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Davio’sAddress and Info
The stylish Phipps Plaza steakhouse has two banquet rooms in back that can be merged (Arlington and Chestnut, both of which can hold 36 seated and 50 for reception). A heated, enclosed front patio offers your gang of up to 80 some great people-watching proximity to the entrance, which leads to the escalator, where lesser groups ride up to Moe’s and Johnny Rockets.
How to reserve: Fill out the online request form, or contact Ashley Moore at 678.500.1054 or email@example.com.
Eclipse di LunaAddress and Info
Tapas are supposed to be shared. Get a gang of folks in the mood for Spanish and take them to EdL, where you can wing it, and send your people out into the crowd after reserving a table with margarita pitchers in the main room. You could also plan (wisely) and have the wine room locked down for your party of at least 20 (up to 30), or get the patio for a gathering of 85 or so.
How to reserve: Call 404.846.0449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restaurant EugeneAddress and Info
Fine dining is Restaurant Eugene’s thing, and it offers this specialty to groups of up to 18 inside its intimate, alcove-styled Orchid Room. Inside, made-from-scratch meals are created for you from the kitchen of James Beard award-winner Linton Hopkins. It'll also offer you sommelier-selected wine pairings, because you fancy.
How to reserve: Email Cynthia Phelps at email@example.com.
Dantanna'sAddress and Info
Let’s say you and your friends are really into sports, but you’re also co-workers... and are late on a project. Dantanna’s is somehow able to accommodate you with flat-screens that work for presentations, plus tailgate-inspired, upscale food that’s locally sourced and surprisingly healthy (Springer Mountain chicken, heirloom Berkshire pork, and other “healthy” stuff), and an all-American beer list with plenty of locals, which is always good inspiration for turning off PowerPoint and watching big games. There’s also the cigar lounge, whose 300ft humidor offers a wide selection of stogies, and a patio that looks out toward Lenox Square.
How to reserve: Call 404.705.8873, fill out the online form, or contact Sarah Foss at 404.424.3382.
The Iberian PigAddress and Info
The upstairs dining room seats up to 60 and the semi-private wine room can fit 22, and in either space you and yours get three throw-down options on eats. You can have a chef’s tasting dinner, order from the tapas-style menu (for stuff like shrimp escabèche, venison loin, or pork cheek tacos), or ask for the cochinillo asado, a.k.a. traditional Spanish suckling pig, which is carved table-side.
How to reserve: Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404.371.8800. Get more info from their planning kit PDF.
Kimball HouseAddress and Info
The new Bonanza private dining room and lounge at this beloved Dec restaurant, famous for serving premium oysters and fancy cocktails in a former train depot, may not look as sexy in cowboy leather or come with a rollicking theme song with a famous guitar riff (at least, until your gang crashes it). It does, however, comfortably fit 32 guests and offers a separate menu that includes charcuterie, cheeses, lobster purse, and roasted foie gras.
How to reserve: Email the maitre d' at email@example.com, or call 404.378.3502.
White Oak Kitchen & CocktailsAddress and Info
This is your best option if you’re on the south end of Peachtree St. Both the Chapter and Verse rooms have flat screens and surround sound for presentations, and both sit up to 30, with room for 40 for standers (who will appreciate that Verse has its own bar). For a fancier time with more folks, reserve the Distillery, which can handle dinner for 60 inside with burnt cedar walls mimicking the interior of a whiskey barrel. It also sports full-length windows showing off skyline views, and an outside terrace for cocktail receptions for up to 100.
How to reserve: Call 404.524.7200, or fill out the form on the website.
Hampton + HudsonAddress and Info
Though relatively new for singles and couples, H+H gets early props for its Gold Room, which holds up to 30 people inside a space reminiscent of the old Aurum lounge in Midtown, with its opulent gold metal ceiling and mirrored walls. If you’re lucky, all 30 of your guests might be able to grab a Creature Comforts Tropicalia before they sell out, or buy out all of the bar’s secret beef jerky they normally reserve for bloodys before moving on to the hot chicken cheddar biscuits.
How to reserve: Call 404.948.2123
Cape DutchAddress and Info
You and your friends may not have the money to go on a group trip to South Africa for steak and shrimp, but you can get as close as Atlanta will allow at Cape Dutch. The location of the 10-seat private dining rooms turns down the exclusivity, since they’re set to the side of the dining room, keeping your party from feeling left out of the bigger party. It specializes in braai (basically South African barbecue with piri piri and other sauces), but also has elk chops if you’re game, as well as shareable items like the 30oz porterhouse for two.
How to reserve: Use OpenTable for groups up to 20, or call 404.343.0313.
TavernpointeAddress and Info
Sixty people can fit within Tavernpointe’s private dining area, outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows. Because these are 60 of your friends, Tavernpointe realizes that demand for alcohol will be high, and therefore the room has its own granite-topped bar. The “upscale pub grub” menu includes cocktails that the always-amazing Madison Burch (we told you about her before) will custom-craft for your party, and you can reserve the entire patio if you want to see what’s happening outside on Peachtree.
