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Cakes & Ale Restaurant

New American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Decatur, Decatur
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  • The experts at Eater and Bon Appetit Magazine recommend this place
    • Eater
    • Bon Appetit Magazine
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    "lunch-only grain bowl"(2 Tips)
    Eric L.
    "One of the best restaurants in Atlanta."(2 Tips)
    Soyul Bia K.
    "fried collard greens appetizer"(2 Tips)
    Mengyao
    "The best part about this place is the free bread."(2 Tips)
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  • Chaylin H.
    Chaylin HoustonNovember 12, 2017
    More of a small plate sharing type of restaurant! Great Service but you do have to make a reservation unless you want to sit at the bar.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 20, 2017
    After overlooking Billy Allin's Decatur staple for a few months, the 38 corrects course and welcomes Cakes & Ale back into the fold. Sommelier Jordan Smelt's wine list is the best in Atlanta. Read more
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BlechmanMay 21, 2017
    Menu changes seasonally. Great cocktails. The appetizers and sides are VERY small, so order accordingly. We split a fish and ribeye for entrees and they were both great.
  • Tina
    TinaAugust 26, 2016
    Good was amazing. All fresh and seasoned to perfection. Amazing place.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    It’s the best date-night spot around. But the main reason for the love is the adjacent Cakes & Ale Café, an all-day spot serving feel-good, vegetable-heavy lunches plus the fudgiest brownies. Read more
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksApril 28, 2016
    For a down to earth restaurant experience, Cakes & Ale aims to please with the philosophy of no frills, good food made with the finest ingredients. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 4, 2016
    Topping our list of hottest restaurants in Atlanta is Cakes & Ale Restaurant. As for the cake, try the delicious almond flavor. End your night with the masterfully made inquisition cocktail. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterFebruary 3, 2016
    There have been some changes, but Cakes & Ale continues to capture the local food-loving hearts of Atlantans who prefer substance and simplicity over style and status. Read more
  • Brian T.
    Brian T.November 1, 2015
    Duck parmentier. All day.
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSOctober 3, 2015
    Try the Almond Cake - Yummy (via @Foodspotting)
  • Tatiana H.
    Tatiana HanMay 13, 2015
    Overhyped IMO. Food was good, not amazing. Dining experience waned w/ each course, but the Burrata & Arancini were a thumbs up. If you want better food and service, go to Aria, 4th & Swift, or Canoe.
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    The Italian-inspired fried rice balls are a perennial fixture at Cakes and Ale. Break one of the bite-sized treats apart and watch pecorino fresco ooze from the center of a panko-crusted rice shell. Read more
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MagruderMarch 7, 2015
    Apple & White Cheddar with a London Fog 😇
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    A fresh whole trout, sourced from mountain streams not far from the restaurant, needs little else to be very good. It's cooked over a wood-fire grill until the skin is perfectly crispy. Read more
  • Adassa R.
    Adassa RichardsonNovember 30, 2014
    The wait staff was super friendly and knew what I wanted without me even knowing!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    Expert cocktails and a concise, thoughtfully curated wine list offer intriguing accompaniment to any meal. Read more
  • AJC
    AJCAugust 1, 2014
    A handsome place to gather and eat, sparsely decorated, but highlighted by an inviting bar, a fresh, seasonal menu and a wine list that is quite possibly the best while most affordable in town. Read more
  • Nancy A.
    Nancy AlsupMay 21, 2014
    Get desert!
  • Myesha J.
    Myesha JenkinsMay 4, 2014
    Make a reservation. Try The Inquisition cocktail or the Made in the shade.
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BaranApril 20, 2014
    Scones are delish!
  • ML G.
    ML GrahamApril 12, 2014
    Drinks to apps to entrees to desserts all good but 10 to 20% too much. Also, hate the bench seating where the guys get the back-to -the-restaurant seat. Pull the bench and go with 2-top tables.
  • Kish T.
    Kish ThomasDecember 15, 2013
    Impressive selection of Oysters that change daily! Very knowledgable wait staff! They have a great dessert bar next door!
  • Chris H.
    Chris HoughOctober 28, 2013
    This is the kinda place where you could easily say "bring me anything" and you would enjoy it. Ask for a tawny port with dessert. You'll be happy you did.
  • Sara L.
    Sara L.August 23, 2013
    crispy quail was quite good.
