Visited this restaurant many years ago (1986) and completely loved it. Happy to have gone back recently, atmosphere was very fun, great staff and overall a good time with my customers. Only critique... from my dinner guests were related to luke warm plates and food. Appears as if items sitting, waiting on main entree that allowed some side items to be cold and hard to touch. My food was on the edge of being just perfect. I will go back for sure given the chance. Good wine selection.VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
After 18 years or so of eating here I've witnessed the service decline, quality decline and the prices increase to the point that I cannot and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. The... drinks are overpriced, the desserts are only mediocre and the food is a downright dissapointment. Service is horribly inattentive and slow. Management believes a sweet smile and a warn handshake will make problems go away, they won't. It is sad to see such a ""once fine"" restaurant continue to believe their reputation will pull them through, while declining in all aspects of what made them great in the first place.VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
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Posted on Citysearch on: 9/22/2008
Visited this restaurant many years ago (1986) and completely loved it. Happy to have gone back recently, atmosphere was very fun, great staff and overall a good time with my customers. Only critique from my dinner guests were related to luke warm plates and food. Appears as if items sitting, waiting on main entree that allowed some side items to be cold and hard to touch. My food was on the edge of being just perfect. I will go back for sure given the chance. Good wine selection.
Posted on Citysearch on: 1/3/2008
After 18 years or so of eating here I've witnessed the service decline, quality decline and the prices increase to the point that I cannot and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. The drinks are overpriced, the desserts are only mediocre and the food is a downright dissapointment. Service is horribly inattentive and slow. Management believes a sweet smile and a warn handshake will make problems go away, they won't. It is sad to see such a ""once fine"" restaurant continue to believe their reputation will pull them through, while declining in all aspects of what made them great in the first place.
Posted on Citysearch on: 12/19/2007
I've been trying to find a nice jazz place in Atlanta and this one is not it. It was almost completely empty at around 10pm while most of hte people that were in it were from the band. The redeeming factors are the good quality music and the quality of the food. I plan to go back just for dinner instead of drinks. Forgot to mention the average age of the crowd was about 40 so this is not a singles place either.
Posted on Citysearch on: 7/9/2007
Awesome, awesome, awesome. The lamb chops and the escargot are to die for. Food is very rich, so you may want to plan accordingly. Great place to go for just deserts also.\rAs all Alantans should know, avoid downtown dining during conventions, however I dined at Daileys during Mart last year service was still above average but a bit slow.
Posted on Citysearch on: 1/31/2007
Gosh, this was our first visit back to Dailey's in over twenty years. We remember when the Peasant Boys--Bob Amick(One Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks), Sterve Nygren(Serenbe Farm), and the late Richard(Can't use his nick name) Dailey, opened this establishment. They were always ahead of the curve, and converted this old parking garage, into a Downtown destination restaurant. It's now under different ownership, but our return visit, was most refreshing. Of course we started in the still cool, jazz bar downstairs, and then up we went. The large dining hall is still basically the same. We both started with the legendary French Onion Soup, that helped to make them famous, and it was just as good as ever. I could not resist that crispy Roasted Duck, with Cognac Sauce. It was my favorite then, as it is now. My partner ordered the Swordfish w/Mustard Sauce. Outstanding! But best of all, they still have, what I call, the Dessert Altar. Walk-up two steps, and you can see the full array of deserts. This is suppose to be the New Year, and my diet. Oh well, maybe next month. It's nice to see people coming back, and moving into the Downtown area. To Dailey's, another twenty-five years.
Posted on Citysearch on: 9/3/2006
relative to the sheraton hotel where i stayed for the weekend, it was in a good location downtown; within walking distance. dailey's downstairs had great service, fabulous martinis, and jazz at its prime. i went there every night of my stay in atlanta. i will definitely return to this undiscovered hidden hotspot bar whenever i'm in town.\rcheck it out!!
