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The City Grill

Great special event venue. Recently went here for a wedding reception and everything – food, service, decor – was first rate. The decor of this place has not changed in years but it still looks as classy as ever. Upon entering, we ascended the marble staircase to the entrance where we were greeted with servers with h’ourderves of bacon wrapped scallops, stuffed mushrooms, mini beef wellingtons, and lamb chops. There was also an offering of wine, mimosas and blood mary’s.

The service and pace were great. Walking in the door we had servers with h’ourderves and drinks. And we had time to enjoy some drinks and mingle with other wedding guests before our lunch. The organization here was right on the money. They had 4 different food stations – 2 vegetarian, a carving station, and a pasta / potato station. The wait staff organized for a couple tables at a time to be at each station that way the lines weren’t ridiculously long.

As far as a wedding reception venue, the City Grill is a top notch venue. You can have great food but poor service and execution or vice versa. But everything here went extremely smoothly. I loved that we had service as soon as we walked in and never felt rushed at any point during our afternoon.

Here’s what the NY Times said about The City Grill:
“One of the grandest restaurant settings in Atlanta is the City Grill, on several levels of a former Federal Reserve Bank downtown….The space is stately, spacious, and serene…City Grill’s interpretation of new Southern cooking is equally refined.”

50 Hurt Plz SE # 200
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 524-2489
City Grill

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Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide
The Wedding Day Diet
Bridal Show Planner


Martinis & Imax at Fernbank

If you’re looking for something to do on a first date, this is it.

Its a beautiful setting, with music playing in the background – very romantic. It makes a great group activity too.

There are a couple cons though. First of all – the parking situation. They let people go there just to hang out, so the people who actually have tickets to the movie are forced to drive around forever looking for a spot. Second – the Food. I’ve never actually eaten it, but from looking at it can tell its overpriced for what it is.

If you are going there, plan on eating afterwards. Have a strong drink and get a buzz going while you are watching the movie – it makes the experience that much more fun. After wards, go to one of the nearby restaurants on Ponce or head to the Highlands.

**Update for 2008**
What’s up with the 50% hike in ticket prices? I was ok paying $10 per ticket – but $15!!?? That’s a little excessive for a 40 minute film, especially given the fact that you must now wait in line 20 minutes prior to the film starting. And, at $9 per (sucky) cocktail, I think I’ll be investing in a flask.

767 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 929-6300


P’cheen (it’s Gaelic for moonshine)

Is this place a pub? Is it an upscale restaurant? Is it a cool lounge? It’s like all 3 rolled into one. Just go – you’ll see.

It is also kinda hard to find if you aren’t familiar with the area. Just keep driving down Highland, you’ll find it eventually.

Beyond that everything is great – The staff is super friendly and helpful, the food is such a great mix (not your average pub fare), and the decor has kind of a rustic / trendy feel (again, not found in your average pub).

Beyond our appetizer (calamari with jalapeno dipping sauce) we didn’t order anything of the regular menu. The specials looked to yummy to pass up. We both had the parsnip soup with clover and honey (delicious). My boyfriend had the curry trio and I had the chipotle roasted half chicken. Everything was cooked to perfection with just the right amount of spices.

Can’t wait to go back and try the burger. They seem to give even the everyday things that something something that makes them stand out.

701-5 Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 529-8800