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The Best Steakhouses in Atlanta

Updated On 09/26/2017 at 04:29PM EST
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Marcel

West Midtown

You’ll know why your steak isn’t cheap -- whether it’s the $45 filet or the ~$160 porterhouse for three -- when you take that first bite into Ford Fry’s beef. All of it is aged at least 30 days, wet or dry, inside this elegant steakhouse, which turned the brutalist space once occupied by meat-crazed restaurant Abattoir into a banquet hall where you can ball out of control. Pro tip: Wait until 10pm and get major late-dinner discounts.

Hal's

Buckhead

Everything from the leafy-green, French Quarter-esque balcony, to the gumbo and crawfish on the menu make it clear that this laid-back eatery is inspired by New Orleans, but the bone-in rib-eyes and filet au poivre make it clear that Hal's is also one of the city's best steak spots, and the perfect place to go before hitting some of Buckhead's best bars.

McKendrick's Steak House

McKendrick's

Dunwoody

The ‘40s aren’t just the price range of these Midwestern USDA Prime rib-eyes, porterhouses, and filets; it’s also the era you enter when you feel the old-school, Sinatra-esque vibe of this single location, independently owned steakhouse (which was once a nightclub). The standout is the 24-ounce chef’s cut bone-in rib-eye, but anything dry-aged will do just fine.

Little Alley Steak

Little Alley Steak

Roswell

You could find yourself literally lost in sauce from its wine decanting service, or the 100+ offerings of Scotch, bourbon, and whiskey, if you don’t plan ahead to eat the steak in this top-notch chophouse, which is set in a former antique shop on Downtown's Canton Street. Most of LAS’s cuts are provided by famed Chicago butcher Meats by Linz, although they also offer an American Kobe beef program of wagyu steaks certified at 10+ BMS (Beef Marble Score), which is equivalent to the highest quality Japanese beef available, Kobe A5. Try the 35-day-aged, baseball-cut, 12-ounce sirloin if you go that route, and let us borrow some of that Kobe money before you take 60 shots and bow out.

Parker's on Ponce

Decatur

The Scott Brothers appropriately said that Decatur "desperately" needed a real steakhouse, and they have fulfilled that need with a dozen different delicious cuts that they improve upon with a rich selection of toppings like blue cheese, lobster Oscar, and béarnaise.

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Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

Buckhead

They've got Kobe beef meatballs and a better-than-a-street-vendor Philly on the menu, plus a giant wall of wine boasting a slew of solid bottles, but the next-level selection of rib-eyes, sirloins, and filets are the stars of the show. A show you can watch being made from the chef's counter overlooking the kitchen.

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Kevin Rathbun Steak

Old Fourth Ward

The man behind a decade’s worth of nationally-ranked steak basically founded the entire O4W dining scene. Get into the Iron Chef contestant’s flagship spot for beef that is treated right. Kevin is one of the few chefs to advertise a steak cooked “blue,” which is the rarer than rare version that is right for every real carnivore.

Chops Lobster Bar

Chops Lobster Bar

Buckhead

There is a reason this is the first restaurant in Atlanta ever to receive a shipment of A5 Kobe beef with a BMS (Beef Marbling Score) of 12 out of 12. The best beef in the world lives under these huge, tiled arches because Chef Ryan Delesandro treats it with the love, care, and respect that these amazing cuts deserve.

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STK Atlanta

Midtown

Celebrating the simplicity of a great steak by removing all those showy "vowels," STK boasts a porterhouse and a cowboy rib-eye that'll fill you up, as well as anyone in the city. And while the black truffle aioli tartare is the perfect way to start your meal, you can get going at 5pm on Thursdays with their oyster happy hour, where they offer $1.50 oysters and clams, $3 shrimp, $4 ceviche, and $4 snow crab claws until 7pm. It’s also the best spot if you like your steakhouse with less crusty attitudes and more dance grooves, as local DJs like Ree de la Vega keep things lively.

Kaiser's

Kaiser's

Sandy Springs

Peter Kaiser knows what Atlanta likes to eat, having spent 30+ years rising up (!) through the ranks of Buckhead Life restaurants (including Pricci and Buckhead Diner) and Here to Serve Restaurant Group spots Goldfish and Twist. Now the guy’s teamed up with the steak god Kevin Rathbun to bring meats to ATL’s richest zip code, because steak loves money. That might be why you won’t see prices for menu items like the barrel-cut beef filet, by-the-ounce cuts of rib-eye cap (the minimum order is 10 ounces, FYI), or the dry-aged prime porterhouse for two.

