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Best Restaurants for Celebrating Derby Day in Atlanta

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by OpenTable x Woodford Reserve
Updated April 17, 2021

To mark this year's Derby Day, OpenTable and Woodford Reserve have come together to bring you a list of restaurants offering Derby Day drink specials and celebratory dishes near you. Whether you are donning your finest Derby attire and heading to a local watering hole or planning a feast for the festivities at home, we've got the restaurant (and game day tipple) for you. CRAFTED CAREFULLY. DRINK RESPONSIBLY. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Whiskey, 43.2%-45.2% Alc. by Vol., The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY. Woodford Reserve is a registered trademark. ©2021

A photo of The Betty restaurant
4.4
4.4 (590)
$31 to $50
Continental
Buckhead
About the restaurant
There was a time when dinner out meant pin curls and strong Manhattans. The music was up and the lights were low and the maître d’ had your table waiting. The Betty is that kind of place.

Inspired by mid-century American supper clubs, The Betty pays tribute to the continental menus of yesteryear. But while the dishes may sound comfortingly familiar, Chef Thomas’s approach is decidedly 21st century. Pair your entrée with a timeless cocktail, a selection from our robust wine list or an Atlanta-crafted beer.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 30, 2024
My Family and I enjoyed ourselves immensely. From the decor & lighting to the seating and entertainment; this venue was simply divine. The food and cocktails were artfully prepared, flavorful and delicious (kudos to the chef & mixologist) and the service by our hostess & her teammates was outstanding. Definitely worth the visit.
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4.7
4.7 (2704)
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Buckhead
About the restaurant
The Southern Gentleman is a Southern-inspired gastropub in The Buckhead Village District. The concept celebrates every aspect of what it means to be from the South with a fresh, modern take on traditional dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The bar program explores the artistry and history of classic Southern cocktails—everything from barrel-aged cocktails to bottled libations to adult beverages on tap, along with New World wines and craft beers and the “perfect” mint julep.

The gorgeous top floor space in Buckhead Atlanta was designed by New York’s Lacina Heitler, and features classic, Southern touches done in surprising, modern ways: seersucker window treatments, tufted camel leather booths, vintage plateware, white marble countertops, vaulted ceilings, herringbone floors, dramatic chandeliers, complete with an oversized portrait of Mark Twain painted by a commissioned local artist.
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sandya
Dined 1 day ago
Everything was superb from the staff to the food. Highly recommend
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4.5
4.5 (2247)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Buckhead
About the restaurant
Welcome to our Garden. A place to celebrate, unwind and step away from the noise of life. An unexpected escape from the routine. Experience an unforgettable chef-driven cuisine and indulge in innovative cocktails while surrounded by lush florals that warmly welcome you. The sense of community and euphoria will captivate one’s sense of belongingness.

A 15 minute grace period is allocated to each reservation, before cancellation. Kindly note, all guests in your party must arrive prior to being seated.

Valet parking is available at St. Regis Atlanta. The cost is $15 after validation. Please validate your ticket at the host stand. *We are unable to validate self-parking.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Mitchelle was fabulous and the energy in the space was phenomenal! Great staff and great food.
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4.6
4.6 (1997)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Buckhead
About the restaurant
Under the renowned culinary leadership, Atlas brings a fresh and innovative approach to traditional cooking. Our menu is inspired by Chef Freddy Money’s career in some of Europe’s most prestigious kitchens. Each dish tells a story, and the menu takes you on a journey that focuses on ingredients, provenance, and texture, resulting in a powerful combination of wonderful and memorable food. Our restaurant doubles as a modern art gallery with emerald green walls covered in 20th-century art from some of the world’s most recognized artists, including Foujita, Chagall, Monet, Soutine, and Picasso. The artwork is part of the noted Lewis Collection, among the largest private art collections in the world, with each piece thoughtfully selected and carefully placed for guests to enjoy.

Valet parking is available at St. Regis Atlanta. The cost is $12 after validation. Please validate your ticket at the host stand. *We are unable to validate self-parking
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Avicennavip
Dined 2 days ago
A beautiful and elegant setting.The food was amazing and incredible. A mindblowing and creative blend of flavors and textures, presented as elegantly as you can imagine. The servers were always there when needed, but were never intrusive. Everyone was warm, friendly, and casual despite the formal setting. This is certainly an expensive restaurant, but you are paying for the highest quality food, service, and ambience. This is a wonderful place for very special occasions.
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3.9
3.9 (35)
$30 and under
American
Cumberland
About the restaurant
Sports & Social is a one-of-a-kind sports bar, gaming parlor and social lounge located within feet of Truist Park, home to the Atlanta Professional Baseball Team. The two-level space features a 32-foot diagonal high-definition LED screen as a backdrop for social games and sports watch throughout the venue. Equipped with skeeball, table tennis, corn hole and a golf simulator, Sports & Social also serves an eclectic menu with plates for sharing, beer cocktails and a well-appointed cocktail menu. Combining the traditional elements of a sports bar with classic interactive games, Sports & Social is the perfect destination for groups, professionals and all those whose competitive spirit thrives.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 22, 2024
Our male server was the best server we had in this establishment. He was on it!! Very attentive. Unlike the female servers… my wing this time was overcooked and didn’t even taste the brine flavor like last time. Will be back of course.
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4.4
4.4 (1587)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Cumberland
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of The Battery Atlanta next to Truist Park, C. Ellet’s Steakhouse is a convivial place to gather and pass a good time. Here we connect and celebrate with each other, making C. Ellet’s a true and welcoming home away from home.

