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West Midtown’s Hottest Restaurants to Add To Your Bucket List

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published December 19, 2019 and last updated August 22, 2022.

Revitalized and revamped West Midtown is now home to some of the best restaurants in Atlanta, all within a few square miles. Make your way through this buzzing neighborhood with our West Midtown restaurant bucket list.

Aziza - Challah Bread | Photo: Facebook/azizarestaurantatl
Aziza – Challah Bread | Photo: Facebook/azizarestaurantatl

1. Aziza

Suite P10b, 1170 Howell Mill Rd NW | Atlanta, GA 30318

Aziza brings modern Israeli fare to the West Midtown crowd. Have a taste of the Middle East with flavorful options like their braised lamb shank and octopus dish. Their pastry chef also works wonders every night for dessert! 

 

Upbeet | Photo: Upbeet.com

2. Upbeet

1071 Howell Mill Rd NW suite A | Atlanta, GA 30318

Healthy, tasty, and always fresh Upbeet is bringing customizable grain bowls to Atlanta when we need to eat clean. Bonus: they also have tasty toasts, smoothies, and açai bowls!

 

Wagaya | Photo: Ubereats.com

3. Wagaya

339 14th St NW | Atlanta, GA 30318

Savory rice bowls, great priced sushi, and a ramen plus two roll deal you’ll swear by. This cozy little spot serves all the comfort Japanese food that always hits the spot.

 

Eight Sushi | Photo: Eightsushiatl.com

4. Eight Sushi

930 Howell Mill Rd NW | Atlanta, GA 30318

This chic spot in West Midtown is just perfect for date night! Menu highlights include their langoustine roll with baby lobster and tuna crisp with truffle aioli.

 

Taqueria Del Sol - Tacos and Corn Chowder
Taqueria Del Sol – Tacos and Corn Chowder

5. Taqueria Del Sol

1200-B, 1200-B Howell Mill Rd NW | Atlanta, GA 30318

What would we do without Taqueria Del Sol? This is the place to get your Mexican fix at a ballin’ on a budget price.  Regulars swear by the shrimp corn chowder and fried chicken tacos, but you can’t go wrong with whatever daily special they cook-up.

 

Cultivate Food & Coffee | Photo: Atlantaeater.com

6. Cultivate Food & Coffee

1952 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite 200 | Atlanta, GA 30318

This brunch spot is a welcome addition to the West Midtown food scene and is already serving up truly delicious Southern delicacies. Their eggs benedict with sriracha candied bacon and fried hash browns is just *chefs kiss.* Get a matcha latte for a touch of sweet as well!

 

The Optimist Lobster Roll
The Optimist – Lobster Roll

7. The Optimist

914 Howell Mill Rd | Atlanta, GA 30318

In the mood for seafood? The Optimist by Chef Ford Fry has the dish for you. Try their lobster roll or their seafood gumbo that’s all the rage!

 

Pijiu Belly | Photo: Yelp.com

8. Pijiu Belly

678 10th St NW | Atlanta, GA 30318

Featured on Diners and Drive-ins, this little dive is serving up some ridiculously tasty Asian street food combining all the flavors you love. Their Korean rotisserie chicken, is what they’re known for but everything on the menu is super tasty. Try the Kung Pao ramen, ramen noodles stir fried in a garlic sauce if you’re in the mood for noods or the Pijiu Super Nachos with fried wonton skins and Korean bulgogi for the ultimate cheat meal. You’re going to love it!

 

O-Ku | Photo: Opentable.com

9. O-ku

1085 Howell Mill Rd NW A3 | Atlanta, GA 30318

An authentic taste of Asia with only the most premium sushi. The upstairs patio is perfect in the summer or spring time. Bonus: they’ve got a great happy hour too on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7pm with half-off rolls!

 

Barcelona - Patatas Bravas | Photo: Barcelona Inman Park
Barcelona – Patatas Bravas | Photo: Barcelona Inman Park

10. Barcelona

1085 Howell Mill Rd | Atlanta, GA 30318

Barcelona and their perfect little tapas are always on TAPA our minds! Also located in Inman Park, Barcelona is the perfect spot for a date night or girl’s night. Order a pitcher of sangrias and some charcuterie and cheese to share before digging into what will sure to be a memorable meal.

