Buckhead Diner

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3073 Piedmont Road NEAtlanta, GA 30305 map it »

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Business overview

Atmosphere

  • Elegant
  • Fun
  • People Watching

Features

  • Bar
  • Brunch
  • Daily Specials
  • Great Wines
  • Parking
  • Reservations

Average Price

  • $15 and under
  • $16-$25

Cuisines

  • American

Credit Cards

  • American Express
  • Discover
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Hours of Operation

  • MON
  • 11:00am
  • 12:00am
  • TUE
  • 11:00am
  • 12:00am
  • WED
  • 11:00am
  • 12:00am
  • THU
  • 11:00am
  • 12:00am
  • FRI
  • 11:00am
  • 12:00am
  • SAT
  • 11:00am
  • 12:00am
  • SUN
  • 10:00am
  • 10:00pm

Payments Accepted

  • American Express
  • Debit Card
  • Discover
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

Year Established

1987

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The Disappointing Diner, 1/15/2011

Ate at the Buckhead Diner today for the first time in years and wish I hadn't. While the place was clean, it looked tired. The service is still good but avoid the valet parking (it takes too long). ... The food is mediocre at best and when price is taken into consideration, its a bad value. However, if you are part of the insecure Buckhead crowd that is more concerned with appearance than substance, this is the place for you.

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A Wonderful Motion Picture!, 1/14/2009

The Buckhead Diner at 3073 Piedmont Road is truly an Atlanta icon that precisely represents the early American fountain cafés of the Art Deco era. From the stainless steel and lacquered wood to the... geometric lighting and cubism floor, this restaurant accurately characterizes this opulent style with a great deal of attention to detail. The menu offers a wide selection of moderately priced entrées as well as “snacks,” soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, and classic fountains. Despite the typical one-hour wait at dinner time, the atmosphere offers a very entertaining method of passing the time especially for those individuals who enjoy people-watching. And in keeping with the true Art Deco flavor of the period, the crowd also seems to unfold in front of you much like a classic film noir or stylish Hollywood drama emphasizing moral ambiguity and sexual motivation with more than enough femmes fatales and narcissist men to last you a lifetime. Although the food and service are excellent once you are seated and I highly recommend any newcomer to try their “famous” homemade potato chips, everything takes a back seat to the value discovered in watching the actors who frequent this stage. And if that were not enough, I think most observers will be equally delighted to witness the great demonstrations of diversity in costumes that have been popularized on stages, screens, and peep-show booths in countless reincarnations. So, take a friend and enjoy the show!

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Insightful

Reviews: 2

The Disappointing Diner

Ate at the Buckhead Diner today for the first time in years and wish I hadn't. While the place was clean, it looked tired. The service is still good but avoid the valet parking (it takes too long). The food is mediocre at best and when price is taken into consideration, its a bad value. However, if you are part of the insecure Buckhead crowd that is more concerned with appearance than substance, this is the place for you.

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DFH

Reviews: 22

A Wonderful Motion Picture!

The Buckhead Diner at 3073 Piedmont Road is truly an Atlanta icon that precisely represents the early American fountain cafés of the Art Deco era. From the stainless steel and lacquered wood to the geometric lighting and cubism floor, this restaurant accurately characterizes this opulent style with a great deal of attention to detail. The menu offers a wide selection of moderately priced entrées as well as “snacks,” soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, and classic fountains. Despite the typical one-hour wait at dinner time, the atmosphere offers a very entertaining method of passing the time especially for those individuals who enjoy people-watching. And in keeping with the true Art Deco flavor of the period, the crowd also seems to unfold in front of you much like a classic film noir or stylish Hollywood drama emphasizing moral ambiguity and sexual motivation with more than enough femmes fatales and narcissist men to last you a lifetime. Although the food and service are excellent once you are seated and I highly recommend any newcomer to try their “famous” homemade potato chips, everything takes a back seat to the value discovered in watching the actors who frequent this stage. And if that were not enough, I think most observers will be equally delighted to witness the great demonstrations of diversity in costumes that have been popularized on stages, screens, and peep-show booths in countless reincarnations. So, take a friend and enjoy the show!

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Traveler66

Reviews: 26

I love this place, AND the kitchen is open late.

It is soooo hard to find a decent place for dinner after 10PM in this town, but the Buckhead Diner kitchen is open late. Very good food, wonderful service. I really like this place.

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jlhall

Reviews: 25

Great Food, Nice Atmosphere

This is a great place to go for a business meeting or a special occasion. When my parents are in town, my boyfriend and I take them here and they love it. The pretzel sandwich is to die for!

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polorussell

Reviews: 6

Best Calamari ANYWHERE

I love the Buckhead Diner, and my all time favorite item on the menu is the Calamari..if you haven't had it, try it!

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by vcvcvcvcvcvcvcvcvcvc at Citysearch

Best Brunch PERIOD

I just ate at the Buckhead Diner this past Saturday and enjoyed the best brunch in the city. So many of the dishes read so well I had the hardest time deciding what to order. The SauceScottish Smoked Salmon Benedict, Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cake ?Oscar? With Poached Eggs And Bernaise Sauce, the Shrimp And Georgia Stone Ground Grits With Homemade Sausage I opted for the New England Red Flannel ?Corned Beef & Beet Hash,? Two Poached Eggs And Hollandaise. I have to tell you the food is extrordinary. I have been to the Buckhead Diner countless times over the years and have enjoyed one of the best values in the City. It has long been called the Ritziest Diner in the country and last Sunday just confirmed it. However, I can see this concept going over the lesser savy diner who is looking for a greazy spoon, sorry, the Buckhead Diner is not in the same ballpark!

