Atlanta >Catering > Kevin Rathbun Steak
154 Krog St Ne Ste 200, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030733.758617 -84.363863
Monday through Thursday 5:30-10
Friday and Saturday 5:30 - 11
Neighborhoods: Eastside, Inman Park, Eastside
A Steak Dinner at Kevin Rathbun Steak – Our first trip to Kevin Rathbun's Steaks and we travel there for steaks. I wanted to try the dry-aged steak and compare that to Bones, Chops, Prime, Killer Creek, Stoney River, MCKENDrick's, and other steakhouses I have visited. The service was great and I ordered the Cowboy Ribeye dry-aged and my lady ordered the Steak Diane. All in all we will return, but the overall meal was just okay.
We did not get to the great status. The Steak Diane's sauce and the sides were a little salty. In both cases, the steak itself was good and well received, but we can recall several meals getting up from the table saying this was a great meal. Not last night, just saying it was alright-good.
We have tried all kinds of restaurants in the Atlanta area, as well as, other major citys. For steak in Atlanta, I still have my favorite and that has not changed based on my 12/11/08 meal. Hoping for the best my next time around at Kevin Rathbun Steak, Kevin was there, but not on the grill - but near the kitchen...
top steakhouse in the city – This steakhouse was the best restaurant that I have had dinner at in the past year. I travel all of the time and can tell you that the steaks and atmosphere are top level and the service waqs the best too. Try the steak for two, the creamed corn, the wonderful ahi tuna poke and then save room for the desserts. I will go back ten times over!
One of the best meals I've ever had - period. – I helped my girl Kelly P celebrate her birthday here last night and all I can say is "Wow!"
I must admit, I was fairly intimidated at the thought of visiting such a Restaurant (note the capital R - I feel it's necessary). I mean, this is serious business here; they are not messing around. You can feel how genuine everything is - the service, the food, the atmosphere - it's all just so, SO.
That said, once I joined my party, it took me a good 10 minutes (and one large glass of wine) to truly exhale and begin to enjoy the experience fully. It didn't hurt that I was dining with 6 of the most delightful ladies I know. And can I just say, girls really do talk dirty when they're alone together - I felt like Stanford Blatch on a night on the town with Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. Such stories - I was blushing.
And the people watching (once your eyes adjust to the darkness) is top-notch. To me, this is the best course of any dining experience.
Here's the meal I had and/or sneaked a taste of off someone else's plate whilst they were in the bathroom touching up their make-up (yet one more advantage to being a man).
I'm not going to go in to details because they were all delicious, sublime, perfect - I would order them all again. In fact, this may be the meal I order before I'm finally put to death in the electric chair for having worn two Swatches on one wrist in 1986:
Lobster Fritters w/Lemon Zest Honey Mustard
Asian Style Meatballs w/Mushroom Soy Jus
10 oz. Ribeye (rare, natch) w/House Steak Sauce
Jalapeno Creamed Corn w/Scallions (a house specialty)
Elbow Mac & Cheese Tart w/Truffle Bread Crumbs
Scalloped Sweet Potatoes w/Gruyere
Twice Baked Potatoes
Our server, Matt Coggin, was outstanding - he knew ever nuance of the menu and wine list and directed us toward items he knew we'd like and could afford (hey, this place ain't cheap!) without making us feel uncomfortable. Kudos to him - job well done. Ask for him - you won't be disappointed.
By the end of the evening, the room had become warm, inviting and comfortable; it had won me over completely. The only - and I stress ONLY - reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because Javier Bardem was not our waiter.
Service: Well Done! Steak: Done Well (er, make that Medium Rare) – Went the Rathbun Steak to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversay. Have read about mediocre service but our server was very attentive without being obtrusive. The steak was terrific! Not sure how they get the outside so crispy while leaving the inside so rare but it was awesome! Draft Beer is $6 per pint so that's my only ding. Great job!
Atlanta Steakhouse at its best! – Had dinner on Saturday evening at this Atlanta staple and from the two comments below, it sounds like they were in different restaurants or mad because they could not get a reservation. Our reservation was at 8:30 and there was only a 10 minute wait for our table, but I did not see anybody waiting over an hour and we made the reservation at the correct restaurant by calling the right restaurant. (I think the reviewer below called the wrong restaurant and you have to get this one right!) Our service by Rick was great, and he was professional and steered us in the right direction. Awesome steaks and the truffle butter was perfect for the steak only dip the steak in the sauce and savor it. The macaroni and cheese was wonderful and the chocolate bomb dessert and the banana dessert were off the charts. My partner and I will be back. This restaurant is a must anytime you are visiting Atlanta.
