Sophisticated Southern style in Atlanta
AG is The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta’s new modern steakhouse that pays serious homage to its Southern roots. It remains a substantial cut above other area dining options.
The revamp of the former Atlanta Grill space enhanced the character of the downtown eatery and included new interior touches. Lush leather booths, marble tabletops and refreshed private dining areas make this a good place to linger over similarly updated offerings from chef Josh Fryer, sommelier Brian White and assistant food and beverage director Diego Gentili.
Southern hospitality undergirds a serious food and beverage program here. Fryer’s menu focuses on hyper-local ingredients to create down-home but elevated fare.
The bar proffers an expertly curated wine list and masterful preparations of classic cocktails. Whether you’re sipping a seasonal iced tea on the patio in springtime, hosting a special event in the private dining area or mingling in the main room, there’s some corner of AG that you can call your own.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• In seasonable weather, AG’s perch from the second floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, makes the patio a great spot to catch a breeze and people watch.
• Even when the restaurant is full, the ambience remains quiet and relaxed.
• AG offers daily Wine & Dine and Sip & Savor events that allow you to sample special items from the kitchen or bar. We like Southern Sours & Popcorn, a Friday evening event featuring bourbon cocktails and gourmet popcorn.
• The meat menu includes cuts like New York strip and filet mignon, alongside tempting sauces like foie gras bordelaise and green pepper cognac.
What to Know
• AG offers two private dining rooms: The Kitchen has a chef’s table (for up to 10 guests), and The Distillery has a mixology motif (up to 12 guests). For a more intimate group, there’s The Hideout, a corner booth with a privacy curtain (seats four).
• AG has its own special label of Whistle Pig bourbon. The exclusive blend is only available at the downtown Atlanta restaurant — and it’s worth the trip.
• AG is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so it’s a convenient place to stop for a bite in between meetings or when you need a break from exploring the city.
• Chef Fryer spotlights regional and sustainable products throughout the menu. You’ll find Benton’s bacon from Tennessee, Anson Mills grits from South Carolina, and Thomasville tomme and Decimal Place Farm’s goat cheese from Georgia.
• There are two items AG rightfully bills as “So Good” that they’re served all day: The Southern fried chicken doughnut (fried chicken served on a housemade doughnut with hot sauce sorghum) and the All Day Breakfast Sandwich (bacon, peppered peach jam, cheese and a fried egg on a Jerusalem bagel).
• AG is one of the few restaurants in town to offer baked Alaska. This end-of-meal delight, torched tableside, is big enough for two, so order it on a date night.
• AG’s beverage program focuses on classic preparations of whiskey, vodka and gin cocktails, with the menu divided into three sections: Classics, G & T’s and Martinis. Of course, there’s a more extensive spirits list and bartenders can whip up whatever you’d like.
• AG’s bar uses a whopping seven different types of ice (gourmet, crushed, flavored, stemmed, spheres, perfect cubes and clear blocks) to ensure optimal drinking conditions for each tipple.
• The Smoky Old Fashioned is a must-try. This incarnation of the classic features AG’s special label of Whistle Pig in a hickory smoked glass — this is one of those times when you may want to watch the bartender in action.