Cooks & Soldiers

4.7
1861 reviews
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Basque
Cooks & Soldiers brings the cuisine and cultural experience of Spain’s Basque region to the flourishing West Midtown area. The menu is divided into “pintxos tradicionales,” or tapas-like snacks served atop toasted bread; “pinxtos especiales,” or Basque-inspired small plates; “asador” including a variety of wood-grilled fish, meats and vegetables; and a selection of unique and modern desserts. Behind the bar, Cooks & Soldiers offers guests an extensive collection of Basque and Spanish wines, txakoli and ciders, in addition to craft beer and signature cocktails. The cocktail list places a heavy emphasis on gin, offering a seasonal selection of house-infused tonics blended into gin tonics and other popular libations.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join Cooks & Soldiers to celebrate Mom! We are open 11AM-9PM. In addition to our regular menu, enjoy the following brunch specials: Pastry Basket, Lomito & Biscuits, Spanish Monte Cristo and Bottomless Mimosas!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join Cooks & Soldiers for Easter Brunch or Dinner! We are open 11AM-9PM and featuring Easter Brunch and Dinner Service. In addition to our normal menu, enjoy the following brunch specials: Pastry Basket, Lomito & Biscuits, Spanish Monte Cristo and Bottomless Mimosas!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 1861 People Are Saying
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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excelent as always- we love Cooks and Soldiers !

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cooks and Soldiers has consistently great food, service and ambiance!

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H
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was fantastic. After advising the manager about a poor experience a few months ago, they outdid themselves! Our server, Travis, was amazing. He was attentive, professional and was just a fantastic waiter. The managers warts fantastic as well. They started out with sending a toast to the birthday girl and then brought us a complimentary appetizer. The food was delicious as usual and it was such a pleasant experience. I highly recommend!

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Responded 4 days ago

Hallie - thank you for dining at Cook & Soldiers and for giving us the chance to earn back your trust. We hope we have the chance to welcome you back in the near future.

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CH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I made a party of 4 and ordered 2 small dishes a piece to share around the table. 8 small plates were the perfect amount for the 4 of us to feel full, but not uncomfortably so. Everything was magnificent, and it was easy to accommodate the vegetarian in our group. The desserts were equally impressive, and the cocktails were masterfully mixed. I will absolutely come here again.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you CaitlinH! We enjoyed sharing the evening with you!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. We did tapas because there were only two of us, and whatever they brought out was absolutely delicious. Our waiter was great; took time to explain the menu, and was very helpful in selecting the tapas. I would say however that whatever you pick, you will not be disappointed. Ambiance is great; really an atmosphere conducive to gaveling a great conversation over a great food and wine. It’s a little loud, but not uncomfortably so. We will be back!

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for sharing the evening with us!

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Happy Hour! Bartenders were awesome! Enjoyed watching the chef.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for dining with us Cooks & Soldiers!

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for National Grilled Cheese Day and their phenomenal Bikini grilled cheese. The food is always good, and the staff are always on point. Finally the craft drinks are amazing.

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Responded 3 days ago

Thank you hankgaguy! It was our pleasure to serve you.

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d
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

We were bringing our father / father in law here to celebrate 2 year in remission. We were even asked what we were celebrating when we arrived.
So we were seated in the darkest, corner spot of the dining area. It was so dark, we couldn’t see the menu, it was difficult even with the cell lights.
The staff saw we couldn’t read the menu and made no attempts to move us or offer some lighting.
The food was okay at best, the server was pleasant but that’s about it. We will definitely never come back nor recommend this place to anyone. Barcelona wine bar is a block away and that’s where we will be going.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 4 days ago

dorisr, Please accept our sincerest apologies for disappointing you and your guests during your visit to Cooks & Soldiers. It appears we fell short in many instances, and there is no excuse for the lack of hospitality. Please let me know if you would be willing to share your email address so we can chat briefly about your evening and hopefully find a way to earn back your trust. Thank you.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cooks & Soldiers was an excellent tapas restaurant. We went on a rainy night, and the restaurant was cozy with an excellent atmosphere. The assistant manager came and introduced herself, recommended a wine for my mom and even checked on us several times. Our waiter was great too, and every dish we ordered was delicious. We especially enjoyed the wood fired mushroom dish. Highly recommend!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you AllieJ! It as our pleasure to serve you!

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B
Atlanta
61 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice meal with a party of 6 ordering a selection of pintxos then a steak and a fish. In Basque Country this would be a very ordinary restaurant, but in ATL it’s one of the best.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for dining with us Brookwood1!