 

Antico | Photo: TripAdvisor.com

11. Antico

1093 Hemphill Ave NW | Atlanta, GA 30318

It’s not West Midtown without Antico. Their spicy diavola pizza won our 2018 “Champion Eats” contest, and this little pizza shop is a stop for every celebrity when they’re in town. One bite into their thin, perfectly blistered Neapolitan pie and you’ll be forever hooked.

 

Gio’s | Photo: Tripadvisor.com

12. Gio’s

1099 Hemphill Ave NW | Atlanta, GA 30318

Right next to Antico, you’ll find chicken and pasta GREATNESS at Gio’s. With great portions and a lemon-y chicken that’s out-of-this-world, Gio’s is another corner of “Little Italy” and a big part of what makes West Midtown so delicious. Go for classics like chicken parm or put your tastebuds to the test with the spicy diavola.

 

West Egg | Photo: Yelp.com

13. West Egg

1100 Howell Mill Rd | Atlanta, GA 30318

The banana bread french toast at this West Midtown mainstay will knock your socks off! Choose from their many specialty coffees as well for something sweet. Pro tip: slide right in there as they open around 9am on the weekends to skip the wait.

 

Baked Alaska from Marcel
Marcel – Baked Alaska

14. Marcel

1170 Howell Mill Rd | Atlanta, GA 30318

The place to go if you’re feeling really fancy. Enjoy delectable escargots, caviar, and steak in every cut you can dream of. Finish your night with the truly impressive baked alaska!

 

RedBird | Photo: Twitter.com

15. Red Bird

1198 Howell Mill Rd | Atlanta, GA 30318

For small plates perfect for sharing and a menu that’s got a little bit of everything, check out Red Bird. The dining room is elegant, light and airy, and their laminated Birdy biscuits in particular are a staff favorite.

 

Rock Steady | Photo: Forbes.com

16. Rock Steady

907 Marietta St NW | Atlanta, GA 30318

Grown and sexy date night or girl’s night vibes! Get Caribbean food and flavor with a twist here. Oxtails anything is irresistible, but their take with fiore pasta is just genius! 

 

Forza Storico | Photo: Atlantajournalconstitution.com

17. Forza Storico

1198 Howell Mill Rd #020 | Atlanta, GA 30318

This may very well be the best patio in all of metro Atlanta! For handmade pastas and an exceptional wine and cocktail list, check out Forza Storico. 

 

Grandma Wonton BBQ Pork Noodles from Food Terminal.
Food Terminal – Grandma Wonton BBQ Pork Noodles

18. Food Terminal

1000 Marietta St NW UNIT 202 | Atlanta, GA 30318

This popular Buford Highway spot opened up a popular and spacious second location in West Midtown so you can get your ramen, BBQ pork, and mango lassi fix here as well. Their menu, true to Malaysian cuisine, has a smattering of pan-Asian offerings. We think you’ll love it all. 

 

Nick’s Westside | Photo: Atlantajournalconstitution.com

19. Nick’s Westside

956 Brady Ave NW STE 100 | Atlanta, GA 30318

Every neighborhood needs a homey neighborhood spot, with great wings and burgers and fries. And true to West Midtown’s stylish new vibes, Nick’s Westside aims to be just that but more elevated. Thoughtful and unique flavors all over the world blend together for an exciting menu that’s both new and familiar. Dig into Chef Leahy’s smoked onion dip, cheddar biscuits, and pork belly bao buns for an awesome, awesome meal. 

 

South City Kitchen | Photo: Timeout.com

20. South City Kitchen Midtown

1144 Crescent Ave NE | Atlanta, GA 30309

Looking for a Southern meal in the heart of Atlanta? South City Kitchen has you covered. Fine dining with a cozy feeling, it doesn’t get better than this. Check out their chicken and waffles, for breakfast or even dinner!

 

Kinjo Sushi Bar & Grill | Photo: Linkedin.com

21. Kinjo

1115 Howell Mill Rd NW STE P135 | Atlanta, GA 30318

While it’s evident we’re in Atlanta, Kinjo provides a taste of Asia to leave your tastebuds wanting more. Whether you’re coming for the ambiance or the delicious dining, eating here is a whole experience! Come get some sushi and treat yourself. 

