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Empire State South
American Restaurant$$
Today 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
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999 Peachtree St NE Suite 140 Atlanta, GA 30309
999 Peachtree Street Northeast Suite 140USGeorgiaAtlanta30309
$$American Restaurant, Southern Restaurant (US)
American Restaurant
Southern Restaurant (US)
Coffee Shop
Today 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 7:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 7:00 am – 10:00 pmThursday 7:00 am – 10:00 pmFriday 7:00 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 5:30 – 11:00 pmSunday 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
ESS is a Southern community restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with courtyard bocce ball, an extensive coffee bar, vast wine selection and classic cocktails.
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Hugh Acheson presides at this upmarket Southern eatery where guests play bocce ball on the patio.- Google
"Perfect location, bocce ball outside, and we had an AMAZING server."
"The pimento cheese is out of this world."
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Ravi Kang
a month ago
I was expecting more given the background of the restaurant. The servers are very helpful in explaining and providing suggestions. Catfish was good but not amazing. My girlfriend's scallop dish was better. There are too many better restaurants in Atlanta for me to feel like this was 5 star. Still very good, though.
Mike L
a month ago
$42 for the Ribeye. Order came out, it was 3 different cuts, less than 6oz's in total. Cooked to 3 different temps as well.... Absurd. Oh, and who puts mustard seed anywhere near a Ribeye!?!?!?
Someone Somewhere
3 months ago
Longtime customers of Hugh Acheson's other restaurants in the Athens area, we made a special trip over to Empire State South (from Athens) for brunch today (Sunday) expecting the same high quality food and great customer service. Despite its appealing exterior and owner's distinguished reputation, this restaurant was a great disappointment! The background music inside was overpowering, the staff were reluctant to let us order items off of their Sunday brunch menu, and the food was definitely not worth the prices listed (they left pieces of a recycled, used paper menu underneath one of our omelets). We will not be returning to this establishment and can not in good conscience recommend it to others.
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Eartha S. Petersen
6 months ago
i really wanted to like this place. Perfect location, bocce ball outside, and we had an AMAZING server. Downside? the brunch menu leaves a LOT (and I mean a TONNNN) to be desired. I read all the reviews and recommended this to a friend for her BIRTHDAY brunch with 10+ people. #fail. #epicfail. No one enjoyed their meals…at all. The "monkey bread" was the best thing…and that was just ok. Based on our great server i MAY give this place another chance, but DEF NOT for brunch… sorry :(
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Chris Toombs
3 months ago
Have been here twice and thoroughly enjoyed both times. Last time I had the Painted Hills Rib Eye which was delicious, and since it was my birthday, they brought me out a desert plate that included the best chocolate mousse I've ever light and fluffy it melted in your mouth. Service is impeccable. Highly recommended.
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John DesJardins
6 months ago
Probably among the most creative culinary experience you can get that is also farm to table. It's a relaxed atmosphere, not stuffy. But, the the menu is top notch, creative and special. Their dish with the deep fried rice and egg, or some of their unique brunch items, simple things like hangar steak, all very good. I will say the portions are small, but that's only by American standards. The staff and service levels are also special. Among Midtown's most special fine-dining experiences.
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Leanna Jordan
4 months ago
Empire State South is one of my favorite places to go for brunch. The pimento cheese biscuit is so delicious and rich, but the eggs benedict and monkey bread are my favorite brunch items. The bartenders are truly professionals; you can tell that they study their craft. The Bicycle Thief and the Two World Hero are my favorite drinks. There is ample outdoor seating in the garden which provides a nice oasis within the city feel. Do yourself a favor and check this place out. You won't be disappointed.
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Jordan Shulman
9 months ago
All-around great upscale New Southern fare. The famous In Jars starter did not disappoint, loved the pimento cheese and bacon marmalade. Everyone enjoy their entree at the table, best being the duck and ribeye. Cocktails were spot-on. Overall, slightly overpriced but you get what you pay for. Will come back to try the charcuterie, wish I had ordered it the first time around!


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