Ask an Atlantan where the best view in town is, and they’ll surely mention this icon. Ride the glass elevator up 71 stories of the Westin Peachtree Plaza, the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere, to see why the Sun Dial is a go-to for first dates, marriage proposals and other special occasions. The restaurant features three equally breathtaking levels: a revolving, white-tablecloth dining area, a cocktail lounge and a stationary viewing level ($8 adults, $4 ages 6-12).
Formerly known as Linton's from acclaimed chef Linton Hopkin, Longleaf is the only full-service restaurant inside the Atlanta Botanical Garden. To say these views will leave you in awe is an understatement. The restaurant offers a multitude of menus to suit your mood—including an all-day menu; petit café and quick café menus; lunch, dinner and brunch menus; and a kids' menu. Sit inside for the fine-dining experience or opt for the open-air rooftop for sweeping city views that jut from behind the botanical garden's lush landscapes. You must purchase admission to the garden in order to access the restaurant. We suggest making a day of it by idly meandering through the massive gardens before ending the night with a scenic meal.
Tucked away among the serene banks of the Chattahoochee River, Canoe feels like it’s a world away from Atlanta. In reality, this dining-scene mainstay is a mere 15 minutes northwest of downtown. This romantic restaurant offers ethereal views of the Chattahoochee River and winding trails for pre- or post-meal strolls. The menu features New American fare with a strong emphasis on seasonal specialties and game.
Atlanta's iconic, 22-story-high blue dome harks back to 1967, when it became the city's first rotating restaurant. But today’s Polaris is a far cry from the original after undergoing a complete redesign in 2014. You'll feel at home in the chic restaurant's four retro-inspired areas, including an open dining area with a communal table, intimate library, glamorous bar and inviting living room. The food menu offers a limited selection of exceptional American fare, including chamomile-brined Monkfish, caramelle pasta filled with braised pork shank and mouthwatering tandoori chicken. The cocktail menu is just as enticing with a vast selection of specialty cocktails, an ample wine and spirits menu, and a limited beer list.
Apart from being sprawling neighborhood hot spots, Six Feet Under’s Grant Park and Westside locations both make claim to two of the best rooftops in the city. Not only are both locations of this seafood-centric restaurant perfectly positioned to offer skyline views, but the Grant Park outpost also overlooks Oakland Cemetery, providing a scenic one-two punch. A cemetery view may seem ghoulish to some, but we’re not talking about any old graveyard here. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and regarded as one of the finest Victorian cemeteries in the U.S., the 48-acre cemetery is a showplace of sculpture and architecture, a botanical preserve and a quiet retreat. Like we said, it’s no ordinary graveyard and certainly no ordinary view. As for the menu, expect the kinds of classics you’d find in a small coastal town, like gator bites, fried catfish, oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp and, a local favorite, a fisherman’s pound of Snow Crab legs.
This neighborhood restaurant sits on one of the best pieces of real estate in Atlanta overlooking Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline. The menu features handcrafted beers brewed on-site, classic favorites such as burgers, salads and sandwiches, and a full sushi bar. This spot also features large flat-screen TVs and a great outdoor patio. Game on!
Celebrating its fourth decade in service, Nikolai's Roof still serves up one of the best views in the city thanks to its perch atop the Hilton in the heart of Downtown Atlanta. The menu that draws influence from traditional French and Russian recipes. The luxurious European dining experience is matched by an equally elegant interior that glimmers as the sun sets. Dazzle your taste buds with the Bergundy escargot tart, herb-crusted lamb chops and sweet corn lobster bisque. Finish strong with the glorious signature Grand Marnier soufflé crowned by almond crème fraiche.
Claiming the top floor of the modern Glenn Hotel, SkyLounge is a perfect stop for cocktails after a day of downtown sightseeing. Grab a drink in the open-air rooftop or covered lounge to take in the 11-story views of Downtown Atlanta's bustling tourism district (and beyond). You'll feel like royalty watching over your kingdom as kids splash in the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park and visitors take in the views from the 200-foot SkyView Ferris wheel.
This swanky new sushi restaurant opened only recently in Atlanta’s trendy Westside neighborhood, and already it’s made a name for itself as a local hot spot thanks to a buzzing atmosphere and sweeping city views. Housed in a former foundry—hence the building’s name, Westside Ironworks—this eatery makes full use of its repurposed home with an expansive rooftop that perfectly shows off the stunning just-over-yonder skyline views. The bar draws crowds on weekends, while an ample menu of ultra-fresh nigiri, rolls, creative appetizers and hot entrees delight foodies. The Black Magic roll is a must-try.
The Capital Grill has already built a stellar national reputation, but its location in the heart of Buckhead packs on another claim to fame. The restaurant overlooks Buckhead's sparkling, mirrored skyscrapers, which dazzle even more when they illuminate the neighborhood at night. The wood-paneled interior sets the fine-dining ambiance while dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and seasonal daily features make up the menu. The wine cellar features crowd-pleasing wines from celebrated vineyards. Don’t miss the lobster.