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100 Hottest Restaurants 2017

In a major foodie city like Atlanta, it takes more than a perfect bite or a pretty plate to impress—although those factors are certainly important. A-Town diners also want the skinny on the see-and-be-seen spots, the happy-hour must-hits, the A-list clientele and the Instagram-worthy backdrops (we’re looking at you, Little Trouble!). That’s why we’ve compiled this 2017 edition of JEZEBEL’s 100 Hottest Restaurants, which takes into account not only the dishes we can’t stop dreaming about, but also the concepts that are drawing posh patrons week after week. Combining your votes with our editorial team’s expertise, we’ve created a list that reflects what’s happening now in Atlanta’s savvy eat and drink scene. Read on, and start making reservations! 

KEY:
$ - Dinner entree price range
B - Brunch available [times vary]
R - Reservations accepted [restrictions may apply]
P - Patio dining
F - Furry friends welcome

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KIMBALL HOUSE (#9)

Oysters are a Kimball House specialty, served over ice on elegant pewter trays 

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STAPLEHOUSE (#1) 

Walk-ins are always welcome at the eight-seat bar featuring honorary chairs 

photo by andrew thomas lee

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AMERICAN CUT & THE REGENT COCKTAIL CLUB (#2) 

The chili lobster has a Sriracha kick 

photo by melissa hom

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GUNSHOW (#3) 

A cart bearing an array of a la carte dishes is wheeled around the restaurant for guests to select whatever tickles their fancy.

photo by austin holt

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UMI & HIMITSU (#4) 

Local mixologist T. Fable Jeon shakes up exquisitely crafted sips in swanky lounge Himitsu.

photo by heidi geldhauser 

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SOUTH CITY KITCHEN (#5) 

The cured meat board, meant to be enjoyed family-style.

photo by heidi geldhauser 

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CHOPS LOBSTER BAR (#6) 

Lobster Bar’s vaulted, tiled ceilings are a favorite of VIP patrons

photo by sara hanna 

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8ARM (#7) 

8Arm’s minimalist dining room

photo by heather fulbright 

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GYPSY KITCHEN (#8) 

Seafood paella with clams, mussels, shrimp, peas and red pepper-chorizo salazon

photo by heidi geldhauser 

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O-KU (#10) 

Lobster temaki handrolls made with asparagus, red beets and black volcano salt 

photo by heidi geldhauser

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AMER (#94) 

AMER’s Smoke & Chill cocktail

photo by dan durnell 

33. THE GENERAL MUIR 
1540 Avenue Place, Ste. B-230 • North Druid Hills
678.927.9131 • @thegeneralmuir • $14-$24 • B R P

The General Muir gets a surprising Asian makeover at the start of each week as guest chefs take over the kitchen for Monday Night Ramen. Think spicy miso ramen with chicken, scallions, black radish, Swiss chard and egg; or an imaginative spin on the classic latke befitting the theme, with bonito, furikake, okonomi and kewpie. But regular menu items like corned beef sandwiches and matzoh ball soup still keep folks lining up every day.

34. BOCCALUPO 
753 Edgewood Ave. NE • Inman Park
404.577.2332 • $16-$19 • R P F

If you’re looking for a world-class restaurant without the restrictive dress code—or price tag—look no further than Bruce Logue’s innovative Inman Park trattoria. Specializing in creative twists on pasta and cocktails, BoccaLupo combines the Old World expertise of fine Italian dining and contemporary American fare with a nod to Atlanta’s soul-food roots.

35. ATLANTA FISH MARKET 
265 Pharr Road NE • Buckhead • 404.262.3165
@atlantafishmarket • $20-$43 • R

In addition to its iconic fish statue outside, Atlanta Fish Market is well known for serving up some of the best seafood in the A. Located right smack dab in the center of Buckhead, this lively eatery offers a mind-boggling variety of fresh fish and is also home to Pano’s Market, so patrons can purchase their favorites to prepare at home. For some out-of-the-sea good options, order the jumbo lump crab cakes with scallion whipped potatos, thin beans, tartar and mustard sauces.

36. NY PRIME 
3424 Peachtree Road NE • Buckhead
404.846.0644 • @newyorkprime • $24-$98 • R P

Featured on our “100 Hottest” list every year since Bruce Almighty premiered (2003 for the un-pop-cultured), this Buckhead steak joint remains a top choice for the A’s elite. If we had to guess what makes NY Prime so noteworthy, it’s probs the USDA prime-only menu that’s overflowing with tender meats like the double rib veal chop that’s simply b-e-a-utiful.

37. SUPERICA 
Multiple locations • Buckhead, Inman Park
@supericaatl • $14-$38 • B P

Think “Tex-Mex” in its most deliberate form. Complete with Mexican folk art and hanging antlers, Ford Fry’s Superica is always packed, and for a good reason—the food and atmosphere. With more than 57 tequilas and 10 mezcals, the resto emulates the funky-cool culture of Austin, Texas. If you’re feeling up to it, opt for the Tampiquena, which is a pretty large plate of marinated wood-grilled skirt steak served under two cheese enchiladas and a fried egg. Yes, please!

