The Results are in: Find Out What Restaurants Made JEZEBEL's 2020 Best of Atlanta List

By The Editors | April 8, 2020 | Food & Drink


Best New Restaurant: Le Colonial

Le Colonial’s small plates and seasonal cocktails definitely generated a lot of buzz last fall. And, while we’re certainly impressed by the resto’s modern approach to classic Vietnamese cuisine, we’re also captivated by its vibe-y atmosphere. We’ll take a seat on the veranda, thank you very much. @lecolonialatlanta

Best for the Fam: Ruth’s Chris Steak House

With four Atlanta-area locations, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is always an easy choice when the fam comes to visit. The menu is little brother-approved, offering something to tempt even the pickiest of eaters. @ruthschris

Best Asian: Chirori Robata & Sake Pairing

Chirori’s unique dining concept pairs authentic Japanese dishes with carefully selected sake, inviting you to take notice of the flavors that unite food and beverage. The menu makes it easy, listing sake alongside each dish so you’ll know exactly which to sip while digging into your sukiyaki risotto. @chiroriatlanta

Best Special Occasion: New York Prime

The best place for a first date—or second or third—NY Prime racked in the votes for Atlanta’s best special occasion eatery. The old-school steakhouse is known for chops, but don’t sleep on the sides. @newyorkprime


Best Downtown Eats: By George

If you’re downtown at dinnertime, you’ll want to check out By George. The posh parlor is the perfect place to nosh on French-inspired dishes and indulge in a glass of sommelier-selected wine. @bygeorgeatl

Best Bar Bites: 5Church

If you haven’t sampled 5Church’s social hour menu, you’re missing out. The selection puts traditional bar bites to shame with options like short rib sliders, mussels and fried green tomatoes. The plates pair perfectly with the happy hour’s signature cocktail, which is topped with prosecco. Cheers! @5churchatlanta

Best Mexican: Bar.bacoa

You can’t go wrong with tapas, tacos and tequila, which might be why Bar.bacoa was an obvious choice for Atlanta’s best Mexican eatery. The restaurant-bar hybrid is the perfect place to sip on something strong while sharing skillet-baked queso with your compadres. @barbacoa.atl

Best Sweet Spot: Beard Papa’s

Satisfy your sweet tooth with Beard Papa’s world-famous cream puffs. Pick your shell and choose your filling, and create your own variation of the Japanese dessert. It’s safe to say that this is one of Atlanta’s best kept, and sweetest, secrets. @beardpapas

Best Spot for Dining on a Diet: Flower Child

Flower Child’s fresh, flavor-forward menu is proof that dining on a diet doesn’t have to be so black and white. The colorful eatery is bursting with menu items like the Glow Bowl, The Rebel wrap and gluten-free mac and cheese. Oh, and we’ll take a cold brew to go, obvi. @eatflowerchild


Best Late-Night Nosh: O-Ku

Leave McDonald’s and Waffle House to the amateurs—O-Ku is giving late-night dining a major upgrade. The late-night sushi menu is an exceptional cure for your midnight munchies. @okuatlanta

Best Brunch: Bazati

Brunch on the BeltLine is pretty much a right of passage for us ATLiens. If you’re looking for the perfect place to enjoy everyone’s favorite pastime, look no further. Views and vibes abound at Bazati, which houses two restaurants and small shops for your post-brunch browsing pleasure. @bazatiatl

Best Authentic Dining Experience: Feedel Bistro

Take your taste buds on a trip to East Africa, sans the plane ticket. Feedel Bistro’s Ethiopian-inspired cuisine is bursting with authentic spices and flavors, offering a unique-tasting experience right here in the A. We’ll toast a glass of traditional Ethiopian honey wine to that. @feedelbistro

Best Italian: Pricci

A creative menu and contemporary dining space make Pricci stand out among the rest as Atlanta’s best Italian restaurant. Sample a few of its small plates and you’ll see why. @pricciatlanta

Best Chef: Chef Pano

Thanks to cooking lessons from his grandmother, chef Pano is an expert at whipping traditional Greek ingredients into all-star dishes bursting with rich flavors. Head to Buckhead’s Kyma to taste the seasoned chef’s mouthwatering creations for yourself—and, whatever you do, don’t leave without trying Pano’s signature olives. Seriously, it’d be a crime against your taste buds. @chefpano

Best Seafood: Atlanta Fish Market

For the finest seafood selection in the city, head on over to Atlanta Fish Market. Daily deliveries ensure you’re always getting the freshest catch. While you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, we suggest sushi. The Yummi-Yummi roll got its name for a reason. @atlantafishmarket


Best Hotel Restaurant: Fia

Located in The Burgess Hotel is new Buckhead hot spot Fia. Housemade pastas, shareable sides and fresh local produce set the menu at this charming resto that features dishes inspired by the rustic cooking of the Western Mediterranean. Before you go, grab a cocktail at quirky craft cocktail bar Mr. B. Bar. @fia_atlanta

Best OTP Restaurant: Ocean & Acre

Buzzy dining spots aren’t exclusive to the city—and Ocean & Acre is proof. The Halcyon hot spot serves a selection of small seafood plates and sparkling spritzes that are well worth the drive up 400. @oceanandacre

Best Barbecue: Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

We don’t need a pitmaster to tell us why Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q serves the best barbecue in the A. The fan favorite—which is served at both Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Truist Park—is a true winner. Don’t believe it? Try it for yourself! @foxbrosbarbq

Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant: Park Tavern

A buzzy beverage program and delicious bar bites—including fresh sushi—make this the perfect place to hang out with your people and their pups. It’s no wonder hundreds pack Park Tavern each spring to take advantage of the bar and restaurant’s signature festivals, stellar views and laid-back atmosphere. @parktavern

Photography by: By Yellow Bird visuals | Courtesy of The candler hotel | By Heidi Geldhauser | Courtesy of the Burgess Hotel