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JF
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Cooks & Soldiers does not disappoint. The ambiance is perfect for date night, a night out on the town with friends or otherwise. Very modern interior with great lighting. The food and menu provide something for everyone with staple dishes like albondigas, mussels, whole fish, charcuterie, etc. The mixologist bartenders made a fantastic take on an old fashioned called son of a gun. Highly recommended restaurant in Atlanta.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on April 8, 2019

JustinF, Thank you for dining with us at Cooks & Soldiers! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can always expect to have a great time at cooks and soldiers! The staff is friendly and the food is amazing!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you Laura!

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RR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The music in the main dining area was too loud for us oldsters. My wife asked if we could sit out on the enclosed patio. Our request was granted without any fuss and our dining experience was enhanced by 100%! Everything was great. We enjoyed our server (Hailey sp?), the food, and our wine. While we had several small plates we shared the Mackerel and it was fantastic, just the right amount of herbs and spices.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you for joining us with our friends and we are thrilled to read this feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back to Cooks & Soldiers!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like always, I had an amazing time with the food and staff here! Thanks for making my birthday dinner so great!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on April 11, 2019

Thank you for celebrating such a special occasion with us!

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

Ordered the soft shell crab. Crab was mushy. Asked for something other than chickpeas with the crab, (arugula or bed of lettuce). The crab came with chickpeas anyway and was sent back. The waiter returned with the same crab (now cold) and said they were getting something together. A bowl of brocollinni arrive. It had a horrible flavor, tasted burnt and very bitter. Service could have been much better.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you for sharing this feedback about your experience and it appeared we missed our opportunity to deliver sincere hospitality. Please share your email address if you would be willing to discuss in greater detail. We would hate for this to be your lasting impression of our restaurant. Thank you!

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing helpful friendly

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Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you for dining at Cooks & Soldiers!

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1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All and all wonderful.. server Travis ( I think:) solid

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on April 5, 2019

We enjoyed the opportunity to serve you. Thank you for dining at Cooks & Soldiers!

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SC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Every time I’ve gone, they have taken great care of me and my friends and family. I’ve taken people here for many special occasions (birthdays, engagement dinner, etc.) and it has never disappointed me. The food is phenomenal, the atmosphere is quality, and the staff is full of fantastic people. Would absolutely recommend to anyone living in or visiting the Atlanta area.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you for dining with us at Cooks & Soldiers, and for spending so many special occasions with us. We look forward to the next opportunity to serve you!

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AB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an extremely busy night at Cooks and Soldiers and I was worried that the overwhelming amount of people (there was no where to stand while waiting for a table) would have an effect on the food and service. We did have to wait about 15-20 min for our table to be ready (we had a reservation) but it was well worth it. The manager came to our table and apologized for the wait which was very much appreciated by the "older" people in our party. The service was exceptional, the food was superb, the timing of the pintxos being brought to our table was so calculated. We would finish one plate and the other would be right behind it; fresh, warm, and just as delicious as the last. We had family in from South America and they were elated with the whole experience. We will continue to come back to Cooks and Soldiers and recommend it to our friends and families. Cheers!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on April 5, 2019

ABSal, Thank you for sharing this feedback about your experience. While we still would like to apologize for the extra wait for your table, it is wonderful to read that you and your guests enjoyed yourself. Thank you for choosing Cooks & Soldiers for this special family occasion. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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MA
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I go the food, service, and experience is stellar. Scallops were the BEST this time.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on April 5, 2019

MarciA - thank you for your loyalty, and we look forward to continuing to serve you!

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food service was excellent decor was nice great tapas menu

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 31, 2019

Thank you for dining at Cooks & Soldiers!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service mostly good but slow getting drinks even when reminded. Food outstanding.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 31, 2019

Thank you for dining at Cooks & Soldiers and for sharing this feedback about the wait time for beverages. We are constantly striving to improve and can only do so when guests are honest with us! We hope to serve you again soon!

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EG
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our large party, many from out of town, had a great time at Cooks and Soldiers. Our waiter, Annie, was knowledgeable and helpful. Everyone enjoyed trying new dishes and sharing the prime rib. It was great for a group!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you for choosing Cooks & Soldiers for this dining occasion!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cooks and always a great premium experience.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you for dining at Cooks & Soldiers!

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional service! The food was fresh and flavorful....and the drinks amazing

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you sheplaw! It was our pleasure to serve you.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Food was fantastic and had a great mix between twists on comfort food and totally unique items. We will return!

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Responded on March 31, 2019

Thank you for dining at Cooks & Soldiers!

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fun night celebrating national paella day - who knew? The food was fabulous, as always, and the C&S team really got behind the concept and made it special.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you for dining with us for National Paella Day!

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BV
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Cooks & Soldiers has a very unique vibe to it. It is unlike most places in Atlanta. The ambiance is created by the restaurant design, the aromas, the menu, the music. The food is great. The prices are OK. The cocktails and wine are special - again unlike most other places in Atlanta. Can't wait to go back.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 31, 2019

Thank you BillV! It is always our pleasure to serve you!.

