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Empire State South
American Restaurant$$
Today 7:00 – 10:00 am, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 11:00 pm
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999 Peachtree St NE Suite 140 Atlanta, GA 30309
999 Peachtree Street Northeast Suite 140USGeorgiaAtlanta30309
(404) 541-1105empirestatesouth.com
$$American Restaurant, Southern Restaurant (US)
American Restaurant
Southern Restaurant (US)
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Coffee Shop
Today 7:00 – 10:00 am, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 11:00 pm
Monday 7:00 – 10:00 am, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pmTuesday 7:00 – 10:00 am, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pmWednesday 7:00 – 10:00 am, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pmThursday 7:00 – 10:00 am, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 11:00 pmFriday 7:00 – 10:00 am, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 11:00 pmSaturday 5:30 – 11:00 pmSunday 5:30 – 10:00 pm
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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
3 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 Toombs
5 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 had...so light and fluffy it melted in your mouth. Service is impeccable. Highly recommended.
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Leanna Jordan
7 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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Eartha S. Petersen
8 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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Evan Durkovic
2 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
4 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
8 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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Savitha Sunkara
6 months ago
Great food and atmosphere. Po-boy sandwich was very tasty. The chocolate cake was delicious!

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