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C. Ellet's

Cumberland

This modern American steakhouse located in The Battery at SunTrust Park is another stab at the crown by chef Linton Hopkins, and is easily the fanciest dining establishment for eating around the Braves. With two dining rooms -- one exclusively for dinner and a club room for the more relaxed crowd -- C. Ellet’s is named after Hopkins’ late great grandfather who, as a civil engineer, helped construct bridges around the Southeast. Hopkins goes a bit further in honor of his ancestor, having toured farms around the country to choose top-tier meats for the menu, including New York strip from Texas, a tomahawk from Nebraska, grass fed rib-eye from Ohio, a dry-aged Porterhouse from Kansas, and Delmonico chuck from Idaho. If you can’t decide, have a glass of one of the 900+ Old and New World bottles, or order their riff on the boulevardier or a margarita sidecar, then ask for the beef tasting to sample, compare and contrast the differences between the Angus filet, Tajimi strip and Charolais ribcap. When that meal’s done, seriously, who cares if the Braves won? You did.

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101 Steak

Vinings

This is the first steakhouse from 101 Concepts (the folks behind Meehan’s, Cibo e Beve, and Food 101) in 2016. With a bright, modernized design take on the old-school leather and wood interior, it’s a great place to school yourself in the art of steak, with dry-aged and Black Angus beef, whether you order the 16-ounce Delmonico, a bone-in, 18-ounce, 40-day Kansas City strip, or the 50-day-aged, 32-ounce tomahawk chop.

Joey D’s Oak Room

Joey D's Oak Room

Dunwoody

The Perimeter area is all about the power lunch and dinner, but it’s also about eating and drinking like it’s bonus day, even (read: especially) when it’s really not, after a long day at one of the corporate behemoths around Ashford-Dunwoody Road. At Joey D’s you can settle into the sexy, dimly lit space (the tall, glowing, 600-spirit-stocked bar is always a good spot), hear live jazz, and eat charbroiled, 30-day USDA Choice steaks like the center-cut filet to the after-4pm, sliced-to-order prime rib, topped with clarified butter and served with both house salad and a side.

American Cut Atlanta

American Cut

Buckhead

Does Buckhead steak taste better? It certainly doesn’t taste mediocre, and this bi-level steakhouse with its magnificent first-floor bar, second-floor dining room, and private upstairs patio bar doesn't hurt the pre-steak ambiance the place provides. They start at 10-ounce hangers for $29 if you need to watch the budget, but you might as well go for the Miyazaki A5 wagyu strip at market price (bring the Black Card!); two-person servings of 30-day dry-aged giants like the porterhouse; or the Creekstone Farm tomahawk chop, which you really should order surf-and-turf style with a 2-pound chili lobster.

The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta

AG

Downtown

Since the late ‘90s you could always count on Atlanta Grill at the Downtown Ritz-Carlton having a good strip, and even if they didn’t there was always The Gentlemen’s Club just two blocks away on Ellis. Today, the new name is AG, and the modernized approach has reinvigorated the menu and the space, helping the restaurant claim pole position among qualifying places where steaks are grilled. Their USDA prime slabs range from 8-ounce skirts and filets to a 12-ounce NY strip, and you can get rib-eyes of various styles, from Chicago’s Meats By Linz to pork from Niman Ranch, and sauce choices like poblano chimichurri, foie gras bordelaise, and green pepper cognac. And let’s say you’re trying to save money; you can get a 4-ounce prime filet with whipped potatoes and broccolini for $28.

Oak Steakhouse Atlanta

Oak Steakhouse

Alpharetta

Unlike other restaurants that started in other major southern cities then came to ATL and decided to become wack all of a sudden, Oak came from Charleston and stuck to its meaty guns with Angus meats from world-renowned purveyors like DeBragga of NYC and local farms like CAM Ranches of Arnoldsville, Georgia. The Avalon location offers a 5-ounce carved CAB tenderloin for $25, or if you actually came to eat you can get a 20-ounce Prime KC strip, and non-beef eats including a double bone-in pork chop or a 16-ounce half rack of lamb. Add-ons for those include foie gras, various Oscars (lump crab, crab cake or scallop), and Maine lobster tail -- plus everything’s able to be topped with specialty butters like smoked bone marrow, or organic black truffle. Sure, Avalon has several options for good food that’s less-pricey (it’s gotten much better over the past year), but if you had to make a choice and you’re in the mood for steak, you won’t leave Oak unhappy.

