Written by Emily Rubin and Trisha Pintavorn
Spending the summer 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 seafood! Many restaurants across Atlanta are serving up all kinds of foods from the sea, all summer long. Although you may not be able to feel the ocean breeze from Atlanta, these seafood restaurants are sure to satisfy your seafood cravings.
What better way to spend a summer 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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
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!
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, jalapeno, 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.
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 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.
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.
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 my 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.
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.