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Re: “Imperial Fez

For the past 26 years, Imperial Fez has delighted Buckhead Moroccan food lovers with festive, unique and exotic dining unlike any other Buckhead restaurant. Imperial Fez restaurant, with all its interior Moroccan grandeur, sits unobtrusively in the ground floor of an otherwise residential, crème-colored stucco building on Peachtree Road across from the South Buckhead shopping strip that houses Georgia Grille. Owners Rafih Benjelloun and his wife Rita proudly bestow Buckhead entertainment seekers with both the Imperial Fez Moroccan restaurant and the Ibiza Restaurant and Lounge, a sleek, tapas and hookah joint next door.

After leaving the car with valet, through a meek entrance Buckhead diners discover a dazzling Moroccan feast for the eyes inside the Imperial Fez restaurant. Once Buckhead removes their shoes and enters the dining area of this Moroccan restaurant, their eyes adjust to the dim amber lighting. Hues of red, blue and mustard pulsate from Moroccan rugs overlapping each other to cover every inch of the floor, and Moroccan tapestries of burgundy and glints of gold swathe the walls in equal measure. Framed artwork of Moroccan political figures hangs from these colorful walls, and formidable Moroccan lamps and stained glass lampshades accentuate the foreign flavor of this Moroccan restaurant. Strobe lights flicker to the time of music from distant lands as belly dancers who entertain nightly in sparkling attire sift through the shadowy, sultry interior. Diners from Buckhead and the world sit on pillow-covered, low benches to savor the Moroccan food at forty red-clothed, candlelit tables scattered intimately throughout this Buckhead restaurant.

Characterized by the cooking of fruits with meat, Moroccan food is also known for its spices. Buckhead diners in search of sheep, poultry and seafood steeped in the piquant and aromatic flavors of cumin, coriander, saffron and cinnamon find their palates rejoice in the Moroccan food served at the Imperial Fez restaurant. To properly indulge in the culture and cuisine at this Moroccan restaurant, Buckhead may order from the prix-fixe menu which includes two- to five-course dinners from thirty to sixty-five dollars a head. Servers in authentic Moroccan garb serve Buckhead spreads of Harrira soup, Moroccan breads, fekkas, and Moroccan salads to accompany savory dishes of Cornish hen, lamb, cous cous, salmon, and Berber vegetables. Hot mint tea, a rosewater hand bath and a jaunt into the Ameerah Imports market inside wrap up the Moroccan dining experience that the Imperial Fez restaurant achieves masterfully in Buckhead.

Posted by Nicole Rawley on 09/10/2015 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Antica Posta

In a charming cottage that looks plucked from a field of daisies and placed on East Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead, Antica Posta delights the hungry Tuscan food-loving customers of Buckhead with its picturesque and intimate environment as well as its delicious authentic Northern Italian food. Antica Posta sits modestly, a hidden treasure, beside the Buckhead Range Rover dealership and the Toby House Antique store, in a three-story, mustard-colored building with white trim. A small clay-tiled terrace out front of this Tuscan restaurant is lined with large planters of evergreens and dainty, purple flowers.

After complimentary valet service, Buckhead customers seeking to dine on the delicious, traditional Italian cuisine served at this Tuscan restaurant and bar, enter first into a lounge room. Inside this mustard faux-finished room, the second-story ceiling is striped with raw wood support beams and amplifies the acoustics of Italian music, swing oldies and a happy, buzzing Buckhead dinner crowd dressed in business-casual attire. In this room, a cherry-wood bar for a dozen Buckhead drinkers seated in cushioned barstool dons rows of wines, ivy flower pots and Bose sound system speakers at the Antica Posta restaurant. White-clothed tables are set with blue glasses and vases holding fresh, colorful flowers. Leather tall back seats scatter color across the lounge in hues of chocolate, rust and white. Plenty of windows open on to a tree-lined view of Buckhead outside the restaurant.

At the entrance of the Antica Posta Tuscan restaurant, a warm hostess welcomes customers and seats them to one of eighty tables in the rust-colored main dining room with a fireplace, or at another fifty downstairs or thirty upstairs in the various nooks that offer Buckhead private dining rooms at the Antica Posta restaurant. Framed photography of sensual Raquel Welch portraits, lithographs of Italian cityscapes and a collection of photos of owner Marco Betti in his youth decorate the walls of this quaint Tuscan restaurant in Buckhead. Rustic chandeliers hang from ceilings with exposed support beams while Buckhead feasts on plates of sensible, scrumptious Tuscan food at dinner during the week or Saturday at lunch in Antica Posta.

