Making big business moves requires big pockets and extraordinary venues. When closing the deal of a lifetime, it’s important to know where to dine when celebrating victory or playing a game of business hardball. The power lunch is an essential component to business success and Atlanta has a myriad of superior dining spots that will impress even the shrewdest colleague. Here are the five elite places in the city to lunch when business is on the menu.
Located within the confines of luxury known as Buckhead, Bone’s is definitely the perfect place to go when you want to pull out all the stops; food, atmosphere and service are all top-notch. Part of the esteemed group of fine dining establishments in Atlanta; expect an upscale and classy vibe from the onset. The food here is delicious to say the least, while it is classified as a classic American steakhouse; there are several other options that leave just as big of an impression. For lunch, a few choice menu highlights include: tuna lion with lime, chili oil and cilantro, almond encrusted scallop salad, mixed grill of domestic lamb chop and sausage with parmesan grits and the sautéed wild salmon with braised white beans & Edwards bacon. The crème brulée with fresh fruit or the signature “mountain high” pie go quite well with a very flushed out wine selection. After a trip here, closing the deal is a cinch.
Bone’s Restaurant is located at 3130 Piedmont Rd. NE 404.237.2663
Chops Lobster Bar
Under the restaurant juggernaut Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, lays this popular and equally impressive spot that has some of the best food the city has to offer. The décor is very polished and traditional with a welcoming feel. A regular fixture on “best of” list’s and top-ranked on several food-related surveys, Chops has prefect presentation and even better execution. Whether you prefer seafood, steak or chicken, Executive Chef Daryl Gassmann offers deliciously innovative ways to tempt your taste buds. The lunch menu almost reads as a dinner menu due to the superb food selection. Try the steak tartare, jumbo lump crab cocktail, Maine lobster bisque, Chilean seas bass (served Hong Kong style) or the always satisfying steak and lobster combo. For the more exclusive power lunch meeting partake in the private dining packages that are available to larger parties. Packages include conference tables, projection screens and complimentary valet parking.
Chops Lobster Bar is located at 70 West Paces Ferry Rd. 404.262.2675
The Capital Grille
Before you even enter Capital Grille you are greeted with the breathtaking architecture of the building. Beaming lights, glossy glass windows and penthouse views are enough to seal any deal upon sight. The Buckhead business elite dine here and their reputation is very well-deserved. Boasting a wine selection of over 350 bottles, even the most elitist wine connoisseur will have no trouble finding wine to compliment their meal. From start to finish, the lunch offerings are exquisite and well thought out. The Wagyu beef Carpaccio, smoked salmon, pan-fried calamari with hot cherry peppers and the mozzarella, tomato and basil salad with aged Balsamic dressing are delicious dishes that are not too heavy for an afternoon meal. If you are feeling a little daring after discussing mergers and acquisitions, you must try some of the decadent desserts like the flourless chocolate espresso cake, coconut cream pie or the chocolate hazelnut cake. Your business partners will be very impressed after just one visit.
The Capital Grille is located at 255 East Paces Ferry Rd. 404.262.1162
Morton’s The Steakhouse
In the heart of downtown Atlanta many business deals by city power players are made daily and when the business-minded want a place to lunch with upscale accommodations, food and service they come to the one and only Morton’s. Home of private dining rooms, expert bars and arguably the best steak in the city, after one bite you will become a true believer, take a trip and see what this legendary restaurant is all about. Oysters Rockefeller, Maine lobster cocktail, colossal shrimp Alexander, Alaskan king crab legs and the domestic double rib lamb chops are perfection on a plate. Have a little coffee while you indulge in the signature hot chocolate cake, soufflé (chocolate, raspberry, Grand Marnier and lemon) or the double chocolate mousse for a bit of an afternoon sugar rush.
Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 303 Peachtree Center Ave. 404.577.4366
For the contemporary business professional there is no better place to impress coworkers and finalize business deals. Bluepointe is a visual feast for the eyes. Over 10,000 feet of curving, swooping structures, colorful lighting, high ceilings and impressive views set an ideal business tone of prosperity. Easily the best sushi in Atlanta, there is something for everyone to choose from. Expect nothing but the best from Executive Chef Doug Turbush and his team of highly capable culinary masters. Tuna sashimi ceviche, braised pork belly steam buns, garlic sesame hanger steak, massaman chicken and the popular “bluepointe” sushi roll are just a teaser of what comprises a stellar menu. Creative cocktails and sticky sweet desserts add to the overall appeal of this Buckhead hot spot. Be sure to take in the full view of Peachtree Road as you make major business moves.
Bluepointe is located at 3455 Peachtree Rd. 404.237.9070