Buckhead is known for it’s bustling business district as well as being know as one of the most prominent places to live in the Atlanta area. With that notoriety it is not unexpected that the food scene would be anything less than exceptional. Check out some of the best places to eat, drink, and be merry in the Buckhead area now!
With an old-world, ingredient-driven approach, Executive Chef Craig Richards displays the Italian trademarks that have always stood the test of time, but with versatile and local Southern ingredients. Richards’ simplicity met with sophistication catapulted the position of St. Cecilia in Atlanta’s dining scene.
Gypsy Kitchen draws inspiration from the culinary riches of Spain – infused with Moroccan traditions from across the Gibraltar and Indian influences that traveled west along the same seas. Centuries of interplay between these food traditions and lands inspires the Iberian fusion plates. Their Spanish cuisine is a sophisticated mix of traditional classics artfully interpreted through a contemporary lens, tracing through the eclectic regions of Spain, from the southwest coast of Andalusia to the Basque and Galician regions to the north, and then east to Catalonia.
Joining the highly regarded steak scene in Atlanta, American Cut Steakhouse offers the best multi-level dining experience in Buckhead. Led by local Atlantan Executive Chef John Adamson, American Cut Steakhouse combines bold flavors and a unique style to create the restaurant’s take on American classics like our house favorite Chili Lobster and the 40 oz. Tomahawk Chop. A mix of table-side preparations, ranging from the Plank-Smoked Old Fashioned to the OG 1924 Caesar Salad, creates a theatrical and colorful interactive dining experience. Located in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, the first level features a bar and lounge dining experience, with a special bar menu and daily happy hour specials. The second level of the restaurant offers a 102-seat main dining area alongside two private dining rooms where guests can enjoy our Atlanta-adapted signature menu for a more upscale and decadent dining experience.
The Iconic La Grotta Ristorante Italiano has been serving authentic Italian cuisine since 1978. They offer fine dining in an intimate ambiance overlooking our beautiful courtyard garden located in the heart of Buckhead. At La Grotta Buckhead, the clientele dine in an upscale yet cozy atmosphere. The décor highlights plush banquettes and romantic brick archways while the Peachtree patio transports guests to a private garden oasis complete with fountains and lush green-scapes.
King + Duke, a chef-owned restaurant from Atlanta’s Ford Fry, offers a seasonal dining experience in the heart of Buckhead. A 24-foot open hearth is the restaurant’s centerpiece, and their passion for cooking over wood comes through in every dish. The locally sourced dishes hearken back to the way food used to be prepared: cooking over fire is a primitive technique that lets the ingredients speak for themselves.
Bistro Niko is a nod to Paris, right in the heart of Buckhead. The classic French fare is authentic and simple, while the attractive wine list, exciting cocktails and extensive craft beer list ensure that everyone finds something to suit their tastes. Grand ceilings, art from Paris and a patio that overlooks Peachtree make Bistro Niko at once a destination and a neighborhood restaurant.
Located in Buckhead’s Shops Around Lenox, Seven Lamps offers Atlantans a fresh selection of craft food and drinks. The restaurant’s unique name comes from an extended essay by English art critic John Ruskin. The “lamps” refer to the seven principles of architecture: sacrifice, truth, power, beauty, life, memory and obedience. Inspired by the essay, Co-owner and Executive Chef Drew Van Leuvan recognized that these important principles are also very applicable in the kitchen.
Located in Atlanta’s bustling Buckhead neighborhood, Umi unites classic along with modern Japanese flavors in a sophisticated, contemporary setting. Designed by Atlanta artist and designer Todd Murphy, the interior is elegant, yet simple with organic, earthy elements closely reflecting the pure and clean qualities of Asian fare. Hot items such as baked lobster tempura, sautéed foie gras and black cod miso and a selection of “aburi” or slightly cooked sushi-grade fish accompany an assortment of starters, soups, salads, sashimi, nigiri and specialty house and traditional rolls. The diverse beverage list includes a fine selection of exclusive craft sake, handmade cocktails, premium wine and beer and pressed, artisan roasted Lamill coffee.
Bones opened its doors in 1979 with a mission to provide only the finest service, steaks and seafood. Since that time, we’re proud to have been recognized as the best steakhouse in Atlanta — and by many, as the best steakhouse in America. Prime beef, fresh seafood, and Maine lobster are served along with regional specialties from our Southern roots. Known for business lunches and business dinners, Bones provides private party rooms and personalized menus to accommodate fine dining experiences and special occasions.