Cooks & Soldiers

4.8
2018 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.
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4.8
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spouse’s Birthday

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for celebrating this occasion with us!

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E
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service all around. From our bartender to our server. The food is great too.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for dining at Cooks & Soldiers!

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RG
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent concept, carried out in fine fashion. The food items were true to Basque tradition and flavors. Service was exceptional. A food service operation of this complexity and scale carried out at such a high level, reflects management attention to detail and training. Well done!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you, RichardG! It was our pleasure to serve you!

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JR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience! We enjoyed our selections and drinks. We had one item which was left off the order and the general manager was so accommodating. Excellent food and customer service.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you JasonR! We appreciate you taking a moment to share this feedback!

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JP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Off the charts meal! Elliott was amazing. Accommodated complicated food allergies with ease and no worries. Highly recommend!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for spending the evening with us, JenniferP!

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MC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. We were celebrating a birthday and the staff went above and beyond to make the evening extremely special.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for choosing to celebrate at Cooks & Soldiers!

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K
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Nice variety of gin and tonic options. And the bikini is totally worth try and apparently everyone does.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Kimberely! We look forward to welcoming you back to Cooks & Soldiers!

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MH
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! The drinks are amazing too!!!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for dining with us, MaiaH!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elliot was an amazing host to us and helped us choose our foods and the order in which we had them. Absolutely amazing choices and service. We will be back many many times!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for dining with us at Cooks & Soldiers! We will pass this feedback on to Elliot and look forward to your next visit!

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MA
Baltimore
58 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent Tapas menu. Music a bit loud for easy conversation. Regardless, I recommend for the food, and service are great.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 6 days ago

MA200 - thank you for dining with us! Please share your email address so we may be in touch about your noise preferences. We can add this detail to your guest profile and better accommodate you next time!

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MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a pleasant evening. Great food, drinks and we went early on a Sunday Evening to very quiet. Loved the evening at Cooks and Soldiers and will return.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you, MaryA! It was great to have you in for dinner.

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SC
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Very attentive teamwork among the staff. Food was excellent. Look forward to returning on our next trip to Atlanta.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on August 5, 2019

It was our pleasure to serve you, ScottC!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Appreciate the complimentary glass of Champagne for our anniversary. Server was very helpful. We’ll be back

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you for spending the evening with us at Cooks & Soldiers!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my best friend and boyfriend out for dinner and this place was unexpectedly THE BEST RESTAURANT in ATL. The service, The food and the entire experience has us still talking about it 1 week later. I can’t eat at other places without comparing. The tapas are big enough for 2/3 people and we all ate off the main entree. We left full, fulfilled and a full body experience. The drinks were delicious too.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for sharing this feedback! We look forward to your next visit.

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R
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time at this restaurant and another great experience. Our server, Laura, was a gem and we enjoyed the evening. Great food and cocktails.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for dining with us again, Runninglady14!

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic food and service. Great for meeting with friends and ordering a few tapas at a time and coursing out an experience over a few hours

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you for sharing the evening with us at Cooks & Soldiers!

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G
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing! Will definitely be coming back!

PD
Atlanta
50 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here twice now (four years between visits) and this is a great place to crush some tapas and get some unique brews on tap. On our last visit, we were pleasantly surprised when the staff kept leaving us additional small dishes, complements of the house.

I can't honestly remember what all we had, but suffice it to say that these guys are on top of their game and they do a nice job.

I hope it's not 2023 before my next visit.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Paul! It was great to have you back.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely.

AA
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with friends! Food was excellent and the Service was wonderful!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 30, 2019

Thank you, AmyA!

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DM
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We loved a few tapas so much we ordered them twice. great atmosphere. love this place.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 30, 2019

DeserieM - thank you for dining with us at Cooks & Soldiers! It was a pleasure to serve you.

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LM
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful evening and a wonderful meal! Excellent, excellent server and amazing dishes-the whole grilled pompano was stellar-highly recommend.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 30, 2019

Thank you LakeMurraySCfan! It was our pleasure to share the evening with you!

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a
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinned here last Thursday with coworkers and sat at one of their private tables. It was amazing. Lots of privacy, great service, and the room sets the mood just right! Oh and the food was amazing as usual.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 30, 2019

It was great to serve you and your colleagues! Thank you for dining with us!

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RT
Atlanta
40 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third visit and the service was exceptional and food delicious. There were six in our party and we tried so many items on the menu including every single dessert! The dessert wine flight was a favorite too! A grand evening!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting us again, RobertT!

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JS
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Sat next to the bathroom and got blasted with the with the bathroom scent spray every time someone opened the door to either bathroom. Not sure what the food tasted like, it was pretty much a bathroom scent taste. Drinks off the menu were poor to fair. Pisco Sour was outstanding. Need to turn the deodorizer dispenser down!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 26, 2019

JasonS, Please accept our sincere apologies for the overwhelming air freshener smell. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention and are disappointed to know this affected your experience in such a negative way. We would like to ensure we make this up to you - could you please share your email address so we can get in touch?

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CD
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed our time a C&S once a gain. We must have ordered at least 10 items from the menu and each one was unique and tasted amazing. A few of the items have too much bread, but overall, outstanding!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 26, 2019

CDATL - thank you for dining at Cooks & Soldiers! It was our pleasure to welcome you back!