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Atlanta's Best New Restaurants of 2017

Published On 11/13/2017
W e saw a lot of new restaurants get launched this year in ATL -- almost too damn many, to be honest. If you simply add up the dining options at SunTrust Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, you’d have more spots than a lot of cities could handle in a year. With all that edible optimism, you have to be meticulous in making sure you get to the goods before you’ve stuffed yourself silly on second-tier suppers. Which is why you’re reading this list.
Some restaurants that were actually good were left off this year’s roundup. Others are missing simply because they’ve got a good buzz, but they opened so recently that it’s hard to give them a yay or nah so early on (shout out to Rose + Rye). Until then, here are the best of ATL’s new restaurants that arrived in 2017.
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Holler & Dash

West Midtown

Perhaps the best new fried chicken biscuit in town
Look, Cracker Barrel is good, no matter how bad you millennials might feel saying its name and eating its glorious breakfast. But they’re thinking about your tender feelings, so they started this new biscuit chain and brought its sixth location to ATL, so you can continue to live on a fluffy cloud of flour. The fried chicken biscuit is the place to start, but don’t let that keep you from the Hamabama biscuit, topped with country ham and red-eye gravy. They’ve also got beignets, grits bowls, and cold-brew coffee. But seriously, get the biscuits.

Chicken + Beer

College Park (Airport)

Luda came, saw, and opened the best restaurant in our airport
The closure of Straits brought closure to the days when Ludacris was new to the restaurant biz. With C+B, he partnered with Jackmont Hospitality, Todd Richards, and others to create an easy-to-love representation of Atlanta dining, simply by giving us what he knew we really wanted at the airport.

Bon Ton

Midtown

Amazing NOLA-inspired fusion restaurant doling out catfish banh mi
This funky, ‘70s-inspired Cajun/Vietnamese seafood boil spot has had a roller-coaster year. The general consensus is that Bon Ton, located in the former space of Top Flr, does a good, consistent job on its mash-up food (catfish banh mi, smoked snow crab, Nashville hot oyster rolls, etc.), and in keeping up a great bar vibe. On the less happy side, Bon Ton lost its head bartender a few months ago due to an automobile accident. Still, the good times roll in his honor, as well as the founder of the original New Orleans Bon Ton location, via on-tap Sazeracs and other cocktails like the smoked bourbon mai tai, and an absinthe-rinsed Jamaican rum hurricane.

DAS BBQ

Westside

Inventive BBQ (pork quesadillas) in a sprawling space out west
Over on the smoked meats side of things, BBQ newcomer DAS has brought much-needed comfort food to the westside’s Defoors Ferry and Collier Road crossing. The patio’s string-lit ceiling and bourbon barrel-legged dining tables create a just upscale enough vibe that also encourages your tipsiness. The hickory and pecan wood puts the flavor into the meats that go into combo plates and sandwiches, from brisket to sliced turkey, sausage links, wings and pulled pork (try the pork quesadillas if you care about yourself). It’s always nice to have new barbecue; it’s even nicer when it’s good.

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Scout

Oakhurst

Pro ATL chef Michael Semancik is mastering traditional southern food in historic digs
It’s located inside a former Old Scottish Rite Hospital, and charges itself with a sense of duty akin to the meaning of its name... but in terms of food and not all that tying knots, reading compasses, and opening things with Swiss Army knives. Executive chef Michael Semancik, who worked with chefs Kevin Rathbun and Jay Swift before either had their own restaurants, leads the mission from the airy, naturally lit historic space. The kitchen puts out shareable snacks like split smoked chicken wings, Western-style beef jerky (basically teriyaki), and PBR-battered cauliflower, as well as regional entrees such as bowls of Georgia red shrimp Creole, and cast-iron tasso ham-crusted red fish. The drinks, courtesy of ATL barman Nate Shuman from the P’cheen days, are also expertly made. 

