Just like when you take a break from the new releases on Spotify to listen to some Frank Sinatra or Aretha Franklin, it can be fun to eat at an old school restaurant that isn’t trying to be cool, hip, or just serve Instagrammable food. When that’s the case, checkout Chops Lobster Bar in Buckhead. With white tablecloths and exceptional service, you’ll feel like you’re back in the 1980s when a perfectly cooked filet with a lobster tail really was the finest of fine dining. Besides the surf and turf, make sure to get the steak tartare, which is customized tableside, and the smoked gouda mac and cheese, because life is all about balance.
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When you want to eat great Thai food in Buckhead, and sit outside while you do it, head to Bangkok Station.
Bistro Niko is a cozy French spot in Buckhead perfect for a date or small group dinner.
King + Duke
The entire menu at King + Duke is roasted on an open hearth, and includes lots of meat, some fish, and very few vegetables.
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Bacchanalia in West Midtown is a seasonal, farm-to-table spot that’s great for client dinners or a big night out.
Going to Gunshow is kind of like having dinner at your coolest coworker’s house: It’s loud, fun, and you never quite know what they’re going to serve.
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The next time you’re looking for a celebratory dinner spot, go to Umi and get one of the three, multi-hour omakase options.
La Grotta Ristorante Italiano
When all you want is some old school, classic Italian food, head to La Grotta in Buckhead.
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