Aziza
Upbeet
Wagaya
Eight Sushi
Taqueria Del Sol
Le Fat
Cultivate Food & Coffee
The Optimist
Slim & Husky's
Pijiu Belly
O-ku
Barcelona
Antico
Gio's
West Egg
JCT Kitchen
Marcel
Aziza

New to West Midtown but already making a big splash on the culinary scene, Aziza brings modern Israeli fare to the West Midtown crowd. Have a taste of the Middle East with flavorful options like their braised lamb shank and octopus dish.

Upbeet

Healthy, tasty, and always fresh Upbeet is bringing customizable grain bowls to Atlanta when we need to eat clean. Bonus: they also have tasty toasts, smoothies, and açai bowls!

Wagaya

Savory rice bowls, great priced sushi, and a ramen plus two roll deal you’ll swear by. This cozy little spot serves all the comfort Japanese food that always hits the spot.

Eight Sushi

This chic spot in West Midtown is just perfect for date night! Menu highlights include their langoustine roll with baby lobster and tuna crisp with truffle aioli.

Taqueria Del Sol

What would we do without Taqueria Del Sol? This is the place to get your Mexican fix at a ballin’ on a budget price.  Regulars swear by the shrimp corn chowder and fried chicken tacos, but you can’t go wrong with whatever daily special they cook-up.

Le Fat

An elegant and romantic date night spot, Le Fat is serving up French/Vietnamese/Cantonese delicacies like banh mi toast and simmering clay pots to the West Midtown crowd. Also equally wonderful? Sitting at the bar and ordering any of their fabulous cocktails. Cheers to that!

Cultivate Food & Coffee

This new brunch spot is a new addition to the West Midtown food scene and is already serving up truly delicious Southern delicacies. Their eggs benedict with sriracha candied bacon and fried hash browns is just *chefs kiss.* Get a matcha latte for a touch of sweet as well!

The Optimist

In the mood for seafood? The Optimist by Chef Ford Fry has the dish for you. Try their lobster roll or their seafood gumbo that’s all the rage!

Slim & Husky's

“Pizza rules everything around me” is the mantra at this originally from Nashville, fast-casual spot that’s been featured on USA Today. Also not to be missed? Their made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls.

Pijiu Belly

Featured on Diners and Drive-ins, this little dive is serving up some ridiculously tasty Asian street food combining all the flavors you love. Their Korean rotisserie chicken, is what they’re known for but everything on the menu is super tasty. Try the Kung Pao ramen, ramen noodles stir fried in a garlic sauce if you’re in the mood for noods or the Pijiu Super Nachos with fried wonton skins and Korean bulgogi for the ultimate cheat meal. You’re going to love it!

O-ku

An authentic taste of Asia with only the most premium sushi. The upstairs patio is perfect in the summer or spring time. Bonus: they’ve got a great happy hour too on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7pm with half-off rolls!

Barcelona

Barcelona and their perfect little tapas are always on TAPA our minds! Also located in Inman Park, Barcelona is the perfect spot for a date night or girl’s night. Order a pitcher of sangrias and some charcuterie and cheese to share before digging into what will sure to be a memorable meal.

Antico

It’s not West Midtown without Antico. Their spicy diavola pizza won our 2018 “Champion Eats” contest, and this little pizza shop is a stop for every celebrity when they’re in town. One bite into their thin, perfectly blistered Neapolitan pie and you’ll be forever hooked.

Gio's

Right next to Antico, you’ll find chicken and pasta GREATNESS at Gio’s. With great portions and a lemon-y chicken that’s out-of-this-world, Gio’s is another corner of “Little Italy” and a big part of what makes West Midtown so delicious. Go for classics like chicken parm or put your tastebuds to the test with the spicy diavola.

West Egg

The banana bread french toast at this West Midtown mainstay will knock your socks off! Choose from their many specialty coffees as well for something sweet. Pro tip: slide right in there as they open around 9am on the weekends to skip the wait.

JCT Kitchen

Another one of Chef Ford Fry’s joints, JCT is serving up the southern favorites you love and crave. You’ll be delighted by their fried chicken special, truffle fries, and all the creative cocktails that they cook up. JCT boasts the best patio in all of West Midtown, with live music most nights and a beautiful view of the train tracks and iconic West Midtown bridge. Now open for brunch!

Marcel

The place to go if you’re feeling really fancy. Enjoy delectable escargots, caviar, and steak in every cut you can dream of. Finish your night with the truly impressive baked alaska!

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