Following reviews here on TripAdvisor, I finally managed to visit highly touted Wisteria. I would highly recommend to make a reservation in advance, the place was absolutely packed. We were there a few minutes early and were seated at the bar in this relatively small restaurant. Unfortunately, the promised 10 minutes turned out to be closer to 20 which was not a big problem considering the quality of wine we were served.
The food was, overall, very good but not outstanding. Service was excellent from the first second to the last (outside of the waiting time). The restaurant is very nice and has a homey feel and is perfect for the colder months. Due to its size, it is not a very intimate experience but I would still recommend the restaurant for business partners and couples alike.
We had two starters, two entrees, and a dessert. Four out of those six dishes were excellent, the rest mediocre at best. The lamb shank was served with outstanding sides but the meat was on the stronger tasting side; for people who prefer very young and mild lambs, this was too much. The fried chicken was good but definitely too soggy and not as well paired with sides as the lamb shank was. All dishes were beautifully presented and very appealing but entrees left us slightly disappointed. The highlight of the visit was an absolutely delightful dessert paired with great wines. A local cheese sampler was of outstanding quality and the staff was extremely knowledgeable about the origin of the great products.
All in all, Wisteria was a very pleasant dining experience that not fully lived up to the high ratings. Don't get me wrong, the restaurant is a good choice for a wide range of occasions and we felt like everything was worth its price. However, and that is a problem of many restaurants in the Atlanta area, it does not offer the quality of many top restaurants in other parts of the country. For people who have been to top-rated restaurants in many different US states (and abroad), Wisteria will probably not crack the top lists. For the area, however, Wisteria is a very very good address and will only disappoint if you come on with extreme expectations (like we did, unfortunately). 4/5.
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