Once “Pomp and Circumstance” plays out, speeches are delivered and sheepskins are received, turn tassels and commence to Atlanta restaurants for celebrations and photo ops without the hassle of lots of planning and coordinating. Our Class of 2018 restaurant personalities extend from chic dinners to crowd-pleasing Southern fiestas and right on through to grad-themed cookies and cakes (because your graduate is one smart cookie).
5Church Atlanta’s artful 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.
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland conveys an animated environment that’s just right for a pleasant evening. Their upstairs room accommodates 30 guests for a sit-down dinner or 50 guests for a cocktail reception.
Turn to Babalu Tapas & Tacos to thrill guests with tapas and Latin-inspired dishes made from scratch in house with Southern flair and local ingredients. The Midtown restaurant draws folks together over shareable specialties and handcrafted cocktails served in a fun setting. Recently named “Best Group Dining” by JEZEBEL, the restaurant can often accommodate last-minute groups at its communal tables. Book your reservation by calling 404-900-9595.
After the “hoorahs,” choose Bulla (pronounced “Boo-yah”) for a congratulatory gathering. Bulla Gastrobar extends a congenial vibe and contemporary takes on Spanish cuisine with private dining rooms for lunch or dinner gatherings, a balcony and a wrap-around patio. For bookings, contact Justin Spade at 404-858-1577.
The Federal, Midtown’s steakhouse/bistro from chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere, accommodates parties of all sizes including a full buyout for larger groups. For more information, email email@example.com.
In lieu of a private dining area, Gunshow, Kevin Gillespie’s nationally acclaimed restaurant, offers different tiers for group dining events. Parties of up to seven can make reservations online, while groups of eight to 12 guests can fill out a reservation request. Gunshow also can accommodate larger groups of 13 to 70 guests; interested parties can fill out a private event request.
Livingston Restaurant & Bar blends modern cuisine and a beautiful, classic Atlanta setting, offering private and semi-private dining spaces within Midtown’s historic Georgian Terrace hotel. Inquire online or call 866-845-7551.
Located on the Westside under the White Provision building, Ormsby’s feels like one of the city’s best-kept secrets for celebrations of all sizes. Engaging games (shuffleboard, darts, bocce ball, board games and pool), a wide selection of craft beers plus a menu of classic and creative gastropub favorites draw your social network together with ease.
Revival, Kevin Gillespie's ode to Southern dining in Decatur, can welcome the immediate family or the whole clan (be it 12, 20 or up to 100 guests) into private dining areas, and guests can spill and mill on the front and side porches as weather permits. Or, go outdoors and rent Communion, the restaurant’s backyard private event area. Fill out the private events page for more information.
American Cut boasts two handsomely appointed private dining rooms. On top of that, The Regent Cocktail Club, one of the best rooftop cocktail bars in Atlanta, sets a swanky scene for private fêtes. Personalize private event menus and beverage selections to suit your needs. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The 1920s-inspired speakeasy backdrop and Victorian-era décor of The Blind Pig Parlour Bar pour out a lively yet sophisticated alternative to a private dining room. Entertain up to 80 guests with creative small plates and craft cocktails and have room for live entertainment. Call 404-931-1251 or email email@example.com.
Treat guests to an authentic churrascaria experience at Chama Gaúcha, Buckhead’s authentic Brazilian steakhouse (along with bountiful veggies and salads). The sprawling space contains three private dining rooms, one semi-private space and the Piedmont Patio for hosting social gatherings for 12 to 190 people (a full buyout is available for up to 350 guests). Inquiry form here.
Food 101 American Kitchen & Bar can accommodate up to 40 people seated or 50 for a cocktail-style reception in its private dining room with a menu showcasing innovative, farm-to-table Southern cuisine. To book an event, email Jackie Franklin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-245-1063.
Gypsy Kitchen stands ready to create tasting menus, elaborate spreads or passed appetizers showcasing an enchanting mix of Spanish, Indian and Moroccan flavors, along with a beverage menu that emphasizes Old World-style wines, European beers and craft cocktails. Contact email@example.com or call 404-931-1251.
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 also is available for full buyouts (68 guests seated or 100 standing). Menus, featuring sake and signature craft cocktails, along with sushi rolls and small bites can be created especially for your event. For more information, call 404-841-0040.
Those graduating from Oglethrope University can visit The Alden, the nearby neighborhood restaurant from chef Jared Hucks. The menu features healthy, seasonal American cuisine, and smaller parties can dine at the intimate 11 seat tasting counter that surrounds the open kitchen. For more information, call 678-395-6982.
The Southern Gentleman, the popular gastropub located in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, can accommodate up to 150 guests for a special event, with a menu spotlighting handcrafted cocktails and locally sourced Southern cuisine. For more information, call 404-939-9845 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suburbs – East Cobb, North Fulton
Pick the charming farmhouse setting of Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails in historic Crabapple for parties of eight to 200 guests. Each event can be specially tailored by request, and banquet menus range in pricing. Guests will really dig Milton’s Acre, the restaurant’s one-acre garden perfect for chef’s tables, wine tastings, birthdays and other events. Drop in here to book an event or call 770-817-0161.
Seed Kitchen & Bar, located in the Merchant’s Walk retail center in Marietta, serves stylish yet accessible (and affordable) modern comfort food with knowledgeable, 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. Next door, sister restaurant Stem Wine Bar is available for full buyouts.
Drop anchor at Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar at The Avenue in Roswell. Drift can accommodate groups of up to eight at the chef’s table, 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.
Honor the grad, alma mater and destination with school and college-themed cookies and cakes from Henri’s Bakery & Café. Place orders 48 hours in advance at all three locations: Upper Westside – 404-968-9412; Buckhead – 404-237-0202; or Sandy Springs- 404-256-7934. Closed Sundays. Turn to Henri’s catering menu for sandwich trays, salad bowls and dessert trays to feed house party guests.
Buy out the patio at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern in Midtown (404-968-2288) or book the semi-private room at HOBNOB Brookhaven (404-464-8971) for post-grad revelry.
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. 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 and full evening buyouts. The entire restaurant is also available for daytime parties. 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 also are available.
Willy's Mexicana Grill provides cheese dip, guacamole, salsa, chips, burritos and crowd-pleasing catering options like build-your-own taco, fajita or nacho bars. Ten-person minimum on catering orders. For a full list of Tex-Mex flavors, view the menu at willys.com/catering-menu. Order online or call 404-422-7107; willys.com.