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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Atlanta Metro

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Atlanta Metro? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Mali Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1024)
$30 and under
Thai
Virginia Highland
About the restaurant
According to Zagat, This "excellent" local spot where Va-Highlanders meet is known for its "great patio" and "good, reasonably priced sushi and Thai food"; it's a mystery why it's "rarely crowded", but "those who love it" and want to keep it all to themselves "hope it stays that way."
Top review
JohnWvip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Another excellent dinner at Ma Li Last evening. The spring rolls were so fresh and then the red curry with shrimp 🦐 was fantastic. Spicy but just enough heat ♨️. Expecting that, I had a cold beer and it was the perfect pairing.
A photo of Zuzzu restaurant
4.8
4.8 (546)
$30 and under
Sicilian
Roswell
About the restaurant
ZuZZu is devoted to bringing you authentic Italian cuisine made to order from fresh and superb ingredients from Italy in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere in historic Roswell, GA.
Top review
adcap
Dined 3 days ago
Very helpful and attentive staff. The food was very good. The pasta is comparable to what you might have at restaurants in Italy. The video of Rome streaming on the tv was a nice touch. Hidden gem!
A photo of Carbonara Trattoria restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1886)
$31 to $50
Italian
Dunwoody
About the restaurant
Rafik Cressaty and his son, Patrick would like to welcome you to their family restaurant, Carbonara Trattoria, located in the heart of Dunwoody, Georgia. Carbonara is an inviting Italian restaurant with an ambiance reminiscent of Italy without sacrificing the southern charm of Atlanta. Warm earth tones, textured wall finishes and soft lighting are complemented by a menu featuring the finest fresh produce and ingredients. From antipasto and salads to fresh pastas and raviolis, quality meats and fresh seafood dishes, our Menu is inspired by the timeless recipes of the old north country. The father and son duo take you on a wonderful dining journey from the moment you walk in the door until the time you leave.

Reservations are not required but recommended. We offer a 15 minute grace period for reservations, if more time is needed please call.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Our Father’s Day celebration dinner was perfect. We always love the calamari and wine selection. We tried 2 new entrees with the Sea Bass and Flounder. Both were excellent. The service is always top notch!
A photo of Palo Santo Rooftop restaurant
4.7
4.7 (88)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
West Midtown
About the restaurant
Welcome to Palo Santo Rooftop, located next to King Plow. Our rooftop has an amazing view of the West Midtown skyline where you can enjoy our UNIQUE ROOFTOP MENU consisting of sashimi inspired small bites. Paired this with our agave focused bar program and bottle service for an unforgettable experience. Live DJ starts preforming at 9pm. Must be 25+ to enter. The kitchen is open until 11:30 pm.

PARTIES OF 1-4 THERE IS A $30 PER PERSON MINIMUM AND PARTIES 5-6 THERE IS A $45 PER PERSON MINIMUM. FOR PARTIES 7 OR MORE, PLEASE EMAIL US AT EVENTS@BOTANICOHOSPITALITY.COM

Please respect the time limit for your party size so we can accommodate future reservations.
If there is inclement weather, your reservation may be rescheduled or cancel due to limited seating.

**VALET PARKING ONLY**
Dress code is NO CAPS, NO RIPPED CLOTHING, NO CUTOFF TEES OR FLIP FLOPS FOR MEN, NO GYM ATTIRE AND NO BAGGY CLOTHING. We reserve the right to make certain exceptions for the dress code.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Experience was amazing, only complaint was that it was a little warm inside.
A photo of Eataliano Kitchen - Brookhaven restaurant
4.6
4.6 (374)
$31 to $50
Italian
North Druid Hills
About the restaurant
Italian Restaurant and Bar
Open for pick up and delivery M-W 4:00-8:30 pm Th-Su 11:00 am-9:00pm
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Well the food was fabulous. It was my grandson’s 21st birthday dinner and they brought out a pastry with some whipped cream and a candle. He had a marvelous time. The people here are just the nicest.
A photo of Persian Basket Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (552)
$31 to $50
Persian
Johns Creek
About the restaurant
Our authentic menu takes you on an extraordinary journey through thousands of years of history and culinary tradition along with a taste of modern culture. Persian Basket Kitchen & Bar proudly presents the most sought-after flavors of Silk Road.

