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.
Gypsy Kitchen in Buckhead has one of our favorite rooftops in the city, serves affordable tapas, and always feels a little like a party.
Terra Terroir might be in a strip mall, but once you get a glass of wine and sit on the back patio, you’d never know.
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Watchman’s Seafood and Spirits
Watchman’s in Inman Park feels a little like a beach vacation, with a seafood-heavy menu and a long list of oysters.
Haven Restaurant & Bar
Next time you’re in Brookhaven, head to Haven for a Southern-inspired brunch or dinner.
Seven Lamps might be technically in the Lenox Mall, but it’s worth braving traffic for the small plates and wine.
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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.
Watershed in Brookwood Hills is an Atlanta favorite that serves everything from classic fried chicken to a $350 popcorn and champagne combo.
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