House smoked salmon at Canoe. (BOB ANDRES/AJC staff)
Photo: Bob Andres
Photo: Bob Andres

5 best restaurants for a celebration in Atlanta

Whether you’re toasting a promotion, anniversary, birthday, graduation or just Tuesday, each of these Atlanta restaurants is a great place to clink your glasses and celebrate.

Canoe – Canoe, tucked away near the Chattahoochee River in Vinings, has become one of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants for almost any occasion. Executive Chef Matthew Basford’s unique take on your favorites is almost reason enough to celebrate. Plus the wine selection is seriously amazing.  Canoe serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, so pick your favorite meal and start your party.

St. Cecilia – One of Ford Fry’s restaurants, St. Cecilia is a new Buckhead staple. The menu changes daily and it’s always fantastic. Try a dish from each section of the menu and go on a culinary journey. If you’re looking for a quiet celebration, this isn’t the place. The atmosphere has a distinct upbeat and energetic vibe, which could enhance or hinder your experience depending on your mood. Lunch gets very busy on weekdays, so stick with a weeknight or weekend meal.

Iberian Pig – Is there anything better than an Iberian Old Fashioned? Probably not, except maybe the jamón ibérico. This modern Spanish restaurant located right on the Decatur square has the perfect atmosphere for an intimate date for two, or a celebration for six. Almost everything on the menu is sharable, which makes it a great place for a small group. You will need a reservation almost any night of the week, so plan accordingly.

The Optimist – Another of Ford Fry’s restaurants, The Optimist delivers a variety of seafood ranging from raw oysters and smoked white fish chowder to charred Spanish octopus and duck fat poached swordfish. With an excellent cocktail list and well-educated staff, this west side establishment is an exciting place to be for any occasion. Plus, you can play a quick round of miniature golf while you wait for your table.

La Tavola – The staff, the ambiance, the food. All of these are reasons to have an intimate celebration at La Tavola, located in the heart of the Virginia-Highland neighborhood. This cozy trattoria is lively yet relaxing, which makes it the perfect place for an anniversary or romantic dinner. From grilled calamari to traditional spaghetti and meatballs, you’ll want to try all of the dishes coming out of the open kitchen.  Don’t forget to top it off with coffee and tiramisu at the end of the night.


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Chops Lobster Bar
Miller Union
No. 246
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