Atlanta >Food Stores > Parish Restaurant
240 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030733.762356 -84.359280
Neighborhoods: Eastside, Eastside, Poncey Highlands
Great experience at Parish – I enjoyed my latest experience sunning and people watching on the side patio while taking advantage of the raw bar and sipping cava. Seems that Parish has a new executive chef and he's making waves in the kitchen. His pan seared Mahi over a spring veggie panzanella was so fresh and delicious.
Great Expections... Poor Execution – I am not one to generally write a restaurant review. However, I am a seasoned traveler and experienced some of the best dishes in the world which of course includes New Orleans.
Overall the restaurant has a pleasant interior but is so poorly lit that it is difficult to read the wine list and totally make out your food. Our waitress was a bit on the rude side and only introduced herself at least 30 minutes into the meal.
I knew it was trouble when on a Thursday evening there were only three other tables. We started our meal with the recommendation of the Bar-b-q shrimp. Nice presentation however the actual dish was extremely lack luster. The dish had no real kick of spices and lacked any zest of citrus to bring it all together.
For our main courses we had the braised short rib and the seared cod. I was somewhat shocked with the lack of true New Orleans style dishes. The sort rib was average however the portion seemed small and the meat could of been much more tender. The Cod was nicely seared but seamed a little on the tired side with a small hint of a fishy smell.
I don't know if this is another one of these restaurants where a chief comes in and creates the menu and splits or not. But save your time, money, and experience for someplace worth going.
Awesome gubmo, everythng else was mediocre at best – I read a lot of raves about the atmosphere, but i was unimpressed. I am only 29 ye the lighting was so dim i could not even read the wine list. I am probably glad i couldnt read to much of the list as selection was limited and both bottles and glasses were way overpriced.
Service was average, but definitely nothing special. The water that was served was luke warm and very definitely right out of the tap. I normally am completely fine with tap water, but at least put some ice in it to cool make it cold!. The menu overall was limited, and once the food arrived was just ok. The gumbo appetizer was amazing though. If it was a full meal i would consider coming back.
Definitely not a place we will be going back to.
No handicapped access to the dining area – They do not have handicap access to the more formal upstairs dining area, so disabled people have to eat downstairs in the market. I think this is pretty lame for a new restaurant - in a building they restored themselves.
Beautiful restaurant, delicious food and great service! – My boyfriend and I went to Parish last night and we had a great time. We had reservations and were seated immediately upon entering the restaurant. Our server was excellent and kept our drinks filled and allowed us the time to enjoy one course before taking our order for the next. The food was also extremely delicious. We started out with two appetizers, the sausage cheesecake and a sausage sampler platter. The cheesecake was pretty unmemorable, not bad just not great, but the the sausage platter was so tasty. My boyfriend had the ribeye which was huge and it came with great mac and cheese pancakes and really fresh tasting green beans. I had the andouille crusted catfish and it was scrumptious. Then for dessert we split a special Valentine's Day chocolate orange mousse with caramel ice cream and both were delicious. Portions were generous and prices weren't any higher than any other midtown/Inman park restaurant. Plus the decor was really interesting and we had a window seat which was nice because the whole restaurant is like a studio space with vaulted windows. I didn't have any problem with the noise level and the place was lit up more than adequately. We will definitely be recommending Parish to our friends looking for a new place to check out.
Nice Ambiance, Questionable Grub – It looks lovely inside, dark and forboding. You literally need a flashlight to see anything. There are sculptures and it's made to look grubbily chic. That all fine and dandy, but the food is average at best and overpriced. I can't remember one thing that any of us in our party of 4 ordered. The New Orleansish fare doesn't have any of the zest of the Big Easy. To top it off, it is the noisiest restaurant I've ever experienced. In summation, don't bother going to eat. Maybe you should just sit at the bar and down a few if your date isn't going well. Stick to the downstairs market where they have awesome croissants.
Good Patio Dining – LOVE the dining space. Nice little lunch menu, nothing was earth shattering but is was a fine sandwich/chips lunch. The market ith local and organic options was the best. the perfect spot for a spring/fall day lunch outing. Stick to something simple and you'll be fine! Beware of the crowd and the really poor lunch line configuration or you'll get stuck trying to order for 30 minutes!
Heard good things and was disappointed. Loud seems to be in along with slow service and average food – Heard good things and was impressed by the building and the staff seemed friendly, if not a little slow.
Food just didn't seem like New Orleans to me. Sort of bland with small servings on very big plates.
The downstairs is a neat coffee shop, bakery and sandwich shop that I would try for breakfast or lunch. Really nice place to hang out and check up on the world with your computer and some coffee or dessert. I will give it another try for breakfast or lunch.
Great lunch spot – Had lunch here today and enjoyed it thoroughly; this place is the definition of "charming."
First of all, when did this part of town get so cool? I realize I need to venture out of Midtown more often - what a great vibe Inman Park has.
The decor: from the large communal table to the kitchy items in the store to the weathered leather club chairs to the painted floor, "God is in the details" never rang truer. Lovely. A breeze moves through from the open patio and you feel as if this place has been here for years. We also went upstairs to check out the dining room - really nicely done; quirky, but not overly so.
The food: a friend and I shared the reuben and turkey sandwiches; the turkey was OK with big chunks of avocado, but the reuben was absolutely cravable! Just the right amount of everything with melty cheese and perfectly seasoned corned beef - I will definitely be back for that. Oh, and how could I forget - delicious, big, crisp, vinegary pickles as big as, well, a cucumber - yummy!
Governor Bienville would roll over in his grave if ... – he ever tasted what was passed off as his namesake dish, Oysters Bienville - what a waste of delicious Blue Points!! Agreed, the raw bar is passable (when the correct order was presented) but that is it. Normally, I wouldn't bother to write a review for a restaurant so obviously doomed, but potential diners need to be warned. On possibly the coldest night of the year, we were seated at a table by the door. Fortunately, there were so few customers that it wasn't opened often during our unfortunate meal. A specialty cocktail was undrinkable due to excess nutmeg and the pork potpie was a mushy smokey/salty gag-fest! The server was suitably attentive and won points for comping the Bienville and the pie. An unusually long valet wait (on a dead night) capped the evening.
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