Buckhead Restaurants

Restaurant neighborhood
490 East Paces Ferry Rd., Buckhead
Aria has been around for fifteen-plus years, but its beautiful 2016 revamp by Atlanta firm Seiber Design has generated a lot of renewed interest. As ever, this is a white-tablecloth restaurant; there were a few bright oak tabletops added to the upstairs dining room, which is flanked by a leather banquette. The new bar, handsomely backed in dark wood panels, serves the full, seasonal dinner, and is a good option if you’re a pair without a reservation.
Cafe Sunflower
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.
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. Most dishes see the hearth at some point, be they vegetables, like a whole-roasted cauliflower, or ambitious meats like the juicy, charred New York strip for two. The modern-yet-warm interior isn’t dissimilar from Ford’s other spaces, featuring bold brass light fixtures above the bar, worn leather barstools, and moody, dark walls. In the warmer months, try to grab a seat on the huge open-air patio, which is shaded by yellow-and-blue striped canopies in the sunshine and lit by twinkle lights in the evening.
St. Cecilia
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.
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