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Where to Find Atlanta’s Freshest Seafood

Written by Emily Rubin and Trisha Pintavorn

Living in Atlanta has many perks, but being 5 hours away from the beach is definitely not one of them. Luckily, we’re here to fulfill even your saltiest dreams – with fresh seafood! Many restaurants across Atlanta are serving up all kinds of fresh fish and fresh seafood, from cajun fare to crab legs to fried seafood platters. Although you may not be able to feel the ocean breeze from Atlanta, these seafood restaurants are sure to satisfy your seafood cravings.

Atlanta Fish Market

What better way to spend a night than on a dinner cruise? Although you won’t actually be on the water, dining at Atlanta Fish Market will make you feel as though you’re feasting at sea. The beautiful ship-like interior is coupled with a huge display of fresh seafood, making Atlanta Fish Market the perfect excuse to pretend that you’re chillin’ beachside. Their miso seabass is famous around the city, and they also surprisingly have a fantastic selection of sushi!

The lobster roll at BeetleCat
Beetlecat – Lobster Roll

Beetlecat

You can’t talk about seafood in the city without including Beetlecat, an Inman Park spot with fun East coast vibes and the best lobster roll in the city. You can always expect an extensive menu of fresh oysters from all over the country–visit them from 4 to 5pm on a weekday for their $1 oyster happy hour. Their fry bread is also incredible, and they even offer a donut brunch on the weekends that’s pure decadence

Big B's Fish Joint - Admiral's Feast | Photo: Facebook/bigbsfishjoint
Big B’s Fish Joint – Admiral’s Feast | Photo: Facebook/bigbsfishjoint

Big B’s Fish Joint

We love everything at this casual, family-friendly Sandy Springs joint. Like the name suggests, this is the place to go for a variety of fresh fish: Gulf Red Salmon, Yellow Fin Tuna, and Carolina Rainbow Trout are just some of the items on the menu. They’ve also got a mean lobster roll! 

Bon Ton - Seafood Boil | Photo Credit: Bon Ton
Bon Ton Atlanta – Seafood Boil | Photo Credit: Bon Ton

Bon Ton Atlanta

It’s rare that a restaurant has both awesome decor and awesome food, but that’s exactly what you get at Bon Ton. It’s a super cool, hip atmosphere–walking in to this compact space and you will truly feel like you’ve discovered something underground and special–plus Vietnamese/Cajun food that pleases every time. They’re also available for delivery on UberEats at this time. 

 

C&S Seafood & Oyster Bar

The food at Clark & Schwenks Seafood & Oyster Bar aims to fill a gap in the Atlanta restaurant scene. C&S, for short, is a collaboration between two Atlanta food scene veterans with experience in fine French & American restaurants in Atlanta and a dual passion for excellent food. The focus is on fresh seafood, a well-stocked raw bar and oyster bar, and classic prime steaks. Combine that with a menu that is formidable and spans the fare of the classic Manhattan steakhouse to that of a Parisian brasserie. Locations in Sandy Springs and Vinings! 

 

Canoe

It’s not the beach, but it’s about as close as you can get in Atlanta. A meal at Canoe will take you on a beautiful journey, all the way down to the Chattahoochee River. With an expertly crafted seafood menu spanning from shrimp and fish to octopus and crab, the sound of the river is the icing on the cake (or, in this case, the oyster on the cracker) of this magical seafood experience.

 

Chops Lobster Bar

You can’t talk Buckhead without talking about Buckhead Life Restaurants Group, a popular group of restaurants among the well-heeled in Atlanta. And Chops is fantastic not only for their steak, but for their fresh fish flown in daily. Their fried lobster tail is a true sight to behold, and they’ve also got a killer ahi tuna and lobster bisque! 

Hook, Line, & Schooner

Smyrna’s Hook, Line, & Schooner is one of the best value seafood places in town. Everything is fresh and delicious, with sizeable portions too! It’s a family-friendly, no muss kind of atmosphere that will quickly become your neighborhood go-to spot. Their mayo-based lobster roll is the most popular item on the menu–they sell *tons* in a day–but be sure to leave room for some cake! 

Hugo’s Oyster Bar

If you’re looking for some quality spice to cure your hankering for the water, the food at Hugo’s Oyster Bar is sure to transport you to the Gulf. The signature oysters with bacon, jalapeño, and cheddar are unreal (seriously – we still can’t believe these things) and the Po’ Boys will have you crying “oh boy”. Some people say “go for the gold”, we say go for the gumbo. But really, you can’t go wrong at Hugo’s Oyster Bar.

 

Lagarde

For a cajun and creole take on seafood, there’s few spots as great as Lagarde. Atlanta Chef Jamie Adams comes from a rich cajun background, with two parents born and raised in New Orleans. He’s taken his history and combined it with his expertise in the kitchen to create LaGarde – Chamblee’s best new restaurant for cajun cuisine. Whether it’s BBQ shrimp, oyster po boys, red beans and rice, or a succulent sazerac – every dish at LaGarde feels like you just strolled in after throwing some back at Lafitte’s or Napoleon House and you’re ready for more.

