Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has held the title of world’s busiest airport since 2000, and for good reason. Not only is it among world airport leaders in just about every statistical category measured, but it is also within a two-hour flight for 80 percent of the U.S. population. It isn’t just the service that sets Atlanta’s airport apart, it’s also the amenities. Dining and shopping are but two of the ways you can best utilize your time during a layover, and the airport is a short 10-minute trip into downtown Atlanta for those with a longer stay. As one of a few U.S. airports with direct rail access from the airport, getting to downtown Atlanta and other areas on MARTA is a breeze.
So getting to Atlanta was a snap. What now? Time to explore our neighborhoods and have some fun. There are many ways to navigate Atlanta, including: MARTA public transit, taxis, Atlanta Streetcar, car services and the good old-fashioned method of driving. If you’d like to see the city by foot or bike, the Beltline can guide you. No matter how you choose to see the sights, there’s a quick and easy way to find the right Peachtree Street. We do have a few of those, after all.
Despite having a mild climate, Atlanta does experience all four seasons. The average annual temperature is 61 degrees. July is the hottest month, averaging 89 degrees and January is the coldest, with the average low at 33 degrees. With less than two inches of annual snowfall, it’s not easy to ski or sled, but you can enjoy more than 100 golf courses, 200 public tennis courts and hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails more than 300 days a year. The moderate Atlanta climate also allows us to take advantage of many outdoor festivals, concert venues and parks nearly year-round.
EATS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE OMNI
Asante, 250 Park Ave (up to 90 guests)
Celebrity chef Marvin Woods brings the World Premiere of his signature cuisine, “Coastal Soul” to Downtown Atlanta at Asante Restaurant and Lounge. The restaurant features Woods’ unique genre of culinary art that pulls from his decades of experience cooking, traveling and studying global influence of the African Diaspora. “Coastal Soul Cuisine,” is coming together of the African Diaspora effect on the culinary arts in one menu.
Dantanna’s, 190 Marietta Street (up to 65 guests)
Dantanna’s combines culinary excellence with the entertainment value of sports to create the ultimate restaurant experience. As one of Atlanta’s favorite upscale sports restaurants, it exudes the sophistication of a five-start restaurant and the entertainment of having a private box at your favorite game. The private room accommodates up to 65 guests.
Der Biergarten, 300 Marietta Street Northwest
An authentic experience is here, giving local residents and visitors a true taste of German culture. Located within the Luckie Marietta District, this happy dining space fills a citywide void for a beer garden and authentic German fare while providing world-class service in a festive, traditional atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily
Max’s Pizzeria, 300 Marietta Street
Since 2009, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria has offered authentic, New York style pizza, classic salads, pastas, Italian sandwiches, signature coal oven wings and freshly made desserts. One of the restaurant’s signature features is that we have the only genuine coal-burning oven in Georgia, which creates a unique taste and texture that has been a hallmark of New York City pizzerias for more than a century.
Legal Seafood, 275 Baker Street, NW
For three generations, Legal Sea Foods has served only the highest quality, freshest fish at a great value. We select the finest and most flavorful goods, demanding nutrition and value as well as great taste from every dish we prepare. And for service, you’ll find no equal. Lunch and dinner: Monday – Saturday. Sunday Brunch
McCormick & Schmicks, 190 Marietta Street (up to 65 guests)
“Steak and seafood are the mainstay but the menu is broad… terrific happy-hour menu… a little more formal than your regular ‘tot-friendly’ restaurant, but the staff is great and goes out of their way to make sure you’re comfortable.” The private dining room seats 70 for a seated meal, 60 for buffet, and holds 100 standing reception style. Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; Lunch Sun 4pm-9pm
RUTH CHRIS Steak House, 267 Marietta Street (up to 120 guests)
Ruth’s Chris Steak House is situated in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel just across the street from the Georgia World Congress Center, CNN and Philips Arena. This Ruth’s Chris restaurant in downtown Atlanta offers dramatic views of Centennial Olympic Park. Numerous private dining rooms offer a variety of dining options.
Stats, 300 Marietta Street (Room #1 120 guests, Room #2 up to 50 guests)
Are you ready for some “food play?” Simply put, STATS is serious food and serious sports – Premium, food-focused, sports-centered, draught-direct eatery with a high- energy vibe, STATS. Adding to the excitement and anticipation, tap tasters will be mesmerized by the revolutionary beer system incorporated into the restaurant. With 70 high-definition televisions, gourmet American cuisine and beer that literally pours from the tables, the venue will be the definitive spot for sports lovers seeking good meals and libations. Lunch and Dinner
Thrive, 101 Marietta Street (Up to 30 guests)
Thrive is an upscale yet casual restaurant located in the heart of downtown. Thrive combines the elements of delicious food and extensive drink choices with a luxury setting. Lunch and Dinner Daily
Twin Smokers Barbeque, 300 Marietta Street
Southern-style barbecue with Hickory and White Oak smoked chicken and pork, and Texas-style barbecue with Mesquite and Post Oak smoked beef. Our smokers and our signature rubs make the difference in flavor, along with the quality meats we source from local farms.