Festivals Jerk Chicken Grill

Glenwood Park

The Jamaican food Glenwood Park's been missing is finally here
ATL could always use more Jamaican food -- especially jerk chicken. Festivals Jerk, which is amazingly located in Glenwood Park (across from Gunshow and down the street from The Shed), brings the jerk to the people in whole, half, or quarter bird portions, with deliciously tender, evenly spiced, char-grilled flavor that doesn’t overheat you and isn’t overdone. And if you’ve never had actual “festivals,” the hush puppy-esque Jamaican bread snack you get with entrees or can order as an extra side, you’ve not fully celebrated life.

Jai Ho Indian Kitchen

Ansley Park

The family behind Savi Market opens an Indian spot that stands out amongst the crowd
There will never be enough Indian food in Atlanta. Maybe Decatur, but that’s another city. As for ATL city limits, Jai Ho had a running start, since it’s from the family behind Savi Market which began selling grab-and-go Indian meals before branching out into a standalone restaurant brand. Now you can get a plethora of Pondicherry (think French-Indian) food, including the super-tender sous vide tandoor rack of lamb, as well as bowls of tandoori chicken, tikka masala, and all the usual suspects.

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Double Dragon

Oakhurst

The best "authentic and inauthentic Chinese food" you'll find around Oakhurst
Why did it take so long for an Atlanta Chinese restaurant to be named after one of the greatest low-bit arcade games ever? Did you forget that the two main characters in the beat-’em-up game were named Billy and Jimmy Lee, as if that doesn’t sound country as hell? Never mind the failings of the past; get to DD and enjoy local, seasonal, and sustainable meats and produce in the form of some of your standard favorites, as well as a few things you might find unfamiliar. Start with Chinese boiled peanuts (which being in Georgia, you should dig), and don’t leave out the pan-fried pork or chicken dumplings before you get into General Tso’s, shredded moo shu pork, honey-walnut Georgia shrimp and broccoli, or specials like spicy Sichuan white fish.

Greens & Gravy

Westview

Your new soul food staple from chef Darius Williams
Chef Darius Williams is a force on social media and in the celebrity chef world. He also had the foresight to place a restaurant with a can’t-fail name in a historically African-American neighborhood currently being revitalized by the Southwest BeltLine and other new construction. It’s certainly up-kicked, creatively imagined soul food, which you’ll know when you bite into the lemon pepper honey fried chicken, or the banana pudding (or peach cobbler) waffle, or the sweet potato grits, or the watermelon chow chow. Oh, there’s no alcohol, so keep that in mind. You’ll probably be so full after dinner or brunch that you won’t mind. OK, that’s a lie, but it’s still amazingly good.

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C. Ellet's

SunTrust Park

In a sea of restaurants, C. Ellet's and their steaks stand out as the best in SunTrust Park
Not to be outdone by Arthur Blank (with the tiny exception of personal net worth), Linton Hopkins opened a steakhouse in the new home of the Braves, and named it after his great-grandfather, a US Army Corps engineer who died from a gunshot wound after fighting alongside the Union Army in the Battle of Memphis. Hopkins went all out on beef, sourcing his from farms in Nebraska, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Alabama, and wherever else he can source the very best bovine meats. The fresh seafood and daily rotating oyster selection are also major league draws, and the burger will be more of a steakhouse format than the all-American diner version you get at Holeman and Finch. It’s easily the best restaurant in the ballpark, but it also gives every other steakhouse in town a run for the plate.

Petit Chou

Cabbagetown

French food and Southern food combine to give you sandwiches so good you'll want two
French food and Southern foods have a lot in common. They’re both really good when done right, and you want to eat them constantly. Combining both in Cabbagetown, this little bistro that decided to fill you up with sandwiches -- there’s even a note on the menu that says “I take sandwiches very seriously.” The declaration is proven through the Sarah-Witch, which is shaved ham, Brie, arugula, and house preserves on a Southern baguette, along with the house biscuit with Boursin and chicken sausage, and the croque monsieur (“the French version of ham and cheese”).

Co

Co

Poncey-Highland

Many hopped on the pho craze... but Co mastered it
Pho is good any time of day, but it’s not always good depending on how close you live to some of the city’s best pho houses. Co brought fantastic bowls of the brothy noodle soup from its original Charleston location to Ponce, along with lots more Southeast Asian fare that ranges from sushi to banh mi, Thai noodles, ramen, Malaysian coconut curry soup, tuna tacos, and kimchi beef dumplings. It’s all part of a cooking philosophy that emphasizes four words -- "open-mindedness, desire, eagerness, and art,” -- none of which you can eat, but still things you can appreciate when you’re slurping down delicious bowls of steaming noodle soup without having to drive up to Doraville.

