the bqe restaurant & lounge

4.5
952 reviews
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$30 and under
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Regional American (Southern)
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  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
bqe restaurant and lounge is not your average soul food restaurant. It's soul food amplified! The decor and unique lighting fixtures remind you of a modern day New York speakeasy. Expect to hear cool sounds of neo soul and jazz to free your mind while you dine. The warm eye catching colors and plush fabrics will soothe you as you sip one of our New York inspired signature cocktails. Complete your dining experience with one of our delicious signature desserts.
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Mississippi
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fun day party vibes

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SW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

We had the best waitress!! Great ambience and music, but the food was mediocre.

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a
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and drinks. Service was good was seated on time for reservations great live music.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

My experience at BQE was amazing! Food tasted great ,vibe was on point&I’d enjoyed my waiter Shida! However, my Red Velvet waffle and chicken wings took an hour to get to me. My entire table had their food within 15 minutes of us sitting down.

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AY
Mississippi
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First, I had to remind the hostess three times that I had a reservation. However, I absolutely loved this place. The music, the food was five star, the service was great! Next time I’m in ATL this will be my go to spot.

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CC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was really good, DJ was great, good service and nice ambiance-- brunch was lit!!

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A
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Very overpriced. The live music and DJ were amazing! But unfortunately that was the only highlight of the evening.

Food wise: I had the shrimp & grits, and it was Really good!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous experience. Turns into a club atmosphere around 8:30ish. Gets loud and the beats move your body. So, dinner early!

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CC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Server was inattentive. The gumbo was very runny and salty. The Mac and cheese was good. The server had a “I don’t care attitude”. He didn’t put in one of our tables order. She waited for her food for an hour. Asked for it to go and they brought it out to her on a plate. These folks need training on details, time management, and showing a sense of caring. I won’t be patronizing here again.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

BQE is the best brunch in ATL. I just wish they had a bigger space due to wait times even with reservations. Other than that, perfect!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was Absolutely amazing. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was so fun. Pretty much like a day party-I’ll be coming back here every time I’m in Atlanta!!!

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L
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Food and parking increased and service decreased. An old sofa is not good for a dinner seating, use chairs. My guest were so uncomfortable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

We ordered bottomless mimosas and we could barely get a refill

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had a nice time visiting. When I arrived their system was down so they couldn't even use the system to confirm.

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VD
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Jasmine was just phenomenal!! AWESOME atmosphere,vibe, food, and customer service!

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t
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall it was an ok experience...the venue is real tight and space is limited. I requested to sit near the stage but my request wasn’t honored.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Very nice lively atmosphere playing music. The restaurant itself isn’t too large and the service was slightly slow; however, I didn’t mind too much. Especially because the food was really good. I had the Salmon Alfredo and it was delicious! I wasn’t too pleased about a $12 cocktail being served in what looked like an oversized shot glass, but I enjoyed myself nonetheless.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to brunch here for my birthday... started off rocky with my reservations as we still had to wait 30 minutes but it was definitely worth the wait!!! The entire atmosphere was great!! Food and mimosas were delish!!! I really enjoyed my birthday !! I would definitely return

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Great . A little confusion with the host

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

I ordered chicken and waffles my food took over 30 mins come out and it was cold . The staff except the waitress was not pleasant at all. The waitress was very apologetic on the wait time. The seating arrangement is not the best. The waffles good cold so I can imagine if they were hot.

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MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had to wait almost 30 minutes after we checked in to our reservation.

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I loveeeeedddd this place! Most definitely coming back

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RB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bqe is an awesome place ....my 2nd time coming back within 30 days ......def my spot to go to everytime I go to atlanta!

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AF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice atmosphere for brunch! And food is amazing. Thanks for a good time

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S
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Omg I loovveeed it we had so much fun. At first I was skeptical about the way the seating was, you're sitting so close to another party. But luckily for us we were next to a cool group of girls as well and we all end up partying together. I'm still trying to recover as I type fun fun fun!!!! Will definitely be returning....

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AR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The crowd is a bit young. I took my parents for brunch at 10am. And they were already playing loud rap, R& B, music before noon. The R&B, not so bad. The loud ratchet rap and hip hop was a bit much before noon and for older people.

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JG
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everytime I come here I have a great time with great drinks and food!

