Atlanta >Food & Dining > Aria Restaurant
490 E Paces Ferry Rd Ne, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030533.838755 -84.371933
Neighborhoods: Northside, Northside, Buckhead Village
In the heart of Buckhead, yet somehow off the beaten path lies one of my favorite restaurants. No molecular gastronomy, or here today, gone tomorrow chefs - the team in place - Gerry Klaskala's excellent food, decadent pastries by Chef Kathryn King & solid wine recommendations by Andres Loaiza.
The food here in Aria Restaurant is very delicious and the ambiance is great. I would suggest this restaurant to anyone.
simply delicious – My family and I went to this place last Saturday, and we surely had a fantastic time eating together at Aria Restaurant. The food was superb. It was not stale and you can tell its freshness through its aroma and taste. The wait staff was very polite and the overall service was excellent. We would love spending another Saturday at this place again.
Great american food at Aria – We had a great experience here celebrating my birthday. My wife and I had a great time enjoying the American food with its great atmosphere. The server that night was so attentive with our needs and made sure that we had everything we needed. Truly a great experience.
Terrible Service, Overcrowded, – From the moment I walked into Aria I was treated terrible (I am in my late 20's). I was rudely butted out of the way at the bar by a snoby patron. We were then sat down in an overcrowded area. They had to to pull the table out for my girlfriend to get into the booth since there were about 3 inches of space seperating us from other diners on both sides. The food was fine, but not worth the price. We had asked for two of the same desert and the waiter rolled her eyes at us (which is not what I expect from a $400 tab for two). We were rushed through our dinner. We spent our time listening to the other couples conversations who were seated right next to us (they might as well have put us in a booth together). I do not recommend Aria. The ambiance was not what I was promised (far from romantic), the staff and patrons treated me like a homeless person (I was in sportcoat and slacks), and the food is just okay. I went in hoping to have a great date and left very disappointed.
Supasses Expectations – No where else in the world can you get such amazing food at such a low price. I come from up North where you'd be lucky to find a restaurant like Aria that doesn't cost $50+ per entree. Aria really raises the bar with some to-die-for dishes at relatively inexpensive prices. The ambiance of the restaurant is phenomenal whether you're going out with friends or on a date (I've done both here with terriffic success). This is the only upscale restaurant in Atlanta I've returned to, and trust me, I will be back for more.
Amazing food – My husband and I decided to try Aria as a wedding anniversary treat, since it was rated by Citysearch as one of the best restaurants in 2008. I read the reviews and was uncertain how the experience would be. On one hand, this restaurant was rated as having the best food, and we really appreciate good food. And yet, there were a fair number of unpleasant experiences, such as some of the customers who had rude waitors, or were seated in an excessively noisy location, etc.
I have to say that we had a great time. The food was amazing, particularly the bread and appetizers. Very unique and simple but elegant presentation. I wasn't as excited by the entre (the trout - cooked well, but a bit mild in flavor compared to the crab cakes and prawns for appetizers), but after 2 appetizers, bread, and a glass of champagne, I wasn't too hungry. The wine list was extensive. Given this, there were drinks at every table, which probably resulted in the boisterous atmosphere, but we were able to have a nice conversation (of course, you may want alternative seating if you have known problems understanding speech in noisy rooms).
Every person we met was courteous, and the waitor was most accommodating. I had planned on an hour and 30 minutes for dinner, but it seems like they take time between serving the appetizers (each one individually) and mains. This is usually enjoyable in my opinion, but we had a plane to catch. After notifying the waitor of our time constraint after the 1st appetizer, and suggesting that we take the dessert to go, he simply told us, "that is not a problem, we'll make sure you're out of here by [the said time]." Very nice. I would definitely eat here again. Unforetunately, I will have to wait for another occassion because $100 for 2 is a bit steep for me to be a regular.
Nevertheless, the food was great - our compliments to the chef!
Off the beaten path, but worth the trip – Off of Peachtree street in Atlanta's Buckhead Neighborhood is this little gem, if you blink you may miss it.
Went here last week for the first time in anticipation to try something new after dining at all the buckhead and midtown restaurants in atlanta, so tried Aria.
Nestled between some sort of mixed use almost motel looking thing and trees on the other, can make this unappealing. But when you pull in the parking lot and are greeted by the valet, you can almost forget the low lit questionably sketchy parking lot that you pulled into.
After getting inside, it was not busy at all for a Thursday evening. When you come in, they ask you to take a seat at the bar/lounge area set aside with beads (need to upgrade that). Then they pretty much make you get a drink at the bar to entertain yourself while you wait for a table (not sure why the wait if over half the dining room was empty).
The main dining room reminded me of miami or some rendition of scarface. With white overpowering most of the room and art deco feel definitely set it apart from all the other restaurants in buckhead area.
The food was good, the server was very friendly and responsive. Ordered the filet mignon with crabcakes, both spectacular.
Would definitely suggest trying it out, its very intimate and you probably wont have to wait for a table, especially in this economy. Being in a strange location with no extreme pizzaz makes me think that this place might not be around forever.
Excellent food and service – Overall a very good experience. We were seated within 10 to 15 minutes of our reservation. The bar was crowded but the waiters took the drink order promtly. The food was very good, and the service was excellent.
Best food and a lot of fun – Just had dinner at Aria for the third time and, just like before, I had an amazing time.
Start by relaxing at the lounge area that yes, is small and mybe a little dark for some but the maitre d? and bartenders are attentive and seem ready to get you a drink ASAP. In the dining room everybody is friendly and energetic; they really look like they enjoy working there. But don?t be distracted by the swanky beaded curtain, the awesome dog sculptures or the crazy chandelier, food is the star here; don?t miss the lobster cocktail or the tempura prawns, short ribs are so good I would eat them every night. Desserts are great, order a warm choc cheesecake and a more seasonal like Georgia peach tart.
Aria is elegant and upscale but relaxed and fun, unlike other restaurants of this caliber. I will go back may times and recommend it to everybody. Thanks ARIA
ARIA LIVES UP TO THE HYPE AND MORE – After reading the reviews in the Atlanta Magazines and hearing nothing but good things, I decided to take my wife to Aria for our anniversary. We arrived and walked through the door and were very surprised to see what was inside. I loved the unique decor and artwork. It was a little crowded. I expected it to be. Knowing it is one of the most visited restraints in Atlanta. The serves was awesome. Our waiter was very nice and knowable able about the wine list and menu. The food was the delicious. We could tell right after the first bites what all the hype was about. The dessert was amazing. You can?t leave without have dessert at Aria. It was such a good meal and experience all around. Thank you Aria.
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