Atlanta >Food & Dining > Bacchanalia
1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3031833.786989 -84.411765
Mon-Sat from 6pm
Neighborhoods: Northside, Northside
The ONLY Atlanta restaurant that could stand up on the international stage... – great service and fantastic, unpretentious food in a relaxed yet formal atmosphere. Bacchanalia is all about good ingredients made into something great worth eating. The only criterion being that everything tastes fabulously delicious and boy does it! Try it! Don't be put off as we nearly were - this restaurant is about showcasing food not people. A visit to Bacchanalia is a truly special and positively unforgettable experience, not to be missed. Go and enjoy!
It deserves the accolades – Finally got there. Made reservations weeks in advance as suggested and thank goodness we did based on how crowded it was for a Tuesday. It was indeed superb dining. No question. Probably the best waitstaff I've ever experienced. All courses beautifully prepared. All wines were delicious and the pairings were excellent although I think the choices were safe (my hubby disagrees with the safe thing so take it for what it's worth). Only one caveat to the whole meal. Each time a course was served two of us received our dishes but the third person had to wait. The wait was noticeable enough that I'm writing about it. Odd considering the exceptional staff, not to mention quantity of said exceptional staff. All that being said, this was a delightful dining experience and one that anyone who enjoys fine dining should run not walk to. One last thing. I was a little surprised at the very casual dress of some patrons. Dressy on a weeknight may be a bit much but a jacket minimum and a optional tie for gentlemen was totally appropriate. This is some of the finest dining in Atlanta. Let's show it some respect!!!!!
Great Dining Experience – Bacchanalia is consistently one of the most honored restaurants in the city, and after dining there for the second time last night, I can truly say that this reputation is more than deserved. Everything from my wonderful service, including the gracious hostess and server, to the delicious food made my Valentine's dinner superb. Looking at some of the comments below, I can only wonder if these people could have eaten at the same establishment, or simply have incredibly bad taste. In addition, since when are personal attacks on members of restaurant staff acceptable in food reviews? I go to Citysearch to read about the food, atmosphere and service at restaurants, not to read catty remarks about peoples' appearances. Again, Bacchanalia is amazing, and I will definitely go there again. Qmfb520, maybe you should check out T. G. I. Fridays: I hear that the food is pretty cheap and all the hostesses are skinny high schoolers, so it would probably be more appealing to your taste.
Interesting and likable, but probably not the best – I had a nice experience, but I don't think it is for everyone. Only one dish (my first course) was outstanding. The rest was very good and the restuarant has a lovely atmosphere. I liked the little samples they brought out between the courses. I'm just not sure I would choose Bacchanalia over other restuarants that I like in Atlanta and it has nothing to do with the price. The end result was a good nice meal, when you were hoping for something that would be great.
Will not eat here again – Went last night. Big mistake. I expect a lot more for a 200 dollor plus meal. Service was not good, food was even worse.Would rather eat at a homeless shelter than here!
Wow - And that's NOT a good wow. – Our experience was overly disappointing in more than one way. Our evening started with an overly snooty hostess who may have spent just a bit too much time sampling the sweets from the attached bakery. She certainly did not appear to have the money to have achieved that size from eating in the restaurant itself. Speaking of the restaurant, it is nice but does certainly not stand out as superior to many other in the city which are often much more reasonably priced. Service was slow and un-knowledgeable throughout the evening. I was certainly amazed by the fact some other customers there seemed to have been repeat diners - I guess thinking that wearing a jacket to dinner and paying a high price makes it a good meal. I will definitely not be a repeat customer. There are too many other options offering better food, more attentive service, and a more welcoming greeting at the front door.
Best meal in Atlanta...spectacular service, ambiance, and cuisine! – I was in town for business and couldn't resist a 29 Zagat rating. I did the 4 course tasting menu ($68) and the entire experience was splendid! Between the impeccible service, fantastic attitude of everyone working there, the energy of other customers enjoying their meals, comfortable yet sophisticated ambiance and flawlessly prepared food, it felt like a bargain...I live in LA and may be over- accustomed to pricey meals, but this was worth every penny and then some! I HIGHLY recommend the blue crab fritter and the warm chocolate cake. There are included extras (like the pre-dessert orange smoothie) that were great surprises too! The menu changes daily so I am sure there are always new things to try (I am told there is about a 90% menu turnover from month to month)If I have to pick on anything, the third course (cheese) was just okay, the bathrooms were ordinary, and having to walk through a gourmet kitchen store to get to the restaurant was odd. None of that really detracted from what was one of my top 10 meals in the recent years...I cannot wait to come back to Atlanta to visit what really is a food bacchanal.
Best Fine Dining in Atlanta! – Really was an enjoyable evening. When you go, arrive early to enjoy the shop in front and then linger at the bar to start relaxing. Wonderful ambience, very good food and exceptional service. On your way out don't miss grabbing some of that yummy bread to take home and enjoy!
Best upscale restaurant in Atlanta! – I had heard so much about Bacchanalia, that I was sure I would be disappointed after my dining experience. All I can say was that everything was perfect! Each course was served with care and perfect timing. Each course was a taste experience. I loved the muses!! The staff was wonderfully professional and not stuffy at all. I loved the atmosphere very warm and comfortable. The almost Best thing about my whole dining experience was that they has a seperate vegetarian menu, for my husband, WOW! you never see that in a restaurant with such high regard. Great work!!! Keep it up! Also wonderful Bakery at Star Provisions!!!
Don't let the wannabe Food Critics throw you! – I have dined ALL OVER THE WORLRD. Tokyo, Greece, London, Italy, NY, France, LA. In 30+ years of this, I have learned what fine dining is really all about. Bacchanalia is an excellent example of what is "Right" about dining! The food is prepared with LOVE, FOCUS and PURPOSE! The environment was simple but an appropriate pallet for the food that followed. The cocktails were perfect. I had a Gray Goose Martini. I will not cover every detail of my evening but the highlights were: FOIS GRAS TORCHON with Vanilla Poached Rhubarb (SIMPLY WONDERFUL), Roasted Margot Duck with Wilted Pea Sprouts, Toasted Pignoliu Nuts and Currant Puree (Impeccable) This was a wonderful dinner and not the first I have enjoyed here. Come and enjoy what good food is all about. Please dont let the Simpletons with their feeble attempts at "high brow commentary" dissuade you. Bacchanalia is a must.
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