By: Stephanie Andrews
Dining out is ideally a fully immersive experience: the taste of the food and drink, the smells coming from the kitchen, and the look of the restaurant itself. Here in Atlanta, we have so many amazing places to eat that deserve a shout out. Here’s just a few of our favorites, with a focus on their design (rest assured, the cocktails and food are superb as well!).
This French restaurant is named after Aix-en-Provence, France, where executive chef Nick Leahy spent summers with his family. The food is a fresh, almost Mediterranean take on French cuisine with lots of seafood and olive oil. Ai3 designed this incredible establishment, noting “it feels like an escape; it’s a very curated experience, so that people feel like they are somewhere different in Atlanta and not somewhere that’s very predictable.” We couldn’t agree more.
This place is just sexy. Soft, sumptuous materials create a moody and comfortable environment for unique cocktails and fabulous tapas. As Golden Eagle’s designer, Elizabeth Ingram, says it is “a swanky throwback to a bygone era of train travel, speakeasies, and extravagant late night parties.”
Inspired by the Kimball House Hotel in downtown Atlanta (which no longer exists) and designed by Square Feet Studio, the Kimball House restaurant stands unique in its design and takes you on a journey to the past. As soon as you walk in, you feel the rich hotel lobby come alive from years before. Old fashioned fans that operate on a chain and richly painted wainscoting topped with embellished wallpaper make this space inspirational eye candy. Known for their delicious oyster happy hours and artisanal cocktails, it’s the perfect place to gather and enjoy the food, the company, and the interior design!
This eclectically designed trattoria in Atlanta’s Edgewood neighborhood serves reimagined Italian comfort food with a full (and impressive) bar. The front section has a wood paneled lounge area with vintage furnishings that feels like the cooler version of your grandparents’ Queens, NY downstairs den (probably because the owner designed it after his Italian grandparents’ home!). The dining area is lined with live edge wood/tufted back booth seating, classic mosaic tile walls, and a photo shelf filled with old portraits (who are they?). These design elements, along with the cuisine, combine to create an atmosphere that is quirky and comfortable, yet elevated.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the beautiful restaurants in Atlanta, and to do justice to all the places we haven’t highlighted here requires many more blog posts — so be on the lookout for more! We’re working to show you new places as they open and develop as well as established classics that cannot go unnoticed.