Atlanta >Computer & Internet Services > Carroll Street Cafe
208 Carroll St SE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3031233.748990 -84.368055
Neighborhoods: Eastside, Cabbagetown, Eastside
Terrible Service Ruined Experience – Sunday brunch here was stressful and terrible because of awful service. Coffee took 10 minutes to come after being order, another 10 minutes before the waitress took our order. After waiting at least another 30 minutes, we asked about the status of our order; the waitress appeared unconcerned and said it probably wouldn't be too long. Another 10 minutes, and several people that came in after us had their food. We asked to speak to the manager, he appeared angry and rude, interrupting me several times while I was talking. He did comp our food, but that didn't eliminate the terrible experience. Avoid at all costs!
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My absolute favorite – This is my favorite place to go on a date; ) Its romantic, laid back, great background music, great location, not too loud. I love Carroll Street as well. It's great sitting outside in the spring, or sipping coffee inside in the winter: ) It's also a great place for dinner/brunch!
Good choice – This is an eclectic restuarant with a good atmosphere and vibe. The food is good and so is the service. I would recommend it for any time of the day.
Best for Visitors – I have been to Carol Street many times and have recommended it to friends... BUT, if you go in after they've been cleaning, the smell of industrial cleaner can ruin your whole meal. I went on a Sunday morning and 3 out of 4 of us said that the smell was overwhelming. Waitress didn't seem to mind it and laughed it off when we mentioned it. The smell (like a strong pine cleaner or something) effected the taste of my food and I could even "taste" the smell after I left. This is not the first time I'd smelled it or mentioned it, either.
I love the food and the ambience, otherwise. But if it smells like that again I would not even sit down.
Who cut the cheese? – This is my first ever review. Service was ok-not bad. The entre came out before appetizers. Decor/atmosphere was status quo for this type of sidewalk cafe in Atlanta-not overdone;comfortable. We ordered the cheese plate as one of our appetizers. BE CAREFUL...Try a very small bite first unless you recognize the cheese. One of the 4 offerings has an EXTREMELY offensive odor and flavor kinda like what your dog likes to roll in. Our entire party was in agreement that it might be spoiled so I asked to see the chef. That didn't happen. Server assured us that "lots of people really like it". WARNING: It's the cheese with the one thin line of green in it - TAKE IT SLOWLY! Not a great experience at Carroll Street. Crab cake appetizers were delightful, tho.
My new Favorite Breakfast – Carroll Street Cafe was a little tough to find with some detours, but well worth the effort. My wife and I often search out the 'Best of' breakfast section but found Carroll Street Cafe on another site, having visited all of the 'City Search' top 10's, and bot am I glad we did. CSC is located in Cabbage Town (Fourth Ward) area. It is in a row of eclectic and historic buildings. You can sit out side or in. Inside is full of character. A mix of old and new. It is the kind of place that would fit right into Austin Texas keeping the motto 'Keep Austin Weired' first in it's mind. We got seated on the back, which in the evening turns into a full service bar. Sat at the bench with nice cozy pillows. Had great coffee and a wonderful breakfast. The wife had a Turkey Croissant Brunch sandwich with wonderful grilled potatoes and I had a great Chili Beans and eggs with a Jalapino and cheddar grits. This came with pita chips and a great guacamole. It sounds a little strange, but for those that like Ria's Blue Bird, this will be a great treat as well. The portions are very big, the quality is outstanding, the originality is what you expect from places like this. I am so looking forward to going back.
Won't be back here for a long, long time... – Bad experience from start to finish...
Parking is awful. The servers are rude. The food wasn't any better...we sent a salad back twice; once because they loaded it with dressing after we asked for it on the side, and a second time because we found a hair in it...disgusting!
Love the space. Could use more on the menu. – I used to have brunch here every weekend, but got sick of having to flag down my server to leave the place, so quit going. Met friends for brunch recently and though attentiveness had increased, I hated my meal -- and those that my buddies offered me instead. Dinner is better and the ambience is cool. Parking is weird but fun, we thought we'd get booted because a tow truck couldn't fit down the street. Great area, though, lots of offerings and within walking distance of plenty of fun people.
Great local place – CSC is a great find in Cabbagetown. It's the perfect setting for a low-key night in a relaxed atmosphere. The service was great - so friendly! The place was dimly lit, loaded with great artwork and had mostly full tables without being overcrowded.
The tapas were great (Sesame Tuna = awesome, Parmesan Brie = not bad) and the servings were huge! The Portobella Ravioli was a little too rich, but the server did warn us. I would definitely go back and take a group of friends next time. Great spot for drinks, apps, or a full meal.
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