Paul V. Hartman

D I C K   A N D   H A R R Y ' S
American; casual; moderate to expensive. (770)641-8757
Very original menu; interesting combinations; large variety of seafood and meat choices. Open kitchen. "Daily specials list" is an entire page. Nice wine list, all West Coast; several choices by the glass.
25 points on the Zagat write-in survey. Savy mid-towners will drive all the way to Roswell to dine here.

P A N O ' S   &   P A U L 'S
Continental; elegant; expensive. (404)261-3662
Tucked into a small shopping center where I-75 passes W. Paces Ferry, this elegant place is a return to a previous time when sumptious dining in gilded rooms was the essence of special occasion. Reservations are required at this highly popular restaurant which has won many awards. Knowledgable staff. Excellent wine list.

California nouvelle; elegent casual; expensive. (404)365-0410
(Now located at 1198 Howell Mill Rd, NW, near 14th St, west side, in a renovated former meat-packing building.) There are daily menu changes at what many in Atlanta regard as the city's "best" restaurant. A four-course prix fixe meal ($68) consists of about 6 choices in each group. The chef's planned menu of the night, with wines, is prix fixe at $85. Wines by the glass are otherwise discouraged by the paucity of selection. The food quality is high and the portions are small, which is the way we prefer it. Seating for 55. Attentive staff. Reservation necessary.
Dinner only, Tuesday thru Saturday from 6:00 pm.

F A B (French American Brasserie)
French, bistro ambience; pricey. (404)266-1440
The former Brasserie Le Coze when in Lenox Mall, is now downtown near the Aquarium. Larger: service on three floors. Parisian accents, of course. Attractive ceilings. Expanded menu is impressive, but traditional brasserie items remain. Lots of seafood. Lunch and dinner, Mon to Sat, from 11:30am.

American/Continental; casual/dressy; moderate/pricey. (770)432-2663
Old brick and open trusses set off the interior ambiance. Terrace dining nearly level with the swiftly flowing Chattahoochee ("the Hooch") lends another level of interest to this culinary gem. A nice wine list (though loaded with Zinfandels) but not enough choices by the glass. You go for the food, which is clever in preparation and presentation. The staff is knowledgeable. Ranked in the Zagat Survey "Top Ten " in Atlanta, a measure not necessarily of culinary excellence but of wide appeal among savy diners. Very popular; reservation essential. Lunch M-F from 11:30, dinner M-Sat from 5:30pm.

Upscale SouthWest at its finest. (404)240-1984
Stunningly beautiful Southwest interior design, bordering on excess. Common culinary things here are given extraordinary flavor. Service is quick and attentive. On the Zagat "Top Ten" list and very popular. Least expensive wine: $28.

S E E G E R ' S
Southern; jacket/tie requested; very expensive. (404)846-9779
You need the address as the white building is unmarked: 111 W. Paces Ferry Rd, Buckhead.
This tony Buckhead restaurant has won many awards, but I will go against the tide and declare it overblown and overpriced, even though the food is quite good, if eclectic. Excellent wine service, but, again, you pay dearly for it. 4 course meal, prix fixe at $125, wines extra. Or order a la carte. Noisy, frenetic, crowded.
Dinner Monday to Saturday, 6:00 to 10:00pm. Parking in rear.

The pretentious Seegers has closed. A new restaurant, POSH, occupies the space.

T H E   A B B E Y
Continental, medieval ambience; moderate. (404)876-8532
The Abbey began in 1968 upon taking over a tall-ceilinged stain-glass windowed church built in 1915 on Ponce de Leon. The staff dress as monks; the effect is a retreat in time to merry old England. A necessary tourist stop for Atlanta visitors but not a tourist trap, as the food is quite good and the wine list outstanding - if they actually have the wines on this long list.

L U N A   S I
Eclectic, minimalist ambience; moderate. (404)355-5993
Some menu items seem peculiar, but everything is done well. Maybe Spanish/Mediterranean is what this fusion cuisine most closely approximates. Even the wine choices are odd. People write on the tables and walls here with crayons supplied by management. Menu not yet online. Menu changes weekly.

Greek elegance; seafood the speciality; moderate. (404)262-0702
White and blue decor, stars in the ceiling, with columns stolen from the Palace of Knosos, Crete. :-)   Fish is sold by the pound, the menu being a guide. The lamb is also excellent. This is very upscale Greek dining.
Dinner 5 - 11:00pm Monday - Saturday.

Though we vist infrequently due to the review process in other cities, these are our favorites in Atlanta:

Buckhead: Dining Room (Ritz-Carlton); Joel; Kyma; La Grotta; Nava; Pano & Pauls
Intown: Bacchanalia
Metro: Canoe; Muss & Turners; Dick & Harrys

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