3455 Peachtree Rd., Buckhead
The first thing you’ll love about St. Cecilia is the décor: The restaurant is set in a lofty three-story space with tall ceilings and wide windows, with a lengthy (and stunning) marble bar that spans the length of the room. Behind the bar, liquor bottles, wine, books, and artfully placed knick-knacks are stacked library-style on tall, mirror-backed shelves, which have the effect of making the entire space seem even larger than it is. The menu skews coastal European with French and Mediterranean influences; star dishes include wood-grilled octopus, cacio e pepe, and a whole-roasted branzino.
3050 Peachtree Rd., Buckhead
Chef Fuyuhiko Ito’s Umi in Buckhead books weeks in advance—so plan a bit ahead for a dinner table here. The sushi is outstanding, as are the other carefully crafted Japanese dishes. The interior, done by ATL artist Todd Murphy, has cozy wood flooring matched by darker wood walls and sleek, minimalist tables and half-booths.
3232 Roswell Rd., Buckhead
Located right next to the clothing store Peoples—where you can find a highly-curated selection of brands like Stella McCartney, Derek Lam, and Chloé—w.port is a small edit of goop-favorites like Demylee, Ulla, and Vince. It’s a great place to look for both wardrobe staples (like Mother jeans, cashmere sweaters, and chunky knits) and also cocktail dresses and handcrafted jewelry. A few parking spaces are conveniently located out front.
3029 Bolling Way NE, Buckhead
Billy Reid is a distinctly Southern designer, seamlessly working traditionally preppy elements (pastels, seersucker, lots of khaki and linen) into elegant, streamlined, and sometimes vintage-inspired silhouettes. In addition to his second Atlanta location in Home Park, he’s got shops across the country, including one in Charleston and two in New York—his Buckhead shop is everything you’d expect.
3027 Bolling Way, Buckhead
An outpost of the longstanding uptown NYC French bistro (there’s also a Dallas location), Le Bilboquet is inside the retail center sometimes referred to here as The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Come for the classics—moules-frites, beef tartare—served inside a bright dining room, and outside, on Le Bilboquet’s sidewalk patio, designed after a Parisian café.
King + Duke
3060 Peachtree Rd., Buckhead
Another of Ford Fry’s creations, King + Duke’s menu is all about the huge open hearth that Fry installed in the kitchen, and which cooks navigate with a series of grills that can be moved around on pulleys.
Holeman & Finch
2277 Peachtree Rd., Buckhead
When Holeman & Finch first opened, you could only order their famous burgers (which most people say are the best in Atlanta) after 10pm, and you had to be quick about it—only twenty-four were served each evening. In response to overwhelming demand, the chef finally made them a regular menu fixture a few years ago. The burgers and the rest of their pub-inspired menu are best experienced from the cozy bar at the back of the space.
2140 Peachtree Rd., Buckhead
If you’re looking for amazing vegan and vegetarian food in Atlanta, look no further than Cafe Sunflower’s bright, unpretentious Peachtree Road location: The menu offers vegetarian takes on everything from pan-fried dumplings to lasagna to enchiladas. Their brunch menu includes fried “chicken” seitan waffles topped with mustard maple syrup and vegan whipped cream, pretty much guaranteeing any non-vegans present won’t have any gripes. Plus, in addition to their wine selection, there’s a rotating craft-beer menu.
88 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Buckhead
Inside the St. Regis is Southern-inspired Atlas, whose menu is overseen by Aria’s Chef Jerry Klaskala, and directed by Executive Chef Christopher Grossman, who cut his teeth at French Laundry. What’s great about Atlas, beyond the food, is their art collection: be it Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, or works by local SCAD Atlanta students gracing the walls, it all adds beautifully to the experience.
The St. Regis Atlanta
88 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Buckhead
The St. Regis in Atlanta is situated in Buckhead, conveniently walking distance from Whole Foods—in case you want to pick up some snacks for the room (or forgotten toiletries). The hotel has a grand lobby with a soaring ceiling, crystal chandelier, impressive, winding staircases—with a tea room, meeting spaces, restaurant (Atlas is great), and bar spinning off of it. Suites here are grandly appointed, as can be expected, and really generous on space, with particularly luxurious powder rooms. Their 40,000-square foot “Pool Piazza” is flanked by inviting red-and-white striped lounge chairs—and transformed into an ice skating rink for a few months of winter fun.
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