Atlanta >Food & Dining > Nava Restaurant
3060 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030533.839338 -84.381738
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm to 10pm
Friday: 5:30pm to 11pm
Saturday: 5pm to 11pm
Neighborhoods: Northside, Northside, Buckhead Village
A little pricey for southwestern but a great dining experience – There are restaurants in Atlanta that I will always frequent- Chops, Atlanta Fish Market, MF Sushi. This is a great addition to the Buckhead Life Group, but for me, it was moreso a great place to "try out" but will probably not be my first choice for future dining experiences. I did not have reservations on a Friday night but was seated within 10 minutes by friendly (but busy) waitstaff. Our waiter was attentive, knowledgeable, and pleasant. My dining companion and I ordered the cheese fritters for an appetizer and they were awesome. The Red Snapper w grits entree was also spicy (but not too spicy), but IMO Two Urban Licks has better grits; the texture of these was a bit pasty. My recommendation is to dine on the patio if the weather is nice; there are heaters by each table and the view of Peachtree and ambience make will make for an even better dining experience. The decor inside is lovely, but seating seemed to be too close together as wall as maze-like. The GM also stopped by our table to make sure everything was going well, which is always a plus. I may go back here again, and I'm glad I tried something new. My suggestion would be to visit on a nice night if you want to try something a little different and experience new flavors. The most appealing entrees start at about $23.
Poor Customer Service – I made a Valentine's Day reservation 3 weeks in advance. They called me February 14, 3 hours before my reservation to confirm and inform me that there was a $75 per person preset menu. When I told Mercedes, the manager, I wanted to cancel due to the fact we were unaware of that and did not want to pay that much she copped an attitude and told me she would cancel it this time! She said I won't charge you this time but I am sure you knew about the menu. She was incredibly RUDE!!!
Dressed-up Southwestern flavors and modern hacienda decor sizzle at Buckhead's hottest crossroads. – In Short
This well-designed restaurant is a sleek collage of cool light fixtures, rustic timbers and fancy ironwork. A bronze cowboy statue sits in the entryway, and a blue-lit, cut-glass desert landscape borders the comfortable bar. Details like colorful fabrics and adobe-style walls add to the theme. Service is polished and efficient. The Southwestern menu (once carved by Iron Chef Kevin Rathbun) emphasizes dramatic presentations over authentic spicing, but most dishes are consistently prepared and flavorful. Starters include Sonoma Jack-cheese fritters with red chile jelly, cilantro-spiked chicken tacos with green-chile grits, and fresh tuna tartar on plantain chips--addictive small bites that go perfectly with a signature prickly pear margarita. Seafood is a forte, but the menu is balanced: Chipotle-scented salmon is rich and moist, while steaks, pork and lamb round out the menu for the meat-eaters. For dessert don't miss the banana quesadillas with caramel.
Always A Great Experience – I have never been disappointed at Nava. The service is always wonderful, and I love trying whatever specials they are having, or whatever else they recommend. I feel comfortable taking picky guests, and I have yet to sit there going hungry or thirsty waiting for a tasty treat!
Full Southwestern Experience – After hearing great things about Nava since my arrival in Buckhead this summer, I decided to try it out for myself on a Sunday night several weeks ago. Without a doubt, Nava exceeded my expectations. After making reservations earlier that day, my party and I were seated immediately upon arrival, though we were several minutes early. We found ourselves at a cozy little table and were immediately greeted by a member of the wait staff. After he had suggested a few appetizers and drinks we might like to try, we ordered a round of margaritas and two or three appetizers. I was blown away. All the appetizers were full of wonderful flavors and great for sharing, with the Sonoma Jack Cheese Fritters being the favorite of the group. Not one for spicy food, I was a little hesitant in choosing an entree. However, aftetr being assured that I would be pleased with my decision, I settled on the salmon. After the first bite, I knew I had made a great selection. Already full from the appetizers, I couldn't resist finishing almost the entire portion. I must say, Buckhead Life Restauarant Group made the right decision when they brought Chef Jesse Perez to Nava. The food was impeccable, all the way around. I couldn't have asked for a better experience, and I will be sure to return, bringing more friends in tote.
