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Empire State South
American Restaurant$$
Today 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
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999 Peachtree St NE Suite 140 Atlanta, GA 30309
999 Peachtree Street Northeast Suite 140USGeorgiaAtlanta30309
$$American Restaurant, Southern Restaurant (US)
American Restaurant
Southern Restaurant (US)
Coffee Shop
Today 7:00 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 – 11:00 PMFriday 7:00 AM – 11:00 PMSaturday 4:00 – 11:00 PMSunday 10:30 AM – 9:00 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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Tim Richter
4 months ago
Stopped by for breakfast on the way to North GA. Very cool atmosphere. Outdoors was nice, but chose to sit inside. Got the fried chicken biscuit and Hugh's Breakie for the table. Chicken was great, breading was light and crispy. The other dish was great too, prefect example of something simple done very well. Definitely a recommended stop for breakfast if you're in the area.
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Ravi Kang
8 months 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.
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Chris T
10 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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Leanna Jordan
a year 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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Dan Arnett
4 months ago
Worst service I've ever had. Took out some colleagues, customers and prospects hoping to entertain at a highly rated midtown restaurant. I don't have time to type out everything that went wrong but the net of it goes like this: ordering drinks was like pulling teeth, after the first round, our server stopped taking drink orders altogether. One of the meals didn't show up, at all. How is that possible in a restaurant? We had to go find the waiter and tell him 15 minutes after everyone else was served. He said he would get it right out. 20 minutes later, still no meal. No sign of the server. Had to go find him, ask for our bill and to just take the meal off. Get the bill 15 minutes after that and... you guessed it... the meal that never came was on our bill! Just rude to everyone at the table. I asked to speak to a manager. Steven, the manager/co-owner came over to discuss the situation. While he did, our server hovered and told Steven I was wrong about the bill. I can't make this up, it was that jaw-droppingly awkward. I mean, the meal (that never came) is right there in black and white. And the server who ignored the table of 10 all night long is arguing with the paying customer. Surreal. The food was really good, that should be said. It's unfortunate that the topic of conversation and what will be remembered from that business dinner is one of the most offensive server experiences imaginable. I would highly recommend against a visit to ESS unless you're feeling like taking a big risk. There are a lot of spots in midtown with great food AND exceptional service. In my experience, this isn't one of them.
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Evan Durkovic
7 months ago
This review is limited only to their coffee, and particularly their pour-over coffee. Their baristas need more training, at least as far as the technique/science behind pour-over brewing. My barista made four critical mistakes. First, she didn't wet the filter to remove any loose paper particles. Second, she didn't measure how many grams of coffee and how many ounces of water she was going to use. Third, she didn't let the grounds bloom for 30 seconds after she introduced the water to let the CO2 escape (I counted a whole 3 seconds). And fourth, she subsequently poured all the water in at once. Basically, she did everything a normal person would do who had no idea how to hand-brew coffee. The result was a sour, watery cup of coffee not even worthy to wear the McCafe name. The TDS had to be well below 1. Call me a coffee nerd/snob, but if you care about the quality of your coffee at all, your money is better spent elsewhere, at least until (and if) they better train their baristas.
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Mike L
9 months 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!?!?!?
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John DesJardins
a year 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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