How to reserve: Call 404.549.3954
STK AtlantaAddress and Info
Even though it is 9,000sqft, the downstairs dining area at STK -- with dangerously sexy plaster cast horns on the wall and creamy leather banquettes -- might be too packed to enjoy a conversation without yelling. Pick one of the two upstairs private dining suites for 10, and be proud knowing that in either room, you’re eating in a space named for a famous burlesque star: “Tempest Storm” and “Candy Barr.” Both overlook the bustling lounge below, where you can watch people groove to live DJ-ed music from spinners like Ree De La Vega.
How to reserve: Call 404.793.0131 or email EventsATL@togrp.com.
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TWO urban licksAddress and Info
TUL has recently added The Ballroom, which features a private entrance and overlooks the main dining floor, where your pack of wild people can look down on folks who’d do the same to you if they had the higher altitude and foresight to call for reservations early. The space gives up to 50 guests the proper setting for a cocktail reception, or provides room for 45 to have a seated dinner of wood-fire-grilled cuisine. Other options include the courtyard, where the retractable roof allows 75 associates to share open conversation under the stars; or the patio, where 25-75 can hold a cocktail reception, or a bocce ball tournament, with great views of the ATL skyline. It’ll look even prettier after one of the four draft cocktails, or wine fresh from the 26ft on-tap barrel wall.
How to reserve: Book through the website via Gather.
Osteria MattoneAddress and Info
The custom-built Wine Room -- sitting in the center of Roman restaurant Osteria Mattone, separated from the larger trattoria -- is for smaller groups looking for sophisticated service and flavor, accommodating up to eight guests while housing more than 2,000 wines. Your group will be given a pre-dinner wine tasting, and will be allowed to pick its preferences, or send sommelier Dan Pernice over to suggest best pours while you enjoy complimentary salumi and formaggi.
How to reserve: Call 678.878.3378 or book at their website via Gather.
BOCADOAddress and Info
The glass-enclosed back porch at BOCADO holds up to 50 of your buddies, but there’s a summer deal to be had in the private room in the back if you’re bringing a party of 12 or more (up to 25). Between July and August, if you reserve the back house room between Monday and Thursday, you’ll get complimentary Champagne. And the double-stack burgers alone should be enough to get everybody there.
How to reserve: Email Brian Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
CanoeAddress and Info
Canoe has been one of Atlanta's most authentic, romantic, and delicious New American restaurants for 20+ years, but it’s just as good with dinner for two as it is for 10-20 or more. Grab the Wine Room, a wood, brick, and iron private area with handcrafted vintage-select wines stocked -- if you’re in that range. For 35 or fewer friends, it’ll open the Paces Room, where you’ll find higher ceilings and exposed brick for old-school sophistication. And for between 30-150 guests, you can reserve one of the white tents on the River Garden, right on the edge of the Chattahoochee, next to walkable pathways.
How to reserve: Call Laurie Vance at 770.436.9292 or email email@example.com.
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1. Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse3500 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta
2. Eclipse di Luna4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta
3. Restaurant Eugene2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta
4. Dantanna's3400 Around Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta
5. The Iberian Pig121 Sycamore St, Decatur
6. Kimball House303 E Howard Ave, Decatur
7. White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails270 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta
8. Hampton + Hudson299 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta
9. Cape Dutch1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta
10. Tavernpointe1545 Peachtree St NE #101, Atlanta
11. STK Atlanta1075 Peachtree St, Atlanta
12. Two Urban Licks820 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta
13. Osteria Mattone1095 Canton Street, Roswell
14. Bocado887 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta
15. Canoe4199 Paces Ferry Rd SE , Atlanta
A small scale Philly-originated franchise of high-end steaks, Davio's is an Italian restaurant serving up everything from Kobe beef meatballs, to a better-than-a-street-vendor Philly, to a next-level selection of ribeyes, sirloins, and filets. And though Davio's is a high-volume operation, the space comes with the opportunity to watch everything from the chef's counter overlooking the kitchen, with a glass from the extensive 180+ wines collection, of course.
With tapas that run the gamut from vegan to gluten-free to Sunday brunch, plus live Latin music, Eclipse di Luna is a go-to for groups and dates. A trip to this Mexican eatery is an energizing experience -- even the colorful decor, with pops of red in the curtains, napkins, and wall art add to the vibrancy. With a cocktail in your hand (maybe a tangerine margarita or a Spanish-style gin & tonic?), Eclipse di Luna will keep your foot tapping for hours.
A trip to Restaurant Eugene is an elegant affair. Focused on fine dining, the team at this sophisticated spot serves from-scratch dishes crafted with the utmost care. Whether they're made in-house or locally sourced (you'll even see names of farmers and artisans on the menu), the ingredients here are top-notch -- right down to the simplest of sauces like ketchup and mustard. Whether you're ordering the grilled north GA trout, beef tenderloin, or another of their fresh choices, be sure your meal is accompanied by one of their expert wine pairings.
