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“Delicious food and Great service” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The National Restaurant

The National Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 410 Restaurants in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
ATHENS
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Delicious food and Great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

This restaurant is a gem in Athens. A small menu for lunch that changes periodically. The food has always been tasty. They have the best hummus in town as well as marinated olives. Nice place for dinner as well, but a bit more costly. Occasionally there is a ham sandwich with fig jam on the lunch menu. It is wonderful! One of my dinner favorites is the hanger steak.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Pamela T
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English first
Charlotte, NC
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725 reviews
452 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Great meal, homemade hummas was excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

TripAdvisor asks you if it was one of your best meals ever. That's not a fair comparison but that depends on personal preference but it was very good. I had the quail which was prepared over a bed of grits with grape tomatoes and greens. The quail was really good, not greasy and pretty easy to eat with a knife and fork. The grits were very good and the presentation and mixing of flavors was excellent. But, the start of the night was the hummus. It is made in the restaurant and is very flavorful. I could have made that my meal.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 2BEis2SKI
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Athens, Georgia
Level Contributor
61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Amazing food and excellent cocktails”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

Located next door to Cine BarCafe makes this a great dinner and movie date night place. The food here is SO delicious...every single time. There are always mouth watering seasonal cocktails (the list is so hard to choose from). Fun atmosphere.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Kerstin M
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Augusta, Georgia
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36 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“fine food, but”
3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank orion421
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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94 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Exceptionally creative”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Richard N
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