38. REVIVAL 
129 Church St. • Decatur
470.225.6770 • @revivaldecatur • $14-$32 • B R P

Revival is serving up plates just like mama used to make ‘em. Inspired by chef Kevin Gillespie’s formative years, the Decatur resto offers a traditional Sunday dinner dressed in family-style elegancies. When warmer weather arrives, Revival’s Communion Beer Garden provides the best spot for a pre- or post-meal beverage. Head to this beer haven for a truly happy hour every week, Wednesday to Sunday from 5 to 7pm.

39. PRICCI 
500 Pharr Road • Buckhead
404.237.2941 • @pricciatlanta • $25-$42 • R

There’s no such thing as a bad day when there’s pasta involved! That’s the motto of neighborhood Italian eatery Pricci, whose menu consists of hearty entrees and savory apps that are sure to leave bellies satisfied. Pasta is the specialty here, and there’s something for everyone according to executive chef Piero Premoli, a third-generation Italian and executive chef. Pasta and passion—what more could a diner want?

40. CAST IRON 
701-5 Highland Ave. NE • Old Fourth Ward
404.228.2005 • @castironatl • $7-$21 • B R

This newcomer to ATL’s dining scene has quickly become one of our faves, and for good reason: With a low-key vibe and high-quality food prepared almost entirely in cast iron pans (hence the name), it’s an unpretentious mainstay for BeltLine-goers looking for tasty eats. Try the Thai-inspired cold noodles and shrimp paired with a sizzling Penicillin cocktail; then finish with the resto’s too-cute dessert combo of housemade cookies and milk served via coupe.

41. JCT. KITCHEN & BAR 
1198 Howell Mill Road • Westside
404.355.2252 • @jctkitchenandbar • $16-$37 • R P

The welcoming atmosphere and delicious Southern plates (the JCT. fried chicken, with collard greens, buttermilk biscuits and housemade hot sauce, is a must) at this Ford Fry mainstay keep us coming back again and again. Sip a specialty cocktail on the rooftop, where live music and a spectacular skyline view make it a go-to spot for kicking off the weekend with a group of friends—or kissing it goodbye, as the resto also offers a Southern-style Sunday Supper from 5 to 9pm.

42. TRUE FOOD KITCHEN 
3393 Peachtree Road NE, Ste. 3058B • Buckhead
404.481.2980 • @true_food_kitchen • $12-$23 • B R P

Healthy never tasted as good as it does at True Food Kitchen, where the menu, just like the inspired cocktail list, is fresh, innovative and—the best part of all—anti-inflammatory. Head to this Lenox Square hot spot post-workout for the organic Tuscan kale salad, a filling yet light start to any meal, followed by the butternut squash pizza or hearty teriyaki quinoa bowl. Top it all off with a refreshing (and pretty) pomegranate mule, and feel good knowing you didn’t undo all your hard work at spin class!

43. BREZZA CUCINA 
675 Ponce de Leon Ave. • Old Fourth Ward
404.724.9700 • @brezzacucina • $15-$23 • B R

Celeb chef Jonathan Waxman’s first Atlanta venture is right at home in Ponce City Market, with a sprawling bar and airy, spacious dining room facing an open kitchen to complement the Italian-with-a-California-twist menu. The gnocchi, JW chicken and JW kale salad are standouts, but, chocolate lovers, be sure to order the creamy, dreamy Budino (bittersweet chocolate pudding, whipped cream and biscotti) for dessert. That’s amore!

44. KYMA 
3085 Piedmont Road • Buckhead
404.262.0702 • @kymarestaurant • $26-$46 • R

When it comes to Mediterranean food, it doesn’t get much better than Kyma, which means “wave” in Greek. The restaurant features both a vegan and vegetarian menu and an impeccable recreation of Greek architectural elements (think white Doric columns and colorful mosaics). The lunch menu is always popular, offering inventive yet approachable dishes that would please even the pickiest palate.

45. ALLUVIA AT THE CHEETAH 
887 Spring St. NW • Midtown
404.892.3037 • @thecheetahatl • $29-$43 • B R

Engage in fine dining with a risqué twist at Alluvia, located at The Cheetah in Midtown. Perfect for a guys’ night out, this gentlemen’s club specializes in dishes that are just as steamy as the performances. Head over for a late-night dinner, as the restaurant stays open till 2am, to indulge in blackened lobster tail with cheesy grits and fried okra, then end with a slice of Bourbon pecan pie. How’s that for a Southern meal?

