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The National Restaurant

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Organic, Bar, Coffee Shop, Mediterranean
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232 West Hancock Avenue, Athens, GA 30601
+1 706-549-3450
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Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Good for:
Bar scene
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 23
    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 and service and atmosphere!

Recommended by a friend, who joined us, and they accommodated his vegan diet without issue. We loved every bit of our meal. They even had a Langhe Nebbiolo on their wine list. Delicious!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
RovingSouls
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Raymond, Maine
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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116 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Raymond, Maine
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Recommended by a friend, who joined us, and they accommodated his vegan diet without issue. We loved every bit of our meal. They even had a Langhe Nebbiolo on their wine list. Delicious!

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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134 reviews 134 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

If any restaurant in town is a local's favorite, this is the one. And to me that's always a great sign. While we were hanging out there, our waiter was telling us that most of the clients they get are locals that literally eat there 3-5 times per week. That's insane. The food here is really unique, a lot of... More 

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Athens, GA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

From the presentation to the taste, this is by far one of Athens finest restaurants. If you've not been, do yourself a favor and go. Sit on the covered sidewalk if it's open and people watch. Or grab that first booth once you walk in . The bar is a cool place to hang out too. Say hello to Peter... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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118 reviews 118 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is one of the best restaurants in Athens and Peter Dale is a gifted chef. The flavors are bold and the food is generally well-executed. The service is generally good, although we have had not so helpful servers. They had a Portuguese custard tart on the menu for years (although sadly not the last time I was there) that... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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106 reviews 106 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We dined here with three other couples - all visiting the city. We selected the National because of Trip Advisor reviews. They were accurate. The menu was very interesting - though not particularly extensive. Each meal was well-prepared and attractively plated. There was something for every palate. Would recommend checking the menu on-line, just to make sure there's something attractive... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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175 reviews 175 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

A clear 5 stars. I'm from Europe and it's hard finding inventive, top notch cooking when on business in the mid west and south. This had it all. Delicious scallops, fried hake, chocolate torte. Perfect. Nice eclectic informal vibe too. Great wine list!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

On a recent trip to Athens we made this our choice for our first dining experience. Reviews we found from varied sources were very high. We arrived and were awkwardly seated by the host in a tight space. Noise level very high and it was difficult for staff to access our table to interact with us during our visit. On... More 

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Corner Brook, Canada
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105 reviews 105 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Not readily apparent if driving by Good service Excellent music Winter salad with arugula radicchio Dijon walnuts and beet paired amazingly with sancerre Pork with polenta chorizo collard greens good but Pinot pair was a bit acidic No one inquired as to the meal though All in all quite enjoyable

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Athens, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Different, unique food choices, yet made from familiar ingredients, something for everyone. Interesting and delicious cocktails. Outstanding service. If you are on a date, or have out of town friends or business associates to entertain, this would be my first choice in Athens.

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alpharetta, Georgia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Great service, wine list, and atmosphere. Our starter cheese plate was great and both meat entrees over priced, overcooked, and bordering on inedible (especially the chicken feature). Maybe, after reading National's other reviews, vegan or seafood is the way to go. If we return it will be for the wine and starters, the location next to the best venue in... More 

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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, Coffee Shop, Mediterranean

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?