Posted on Citysearch on: 7/25/2006
I arrived at Dailey's off of a recomendation. The wait wasn't bad and the bar downstairs had a nice jazzy feel. I enjoyed the music with my party while we waited for a table. We where escorted up stairs and this is where the disappointment began. The ambiance is ok at best. No one attended to out table until about ten min. of waiting. When the waiter came he rushed us through our dinner selection (which wasnt terrible because I was hungrey). The ceasar salad I recieved was marinated in dressing and took about 20 mins to arrive. when it did come out the waitor split dressing on my guest ear, shirt sleeve, and inside his shirt pocket. He brought a terry cloth (nothing else was said to my guest about drycleaning the shirt or resolving the experience) . The filet arrived about 20min after the salad and it was fatty and tough (I had it cooked mid rare and it came out med). I was very suprised about the poor quality. The sides went along with the quality of the steak, mash potatoes (it was potatoes that were mashed with nothing added for flavor). The greens tasted as if they were frozen and placed in a steamer and onto my plate, not very good. We talk to a manager and told him our unfortunate luck with his restraunt from the salad dressing incident to the filets, he said he would ""try"" to help us out. He soon left and did not hear anything else from him. \r Let me break away with a good comment. The deserts were very good, I enjoyed them immensely, though we waited another 20 min for the desert. After boxing up the deserts we waited 37min for our check. During this time we talk to a lady manager and told her of our experience of the night. She responded sympathetic to the stained shirt and told us it would come out it happens all the time and that she is sorry about the experience. No compensation was given and I walk away $150 dollars lighter with a bad taste in my mouth.\r\rBEWARE\r
Posted on Citysearch on: 11/19/2005
When I went to college in Atlanta, we used to go to Daily's A LOT. We always got soup,salad or appetizer and always desert. It was fabulous. I don't have any bad memory of the food, service or ambiance. I returned several years later with my husband and we both enjoyed it. We just returned tonight and have to say, it was still solid. I got the strip steak which was good (wish I'd gotten the mashed potatoes instead of the steak fries, though). The service was a bit slow, although our server was very attentive otherwise. The only complaint is we had to wait in the smoke-filled bar downstairs for quite a while only to get upstairs and see lots of empty tables. I'd go again and go the appetizer, salad, soup, desert route.
Posted on Citysearch on: 2/18/2005
I must preface this review with the fact that this was a corporate outing, however, I still thought the dinner entrees were a little pricey. Crab cake, shrimp cocktail, and strudel appetizers were all fantastic! Entrees of duck and rack of lamb were lacking any real excitement. I think the menu in general was a little limited, especially when there was only really one style of each type of meat. If you wanted a pork chop, and didn't like how they were preparing it that evening, you were just out of luck (same with chicken, fish, etc). The desserts themselves were HUGE and VERY good! Downstairs jazz was cool for an after dinner hangout, but can get a bit smokey (as I suppose any good jazz club would). I probably would not go back to Dailey's on my own and pay full price, but possibly during Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week.
Posted on Citysearch on: 7/12/2003
I don't know what Dailey's did to the people who have reviewed, but they are wrong. A group of 8 showed up without a reservation last evening, and despite a quoted 3 hour wait, we were seated in less that 2 (seems the manager worked us in.) Food was great (have the strip) and Sandy was fabulous! Busy, but never inattentive. The place is definately old and show its age, but haw mant restaurants in Atlanta can boast a 20+ year history? They ARE pricey, but worth almost every penny (and the ""way too expensive"" drinks are twice the pour one would find at other upscale establishments!)
Posted on Citysearch on: 5/15/2003
Dailey's downstairs bar is amazing. With the live music every night, everyone can enjoy themselves. With the enormous selection of martinis and drink, there is something that everyone will find tasty. Also, though the service is slow at times, the bartenders know what they are doing and the cocktailers do too.
Posted on Citysearch on: 2/21/2003
The dessert is overpriced and horrible. The drinks are over priced. Some waitresses are very slow and have really bad attitudes. I have been to daily occassionally and we always have to shout to hear ourselves over the loud jazz/blues or whatever it is that they play. In a nutshell, not worth a penny
Posted on Citysearch on: 1/17/2003
my experience at Dailey's was not a good one. It took FOREVER for the bartender to take our order, and fifteen minutes more to make our drinks-we were two of maybe six people in the bar! On top of this annoyance, the drinks were VERY overpriced, and our waitress was dressed very sloppily.
Posted on Citysearch on: 12/26/2002
I don't believe that anyone who has been currently rating Dailey's has recently eaten there. We went and waited downstairs for our table. Once upstairs the place was not busy and we waited for nothing. The food was mediocre and the management was not receptive to constructive feedback. A waste of money.
Posted on Citysearch on: 11/30/2002
In the past this is the place I would go with a very special person in my life ... and everytime he returns from Europe we make a date for Dailey's ... the manager Greg will seat us at the same table he has for over a decade and we catch up on our lives starting with a enorous Martini to warm us up and usually we order the same Dailey's favorites grilled lamb chops - swordfish and ofcourse the desserts to live for! I frequent this Atlanta icon and recommend for first timeres and to put it on the list of ""must return soon"" places.