Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spring and Summer Soirées Made Easy at Atlanta’s Favorite Restaurants

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 Morgan Lanier or Olivia Tuttle
Melissa Libby & Associates

Beautiful Event Spaces and Delicious, Affordable Event Packages Make for a Feast without the Fuss

ATLANTA (May 17, 2017) – There is no shortage of social occasions in the busy months of late spring and summer, and luckily for Atlantans, there is no shortage of top restaurants ready to help you celebrate in style. The following hotspots offer an array of tantalizing menu options and beautiful event spaces to help make your gathering a success.


5Church Atlanta’s cutting-edge atmosphere and sophisticated menu of modern American favorites make it the perfect setting for entertaining a few beloved family members or 250 of your closest friends. Book your event here.  404-400-3669;

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland serves up an animated environment that makes it just the right spot for a pleasant evening. An upstairs room can accommodate 30 guests for a sit-down dinner or 50 guests for a cocktail reception. 404-876-7249;

The Federal, the new, intimate steakhouse space from chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere, can accommodate parties of all sizes, including a full buyout option for larger groups. For more information, email

While Gunshow doesn’t feature a private dining area, Kevin Gillespie’s nationally acclaimed restaurant does offer different tiers of group dining events. Parties of up to seven can make reservations here, while groups of eight to 12 guests can fill out a reservation request here. Gunshow can also accommodate larger groups of 13 to 70 guests; interested parties can fill out a request form here. 404-380-1886;

Midtown Takorea & Ssam Bar provides a secluded downstairs room for up to 40 people and can also accommodate standing, cocktail-style mixers for up to 60 guests. The private events room has its own full bar, sound system and projection screen and can be accessed via a private entrance. Guests can enjoy chef Tomas Lee’s regular menu of delicious Korean street cuisine or order from a special catering menu with food served full-service or buffet style. The restaurant’s upstairs sun room and patio are also available for rental. 404-532-1944;

Located on the Westside under the White Provisions building, Ormsby’s feels like one of the city’s best-kept secrets. It’s a leading destination for gatherings and celebrations of all sizes and stripes, thanks to a variety of games (shuffleboard, darts, bocce ball, board games and pool) perfect for socializing. With a wide selection of craft beers and a menu of classic and creative gastropub favorites, it’s a casual crowd-pleaser. 404-968-2033;

Kevin Gillespie's ode to Southern dining, Revival in Decatur has several private dining options ranging from an intimate family dinner for up to 12 guests and day and evening meeting spaces for 20-25, all the way up to corporate-style events of up to 100.  Outdoor spaces abound on the front and side porches of the home, as weather permits. Communion Cantina, the restaurant’s backyard area, is also available for rent to large groups, offering beer and cocktails, a small menu of Mexican food truck snacks, and outdoor games. 470-225-6770; or

Buckhead/Brookhaven/Sandy Springs

American Cut boasts two handsomely appointed private dining rooms, as well as the luxurious rooftop environs of The Regent Cocktail Club—all ideal for private parties from family celebrations to corporate affairs. Choose from a selection of private event menus and beverages designed especially to suit the needs of your gathering. For further information, email

Aria in Buckhead offers an exquisitely chic yet comfortable atmosphere and an avant-garde menu of fine American cuisine made with high-quality seasonal ingredients. Larger parties can buy out the restaurant for a private lunch or dinner in the renovated space, which features warm gray walls, rich butter-hued drapes, glowing backlit custom mirrors and gorgeous leather banquettes. 490 East Paces Ferry Road; 404-233-7673;

The 1920s-inspired speakeasy backdrop of The Blind Pig Parlour Bar offers a fun, sophisticated alternative to your usual private dining room. Entertain up to 80 guests with creative small plates and craft cocktails in an intimate setting—there’s even room for live entertainment. Call 404-931-1251 or email

Food 101’s attractive private dining room can accommodate up to 40 people seated or 50 for a cocktail-style reception. See sample menus showcasing the restaurant’s innovative, farm-to-table approach to Southern cuisine here. 404-497-9700;

Gypsy Kitchen stands ready to create special tasting menus, elaborate spreads or passed appetizers showcasing its enchanting mix of Spanish, Indian and Moroccan flavors, along with a beverage menu that emphasizes Old World-style wines, European beers and craft cocktails. 404-939-9840;

Located in the heart of Buckhead, exclusive Japanese cocktail lounge Himitsu happily accommodates semi-private events (up to 28 seated guests or 40 standing) and is also available for full buyouts (68 guests seated, or 100 standing). Menus featuring sake and signature craft cocktails, along with sushi rolls and small bites from the lounge’s sister restaurant Umi, can be created especially for your event. For more information, call 404-841-0040.

Jefe's Tacos & Tequila, located in the bustling Town Brookhaven development, can easily accommodate large groups for special events. 404-963-6205; jefestacos .com.

The Southern Gentleman, the popular gastropub located in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, can accommodate up to 150 guests for your special event, with a menu that spotlights hand-crafted cocktails and chef Matthew Ridgway’s sophisticated, locally sourced take on Southern cuisine. For more information, call 404-939-9845 or email

Suburbs – East Cobb, North Fulton

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in historic Crabapple provides a charming setting for your special event. Milton’s can accommodate parties of eight to 200 guests, and each event can be specially tailored by request. Banquet menus are priced at $35, $45 and $55. Guests will really dig Milton’s Acre, the restaurant’s 1-acre garden perfect for chef’s tables, wine tastings, birthdays and other events.  770-817-0161;

Seed Kitchen & Bar, located in the Merchant’s Walk retail center in Marietta, serves up stylish yet accessible (and affordable) modern comfort food with knowledgeable but unpretentious service. Seed can accommodate private parties of up to 25 guests and semi-private events for 10-25 guests. The patio, weather permitting, can host groups of up to 30. 678-214-6888; Next door, sister restaurant Stem Wine Bar is available for full buyouts. 678-214-6888; Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar can accommodate groups of up to eight at the chef’s table or in the wine room or oyster bar, while the Shiplap room can host up to 28 guests. The covered patio area seats up to 26, and the outdoor patio accommodates up to 50 guests. 770-635-7641;

Multiple Locations

The folks at Ray’s Restaurants pride themselves on event spaces and menus that add up to memorable events. Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs boasts a variety of event spaces for groups ranging from 10 to 110 guests. The Riverside Garden and Grand Pavilion offer spectacular views of the Chattahoochee River. 770-955-1187. Ray’s at Killer Creek in Alpharetta caters to groups with a number of private spaces, including a covered outdoor patio and courtyard that accommodates up to 70 guests. The entire restaurant can also be bought out for the evening. 770-649-0064. Ray’s in the City in downtown Atlanta offers an extensive private dining menu, including fresh sushi, with spaces that can accommodate 16 to 75 guests. Complete restaurant buyouts are also available. 404-524-9224. Last but not least, let Ray’s Rio Bravo Events add some flavor to your gathering with its signature made-from-scratch Tex-Mex cuisine and specialty margaritas in a festive special event space with a large bar and indoor and outdoor dining areas. 770-612-2829;


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