Alma Cocina, 191 Peachtree St NE (up to 200 guests, up to 65 in private dining room)
Alma brings a new approach to contemporary Latin and Mexican cuisine and a whole lot of spice to the heart of downtown Atlanta. Their traditional regional flavors are bright, fresh and vibrant in mouthwatering authentic Mexican dishes. Open for dinner every night starting at 5 pm and serving lunch Monday-Friday from 11am to 3pm
Max Lager’s, 320 Peachtree St NE (up to 100 guests privately upstairs, 56 seated in the Copperview Room)
With the rise of craft beers, the competitive market has made maintaining small breweries difficult. Max Lager’s, though, has staying power. As the oldest independent brewery restaurant in Atlanta, Max Lager’s has been serving wood-fired cuisine and freshly brewed beers for over 15 years.
Hard Rock Café, 215 Peachtree St NE (up to 150 guests)
Situated in downtown Atlanta’s Cornerstone Building at the heart of Peachtree Street and Andrew Young International Boulevard, Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta could be considered a cornerstone of southern rock. With its southern charm and renowned hospitality, this location truly gives meaning to our “Love All Serve All” motto. Packed with memorabilia from Hard Rock’s world-and serving hearty, fabulous food. Open daily, 11:00AM – 12:00AM
Morton’s of Chicago, 303 Peachtree Center Ave. (up to 100 guests)
Cozy, modest, minimalist decor makes you feel comfortable upon entering Atlanta’s favorite steak house. Dinner nightly
Meehan’s Public House, 180 Peachtree Street (up to 30 guests)
Meehan’s Public House is an authentic Irish eatery that offers a full menu of classic Irish Dishes elevated to the gourmet level. Meehan’s comfortable yet lively atmosphere is a draw for brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late night fun. Lunch & Dinner Mon-Friday 11:30am-2:00am; Saturday – 11:00am to 3:00am, Sunday 11:00am-12:00am
Rays in the City, 240 Peachtree Street (Room #1 40 guests, Room #2 100 guests)
This place has appetizing dishes to satisfy everyone. Along with their award winning wine list, you will have a very memorable dining experience at Ray’s in the City. Lunch and Dinner Daily
Pacific Rim Bistro, 303 Peachtree Center Ave. (semi private – up top 30 guest)
Located on the ground floor of Peachtree Center, this attractive, modern bistro features floor-to-ceiling windows, lacquered wicker chairs and a large, horseshoe-shaped sushi bar. Superior sushi and a selection of fusion dishes are the highlights of the pan-Asian menu. Lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner: Nightly
Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint, 200 Peachtree Street (up to 40 guests)
Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint is the culmination of a deep history of music, food, and drink, and socializing in the South. Located in the former Macy’s building, in the heart of downtown Atlanta at the iconic 200 Peachtree address, Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint brings the city to a place to relax while enjoying live entertainment and exceptional cuisine. Lunch and Dinner Daily.
ite Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, 270 Peachtree Street (Room #1 and #2 up to 30 guests, Room #3 up to 70 guests)
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails features chef-inspired cuisine using ingredients fresh from the Southern region. The hospitality and ambiance are locally inspired and crafted, and the cocktails and wines are classic yet fresh. Let their hospitality lift you up! Lunch and Dinner Daily.
DOWNTOWN ATLANTA ATTRACTIONS
Much has been accomplished in the last 25 years to elevate Atlanta to world-class status. An efficient public transportation system, MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority), was put in place; Underground Atlanta was added to the entertainment map; the Georgia World Congress Center made the city a convention hub; the Georgia Dome was built in 1992 – and will soon be replaced with an even more state-of-the-art facility; and Philips Arena was built in 1999.