Highly overrated and made us both sick! – I disagree with a few others that have posted recently about service. We had reservations for before 7pm on a Saturday night and the place was almost empty and our reservations were honored. Service far outweighed the food. They really catered to us. Paid $10.50 for a very small martini. I think that I can cook a better steak than this. I've even had better steaks at places I don't really like such as Outback. It was severely charred on outside (porterhouse steak for 2 @ $64) and raw on the inside (we ordered it medium). We never recieved the truffle butter we ordered. The sides were sold to us as 1 being enough for 2 people but the sides are only big enough for 1 (approximately $6-8 each). We had the jalepeno corn (not spicy at all) and the sweet pototo casserole (good but nothing special). We also had the tuna poke for appetizer which was very good ($8). We found the prices fairly reasonable except on the meat where it is VERY high for what you get. The place is beautiful and very loud! The worst thing of our dinner is after $160 for 2 people (1 steak, 1 appetizer, 2 sides, 1 dessert and 4 drinks (2 beers for him and 1 wine and 1 martini for me)) we could barely get home before both of us became very sick. As soon as we got in the door my husband threw everything up and mine was from the other end. We spent a good bit of the rest of the evening in the bathroom. What a waste!
Terrible Service - Overrated and a Trend that will Pass – I enjoy the food but not the effort it takes to get a reservation at this place and then have the reservation not honored. 2 of the past 4 times I was there (in the past year) my reservation (although confirmed by phone the night prior by the restaurant) was made at the wrong restaurant - Rathbuns instead of Rathbun's Steaks. First time I can accept it was my mistake, but 2nd time when I was explicit on the phone about the restaurant I wanted only to arrive again without a reservation - not my mistake. Customers were livid and angry the last time I was there. Reservations were not being honored and being seated over an hour past the designated reservation time. Service has deteriorated severely since this place first opened. It seems the Atlanta convention scene has caught on to this place so locals and people who spend a lot of money at fine restaurants and expect good service will be tremendously disappointed. Like I said, the food is good but not so extraordinary that one cannot get an excellent steak elsewhere in Atlanta and actually be served by a well trained, experienced staff (ex. Bones, Capital Grille, etc.). I will avoid this place for quite some time having attempted to eat here numerous times over the past year.
Overrated – First let me say that I am a frequent diner at Bones, Blue Ridge Grill, Floataway Cafe and Joel. I love fine dining and am excited about great restaurants. Tonight was my first time at Rathbun Steak and I was excited about it. Unfortunately, the experience did not live up to the hype. As I had heard, the decor is indeed pretty and the chandeliers are very cool. However, when the waiters are passing out flashlights for people across the restaurant to read the menus, something is wrong. I felt like I was in a tunnel. And yet, had I been in a tunnel it would have been more quiet and acoustically pleasing. It was LOUD and I could barely hear my dinner mates' comments. It's even more frustrating to deal with bad acoustics when you can barely see your dinner mates as well. On the plus side, the food was good. Definitely reminded me of Rathbun's (his first restaurant) in that everything was very good, but at the same time very rich/buttery/creamy. Steak was ok; lamb was ok; sides were good and fine and different (scalloped sweet potatoes); dessert was great. Service was fine. On the not so good side, we waited 35 minutes past our reservation time to sit down (and not in the cellar as we had been promised), and we waited almost 30 minutes between our appetizer and entree. I have to say that by the time the entree came I was ready to get out of there. I was tired of squinting and yelling and I was ready to go find myself at home at a quiet table at Bones. At the end of the night, our bill was close to $500 (for 3 of us) and we concluded that for the money we didn't think the value was there. Yes, it was different, yes the food was fine. But it's a place caught between wanting to be fine dining and trendy and I think in the end trendy wins out. A good place to try, but next time I'll see you at Bones.
IMPECCABLE ALL AROUND – I can not say one bad thing about Rathbun's Steak. I am all about service and food. Their staff is amazing, knowledgeable and friendly. As busy as it gets, they are on top of it. Ask for Molly, she is fabulous. Steak and duck to die for, some of the side items not so wonderful, but the ambiance, service and staff make up for it. The best part, this restaurant has service down! They call you a few days after you have dined with them and thank you for coming in. AMAZINFG service that just doesn't exist anymore, it was refreshing. Those of you that want to complain about the price, I suggest you don't come here, there is nothing outrageous about their prices for what is offered. it beats the pants off of Bones and Chops food and costs less. I was surprised as I am not a fan of Rathbun's, but the Steak place is the best! Keep up the esxcellent work and your superb staff!
Absolutely Perfect! – Wow, I have to say Kevin Rathbun Steak is well worth the hype and reputation. We took my parents there and based on prior reviews we asked for a "quiet table". We were seated in the cellar which worked out perfectly -- it was much quieter than upstairs and our service appeared to be fully dedicated to our table (likely our perception but we enjoyed the attention).
But really it is all about the food and KBS did not disappoint. We all enjoyed the Tuna Poke, Corn and Ancho Chile soup of the day and Asian Meatball appetizers. Then we had to have the best steak I've ever enjoyed. We shared the Dry Aged Porterhouse for 3 and it just melted in your mouth. I got the Truffle butter as an accompaniment but I didn't even want to dip the steak in the butter as it was perfect as served. And then there were the sides. Two of my friends specifically called me to tell me to order the Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Gruyere and I must implore you to do the same. Heck, I'd have it for dessert.
Then to top things off, they called me the following Monday just to make sure we enjoyed our evening.
In all, we are counting down the days to our return.
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