Decatur >Chocolate Bar
“When my friend and I arrived we were greeted by a warm, inviting atmosphere.”
“If I were in the Decatur area and wanted dessert, I would recommend Carpe Diem.”
“The best part was the guy behind the bar - he was soooo helpful and enthusiastic.”
“don't go if you want tasty chocolate or to relax with your friends”
“good substitute was suggested and I did drink it but I would of loved to have tasted the recommemded wine one the menu for that dessert.”
“It was a nice place, but I wouldn't go there often.”
“Since our mostly absent waitress had no other bread, crackers, crostini, or other carbs in the restaurant, apparently, my somewhat daring friend asked if we could have a box for our cold cheese wedges to take home (by then they'd be an edible room temp!”
“expensive romantic place”
“The waiter was really nice, knowledgable, and quick.”
The Scene -- A warm and inviting atmosphere--russet walls, dark woods, exposed brick and a gleaming case filled with chocolate--entice lingering at this low-key boite and the staff doesn't mind at all. Servers are unabashedly enthusiastic and highly responsive; a slightly wrinkled nose brings a quick, cheerful fix. Sometimes you can catch a glimpse at the on-site chocolatier at work. -- -- The Food -- Light savories balance the sweets. The curried popcorn is genius snacking with a house-made limoncello cocktail or a watermelon cava spritzer. There is also Georgia pecan soup. …
Too...Weird. I was very excited to try out the Chocolate Bar. Unfortunately, the food was strange and overpriced. There is a teeny, tiny menu, including a few savory snacks, then a few ?inventive? yet overpriced desserts. $9 to 10 for a dessert is way too much money. The sausage was extremely dry and as salty as a salt lick. Several people had a bite and were grossed out. A one inch square piece of chocolate costs several dollars, and the taste was no better than Alon?s or Godiva. The desserts were not as one would imagine from the menu descriptions. A piece of cake sounds normal enough, but what if it is enclosed in a bell cloche scented with a sprig of lavender, and you have to pour a shot glass of strangely infused liqueur over it? The cloche had the heat trapped and the cake was so hot it burnt the tongue, and got soggy. Puddings were weird, as well. I am an adventurous eater and have a master?s (and many years of experience) in the hospitality field; however, this place was just too ?out there? (even for NYC, much less for Decatur). It may be good for a glass of wine or a chocolate martini, but save the weirdo desserts for the Jetsons.
expensive romantic place. My boyfriend and I went here to end our anniversary date night out. It was on a Monday night so there weren't a lot of people there which was perfect for us. The waiter was really nice, knowledgable, and quick. I had the pumpkin pie martini and he had the chocolate bar martini. Both martinis were great-nice blend of alcohol and flavor. He had the Oreo bar dessert and I think I had some fruity dessert which was AWESOME! The truffles were great to take home. However, I was extremely surprised at the price. Our bill was more than $50 for just 2 drinks and 2 2nd course desserts! It was a nice place, but I wouldn't go there often. I need more variety for desserts, but I have stopped by to buy some more truffles!
Mascarpone Cream instead of Whipped Cream...yum!. I absolutely love Chocolate Bar! It's the chocolate lover's delight! Absolutely best chocolate martini I've ever had. The service at the bar has always been exceptional. And they have a 73 (?) single year port that is to die for!
Not impressed!. After hearing so many great things about this place, I was thoroughly disappointed with my first visit. Definitely not worth the hype the local papers have been giving it since it opened. As mentioned in the other reviews, the wait staff was uninterested and inattentive, starting the evening off on a bad note. You wouldn?t expect this sort of service in any restaurant in downtown Decatur! The deserts were not all that they have been cracked up to be, and I left there feeling that I would have rather had a piece of the chocolate cake at Watershed down the street instead!
Love the concept, but. It was wonderful to see downtown Decatur graced with such an original concept. Unfortuantely, the owner seems to be unable to have pulled it off. What started as a brilliant idea to serve unique, and sometimes bizarre, dessert items has morphed beyond the realm of the mundane. Friends have raved about the martinis here, yet when I tried one I immediately became sick to my stomach from the copious quantities of flavored simple syrup that had been added to the drink. It was enough that I left Chocolate Bar to trudge up the hill to Sage to have the friendly blonde woman with the great smile (can't think of her name--Michelle?--and I don't think she's there anymore) mix me a true craft cocktail. My times at Chocolate Bar have been characterized by long waits, indifferent service and mediocre "treats." It was a wonderful concept that truly failed in its application and I can't help but think that it was simply the wrong person at the helm. After all, whatever happened to the wonderful chefs who helped open the place? For as much as this joint touts its earliest reviews, those reviews were all about them.
Revolutionized Desserts. I have been waiting for something like this to come around for so long. The Chocolate Bar offers a much needed alternative to the ordinary slices of cake, brownie, or cheesecake. This revolutionary concept is new to the small town of Decatur but i think we all have a lot to learn. At The Chocolate Bar it wasn't simply about what you are getting for your money. it is the elegance and art to the dessert. The warm inviting environment creates a perfect spot for date night or girls night out. The staff, even when completely overwhelmed, still managed to be hardworking and knowledgeable about the food. I think that the small, local environment creates a feeling of true southern hospitality within the staff of the Chocolate Bar. Overall, it was a great experience!
Swanky place with unintimidating choices - loved it!.
My husband and I had drinks and dessert here on Wednesday night - The Chocolate Bar and Espresso martini are some of the best I've ever had. We sat outside and it was a good crowd. The server was very attentive. The best part was the guy behind the bar - he was soooo helpful and enthusiastic. We had trouble deciding on which truffles to get and he gave us some great opinions on which he loved. (We had the ones with grand marnier, tequila, caramel, and some others - they were all great and FRESH!)
The owner was running around helping people and very hands on, which I liked. All in all, I will plan to come back here and tell all my fellow Agnes Scott alums to be sure to stop by when they're around campus as well!
Paradise!. I love chocolate and have been so thrilled to find the chocolate bar. It is a little out of the way if you live OTP, but it is worth the drive.
Nice date spot. The unintimidating wine list and out of this world martinis at Chocolate Bar made for a nice romantic after-dinner spot. The service is friendly, patient, and well-groomed. The atmosphere is casually romantic and the chocolate is bam amazing!
Much More Than a Chocolate Martini. The impressive chocolate drinks at Chocolate Bar were so sippable and the passion fruit gummies turned me as extatic as Precious Pup, but the FOOD has changed my life! I've had dinner at ALL the great restaurants inside the Atlanta perimeter and all over Europe as well, and nothing comes close to the INTENSE flavors of the Chocolate Bar's Valentine's Day three courses and bonbon special. The chef is a genius, the staff is good-looking, fast and cordial, the clientele is just beautiful, and the atmosphere is 'chocolatier' still with Ed playing classic guitar on Wednsday night. --CCR
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