Buckhead has had a long, storied history of being the go-to neighborhood for fine dining. These are the restaurant icons that have endured and continue to deliver on brilliant cuisine that keeps patrons coming back for more.
Aria – 17 Years (est. 2000)
Celebrated chef and restaurateur, Gerry Klaskala, is one of few culinary minds in Atlanta you’ll still find in the kitchen preparing food that patrons and critics alike gush over. With a penchant for dining excellence and after serving the Buckhead area with brilliant new American cuisine for 17 years, Aria sings a beautiful tune with diners who laud Klaskala’s memorable takes on seasonal offerings from slow cooked pork with sweet potato agnolotti to crisped duck confit.
490 E Paces Ferry Road NE, 404.233.7673, aria-atl.com
Bones – 38 Years (est. 1979)
Anyone who loves steak can attest that this Buckhead staple stays in their “Top 5” for brilliant cuts and pristine service. Since making its debut on Piedmont Road in 1979, Bones has been the shining light of the Atlanta fine dining scene.
With way too many “Best Steakhouse” accolades to name, this quintessential steakhouse continues to serve up prime cuts of deliciousness behind an intimate backdrop worthy of popping the question or closing that important business deal.
3130 Piedmont Road NE, 404.237.2663, bonesrestaurant.com
Atlanta Fish Market – (24 years – est. 1993)
One way to make the Atlanta dining community remember you and perfectly encapsulate what your restaurant is all about, is to have a giant metal sculpture of the dish you specialize planted outside for all to see. You just know what to expect from Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s sea-faring foray, the Atlanta Fish Market. The seafood-abundant concept made landfall in 1993 offering the freshest denizens of the sea flown in daily for your dining pleasure. Iced towers of Gulf shrimp, Maine lobster and oysters aplenty whet the appetite in preparation for platters of crab legs, sushi and whole fish galore that make it a certified classic.
265 Pharr Road NE, 404.262.3165, buckheadrestaurants.com/restaurant/atlanta-fish-market
Hal’s – Over 20 Years
When it comes to signature steaks, swoon-worthy seafood and a lively atmosphere, everyone knows the name “Hal.” The appeal of this iconic Buckhead steakhouse isn’t just in the aforementioned brilliance in steak cuts like Hal’s 20-ounce ribeye in butter sauce, or the moxie of the crabmeat-topped trout, or the stiff and satisfying cocktails and expansive wine list. No. It’s the service and atmosphere, approachable yet upscale, lively but still refined, that’s kept this meat mansion’s delectable offerings on the minds and taste buds of diners wanting an immaculate steakhouse experience and patrons’ loyalty for the 20-plus years Hal’s has called Buckhead home.
30 Old Ivy Road NE, 404.261.0025, hals.net
La Grotta (39 years – est. 1978)
La Grotta Ristorante Italiano has been the go-to for get togethers and date nights for almost 40 years. This love affair between delicious cuisine and intimate ambiance started in 1978 and continues on with numerous “Best Italian Restaurant” accolades, a menu wrought with classic Mediterranean fare and an expansive wine selection that entices guests back for more.
La Grotta Buckhead 2637 Peachtree Road Northeast Atlanta, GA 30305, http://lagrottaatlanta.com/
Chops Lobster Bar – 28 Years (est. 1989)
Another Buckhead Life Restaurant Group mainstay, Chops Lobster Bar is an Atlanta dining institution in every sense. Making its mark in 1989, an evening under the warm glow of this fine dining terminus is certain to make a lasting impression.
With spot-on service standards and welcomed by the aroma of a dry-aged Porterhouse, the freshest seafood, crafted cocktails and an extensive wine selection, Chops is a top-tier steakhouse that continues to set the bar for iconic Atlanta cuisine that lingers in the heart’s of patrons wanting to make their dining experience truly special.
70 West Paces Ferry Road, 404.262.2675, buckheadrestaurants.com/restaurant/chops-lobster-bar-atl