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Top Atlanta Restaurants Near Convention Centers


From cosmopolitan haute cuisine to barbeque and classic Southern food, Atlanta’s restaurant scene offers something for everyone. To help convention-staff find quality nibbles and nosh within walking distance of their event venue, we present this list of our top picks, organized by location.


  1. Alma Cocina
    Alma Cocina introduces Atlanta to a refreshing new approach to modern Mexican cuisine. Bright, fresh ingredients and traditional regional influences come together with other Latin American flavors in a variety of vibrant fresh dishes.
    Alma Cocina; 191 Peachtree Street NE; (404) 968-9662; $$
  2. Aviva by Kameel
    Aviva by Kameel is the top-rated Atlanta lunch restaurant. Offering fresh Mediterranean menu items like Rosemary Chicken, Lamb and Chicken Shawarma, Wild Salmon, Falafel, Hummus, Baklava and homemade soups. Many options are vegan, halal and vegetarian friendly.
    Aviva by Kameel; 225 Peachtree St NE; (404) 698-3600; $
  3. Herban Fix – Vegan Kitchen
    If healthy, animal-friendly dining is what you’re after, look no further than this stylish, Pan-Asian styled restaurant. Herban fix offers a variety of plant-based cuisine, including creative soy-based substitutes for fish, chicken and steak. Open for lunch and dinner, including an all-you-can-eat brunch on Sundays.
    Herban Fix; 565 Peachtree St NE, (404) 815-8787; $$
  4. Ray’s in the City
    Ray’s in the City offers seafood flown-in-daily, prime steaks & chops, an award-winning wine list, and hand-crafted cocktails. Their specialties are fish, raw oysters and fresh sushi. Live weekend jazz and an impressive aquarium add to the ambiance of this mult-location Atlanta destination, a favorite among travelers and locals alike.
    Ray’s in the City; 240 Peachtree St, (404) 524-9224; $$$


  1. Urban Foodie Feed Store
    Urban Foodie Feed Store brings an inventive take on southern cuisine to the historic College Park. The restaurant gets its name from its location in a former feed store – and it features clever industrial decor. From pork and chicken to vegetarian and vegan options, this is the perfect spot for a fun evening out with your staff or your favorite trade show clients.
    Urban Foodie Feed Store; 3841 E Main St, (404) 209-7979; $$
  2. Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar
    Newly-opened Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar brings “Gullah Geechee inspired soul food” to College Park. Present day Gullah Geechee people are descended from Central and West Africans on the sea islands and coastal areas along the Atlantic from Pender County, North Carolina and the South Carolina Lowcountry to Georgia’s Sapelo Island and St. John’s County, Florida. The corridor is known as the Gullah Geechee cultural heritage corridor. Rice became an essential component to the culture’s foodways, as well as seafood and game meat. Virgil’s serves mostly seafood and rice dishes as well as cocktails.
    Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar; 3721 Main St, (404) 228-4897; $$
  3. Louisiana Bistreaux
    This cajun/creole restaurant serves up an eclectic mix of steaks and fried shellfish and seafood, including Louisiana classics like gumbo, jambalaya and crawfish etouffee. The Redfish Ponchartrain comes especially recommended. Louisiana Bistreaux has an excellent selection of craft beers to go along with the inventive food menu.
    Louisiana Bistreaux; 1375 Virginia Ave, (404) 762-6755; $$


  1. Prime Meridian
    A corner table at Prime Meridian ensures you dramatic views of the magnificent views of Centennial Olympic Park and the Fountain of Rings. Located within the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, the restaurant offers exceptional cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Prime Meridian also serves breakfast and has a hopping late-night bar scene.
    Prime Meridian; 100 CNN Ctr NW, (404) 818-4450; $$
  2. Ted’s Montana Grill
    Ted’s Montana Grill serves time-honored American favorites in an atmosphere inspired by the hospitality, food and spirit of the Old West. Founded by media entrepreneur and environmentalist Ted Turner and acclaimed restaurateur George McKerrow, Ted’s Montana Grill is a Classic American Grill featuring fresh, made-from-scratch comfort food. Open for Lunch and Dinner daily.
    Ted’s Montana Grill; 133 Luckie St NW, (404) 521-9796; $$$
  3. Molly B’s
    Located inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Molly B’s offers a modern spin on a southern inspired chophouse, with seating overlooking the field, and a four-sided bar in the center of the space. A great place to grab lunch outside of CNN center, or to enjoy an evening meal before watching an Atlanta United match.
    Molly B’s; 1414 Andrew Young International Blvd, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, (470) 341-5050; $$
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About the Author

Tom Coffey has been a key member of the Skyline team since 1987. He recently accepted the Managing Director position at Skyline Southeast in Alpharetta, GA. Before that, Tom was a Sales Manager to several U.S. and International dealer offices, and was responsible for implementing and managing the Global I&D Certification program. His other previous experience at Skyline includes managing the Customer Service Department, an Account Executive, and the General Manager at Skyline’s Atlanta Service Center. He graduated from Georgia Southern University with a B.S. in Business Administration.

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