Nava with a change in management? – I had a condo a a quarter mile from Nava for six years and just moved to Brookhaven. Needless to say, I've been to Nava several times. 8:30 PM reservations, showed at 8:10 PM to check in and request a patio seating. Went to the outside bar. The Prickley Pear Margarita was always their "specialty" drink. Tonight, it was awful - bitter, would have rather drank a simple Grey Goose martini. The bartender said they had a change in suppliers and were trying a different formula. Bottom line, take it off the menu. At 8:45 PM, I asked why we hadn't been seated. The hostess said she couldn't find us although she had my cell # with my reservation. She started to seat us inside, I reminded her of outside seating, and she said "25 minutes", then - "we don't have servers outside". Hmmm. After a "one-way conversation" we were shown a table in the primary walkway. Quick note: we (my girlfriend and I) are Atlanta foodies and enjoy the dining options we have here. Table was not acceptable and was switched. Back to food: we asked the server his recommendation on three appetizers and chose one. He put the order for two of them. Corrected him. A couple in town from NYC sat next to us and wanted to try the Prickley Pear - we chimed in and they ordered nice martinis. The entrees were what we expected; the server seemed to be very new and didn't listen well to our request to have our bottle of wine breathe as we finished our "non-margaritas". Talked to a "suit" (aka Manager) and he had a different story about the changes being from "corporate". Bottom line, check any reviews after ours to see if there has been a change in management, changing in the guards, etc. My girlfriend and I felt that Nava did not live up to the reputation that we had known it for in the past. We'll come back; but not in the near future - especially if we see more reviews like this one. I wish we would have gone next door to Season's 52 on this occasion.
A weak link in the Buckead Life chain – My buddy and I went to Nava last night for the first time. We sat at the bar. Directly at the front entrance of the bar, next to my seat, there is situated a large air conditioner. Why it is located there - I have no idea. There is no question that this restaurant has an ideal location, and a beautiful outside patio. Unfortunately, our experience was VERY disappointing. Two young women were bartending, neither one of which was in any hurry to take our drink order. When one did come over, she left literally in the middle of the drink order to take care of another customer. I ordered the chicken breast, which was not bad. My friend ordered eye of the round steak, and was extremely unimpressed.
Unfortunately, this restaurant is off our list and we will not be back.
Not impressed – I went to Nava after hearing rave reviews but left unimpressed. The food was just ok - the prices were way too high for the quality. If you do not like spicy foods, do not go here. All the food at Nava has a bit of a "kick" to it. The service was just ok as well. I'm not sure if our server was having a bad night but he had the personality of a door stop. I will not be back.
Creative & Delicious – We loved the atmosphere, the service and best of all the creative and inspiring cuisine. I never thought Southwestern could have such an upscale taste and appearance.
Prickly Pear Margarita's & Deluxe Southwestern Fare! Ralph Lauren Chic Interior! – If you've ever visited the Ralph Lauren store at Lenox Square, and seen his two display interior rooms, you know what we mean by Ralph Lauren Western Chic! Walk into Nava, and you will experience it with deluxe Southwestern fare. We started at the bar, and climbed onto pony covered barstool's with leather straps. Upon the very nice bartenders recommendation, we started with the signature Prickly Pear Margarita's. A couple of those, and we were ready to mount Trigger! In fact, instead of dining at a table, we ordered at the bar, and had a wonderful time. It's February, cold outside, and we just liked the intimate feel. Starting with Jack Cheese Fritter's and Homemade Guac. Not as good as Rosa's, but a close second. Lobster Taco's next, and that sweet meat was so delightful. Grilled Ancho Chilie Shrimp, just showcases Buckhead Life Group's great Seafood. Service was excellent, and looking forward to getting on that outdoor patio, in warm weather.
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