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MississippiMan

Reviews: 8

Fantastic meals

A great place to get a great meal. Convenient location, excellent variety on the menu. Quick service and more food on a plate than you can eat atone sitting. Prices well within reason. Most excellent dessert selection. If you want a truly great meal, this is the place to go.

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by MissDavis2003 at Citysearch

What is the hype REALLY all about?!?!

In a nutshell, don't waste the gas or the money to dine here.\r\rWent there yesterday, with a couple of friends who had been previously and raved about how nice this place was. Like another poster said, ""it's a supposed to be a diner""....what else is to be expected? Well, I can tell you that this is like no other diner I've ever been to. The decor was nice, but the food definitely left something to be desired.\r\rWe started out with what I would consider one of the two best parts of the entire meal- the Homemade Potato Chips with Maytag Blue Cheese-absolutely sinful!!! Could've eaten that by itself. As for our meals, my two friends got the Berry-Scented Fried Chicken, which was accompanied with Green Beans & Carrots, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy. I opted for the Fish & Chips....(how bad could you mess THAT up?). Nothing about any of our dishes was what I would consider very good food. This definitely wasn' Mama's Fried Chicken-it looked old and unappetizing. The Fish & Chips-well, I've had better-much better-at Red Lobster, and that is NOT saying much at all. In addition, since dinner was a complete bust, I thought I'd treat myself to some dessert. Saw that they had a Chocolate Layer Cake. Now, if you're thinking like me, I expected a hunk of devil's food cake , slathered with a rich and satisfying chocolate frosting-just like the kind you would see on a box of Duncan Hines. NOT!! As a matter of fact, I think the Duncan Hines BOX ITSELF, would've have been a lot tastier that that chocolate mishap that crossed my table. And they had the nerve to place a dollop of whip cream and ice cream on the side, as if that would help to make the dryness of that cake go down easier. What a waste of time!!\r\rThis place is WAY over-hyped for their exorbitant prices. If its a good dining experience you seek, look elsewhere, 'cause this ain't it!!\r\rOh, the 2nd best parts of the meal yesterday? The free glass of ice water, which I needed to wash down that crappy meal!

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bettyjane

Reviews: 156

Different

The food is fairly good and the service is usually good. It's not one of my favorites but I will go there again.

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BadKitty

Reviews: 35

Good Stuff

I have had mixed luck eating in this restaurant. I love the food, and the atmosphere, for the most part, but have had really bad service a time or two. We went tonight and had a great server, she had a big smile and was very good. I could do without the enforced valet parking, but I know complaining about that is a lost cause.

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by kevvyeats at Citysearch

Something Left To Be Desired....

We arrived and opted not to go for the valet parking. Nice touch, but... it's a diner. The exterior isn't much to look at, stereotypical stainless 1950's diner. Once inside we had a short wait and were then seated. The service was good, not great, and it was a little loud where they seated us. The food was representative of the place in general. It was good, not great and overpriced. Two spring rolls, that tasted like I'd popped them out of the freezer myself were $7. I had an entree salad, small enough that in many other places would pass for a side salad. This is the issue with the Diner. If you want a diner style setting and food there are plenty of places that can give you the look, the feel and the menu you want for a lot less than what you'd spend here. Granted, you won't be valet parked or be waited on by a server in a jacket, but you won't be served an overpriced ham and cheese sandwich either. If fine dining is what you seek, there are many other places you can find that will give you the aesthetic and atmosphere you expect for a slightly higher price. The Buckhead Diner just seems like a mixture of the wrong things. Fine dining in... a diner. I've been there, but see little reason to go back. With some places, the atmosphere, the feel of the place as well as the quality of the food warrants the price. The Diner is not one of these places.

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thisgood4u

Reviews: 27

Long wait

We waited one hour for a table, but the food was very good. I would call ahead next time to reduce the wait. Why don't they take reservations.

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by writer27 at Citysearch

Great food, not-so-great service and management

My boyfriend and I chose to eat here while Buckhead Restaurants was having its $29 prix-fixe three-course menu. While the food was absolutely incredible, the service and the manager were not. My boyfriend grew increasingly annoyed when each course was delivered to us well before we had finished the previous one, making us feel that we were being rushed out of the restaurant (a pet peeve). When the manager came by to inquire if everything was OK, my boyfriend politely told him that. The manager's response was extremely lukewarm. He never apologized. He just said, ""Oh, well, I'll talk to them"" and walked off without another word. It's too bad the food was so good, because we will not be returning.

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mpadgett

Reviews: 110

great!

this is a must-visit restaurant in atlanta. great food. it is pretty expensive, but it's well worth it.

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lilsmom

Reviews: 145

Best Nice Night Out in ATL

Awesome food, awesome service. Pricey, but worth every penny. The meatloaf is amazing! Good to impress a date or a client, or both.

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