20 Best Lunch Spots in Atlanta

Atlanta has a bold personality defined by its Southern roots and active, young population. 'ATL' bursts with cultural achievements, from its popular music scene to fine arts. Restaurants in town showcase African-American soul food with international flavors brought from all over the world. But what do the city's smartest, savviest diners have to say when asked where is the best lunch in Atlanta? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Here, we've gathered information from in-the-know diners to put together a list of the best lunch spots in Atlanta. Find a table and grab some lunch in Atlanta today!

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Restaurants:Le Colonial - Atlanta, Atmosphere Bistro, Le Bilboquet - Atlanta
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Vietnamese, French
Neighborhoods:Buckhead, Midtown
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Time
7:00 PM

Le Colonial - Atlanta

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Buckhead
1,286 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies

Go on a throwback journey to colonial-era Southeast Asia for some of the best lunch in Atlanta. A colorful, lively place that brings the flavors of Vietnam and France to life, Le Colonial is one of th...

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Atmosphere Bistro

$$$$·French·
Midtown
2,409 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem

For some of the best French cuisine in Atlanta, the Atmosphere Bistro is the place to go. Located right on Piedmont Avenue in a rustic cottage, the Atmosphere is the spot for some of the best lunch in...

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Le Bilboquet - Atlanta

$$$$·French·
Buckhead
2,105 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasion

Take a trip to France at lunchtime at the Atlanta favorite Le Bilboquet. This elegant Parisian-style bistro brings all the flavors of Europe to the heart of Atlanta. At lunch, try some of the classic ...

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The Optimist

$$$$·Seafood·
West Midtown
6,881 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

It's impossible not to feel good after a trip to The Optimist! This fun, elegant seafood restaurant in West Midtown features some of the best lunch in Atlanta. Begin with the East Coast or West Coast ...

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Seed Kitchen & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Marietta
4,828 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Lunch

Trek out to the fun Merchant's Walk in East Cobb to discover some treasures and enjoy some of the best lunch in Atlanta. Seed Kitchen and Bar is a bright, airy restaurant with exceptional cocktails an...

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Chai Yo Modern Thai

$$$$·Thai·
Buckhead
642 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date

Classic Thai meets modern styles at this neighborhood gem in Buckhead. An Atlanta favorite, Chai Yo Modern Thai delivers exciting twists on classic Thai dishes. Grab some of the signature cocktails to...

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Bones

$$$$·Steak·
Buckhead
8,533 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance

This classically-styled steakhouse is home to some of the best lunch in Atlanta. Settle into this comfortable favorite to start with shrimp cocktail, Scotch-smoked salmon, or seared tuna loin with lim...

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Ecco Buckhead

$$$$·European·
Buckhead
707 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Trek out to North Buckhead and the stylish surroundings of Ecco for a lunchtime highlight. This sleek, engaging restaurant features some of the best lunch in Atlanta. Try the wood-fired focaccia with ...

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St. Cecilia

$$$$·European·
Buckhead
3,256 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance

Journey down the coast of Europe at lunchtime without ever leaving Atlanta at St. Cecilia. A warm and welcoming Buckhead favorite, St. Cecilia boasts a full menu of engaging European cuisine. Grab som...

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F & B Atlanta

$$$$·French·
Buckhead
860 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

For some of the best “New South” dining in Atlanta, the Horseradish Grill is a prime dining spot. This comfortable Buckhead location is the spot for some of the best lunch in Atlanta. For lunch, try s...

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South City Kitchen Buckhead

$$$$·Regional American (Southern)·
Buckhead
2,097 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Brunch
  • Lunch

One of the prime Southern dining spots in Atlanta, the South City Kitchen is an elegant and welcoming spot for a mid-day meal. On the “First Flavors” menu, try fried green tomatoes, pan-fried chicken ...

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Blue Ridge Grill

$$$$·American·
Buckhead
4,617 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries

A rustic mountain lodge setting elevates the Blue Ridge Grill, one of the top spots for the best lunch in Atlanta. Head into this throwback, cozy place for an excellent menu of American classics. Star...

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Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Marietta
2,415 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

Stop into this local favorite with a live wood-fired grill and oyster bar to enjoy some of the best seafood selections in Atlanta. The lunch menu features a full range of excellent seafood from around...

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By George - Atlanta

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
98 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals

Trek to Atlanta's celebrated Candler Building for some prime French cuisine at the elegant By George restaurant. Right in the heart of Downtown, this celebrated French restaurant boasts some of the be...

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Mission and Market

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Buckhead
1,338 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
  • Special Occasion

Journey out to the Three Alliance Center in Buckhead to find some of the best lunch in Atlanta at Mission and Market. An American restaurant with West Coast flavors, Mission and Market is a fun spot f...

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Bistro Niko

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Buckhead
7,912 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries

For a trip to Paris without leaving Atlanta, Bistro Niko is the place to go. This fun French restaurant is a stylish and engaging spot for some of the best lunch in Atlanta. Oysters come from places l...

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Local Three

$$$$·American·
Buckhead
2,933 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighbourhood Gem

This casual but upscale restaurant describes the vibe as “foie gras in flip flops.” Trek into this Buckhead spot for some of the best lunch in Atlanta. Snack on crispy Brussels sprouts, truffle Parmes...

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Davio's - Atlanta

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Buckhead
1,589 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance

The Atlanta outpost of this nationally-renowned Italian steakhouse chain is the place for some of the best lunch in town. A colorful antipasti menu features favorites like Kobe beef meatballs and oven...

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