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The National Restaurant

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232 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2728
+1 706-549-3450
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Madison, Georgia
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've eaten at all of Hugh Acheson's restaurants and The National is, in my opinion the best. Eclectic menu with some experimental dishes and some old standards done right. Intimate bar with "craft cocktails"--homemade shrubs, etc. Reservations recommended, as the venue is pretty small. An added plus is the adjoining Cine movie house. One stop for dinner and a movie.

Thank Saye506
Athens, Georgia
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've eaten at the National numerous times and have never had a bad experience. Cuisine, atmosphere and service are all outstanding. I especially like the vegetarian plate.

Thank Gina G
Bogart, Georgia
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Consistently the best restaurant experience in Athens. The vegetable plate my wife and daughter ordered was to die for. The chanterelle mushroom pasta I ordered was top notch, though I would have appreciated larger pieces of mushroom. Excellent bar and imaginative if small wine list.

Thank ebrumby
Athens, Georgia
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The National is a Mediterranian style bistro with wonderful food and service. The prices are quite reasonable for the quality. There is also a decent variety, considering the, relatively, small menu. I usually opt for the daily fish special. But you really can't go wrong with anything here. Don't miss the patatas bravas, a Basque specialty that will take you... More 

Thank georgiagir
Largo, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in here to eat and I highly recommend it! Prices were reasonable, the atmosphere was pleasant, and the food was delicious! I had a wonderful salami pizette and my travel buddy had the lamb hummus on warm pita. We both made good choices!

Thank Trista M
Atlanta, GA
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a hidden gem in Athens. Had heard about this place, but for some reason had not visited. But no more ... Will definitely be back. Our entrees were great, the service even better. TRY THE PORK CHOPS!

Thank Scott H
Saint Louis, Missouri
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is very rare that I will give five stars to a restaurant, but this place was awesome! Everything we ordered was incredible and different than anything I have tasted in the last year. The best restaurant I have been to in 2016. Had the chicken for myself and got to taste the pizzette, warm chickpea salad with lamb. My... More 

Thank mengel5
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited The National with my husband and a visiting friend. The food, wine, and cocktails were all spectacular. There aren't a lot of upscale restaurants in Athens, but The National tops the list. Thankfully it doesn't feel stuffy though. The atmosphere is relatively casual and lively, and the food did not disappoint. Definitely a little pricey, but worth it... More 

Thank Jessica S
Atlanta, Georgia
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107 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a nice farm to table type of restaurant as I guess Athens is growing in this segment. Good food and service. I had a fish entree and it was very nice and a local beer as well. Nice and I would return.

Thank suwdawg
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the power lunch and it was delicious, filling, healthy and beautiful. Great bartender helped us with where to visit next as we were just in Athens for the day.

Thank Aprilstevetravel

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 232 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2728
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: +1 706-549-3450

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