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255 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030333.761401 -84.384001
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Downtown, Northeast
Never again... – We walked in twenty minutes before our reservation but were promptly seated. So far so good. Our waiter came by to greet us and handed over the wine list. We pick our bottle of wine and we handed off the menus. After deciding our selection for dinner the waiter stepped back over to the table and asked, “What can you afford”? I was in a bit of shock that this was the way that we were addressed but even with being shocked, I moved on to inform the waiter on our choices. We went with the four-course meal and made our selections. While we drank our wine we looked around the room. My close friend informed me to slowly look over my shoulder. I turned slowly and saw some candelabras with…fake ivy. On this fake ivy seemed to be an inch of dust. Again, I was flabbergasted to see this in such a fancy restaurant when they can clearly afford fresh flowers. We shrugged it off and moved forward. I kept seeing the food coming out being presented under a silver Hershey kiss shape formation. The waiters would simultaneously “with a bang sound” remove the covers and present the dish. I thought to myself, with such a presentation the food must be outstanding. We had our first two appetizers come out without the “kiss”. They were average and nothing to write home to mom about. Side note: I did order the borscht soup, which I was very excited about because I have been to Moscow and it was one of the most memorable parts of the trip. This was nothing close to what I remembered. It brought back one memory. I think me and my friend simultaneously looked at each other and whispered two words…Chef Boyardee. We sat with our empty plates in front of us for just a bit of time. I looked up to see our waiter giving a snarling glace at another waiter to remove our plates and refill our wine. I didn’t expect much less from a man that formulated a question of “what can you afford” and I tried to not let him continue ruining my dinner experience. Our “kisses” came out and we got the same presentation as the rest, but when we took a bite from our main meal we were not completely impressed. I thought…it would have been better without the big hype before the release. If you are going to put that much into something I would say that whatever is under that huge silver kiss better be something that would knock me on the floor. We finished and moved on to the last but most disastrous course of the evening. The one that we were hoping would save it all…the desert. Once laid on our table we thought, how beautiful. I had the chocolate mousse and my friend, the chocolate cake with salted caramel. Oh, side note: The waiter placed the wrong orders in front of us…every time. Moving on, I enjoyed my mousse but there was a small shriek that came from my friend after placing a raspberry in his mouth. It was rotten. We tried to explain this rotten raspberry to our waiter and the manager but the entire rebuttal was that the raspberries were soaked in balsamic vinegar. I was like you served balsamic vinegar raspberries with a chocolate caramel desert? Any even if they did, we found the worst raspberry in the case. The manager didn’t seem to care and neither did the waiter. The waiter put down our bill and we said thank you to only get him to snub us with a turn of his back. We were shocked and will never return to Nikolai's Roof.
Interesting atmosphere and romantic – Nikolais takes you back to old times Russia with the decor which is mirrored and brass and very warm and old-fashioned. They are famous for clinking the silver plate warmers together in unison when revealing your courses. Try the homeade vodka and you won't be dissapointed.
Fantastic Ambiance & Cuisine – My husband and I live in Charleston SC, and our wedding planner took us to Nikolai's when we were in Atlanta, and we were extremely impressed. The Cuisine is was phenomenal and the atmosphere was incredibly romantic. We have recommended Nikolai's to all of our family that lives in the Atlanta area.
A great overall experience and what a view! – Visited "The Roof" with my wife last night and was very pleased. It's a beautiful place and the view to the North is fantastic. We had the "Chefs Menu" with wine pairings. I have to say, I found the food to be a little inconsistent for the money. My first dish, a three meat filled pastries (beef, pheasant and crab) with a bernaise dipping sauce was fabulous. So so delicate and flakey! The next dish, fresh oysters prepared three ways, was just OK. The next was a spinach/crab souffle along with a risotto cake, both were just "very good", not fantastic. The main was lobster with crab ravioli and it was wonderful. The much anticipated Grand Marnier souffle was a real disappointment. It was perfectly prepared but was way too "eggy". Not sweet at all and just not very good. The last offering was a chocolate truffle (wonderful), strawberry dipped in chocolate (good) and the best almond cookie I've ever tasted! Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy in the middle. I didn't know a cookie could be so good!