Buckhead customers choose from ten Italian antipasti dishes from the salmon, sea bass and pesto carpaccio dish that represents the tri-colored flag of Italy to seared sea scallops on a chick pea puree. The attentive, knowledgable staff can recommend wines from a substantial list to couple perfectly with the tasty main course Tuscan dishes of fresh fish, juicy meats, pasta, seasonal vegetables, and savory spices that come on steamy plates to Buckhead Tuscan cuisine seekers in Antica Posta. Save room for the panna cotta with wild berry sauce or any of the other scrumptious desserts and nightcaps offered at Antica Posta, the most glorious, little Italian food jewel in Buckhead.

Posted by Nicole Rawley on 09/10/2015 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Bada Bings! Sports Food & Fun

Pretty mediocre. Not my first choice, not my last choice.

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Posted by Lael Fredsell on 04/17/2015 at 3:58 AM

Re: “The Elder Tree

Super cheap wells. Decent bar food for a decent price. Friendly staff. Watch sports, play darts, or just kick it on the patio.

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Posted by cconner on 01/27/2015 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Arena Tavern

overpriced for bar food.

Posted by duluthdiners on 07/23/2014 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Acoustix Jazz Restaurant & Lounge

I guess... Gone are the days of smoke filled Jazz Clubs packed with eclectic low key anti establishment pot heads zoning out.
The service is slow. The food is weird. But the Jazz?
The Jazz is on point.
My advice is get rid of the valet parking($10) The reservations ($5) per person, and get a new menu... You can keep the names but do change the cuisine...
If you have the $ and the patience you will be rewarded with some pretty good live Jazz...

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Posted by Rolando Bowles on 01/13/2013 at 12:27 AM

Re: “Aspen Bartini

The restaurant is NOT open for lunch! I showed up last week looking to eat lunch and saw noone in the building. So I went back later that night with friends. I must say the food was delightful. I spoke with a young woman named Marian who said she was the sous chef and a bartender named Madelyn. Madelyn (sp?) seemed very happy to be there, with a great smile and a truly wonderful attitude. Chef Marian was happy and talkative and welcoming. She had a great deal of knowledge of her craft. We talked food for some time. She and the other chef, whom I only got to meet briefly touched every table in the small restaurant between popping into the kitchen to cook and deliver meals to the people waiting. It was a true pleasure to speak with Marian and Maadelyn. On the other hand, it was not a true pleasure to speak with the general manager, Hong (I think) who seemed to want to have nothing to do with his guests. After both the lovely bartender and the chef asked him to come over to me to speak to me, he finally did come from the table in the corner where he was holding court. He smiled at me and looked through me almost, as if I wasn't there. When I asked him questions, he never answered anything directly, rather he danced around the subject and offered to buy me a drink. The place will never make money in this way. When I mentioned to him that the website said they were open for lunch, but they weren't he just smiled, never answered me directly. I asked when they would be open for lunches and he said December 1st. I also asked about Sunday hours and he told me that there would be a Sunday brunch in December. So, out of curiousity, I went back on Saturday, December 1 and low and behold, noone was there... I live accross the street, so it takes no effort to walk over. I returned about 1130 on Sunday and again, noone was there... No brunch? So, I suggest you avoid dealing with Hong alltogether and ask specifically to speak to one of the Chefs. Outside of the manager, it was a very good experience. I will go back if Marian or Madelyn are there, for sure.

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Posted by atlantamom on 12/04/2012 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Sugo

Took my girlfriend for her birthday and she loved it. We've been to Agatha's and this was different. We liked that "the mob" has this party atmosphere. My girlfriend actually recognized a few of the actors. One of them was on A&E last month. I would say its really a good place to go celebrate. Foods really good and plenty of it we were stuffed. A little noisy at times but it was sold out and people were really partying. I am taking my girlfriend back for the Valentines Day Show. I would say we probably will do this show 2 or 3 times a year if they keep changing it up.

