Even if you have been living in Atlanta for a long time, there’s always more to discover in the city – especially on Peachtree Street! If you’re ever downtown at dinnertime and looking for a new establishment, check out these terrific eateries right in the heart of Atlanta.
No matter what the occasion, take an opportunity to indulge in some of Peachtree Street’s best dining experiences. From the well-known Sun Dial rotating over the city to the epitome of Atlanta soul food, here are our top five restaurants on Peachtree Street:
Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint
A modern-day spin on Atlanta’s historic juke joints, Sweet Georgia’s embraces a healthy mix of Southern food, drink, socializing, and music all under one roof. This is the perfect way to kick back after a long day and enjoy all the pleasures of live jazz music and great food. The ambiance, while elegant, is also fun and light-hearted. Note that there is a $5 performance fee per person – well worth the live entertainment!
Must try: Shrimp & Grits and Bread Pudding
The Sun Dial
Even if you don’t go for the admittedly pricey meal, it’s absolutely worth paying the Sun Dial a visit just for the skyline view. The restaurant, perched on the 72nd floor of The Westin at Peachtree Plaza, takes an hour to make a complete rotation. This ensures that over the course of the meal, you get to enjoy a full view of the city. Make your reservation early so you can grab a table when the sun sets – you won’t regret the view.
Must try: Bay Scallops and Fried Apple Pie
Gladys Knight’s Signature Chicken & Waffles
Praised as the epitome of Atlanta soul food, Gladys Knight’s does not disappoint. This restaurant is nearly always packed with folks hankering for some soul food, so aim to visit on a weeknight or during lunch hours. Authentic and traditional, Gladys Knight’s provides a Southern atmosphere for tourists and long-time residents alike. This is definitely a top American chicken and waffles establishment.
Must try: Midnight Train Chicken and Waffles (of course) and Sweet Potato Cheesecake
Arguably, one of the best things about visiting Peachtree Street is the people-watching. Take advantage of this upscale Mexican eatery’s outdoor patio dining area and observe Atlanta. Escorpión’s forte is in its drink menu, but they also serve an authentic range of tacos and ceviche. This restaurant features Day of the Dead-themed decorations and a lively scene, whether you come for lunch or dinner.
Must try: Deep-Fried Shrimp Tacos and El Diablo Margarita
Empire State South
If you are a fan of Top Chef, make the time to check out this restaurant, established by Hugh Acheson, celebrity chef and judge! Empire State South gives classic Southern food a modern flair and a beautiful aesthetic on top of it all. If you’re looking for a more elegant restaurant but still want that Southern hospitality in your dining experience, Empire State South is the best spot on Peachtree Street.
Must try: Farm Egg and Pimento Cheese with Bacon Marmalade
The Connor Group, which owns and operates luxury apartment communities in 10 markets, including Atlanta, contributed content to this article.