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The National Restaurant

232 West Hancock Street, Athens, GA 30601
706 549 3450
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Ranked #4 of 333 restaurants in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
New York City, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Unlike the booze-guzzling students at the local college some visitors to Athens actually want to eat non-microwaved food prepared with skill and care. We've dined twice at this one-of-the-few restaurants in this little town and it's wonderful. Food locally sourced (which means nothing if not well prepared and here it is), excellent service, a wide, diverse, and interesting menu, libations... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My daughter and I ate a tapas-style meal of delicious marinated olives (we would eat those EVERY day if we could!), yummy home fries, AMAZING gluten-free flatbread & hummus, a refreshing summer salad and a dish of chickpeas with grilled okra, harissa and yogurt that was literally addicting! I can't wait to go back to Atlanta and visit another one... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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95 reviews 95 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great, great, great. Atcherson is James Beard winner, lots of buzz, couple places now in ATL and now in Savannah too. Dinner was great. Lots of GF and veggie optioins should you want that. Service was great, bar area great. I can only imagine it would be tough to get into this place if school is in session or a... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This restaurant is a great option downtown. We attended Athfest and wanted something within walking distance. The Stuffed Medjool Dates were a perfect combination of flavors and a great start to the rest of our meal. Try to get a reservation because it was busy and we had first come, first serve outdoor seating. We had a few small plates... More

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This once again is real cooking by people who know what they are doing. The chef has apparently travelled in Europe and understands perfectly how to make flavors work together. We didn't make a booking as it was a Monday and yet it was full to overflowing. We happily sat on the terrace with several others and had a very... More

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Erin W, Public Relations Manager at The National Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the high compliments! We are so thrilled you made you trip. Whether it's the University that inspires us or just the incredible bounty of local produce and meat, it's the enjoyment of our guests that keep us excited. More

Fargo, ND
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160 reviews 160 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This place is elegant, casual, and relaxed all at the same time. The food is prepared using local growers and it's obvious in the taste and presentation that the restaurant takes pride in this. I don't recall the name of what I ordered but it had greens, chickpeas, garden peas, quinoa, celery, garlic, and a few other items. I LOVED... More

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connecticut
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My husband and I had dinner here on a Friday night and, LOVED it so much, we came the next day for lunch. The ambiance is a casual rustic elegance with an urban feel--- exposed brick and pipes and tin ceiling ---that sets the tone for a fun, relaxed meal. The waitstaff is attentive and friendly and eager to please.... More

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Dronfield, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We had lunch at the restaurant, the atmosphere is lovely and casual, the staff were hard working and very pleasant. The food is superb, very well cooked and presented. Would like to have tried the dinner menu too.

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Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The National is beautiful. The courses are always different and always spectacular. Special occasion or family or girl's night out. Love it always!

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Delicious cheese stuffed dates and a crispy crunchy pizzette! Coconut macaroon with chocolate sauce for dessert. It made my day :-)

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