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This exceptional seafood restaurant has garnered awards and recognitions over the years, rightly earning the favor of Atlanta's residents. Fisherman and cook, Adam Evans is the executive chef of The Optimist, where he promotes sustainable cooking. The menu features a bevy of seafood choices from Maine lobster, fresh caught octopus, halibut, shrimp, mahi mahi, as well as West and East coast oysters. The patio area is perfect for those warm Atlanta nights and makes for a memorable dining experience.
Located downstairs from Chops & Lobster Bar, one of the city's best steak houses, this single-minded restaurant is Atlanta's best at cooking up crustaceans. Proper attire is required in the formal dining room, but bibs are provided to protect your fancy duds. A nice menu of elegantly prepared seafood selections is available, but most come for king crab and the two-to-six-pound lobsters. A fine wine list is available for your perusal, and if you're not in the mood for seafood, feel free to order from the chops menu.
Located in Buckhead, the Blue Ridge Grill offers contemporary Southern cuisine in a cozy and rustic atmosphere. The dining room features a fireplace, unrefined pillars sourced from a cotton mill, a pine wood ceiling and antique decor. Sample delicious specialties like seafood gumbo, grilled georgia trout or opt for the traditional steak. Complement your meal with a selection from their exquisite wine list. This place is a great choice for your next business lunch.