Where to eat in Atlanta

While I was only in Atlanta for 2 days, I managed to eat at some pretty amazing restaurants. There are a lot of options in Buckhead, Midtown and Downtown neighborhoods. Below are the restaurants I chose to eat at.

Where I ate

High Velocity

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I arrived at the hotel around 9pm and noticed that most restaurants near close their kitchens at 10pm. I found this very bizarre since it is a large city. I later found a quote from Drake (talking about his favourite Atlanta restaurants) where he stated that Atlanta restaurants all close early. Very weird. I usually avoid hotel restaurants however Marriott usually has decent restaurants! This one was not good. It is a casual sportsbar with lots of tvs and a large circular bar. I ordered the Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale which is a local beer. Very delicious. I then ordered the lobster mac and cheese based on a recommendation from a person sitting near me. It was not very good. The bartender did inform me that Atlanta is known for having very fresh seafood since the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta airport (Delta’s hub) brings in fresh seafood every morning from the nearest port, Florida?

The Southern Gentleman Gastropub

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Located in the trendy Buckhead area I enjoyed the smoked trout deviled eggs and a Sam Adams Seasonal. I sat at the bar and enjoyed the restaurant’s chic, masculine interior design. The restaurant’s design has the perfect balance as being a great hangover brunch spot but would transition into a nice spot for after work drinks with friends. The waiter was a little rude which is why it gets a lower rating 

Le Bilboquet

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Also located in the Buckhead neighbourhood. I am a fan of the simplicity of French cuisine. The décor inside was stunning but the patio at this establishment is where you want to be on a beautiful day. I received the perfect seat to people watch and admire the luxury cars pulling up to valet. I enjoyed the beet and goat cheese salad and a glass of sparkling wine. Perfect spot to grab brunch with friends or a romantic date night.  

Hal’s The Steakhouse

Rating: 5 out of 5.

After I received four recommendations for this restaurant, I decided to treat myself to an evening at Hal’s steakhouse. This is your classic, old school steakhouse. You can still smoke cigars on the first level. The entire restaurant was packed (including their main floor bar) so I was offered a seat at their upstairs bar. To start, I enjoyed a dirty gin martini with regular olives (which someone informed me I should have got the blue cheese olives). For my entrée I had caesar salad as well as a perfectly cooked filet mignon with mashed potatoes. 

An old cigarette dispenser at Hal’s

Where I want to eat next time


Apparently, the best lobster roll in the world. A few people recommended this place to me. An uber driver informed me it was the same owners as the Southern Gentleman 

Kevin Rathburn Steak

I almost went here instead of Hal’s. The reviews online said this was the best steakhouse in Atlanta however the people I spoke with insisted Hal’s was better. Have to go with what the people say!

The Optimist

Upscale seafood restaurant with Instagram worthy décor. It looked a little further from the downtown core which is why I did not go. 

Cafe Intermezzo 

Drake’s favourite restaurant in Atlanta.

Where I stayed

Rating: 3 out of 5.

At the hotel’s completion in 1985, it hosted the world’s largest hotel atrium. It is very dark and dreary in the atrium and main entrance. The architect was known for his neo-futurism design. To me, it reminded me of the Place de portage government buildings in Hull, Quebec. Too much concrete and depressing. The room was renovated and large. A few of the elevators were broken so it was a blessing that I was on a low floor. The location was good however next time I would stay in the Buckhead region where I spent most of my time eating.