This elegant Buckhead mainstay offers acclaimed chef Gerry Klaskala’s seasonal New American fare, featuring signatures ranging from a warm lobster cocktail to slow-cooked meats. The setting, which includes an impressive wine cellar, was just dubbed by Thrillist one of the most romantic in the ATL.
[Chef Klaskala’s] soups have become city legend: Winter cauliflower is deeply layered with rustic tones of the hardy vegetable, crowned with wisps of crispy sage and tiny, buttery croutons of ciabatta...Broccoli gets the same creamy, dignified treatment atop his warm butterpoached lobster cocktail, pristinely served in a martini glass layered with smooth whipped potatoes laced with black truffle. Simple, yet refined, it has remained a classic on a menu with as many mainstays as seasonal rotations — dishes with which regulars identify, and neophytes can’t wait to try again. A dish of porcini mushroom ravioli is a dichotomy of flavor and texture; the pastais so light and weightless it defies its own floury boundaries. Porcini mushrooms are enrobed in it, seeped with earthy flavor balanced with shiitake, black truffle butter and heady, tangy Parmigiano Reggiano. Aria’s kitchen has a way with fish, and I rarely visit without delving into a dish of lemon sole — a delicate fillet with herbs and a crispy, brown butter crust that gives way to white tufts of flaky, moist fish.” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Ask for a look into the insane vino cellar in this converted Buckhead house if you need help picking a bottle to go with the octopus, pork belly, and short ribs, etc., but save room for dessert because the menu is legendary in Atlanta and filled with things that will melt in your mouth.” – Thrillist
A fixture on ‘Most Romantic Restaurant’ lists, the setting is elegant and modern, classic with a few surprises. Cream-colored walls adorned with Greek-style columns and arches frame the room, filled with generously draped tables (which are impeccably attended to by servers). Objets d’arte – like jewel-encrusted dog sculptures and a spectacular neon orchid chandelier – add unexpected touches of glamour and interest.
490 East Paces Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305