If you are taking MARTA into the city for an event or visiting from out of town, there are a number of restaurants that almost sit on top of various MARTA stations. Here are your best bets for fine dining.
10. One Eared Stag
The One Eared Stag offers a great restaurant experience literally right next to the Inman Park station. You’ll find contemporary American food in a neighborhood setting and a walled-in patio great for warm weather dining. After exiting the fare gate at the Inman Park station, keep to the right and follow the signs toward Inman Park. Go down the flight of stairs and keep walking straight ahead alongside the bus bay. The restaurant is just ahead, across Hurt Street.
In the heart of the Midtown street scene, the this Italian restaurant has plenty of good wine as well as patio seating in warmer weather. Exit at the North Avenue and follow the signs marked “To Fox Theater” from the train platform. After exiting the fare gate, keep walking straight ahead through the small shopping mall and out the doors on 3rd Street. Turn right, walk up the hill, then turn left on Peachtree Street.
8. Ray’s in the City and Sun Dial (tie)
Ray’s is one of the top seafood restaurants in Atlanta and sometimes offers live piano music and jazz, though some feel it is a little overpriced. However, it is one of the closest restaurants to MARTA along with the Sun Dial, which offers skyline views of the city from the top of the Westin Hotel. Exit at the Peachtree Center station and take the stairs/escalators marked “To Harris Street” from the platform. After going through the fare gate, follow the signs to Peachtree Street West. At street level turn left to reach Ray’s in the City or turn right to reach the Westin Hotel.
7. No. 246
A newer addition to downtown Decatur is No. 246, a high-end Italian restaurant just off the square. A back patio has seating and ping pong in warmer months. Take the Church Street exit out of the Decatur station and turn left onto Church Street and left again onto Ponce.
6. Iberian Pig
For a slightly more casual spot in Decatur, check the Iberian Pig. They have both small and large plates of Spanish-inspired food. Reviewers give it a thumbs up, and you can’t be the location right on top of the Decatur station.
5. Room at Twelve
Room at Twelve features steak and sushi right next to the Civic Center station. The restaurant is located inside a combination high-end condo and hotel, so you’ll find a mix of patrons. There are also private dining rooms available for special events. Just look for the high-rise next to the station.
4. Empire State South
Eat modern Southern food for breakfast, lunch or dinner at Empire State South. A bocce court provides additional entertainment. Take the main Midtown station exit out of the station and turn right on 10th Street. Walk less than a block to Peachtree Street. The restaurant is on the corner, across from the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum.
3. Morton’s the Steakhouse
While Maggiano’s is actually the closest sit-down restaurant to the Buckhead station, Morton’s is a little more up-scale and just slightly further away. After exiting the fare gates at the Buckhead station, take the pedestrian tunnel underneath Peachtree Road. At street level, turn right and walk along Peachtree Road for about a block. Morton’s will be on the right. There is also a location near the Peachtree Center station.
BLT Steak is located inside the W Hotel in downtown Atlanta. It gets rave reviews, but expect a higher bill. Exit at the Civic Center station and at street level, head south on West Peachtree Street toward the skyscrapers. Turn right on Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. to reach the hotel.
1. Park 75 Lounge and Terrace
Although a little further of a walk, Park 75 inside the Four Seasons Hotel gets rave reviews and is a dress-up affair. Exit at the Arts Center station and follow the signs to West Peachtree Street. Veer left once exiting the station and walk south on West Peachtree Street for one block, then turn left onto 14th Street. The hotel will be on the right.