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Atlanta's Best New Restaurants Of 2023

It’s really hard to make noise in a land where everyone's an expert multitasker—one of the best places to get wings is also a strip club (IYKYK), and you can get lamb chops with your car wax. New Atlanta restaurants have to come on strong in order to make waves, and we’ve spent the year trying them all. Many, many, many times. But these are the spots that have managed to grab and keep our attention. The following 10 are Atlanta’s Best New Restaurants of 2023.

Omakase Table

Sushi

Westside

9.1
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photo credit: Tabia Lisenbee-Parker

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

When we started online shopping for our own beautiful Japanese ceramics collection.

A Perfect Order For Jealous Types

The $135 sake pairing since each generous pour is presented in a cool glass.

The Best Time To Go

A weekday dinner when you're more likely to be seated in front of the head chef, who adds a stream of anecdotes about each course.

Collective Team Visits

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The Moment We Knew We Loved It

When we started online shopping for our own beautiful Japanese ceramics collection.

A Perfect Order For Jealous Types

The $135 sake pairing since each generous pour is presented in a cool glass.

The Best Time To Go

A weekday dinner when you're more likely to be seated in front of the head chef, who adds a stream of anecdotes about each course.

photo credit: Amy Sinclair

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

The chef's insistence on giving us a tour, despite the small space.

A Perfect Order For Heavy Drinkers

The three-pour sake pairing, Sapporo beer, plus the $50 corkage fee to BYOB.

The Best Time To Go

The 6pm seating, so you have more waking hours to recover from the 16-course meal.

Collective Team Visits

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The Moment We Knew We Loved It

The chef's insistence on giving us a tour, despite the small space.

A Perfect Order For Heavy Drinkers

The three-pour sake pairing, Sapporo beer, plus the $50 corkage fee to BYOB.

The Best Time To Go

The 6pm seating, so you have more waking hours to recover from the 16-course meal.

photo credit: Cameren Rogers

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

When we started a photo album dedicated entirely to the fluffy, free pita and titled it Snuggles.

A Perfect Order To Avoid Tableside Combat

Any three or more shareables (like the baba ghanoush, labneh, charred octopus, batata harra, and lamb ragu hummus) will help replace fighting words with non-verbal agreement.

The Best Time To Go

Dinner. But if you don't have a reservation, walk in at lunch for their abridged menu, when sandwiches replace some main entrees.

Collective Team Visits

3

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

When we started a photo album dedicated entirely to the fluffy, free pita and titled it Snuggles.

A Perfect Order To Avoid Tableside Combat

Any three or more shareables (like the baba ghanoush, labneh, charred octopus, batata harra, and lamb ragu hummus) will help replace fighting words with non-verbal agreement.

The Best Time To Go

Dinner. But if you don't have a reservation, walk in at lunch for their abridged menu, when sandwiches replace some main entrees.

photo credit: Amy Sinclair

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

A classic baked sweet potato came to the table topped with lamb and yogurt, and we didn’t hear the sighs of disapproval from our ancestors.

A Perfect Order To Comfort Your Inner Child

Start with the off-menu citrus ginger mocktail, then the jalapeño johnny cakes and biscuits, and finish with the Lamb Burger Helper.

The Best Time To Go

Friday night at 7pm, before the college students take over Georgia Avenue and parking becomes a Where’s Waldo game.

Collective Team Visits

4

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

A classic baked sweet potato came to the table topped with lamb and yogurt, and we didn’t hear the sighs of disapproval from our ancestors.

A Perfect Order To Comfort Your Inner Child

Start with the off-menu citrus ginger mocktail, then the jalapeño johnny cakes and biscuits, and finish with the Lamb Burger Helper.

The Best Time To Go

Friday night at 7pm, before the college students take over Georgia Avenue and parking becomes a Where’s Waldo game.

photo credit: Amy Sinclair

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

After a few blissful spoonfuls of tom kha clam chowder, a coconut milk hater at the table wondered if he was a misdiagnosed coconut milk fan this whole time.

A Perfect Order For A Lunch That Might Be A Date

The basket of shrimp tempura and the lobster tail-topped fried rice that couldn’t be cuter if they had dimples. If your guest shares both with you, umm, it may be a first date, friend.

The Best Time To Go

A late lunch around 1:30pm. You’ll be the center of your server’s universe with no one around to watch you slurp your bisque.

Collective Team Visits

7

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

After a few blissful spoonfuls of tom kha clam chowder, a coconut milk hater at the table wondered if he was a misdiagnosed coconut milk fan this whole time.

A Perfect Order For A Lunch That Might Be A Date

The basket of shrimp tempura and the lobster tail-topped fried rice that couldn’t be cuter if they had dimples. If your guest shares both with you, umm, it may be a first date, friend.

