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Where to Eat Before Catching a Show at the Fox Theatre

Who doesn’t love a night at the theater?

Atlanta can always count on a solid lineup of theatrical productions, concerts, comedy performances, and more at the Fabulous Fox Theatre located right in the heart of Midtown.

A trip to the theater is already a classy and sophisticated affair, so make sure you plan your pre- or post-show dinner to be a showstopper of its own. 

Here are our favorite restaurants close enough to the Fox Theatre to be a seamless part of your outing. 

The Marquee Club

The Marquee Club is located right in the Fox, so you can hang right up until the curtain goes up, as well as during and after the show.

It’s an exclusive club, which you can either access via an annual membership or by adding it to your ticket purchase. Once you’re in, you can enjoy two rooftop terraces, complimentary food from their upscale menu, unlimited dessert and non-alcoholic drinks, and five premium bars from which to buy signature cocktails.


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Lyla Lila

Lyla Lila is a Southern European restaurant with a rotating menu based on the season to ensure the freshest locally-sourced veggies, seafood, and everything in between. Some of the stars of the menu are the Crispy Duck Lasagna, the Wagyu Beef and Black Truffle Ravioli, and the Crispy Artichokes appetizer. Every dish goes beautifully with their remarkable wine list, so rest assured that you’ll have a perfect pairing. 

Torched Hop Brewing Company

To just call Torched Hop a restaurant would be criminally underselling what it contributes to the Atlanta brewpub scene. 

Most restaurants would settle and offer a domestic beer with a burger and fries, but Torched Hop goes one step beyond with house-brewed beers (they’ve created over 400 beers since they opened!) and a menu full of creative dishes like Tempura Avocado, Fish & Chips, and, of course, their famous Wu Fries! Trust us…musicals are always more fun after a few beers.

Mary Mac's Tea Room sign against a blue sky
Mary Mac’s Tea Room | Photo Credit: Joey Weiss

Mary Mac’s Tea Room

“Atlanta’s Dining Room” has been a fixture in Midtown since 1945. Not much has changed since then, from the smiling staff to the side-sticking comfort food. If it’s your first time, look no further than their award-winning Fried Chicken, Meatloaf with Tomato Sauce, and iconic Tomato Pie.

Cuban sandwich with roast pork, ham, cheese, pickles, and mustard with fries in the background
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Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill

“There’s always room at Papi’s table”, so make sure you grab a seat!

Papi’s has a unique mix of both Cuban and Caribbean grub and you can’t go wrong with either…so might as well get both! The Pollo Vaca Frita is Spanish chicken shredded and simmered with onions and peppers. Rey’s Cuban Sandwich is your classic cubano, with slow-roasted pork, ham, swiss, pickles, and mustard on Cuban bread. Simply close your eyes and point anywhere on the menu and you’ll be pleased with your pre-show meal.

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5Church is a modern, classy, and sexy restaurant that perfectly complements a night at the theater. Check out the Red Snapper with a root vegetable puree, mushrooms, carrots, and raspberry vinegar. Or ditch the fork and knife and pick up the popular 5Church Lamb Burger topped with a red onion marmalade, gorgonzola fondue, arugula, and secret sauce on a brioche bun with hand-cut fries. Also get there early so you can check out Virtue, their rooftop cocktail club.


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Bon Ton

You may have had some crazy culinary fusions, but Cajun and Vietnamese is even crazier (and tastier) than it sounds.

Come for the gorgeous decor, stay for some one-of-a-kind dishes. The Charbroiled Crab Claws take a nice bath in beer, garlic butter, scallions, and more and are served with toast to sop up all the goodness. There’s also the Bon Ton Banh Mi, with the usual condiments (mayo, pickled veggies, jalapeno, and cilantro) and your choice of blackened catfish, fried shrimp, or cauliflower falafel. If you can’t make up your mind (or even if you can), just order a few pounds of Cajun Crawfish for the table and make sure you wash your hands well before taking your seat or else the entire Fox Theatre might get a hankering for Cajun-Vietnamese fusion.


Ecco has a lot to enjoy, from the slick modern decor to their phenomenal bar program. Add in some of their finest dishes, like the Fried Goat Cheese (served with honey and black pepper) and the Pappardelle (served with braised pork and peppadew peppers), and your cheers will echo through Ecco.

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Rreal Tacos

Rreal Tacos is a bit of a schlep from the theater, but it’s well worth the walk. You’ll savor some of the freshest and most delicious Mexican food in town. Splurge on the crispy and massive Quesabirria, and go dip-crazy with the consomme and salsa. Or get tacos and pick a few meats at random – barbacoa, al pastor, carnitas – you really can’t miss. Add in a few margs and you’ll be the happiest theatergoer in the house. 


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Herban Fix

Herban Fix is Chef Wendy Chang’s Pan-Asian concept that proves that healthy vegan food can be far more than a green juice or a kale salad. This philosophy is best embodied by the Spicy Tofu Soup with Enoki & King Oyster Mushrooms and the Seared Pom Pom Mushroom Steak. 

Even though these umami-packed dishes are vegan, they’re plenty hearty…no need to worry about your stomach growling during the show.

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Livingston Restaurant & Bar

Located in the Georgian Terrace Hotel, the Livingston combines local and European influences to a splendid result. A few menu highlights include appetizers like Tuna Crudo with Ponzu, entrees like Braised Short Ribs with cipollini onions, fingerlings, and heirloom carrots, and desserts like Meyer Lemon Meringue Tart.

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Taste of Greece

When a spot claims to have the “best gyro in town,” you go find out for yourself! Taste of Greece has all your Mediterranean favorites from the aforementioned gyro to the falafel. Make sure you save room for the classic Greek desserts, like Baklava and Galaktoboureko (bonus points if you can pronounce it on your first try).

Cheeseburger with caramelized onions and a side of lettuce, tomatoes, pickles
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Publik Draft House

Publik Draft House is a locally-owned bar known and loved for its broad bourbon selections. The food certainly exceeds what you may expect out of bar food. They have balanced yet comforting dishes like the Duck Quesadilla, Hot Chicken N Waffles, and PDH Smash Burger. Their late night menu is offered until 1:30 AM on Fridays and Saturdays, so why not bookend your show with one of their absinthe options?

J.R. Crickets

Wings might not be your ideal pre-show meal, but they’re open until 2:00 AM so save room for the encore! Some consider it the go-to ATL spot for lemon pepper wet wings, which is quite the feat considering Atlanta is the lemon pepper capital of the world.

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