So I know it may seem like I was not very happy with the food overall but as for food alone, I'm comparing this dinner to those I've had at other fine restaurants (The Dining Room, Baccanalia, Rathbuns, Food Studio, Pano's and Pauls etc.) Tob to bottom, the meal was just not as good as many I've had. Also, $510 including tip was steep by any measure. BUT, the overall experience was great. The beautiful dining room, the uniformed wait staff with their red coats and white gloves, the attentive and excellent overall service and lastly, a view that can't be beat in Atlanta dining. I would have not problem recommending Nikolas to anyone who can afford do drop half a grand on dinner. A very nice evening...
The epitome of a romatic dinner. – We dined at Nikolai's Roof a couple months ago and wasn't sure what to expect other than what we saw on the internet. The service, the food the atmosphere was so romantic. Everyone should at least try this place once. We (the ladies) were given long stem roses and the waiter gave us a bottle of peach syrup and the recipe for one of the drinks. Quite impressive. So guys, if you want to impress your lady, take her to Nikolai's Roof.
Czar Still Rules Here! Elegant Russian/French Cuisine, Caviar, and Souffle! – It has probably been at least ten years, or more since I've dined at Nickolai's Roof. But I had a couple of clients staying at Downtown Hotels, and due to a time restriction, we decided on Nickolai's. The cozy rooftop restaurant has been updated, and there are certainly taller buildings, but the view is still tops and relaxing. Guys grab your dinner jackets, and get ready to be treated like royalty. This place is like an old friend that you have not seen in years, and suddenly, it's like they never left. And of course we started with chilled flavored vodka's. And then that wonderful caviar selections, with all the toppings, chopped egg, capers, and sour cream. I had a Roasted Duck with Cognac Sauce, my friends had the Roasted Lamb, and a terrific Grilled Swordfish entree. And then just the best souffle anywhere, the Grand Marnier. They never take this dish off, rightly so. Yes the place is old fashioned, but how refreshing, with all the current upscale trends. If Paris decides to visit one of her family's holdings, reservations, are in order again. Five Stars! No Question! Very expensive.
Great view, great service! – We took the elevator to Nikolai's Roof for drinks before our dinner at Trader Vic's. We had just been to the Sundial at the Westin Peachtree, but the service and atmosphere at Nikolai's Roof was FAR better! And, the view is not as tall, but just as gorgeous!
We had the nicest server, a young man from the Netherlands. He was prompt, courteous, and very sweet.
Save time and come here for drinks, and avoid the Sundial!
Also, Trader Vics was fantastic!
worth every penny – It wasn't busy the night that we dined, and seemed fully staffed, so I was slightly aware of people watching us. However, that feeling was swept away with the best service I've had. Detailed menu, no rush, no push for alcohol
As each course was presented (beautifully) the server gave a detailed explanation of each dish. Our servers waited patiently between each course, removed our plates when it was clear we were both done. No crowded tables. No rush.
The only thing that bothered me, not restaurant's fault, was a woman seated behind me. She kept blowing her nose loudly into her napkin. It ruined the romance slightly to hear sinus honks every few minutes.
Other than that, It was a relaxing and wonderfully peaceful dining experience.
Upscale fine dining without snob pretense.
Our bill $400 including tip - well worth it.
Highly reccommended for romantic dining or business
The downtown Hilton's glamorous rooftop restaurant is a gilded home to continental cuisine. – In Short
This Atlanta classic is a ravishing jewel box of sumptuous red, black and gold carpeting, upholstery and china. A galaxy of lights adorns the ceiling, while the city twinkles below panoramic windows. The strains of a harpist accompany the flourish of each extravagantly presented course. A popular starter is seared foie gras atop mixed greens. Perfectly grilled swordfish is topped with truffle shavings. Finish your meal with the glorious signature Grand Marnier souffle.
Poor Service – We were very disappointed in the service. Our waiter kept insisting that we order from the chef's recommendation but we did not want to order a 6 course meal. He seemed irritated that we wanted to see at least see a menu. We each ordered 3 courses and he insisted that we order our dessert selection immediately. The food was very good and the presentation was very nice but for the price we paid, our service should have been better. To make matters worse, they messed up the bill and after we paid it, they came back and said they accidentally left out some of the wine and needed to rerun our credit card again. We won't be back.
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