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The National Restaurant

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Organic, Bar, Cafe, Mediterranean, Pub
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232 West Hancock Avenue, Athens, GA 30601
+1 706-549-3450
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 91
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
great food

great food! you will love it! Always love the vegetable plate and they have amazing steaks! Love all the salads!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
momof3kids1972
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Athens, Georgia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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Athens, Georgia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

great food! you will love it! Always love the vegetable plate and they have amazing steaks! Love all the salads!

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I say this because there are real linens on the table and linen napkins encase the silverware! Hello southern grace! The menu is varied and full of new ways to serve really delicious food. I tried The Power Lunch; and it was a plate of foods that set my taste buds alive again. Truly, at 61, I thought I was... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is not to be missed if you are a business traveler or connoisseur of high quality, unique foods. From their wonderful cocktails to their specials (I had the Sturgeon raised at the University of Georgia's hatchery with polenta and a corn/bean/tomato mix) - it is thus far the best restaurant we have visited in Athens. Fascinating combinations -... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Every meal shines in imagination, preparation, execution, and service. Best restaurant in Athens along with the Five and Ten.

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Atlanta
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Excellent fare! A little over priced considering the atmosphere. Tables are a bit too close and we made the mistake of eating outside last summer - regardless, outstanding food.

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macon, ga
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

My family ate lunch there today and we all had a great meal! Mine was an amazing veggie meal, Super food, or something like that..... Brown rice, two eggs, kimchi, zucchini, squash, radish.....it was so good! It reminded me of something I would get at Tupelo Honey in Asheville. I will be back!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Try the hangar steak and the basque dessert (buttery shortbread cake with peach ice cream, candied pecan and pickled blueberries--better than it sounds).

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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Wonderful dinner. Smart dishes with attention to details. Plating was top-notch. Service was spot-on and accommodating. Good wine selection. Highly recommended.

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Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I love the National. I tend to sit on the bar side and enjoy wine with small plates. Every single thing is delicious, the service is outstanding, and if you go early, parking isn't a nightmare.

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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Great place for a date or group dinner. Food is locally procured, dishes change seasonally, wine selection is unbelievably good!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 232 West Hancock Avenue, Athens, GA 30601
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: +1 706-549-3450

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Organic, Bar, Cafe, Mediterranean, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?