Let yourself be carried over to an experience of flavorful Dishes made with love and presented in a romantic and cozy setting.

Our philosophy is simple- food should be authentic, original, well-crafted and delicious. We capture this essence in everything we create; from our in house freshly made yogurt to our freshly baked breads. We are committed to sourcing the highest local ingredients and presenting the most unique and exotic dishes.

Be sure to visit our market located next to Persian Basket Kitchen & Bar. Our experienced staff will help you find all the necessities needed to prepare your own extraordinary dishes. Explore rare finds such as blue rock salt, barberries and saffron.

Visit our online market at persianbasket.com
Top review
AnitaB
Dined 3 days ago
Will be back! Excellent food, great service (Jayden) Hostess also sweet and kind!
A photo of Emmy Squared Pizza - Midtown West - ATL restaurant
4.5
4.5 (115)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
West Midtown
About the restaurant
Offering quality ingredients and deliciously unique toppings, our signature Detroit-style pizza is marked by its square shape, crispy bottom, fluffy dough, cheesy "frico" crust, and signature sauce stripes. Our famed double-stack burger, the Le Big Matt, was named ‘#1 Best Burger in Nashville’ by The Tennessean and Nashville Lifestyles, voted one of ‘The Best New Burgers In NYC’ by Gothamist, and listed as one of the ‘20 Best Burgers in NYC’ by The Infatuation. The menu also highlights a selection of approachable salads and sandwiches served on pretzel buns.

Gaining critical claim and an ever-growing cult following, we have expanded the Emmy Squared brand with eight locations across New York City, Nashville, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Louisville and plans to expand nationally. In every neighborhood we join, our team is committed to contributing to the community and practice our company ethos of inclusivity and unparalleled hospitality.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 4, 2024
We enjoyed our experience! Service seemed a little slow at first for an early dinner reservation time (we got our salad before cocktails) but overall it was very good and would go back.
A photo of Virgil's Gullah Kitchen & Bar - Conyers restaurant
4.5
4.5 (53)
$30 and under
Soul food
Conyers
About the restaurant
Virgil's was created to provide a space to enjoy great food, amazing service, and an abundance of love while helping to preserve the Gullah Geechee Culture.
Top review
JuicyS
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Food was tasty, plates were nice size. Service very good and attentive . They don’t allow substitutions but did like how the ala carte was a combination of all the items on the menu.
A photo of Pacific Rim Bistro restaurant
4.4
4.4 (551)
$30 and under
Sushi
Downtown
About the restaurant
Pacific Rim Bistro specializes in Pan-Asian cuisine, specifically a variety of different menus ranging from the frozen tundra of Mongolia to the tropics of Thailand. And, if you love sushi, Pacific Rim Bistro is THE place downtown to find the freshest sushi and sashimi. Pacific Rim Bistro also has full bar service and extensive wine list.
Top review
MacysMomvip
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
The food is delicious and the staff is so nice and accommodating. We really enjoy eating here. Such a variety of choices. Yummy sushi and fish meals.
A photo of Prickly Pear Tapas Tacos and Tequila restaurant
4.4
4.4 (68)
$30 and under
Mexican
Cumberland
About the restaurant
Now Open your local neighborhood Tapas Tacos and Tequila bar specializing in upscale street Tacos, Spanish Tapas, hand crafted speciality cocktails and beer in a chic modern indoor and outdoor setting with heated and cooled covered year round patio, indoor outdoor bar seating for 32 within walking distance to the Braves Stadium
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 28, 2024
What a great option for taco Tuesday if you’re in the area, they have three dollar special tacos and $3 Tecate/$7 Texas margs. Can go wrong with a trio of guacamole, queso, and pico. Either way you will have a blast. We enjoyed the bang bang shrimp and the rice and beans were perfect.
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