For traditional Italian cuisine with a contemporary flair, try Azio Downtown at 229 Peachtree Street NE. The restaurant is located on street level of the International Tower in Peachtree Center. The menu includes pasta entrees, veal, chicken, seafood, and pizza. Lunch and dinner are served on weekdays, with dinner only on Saturday and Sunday. Complimentary parking is available after 5pm across the street in the International Garage Peachtree Center with a validated ticket and dinner receipt.
Pittypat’s Porch, at 25 Andrew Young International Boulevard, has been an Atlanta landmark restaurant since 1967. Have drinks on the veranda and then enjoy some traditional Southern entrees including fried chicken, Georgia catfish, barbecued ribs, and shrimp and grits. The breads are homemade and specialty desserts include pecan pie, peach cobbler, and their famous blackbottom pie.
Ray’s in the City is downtown Atlanta’s premier seafood restaurant. Fresh seafood is flown in daily and sushi is made-to-order. The menu also features hand cut steaks. Sides and salads are ala carte. Stop in after work for $5 drinks and small plates from 3-7pm. Enjoy live music Wednesday-Saturday evenings. Their original restaurant, Ray’s on the River, has been an Atlanta favorite for almost 30 years. Ray’s in the City is open for lunch and dinner. Validated parking is available after 5pm in the Americasmart parking deck.
For an elegant fine dining experience, try Nikolai’s Roof Restaurant in the Hilton Atlanta Hotel, at 255 Courtland Street. Nikolai’s has won the Triple A Four Diamond Award for 24 consecutive years. Chef Stephanie Alderete was recently named one of the 2013 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the US by Gayot. Her specialties are French and Russian cuisine, and the sophisticated menu changes seasonally. Entrees include beef, lamb, and seafood selections. Dinner is served Tuesday-Saturday. Early evening specials are available Tuesday-Friday from 5:30-6:30pm for $39 per person. A special four course dinner menu is available for $82 per person. Complimentary valet parking is available.
Carnegie’s, at 55 Park Place, is a great choice for a business lunch. Located in the heart of downtown, at the corner of Auburn Avenue and Park Place, Carnegie’s has been serving weekday lunch for nearly two decades. The menu offers burgers, sandwiches, and salads as well as chicken and fish entrees. Diners can overlook Woodruff Park.
Big Kahuna, one of the city’s newer restaurants, has a casual, beach inspired theme. Lunch and dinner are served Monday-Saturday. The menu offers juicy burgers, salads, tacos, fajitas, and seafood. Enjoy a tropical cocktail on their patio. The restaurant is located at 330 Peachtree Center Avenue.