Atlanta >Restaurants > Repast
620 Glen Iris Dr, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030833.771688 -84.368370
Neighborhoods: Northeast, U-Rescue Villa, Northeast
Very Disappointing meal – We returned to Repast this year for Mother's Day brunch as our experience last year was outstanding. The menu was a prix fixe with a choice of 5 first courses, main dishes and dessert at $36 per person. The menu last year was innovative including tuna tartar with a quail egg, as an app and filet mignon as a main to name a couple of dishes. The food and service was excellent. The menu was so interesting that we had a hard time trying to decide what to pick.
This year we had a hard time picking what we wanted because there really was nothing out of the ordinary on the menu. Certainly nothing worth $36 for the meal.
The brunch went downhill from there. The first course came out in a reasonable time. Then we sat, and sat, and sat waiting for the second course. An hour and a half after we arrived we finally were served the second course.
My mother and I ordered the egg brioche with poached eggs and shrimp and hollandaise sauce. The meal consisted of a big piece of bread (which tasted awful - almost stale) with one egg in the middle of the bread, 3 small shrimp and too much hollandaise sauce poured over the top. If I wasn't starving by that time I am not sure I would have even eaten it. My husband got the frittata which he deemed OK.
The dessert was a bit better but again nothing out of the ordinary.
The kitchen was obviously under staffed because pretty much everyone that was there when we got there was there for the duration.
I don't mind spending $36 for brunch if the food and service is good but this meal and experience was in no way worth that kind of price. We would definitely not return to this restaurant.
The Restaurant You Wanna Love…. But Just Can’t – I recently went back to Repast after being a bit disappointed with my first visit about 7 months ago. Sadly my first impression was the right one as Repast is a restaurant that just doesn’t deliver on the promise that its creative, eclectic and well written menu holds for its diners.
I really want to like Repast, Cher/Owner Joe Truex is a really nice guy, he regularly chats with his guests at the bar, the restaurant has a fine selection of bourbon… something that always earns points with me and as I said before, the menu has a litany of dishes that just sound outstanding. But sadly, each time I’ve been and pretty much every dish I’ve had has left me feeling that it didn’t live up to the promise I had for it.
We started off with the black garlic hummus and the Japanese octopus carpaccio. The hummus was really good and easily the best of the two appetizers. It had a great garlic essence running through it that added a nice depth of flavor. The hummus had just the right amount of creaminess and was a great app for sharing and getting the meal started. The octopus carpaccio sounded far too interesting not to order. Its served with shaved onion, a fennel salad and a ponzu dressing. I’ve had Octopus numerous other times, but I’d never had it in a carpaccio style, so I was curious to try it. While the dish was good, the ponzu dressing it was served with was far too salty and just lacked a brightness from some acidity that would’ve really added a layer of flavor to the dressing and helped balance out its flavor. I think the fennel salad was supposed to provide the layer of acidity that the dish needed, but instead just added an accent of licorice to the dish, which when combined with the ponzu dressing, just didn’t work.
For the entrees, we went with the crab cakes “Repast style” served with sautéed sesame asparagus and a yuzu caper butter and the seared sea scallops & pork belly served with roasted winter root vegetables.
Now maybe its me, but if you’re going to put your name on something and claim it as your own, it should be pretty damn special and unfortunately I just didn’t have this reaction to the crab cakes at Repast. In a word, they were bland. Sadly, its not really worth saying too much more about them; there simply wasn’t much flavor and I was extremely disappointed in them.
After the disappointment of the crab cakes I was ready to get my eat on with the scallops and pork belly. I mean, talk about a tantalizing dish: scallops AND pork belly on the same plate? Sign me up! But again, I was left with a mouth and stomach full of disappointment. I thought the scallops were a little overcooked and while not rubbery, were not the soft and succulent morsels that a well cooked scallop is. The pork belly was tasty, as pork belly almost always is, but I thought it lacked a bit of seasoning and didn’t shine in the way I think it could have. The roasted root vegetables, lacked the depth of flavor and sweetness that you would expect from roasted vegetables. I definitely see the concept of the dish and it seems so perfect: the sweetness and fresh ocean taste of the scallops, offset with the fattiness and ‘porkiness’ of the pork belly; then round the dish out with some roasted root veg to finish and damn, you’re ready to eat. On paper the combination just sounds perfect. But somewhere along the way, the flavors never developed and thus never came together.
I have to say that I was extremely disappointed with my meal at Repast. Sadly the best thing we had was the hummus and if that’s the best thing on a fine dining restaurant’s menu then it’s a really bad sign. I really hope that when the menu changes Repast can get it right, because this is a restaurant that I truly want to like but based upon a pretty disappointing meal, I just can’t right now.
Good food and good service – We tried Repast last night for the first time. We wanted a romantic dinner for 2 to celebrate out wedding anniversary. I saw that the restaurant wasnt noted for romance so when I called to make the booking I asked if they could give us a romantic corner. The hostess was very accommodating and gave me several options, including opening up the upstairs section just for us!
When we arrived at the restaurant we were seated at a two top far from other customers, which was OK. It wasn't the best romantic seating, but given the restaurants layout it was reasonable. The decor was mixed, but there was definitely an asian influence. It was upclass, modern and chic.
Drinks: I had the signature martini - the Repastini - vodka infused with ginger. It was very nice, although a tiny bit sweeter than I would have expected. My wife has a glass of cabernet, recommened by our waitress, that was very smooth and decent value at $15 for the glass.
Appetizers: I had the dates wrapped in bacon. DECLICIOUS! This was actually better than my entree. The sweet gooey dates combined with the slightly crisp bacon worked really well.
