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The Varsity

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American, Fast Food
As featured in 3 Days in Atlanta and 1 other guide
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61 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30308-2166
(404) 881-1706
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10:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:30 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Coasting on its name

The Varsity is a giant burger and dog spot almost on the Georgia Tech campus in Midtown Atlanta. Used to be it was so popular that its car hops paid The Varsity to work there. The car hops jumped onto cars entering the parking lot and rode to a parking space, jumped off to take orders and ran from... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
JennieHelderman
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Morristown, Tennessee
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180 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If I am in Atlanta or even traveling through I always try to stop at this iconic spot. I had a large group of students and we were served very quickly with some of the best hot dogs and rings you can get your hands on. I can't wait until I get a chance to visit again.

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Thank TheSuze12
Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I first went 50 years ago and it has changed very little! The onion rings, dogs and fries are the best! The employees make it fun! It is a part of Atlanta business history!

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Thank becca b
Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Varsity is a giant burger and dog spot almost on the Georgia Tech campus in Midtown Atlanta. Used to be it was so popular that its car hops paid The Varsity to work there. The car hops jumped onto cars entering the parking lot and rode to a parking space, jumped off to take orders and ran from car... More 

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Thank JennieHelderman
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Atlanta iconic restaurant but one time is all you need. Everyone has heard about the varsity. It is comparable to McDonald's or Burger King. I wouldn't go back. One time is plenty.

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Thank cindy c
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26 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

People love this food and apperently presidential candidates have to stop there and get their picture taken but it SUCKS. The food is disgusting. I've been there a couple of times and it's always disgusting. Except for the fries. lolz

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Thank Adam L
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a very popular place for a reason. Great food! If your looking for a great dog or chili dog you MUST stop here. It's a famous spot that has earned it reputation by serving great dogs. Chili, non chili, cheese, no cheese, it's all good.

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Thank Staff61
Atlanta, GA
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573 reviews
321 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Been going to the Varsity for over 50 years! Still a classic with the basics changed little, though they have added more items to the menu and prices are way, way higher. Chili dogs and rings are still the big draw for us.

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Thank GPBurdell67
Orange, California
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191 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Unless you are a total fan of the 50's, and the whole drive in concept, no need to come here. Large drive in complex with indoor seating, simple short menu - with no healthy choices, and very greasy food. The modern hamburger revolution (InNOut, Five Gus, etc) has rendered the menu obsolete - at least the night we had it.... More 

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Thank agbowden
Atlanta, Georgia
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51 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Atlantans seem to have fond childhood memories of The Varsity that blind them to the reality of the food. The hotdogs and burgers are small, and unremarkable in flavor and texture. The buns are decent, as is their chili. The fries and onion rings are the best items on the menu. They are definitely better than typical in fast food.... More 

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Thank JohnDJTravel
Atlanta, Georgia
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun tourist must. Fast, loud heart attack food! A must but a steady diet would not be good. I take visitors here but do not over do it. Killer junk food and fries Loud busy but a blast to visit.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 61 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30308-2166
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Atlanta
  • Phone Number: (404) 881-1706

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Fast Food

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 12:30 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:30 am

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