While some may consider Smyrna to be OTP, it’s ITP in our hearts. Just a short drive from the city, some of Atlanta’s best in the culinary scene are located within the quaint, peaceful pockets of Smyrna and Vinings. Whether you’re looking to escape to a view of the Chattahoochee River or you’re dreaming of an evening in the center of historic Vinings, it will be well worth it your time, and your taste buds will thank you. 

Old Vinings Inn

Nestled in the true heart of quaint & historic Vinings is the one and only Old Vinings Inn. What was long ago a post office, general store, and filling station is now home to 25 years of fond memories. Between all of life’s celebrations and “just because” outings, Old Vinings Inn is a genuine testament to the Southern dining experience we all know and love. For a cocktail (or two) and a beautiful view of town, visit The Attic bar — the Inn’s infamous second floor full-service bar.

Café Comma

A new addition to Vinings in April of 2020, Café Comma is the quintessential, hip cafe that Vinings didn’t know it needed — and boy, is it delicious. Offering toasts that are to die for (our favorite is the Mascarpone + Blueberry) and a homemade sweet cream to put any other cold brew to shame — Café Comma is absolutely worth adding a detour to your morning. 

Ray’s on the River

Just a short drive from the city lies the Chattahoochee’s rendition of a favorite Atlanta restaurant group: Ray’s. Lucky for Vinings, Ray’s on the River boasts a beautifully peaceful backdrop to enjoy all that Ray’s has to offer. The serene and intimate setting is only the cherry on top to the award-winning steak, seafood, and fine wines. Excellence is second nature here; Ray’s on the River is the type of establishment that becomes a tradition. 

SOHO Atlanta

Everyone needs a reliably good go-to restaurant, right? Bonus points if the place has special nights throughout the week. Well, look no further than the trendy SOHO Atlanta. With two different dining rooms and a bar, your experience at SOHO is truly whatever you want it to be. The menu follows closely in line with global offerings ranging from Salmon Thai to Springer Mountain Chicken. Wine and tapas pairings debut on Wednesdays for Flight Night and a Sunday lobster boil is a popular $30 affair.

Paces & Vine

Calling all wine lovers! Offering a carefully curated wine program worthy of bragging about along with a celebrated craft cocktail menu, your happy hour will long surpass five o’clock when you visit Paces & Vine. The best part? It can all be enjoyed in a stylish, comfortable setting that boasts exceptional American comfort food crafted with locally sourced ingredients. Paces & Vine is also a fabulous lunch destination, offering counter-service delectables like crab & avocado toast, an open-faced brisket sandwich, and a lobster cobb salad. 

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South City Kitchen

All things Southern, classic, and sophisticated are epitomized through culinary excellence at South City Kitchen, an Atlanta staple now with four locations around the city. Contemporary Southern cuisine done well is something any true Atlantan can appreciate, and South City Kitchen has spent more than two decades perfecting the art. While the Kitchen serves signature dishes like shrimp & grits, classic options are always followed by innovative and inspired regional cuisine creations like the “Nashville Hot” Fried Catfish. Visit South City Kitchen in Vinings for the warm, Southern atmosphere we all know and love.

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C&S Seafood Bar

Sometimes a strip mall destination is one of the best in the game, as is the case with C&S Seafood Bar. Dreamt up to fill the gap in the Atlanta restaurant scene, C&S keeps its focus on fresh seafood, a well-stocked raw bar, and classic prime steaks. The incredible reliability of the food selection combined with an old-school urban vibe will leave you feeling like you’ve found your second home. 

Muss & Turner’s

Smyrna’s neighborhood joint is a whole lot snazzier than it sounds. Since 2005, Muss & Turner’s has been known for its deli by day, bistro by night mentality. In 2012, M&T got even cooler with the addition of Eleanor’s — a speakeasy bar next door. Funny sandwich names are only the beginning of the fun you’ll have at Muss & Turner’s. Whether it’s an overdue dinner date with an old friend or a sneaky speakeasy kind of night, M&T has you covered. 

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L’Thai Organic Cuisine & Wine Bar

Did you know that Atlanta is home to the 1st organic Thai restaurant in the world outside of Thailand? Well, now you do! First established in Tucker and now with a location in Smyrna, L’Thai Organic Cuisine & Wine Bar is best-in-class Thai fare made with local & organic ingredients. It’s quite safe to say this will be the best Thai food you’ll have outside of Thailand. 

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Stoney River

With several locations throughout the country, Smyrna is lucky enough to have a Stoney River Steakhouse of its own. Bringing culinary familiarity to the area, Stoney River never strays from serving high-quality food in an upscale environment. 

Stoney River has mastered hand-cut steaks and hand-crafted cocktails….what could be better? For the consistently flawless and always delicious establishment, be sure to pay a visit to Smyrna’s Stoney River. 

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Canoe

Tucked away, not far away — that’s what they say! Another gorgeous inhabitant of Chattahoochee River views is none other than Canoe. Conveniently located where Buckhead meets Vinings, Canoe truly makes you feel like you’ve escaped Atlanta traffic for the evening. Celebrated for its farm-to-table culinary expertise, Canoe is truly a destination, not a suggestion. Escape to the Chattahoochee for a brunch, lunch, or dinner to remember.

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