Atlanta >Food & Dining > Rathbun's
“The wine, food and atmosphere in combination were impressive.”
“Kirk Parks' desserts are the best in the city.”
“The champagne we started with and the wine we enter into dinner with (an Oregon pinot) were excellent.”
“There were 3 redflags for me even before the food came: 1) the waitstaff were personable and polite, but not professional in the sense that I'd trust them to know the difference between a good dish and a great dish, plus their level of attentiveness was l”
“Everything my party had on the menu was wonderful.”
“Possibly the best American-style restaurant in the southeast with one of the best chefs the ATL has to offer, Rathbun's sits unassumingly in a former warehouse near the end of Krog Street in the Old Fourth Ward.”
“End of the day, we would have spent the extra thirty dollars to go back to Bacchanalia, where we were treated like kings and queens, got good service, did not feel rushed to make way for the next patrons, and left with a full dining experience.”
“consider the prices to be reasonable for the service and food received.”
“An excellent value, creative dishes, and all very delicious.”
“This restaurant was my first really great dining experience in Atlanta in a long time.”
Kevin Rathbun surprised folks when he located in a warehouse setting in Inman Park but now its a standard bearer in the city. The menu runs the gamut & the sides are rich - in a good wat. Don't miss out on the banana peanut butter pie - my favorite dessert in the city
Up to Snuff.
Great food here. You should go. My son had the Cowboy Rib Eye. It was the best tasting steak I have ever sampled. The piece of meat had an unique flavor all it own- not sure what is was but it was delicious. Everything that came to the table was great.
Everyone who worked there had a smile and were quite friendly. The manager went out of his way to make the evening a good time for all. The tables are bunched up a bit but I guess if they weren't half of the people trying to get a reservation would be out of luck. Parking was easy. Location was off the beaten path.
salt ruined the taste of the food. Over-salted food ruined our appetite. Sorry, we do not recommend this overrated restaurant!
Excellent. By far one of the best places I have ever eaten at! The atmosphere is romantic, the menu is exquisite, and the service is 5 star!! Worth making a reservation! Staff is knowledgeable and friendly! Cannot wait to go back! Great for first date, a night on the town, or celebration!! Chef, is highly decorated, and was one of the few that beat Bobby Flay on Food Networks, Iron Chef America!!!!
Best Valentine's Ever at Rathbun's.
Had dinner at Rathbun's on Valentine's night. I can say several things, but this sums up everything....AWESOME!
There was a set menu and it was great. We started with an amuse and then went onto the halibut appetizer. We also had a field green salad, and two glasses of champagne. The server was excellent, the entree of a beef medallions was even better. Chef Kevin stopped by our table and we told him how great it was. We also had a terrific white chocolate mousse dessert.
I would highly recommend this restaurant to anybody.
GREAT food. Inexperienced, poorly trained staff.. It truly makes me sad to be writing this sort of review because of a Valentine's Day dinner. We were expecting WOW and we got everyhting short of that. Let me start by saying that the food was WONDERFUL. I had Fois Gras that was easily the best I've had in years. An amazingly well prepared steak and two great cocktails. The service is my issue, and nothing else. We had a 10:00pm reservation and arrived at around 9:40. We were sat IMMEDIATELY which was wonderful. We were greeted by a young man that asked us if we'd like to start with bottled water or tap, we asked for tap which was promptly served. As he poured our waters he explained that the nights menu was Fixed Price, which we knew ahead of time upon making our reservation. We were asked to make a selection from each category; appetizer, salad/soup, side, entree, and dessert. Our waitress came by a few minutes later and abruptly asked us if we had any questions or if we were ready to order. We asked if we could order our desserts at the end of the meal and were given a funny face and a snicker. "I don't know, I want to make sure we don't run out" was her response. So we ordered all courses then. I also ordered a Manhattan, and also told her which glass of wine I'd like with dinner. Jump ahead 5 minutes: the closest occupied table gets apps, not there's but OURS. they explain to the SAME server that they are not theirs as they still hold their menus.... she takes them FROM their table and SETS THEM ON OURS! I was absolutely astonished. I could clearly see that the occupants next to us did not touch the food, but for $100/person are YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!? That is SO low class. From there our meal was FAIRLY normal. I received my Manhattan 15 minutes after ordering it, only after asking a different server to check on it for me (he was great). Our food was wonderful, our server through the whole night though seemed extremely disconnected and impersonal. I am sad to say, but I do not think I will be going back.
super slow, super crowded, super loud. I brought my out of town boyfriend here for a date on Saturday night (12-06-08). This was our first time visiting Rathbuns and I will never go back. We made a reservation for 9:15 on a saturday night and planned our whole night around it. When we got there the place was extremely crowded, so much so that you couldn't move around in the bar. It was freezing cold every time someone opened the door and our table was 45 minutes late! The hostesses were extremely rude, and kept telling us there were 3 or 4 tables ahead of us. What's the point of a reservation then!? The bartender and waitress were both very nice. They offered us free drinks but we were so hungry we didn't want them! We finally got our food around 10:45 and it was really good. Unfortunately the place was so loud I couldn't hear anything my boyfriend was saying and we were sandwhiched in between 2 other tables. We had to move our table so the lady next to us could get out and leave. It was truly pathetic! Do not go here for a romantic date!!!!!!!!
One of the best restaurants in town.. This was the first restaurant that I ever tried in Atlanta back when my fiance was trying to sell me on living in ATL. Since moving here, we have eaten out 100's of times, but Rathbun's remains one of my top spots. Everything on the menu rocks and the vibe is upbeat and fun.
Tell all it is great! Open one in Birmingham!.
Went to this restaurant the next night. I dined at the steakhouse the first night in town. Full bar, and packed restaurant along with a full patio area. Started at the bar and had two great specialty drinks with mint that the bartender made for us. MOved into the wine room? and although it was a more quiet area, it was more romantic for my wife and I. We had the trout and scallops for entrees. We also had the appetizer called Ya Ya which is a eggplant fried and powdered in sugar. WE also tried the appetizer of ahi tuna crudo? which was a little spicy, but it was like eating candy.
Save room for the four desserts. Peanut Butter pie, toffee cake, candy bar and the donut!
This place was great and I wish I had stayed a few more nights.
The most salty food Ive EVER HAD. My Mom was in town and I wanted to take her somewhere special, so I chose Rathbun's. From the start of the night things went from bad to worse. It took 15 min to get a drink after the waiter had scoffed at our request to taste 2 wines before buying a bottle. After that we rarely saw him. The menu was a little tacky. The salmon app was good but very small. Our main courses were both over $30 and the presentation left a lot to be desired. I had the elk which was pretty good but the broccoli and potatoes were inedible they were so salty. After politely complaining to the management, who seemed more put out than concerned, our rarely seen waitor dumped a bananna dessert off at our table with no explanation. Over all I was disappointed in the service and the meal. I wont be going back.
Same as the diner below me--great food, horrendous service.
I can echo everything that the reviewer below me had to say. The food was fantastic (though not the be all end all meal that I've ever had), but our service was mind numbingly terrible. It took 20 minutes to get our drinks and they sat unfilled for large portions of our dinner. We had to practically wrangle our waitress down to get her to take our order and then felt hurried when ordering for fear that she would leave to "give us a few more minutes" and we'd never see her again. She was uninspired when asked about the food and gave no thought our questions about what wines we should order. With food this legendary in Atlanta, I would expect nothing less of the service. What we got was nothing more that I could get at any restaurant that charges 1/3 as much (of course the food wouldn't be up to par, but that's the point!).
Now I'm just left wondering if the diner below me had the same waitress!
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