Tucked away in a residential neighborhood, The Chastain is a fun New American eatery to grab a bite at after a walk at Atlanta’s urban Chastain Park. You can sit outside at what feels like a home patio and hobnob with other locals and their four-legged friends over a glass of champagne and a fresh baked pastry from the AM Cafe or make a reservation for dinner. The full-service menu includes fresh salads, pasta, and main courses like pan-roasted grouper and a smoked pork chop—plus ingredients for the restaurant and cafe are sourced from the onsite chef’s garden and local purveyors.
The Chastain is a critically acclaimed staple in Buckhead led by powerhouse chef Chis Grossman. The restaurant is all about featuring seasonal, local ingredients so expect the menu to change often, but current favorites include fresh veggies to get you started. You’ll find pea and sunflower sprouts, purple daikon, beets, and grilled broccoli across some expertly made salads. For heartier meals, the menu has classics like Eggs Benedict, Steak and Eggs, and Pimento Cheese Grits, along with some exciting dishes like the Braised Lamb Flatbread and Chicken Schnitzel. If you can’t squeeze in a leisurely brunch, the restaurant has a morning cafe open every day with freshly made croissants, danishes, biscuits, and quiche to grab and go.
Are we in Napa? No, but the Chastain might have you briefly thinking so with its swoon-worthy patio that’s large enough to seat almost as many people outside as the dining room does inside. In the morning, you can order coffee and a breakfast treat from the coffee bar and sit anywhere you’d like (may we suggest the fire pit?). In the evening, you can make a reservation for a seat in the tent or you can grab a first-come-first-serve seat on the terrace for dinner and/or drinks.
The Chastain starts serving breakfast at 8 am on Saturday and Sunday, but if you roll out of bed just a bit later and pull up to the Chastain Park restaurant around 11 am, you’ll be able to enjoy a boozier brunch experience. In addition to its AM Café menu options like the Almond Croissant and the Sheeps Milk Yogurt, guests can also order cocktails and select lunch items, too. Plus, brunch is just better outside, so take full advantage of The Chastain’s gorgeous patio.