46. HAL'S 
30 Old Ivy Road • Buckhead
404.261.0025 • $19-$57 • R P

This old-school steakhouse with New Orleans flair has long been a centerpiece of the Buckhead dining scene. Juicy steaks, sumptuous fish and shellfish, and delectable pastas—plus an extensive selection of wines to pair with them—are divine, but it’s the atmosphere and the top-notch service that keep loyal patrons coming back time and time again.

47. HOLEMAN & FINCH PUBLIC HOUSE 
2277 Peachtree Road NE • Buckhead
404.948.1175 • @holemanandfinch • 24-$49 • B R

Whether you spring for the bacon-wrapped venison loin (talk about decadent!) or keep it simple with the Buffalo chicken skins, this pub from James Beard Award-winning chef Linton Hopkins has a menu packed with Southern-inspired comfort food. As for dessert? Throw it back to your younger days with a good ‘ole Coca-Cola float.

48. OAK STEAKHOUSE 
950 Third St. • Alpharetta
678.722.8333 • @oakatlanta • $16-$60 • B R P F

This upscale Avalon steakhouse, with a sister location in Charleston, S.C., is renowned for using Georgia-sourced ingredients to create innovative dishes like grilled and confit swordfish, buttermilk fried chicken, and, of course, a variety of certified Angus beef signature steaks and chops. The resto also offers a range of delectable small plates, including truffle frites and baked three-cheese mac, that are sure to please.

49. COOKS & SOLDIERS 
691 14th St. NW • Westside
404.996.2623 • @cooksatl • $6-$79 • R P

Dishes pack major flavor at this Basque-inspired venture. Tucked away in the always-happenin’ West Midtown neighborhood, the culinary gem prides itself on authenticity—serving up a brilliant menu ranging from pintxos especiales (small plates) to asador (woodfire grill) entrees to share like the juicy bone-in Berkshire pork chop with apple, savory bread pudding and beet truffle demi.

50. TACQUERIA DEL SOL 
Multiple locations • Cheshire Bridge, Decatur, Westside
$3-$12 • P

You’ll have to show up early to get a spot in the ever-present line out the door, but it’ll all be worth the wait when you have some jalapeno queso. The bare-bones Mexican resto serves up Southern-infused street tacos (think fried chicken and smoked pork) along with sides and a full bar. The salsa trio is a must, as are the muy delicioso margs served frozen or on the rocks.

51. 1KEPT 
2293 Peachtree Road NE, Ste. B • Buckhead
404.254.1973 • @1kept • $21-$328 • R

1Kept’s collective kitchen is always cooking up new dishes inspired by the fresh, local ingredients delivered daily. This resto boasts a contemporary atmosphere but maintains the Southern charm from its creative menu, handcrafted libations and in-house pickling lab. If you’re looking to eat great food for an even better cause, make a res for the chef select, six-course meal between Tuesday and Thursday, when 100 percent of the bill goes to one of the eatery’s select charities.

52. EIGHT SUSHI LOUNGE 
930 Howell Mill Road NW, Ste. B • Westside
404.796.8888 • @eightsushiatl • $6-$80 • R P

All that glitters is gold—including the beautifully crafted sushi at this Westside hot spot. From the bluefin otoro roll sprinkled with caviar and edible gold flakes to the award-winning ramen, the food at Eight Sushi Lounge is irresistibly delicious. Take a seat at the sushi bar and watch the chefs work their magic, preparing rolls too pretty to eat—well, almost.

53. LURE 
1106 Crescent Ave. NE • Midtown
404.817.3650 • @fifthgroup • $19-$34 • B R P

Smack dab in the middle of Crescent Avenue, Midtown’s buzzy culinary haven, Lure serves decadent seafood that’s made it a neighborhood mainstay. But, as winter finally turns to spring, we’re craving one of its signature punch bowls served alfresco on the expansive patio. The peach zinger, the perfect refreshing drink for warmer temps, is made with prosecco (on tap!), peach schnapps, peach puree and orange juice, and comes in a vintage-esque silver punch bowl.

54. KR STEAKBAR 
349 Peachtree Hills Ave. • Buckhead
404.841.8820 • @krsteakbar • $12-$90 • R P

Nestled within the Peachtree Hills area of Buckhead, this chic neighborhood concept from Kevin Rathbun places emphasis on Italian-themed small plates and high-quality steaks. Looking to really splurge on date night? Order the dry-aged porterhouse for two, and prepare to indulge. The resto also offers a Monday Night Wine Club on the first Monday of every month, where guests can sample six wines from different regions along with passed apps.

55. BARTACO 
Multiple locations • Chastain Park, Inman Park, Westside
@bartacolife • $3-$38 • P

The casual, surf shack-like vibe and buzzy patio draw patrons into this popular eatery, with three prime Atlanta-area locations, but the mouthwatering margaritas and tricked-out tacos are what make them stay. Try the Baja fish taco with a side of grilled corn with lime, cotija cheese and cayenne pepper, followed by the churros with chocolate sauce for a sweetly satisfying finish.

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