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“Quaint place, very good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Babette's Cafe

Babette's Cafe
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Ranked #72 of 3,800 Restaurants in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: East Freedom Parkway
Description: "The secret to beautiful food is using the ingredients in their most natural form." At Chef/Owner Marla Adams'Atlanta Restaurant, and with Chef Justin Kurtz now at the helm, life imitates art in a remodeled 1916 bungalow, nestled between the historic Inman Park and Poncey-Highland neighborhoods. You'll feel like a foreign film star as Babette's Cafe brilliantly brings Isak Dinesen's story of food, grace and community to vivid and delicious life in a rustic, European setting. For twenty-three years, Babette's Cafe has offered the flavor of stepping into a restaurant that is tucked into the French Countryside, making diners forget that they are just minutes away from downtown Atlanta.
Chappaqua, New York
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Quaint place, very good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Have been wanting to try Babette's for a few months and was delighted to land a reservation there this past Saturday evening. The restaurant is located in a cottage-like structure and has a quaint atmosphere with wide-plank wood floors and a very cozy and inviting feel without seeming too feminine --- a perfect place for couples or friends, alike. Our server, while very efficient and accommodating, seemed a bit stiff.
They have a very nice wine list and we shared a bottle of Cotes du Rhone. My daughter had the prosciutto, which I would not recommend as it was simply on a couple of bagette slices, nothing notable there. My starter, however, was a yummy corn chowder with lobster that didn't fall short on delivering a good amount of the shellfish. Based in a broth versus a cream-base, it was just the perfect size.
My entree was outstanding! I had the halibut and it was very tasty and well-appointed with thinly-sliced red potatoes serving as a bed for very moist, flavorful fish with a subtle dijon sauce. My daughter had a veal dish which was also very good, in a light sauce that was a concoction of several different flavors, not overpowering and provided a delightful taste.
The only reason I'd give this very good versus excellent was the dessert. We had the chocolate banana bread pudding and the strawberry rhubarb tart, neither of which was terribly outstanding. We'd had the chocolate bread pudding at 5 Seasons Brewery (see separate review) that was out of control good.
All in all, we will return to Babette's as the food is very good and it offers a very nice atmosphere. Being from New York, the value is significant as the prices are considered 'low' even for an upscale restaurant such as Babette's.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
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143 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Great romantic restaraunt, excellent food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

I picked this restaurant due to other reviews indicating a good place to take a date for a romantic dinner. The place is small, cozy, very pleasant and met all of my expectations for ambiance and for food. A great date was had!

Visited November 2012
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75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Food was great but just fell a bit short for us”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Don't get me wrong we had a great meal. The mains were very good, lamb, short ribs and a first class seak and paella. It's pretty crowed, very casual, parking is valet only, decor is ok. It's is presented as a casual, local French place and that is exactly what it is. Would love to give it four starts but we hold those for really great experiences.

Visited May 2013
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Garner, North Carolina
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Really good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

They serve delicately prepared food (not mass produced) which tastes really good. The staff are very nice. The only challenge with this place were the tables which were so near each other that it made it feel a bit cramped up. A bit pricey though, but you get quality food

Visited March 2013
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TN
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65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“The perfect experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

The menu is gorgeous, the service impeccable, and the food perfection. We enjoyed our evening immensely and should note that the owner/chef is very present. This is a well oiled "machine" and not to be missed.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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