With plenty of flat screens, all-American beers, and locally sourced dishes that, while upscale, are reminiscent of tailgating eats, Dantanna's has you covered for the big game. A couple house specialities: beer-battered shrimp and heirloom Berkshire pork rib chop. If the game's got you fired up and you're feeling a bit more adventurous, go for the Heart Attack burger (ground beef topped with a sunny-side-up egg, a double order of thick-sliced hickory-smoked bacon & fried onions, served between two grilled cheese sandwiches).
This industrial-chic Spanish spot has a menu packed with tasty tapas, quesos, and cocas (flatbreads) -- all perfect for sharing. Grab a group of friends and considering splitting the B.W.D. (bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with Manchego cheese and walnuts) or the albondigas (wild boar suasage meatballs). Their beverage program is on-point and pig-focused, too, featuring signature cocktails like the Iberian Old Fashioned with bacon-infused rye.
Located on the former site of an old train depot on the south side of Decatur, Kimball House is a nationally lauded French restaurant and cocktail bar. Libations at this decidedly plush spot include modern, made to order reinventions of the classics, and a full service absinthe bar. High end fare like caviar, filet mignon and a raw bar are menu standouts -- but if you want the luxe experience without getting too spendy, stop in Monday through Friday from 5-7pm for $1 to $1.50 oysters.
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails lives at the intersection of contemporary style and Southern tradition. The menu changes seasonally, but no matter when you stop in, you can expect a Southern tinge in each of the simple, yet elegant dishes, like a charcuterie plate with pimento cheese or deviled eggs with... pimento cheese. The bar is firmly rooted in the South as well, with a focus on wine, whiskey, and bourbon. With refined decor featuring (you guessed it) white oak wood and opulent chandeliers, the 300-seat restaurant is an airy, upscale space for date night, group dining, and private events alike.
Located in a 3,500sqft space in the courtyard of the Inman Quarter building, Hampton + Hudson is a contemporary gastropub with a creative approach to New American cuisine. The pub’s decor features reclaimed wood accents, tufted booths, and an open kitchen anchored by a wood-fired grill, giving the modern space a comforting, turn of the century feel. The menu’s playful riffs on contemporary Southern pub fare are expressed through dishes like steak tartare tacos in potato chip shells with cured egg yolk, cool ranch chicharrones, and a wagyu pastrami and kraut sandwich. The cocktails -- both bottled and on draft -- are approachable tweaks on classics, and each menu item (save for the snacks) is replete with suggested beverage pairings.
South Africa comes to Atlanta in the form of Cape Dutch, a posh meets rustic spot specializing in braai meats (South African open-flame BBQ). A go-to item on their flavorful menu is the Peri-Peri Burger, which features a tasty peri-peri sauce that's difficult to resist drizzling on whatever dish you order. Be sure to pair your choice with one of their global wine options, and top it off with the chocolate soup for dessert.
Tavernpointe is a contemporary, globally inspired restaurant (with special attention paid to Latin America) that centers on its flavorful smoked Peruvian-style meats. You'll find "upscale pub grub" in their sleek space, too, which includes plenty of shareable options -- from small bites to grilled flatbreads to tacos. Wash it all down with a selection from their rotating beer list or their refreshing cocktail lineup.
Celebrating the simplicity of a great steak by removing all those showy "vowels," STK boasts a porterhouse and a cowboy ribeye that'll fill you up, and a black truffle aioli tartare that should every meal. The restaurant is advertised as a steakhouse "for the stiletto set," though, so you'll also get the choice of plenty of salads, small plates, and three sizes of steaks, all served in a chic, glossy space.
The kitchen at Two Urban Licks is cooking up wood-fired meats and fish with a fiery kick. If you come here with a group, consider sharing some of their delectable small plates like salmon chips, lamb lollipops, and bronzed sea scallops. The warehouse space offers breathtaking views of the city, but the best part? Their epic 26-foot wine wall that holds 72 stainless steel barrels of wine from which the waiters pour directly.
Located in Roswell, this cozy, cottage restaurant run by brothers Ryan and Daniel Pernice offers traditional Roman dishes inspired by their travels in Italy. Crispy, thin crust pizzas piled with fresh produce are the main draw: you can also build your own, with toppings such as farm egg, grilled zucchini, bay scallops, or select charcuterie from coppa to bresaola.
Bocado's burger -- two patties of blended short rib, brisket, and ground chuck, topped with American cheese and butter pickles -- is one of the best in Atlanta. You may very well come here for the burger but end up more than satisfied with the rest of the contemporary dishes, like deviled eggs that'll rival your grandmother's, a grilled cheese & bacon sandwich that's near impossible to recreate at home, and a lobster roll special that'll transport you to Cape Cod on first bite.
It’s hard to imagine this place ever falling from the top of an outdoor eating/drinking list. Canoe doesn't have a patio; it’s more like a full-on riverside dining destination on the Chattahoochee, adorned with all types of garden action, stroll-ready walkways and paths, and natural waterfront beauty. Or sit inside and snag a seat by one of the floor to ceiling windows if appreciating nature from behind the glass is more your jam.