Looking for the best restaurants in Buckhead Atlanta? We’ve taken on the challenge of eating at almost 100 of them, and here are our favorites. Whether you want a delightful weekend brunch or need a flavorful lunch, we’ve got you covered. We’ve also included 10 romantic restaurants for couples to enjoy a date night dinner (though they work well with friends, too!) Two things hold true for these 25 restaurants: Buckhead is their home and delicious fare is consistently on the menu!
Best restaurants in Buckhead Atlanta
Brunch and Breakfast Restaurants in Buckhead
White House Breakfast & Lunch – American breakfast and Greek lunches, it’s an old-school dinner that’s been feeding Atlanta since 1948. Nothing fancy, just good food and friends. Kid-friendly.
Fado – Irish food, great pub, rooftop dining; Fado has been an Atlanta favorite for years. Most people don’t know they also do a killer Brunch on Sat and Sunday until 3 p.m. Near Buckhead Atlanta. Kid-friendly for brunch, lunch and early dinner.
Also try Southern Art and R. Thomas, both mentioned under the Late Night section.
Lunch restaurants in Buckhead
Pie Shop – Most notable for AMAZING pies, but there are savory-pie lunch options here too, and a few quaint seats to enjoy it. Best chicken potpie ever! North Buckhead. Kid-friendly.
Souper Jenny – The best soup you’ll ever eat. Soups, salads and sandwiches. Menu changes daily. Grab a to-go dinner also. Jenny is an Atlanta legend, so be sure to stop at one of her places when you’re visiting Atlanta. Kid-friendly. Now at Atlanta History Center.
Café Jonah – Cozy chairs, killer (healthy!) salads and sammis and a vast tea collection. Another of Jenny Levison’s creations. Kid-friendly. We’re sad to say this has closed 🙁
Thirteen Pies – Go for lunch when they are not crowded. The pies are 12-inches but light and airy enough to chow down on one by yourself. One of the best thin-crust pies in Atlanta. In Buckhead Atlanta. Kid-friendly.
Swan Coach House – A fun lunch option because it’s an outbuilding of the Swan House (think Hunger Games) at the Atlanta History Center. Great option for lunch with the ladies and an opportunity to don the hat you love to wear. North Buckhead.
Dinner restaurants in Buckhead best suited for romantic date nights
10 Degrees South – Exotic South African cuisine. Small plates allow you to sample affordably. One of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta. North Buckhead.
Yebo Beach Haus – From the owners of 10 Degrees South, Yebo is delicious and authentic South African small plates.
Local Three – Discreetly tucked into a high-rise off the interstate, but don’t let that fool you. Touted “foie gras in flip-flops” you’ll find delicious and creative fare, locally sourced. Also neat, the furniture is all hand-crafted. Open for lunch and Sunday brunch, too. One of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta. North Buckhead.
King + Duke – The menu in this literary-themed (gorgeous!!) restaurant changes regularly, but is guaranteed fresh and unique…something Anthony Bourdain would seek out. There is a great outdoor seating area for cocktails. To impress that someone special, reserve the Chef’s Counter. Across from Buckhead Atlanta. Open for lunch and Sunday brunch, too.
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Doraku – Innovative sushi and Asian-fushion cuisine. This is where you take your friends that think they don’t like Japanese food. Highly recommend. Within Buckhead Atlanta. Also open for lunch.
Atlanta Fish Market – An Atlanta staple, always fresh and consistent. Near Buckhead Atlanta. Also open for lunch. Kid-friendly for lunch or early dinner.
Holeman & Finch – Previously known for its “only at 10 p.m. burger,” these treats are now available all the time. Unique ingredients and creative dishes will knock your socks off. Also open for Sunday Brunch. Near Brookwood.
Imperial Fez – Authentic Moroccan food, tasteful belly dancers and the opportunity to eat with your hands. Tons of fun! Kids eat free Sunday, but I probably wouldn’t bring them otherwise.
Restaurant Eugene – Farm-to-table dining. Intimate and classy. James Beard Award winner. The tasting menu with a wine pairing is the way to go.
Gypsy Kitchen – Spanish small plates, Moroccan influence and killer patio. In Buckhead Atlanta.
Atlas – Upscale cuisine within St Regis hotel. Great patio with fireplace. The draw here is what is on the walls – Original artwork from Picasso, Chagall, van Gogh and more. It’s a museum for art appreciators. North Buckhead.
Portofino – As the name suggests, this is an Italian restaurant brought to you with a modern twist. Easy parking, nice patio, warm ambiance. Excellent wine list and set in an old home. North Buckhead.
Le Bilboquet – Classic French cuisine set in a Parisian-cafe atmosphere. Heading out for a romantic picnic? Pick up something memorable the to-go menu. Open for lunch or dinner, Sunday Brunch. In Buckhead Atlanta.
Late Night restaurants in Buckhead
Southern Art & Bourbon Bar – Yummy southern cooking in a classy environment. Bourbon Bar offers great cocktails and appys. Southern Art is open until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Bourbon Bar is open to 2 a.m. (12 a.m. Sunday.) Near Mall Area. Open for Breakfast and Lunch also.
FLIP Burger – The burgers will make you FLIP your lid. Amazing and creative! Kids will love the nitrogen shakes like S’mores or Krispy Kreme and sweet potato Tater Tots with marshmallow dipping sauce. My fave-o burger is the Raw Tuna Tartare on lettuce. North Buckhead. Also open for lunch (great prix fixe menu.) Kid-friendly for lunch or early dinner.
R. Thomas – Amazing burgers and breakfast foods. Enjoy fresh juices and smoothies, organic options, veg and vegan selections and even raw foods. Really fun environment. Brookwood neighborhood. Open 24-hours. Kid-friendly.
Shake Shack – Open until 10 p.m. weeknights, until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Georgia’s only Shake Shack offers delicious burgers and frozen custards. Beers also available. If the weather is right, don’t miss the second story seating area. Within Buckhead Atlanta. Also open for lunch. Kid-friendly.
Also see Fado, mentioned under Brunch, for dining until 2 a.m. most days and 3 a.m. Saturday.