Food Terminal

Chamblee

Amazing Malaysian food in what's easily the best new restaurant in ATL
Malaysian street food is probably unbelievably good in Malaysia, and sure, ATL has flights, but the drive to Chamblee is much more convenient and highly convincing that you’re eating an authentic facsimile thereof, so skip the air travel and hit Buford Highway instead. The look of the interior is almost rewarding enough, with its glowing street-light-inspired design against dark wood. But you’re here to eat, not stare, so have a curry noodle soup or the Cheese N’ Cheese tomato-braised fried rice, which is cooked in cast-iron and mixed with Cheddar, mozzarella, smoked bacon, and yes, grilled Spam. If that doesn’t sound good, clean your ears, then opt for wonton BBQ pork noodles, or poached Hainanese chicken, which is one of the most popular dishes in Singapore. Read why Thrillist chose Food Terminal as one of our Prime 13 best new restaurants of 2017.

Taverna

Taverna

Buckhead

Have you ever had an Italian brunch? Come by Buckhead and treat yourself. 
Any new restaurant in Buckhead will automatically be expected to show and prove, and that’s especially true when it comes to Italian food. Doing the northern Italy thing, Taverna goes big on risottos (the burrata/heirloom cherry tomatoes/prosciutto version is killer), and their pastas are also amazing, particularly the rustic spinach and ham lasagna. Definitely come back on weekends before 3pm for Italian brunch, which includes a serious brisket hash and vanilla French toast with mascarpone -- maybe not the most Italian menu items, but Italians know how to cook everything, so just be there and eat whatever you can.

Donetto

West Midtown

Italy comes to ATL via small plates, amaro, and Italian sodas
The Indigo Road is a well-respected restaurant group in Charleston, but we know by now that a Charleston success does not necessarily make an ATL hit (just ask your favorite Charleston-based rap artist). Donetto earns props for meaty Tuscan dishes from small plates to big pastas; the duck sausage fusilli is a standout, as well as the ripiena, or stuffed pasta with quail and smoked mushrooms. They’ve also got an outstanding beverage program, with tapped Negronis, an extensive amaro program, and a host of Italian sodas.

Bar Mercado

Krog Street Market

The Spanish tapas spot needed to make Krog Market complete
If you were thinking, “Damn, why aren’t there any Spanish tapas at Krog?” you are surely ecstatic to know that the group that brought us Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero, and other noted restaurants around ATL were reading your brainwaves and fixed your life. The Madrid-inspired market bar has certainly fancied up KSM a bit, with little plates of full garlic/sherry shrimp, braised octopus, seared trout and other seafood, but there’s enough plant-based items to invite your vegan friends for a round or two. Think Catalan spinach, padrón peppers, oyster mushrooms, or thrice-fried saffron potatoes. You can also nab wagyu beef tartare, pork cheek empanadas, béchamel, chicken and mushroom croquetas, and cured meats and quesos. They also serve booze. And speaking of, you should totally try the rum, Creme de Framboise, orgeat, pineapple and mint Cadiz Punch 2.0, or one of 18 wines by the glass. Spoiler alert: they’re Spanish.

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Barleygarden Kitchen + Craft Bar

Alpharetta

A rooftop beer garden that'll make you actually go to Alpharetta
Not many people would have guessed Hop City’s Kraig Torres would eventually open a restaurant in Alpharetta when his craft beer shop first arrived on the Westside of Atlanta. Yet here we are, braving terrible traffic (lest you actually live in Alpharetta) and pretending to be able to afford upscale shopping, at Barleygarden. The partnership between Torres and Kevin Outz of The Spotted Trotter is a meaty and sudsy match made in heaven, or literally Avalon, because the rooftop beer garden atmosphere stays extremely casual -- which is important when you’re wolfing down a perfect pastrami grilled cheese sandwich. They also serve Spotted’s amazing pepper umami beef jerky (worth any drive), pork brat burgers and hot dogs, including a chicken Cheddarwurst that might be the Cheddar-best in the ATL metro area.

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