As of this writing Austyn's is rated number 10 in Marietta. It is hard to imagine that it is not number 1. Most of the reasons for low ratings are tied to being unfriendly to families and children. We say Bravo! Not every restaurant should cater to the whims of screaming little kids or overindulgent parents. Austyn's is a sophisticated restaurant designed for quiet dining with great food in a style that appeals to the more mature patron. If you want a place that will put up with an ill-tempered child who wants to play games on his/her cell phone during dinner, then take them somewhere else.
That being said, if you want absolutely great food, creatively styled and prepared, then Austyn's is for you. My wife had a chicken breast that was lightly sauced in a basil cream with small pieces of prosciutto along with a potato cake. She loved it, and so did I as I finished off what she did not eat. I had the roasted duck breast with a plum sauce served with wasabi mashed potatoes. My meal made my eyes roll back into my head, it was that good. I asked for medium rare and got it. The plum sauce was obvious but not overly sweet. It did what it was supposed to do -- enhance the duck. We then finished the meal with a chocolate cake and coffee. It was a wonderful ending to a nice experience.
As far as atmosphere...There were no screaming kids or loud families. We sat at the bar and had a delightful time. The woman behind the bar added much to the experience with her contributions to the conversation and attention to our needs. The place is small, so be prepared to wait for a table or make a reservation. But, by all means go. It would be a shame to miss this experience when in Marietta. And when you read the reviews of those people who gave the place a 1, remember that in many ways that is a positive recommendation. It means that you will not find loud obnoxious children there and that you will have an enjoyable experience.
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