JOEL is Atlanta's hottest new restaurant featuring French cuisine with Asian and Mediterranean influences. Joel features beautiful indoor and outdoor seating, a 65-seat bar/lounge, two 18-seat private rooms and Joel Patisserie. The Patisserie features freshly baked pastries, breads, and cakes, as well as, gourmet-to-go sandwiches and pastas. Chef Joel's menu reflects his extensive culinary experience in Paris, the South of France, Asia, London and, most recently, as executive chef at the Dining.. Room at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead (which, under his leadership, remained the state's only Mobil Travel Guide's five-star and AAA's Five Diamond award-winning Restaurant.) Joel Bar features live jazz on Wednesdays from 6 - 9pm with the Joe Gransden Trio and on Fridays from 7 - 11pm with T. Woods and Tomana. --Restaurant Row
Food was not bad, but nothing special considering the price. The drinks were way overpriced. The waiter was obnoxious and unprofessional. Although I left a 20% tip on a credit card, he still later added unauthorized amount to the charge; I had to call and speak to the owner several times to have the overcharge removed. I'm not going back.
Posted: 4/22/2008 • Link to this review
The Gazpacho was Ok, Sweetbread melts in your mouth, and Mango Pavlova goes on my all-time favorite desserts list. My wife's Artichoke lasagna was awesome, while her Lobster risotto and beignets were pretty good. However, the bill was over $200, and that's without any alcohol. If I ever go there again, I'll try the 3-course $39 pre-theatre menu.
Posted: 4/18/2008 • Link to this review
Such an elegent and delicious dining experience. Do not miss the salmon sashimi appetizer, and the $39 three-course menu is a steal for food this spectacular!
Posted: 4/17/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
In this price category everything should be stupendous. We just weren't im[ressed with either the service or the food FOR THE MONEY. Did we hit a bad night? Oh well, we're not going back.
Posted: 3/02/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
This place is very romantic and fun, the bar area is very happening and for dinner it's the place for a date, I had the scallops and they were incredible, I started with their thai soup and almost ordered it again after the scallops, but had a wonderful dessert their special that night and not to be missed
Posted: 2/26/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
I booked a reservation at Joel's for our 29th anniversary. We had an incredible meal with outstanding service and at the end of our meal were presented (without requesting) a wonderful dessert congratulating us on our anniversary. It was quite a delightful evening and priced accordingly. THANKS!
Posted: 1/29/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Joel is probably one of the warmest restaurants in Atlanta, in terms of atmosphere. The private dining room is exquisite. The food was great as well, but stay away from the salmon mousse starter. Desserts and drinks are excellent - especially the martinis!!
Posted: 1/27/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Joel has some of the best french cuisine in the country. The atmosphere is sleek and modern, the wine list is extensive, and the service is professional. The starters are my favorite, and anything with the house made tortellini are lovely. Recently I enjoyed the peekytoe crabcake, roast lamb, and praline napoleon. For a change, enjoy the cheese platter with a great Bordeaux after dinner. Mmmm... You probably won't leave with a bill under $100, but each bite will be a work of art. The $39 tasting menu is a great deal!
Posted: 12/12/2005 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review