By Laura Horton
Downtown is home to many of Atlanta's most popular attractions, including The Georgia Aquarium, The World of Coke, and Centennial Olympic Park. Soon, even more will be added to the mix - like the brand new College Football Hall of Fame. Plus, many people head downtown for concerts and sporting events at Philips Arena, The Tabernacle and The Georgia Dome.
With Atlanta's large metro area, many people only venture downtown for these special events - so they aren't too familiar with what dining options are in the area. Atlanta's downtown is also flooded with visitors who are in town for conventions.
Looking for the best restaurants in downtown Atlanta? Check out some of our downtown dining picks.
Grabbing a bite before the big game? Keep it simple at one of the nearby sports bars.
Dantanna's is attached to the CNN Center/Philips Arena complex. They serve upscale American food, including a great selection of steaks and burgers. Truly, Dantanna's is nothing special, but it's a decent place to grab a beer and it's super convenient to the nearby venues. One CNN Center.
STATS is another great spot for better-than-bar-food American classics. The best part? They have tap tables so that your glass is never empty! They've also got a nice upper-level patio. 300 Marietta Street Northwest.
Another great, casual pick downtown is Ted's Montana Grill. Their specialty is bison, and they've got a whole bunch of meaty bison burgers to choose from. 133 Luckie Street.
Fancy yourself a foodie? While most of Atlanta's top restaurants aren't in the downtown area, there are a few spots that might satisfy.
One of downtown's newest additions is Alma Cocina, an upscale-ish Mexican spot located on Peachtree near many of downtown Atlanta's largest hotels and office buildings. The menu has a lot of smaller plates that are great for happy hour snacking. They also offer a bunch of creative cocktails. 191 Peachtree.
Lunacy Black Market is one of Atlanta's hidden gems. A cozy, neighborhood spot with killer food and even better prices, this is a must visit if you're looking for a memorable dining experience. Enjoy small plates and wine, a great set up for couples. 231 Mitchell Street Southwest.
One last pick for gourmands is BLT Steak at the W Downtown. The Atlanta outpost of Laurent Tourondel's iconic New York restaurant, BLT has all the well-executed classics you'd except from a steakhouse, plus some modern twists. 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard.
When the view matters more than the food, there are two spots that can't be beat.
The Atlanta classic The Sundial is located high atop the Westin, and the highlight of this spot is that the restaurant rotates. Yep, rotates. It's a classy spot with a menu and prices to match, so why not dress up a bit and enjoy a nice night out? 210 Peachtree Street.
If you aren't hungry, but you're looking to grab a few cocktails in a chic setting - try the SkyLounge at the Glenn Hotel. The rooftop, open air lounge is the perfect spot to start the evening.