4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30346
The location is obviously much better for someone within or closer to metro Atlanta. Perimeter mall offers a more lively surrounding area, with other things to do before or after dinner; and parking is definitely not an issue. When you walk into the restaurant you will notice an interior decorated with very contemporary and vibrant colors which convey both elegance/class and excitement. This ambience matches the dining experience quite well: the service was excellent - very knowledgeable and polite waitress, and a certain class about all the employees that provided a degree of sophistication and more upscale feel to the restaurant. At the same time the feel, ambience, and ample spacing between dining tables and booths allows diners to converse at great volume, which makes for a fun and lively experience.\r
The wine list was not necessarily ""extensive"", but stocked with good wines (the pinot gris we were recommended that night was so good that I've ordered a case), and the wait-staff again was knowledgeable enough to help with pairing.\r
I'm not certain how other reviewers could view the food as average... though I suppose it is depends on what you get. The swordfish steak I ordered was exquisite. The quality of the fish was excellent, and cooking left it quite tender and wet without seeming undercooked (therefore no ""fishy smell'). The vera cruz sauce was strong enough to provide flavor if you wanted to taste sauce, but not strong enough to detract from the fish flavor. My friend who ordered the special (a grouper encrusted in a walnut-based bake) was pleased with her food, though it probably wasn't as good as the swordfish.\r
The only cons you could find with the restaurant would be if you got something on the menu which wasn't absolutely exquisite, and you compared tha to cost. If you factor in the ambience and service (and I think the food is quite good), you can't complain.\r
... and I've already been back! So I would recommend to anyone.