 

Louisiana Bistreaux

Louisiana Bistreaux has been an East Point staple for cajun food for years, and now they’ve expanded to Decatur and Buckhead. Their signature dishes have to be a toss-up between the very decadent “Angus Ribeye Orleans,” which is a grilled ribeye topped with crawfish and lump crabmeat and their “Crawtator Grouper,” a grouper crusted with Zapp’s crawtator chips in a cajun crawfish sauce on jalapeno gouda grits. Yeah, it’s a flavor bomb that’ll put you into a food stupor in the best way possible. 

 

Marietta Fish Market

At Marietta Fish Market, the seafood is flown in daily.  Whether it’s flounder from the Northeast, crab legs from Alaska, shrimp and grouper from the gulf, lobsters from Maine, Chilean sea bass or Greek lavraki – there’s a fresh fish from somewhere around the world at the market.  A great night for family seafood dining, you’ll get a feel for the ocean too – with an enormous fish tank, a lighthouse on the top of the restaurant and boats and sand throughout the parking lot, it’s like the Marietta Fish Market washed ashore to make you a delicious seafood dinner.

The Optimist

You didn’t really think we’d talk about seafood without mentioning one of Atlanta’s all time favorites… did you? The Optimist is always an unforgettable dining experience, thanks to Owner-Chef Ford Fry and Executive Chef Adam Evans. The bar is absolutely stunning, perfectly designed for oyster slurping. The featured seafood is hearth-roasted and delicious, but a favorite is the salmon crudo with strawberries – the perfect summer fish dish. Even if you’ve got the beach blues, The Optimist’s Georgia Shrimp a la Plancha will remind you why you love it here.

The Pirate's Boil - Seafood Boil | Photo: thepiratesboil.com
The Pirate’s Boil – Seafood Boil | Photo: thepiratesboil.com

The Pirate’s Boil

This Smyrna spot is where you want to go for seafood boils! Pick from various spice levels and prepared to take some food home, because the portions are huge! This place is definitely a hole-in-the-wall, but you’ll leave happier with a stomach full of crawfish, crab, and all the seafood fixings your heart desires. 

Steamer from 6 Feet Under
Six Feet Under – Steamer

Six Feet Under

For killer views but unpretentious and affordable seafood, check out Six Feet Under in Grant Park and West Midtown. They’ve got all the fried seafood platters and baskets your heart could possibly desire, with hushpuppies and fries and all that good stuff. Enjoy their oysters rockefeller to get your oyster fix or go a little adventurous with their gator bites. Be sure to visit the rooftop to take in the breathtaking Atlanta skyline views–they totally steal the show. 

Atlanta Fish Market
Big B's Fish Joint
Bon Ton Atlanta
C&S Seafood & Oyster Bar
Canoe
Hook, Line & Schooner
Hugo's Oyster Bar
Lagarde
Louisiana Bistreaux
Marietta Fish Market
The Optimist
The Pirate's Boil
Atlanta Fish Market

Fish are flown in daily for the ever-changing menu at this lively eatery in an urban loft setting.

Big B's Fish Joint

We love everything at this casual, family-friendly Sandy Springs joint. Like the name suggests, this is the place to go for a variety of fresh fish: Gulf Red Salmon, Yellow Fin Tuna, and Carolina Rainbow Trout are just some of the items on the menu. They’ve also got a mean lobster roll

Bon Ton Atlanta

Louisiana meets Vietnam with boiled or fried seafood, plus stiff cocktails & a playful atmosphere.

C&S Seafood & Oyster Bar

Raw bar, lobsters & classic cocktails in a strip-mall setting with an old-school urban vibe.

Canoe

Farm-to-table New American cuisine in an elegant garden setting overlooking the Chattahoochee River.

Hook, Line & Schooner

Casual seafood, such as tacos & po’ boys, dished up in an airy, modern setup with a spacious bar.

Hugo's Oyster Bar

Southern-inspired seafood dishes & craft cocktails served amid tin ceilings & occasional live music.

Lagarde

For a cajun and creole take on seafood, there’s few spots as great as Lagarde. Atlanta Chef Jamie Adams comes from a rich cajun background, with two parents born and raised in New Orleans. He’s taken his history and combined it with his expertise in the kitchen to create LaGarde – Chamblee’s best new restaurant for cajun cuisine. Whether it’s BBQ shrimp, oyster po boys, red beans and rice, or a succulent sazerac – every dish at LaGarde feels like you just strolled in after throwing some back at Lafitte’s or Napoleon House and you’re ready for more.

Louisiana Bistreaux

Louisiana Bistreaux has been an East Point staple for cajun food for years, and now they’ve expanded to Decatur and Buckhead. Their signature dishes have to be a toss-up between the very decadent “Angus Ribeye Orleans,” whci his a grilled ribeye topped with crawfish and lump crabmeat and their “Crawtator Grouper,” a grouper crusted with Zapp’s crawtator chips in a cajun crawfish sauce on jalapeno gouda grits. Yeah, it’s a flavor bomb that’ll put you into a food stupor in the best way possible.

Marietta Fish Market

Large family restaurant serving ample portions of seafood dishes in a dramatic ocean-themed setting.

The Optimist

Lobster rolls, gumbo, wood-fired oysters & more in a lofty, country-modern space with a raw bar.

The Pirate's Boil

This Smyrna spot is where you want to go for seafood boils! Pick from various spice levels and prepared to take some food home, because the portions are huge! This place is definitely a hole-in-the-wall, but you’ll leave happier with a stomach full of crawfish, crab, and all the seafood fixings your heart desires.

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