  • Tiffany G.
    Tiffany GravesAugust 17, 2013
    The potato gnocchi w duck is great. The NC Trout is suburb. It comes whole and filet table side. Served with a bacon aioli which added some depth to the mild delicate trout. Dessert was a letdown.
  • Lady M.
    Lady MuleJune 22, 2013
    Cafe au Lair comes in a bowl..not a cup.. no handles either. Ask for a straw!!! But very delicious. You can definitely share too
  • Nathan C.
    Nathan CoxMay 17, 2013
    Unique place. Roast beef was all that sounded normal. It certainly was good! Make sure to get Virgil's Dr. Better to drink
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    The lunch-only grain bowl from Atlanta's resident vegetable whisperer chef David Sweeney is an ever-changing composition of honest goodness and one of CL's 100 Dishes! Read more
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    The restaurant's fresh, wood-fired North Carolina trout with a heap of flavor-packed bacon and scallion housemade mayo was a no-brainer for CL's 100 dishes list. Read more
  • AJC
    AJCApril 24, 2013
    Make sure to check out the Roasted Carrot and Carrot Puree, pac choi & kale, pear, pomegranate seeds, green onion, cilantro, coriander seed vinaigrette. Yum! Read more
  • Eater
    EaterApril 16, 2013
    An "Indian Summer" or "A Perfect Day" await, or if you're feeling frisky, how bout a "Cloak & Swagger"? The bar may be longer, but the menu remains short and sweet.
  • kimberly p.
    kimberly phamMarch 23, 2013
    Awesome food loved ribeye, and scallops.
  • Larry W.
    Larry WeissmanMarch 5, 2013
    Ask for the Peanut Zoe. Incredible desert. Also Sara is the best and cutest server. Wonderful people, great place.
  • Veronica H.
    Veronica HFebruary 24, 2013
    Aroncini are a must get. Grown up version with fennel pollen and lemon zest. Whole.new.level. Stop by the bakery to take away sweet treats for the next day. Well deserved top 10 restaurant 2012
  • Soyul Bia K.
    Soyul Bia KimFebruary 8, 2013
    So far my favorite place in Atlanta. I have gone head over heels for their swordfish dish. The fried collard greens appetizer is amazing also... Say yes to their endless supply of free bread!!
  • Mengyao
    MengyaoJanuary 31, 2013
    The best part about this place is the free bread. This stuff is delicious.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 21, 2013
    The lunchtime grain bowls from the Bakery at Cakes & Ale are one of this city's gems. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Eric L.
    Eric LinDecember 29, 2012
    Amazing meal from start to finish. One of the best restaurants in Atlanta.
  • Larry W.
    Larry WeissmanDecember 27, 2012
    Ask for Sara. Cute and talented.
  • Larry W.
    Larry WeissmanDecember 22, 2012
    Worth every cent. Super nice people.
  • Caitlanta
    CaitlantaSeptember 8, 2012
    Try the pâté. And the lamb. And the trout with bacon mayo. (But ask the waiter to filet the trout for you). End scene.
  • Emma C.
    Emma CareySeptember 1, 2012
    Get the swordfish plate! Amazing. And the Wiley oysters are awesome
  • Erika D.
    Erika DavisJune 25, 2012
    I am in love with Pastry Chef Eric's coffee cake...yummy! Great anytime of the day.
  • Randy B.
    Randy BarnesJune 12, 2012
    Borrow or steal but get your belly to this place ASAP
  • Signe G.
    Signe GarnitzJune 9, 2012
    Go to the bakery when you're not in a hurry. It's slow, but worth it.
  • Ruthie E.
    Ruthie EkmarkMay 26, 2012
    Enjoy a rich cup of coffee and flaky, buttery croissant on a Saturday morning!
  • Troy C.
    Troy ConoApril 24, 2012
    The Oatis is pretty much Little Debbie's sprinkled with crack. Chase it with an Orval for a true F.K. experience.
  • Grey C.
    Grey ClevelandFebruary 10, 2012
    Everything is delicious, especially the sweet potato pound cake with maple icing
  • Flash M.
    Flash MillerNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Today is oyster po boy and bon mi sandwiches!
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 4, 2011
    The recently relocated restaurant continues to capture the local food loving hearts of Atlantans, who seem to prefer substance and ease over style and status. [Eater 38 Member]
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