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“Neighborhood Gem w/ best burgers in Atlanta!”
Review of Highland Tap

Highland Tap
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Ranked #387 of 3,955 Restaurants in Atlanta
Price range: $20 - $35
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Virginia Highland
Cross street: Virginia Ave.
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Neighborhood Gem w/ best burgers in Atlanta!”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

The Highland Tap in Atlanta's Virginia-Highland neighborhood is a gem! Located in the basement level at the epicenter of Atlanta's hip Va-Hi, the Tap has been serving great food and drinks for over 20 years. It's a neighborhood place that also attracts visitors and young adults - the latter especially on Thursday nights. A decent sized bar area with some adjacent booths and the requisite flat screen TVs tuned to the sports stations is always busy. Tom, the night-time bartender has been there over 21 years. In fact, most of the wait staff are veterans - always the sign of a well run establishment.

The bar may be Atlanta's version of "Cheers." The pours are generous, there's a good selection of beer and the place has the reputation (deserved) of pouring Atlanta's best martini.

The large dining room, with natural stone walls and flocked wallpaper that is reminiscent of a bawdy house, has both tables and booths. The light is kept dim throughout the establishment. The Tap Steakburger is my choice as the BEST burger in Atlanta, and I'm a burger aficionado! Served with or without your choice of several cheeses on a toasted bun with a side of perfectly cooked onion rings - there's none better - even at the "boutique" burger restaurant just across the street.

But The Tap is more than a burger joint! the prime rib is to die for, and the Gargonzola encrusted filet is a great steak. This is NOT farm-to-table, so the sides are the requisite fries, baked potato, backed sweet potato and seasonal veggies and also salads. The small loaf of delicious brown bread served before the entree will be quickly devoured.

If you are visiting Atlanta and want a really good good steak or burger without the froo-froo, and want to eat where the locals eat, this is your place!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Mike V
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English first
Kissimmee, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
636 reviews
542 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Great Atmostphere & Bartender”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

The bar was very comfortable as we my friends and I had a choice for regular chairs or barstool chairs at the bar. I have a bad back and appreciated the regular chairs for comfort while still sitting at the bar. Buckley the bartenter is a great guy and a hot rock. We adult beverages were great and we shared a bunch fo appetizers, the best of which was the Shrimp cocktail. We also had onion rings and crab cakes, which were also good, but the shrimp cocktail was better than most. The cocktail sauce was great, the shrimp were very large even for the price and hit the spot. I thought for the price the there should have been more yeild on the onion rings and crabcakes, especially the rings because they are cheap and easy to make. I look forward to eating there for dinner in the future to get an ever better sense of the restaurant portion of the business. Downside was that it was a little dark in the bar area and the prices a bit high, but again, a real gem.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Michelle B
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Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Temp to Hot”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

we had seats in the back and the air conditioners were obviously not working. it made for a bad experience.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank zindee
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Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fabulous steak - very attentive staff”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

Despite living in Atlanta, I had not been to Highland Tap until this past week-end but I was in the mood for steak and had heard good things about it. Four of us went on a busy Saturday night and had a fun experience. Staff was very attentive and eager to make certain we had a good experience. We all had steak and without exception, we agreed they were absolutely perfectly cooked, tender and tasty.

The restaurant is very "pub" like and is obviously a popular gathering place for locals. Parking can be a little tight in the Va Highlands area but the valet lot is usually available. Definitely worth a visit and we will go back.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank jmyers6670
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Atlanta, Georgia, Usa
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good bar and food one step above what would be expected”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Excellent place to go for reasonably priced food and beer. Definitely a step about your typical bar and frequented by people who appreciate a nice clean and fun establishment without the noise you would possibly expect.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank KenGuthrie
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