Dinner in Atlanta: 4 Inspiring Ideas for an Evening Out
Looking to capture a perfect night of dining in Atlanta? Here are four ideas for an inspiring night out in the Peach State's capitol city.
1. Nick's Food to Go and Centennial Olympic Park
A Family-Owned Mediterranean Treasure for an Olympic Stroll
Nick's has been an Atlanta treasure for over 20 years serving classic Greek and Mediterranean dishes near downtown Atlanta. It's conveniently close to Olympic Centennial Park, home of the 1996 Olympic Games, and serves only take-out orders so you can grab a delicious dinner and take a stroll in the beautiful park. Centennial Olympic Park has dazzling displays of fountains and plazas and after finishing your amazing dinner you can take a ride on the 200-foot SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel next to the park for an inspiring view.
Nick's is open Monday-Saturday and is closed all day Sunday. You should be aware that it closes at 7 pm, so get your order in and get over to Martin Luther King Drive quick before you miss out on the classic Greek cuisine like lamb gyros and hummus. The best time to walk through Centennial Olympic Park is at sunset and be sure to check a local events calendar to see if there's a concert playing. A delicious meal and a walk through one of Atlanta's iconic parks to wrap up your night out downtown.
240 Martin Luther King Drive SE, Atlanta, GA, 30312
2. Pacific Rim Bistro
Asian Fusion Cuisine in a Stunning Setting
Pacific Rim Bistro offers authentic Asian cuisine served in a gorgeous bistro with glass walls that welcome in sunlight. Conveniently located in the SunTrust Plaza building downtown, Pacific Rim blends more than just Asian culinary traditions. Their stylish decor accentuates the bistro's comfortable feel while the glass walls give an open feel to the downtown panoramas. Dinner at sunset will bathe your meal with golden fading light.
The fused Asian cuisine inspires dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China, Malaysia, Korea, and even India. Pacific Rim offers recognizable staples such as Pad Thai, Vietnamese spring rolls, and Sashimi. Part bistro and part sushi bar, they offer a variety of sushi rolls to keep you craving more. The SunTrust Plaza building is located on Peachtree Street making it readily accessible to other evening activities after your early dinner. Don't forget to check out the view, the SunTrust Plaza building is the second tallest skyscraper in Atlanta, and the tallest in downtown Atlanta.
303 Peachtree Center Ave NE, SunTrust Plaza, Atlanta, GA, 30308
3. Six Feet Under
Roof-top Views and Seafood Delights
Despite the name, Six Feet Under offers rooftop dining with a local, non-tourist vibe in downtown Atlanta. They offer a full range of seafood choices including salmon and crab, parchment-baked shrimp, scallop platters, and the classic fish and chips. Though the weather may be integral to an inspired rooftop dining experience, the restaurant is open late allowing you some flexibility in your night out. Their wait staff is excellent and well-reviewed by customers and they offer a free parking lot for patrons that breaks the standard of paid valet services found in downtown Atlanta.
It might be wise to call ahead so you can skip the wait list on arrival. The restaurant can get pretty busy--a testament to its popularity. The dining experience is enjoyable and you won't be left disappointed. If you're planning for a crowd, Six Feet Under is fully equipped to deal with large parties. Just let them know in advance. Six Feet Under is also located downtown making it a convenient after-hours food choice or a jumping-off point for your evening. Finally, if you're looking for a full stomach, try their catfish po boy sandwich, but bring a friend in case you need to share.
437 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta, GA, 30312
4. The Sound Table
Mixing Music, Dinner, and Dancing
The Sound Table mixes music with local DJs with a modern-style dinner featuring a wide variety of small plates. If you're looking for a dinner and night out that is diverse in taste and music, the Sound Table is the answer for you. Their small plates include braised pork belly, grilled frog legs, and even duck breast l'orange. They also pride themselves on their well-crafted cocktails and knowledgeable bar staff. The crowd will liven up as the night progresses and late at night the lounge floor fills with dancers. If you're looking for a night of dinner, drinks, music, and dancing the Sound Table will offer you a full evening.
The Sound Table attracts local DJs so if you arrive later, you may need to be prepared to pay a cover charge. However, the earlier dinner crowd will avoid paying cover. On the left inside is their dining area while the DJ and dance floor are further in the back providing a little separation depending on what stage of the night it is for your party. Their all-wood interior gives a soft, comfortable feel and if you're into sampling the local music scene this is an inspired choice for dinner and music. The Sound Table is open Tuesday-Sunday and serves dinner daily.
573 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA, 30312
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