Entrees: My wife had the filet mignon and raved about it. She had asked for medium and the steak was really medium-rare, but still good. It came with porcinni mushrooms and cheese pasta with a 4-days-to-make wine sauce. My wife LOVED it. I had the chorizo encrusted pork chop with sprouts, bacon, apple and a turnip and sweet potato gratin. It was good, but not excellent. The pork chop was about 2" thick, which is too thick in my opinion. As a result it was a tiny bit dry in places.
Service: Service was excellent. The waitress was very attentive but we did not feel overly so. The time between courses was just right. To top the meal off, the chef sent us a complementary molten chocolate cake with "happy anniversary" written in chocolate. A very nice unexpected touch.
Only negative was the music - hard rock at times.
I LOVE repast – It has been a year since last time had a dinner at repast restaurant and went back last weekend, It was Saturday night and the place was Packed with midtown crowd. We got there earlier than our reservation so had a cocktail at bar, their coktail and wine list is excellent...we had a "repastini" thier original ginger infused martini, loved it! had two glass each.
The owner/chef ( lovely husband and Japanese wife team ) change the menu every seasons, that's so nice and you don't really find the restaurant like this in Atlanta. We had a appetizers,"pumpkin soup", "Tuna beets salad" and " mussle cook in a coconuts milk" and cheese plates. For main course, Pepper corn crusted sea bass, duck with red wine rissoto and hunger steak. Everything out-standing !! Service is excellent and professional, know about foods and wines.. Don't forget to try their dessert!
We had a such a wonderful time and give them ****** 5 stars!
Not So Great – We had been looking forward to dining at Repast for a long time, and finally had a chance to visit during restaurant week. We thought this would be the perfect time to try it out assuming that they would be putting their best foot forward. My husband and I both started with the grilled halloumi cheese. It was very fresh and delicious. The entree was ok. We both ordered the special pork dish (it's not on their normal menu). It seemed like something I could have easily made at home...nothing special. The best part about the entree was the slaw and the sauce. For dessert, I ordered the cheesecake, and he ordered the warm chocolate cake. The cheesecake was excellent. The chocolate cake was ok. The worst part about our visit was parking. Half way through our meal, our waiter (who had been great up until this point) told us he'd have to abandon us for a while to help the valet move cars. Apparently, the valet had been illegally parking cars at City Hall East, and they were starting to tow. Could you imagine leaving your car with a valet at a nice restaurant, and coming out to find it had been towed?!?! Needless to say, this left a bad taste in our mouths. Our car had not been towed, but it did take the valet FOREVER to find it. I doubt we will go back. There are too many other good places in Atlanta...especially in the Inman Park area.
$20 special plus $5wine!!WOW Great deal at repast! – I found out about $20 deal from web letter. since me and my husband are big fan of repast needed to try out. There is a regular munu plus $20 special menu. Pick one appetizer and an entree, you can chose from 5 dishes. I had a chicken liver mousse for an appetizer and a fish and chips for an entree. Both dishes were so delicious, the size was perfect. and $5 nice glass of white wine.
I highly recommend to try their $20 special. I am planning to go back this week again.
Best Food in Atlanta – I took a friend to Repast to celebrate a new job and it was amazing. A coworker told me to get Daniel as our server because he's really good with the wines, so we did and he was fabulous with everything. I was warned that the portions were small, but we all need to watch our portions anyways and enjoy what actually goes into a dish- herbs and spices. We had the bacon wrapped dates and they literally melted in our mouths. I had scallops and pork belly, which sounds nasty but it was soo yummy! We also ordered the salmon and it got great reviews as well.
I will honestly say this meal was my very favorite in all of Atlanta.I will be back VERY soon. Yes I've been to Baccanalia, Wisteria blablabla..... Stay hidden Repast, so there's always room for diners who appreciate good food and wine!
pricey, not-great food in small portions – I have to agree with the negative reviews... and am confused at the enthusiasm of the positive reviews. The ambiance is nice and the service is polite and unobtrusive. But onto the food... We started with the salmon pizzette, which was ok, but too salty and bordering on the oily. We ordered pork cutlets with dried cherry sauce and citrus-mustard topping (or whatever they called it). The cherry sauce was cloyingly sweet, and clashed with the "mustard topping." My best description would be "sweet and sour" gone very bad. We also ordered the macrobiotic composition. (It should have been called "micro macrobiotic")... It consisted of about 3 leaves of baby bok choy, a hunk of uncooked tofu with a too-garlicky green sauce, 3 small cubes of delicious (I wish there were more) stewed kabocha squash, and a few strands of seaweed. We also ordered a side of agnolotti, which were tough on the outside (probably cooked too long). They left a dry, chalky taste in the roof of our mouth. This was our second time there . The first visit was not much better in terms of food or service (we were kept waiting for over 30 minutes past our reservation time). Both times, our stomachs and wallets left hungry, but not for more of Repast's food. Some people may love this place, but we didn't.
The best restaurant 08' – I have been to the repast twice this year already and every time go there we have a such a wnderful time and make us come back again . The food , service and vibes are excellent and different from all other midtown or atlanta restaurants. I don't know why people left hungry? well, repast is not an one plate dish fills you up place, it is more like casual fine dining restaurant, you go there to order appetizer, main and dessert plus cocktail and wine, so I Don't want you to expecting to go there to get an over potions one meal south style dish and sprit the dish with friend. We love to go there for Monday 1/2 price wine deal night. They got a great wine selection too.
Outstanding Food and Service – For my money, the best restaurant in Atlanta. For the serious foodie, you can't beat it. The staff makes every effort to make you feel at home and goes into great detail to explain and give recommendations. I have been here twice and look forward to the third visit.
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