Enjoy a fanfare of dining options, ranging from an amazing steak program, the freshest seafood selections, and classic sandwiches, appetizers, sides and lovely desserts. Join us for live jazz brunch on Saturday and Sunday starting at 11:00am for Pancake Paloozas, Southern Fried Chicken and Sticky Cinnamon Pecan Buns. We welcome our guests to host their private events with us in any of our spaces, including our 398 Club and Trumpet Room experiences.
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Meaghan
Dined 6 days ago
First of all, the service at C. Ellet's is outstanding! The servers did their best to anticipate all our needs and succeeded. Secondly, the food is excellent. My husband's salmon was cooked perfectly. My Oscar Crab Benedict was great! The peach cobbler for dessert didn't disappoint. We have already decided to return here for our anniversary. This was our second visit. We highly recommend this restaurant.
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4.9
4.9 (7296)
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
Downtown
About the restaurant
We know the word "fusion" has been wielded about to justify everything from Hula Burgers to Mexican lasagna. But the East-meets-South brand of fusion happening at Poor Calvin's? It's creative; it's innovative; and it's probably unlike anything you've tasted in the ATL. After working in kitchens around the world, Calvin Phan wanted to shake things up a little. And so, into the mac 'n cheese, the Thai spices went. Now, Calvin's giving Southern staples, like sea bass and fried chicken, a decidedly creative Asian-inspired twist (and a nip of spice, too). He has created innovative dishes, approached in much the same way, leave the hands of Calvin Phan day in and day out. His dedication and attention to detail are evident in each dish and dessert. You won't be disappointed.

*Last seating 1 hour before close*
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O163
Dined 1 day ago
If you have not been, don’t wait any longer, one of my favorite at this point, also ask for Ashley for your server, she is incredible, refreshing service and deserves more than 20% tips
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4.6
4.6 (11886)
$31 to $50
American
Poncey-Highland
About the restaurant
Reservation Strongly Recommended
Enjoy dinner and brunch/lunch on our large patio with Beltline views or in the main dining room.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
I’ve been to restaurants all over the world, but Two Urban Licks is still my absolute favorite.
A photo of Joey D's Oak Room restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3616)
$30 and under
American
Dunwoody
About the restaurant
This well-established restaurant is best known for a mix of popular Nola and NYC dishes like overstuffed corned beef sandwiches, New Orleans spicy shrimp and giant aged steaks is celebrating over 30 years. Joey D's is the ultimate Atlanta Perimeter power spot. From the bustling restaurant to the crème de la crème, photo - worthy bar boasting over 700 brands of spirits, Joey D's delivers on all counts. Cheers, indeed.
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SusanR
Dined 7 days ago
Joey D's is consistently good. We have been frequenting the bar and restaurant for years. The crab claws portion was a bit smaller this visit but we still enjoyed them.
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4.7
4.7 (621)
$31 to $50
American
Buckhead
About the restaurant
*Reservations for any of our Tea Experiences can be booked via our Tock Platform or by contacting us directly at 404-563-7799. Afternoon Tea is served every Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M and bookable only at https://www.exploretock.com/stregisatl* only. All reservations via OpenTable are for breakfast or lunch dining service.

*Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M in the Wine Room*
*Per Georgia State Law, No Alcohol will be served on Sunday until 11:00 A.M. *

Savor extraordinary cuisine and wines by dining in Atlanta in settings that range from sumptuous to pleasingly casual at The St. Regis Atlanta.

Astor Court, named after Colonel John Jacob Astor IV, the visionary who founded St. Regis & Resorts, serves breakfast, lunch and Afternoon Tea. In the evening gather at The St. Regis Bar for inspired cocktails and small plates or partake in the intimate Wine Room where guests enjoy intriguing wine flights and memorable food pairings.
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AdamB
Dined on May 16, 2024
Great location for meaningful business dialogue and for building relationships. Always my preferred location for a business breakfast or lunch.
A photo of Haven Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3010)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Brookhaven
About the restaurant
HAVEN is an upscale eatery set in a loft with exposed brick walls, warm pecky cypress woods and soft amber lighting. The cuisine is modern American influenced by French, continental and hints of new southern. HAVEN has enjoyed remarkable success during the past seven years. Voted a top ten restaurant for six years straight, HAVEN has become quite the Atlanta destination. Haven is located in the heart of Brookhaven in the wonderfully charming Village Park Place development. The restaurant is nestled in a popular historical neighborhood one mile north of Buckhead.
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glc3mdvip
Dined 7 days ago
Predictably excellent. We always enjoy ourselves here.
A photo of Park Tavern restaurant
3.8
3.8 (485)
$30 and under
American
Midtown
About the restaurant
Park Tavern Neighborhood Bar & Brewery is located in the heart of midtown on the corner of 10th St. & Monroe overlooking Piedmont Park and the midtown skyline. Park Tavern rejuvenated its restaurant and menu for the 2019 summer season. Our building was originally built in 1905 as horse stables for local racing enthusiasts and then transformed into a golf clubhouse in 1928. Although expanded and renovated over the years, the building still features some of the original woodwork and stone from the historic clubhouse. Today Park Tavern combines the historic charm of the site with the modern sophistication of Atlanta’s impressive skyline. The restaurant features handcrafted beers brewed on-site as well as spectacular patio dining overlooking the park and city. The menu features classic favorites such as burgers, salads, and sandwiches.
CURRENTLY WE ARE FAST CASUAL WITH NO TABLE SERVICE.
Top review
Logan
Dined on Mar 22, 2024
Excellent! Owner came out and greeted guest, was very personable! Food great! Cost great! Would recommend!
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