From July 20 through August 4, 1996, the eyes of the world were on Atlanta as the city hosted the Centennial Olympic Games. The city successfully hosted the biggest Olympic games ever, showcasing itself to 2 million people in person and through global broadcast to 3.5 billion people – more than two-thirds of the world’s population – thus sharing Atlanta’s vision and America’s spirit
The Olympics served as a catalyst for a second resurgence of Atlanta as it dramatically transforms from great American city to greater international city by launching more than 2 billion in new construction projects and other changes. Recently, we have seen an exciting boom in attractions that have made Downtown Atlanta even more exciting to visit, including the College Football Hall of Fame and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The following is a brief summary of the wonderful attractions located in the downtown Atlanta area. These attractions are all within 6-8 blocks of the major hotels.
Now is the perfect time to experience the world’s largest aquarium and one of the feature Atlanta attractions! With eight million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium, you are sure to see things you have never seen before.
The World of Coca-Cola has something for everyone! A thrilling 4-D theater, the world’s largest collection of Coke memorabilia, a pop culture gallery featuring works by artists such as Andy Warhol and Steve Penley are just some of the great exhibits. There is also a fully functioning bottling line that produces commemorative 8-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola. Not to mention getting to sample over 70 different Coke products sold all over the world – quite a treat! It’s the only place where you can explore the complete story – past, present, and future – of the world’s best-known brand!
This truly unique, 21-acre state park performs a dual mission. It without a doubt is the greatest legacy from the 1996 Olympic Games! During the Olympics, the park was the hub of all the public events. Today, it continually serves as a spark for downtown culture. The Park is a spectacular event space with its amphitheater and numerous pavilions for smaller events.
See on-air journalists in action. This is headquarters for Ted Turner’s history-making cable channel – viewed in millions of homes around the world. You will experience first-hand- news in the making and witness the state of the art technology that it takes to operate. By watching the technicians, writers, editors, producers, and familiar anchors, you will see how they work together to create round-the- clock news coverage day after day.
The mission of the hall is to entertain, educate, and engage guests through genuine care and hospitality in a way that celebrates and honors the passion of college football, along with its people and traditions. The 66.5 million facility tops out at 94,256 square feet and features approximately 50,000 square feet of event and exhibit space, including a 45-yard indoor football field that also will serve as a unique, flexible programming and event space.
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a 42,000 square foot facility in the heart of Downtown Atlanta. It is a world-class cultural institution dedicated to exploring stories of civil and human rights in a dynamic manner. The site is located at Pemberton Place, adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park, The New World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium.
Atlanta’s very own Ferris wheel is located Downtown across from Centennial Olympic Park. Soar 200 feet in your private climate controlled gondola. Enjoy the city lights during a night ride for a real treat!.
OLD FOURTH WARD
The Old Fourth Ward is defined as the area that stretches from Piedmont Avenue and Downtown Atlanta on the west to the Beltline and the Poncey-Highland and Inman Park neighborhoods on the east. Street Art, Markets, The Beltline, Southern Brunch, Shopping, and the Bridge from “Walking Dead” are just a few reasons Atlanta LOVES this walkable neighborhood minutes from the “Downtown Scene”.
OLD FOURTH WARD EATS
Barcelona Atlanta Wine Bar & Restaurant, 240 North Highland Ave. (Up to 50 guests)
Located just two miles east of downtown Atlanta, Inman Park is not only the home of beautiful Victorian mansions and contemporary lofts, but also a culinary destination. Barcelona offers the neighborhood a delicious array of Spanish small and large plates that turn the mere act of dining out into a joyous communal experience amongst friends and family.
Kevin Rathbun Steak, 154 Krog Street, Ste 200 (Up to 40 guests)
From the owners of the nationally acclaimed Rathbun’s & Krog Bar in Atlanta, Kevin gets his motivation from where he came from. He continues to bring his savvy Kansas City hospitality and his love of entertaining to the Atlanta area. Dinner daily, closed Sunday
Parish, 240 North Highland Ave. (Up to 20 guests)
Located on the main floor of the historic space, Parish Restaurant serves a variety of New American and French inspired dishes with modern twists, seven nights a week. Dinner daily
Rathbun’s, 112 Krog Street (Up to 45 guests)
This Modern-American menu “weaves the richest tapestry of new American cooking”. Located in a 100-year-old building near Inman Park with a modern, warehouse feel, the open kitchen, vibrant colors and jazzy, urban tone excite one immediately after walking through the fuchsia door. Dinner: Mon-Sat
Serpas, #501,659 Auburn Ave. (Semi-Private, up to 40 guests)
The first independent restaurant from revered Atlanta chef Scott Serpas, Serpas is located in reclaimed cotton storage facility at The Pavilion at Studioplex in the historic Old Fourth Ward. The food features cuisine that is true to its origin handcrafted by the New Orleans native chef and owner. Dinner: Tuesday – Sunday. Sunday Brunch
Sotto Sotto, 313 North Highland Ave. (Patio, Up to 35 guests)
Subdued style and authentic Italian ingredients make this a great neighborhood spot and cross-town destination. Dinner: Mon-Sat.
