can-eat beef, chicken and pork cuts rotating in a sumptuous dance, waiting to be carved onto a lucky diner’s plate.

4. Madras Chettinaad

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4305 State Bridge Rd, Ste 108
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(678) 393-3131

Vegetarians and meat eaters alike can agree that the spicy, aromatic food being dished out at this southern Indian hot spot packs a wallop of flavor. The weekend “special grand buffet” is massive and features a savory selection of chicken, lamb, goat and vegetable dishes highlighting the Chettinad region’s focus on ingredients like coconut milk and cardamom.

5. Bite

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11500 Webb Bridge Way
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 754-5500
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Connoisseurs on a quest for the area’s best lobster roll have pegged Bite’s jalapeño corn slaw-slathered beauty as a serious contender. Beyond the crustacean, there is plenty to love about an eclectic farm-to-table menu that incorporates global flavors but sources locally for the freshest ingredients possible.

6. Atlantic Seafood Company

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2345 Mansell Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 640-0488
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Few restaurants can claim to be true Alpharetta institutions, but this sprawling seafood eatery has been flying in fresh fish daily for over a decade. Long considered a “special event” destination by many, it recently introduced a $10 lunch menu that has locals packing the house for a reasonably priced midday meal of sushi, fish tacos, and even a darn good burger.

7. Spice Brick Oven Kitchen

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10800 Haynes Bridge Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 777-0778
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Come for the tapas, stay for the massive beer list. With over 60 bottled beers to choose from and at least 20 on tap, diners won’t go thirsty while tucking into an equally impressive assortment of shared plates and pizzas baked to perfection in—you guessed it—a brick oven.

8. La Casa Italian Grill

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37 Old Roswell
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(770) 609-6311
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This unassuming restaurant can be found in cozy historic house on Old Roswell St. The relaxed atmosphere is complimented by an outstanding menu of rustic Italian classics, courtesy of Pasquale Cardamuro, who has been serving this style of cuisine in Georgia for over 30 years.

9. Ray's on the Creek

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1700 Mansell Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(770) 649-0064
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The restaurant formerly known as Ray’s Killer Creek has undergone a significant transformation in recent months that permeates beyond its swanky décor. A newly designed menu maintains some of the old favorites, but also incorporates a wider selection of sharable plates and seafood options. The early consensus? Change is good.

10. Satay House

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281 S Main St
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 663-8666
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Authentic Thai and Malaysian cuisine can be found beyond Buford Highway, if you know where to look. Satay House takes it a step further by offering a menu packed with other Asian influences as well, including lo mein, fried rice, and a nice selection of Chinese classics that are sure to please everyone. Great for groups!

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1. Breadtime

235 South Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30004

Everything about this mom and pop bistro smacks of European authenticity, from the handmade pastas, to the imported meats and cheeses, and even the lovingly crafted sandwiches. The dining area is a tight squeeze, but patrons are willing to sacrifice a bit of elbow room for the opportunity to savor the fresh zwiebelkuchen along with a bevy of other tasty morsels that are much easier eaten than pronounced.

235 South Main Street
Alpharetta, GA 30004

2. Alpine Bakery and Trattoria

12315 Crabapple Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30004

It doesn’t get any better than this Crabapple gem for adherents of the credo that life is short, so it’s best to eat dessert first. There are lunch and dinner menus full of delectable Italian staples, but that’s only for guests with the willpower to resist stuffing themselves in a bakery overflowing with astounding layer cakes. And pies. And cookies. And cannolis. And cheesecakes. And strudels. And tarts…

12315 Crabapple Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004

3. Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse

4055 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30022

Carnivores ravenous for a never-ending parade of meat, but disinclined to drop big bucks at a fancy Churrascaria, have found a happy place at this self-service Brazilian steakhouse. There aren’t any gauchos with meat skewers; just tantalizing all-you-can-eat beef, chicken and pork cuts rotating in a sumptuous dance, waiting to be carved onto a lucky diner’s plate.

4055 Old Milton Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022

4. Madras Chettinaad

4305 State Bridge Rd, Ste 108, Alpharetta, GA 30022

Vegetarians and meat eaters alike can agree that the spicy, aromatic food being dished out at this southern Indian hot spot packs a wallop of flavor. The weekend “special grand buffet” is massive and features a savory selection of chicken, lamb, goat and vegetable dishes highlighting the Chettinad region’s focus on ingredients like coconut milk and cardamom.

4305 State Bridge Rd, Ste 108
Alpharetta, GA 30022

5. Bite

11500 Webb Bridge Way, Alpharetta, GA 30005

Connoisseurs on a quest for the area’s best lobster roll have pegged Bite’s jalapeño corn slaw-slathered beauty as a serious contender. Beyond the crustacean, there is plenty to love about an eclectic farm-to-table menu that incorporates global flavors but sources locally for the freshest ingredients possible.

11500 Webb Bridge Way
Alpharetta, GA 30005

6. Atlantic Seafood Company

2345 Mansell Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30022

Few restaurants can claim to be true Alpharetta institutions, but this sprawling seafood eatery has been flying in fresh fish daily for over a decade. Long considered a “special event” destination by many, it recently introduced a $10 lunch menu that has locals packing the house for a reasonably priced midday meal of sushi, fish tacos, and even a darn good burger.

2345 Mansell Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30022

7. Spice Brick Oven Kitchen

10800 Haynes Bridge Rd., Alpharetta, GA 30022

Come for the tapas, stay for the massive beer list. With over 60 bottled beers to choose from and at least 20 on tap, diners won’t go thirsty while tucking into an equally impressive assortment of shared plates and pizzas baked to perfection in—you guessed it—a brick oven.

10800 Haynes Bridge Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30022

8. La Casa Italian Grill

37 Old Roswell, Alpharetta, GA 30009

This unassuming restaurant can be found in cozy historic house on Old Roswell St. The relaxed atmosphere is complimented by an outstanding menu of rustic Italian classics, courtesy of Pasquale Cardamuro, who has been serving this style of cuisine in Georgia for over 30 years.

37 Old Roswell
Alpharetta, GA 30009

9. Ray's on the Creek

1700 Mansell Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30009

The restaurant formerly known as Ray’s Killer Creek has undergone a significant transformation in recent months that permeates beyond its swanky décor. A newly designed menu maintains some of the old favorites, but also incorporates a wider selection of sharable plates and seafood options. The early consensus? Change is good.

1700 Mansell Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30009

10. Satay House

281 S Main St, Alpharetta, GA 30004

Authentic Thai and Malaysian cuisine can be found beyond Buford Highway, if you know where to look. Satay House takes it a step further by offering a menu packed with other Asian influences as well, including lo mein, fried rice, and a nice selection of Chinese classics that are sure to please everyone. Great for groups!

281 S Main St
Alpharetta, GA 30004

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