Atlanta >Food & Dining > Spotted Dog
30 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030833.771277 -84.388457
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Midtown, Northeast
DON'T order Bailey's & coffee here... EVER. And, terrible service!!! – I went for the St. Patty's celebration and got there early with a bunch of friends around noon on a Saturday. Our server, who was at least friendly, never got our drinks correct and in some cases altogether forgot drink orders. We were his only table, and the place was far from packed. Spotted Dog had a set menu of 4 item choices; I happened to be with 2 vegetarians who asked for just a grilled cheese instead of the corned beef sandwich option. Absolutely no substitutions, we were told. Later, we saw someone with a burger, which had NOT been on the menu. We stayed from noon until 3pm and the place still remained empty. When it was time to the pay the bill, the coffee and Bailey's that I ordered was a total of $8!!!!! $6.50 for a Bailey's shot plus $1.25 for the coffee. WHAT?! We live in Atlanta. I've never heard of that much for a Waffle House-sized portion of terrible coffee and a dash of Bailey's. We told the server that he should mention that price before serving it to us. He didn't do anything about the bill despite acknowledging that it was a ridiculous amount for a shot. We even called the Manager over who was less than helpful and borderline rude. He offered us complimentary shots, but we were already on the way out; as soon as we declined, he high-tailed it, leaving our inept server standing there.
Needless to say, I won't be coming back. It's too bad - the venue itself is gorgeous. But its management needs to be replaced.
Hugely disappointing! – I agree with all of the prior reviews of this place. My friends and I came here on a whim because we'd heard some good things about it, but we were extremely disappointed. The venue itself is gorgeous, the decor is beautiful, and the feel of the place is perfect with the English pub theme. But that's about the only good thing I can say about it. Service was terrible; it seemed like they were getting ready to close and were resentful that we even arrived (and it was ONLY 10pm on a Saturday night!). The booths were slightly dirty, even though the place was completely empty. Wine and beer list was decent; I have no complaints here. But I was surprised that the kitchen had already closed by 10pm. Isn't pub grub supposed to be part of the charm? Thankfully, my party wasn't planning on ordering food anyway. Overall, I was extremely disappointed by this place. If everything else had gone right, I'd love it; the atmosphere is wonderful and it's just such a shame that it fell short. I guess I'll be looking elsewhere for my English pub needs!
It would have been great... – ...if the bartender cared to serve us. ...if the hostess hadn't disappeared. ...if the wait staff addressed us with anything other than an annoyed "harrumph". It was appalling. They had only 3 servers and one bartender the night of a Fox event (you would think they would have the schedule and know when to staff up). There were hardly any customers there when we arrived and they were completely overwhelmed. They made us put our name on a "wait list", even though there were plenty of empty tables. And then it was pure chaos - other people who came in after us just started seating themselves. We ended up leaving (this after waiting for nearly 20 minutes to be acknowledged by the only bartender). It's sad... the place looks great! The scarce food that was being served was presented well. I guess they get enough service during the week to stay in business... but they sure lost mine.
Horrible – Posted by robcitrix on 10/17/07
Went there with my sister and her boyfriend as they were going to attend a FOX event. The place was not that packed, however, it was unbelievable how the servers, hostess and bartender could not deal with the stress or people wanted to be served. We never got sat at a table as the hostess disappeared into the back never to return. I am a little afraid for her. I wonder if she is ok! :) The bartender was rude and refused to look at any of the partrons in the eye in case they might ask him for a drink. The wait staff was scared because since the hostess never returned (where did she go?) people just started sitting at tables. You could hear them uttering to themselves how they wished everyone would just leave. It's not like these people were just showing up at your house. It's a restaurant and you have a job! And guess what. . .you might even get a tip. PLEASE DON'T GO TO THIS HORRIBLE EXCUSE FOR A BAR AND/OR RESTAURANT. IT LOOKS NICE BUT HAS RUDE PEOPLE WORKING THERE AND THEY DON'T KNOW THEY WORK AT A RESTAURANT.
New menu is so disappointing :( – I live right next door to this place and used to eat here at least two times a week. Now, I opt for other nearby choices. Hopefully the SD people read these reviews.....bring back the fish tacos, the chicken sandwich, the tomato/mozz, the hummus.
Everything I used to order was taken off the menu :( People go to this restaurant for the bar food - please bring it back!
What a shame. – This used to be one of my favourite restaurants. It's close enough to a few venues to make a great pre/post show stop and the menu used to be fabulous. The service is still good, but the new menu is terrible. I took my Mom and her husband here last night, having bragged on the place all day. It was plain embarrassing. No one even finished their meals!!
New Menu a Huge Let Down for Loyal Patrons – The Spotted Dog's atmosphere could not be better. In fact, it's the perfect pub - until, that is, a recent menu redo by the new chef. ...Such a downer. For the hundreds of us who pour out of nearby downtown office buildings before heading home to get a beer and some dinner/apps, the new, frilly menu has made us bypass the firehouse and turn toward home.
Listen for me yelling – Everytime I drive past this place I feel compeled to yell "yuppies" out of my window. I guess one could say I feel this way due to the large number of yuppies dinning in this establishment.
Historic Firehouse Pub! Excellent Fish & Chip's! Tasty Cheese/Bacon Soup! Great Place To Start St. Patrick's! – This has to be one of Atlanta's best restorations. This firehouse on North Ave. is one of the coolest pubs anywhere. Walk in, and the orginal hardwood floors are gleaming. Stunning bar brought over from the British Isles, black and white tile accents. Going upstairs to the restrooms are a treat. Intact are the original firemen brass poles, dropping to the ground floor. A few of the lagers and ales, almost makes you want to take the easy way down, on one of those poles. The menu is strickly British/Irish, with some of the best Fish & Chips in town, only second to O'Terrel's. We love the tasty Beer Cheese/Bacon Soup, made with the housemade brew. We spent St. Patricks here last year, and will be by again this year.
Evening on Patio was Great! – I may be a little biased to this place as I live within walking distance, but in all actuality it's one of my favorite places for happy hour snacks and drinks in Atlanta. Parking is a little scarce as there is only a pay lot next to the bar, but the North Avenue Marta station is less than a block away. The menu is loaded with typical bar food items (burger, wings, etc.), but there are a fare share of English dishes and American dishes with a trendy touch. The patio area is exceptional for sharing some appetizers and cold beers on a great summer evening after work. Although it can be crowded at times, the space of the downstairs bar area and patio is large enough to accomodate everyone that wants a table on most nights. Patio folk tend to be a little crazier than those inside as I actually witnessed a grown man who had been drinking religiously since 6 pm stand up, rock back and forth, stumble backwards, plop down on one of the wooden picnic table benches, and perform an immediate, violent backwards sommersault over the fence onto a shrub just off of North Avenue. It was perhaps the funniest thing I've ever seen in my entire life. All 20 patrons that were still seated on the patio erupted into the most electrifying orchestra of laughter I've heard in a quite awhile. Needless to say, I'll be back to the SD in the near future.
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