Atlas Buckhead

Atlanta’s artistic American cuisine
There really isn’t a center to Buckhead, Atlanta’s most well-heeled neighborhood, but if there were a ceremonial one, The St. Regis Atlanta would make a qualified candidate. The grand structure just off Peachtree Road holds its head in such a royal manner that neighboring buildings dwarf it — even if they’re taller. 

Along similar lines, Atlas Buckhead isn’t the only dining option in the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel; somehow though, the ambience and addictive dishes make it feel as if it’s the center of the culinary world.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Not to be outdone by the Henri Matisse piece hanging on the wall, chef Freddy Money approaches each dish with the discerning eye of a sculptor.
  • As you’re nibbling, you can see the culinary team in motion in your peripheral through the open kitchen. If you can score a table somewhere between said kitchen and the sometimes-animated bar, that’s your sweet spot.
  • The initial space feels like a gentleman’s club that has long given up its stuffy ways — this is your introduction to The Tavern at Atlas, unveiled in early 2017. Consider this section as Atlas’ more easygoing side, where you can nibble on sliders, sip on gin martinis and listen to live music every Wednesday and Friday night.
  • Proceed a bit farther into the restaurant and you’ll run into a stylish bar that almost glows from the polished countertops and moody lights behind the bottles.
  • Walk past the glass case of vintage liquors and things open up into a dining room full of brown leather chairs, booths covered in rich green fabrics and a museum-worthy collection of art from names like Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon.
Things to Know
  • Nibble on bar bites and sip signature cocktails at The Tavern starting at 4 p.m. every day. Atlas serves dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 until 10 p.m., while you can dine until 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • The Tavern is certainly more casual than the rest of Atlas, but you still will want to look your best. Nice jeans and a blouse or button down would be appropriate here, while in the dining room, you’ll be more comfortable in something a little more dressed up.
The Food
  • Instead of the black angus filet being ruined with too many accoutrements, it only needs crème fraîche potato puree and charred spring onions to do the talking.
  • The same goes for the Atlas burger, a dry-aged and wagyu treat that says it all simply and splendidly with aged cheese and Vidalia onions.
  • The most over-the-top moment at dinner might be the times when the server tempts your table with three or four varieties of fresh bread.
The Drinks
  • A glass case of vintage liquors behind the glass bar is impressive — Macallan, various cognacs in blown-glass bottles, it’s all here.
  • Vino lovers will appreciate a wine list with pours from as close as New York and as distant as Portugal.
  • Still, it’s with the cocktails that the art-appreciating establishment truly shows off its creative side. You’ll find your traditional concoctions, sure, but allow the waiter to tell you about a yet-unnamed drink made with port, ginger beer and house-made bitters.
Business casual
Outdoor seating
Private dining
Reservations recommended
Valet parking
Getting There
88 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Atlas Buckhead
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