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“fine food, but” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The National Restaurant

The National Restaurant
232 West Hancock Avenue, Athens, GA 30601
+1 706-549-3450
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Ranked #2 of 338 Restaurants in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Organic, Bar, Cafe, Mediterranean, Pub
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Augusta, Georgia
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30 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“fine food, but”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This restaurant surely provides among the finer food served in Athens. From appetizers to main course the preparations are imaginative and the ingredients fresh. The stuffed dates (manchego cheese, celery, and paprika) proved an exceptional appetizer. Our entrees included a splendid summer pasta, with chanterelles, onions, cherry tomatoes, corn, summer squash, capers, arugula, and fresh parsley (fresh is a redundancy in this list of ingredients). The pork medallion sandwich was equally appetizing.
Service is a distinct contrast to the quality of food. While well-intended the staff appears to be young and inexperienced (probably college students, the staple of almost any staff in a university town). However, no anchoring service person with real experience seems to provide a center of gravity. It was twenty minutes before a server appeared, our order for a bottle of wine took three times to find a bottle actually in stock, although all was listed on the wine menu. Equivalently, the time between courses provided to be similarly frustrating. Like the other courses, dessert was commendable.
Hence, we would strongly recommend eating at The National. Equally recommended is taking a glass of wine before arrival.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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86 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Exceptionally creative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Outstanding. Go, now, don't miss.

From Cucumber Gaspacho to lamb flatbreads, you will not be disappointed.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Athens, Georgia
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Simpatico”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

I recently went to the national for my anniversary. The atmosphere is great, white table clothes w a pottery barn twist.

The appitisers were fantastic..humus, potatoes. They make their own flatbread and it was amazing. Good value at 8-9 dollars each.

Service was great but expect to be charged per drink.

The down side was the main dishes. Don't get me wrong they were good, but not $30 good. I had the steak and it was cooked as I asked and had flavor but just wants amazing.

After dinner we then proceeded to cine which was great. Overall we had a great time at both places.

If I had to do it over without dropping 100 on a night. I would just got to the national for appitisers and drinks. Still an athens gem! Just more than I want to spend.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta USA
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301 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“Eclectic and fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013 via mobile

Had soft shell crabs and cod for entree - lovely! Intimate spot, nice service, good wine list. Has a nice bar too.

Visited June 2013
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Thomasville, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“So good!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We had the steak tartare, potatoes, and pork appetizer. I had the berkshire pork for my entree, and my husband had the oyster po boy. We loved everything. The wait staff is amazing, the hosts are nice, and the ambience can't be beaten.

I have nothing bad to say about it. If you're in Athens, definitely go here.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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