Wisteria, 471 North Highland Ave. (Semi-Private, up to 40 guests)
Located in the historic Atlanta neighborhood of Inman Park, our cuisine, contemporary American with a Southern twist, is sure to please every palate. Come in and enjoy an inviting and cozy atmosphere with Chef Jason Hill’s seasonal menu. Dinner daily.
TWO Urban Licks, 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. (Courtyard, Up to 80 guests; Ballroom, Up to 50)
TWO Urban Licks may be the most striking space in Atlanta. Located in a massive warehouse on the edge of Poncey Highland and Old Fourth Ward, TWO does everything big. To wit: decorations include huge pieces of dramatic artwork, wine kegs, and massive garage doors housing the private dining room, and an impressive open kitchen, replete with expansive meat-roasting stations, is stationed in the center of the restaurant. Perhaps most impressive of all: the bold flavors of the menu, prominently featuring fire-roasted meats, stand up to the grandiosity of the venue.
OLD FOURTH WARD MARKETS
Krog Street Market, 99 Krog Street (13 Restaurants, 11 Retail Stores)
The destination for Atlanta’s in town culture – those who are always searching for unique, specialty creations. It’s designed to be as authentic as the 1920’s warehouse it’s built into. With market stalls to sell produce, goods, and prepared food, along with a few southern-grown restaurants and retailers, the market will offer Atlantans a gathering place of sorts – a locale for taking in an extraordinary meal or picking up a few inspiring ingredients – a west coast-style market, right in the heart of Inman Park.
Here’s what people are saying about Krog Street Market:
- Top 11 Must-Visit Food Halls Across the U.S – Zagat
- Top 10 Spots Fueling the Food Hall Revolution – Departures
- Ten Best Food Halls in the U.S. – Fodor’s Travel
Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. (23 Restaurants, 27 Retail Stores)
Ponce City Market, which is historically located in the fully renovated Sears, Roebuck & Company building, is linked directly to the Atlanta BeltLine, and situated across from Old Fourth Ward Park, our iconic stretch of Ponce de Leon Avenue is a major part of the redevelopment movement at the crossroads of Atlanta’s most established neighborhoods. At the heart of PCM is the marketplace itself, a flexible space to gather, eat and shop. In the Central Food Hall, artisan chefs and local purveyors fill an authentic market with the design, food, and flavors of Atlanta. Retail shops and offices add to the life, color, and culture of PCM and surrounding neighborhoods. Residents of the Flats apartments in the upper floors of the east and west wings are just a few steps or an elevator ride from workplaces, shopping, the Central Food Hall, and a direct access to the BeltLine.
- The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes Ponce City Market as “History in the making,” and recognizes the project as part of a plan “to move Atlanta forward while maintaining and emphasizing the city’s unique history and culture.”
- In early 2014, Travel + Leisure ranked Ponce City Market as one the 25 in its list of “The World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions.”
MIDTOWN AND CRESCENT STREET
Big city life. Neighborhood feel.
Midtown has one of the fastest-growing residential and business populations in the city. Atlanta has made its mark on the international culinary map, and many of the city’s most innovative and acclaimed restaurants are right here in Midtown. From burgers to farm-to-table eats to fine dining.
Nowhere else but Midtown can you walk to numerous restaurants, from nightclubs with DJ’s and dancing to comedy and improv; live music performances to art openings, historic theaters to live music venues – there is something for everyone. Centrally located, Midtown is the city’s most walkable environment. Discover nightlife in Midtown – in the heart of it all A large concentration of nightclubs are in the area bounded by Crescent Avenue where you can move easily between venues on foot…. So go ahead – find your next favorite spot.
MIDTOWN AND CRESCENT STREET EATS
Bantam & Biddy, 1050 Crescent Avenue Northeast
Bantam & Biddy is a casual and upbeat Midtown restaurant offering creative Southern cuisine with a focus on rotisserie chicken.
Empire State South, 999 Peachtree St NE # 140
Empire State South takes a modern approach to creating authentic Southern dishes, relying on the beautiful foods of this region – a community restaurant that appeals to a broad range, providing a courtyard for bocce ball and an extensive coffee bar. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily
Front Page News, Crescent Avenue
Whether you’re looking for a great place to drink after work, a family friendly place to take the kids, a French Quarter style brunch on the patio, or a late night drink…Front Page News is the answer. From Award winning dining, seasonal dining always featuring something new to the Original Famous 100 Item Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar. We offer the best patio and tavern style dining in Atlanta. Experience what has made Front Page News an Atlanta favorite since 1995.
