Written by Atlanta Eats intern, Emily Rubin
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.
This summer, you can have your fish and save them too! Goin’ Coastal is serving up some of the freshest seafood in Atlanta, and it’s all sustainably sourced. Try the Tuna Miso for some bangin’ flavor, or indulge in the Seared Scallops with truffle pesto risotto. Whatever route you choose, one thing is for sure – you’re Goin’ Coastal!
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.
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.
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.