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Cakes & Ale

151 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030
404.377.7960
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Ranked #20 of 308 restaurants in Decatur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Largo, Florida
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107 reviews 107 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It is really impressive how the Decatur dining scene has improved over the last 10 years. Cakes & Ale is one of those great, little restaurants. The place is very convivial—cheerful without an overbearing noise level. Service is friendly and quite competent. Staff that is knowledgeable about their menu is always appreciated. The restaurant has a wonderful list of very... More

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Atlanta, GA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

To quote another reviewer from somewhere else, "Attentive service for overpriced, small portions that are innovative and curious combinations of ingredients and flavors." Food was quite delicious but the portions and price were ridiculous. The artichoke appetizer for $10 has two, maybe three measly artichoke hearts buried under a bunch of greens. It actually made me mad when I saw... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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70 reviews 70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Well, what do I expect? It's 2014 and it's Decatur. Of course it's going to be pretentious. Drinks are overpriced but at least you get lots of snobby attitude from the bartender.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We are lucky to have a lot of great restaurants in Decatur and have been celebrating special occasions at Cakes & Ale for years. Staff are very friendly and accommodating, right from the door you feel that they want you to have a great meal. Cocktails are a good as anywhere in town but the creative menu really puts these... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

There were so many problems with this restaurant. Sign said seat yourself, so we did and found out we took the wrong seats. We asked if lunch was still being served and were told we had two minutes. She didn't hold us to that, but we felt uncomfortable. Then we were told no substitutes. I found that with such a... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We had heard a lot about Cakes and Ale but it did not live up to our expectations. The bar was great and the bartenders were very knowledgeable. They had special cocktails that were fun and delicious. The ambience of the restaurant itself left something to be desired. The food was good but not memorable and there were few gluten... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Delicious food prepared by a talented chef, excellent service, and a pleasing atmosphere make this restaurant a consistently top choice by other chefs and by foodies who love a good meal. Twice in recent months we have celebrated special occasions here and we could not have been more pleased. Starting with delicious drinks from the bar, a variety of tasty... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I have heard so much about this place. It is OK. I think the food is over-rated and over-priced. The place has a "hip and cool" factor that keep people lined up for it, but there are easily 25+ other restaurants in Atlanta I'd rather dine in. Nothing special in my opinion.

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Hilton Head
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Are you a morning person who appreciates GOOD COFFEE? Let's get this straight.....I LOVE coffee......my drug of choice is caffeine. I have been known to extract used coffee grounds from the trash to feed my addiction......that's another story........ there is a guy at Cakes and Ale named Matthew. I know the difference between "recycled coffee grounds".....and a guy who takes... More

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healdsburg, CA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Every single thing about this meal delighted, the seating, the welcome, the starters (burrata, rabbit pate, mushroom carpaccio), the mains (whole trout, gnocchi, swordfish), and desserts (chocolate cake, rhubarb tart, profiterolles), and especially the service. The wine was also excellent (2005 Patrick Jasmin Cote Rotie). After many visits we felt welcomed again by genuine friends. This may be rated #10... More

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