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P
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a joyous dining experience...
Can't wait to go back...

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 31, 2019

Thank you Pookie! We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Paella for 2 size was a joke but everything tasted great and service was very friendly. Sangria tasted watery but other than that, no complaints.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you for dining with us for National Paella Day! We apologize if the portion size wasn't exactly as you expected - we were intending to serve this tapas style, not entree style. Please accept our apologies for the miscommunication. Please let me know if we can touch base via email or phone briefly - we want to ensure this isn't the lasting impression of our restaurant.

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J
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and a foodies dream! Will definitely be back.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 29, 2019

Thank you Jana! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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m
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great as usual--loved the rabbit and french onion pinxtos

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 29, 2019

madisonc - Thank you for being such a loyal guest. We enjoyed the opportunity to serve you on Tuesday and hope to see you again soon!

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U
Atlanta
57 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Food was average.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 27, 2019

Ussatl - we appreciate your feedback and are disappointed that we were unable to impress you with our menu. I would love the opportunity to chat with you quickly to hear a little bit more about your experience. Hones feedback is the only way we can improve. Thank you!

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always treat us right. Fantastic time and a great set of people, backed by a great kitchen with awesome food.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 27, 2019

Thank you for dining at Cooks & Soldiers!

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NB
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

While you can go with two people, it was fun to go with a group. We had 6 people in total and we got to share a lot of different things. The meatballs and mushroom toast are a must. The cocktails list was delicious as well. Because of the size of our group, our waitress created a menu for us. It worked out perfectly. Will definitely be back!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 27, 2019

Thank you NancyB! It was our pleasure to serve you and your guests.

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PB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time to dine at Cooks & Soldiers. The first time it was amazing and that was about 4 years ago. I have had it on my bucket list to return and am disappointed by myself for not coming back sooner! We started with the olives and they made my wife happy but it was just okay to me. It was followed by the smoked salmon (Salmon Ahumado) on toast points. The flavors in your mouth came alive all at once! Loved it!
We ordered three small plates to share lobster pasta (Fideua de Langosta), meatballs (Iberico Albondigas) and the grilled cheese sandwich (Bikini). All three were spectacular in their own right, but, that grilled cheese is beyond amazing! It is crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside, the Spanish ham adds some salty goodness and the black truffle is just simply delicious.
We then shared the small fish from the wood fire grill menu and it was very good, but the potatoes (Patatas Murros) were so good! Crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked throughout and seasoned with enough salt to fully enjoy the flavors. We ordered the mushrooms with this as well, but they were better in my omelette the next day. Our server was Alfred and he was enjoyable and the perfect balance of being present and conscientious but not over bearing.
We socialized with the two tables next to us and enjoyed the oohs and ahhs as each dish came out and even shared some of food with them! So much fun!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 27, 2019

PrestonB - thank you for dining at Cooks & Soldiers and for sharing this feedback - it is lovely to read. We hope it will not be another four years before we have the chance to serve you again. Take care!

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G
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We were looking forward to dinner before going to the Fox for Jersey Boys. Knew it was owned by same group as Iberian Pig which we have been to several times. Drinks were average, food was so so and service was poor. I've been to several tapas restaurants in Atlanta that are far better than C&S. Very disappointed!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 27, 2019

Geno - Please accept our sincerest apologies. We are disappointed to read that a loyal guest of our sister restaurant was not impressed with the experience at Cooks & Soldiers. We would love the opportunity to touch base about your evening in an effort to be sure this is not your lasting impression of our restaurant. Please let me know if you would be willing to share your email address. Thank you!

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CB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Okay. I’ll start by saying I love food and work in the industry! So I know how hard a Friday night can be but our server was Mary & she was awesome! My friends and I were meetinnafter not seeing each for forever & celebrating new jobsthe service was great the food was amazing !! We will definitely be back (and ask for Mary duh!) the cheesecake and Salmón Ahumado was my Favorite & the tiger cocktail! YUMM . The manager also brought us a toast to celebrate our new jobs all around 100% great night oh and the bartender was nice before we sat at our table too!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 27, 2019

Thank you for sharing this special evening with us Chloe! We wish you all the best with the new endeavor and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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N
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious! It was delicious from the beginning to end. Our waiter, Jack, was awesome. He was very knowledgeable and kind. This is a top 10 restaurant for us in Georgia. Our favorite dish was the rapini- the char of the vegetable and the most amazing tomatoes - I wish I could eat this dish now and I am writing the review.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 27, 2019

Thank you for this high praise Nancy! We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service and experience. Food is tasty but just okay. Not spectacular. I would recommend the smoked salmon dish that was the table favorite.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on March 27, 2019

Thank you for dining at Cooks & Soldiers!

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