Atlanta >Food & Dining > Hal's Buckhead
30 Old Ivy Rd Ne, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3034233.854763 -84.381687
Neighborhoods: Northside, Northside, North Buckhead
This dark and lively Buckhead jewel will have you coming back again and again for their juicy steak and crispy mac and cheese
Hal's is the quintessential neighborhood spot. A second floor was added to accommodate those wanting to dine. Must go if in Buckhead.
It Was The Best Of Times - It Was The Worst of Times! – My Son brought us here for our Birthday dinner. We were greeted well by our waiter. The food was superb! The steaks were seasoned just right, hot and juicy. That was the Best of Times.
However, the decibel level of the crowd was so LOUD, no one could hear to even talk. We literally had to shout at our small table to be heard! Horrible ambient! This was the Worst of Times.
I will NEVER bring anyone here that I would want to spend a relaxing evening in meal and conversation with, IT WON"T HAPPEN HERE!
Once was enough for me!
Not worth the trouble or expense – While the food was tasty and our waiter great, overall I score it an underwhelming two stars. Although I made reservations in advance and clearly stated the reason for our patronage as a birthday celebration, we were initially sat in a cold corner (beside French doors in 30 degree weather) with a black wall across from us. When I asked the hostess to please relocate us, she countered "but isn't this Romantic?" We were moved to a two person table shoved against a brick wall, at which point I realized even with reservations you can't expect a good table at Hal's. They cram as many tables as possible into the snug dining room yet still expect you to pay "fine dining" prices. While the food was quite good, it is comparable to Houston's where I've never been crammed into a corner like Baby on Dirty Dancing. Upon trying to leave, the valet lost our ticket and we waited in the cold for 30 minutes until I finally complained again and was finally serviced. Morale of the experience, complaining is the only way to get good service at Hal's. It's way overpriced for the experience. I will not go back.
CLASS BEYOND CLASS – The perfect place to go with a date to impress for with the most professional staff,perfectly prepared food,truely on fancy place as a must stop steak resturant and piano bar.Being from Phila.-if i visit Alanta on my next trip-Hals is my first stop to prefection.it's a place to go to feel like they know you everytime.Totally my favorite choice and beleive me I am very picky when it comes to food.
Best Steaks in Atlanta – Hal's never disappoints. The service is always perfect, the waitstaff is professional yet friendly, and the steaks are AMAZING! Everything is always perfectly prepared.
The bone in Filet is not on the menu but is almost always offered as a special, and it is absolutely wonderful. I've even heard rave reviews of the fish, although anyone who goes to Hal's and doesn't have a steak is crazy. The price is good for the quality, and the live jazz/blues at the piano bar is always great and at the perfect volume so that it is a background but doesn't inhibit conversation. One of my favourite restaurants ever.
Sorta good – First time at Hal's although I have been a resident of the area for 30 years. I sat at the bar ordered a blackened filet medium rare. The order took much longer than expected. The steak came out pale and cold. I told the bartender that the steak wasn't blackened. She proceeded to argue with me and pointed to a couple of small spots on the steak that were dark. She also explained to me that the steak was seasoned. I was really interested in an enjoyable dinner out and wasn't in the mood to argue. Nonetheless, she brought me out a new steak that was medium well, not what I ordered but it was edible.
The atmosphere seemed dated. The upstairs dining area was a little dingy with old carpet smell. There was an outdoor patio that looked nice.
Overall the experience was disappointing. I spoke to a close friend shortly after who had a similar experience and of course we shared stories.
Great Steaks Great Service – Had an amazing bone-in ribeye...the only problem was that i asked that it be cooked medium and it was definitely medium-well/almost well done. No pink whatsoever. Other than that the meal was perfection! Great crab appetizer and wonderful burbant potatoes!
The Best – Have been to Mortons, Capital Grill, Rathbuns Steaks - Hal's is hands down ... without question the best steak I have ever had.
Best Overall Restaurant Ever – I live in Louisiana, the home of good food. I love Ruth's Chris and Bones, but every time I come to Atlanta I without fail eat at Hal's. It has the best menu, food, and atmosphere combination of any restaurant anywhere.......and I've eaten all over the world. I see a couple of reviewers compained about the service. You must have been it on a bad night. Give it another chance and ask for Hal, himself....you'll be treated like a king.
Great Food...Condoscending and Rude Waiters. – I have been to Hal's at least a dozen times. I truely enjoy the food and atmosphere. I do find however, that unless you are one of Buckhead's "Elite" then the staff is less than nice. I have dined in many of Atlanta's steakhouses..Bones, Chops and Hals. Bones service win's by a LANDSLIDE. I am younger (not young) than most of the diners' in there, but I do have the money to eat at any of these restaurants. Hal's Staff is rude...I've given them MANY chances but enough is enough.
Exceptional Food and Service – We don't submit restaurant reviews often, but Hal's deserves the high praise you see in these reviews. The restaurant knocks it out of the park every time. The steaks far outshine those of Chops and Ruths Chris. Last night we went to Hal's for a celebratory evening, and we both had the best steaks we've ever tasted. Ask for the NY Strip. You cannot go wrong with any of their selections, but the strip was out of this world.
Each time we have went to Hal's the service has been above and beyond as well. Maybe we've been extremely lucky, but the wait staff is not just prompt and courteous; but they go out of their way to detail the selections and their recommendations and pairing advice have been consistently on target.
The seafood is equally as good as the steak offerings. The snapper and trout are definite menu highlights. And....the Desserts. We split a Bourbon Bread Pudding with a scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream that was out of this world. From appetizers (try the shrimp roumelade!) and entrees, to the dessert I have to say that Hal's is now my #1 Restaurant pic. I've had good meals at other establishments, but this is THE place you want to go when you want a meal and service that is far and away the best in Atlanta. Only wish there were More Stars to Give in the Rating!
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