Hal's On Old Ivy Buckhead
30 Old Ivy Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
I don't know if I will be able to capture how wonderful my dining experience was here but I will give it my best try. As a tradition, I have the opportunity to dine with the ""Big Boss"" at the conclusion or last night of a meeting. He always asks me to choose the place and I have been somewhat succesful in the past by choosing places I had been to before and had experienced. Not was the case on this night, I turned over the decision making to my close friend and colleague who lives nearby to make the call. None of us had heard of the place and we even kept asking for her to repeat the name so we would get it right. However, once we walked in the doors, my worries were gone. The dark and cozy atmosphere was perfect for this dinner and it felt as if we were at a friendly neighborhood restaurant. That is a positive thing. The food and service that followed was outstanding and rivaled some of the fine dining restaurants in Atlanta. The attention to the true tastes of its menu items were noticeable in both it's Lobster bisque and especially in it's Gumbo. The 12 ounce Filet I had was wonderful and everyone at our table left full and happy. I would highly recommend this place !!!
3097 Maple Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
I had the wonderful opportunity to dine with a special friend at this place and it fit the occasion perfectly. We had the opportunity to sit outside and the weather and company around us were outstanding. From where we sat, we had the opportunity to hear the music but not be overwhelmed by the sound. We also got to see the artist's expression and clearly hear his songs as well as his one liners. On this particular night the Chef/Owners wife was called in to help with the service and it was our good fortune that she was. She waited on us and gave us the history behind the place and recommend some dishes and pairings that were right on the mark. We enjoyed the overall experience and would recommend it to anyone looking for a spot to have a wonderful meal and listen to some great music.
Two Urban Licks
820 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
The journey there was a part of the overall experience. Our driver had the right address but none of us saw it the first time we drove by. Please, don't get me wrong, this journey was apositive one and added to the uniqueness of this venue and provide a little mystery behind what the dinner experience was about to be. Once arriving at the door, it became clear that it was worth the trip and the atmosphere was both warm and welcoming. We were sat promptly and were please with the seats reserved for us. The waiter was very knowledgable about the restaurant, wine list and menu. We took his suggestions on several things and were pleased with it all !! My dining companion confirmed what I was thinking and that was we have got to tell more people about this place. The food was great and the service matched it. We went on a Sunday Night and it was packed so they must be pleasing more folks than just us. We will go back for sure !!!
3125 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
I guess I should start by saying I don't even know how I ended up there. My buddy who was driving wanted us to check out a place next door which we did and then stopped in here to check it out. We decided to stay and I am actually glad we did because that is when the journey started. As we scanned the room downstairs when we walked in, we noticed people sitting on couches and comfy seats and they were toking on something. We thought, what in the world is this all about. The host greeted us and explained to us what Hookah was all about. It was described basically as a type of tobacco that you add a scent or flavoring to it. There were around 20 different ones to choose from. He also told us that their liquor license had expired and that they only had non alcholic drinks available which was actually fine with us. So, we ordered two waters and a Mango Hookah. Not being a smoker of anything, it was not a great experience for me but it was an interesting one. It seemed to have a calming effect on everyone as we watched people simply chilled out carrying on conversations about just about everything. My buddy liked it a little more but we both wished we had tried a different scent because ours was like an Air Freshner. So, I would recommend everyone to try such a place at least once and simply chill out.
Aiko Restaurant & Lounge
128 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Sometimes you luck out and that is what I did when I picked this place to get Sushi from one night. It happened to be their anniversary night so they had some fun things going on but it was the Sushi that was most memorable. Each item we ordered was prepared wonderfully with a worthy portion of Ginger and Wasabi to compliment it. I'm actually not a big fan of either but my dinning partner was in heaven. The drinks were outstanding as well and they were introducing a new flavor of Vodka that night which was great. ( Blueberry ) However, if there is one thing that you must order if you go there, it would have to be without a shadow of a doubt, their specialty Sushi roll called "" Me Love You Long Time"" It was the best and ""me love it long time !""
3400 Around Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
As a last minute change in plans by my friend left me with nothing do on a Sunday afternoon in Buckhead, I went to this place to grab a bite and maybe watch part of a game. I got there early and got a great seat at the bar in front of the big screen. The bartenders were all very friendly and made me feel at home. Their service style of helping each other out really seemed to work with very few cases of them repeating questions to me like ""can I get you something else?"" As patrons came in, I found out really soon that this was a great place to hang out and watch a game and that the people there were very friendly. Even though the home team Falcons were playing, it seemed that everyone had another game or team they wanted to watch as well. The overall experience here was great and the food was wonderful. I ate early and had this outstanding Crab Hash over Filet medallions off their brunch menu. I ended up staying there for several hours and during the late game, a buddy joined me and we had each ate a burger that was great as well. I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to watch a game, enjoy great people, and receive wonderful service.\r
Eclipse Di Luna
764 Miami Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Once in while you find a place that is simply the right fit for all those that arrive there. This is one of those places. The team that works and manages the place truly get what it means to provide customer service and value. I could go on and on about how wonderful the food, drinks and service was but you must experience for yourself. The atmosphere is both warm and welcoming and the music really sets the mood and tone for the place and is played at a level that is just right to still carry on a conversation. The bartenders work as a complete unit and have the personality and the looks to go along with it. I travel a lot and experience many restaurants and bars all around the country and it is a treat to come across one that displays such a commitment to pleasing the customer. Why sitting up at the bar, I watched and listened to the stories and the various scenarios that were unfolding as the night went on and found a pleasant and refreshing approach to them as well. All members of the staff from line employees to management were treated with respect and appeared to care about each other as if they were family. My hope is that this observation is an accurate one and that I just didn't happen to be there on the right night. My heart tells me this is the norm here and if you want great food and a truly wonderful time, you must come and enjoy !!