The restaurant business is one that is marred with fickle customers and unpredictable and quite frequent, openings and closings. Today’s list features the former, as we have compiled a list of the hottest new restaurants that have opened their doors recently to Atlanta patrons. Whether you’re looking for new dining ideas, adventurous cuisine options or you just love to be the first in your circle to review all the new happenings, today’s list has all your bases covered. Sit back and enjoy as we tell you the Top 5 new restaurants you need to visit now!
1 Bistro Niko
Bistro Niko is a fresh and innovative take on the decadent world of French cuisine. Labeled as “contemporary Parisian dining,” it is just that, with lots of old world charm, aesthetic and sensibilities, but a modern spin on classic dishes, service and atmosphere. Guided by the brilliant culinary mind and skill of Executive Chef Gary Donlick, the menu offers a delicious glimpse of traditional French cuisine with a few welcomed surprises sprinkled throughout. Now let’s discuss the wonderful food! Beginning with the appetizers, there are several succulent options to perfectly commence a meal. The Moules “Gilbert” (Blue Hill mussels, white wine, shallots, cream & parsley), Croque “Monsieur” au Saumon (butter grilled brioche with smoked salmon & fromage blanc) and the Confit de Canard (crisp duck confit, frisée salad and crisp duck potatoes are so incredibly delectable that you may find yourself ordering more than just one. Dinner entrées are authentically French and impossibly delicious. Pates aux Fruites de Mer (tagliatelle pasta, spring peas, Acadian Bay scallops, Gulf shrimp, Maine calamari and white wine cream sauce), Arctic Char Barigoule (roasted Arctic char, artichoke, tomato confit & fennel bulb and tomato coriander vinaigrette) and the Tournedos au Poivre (twin beef tenderloins, cracked pepper crust and brandied cream mushrooms) are just samples of the rich and full options adorning the impressive menu. Of course no visit to a French restaurant would be complete without indulging in the sinfully rich and equally spectacular desserts. You absolutely must try the Baba au Rhum and the classic crème brulée. After just one meal here I promise you will become a regular customer because everything is worthy of a repeat visit and multiple tastings.
3344 Peachtree Rd.
2 Miller Union
This quaint and cozy den of decadent cuisine has been on the lips of Atlantans for a little while now. The name Miller Union comes from the historic stockyards that once populated Atlanta’s Westside region. Owners Steven Satterfield and Neal McCarthy are responsible for the unique and unforgettable experience that diners can expect upon visiting. The menu is based around the week’s harvest to ensure that all food is at the freshest level for excellent consumption. Some definite menu standouts include appetizers like the creamy grit fritters with country ham and Thomasville tome, Georgia apples with celery, lettuce and shallot vinaigrette. Entrees are as hearty and satisfying as one would expect coming from a restaurant that prides itself on using nothing but fresh ingredients. Be sure to try the pan-seared duck breast with sweet corn and butterbean succotash, griddled Darby Farms chicken with roasted okra, garlic and tomato and the Carolina flounder with shelled peas, beans and watercress. If you are feeling adventurous, try the sautéed quail with braised celery and faro with squash and pecans or the braised rabbit with radishes, creamed turnips, orange and parsley. Another dish worthy of mention is the roasted eggplant that is delicious alone or when paired with one of the signature dishes. Leave room for dessert and you will be more than satisfied with the warm plum crisp with custard sauce, apple-pecan cake with caramel-honey ice cream or the traditional, but always delicious, coconut cream pie. After your first initial visit, I am certain that Miller Union will easily became a regular place to get delicious, all-natural food, prepared in an innovative gourmet way.
999 Brady Ave. NW
Apparently French cuisine is all the rage in the great city of Atlanta as another restaurant featuring Parisian food has found its way onto our list. Amuse! may specialize in quality French food, but their approach, style and preparation sets them apart from other similar dining havens. Headed by Executive Chef Frank Ouvrard and located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, Amuse! already has all the components to make it one of the city’s top culinary successes. The menu is a delectable array of French-inspired favorites beginning with delicious appetizers like the PEI mussels gratinée with garlic butter, Swiss cheese and a touch of cream, the pan seared diver scallops with Provençal sauce and the warm potato-goat cheese terrine with mixed green salad and lemon chive sauce. The entrées really shine and are sure to intrigue diners. Sautéed Carolina trout with crabmeat, bacon polenta and yellow corn sauce, Sonoma duck leg confit with fingerling potatoes, wild mushrooms and chicken jus, Grilled chicken brochette with twice-baked potatoes, salade verde and smoked lemon wedges and the lobster risotto with English peas, fresh mint, lobster and tomato broth are guaranteed to tempt palates long after they have been savored. Traditional tiramisu and profiteroles with chocolate sauce are just a few of the dessert highlights to complete your meal experience.
560 Dutch Valley Rd.
4 Goin’ Coastal
After much success in the downtown area of Canton, Georgia, Chef Zach Kell decided to bring his popular Goin’ Coastal restaurant to Atlanta with a prime location nestled neatly in the trendy Virginia Highlands neighborhood. Southern seafood dishes and recipes take center stage here, but with a decidedly gourmet twist to keep culinary critics and casual diners guessing and returning for more. Self-labeled as “sustainable seafood,” expect some of the best fresh catch available within the city limits. Dishes like the Chesapeake oysters, lobster Maine, yellow fin tuna, snow crab legs and the rainbow trout are classic dishes prepared to perfection. Any one of the Coastal dinner platters or specialties are a definite bet, as they offer generous portions with a little bit of everything that this restaurant does best. You must also try the jalapeno corn bread pudding and the Southern-inspired creamy cheese grits which are absolutely to die for.
1021 Virginia Ave. NE
5 Empire State South
Chef Hugh Acheson is responsible for this restaurant that is among restaurants on the lips of the most influential and well-respected fixtures within Atlanta’s culinary community. With an emphasis on Southern dishes that rely heavily on the select produce of this region, Empire State South has an elegant approach to food that is also extremely accessible to culinary novices as well. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, there always seems to be an ideal time to stop in and sample some of the delicious food that will stay on your mind well until your next visit. Start things off in an impressive way with the UGA Sturgeon Caviar with minced Vidalia onions, egg mimosa, crème fraiche and lemon, after all who can resist the exquisite temptation of the decadence of caviar. For the main course, the choices are limitless, but here are a few that standout immediately: Frogmore stew, La Quercia prosciutto, pan seared redfish, crisp duck leg confit, butternut squash bisque and the Berkshire pork chop. Don’t forget wonderful side dishes in the form of, radishes with salsa verde, warm wheat berries with feta and the hearty okra with buttered almonds. No matter what time of day you come, you will always find something new to try that will leave you deliciously speechless.
999 Peachtree St.