We decided to try out Steel as a prelude to going to the Fox theater for a show and WOW, were we impressed! There are a lot of good-to-excellent restaurants in the ATL's mid-town area, and with the competition for dining dollars, the truly excellent restaurants have to step up their game to stay on top.
Steel is, I believe, one of those excellent restaurants that rises to the occasion. The decor of the place is modern contemporary, yet its warm colors and other touches gives it a very welcoming ambiance, with a great mix of booths, tables, bars, and a private dining area to boot.
As we had just gone to the nearby Oceanaire the night before for seafood, Steel provided us with a very interesting counterpoint to that establishment. Where the Oceanaire was formal, a little stilted, and obviously geared to the expense-account, special occasion crowd, Steel was relaxed, adventurous, friendly, and just as obviously geared to doing what it took to make our dining experience memorably satisfying. Also, Steel was an excellent value compared to the Oceanaire, as, in our opinion, we had a better meal and service for considerably less money.
Steel offers a varied menu centered on fresh seafood, sushi, and more. Our server, Molly, was not only well-versed on the menu and wine list, but offered up a personal selection of wines for tasting so that we could better match our dining selections. Very well done and absolutely on the mark! We had the 'tuna tower' for an appetizer, which could have made a meal for one, and it was over-the-top excellent. To follow that up we had a mixed surf-and-turf plate and their signature Chilean sea bass. Again, both dishes went well beyond our expectations in taste, freshness, quality, and presentation!
We look forward to returning very soon!
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