Just like when you take a break from the new releases on Spotify to listen to some Frank Sinatra or Aretha Franklin, it can be fun to eat at an old school restaurant that isn’t trying to be cool, hip, or just serve Instagrammable food. When that’s the case, checkout Chops Lobster Bar in Buckhead. With white tablecloths and exceptional service, you’ll feel like you’re back in the 1980s when a perfectly cooked filet with a lobster tail really was the finest of fine dining. Besides the surf and turf, make sure to get the steak tartare, which is customized tableside, and the smoked gouda mac and cheese, because life is all about balance.
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For Southern food served in an upscale space, head to South City Kitchen in Buckhead, and try to get a table on their patio overlooking Peachtree.
Chai Yo is an upscale Thai restaurant in Buckhead that’s perfect for a well-planned anniversary dinner, or an impromptu weeknight out.
Yebo Beach Haus
This unique spot in Buckhead is a beach house for half the year and a ski house for the other, serving South African-inspired dishes.
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Head to Poor Hendrix in Decatur for a drink and some light bites at the bar, or a full meal on the very private back patio.
This all-day spot near Ponce City Market is as great for breakfast as it is for an 11:30pm steak and cocktail on their enclosed patio.
JCT Kitchen & Bar
Go to this Westside staple for the fried chicken, but stay for the cocktails, patio, and burger.
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The next time you’re looking for a celebratory dinner spot, go to Umi and get one of the three, multi-hour omakase options.
La Grotta Ristorante Italiano
When all you want is some old school, classic Italian food, head to La Grotta in Buckhead.
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