The Best Time To Go

A late lunch around 1:30pm. You’ll be the center of your server’s universe with no one around to watch you slurp your bisque.

photo credit: Amy Sinclair

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

We asked for a straw to drink the ginger-garlic mussel broth.

A Perfect Order To Make Other Tables Jealous

The egusi hummus, which comes in a heavy-ass platter filled with crudité. Then, rub things in with whole roasted snapper that comes with a Verdure-branded lemon.

The Best Time To Go

Around 6-7pm, before it gets too loud to hear your own conversation, but just in time to witness the place turning into a fashion show at 8pm.

Collective Team Visits

6

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

We asked for a straw to drink the ginger-garlic mussel broth.

A Perfect Order To Make Other Tables Jealous

The egusi hummus, which comes in a heavy-ass platter filled with crudité. Then, rub things in with whole roasted snapper that comes with a Verdure-branded lemon.

The Best Time To Go

Around 6-7pm, before it gets too loud to hear your own conversation, but just in time to witness the place turning into a fashion show at 8pm.

photo credit: Amy Sinclair

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

We questioned our entire childhood after discovering caviar is actually the best pairing with tater tots.

A Perfect Order To Relive Your Amalfi Coast Trip

Start with a limoncello cocktail, crispy fritto misto, and socca before diving into some squid ink pasta.

The Best Time To Go

During the aperitivo hour when cocktails and crudo run for $10 and oysters are $1.50 each.

Collective Team Visits

7

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

We questioned our entire childhood after discovering caviar is actually the best pairing with tater tots.

A Perfect Order To Relive Your Amalfi Coast Trip

Start with a limoncello cocktail, crispy fritto misto, and socca before diving into some squid ink pasta.

The Best Time To Go

During the aperitivo hour when cocktails and crudo run for $10 and oysters are $1.50 each.

photo credit: Amy Sinclair

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

As the chatty couple next to us turned into characters from A Quiet Place when their lemon pepper chicken biscuits hit the table.

A Perfect Order For The Friend Who’s Going Through Something

Distract with a pineapple upside down mimosa first. The hot honey chicken biscuit and breakfast potatoes should arrive before the sad monologue about their landlord begins.

The Best Time To Go

When they open at 9am, before the dog walkers and leggings legion have a chance to fill the place up.

Collective Team Visits

4

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

As the chatty couple next to us turned into characters from A Quiet Place when their lemon pepper chicken biscuits hit the table.

A Perfect Order For The Friend Who’s Going Through Something

Distract with a pineapple upside down mimosa first. The hot honey chicken biscuit and breakfast potatoes should arrive before the sad monologue about their landlord begins.

The Best Time To Go

When they open at 9am, before the dog walkers and leggings legion have a chance to fill the place up.

photo credit: Tabia Lisenbee-Parker

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

The short rib pappardelle opened a whole new portal to delicious beef ca-noodling we never knew existed.

A Perfect Order When You’re “Meeting The Parents”

Though the steak florentine looks like serious business on the cutting board, little do the ‘rents know that the tender meat, roasted potatoes, and robust sauce are feeding your hidden wild side.

The Best Time To Go

Walk right in midweek around 7pm. Grab a booth or table near the window and watch as cars and bikes whoosh by.

Collective Team Visits

4

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

The short rib pappardelle opened a whole new portal to delicious beef ca-noodling we never knew existed.

A Perfect Order When You’re “Meeting The Parents”

Though the steak florentine looks like serious business on the cutting board, little do the ‘rents know that the tender meat, roasted potatoes, and robust sauce are feeding your hidden wild side.

The Best Time To Go

Walk right in midweek around 7pm. Grab a booth or table near the window and watch as cars and bikes whoosh by.

photo credit: Cameren Rogers

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

Upon confirming that all of our favorites from their Happy Seed pop-up were still on the menu.

A Perfect Order For Your Non-Vegan Friend

The carne asada tacos are stuffed with seitan asada that looks and tastes like the real thing. Plus, the tasty guac and spicy chimichurri add a nice little kick.

The Best Time To Go

Forget Taco Tuesdays, go on Wednesdays for their wine Happy Hour and ’80s funk-loving, in-house DJ.

Collective Team Visits

4

The Moment We Knew We Loved It

Upon confirming that all of our favorites from their Happy Seed pop-up were still on the menu.

A Perfect Order For Your Non-Vegan Friend

The carne asada tacos are stuffed with seitan asada that looks and tastes like the real thing. Plus, the tasty guac and spicy chimichurri add a nice little kick.

The Best Time To Go

Forget Taco Tuesdays, go on Wednesdays for their wine Happy Hour and ’80s funk-loving, in-house DJ.

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