I recently had the pleasure of dining with friends at Miller Union on a Saturday evening. This was Sat, Oct 30, the night before Halloween when it seemed that all of Atlanta was out-and-about. As we drove into the parking lot, I was grateful to see a valet on hand. A full parking lot is always a good sign at a restaurant, but the thought of negotiating the full lot to find a spot was overwhemling. We were seated immediately in a very cozy dining room just behind the bar. The wait staff was incredibly attentive (considering how busy the restaurant was) and knowlegable. Cocktails were ordered all-around. I have to suggest the cleverly named Miller Thyme cocktail, a gin drink with lemon and a thyme-infused simple syrup - very refreshing. I ordered a seasonal appetizer that was the special that evening, butternut squash with a roasted kale leaf and a shaving of parmesan on a slice of warm sourdough baguette. Unbelievable flavor combination. Of course I sampled everyone else's appetizer and highly recommend the farm egg in celery cream - amazingly rich and creamy. I chose the grilled GA mountain trout with creamed potatoes and a sprinkling of the most fantastic crumbled bacon that I have ever put in my mouth. The trout was very flavorful and beautifully cooked. I also tasted bites of my fellow diners' entrees including, the heritage pork chop and the griddled chicken. These dishes were also full of flavor and served alongside fresh, seasonal braised and roasted vegatables. The table shared 4 desserts: a plum crisp (just the right blend of sweet and tart combined with a crumbly topping), a gluten-free almond buckwheat cake (nice alternative), a terrific apple-pecan cake, and my personal favorite, a fudge brownie with homemade ice cream. Owners Chef Satterfield and Neal McCarthy took the time to stop by our table (and the tables of many other diners) to thank us for choosing Miller Union. Straightforward food prepared with an appreciation and respect for fresh, seasonal, high-quality ingredients. I cannot wait to go back.
I have been coming to this restaurant for around 3 years. I feel like this place is my home away from home. The food is really cheap for a sit down establishment with nothing on the regular menu over $10.99 and that is a shrimp basket. The portions are very good as well. When you are a regular customer you will occasionally receive free meal coupons either through the mail or in person. My advice for those who said they had bad service would to be to come during the week when the restaurant is less busy since the more crowded it is the longer food takes. Also any restaurant has high employee turnover so be sure to get a server like Jamar or Ouzan who has been there for a long time and that would improve your service as well. If you go on say a Wednesday though it is really intimate. They have Wii in the back room and regularly have concerts either through 99X or special events. On Memorial Day weekend there was a BBQ and blues event that was especially great. In the summer the patio is great especially if there is a breeze and in the winter they have a fireplace. One of the things I love most about it is when they have weddings and you can basically watch the wedding from where you are sitting if you are placed right. Depending on who is getting married the music is also usually really good on those nights. The restaurant is very inclusive and diverse. You can take your kids here and it is also very welcoming to GLBT people and is generally fairly ethnically diverse as well. If you are driving there is free parking and if you take MARTA it's very close to the Midtown station just walk to the end of the park right past Grady High School. The atmosphere is very casual and welcoming I never feel like I'm not dressed well enough to go there and never feel I'm looked down on as someone who is fairly working class myself.
This place was the ultimate experience for out of state visitors. My friends and I are all about the true dining experience. We love chic eateries with amazing decor that put such a big smile on your face when you walk in. I love to feel like I'm in a movie when I am out dining and this place did just that. When you pull up to the establishment you are a little confused because it looks like you just pulled up to a garage shipping dock. Parking wasn't anywhere insight so we paid for valet. Shortly there after we walked into an amazing restaurant that is mouth dropping. It has a very urban New York sophisticated upscale hipster appeal. The bar tender was very well versed in her knowledge of cocktails so we took her suggestions for drinks. The restaurant is very large in size. We decided to sit outside on their amazing patio surrounded by trendy lofts and a beautiful landscape of rich greenery. Their outside dining was absolutely one of the best experiences I have had. The weather was even great in November of 2014. The drinks are a bit pricey as it is upscale dining, but I experience is well worth. We only stayed for drinks as we were just looking for place to kick back and have a few cocktails. I totally recommend this place as a date night restaurant or a girls in the city night out with your with your closest friends. I will definitely visit this place the next time that I am in Atlanta. The service was a plus. This place is definitely an attraction for Atlanta visitors.