Marlow’s Tavern (Plaza Midtown) 950 W. Peachtree St.
This tavern features American tavern fare served in a modern atmosphere offering classic dished updated and elevated to gourmet level. Lunch and dinner daily
Oceanaire Seafood Room, 1100 Peachtree Street, NW
With its red leather horseshoe-shaped booths, brass tacks and warm cherry hardwood floors, this lavish seafood restaurant trumpets a global selection of fresh fish and oysters. Lunch Mon-Fri. Dinner daily
Ra Sushi, 1080 Peachtree Street
RA Sushi Atlanta offers your favorite sushi, signature rolls and Japanese fusion cuisine. Enjoy it all inside amongst chic décor or on the lovely patio!
The Steamhouse Lounge, 1051 West Peachtree St.
Expect to find award-winning lobster bisque, the freshest seafood, ice cold bottle beer and our signature Goombay Smash. Steamhouse offers a laid-back atmosphere with tables and booths inside the two-level space, a wrap-around outdoor deck and patio dining with an outdoor bar.
Tap, 1180 Peachtree Street
A simple and eclectic menu featuring bar snacks, items for sharing and entrees is prepared daily to the highest standards by Chef Todd Ginsberg. His impressive culinary background adds a touch of finesse to TAP’s casual bill of fare. Brunch: Saturday and Sundays $. Lunch: Monday through Friday $. Dinner: Daily
BurgerFi, 77 12th St NE,
BurgerFi® – experience a Burgerfication of the Nation®. The taste sensation is made possible by the perfect combination of all natural Angus beef from cattle that are raised in the most stringent standards. This flavor and tenderness that we’ve come to expect in a fine steak, is now made possible in a hamburger.
Ecco, 40 7th Street, NE
Located in the heart of Midtown, Ecco features seasonally inspired cuisine with Italian, Spanish and French influences. The atmosphere is welcoming, with a shot of sophisticated, casual elegance, delivering an unmistakably modern and fresh dining experience.
Lure, 1106 Crescent Avenue
Inspired by classic American and global coastal traditions, Lure presents Atlanta’s freshest fish in the heart of midtown on Crescent Avenue.
Mi Cocina, 1080 Peachtree St NE,
Welcome to Mi Cocina where everything we offer is hand-crafted and made fresh daily using authentic Mexican cooking techniques and the finest ingredients available. From our famous, homemade salsa to our mouthwatering, hand-dipped enchiladas, you can taste the freshness and quality in every bite.
RiRa Irish Pub, Crescent Avenue
Meticulously restored in Ireland and shipped to the US, Rí Rá embodies everything that you would expect from a genuine Irish pub. Rí Rá comes from “Rí Rá agus Ruaile Buaile”, a phrase translating roughly as devilment, good fun or any sociable activity that improves with fine food, like a nice pint of Guinness.
South City Kitchen, 1144 Crescent Avenue, NE
This energetic, popular spot offers modern gourmet creations with a southern flair. It’s set in a renovated house accented with an interesting mix of new and old furnishings. Dinner nightly. Sunday brunch
STK, 1075 Peachtree St NE
STK artfully blends two concepts into one—the modern steakhouse and a chic lounge. Theatrical lights illuminate each table, while smoky mirrors allow patrons to catch a glimpse of the surroundings while a DJ creates an energetic vibe throughout the entire space.
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, 1136 Crescent Ave NE
At Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, we’re known for our refreshing margaritas, friendly service, lively music and of course, our FlexMex cuisine. Not only does it perfectly describe our menu, which is comprised of and influenced by many cultures, FlexMex is also an attitude or experience that evokes a feeling of belonging and pure awesomeness.
THE WESTSIDE PROVISIONS DISTRICT
The Westside Provisions District of Atlanta is the premier spot for shopping and dining. “Really good stuff”. It is not simply a slogan or a marketing message; it is the heart and soul of Westside Provisions District. By combining the best in boutique retail, fine dining, and upscale residences, WSPD provides a unique experience with the best that Atlanta has to offer. Minutes from downtown, midtown, Buckhead, and all of Atlanta’s major highways and interstates,Westside Provisions District is convenient to everyone.
An eclectic assortment of more than 50 shops reside in Atlantic Station, featuring a walkable streetscape-style setting with brick paved streets and a Central Park. The compact setting features great boutiques, sidewalk cafes, hip restaurants and TWELVE® Hotel, making it the perfect destination for visitors.