Atlanta features an eclectic collection of restaurants, including local Southern cuisine and various ethnic eateries. Some restaurants stay open until the late hours of the evening, particularly those equipped with on-site bars. Late-night dining options span Atlanta’s diverse neighborhoods, with many restaurants offering affordable menus.
Located in the Buckhead district, R. Thomas’ Deluxe Grill (rthomasdeluxegrill.net) lies two miles from the Bobby Jones Golf Course. Open 24 hours, the extensive menu features healthy options, including veggie burgers, chicken curry basil wraps and organic grilled soy ginger salmon. Appropriate for children, the eatery offers a small sampling of beer and wine, as well as a colorful setting with knickknack-covered ceilings and garden seating.
Dantanna’s (dantannas.com) lies across the street from the upscale Lenox Square mall. Open until 2:30 a.m. daily, except for Sundays, the sports-bar-meets-steakhouse features big-screen televisions and a large outdoor patio outfitted with umbrella-covered tables. Geared primarily toward adults, the menu includes rosemary-roasted chicken, filet mignon and wasabi tuna, as well as more than 50 beers and 100 wines.
Based in downtown Atlanta, Taco Mac (tacomac.com) is built into the Philips Arena, home to the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. The eclectic menu includes sandwiches, burritos, Buffalo wings and tacos. The restaurant also features a kid’s menu. The interior offers bar seating and flat-screen televisions, as well as patio dining. Taco Mac stays open until 2:30 a.m., except Sundays.
Spanish Harlem (thespanishharlem.com) lies just steps from the Georgia State University campus. Reserved primarily for adults, the restaurant includes an ornately tiled bar, candlelit tables and earth-tone walls with murals and religious relics. The Latin-infused menu highlights dishes such as ceviche, papas rellenas and pan-seared pork chops with caramelized onions. The restaurant stays open until 2:30 a.m. daily, except Sundays.
The Highlander (thehighlanderatlanta.com) sits less than one block from Midtown’s sprawling Piedmont Park. Restricted to those 21 years and older, the pub serves a variety of burgers, salads and hot sandwiches. The establishment remains open until 3 a.m. daily, except Sundays and features pool tables, pinball machines, video games and air hockey tables.
Catering to an adult crowd, the Midtown Tavern (midtowntavern.net) places diners within walking distance of two parks. The tavern’s laid-back setting includes a dog-friendly patio, pool tables, darts and a stage for live musical acts and karaoke. The restaurant offers hearty fare such as jerk chicken, hanger steaks and Cuban sandwiches. Equipped with a full bar, the tavern’s nightly hours range between midnight and 3 a.m.
Situated less than a mile north of the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, Pozole (pozolerestaurant.com) stays open until 2:30 a.m. daily, except Sundays. Specializing in tacos, the restaurant also includes items such as slow-roasted pork, shrimp, lobster and potato and cheese tacos. Designed for adults, the restaurant features boldly colored walls, hardwood floors and a full bar outfitted with more than 50 types of tequila.
Atkins Park Restaurant (atkinspark.com) lies less than two blocks from the Plaza Theatre and includes an interior with exposed brick walls, oversized leather booths and creaky hardwood floors. Open until 3 a.m. Monday through Saturday, the tavern features an extensive collection of bottled and draft beers. The restaurant serves items such as shrimp and grits, Southern-fried chicken and the Southern burger topped with fried green tomatoes and cheese.