Famous Restaurants

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The city is known for its delicious dishes, but did you know there are also famous restaurants in Atlanta? Whether it’s because of a rich history, a cameo in a hit Hollywood movie or just outstanding food, these Atlanta restaurants have made a name for themselves. Make plans to visit one of these famous places to eat in Atlanta on your next visit.

Chops Lobster Bar is part of Atlanta’s acclaimed Buckhead Life Restaurant Group and is ranked as one of the Top 10 steak houses in the country. Chops Lobster Bar is a popular spot for lunch and dinner. Expect great seafood and USDA prime aged beef.

70 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30305

Ecco co-starred in “The Change-Up” with Hollywood heartthrobs Ryan Reynolds and Olivia Wilde. The oversized bar, al fresco patio and nationally recognized wine list help lend this Midtown mainstay its European ambience.

40 Seventh St. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30306

Manuel’s Tavern is a popular spot for celebrities, politicians and journalists, as well as neighborhood folks. They come to have a beer, talk politics or watch a Braves game. President Carter, whose Carter Center is around the block, has been a frequent visitor, and President Obama visited in 2016.

602 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30307

One of the oldest restaurants in Atlanta, Mary Mac’s remains incredibly popular. Guests start lining up early for Mary Mac’s comfort food, which includes items like fried chicken, tomato pie and peach cobbler. Mary Mac’s menu items are so popular that the restaurant even published its own cookbook.

224 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30308

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This Italian restaurant in Decatur was made famous for its appearance in “Adult Children of Divorce.” Come for the tasty pasta dishes, but note that its lesser-known brunch items are worthy of a bite or three.

129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, Ga. 30030

During the civil rights movement, Paschal’s served an important role as a meeting place for leaders. The owners were known to put up bail money for activists who were jailed. The signature and most popular dish is fried chicken, but make sure to save room for dessert. Paschal’s peach cobbler is some of the best in Atlanta.

180 Northside Drive SW, Atlanta, Ga. 30313

Paschal’s Restaurant promises a historic and soulful dining experience. 📷: James Duckworth, AtlantaPhotos.com

Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Pittypat’s Porch got its name from a character in “Gone With the Wind.” Enjoy the restaurant’s unique regional cuisine served in an antebellum atmosphere. Guests can sip a mint julep in a rocking chair on the upstairs porch.

25 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30303

This has been the go-to spot for a stick-to-your-ribs Southern breakfast since 1956. Other must-try menu items include chicken fried steak and lemon icebox pie. The vintage decor has made Silver Skillet a top filming location for many TV shows and movies.

200 14th St. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30318

This Southern diner made its mark with its fried chicken, but its daily plates and Southern specialties such as chitlins and ham hocks keep crowds lining up for more. The Busy Bee Cafe has long served as a local meeting spot and has been a stopover for politicians and celebrities over the years.

810 M.L.K. Jr. Drive NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30314

The Busy Bee Cafe made its mark with fried chicken. 📷: Brittany Wages

The Shed at Glenwood made its cameo during Sandra Bullock’s award-winning performance in “The Blind Side.” Serving simple sophistication, this eclectic bistro features organic, seasonal cuisine sourced from local farms.

475 Bill Kennedy Way SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30316


The world’s largest drive-in restaurant with a language all it’s own (a naked dog walkin’ is a plain hot dog to go),
The Varsity was a pivotal locale in “We Are Marshall” starring Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox. The city’s landmark eatery serves stadium staples. A favorite combo is the chili dog and frosted orange (drink) with fries. When Georgia Tech, just down the street, plays a home football game, The V serves as many as 30,000 customers.

61 North Ave. NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30308

See Atlanta’s skyline looking south from The Varsity along Interstate 85. 📷: James Duckworth, AtlantaPhotos.com

Given how gorgeous the space is, it’s no wonder moviemakers highlight TWO Urban Licks. See it in “Trouble with the Curve” with Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake.

820 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30306

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