Based on the responses to this review, it's obvious that there's no shortage of rubes, plebeians, and morons in this city. Maybe that's why Seeger had to move - Atlanta is still too provincial, too ethnic, and too southern small town to support someone at the same level as Charlie Trotter, Alain Ducasse, Thomas Keller, and Daniel Boulud (among many others). I found the atmosphere at Seeger's to be blissfully quiet and incredibly relaxing - a far cry from the overcrowded and "high energy" food troughs that Atlantans seem so proud of. The service was formal, but in a wonderfully European way. One drawback of Southerners (and I am one) is that we expect "down home" service to be compatible with every dining experience, and it's just not so. I think the perceived condescension and glacial atmosphere was just that: *perceived*, by a Southern clientele that has limited exposure to this type of dining. I imagine Seeger's service and atmosphere as having been much the same as you'd have found at The Four Seasons, Lutece, Tour d'Argent and Chez Maxime in their respective heydays. And yes, Seeger's was expensive, but no more so than the top tier restaurants in NYC, Chicago, Paris, and the west coast. Having enjoyed meals at Daniel, Lespinasse, Charlie Trotter's, Aureole, and Alain Ducasse at The Essex House, I can say all this with some authority. Moreover, some people are grossly and impossibly cheap, and they're never going to shell out the cash that it takes to enjoy the kind of dining that Seeger's offered. The slob who said that "few people have the means or the desire to spend hundreds of dollars of their own money just for a couple of hours of the old chew-and-swallow" is simply not someone who has the background to appreciate the experience that Seeger's offered, and he/she was wise to stay away. So, farewell Seeger's. RIP and know that you will be missed by those of us who still value the experience you offered.
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