Whether you’re planning for a friend or choosing for yourself, picking out where to dine for a birthday in Atlanta, GA is always a hard decision. It seems as though we keep a mental list all year long, and then suddenly the time of year arrives and there are just too many options to make an informed decision. Fear not — the Eating with Erica team has rounded up a handful of our favorite places to celebrate a special occasion. Take a look at our top picks and start day-dreaming of your birthday (or half-birthday…) brunch, lunch, or dinner. Cheers!
Yebo Beach Haus
Beach Haus by summer, Ski Haus by winter. You can’t go wrong with the fabulous Yebo Beach Haus, offering South African dishes and cocktails in a light, modern atmosphere that makes for a relaxing yet indulgent night out. Known for little plates with lots of options, Yebo is truly a unique must-visit.
The Iberian Pig
Tapas and wine and charcuterie, oh my! Whether it be a brunch or dinner outing, there is no place like The Iberian Pig. With locations in both Decatur and Buckhead, enjoy modern Spanish tapas in a vibrant atmosphere.
A West Midtown favorite, Bocado does quite a few things very, very well. Known for its burger and craft cocktails, Bocado also perfected the art of woodfired pizzas during the pandemic. For a casually modern, feel-good environment with reliably delicious food, visit Bocado for your next birthday celebration.
A European-inspired steakhouse by Ford Fry….say no more. Nestled in Westside Provisions District and boasting an ornate, embellished setting, Marcel offers the quintessential steakhouse experience. A visit to Marcel is surely an occasion to be remembered.
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille — we know it, and boy, do we love it. Offering acclaimed dry aged steaks, fresh seafood, and an award-winning collection of wines (350+), The Capital Grille has excellence figured out. With countless locations in cities all across the U.S., you can count on fabulous birthday plans no matter where you are.
A tried and true go-to for nearly any occasion, 5Church is perfection — from the decor to the delicacies. Relish in the vibe of city life while indulging in their incredible burrata, NY strip, or the butternut squash ravioli. The best part? The steak toppings: choose from lump crabmeat, grilled shrimp, black truffle butter, sautéed mushrooms, or caramelized onions. Do it up at 5Church!
Nestled in the heart of Buckhead and known as one of Atlanta’s finest dining destinations, Aria has perfected the art of visually striking dishes served in an elegant yet comfortable setting. The seasonal menu — updated nightly — will leave you wanting to return time and time again.
An eclectic, intimate, and funky vinyl bar serving contemporary Afro-Caribbean fare can be found at APT 4B in the heart of Buckhead. Delight in an authentic taste of the Caribbean at the Black-owned establishment and enjoy the understated elegance and truly unique experience that can’t be found anywhere else in Atlanta.
Hal’s The Steakhouse
An Atlanta staple for more than 29 years, it doesn’t get much better than dining at Hal’s The Steakhouse. Boasting an exceptional menu, a relaxed charm, and a genuine hospitality like no other, Hal’s will more than satisfy just about any birthday guy or gal.
Le Colonial Atlanta
At Buckhead’s famed Le Colonial, French and Vietnamse cuisine come together beautifully to capture and celebrate the spirit and flavors of 1920s French Colonial Southeast Asia. There is truly nothing like Le Colonial — bask in the lavish dining room or Parisian-style café seating and experience the perfection for yourself!
Farmed Kitchen + Bar
A recent addition to the Tucker area, Farmed Kitchen + Bar serves not only as an incredible restaurant, but also a training ground for up-and-coming culinary talent. Yes, that’s right, this means there is never a dull eating experience when you visit Farmed Kitchen. What sounds better than enjoying the experimental indulgences of future culinary professionals? Visit Farmed Kitchen + Bar for a birthday meal you surely can’t get anywhere else.