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g
Atlanta
57 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dining at Cooks & Soldiers is a wonderful opportunity to sample excellent Basque/Spanish cuisine and wines in a pleasant and upscale atmosphere. Our server (Travis) was excellent, providing knowledgeable guidance through the food and wine menus. Hongos y Setas was a flavorful, earthy mushroom starter. Montadito de Longosta was excellent, lobster served in a brioche "sandwich." It was a pleasure to be able to enjoy the always-wonderful Iberian ham (Jamon Iberico). The Iberico Albondigas (meatballs) were amazingly tasty. We never made it to dessert. Travis paired wines with each small course, always spot on in his recommendations. The only negative, and a small one, is that the service shelving unit holding glassware in the center of the main dining room should be moved to a less conspicuous spot, as it detracts from the otherwise lovely atmosphere (despite decorative items on top shelves). This was our second visit to this unique Atlantan restaurant, and we plan to return soon.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 30, 2019

gdj3 - thank you for sharing this detailed feedback! We are humbled to know you enjoyed this second experience with us so much! We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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CC
Savannah
30 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first visit to Cooks & Soldiers - overall really good food. Lots of interesting plates, well prepared. Good service, solid, reasonably priced wine list. We will definitely return.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 23, 2019

ChrisC - thank you for choosing to spend the evening with us! We look forward to your next visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations through Open Table but we still waited a little bit for our table and our drinks. This was not a problem to us because we distracted ourselves with talking. Also, they were extremely accommodating and didn’t charge us for the drinks because it took so long. We really appreciated it! Food was amazing!! Everything tasted so good we wanted more!! That was the only unfortunate past was that the portions were small and we were sharing. Probably the easier solution is just to order more, which we didn’t do because we wanted to try different things. Cost was super reasonable. Service was excellent!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thank you for spending the evening with us at Cooks & Soldiers. We apologize for the longer than anticipated wait. We appreciate your patience as we worked through and are happy to know you enjoyed the experience otherwise. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been in rural GA since October and people only eat fast food down here. Got a weekend to visit Atlanta and ate at Cooks & Soldiers. Overall it was a wonderful experience and the best food I have had in a long time. 10/10 would go again.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 23, 2019

JohnnyM - thank you for choosing Cooks & Soldiers! We hope to welcome you again soon!

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B
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my wife’s birthday and decided to give this a try. The restaurant is beautiful, the food delicious and the service fantastic. Our waiter Jack was everything you want in a waiter. He was energetic, personable and knew his product. We sat down and told him we wanted him to choose our dinner. Since it is a tapas restaurant we knew he would know better than we what was good. Then the Sommelier Chris came and helped us with a lovely Tempranillo. Everything was delicious and we will definitely make the trek from Milton back to Cooks and Soldiers

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thank you for sharing this occasion with us at Cooks & Soldiers!

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B
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal. The service was great. We sat on the enclosed patio area - the noise level is lower out there compared to the main restaurant.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thank you, Buzz. It was a pleasure to serve you!

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AR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service and atmosphere was great but the food didn’t quite hit the mark.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 23, 2019

AileenR - thank you for sharing this feedback and we of course hope to impress guests on all levels. Would you be open to connecting briefly? We would love some additional detail on the items you tried and want to work on earning back your trust. Please share your email address if you would be open to a brief chat.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite spot to go to for dinner. When I want to have a fun and exciting dinning experience, this is my go to. Can order a bottle of wine + 3-4 plates and only spend $80-$90 with tip.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 19, 2019

It was our pleasure having you! Please join us again soon!

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AS
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and amazing food!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 19, 2019

Thank you, AudreyS! It was our pleasure to serve you.

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SL
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Our first visit to Cooks and Soldiers was disappointing. The tapas were good but our waitress neglected us most of the evening which had quite an impact on the overall experience.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 19, 2019

SabineL - we regret to read that your experience at Cooks & Soldiers did not meet your expectations. We are embarrassed to read about the lack of service and hospitality. Please share your email address if you would be willing to get in touch briefly. Thank you!

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CH
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! I just took my friend from out of town to Cooks and Soldiers, I was pleased that she was just as impressed with the food as I am. Our waitress was charming and attentive. It’s always a treat to go.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 19, 2019

Thank you, CaroleHopsFar! It was great to have you and your friend for dinner!

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Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great date night, party night, friends from out of town to show them the town...kinda place.

Get a reservation ahead and enjoy the list of wine and flavorful food. It was very rich tasting and agreed with our palate.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 15, 2019

Sharpey - it was great having you in for dinner at Cooks & Soldiers! It was our pleasure serving you and we hope to welcome you back soon!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I chose Cooks & Soldiers for our anniversary dinner date destination. We chose wisely.

Every recommendation of our server, from cocktails to wine to dishes, was on point.

Dishes arrived promptly as soon as we had finished the one before.

We could only eat 8 different dishes because we were stuffed, so we’ll definitely be going back to try the rest of the menu and maybe save room for dessert next time!

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 15, 2019

Thank you for sharing such a special occasion with us at Cooks & Soldiers!

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

Great food. Great service. Perfect spot for a date.

Cooks & Soldiers
Responded on July 14, 2019

Thank you for dining with us at Cooks & Soldiers!

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