Dining out in Atlanta

May 1, 2006

Atlanta is a truly international city, an attribute that is reflected in its diverse cuisine. Even the pickiest of palates can find something to enjoy at one of the seemingly endless array of restaurants in our fair city.

Atlanta is a truly international city, an attribute that is reflected in its diverse cuisine. Even the pickiest of palates can find something to enjoy at one of the seemingly endless array of restaurants in our fair city.

Here are some restaurants to try while you're in town, organized alphabetically by neighborhood.

Note that the area code for all restaurants is 404.

Bacchanalia1198 Howell Mill Rd.365-0410
Considered one of Atlanta's top three restaurants, Bacchanalia offers a multi-course prix fixe menu, which is updated daily.

Baroanda Caffe Italiano710 Peachtree St.879-9962 http://www.baraondaatlanta.com/
If you're in the mood for Italian, check out this stylish, reasonable café. This Italian restaurant near the Fox Theatre in midtown offers wood fire oven pizzas as well as pasta dishes and Italian wines.

BED Atlanta110 Marietta St.222-7992
This hip new restaurant in the Glenn Hotel is quickly becoming a downtown favorite. The most coveted seats are pillow-adorned platforms, perfect for lounging while dining.

Django495 Peachtree St.347-8648 http://www.djangoatlanta.com/
Django espouses a gypsy philosophy with its menu that, according to its web site, takes "the best thoughts and ideas from various diverse cultures and combines them in the finest ways to create our scrumptious treats and libations."

Eno800 Peachtree St.685-3191 http://www.enorestaurant.com/
Within walking distance of the Fox Theatre, Eno has an excellent wine list and wine-paired menu.

Lobby at Twelve361 17th St.961-7370 http://www.lobbyattwelve.com/
This restaurant in the newly built Atlantic Station planned community boasts a diverse menu in a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere.

MF Sushibar65 Ponce De Leon Ave.815-8844 http://www.mfsushibar.com/
For sushi, this authentic Japanese sushi bar comes highly recommended.

Nam931 Monroe Dr.
Nam is an upscale Vietnamese-refined Vietnamese restaurant in a hip atmosphere.

Nan Thai Fine Dining1350 Spring St.870-9933
Nan Thai Fine Dining is a popular Thai restaurant in Atlanta. It's refined Thai in a fancy atmosphere.

The Spotted Dog30 North Ave.347-7337
This new British-style pub was once an old fire station that has been converted. It now features a great outdoor patio and relaxed atmosphere.

Tamarind80 14th St.873-4888
This upscale Thai restaurant is within walking distance of the Fox Theatre.

Tierra1425 Piedmont Ave.874-5951 http://www.tierrarestaurant.com/
Tierra offers flavorful South American cuisine near Piedmont Park.

Vinocity Wine Bar36 13th St.870-8886
Vinocity has an elegant, yet cozy dining room and great wine selection.

Virginia Highlands/Inman Park (approximately 5 miles from the Georgia World Congress Center)

Babette's Café573 N Highland Ave.523-9121 http://www.babettescafe.com/
For country French, try French-tinged cuisine in a warmly decorated house.

Einstein's1077 Juniper St.876-7925 http://www.einsteinsatlanta.com/
This relaxed midtown haunt has a great outdoor patio, diverse selection, and is close to Piedmont Park.

Floataway Café1123 Zonolite Rd.892-1414
This bistro is the more casual restaurant of the owners of Bacchanalia. The menu changes daily to reflect the freshest ingredients.

Fritti309 North Highland Ave.880-9559 http://www.sottosottorestaurant.com/fritti/splash.html
Solid gourmet pizza.

Harry and Sons820 N. Highland Ave873-2009 http://www.harryandsonsrestaurant.com/
If there are some holdouts in your party who still can't stomach raw fish, consider this place for delicious sushi and Thai options.

Murphy's997 Virginia Ave.872-0904 http://www.murphysvh.com/
This popular brunch destination offers eclectic American fare with an extensive wine selection.

Osteria832 North Highland Ave.897-1414 http://www.osteria832.com/
Try Osteria for affordable pizza and great pasta dishes.

Pura Vida656 North Highland Ave.870-9797 http://www.puravidatapas.com/
Tasty Peruvian-style tapas.

Rathbuns112 Krog St.524-8280 http://www.rathbunsrestaurant.com/
On Esquire's list of top new restaurants. Rathbuns is currently one of the hottest spots in town, offering some very creative and delicious options such as gouda creamed corn. This restaurant has a wide-ranging menu and a chic atmosphere in a former stove factory. Reservations are highly recommended.