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CS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Very attentive and polite. Nice lounge atmosphere. Great music.

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J
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

It was overall just an okay spot. I don’t understand the hype behind it. The drinks were mediocre, they had the be sent back. The food was ok, it wasn’t hot it was luke warm. My server was excellent, she tried her best. I know I won’t be back in the future, ever!

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Went there with my family........food was amazing. Drinks were ok but seating was tough to deal with.

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JO
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was good but it was over packed in there and only two cooks which made getting our food longer than expected.

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DA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

I LOVE BQE BUT THIS TIME AROUND, I WAS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED. IM SADDENED BY THE FACT THAT VALET IS $20 WIT A CONVENIENCE FEE. ALSO, THERE IS A 2 HOUR SITTING TIME TO DINE. SUPPOSE I WANTED TO STAY LONGER AND LISTEN TO THE BAND? THAT ISNT AN OPTION UNLESS YOU SPEND MORE MONEY! THE FOOD WAS GOOD BUT I DIDNT LIKE THE SERVICE REGARDING THE DRINKS. THE WAITRESS GOT MY FRIENDS DRINK WRONG AND STILL TRIED TO CHARGE US FOR IT. I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS ESTABLISHMENT IS GETTING MORE POPULAR AND BUSY BUT THEY STILL NEED TO REMEMBER THAT IT IS THE PATRONS THAT KEEP THE BUSINESS THRIVING. I PROBABLY WONT RETURN......

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love BQE and my friends love BQE. It’s our go to when people come into town. We booked a party of 10 but didn’t originally have enough space for the 10, and then 2 friends joined our party. The waitress tried to accommodate as best as she could and we asked for the manager and he ended up adding a table for us and made it work for our party. They were flexible, respectful, and polite!!! I know sometimes reviews say that they feel people are rude, but we didn’t experience that!!! We had a great time and will continue to support BQE for not only accommodating, but for our waitresses being attentive and continuing to check in on us.

I never write reviews but this is owed! BQE is a dope establishment that always is a good time for brunch. The DJ is lit and the hookah is always great. S/o to the Owner. I don’t remember her name but she has a dope establishment!

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CW
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

EXCELLENT 💯💋 Banana foster was 💣. Shrimp and grits will have u slapping yo momma and last but not least the catfish and grits had me stuck. It was so delicious. Tell the cook to keep up the good work.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Every time I visit Atlanta, I come to bqe for brunch or dinner and I usually have a great time with no issues, but when I came here over the weekend my party was quickly rushed out after eating as our server stated that she had another reservation after us, but that wasn’t communicated early on. We proceeded to the bar to finish our mimosas, but the bartender was very rude and told us we couldn’t stand at the bar unless we had a bottle.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was really good.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Reserved a table for my husband and I on Father's Day. Not being from Atlanta, I passed the location up the first time. I wish the signage for BQE would have been more visible. I also had issues locating the valet parking. My husband and I were both carded for entry, but there were children in there under 21 so I was confused about that. Upon walking in, the young lady at the front desk seemed less than enthused that we were there. She never asked us to follow her, she just started walking towards the tables. The customer service was already off to me as I am a huge fan of customer service. Our waitress was nice, she took our drink orders, however it took us about 40 minutes to receive our drinks even though people who had gotten there after us had not only received drinks, but their meals as well. It took an hour to receive our food. We were sitting in close proximity to people who were doing hookah ( they arrived after we did). Neither of us are smokers so we were less than enthused that while eating we were having to swat away the vapor from the hookahs. Overall, the food was fine and the music, though a little loud for our taste, was good as well.

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DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, we got a table in the back tent area, it had AC and fans so we kept cool. Our waitress was great nice and very attentive overall BQE dope experience keep it up.

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K
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Server was just ok! The music/DJ was horrible, mimosa was trash! Tasted like watered down orange juice and cheap champagne! Usually on Saturday it’s a nice vibe. The crowd seems younger in the day time maybe I’ll stick to the after 6 pm grown and sexy crowd! They don’t freshen up the hooks just throw fresh coal on top of burned shesha! That’s not how you smoke hookah! I was completely disappointed!

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m
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I had 9:45am reservations, when I get there they told me the kitchen wouldn't be open for 30-45mins!! Totally unacceptable! Why have a 9:45 slot available and your kitchen isn't open???

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