Posted by Eriknobonesjones on 12/31/2011 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Noni's Bar and Deli

Noni's is also a great place for after work cocktails and a really tasty dinner and don't overlook the party scene on Saturday nights where hipsters from nearby East Atlanta, Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park dance the night away.

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Posted by Hayden Oneil on 12/05/2011 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Room at Twelve

If it's $10 all you can eat and $5 all you can drink, your tummy is stuffed to the rim, and your bladder is about to explode. How else are you going to spend $20 per person?

Posted by Kacy Dinh on 10/10/2011 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Varasano's Pizzeria

Pizza = good
Service = terrible
Please don't let sororistitutes take over your server pool, they are apathetic.

Posted by AGD on 04/29/2011 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Zuma

The sushi is pretty good but the service can be terrible! We were literally turned away at the door one day for lunch when there were plenty of tables. They only had one waiter working.

Posted by torilcole on 04/07/2011 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Antico Pizza Napoletana

I agree, way over ratted. The guys in the back are rude. When I was there last week, our pizza came out wrong and we were blamed for not speaking up when they ran around with our pizza which was not true. The pizza is good, don't get me wrong. But I refuse to spend my money at a place that refuses to recognize the customer and appreciation of the customer.

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Posted by freddy1 on 03/01/2011 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Stone Soup Kitchen

Good soup small portion.

Posted by hound0101 on 02/25/2011 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Sugar Cakes Patisserie

the crossaints are fabulous, but someone should let them know that bacon can be cooked more than one way (waaay too crispy) service was good and staff was friendly. I imagine i'll be back at some point.

Posted by I'm HONGRY! on 02/20/2011 at 9:48 AM

Re: “H. Harper Station

We had a few high-dollar cocktails that were great. A couple of apps that were so-so (chewy popcorn was a let down in an otherwise good mix of flavors in the rail mix) - the boiled peanuts were not available. Our "entrees" were all really good - fish n' grits, shotgun wedding soup, mussels. Our one vegetarian diner was really disappointed with the lack of options.

It's certainly a notch above most other places in the area with the constant exception, Agave. We'll definitely go back.

One other thing - loved the music mix.

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Posted by Angus on 02/13/2011 at 10:01 AM

Re: “The Iberian Pig

4 stars if patrick makes your drink

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Posted by M3EEKS on 10/26/2010 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

I was surprised at your review of Davio's. I took a friend there for a birthday lunch early one Saturday afternoon. It was her favorite restaurant of the moment and since it was her birthday, she got to choose. I liked the atmosphere immediately. Very Boston and the waiter assigned to us was wonderful from the start. Since there weren't many people in the restaurant he had plenty of time to spend with. Yes, the philly cheese spring rolls are from another galaxy. I was eating vegetarian that day and ordered from the 'sides" menu. I'm still trying to reproduce that dreamy, creamy kale dish at home and the mashed potatoes were as light as whipped cream. The haricort vertes were lightly crunchy with bits of ham. Yes, the menu was pricey - $82.00 for lunch but I'd go back in a heartbeat. Although I didn't have wine, they served me some of the most delicious water I have tasted in a while. I understand that they have their own filtration system. My friend had a delicious pinot and her entree was the biggest kobe beef meatball I have ever seen. They allow half portions at lunch which is great although the half portion could have fed two of us.

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Posted by Beatriz on 10/14/2010 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Tavern at Phipps

Walking up to the Tavern you are immediately greeted with happy patrons, lively music and big smiles from the drink girls handing out ice cold bottles of beer in the front patio. Small, annoying revolving doors lead to inside, where, if you haven't been here already, you'll be surprised by a 'confetti' of napkins that rain around you and a loud, healthy 'WELCOME" from the bartender on your right. Dark interior, dim lighting, low table sand a friend wait staff make the place feel welcoming.
The specialty drinks are nothing worth speaking about, the taste, even worse, the wine list however is excellent. The food well makes up for the lack of mixed drink concoctions. A vast variety of menu items makes for difficulty choosing just one of the delectable dishes - once chose, there will be no disappointment.
All in all, it was a very good experience, one I enjoyed immensely with my friends.

Posted by gdangeldth on 09/25/2010 at 8:08 PM

Re: “The Iberian Pig

Great drinks!

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Posted by Donovan on 06/18/2010 at 11:34 AM

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