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Empire State South

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, American Restaurant, and New American Restaurant · Midtown
999 Peachtree St NE (at 10th St NE), Atlanta, GA 30309, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 7:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 3:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 8:00 AM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 407 votes

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  • On The Best Cocktail Bars in Atlanta
  • What you need to know
    Talya A.
    "super foods plate"(6 Tips)
    Deena W.
    "Also, the pimento cheese with bacon marmalade is delish!"(4 Tips)
    Julius Droolius
    "Try the Pork Belly - Grilled pork belly & grits @ESSouth #DaBomb"(8 Tips)
    Creative Loafing Atlanta
    "first Atlanta outpost from star chef Hugh Acheson"(2 Tips)
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  • Southern food
  • cocktails
  • coffee
  • good for dates
  • super food
  • grits
  • pork belly
  • seafood
  • trendy
  • breakfast food
  • wine
  • desserts
  • brunch food
  • biscuits
  • tasting menu
  • kimchi
  • catfish
  • octopus
  • bourbon
  • sandwiches
  • May ♍.

    Looking for some Breakfast in Midtown? Go to Empire State South! Probably one of the nicest place in the area for a quick, delish breakfast & some warm coffee. Don't forget to ask for the pie du jour

    May ♍ · 1 day ago
  • TasteBook

    Make Hugh Acheson's Doenjang-Braised Pork Belly at home. Not only is it delicious, but it will make your house smell so, so nice. Get the recipe in KOREATOWN: A Cookbook. Read more

    TasteBook · 1 week ago
  • Charlie G.

    The salami & potato chip sandwich w/ tomato soup on the lunch menu was phenom.

    Charlie Garlock · 1 week ago
  • Nick N.

    Pimm's Cup 👌🏼

    Nick Newman · November 13, 2015
  • Ricky S.

    Fresh southern cooking served up in a friendly way.

    Ricky Sherrill · October 1, 2015
  • Maki T.

    Pimento cheese is delicious! Be aware it's pretty spicy. They have a parking validation at the parking next to Hyatt hotel.

    Maki T M · August 5, 2015
  • Chris M.

    Not what it used to be.

    Chris McCain · July 28, 2015
  • Julie J.

    Try the Chocolate Roulade - (via @Foodspotting)

    Julie JEWELeS · July 26, 2015
  • Michelle K.

    The drinks are delicious! Highly recommend the Dixie Medley and Spindrift!

    Michelle Keane · July 26, 2015
  • Julie J.

    Try the Farm Egg - My new favorite seasonal dish here (via @Foodspotting)

    Julie JEWELeS · June 28, 2015
  • Julie J.

    Try the Dixie Medley Cocktail - (via @Foodspotting)

    Julie JEWELeS · June 28, 2015
  • Tricia B.

    Hugh Acheson's Atlanta restaurant. Delicious brunch, great bourbon selection. Friendly, knowledgeable bartenders.

    Tricia Bean · June 20, 2015
  • Kyle V.

    Grab a 'Georgia Coffee' if you need something refreshing. Not a hardcore coffee drink but still delicious.

    Kyle Van Pelt · June 15, 2015
  • Marvin G.

    The tasting menu is worth it.

    Marvin Guerra · April 6, 2015
  • Nicole K.

    Great good and cocktails.

    Nicole Kasten · March 16, 2015
  • Mallie T.

    Loved this dining experience. Get the egg appetizer - unique and delicious, a Southern bimbimbap.

    Mallie T · March 7, 2015
  • Jarrod D.

    Fantastic bar scene with artisan cocktails. Highly recommend the snacks "In Jars" to start and the Nantucket Bay scallops. Hanger steak was cooked perfectly. Great craft beer selection , too.

    Jarrod D. · January 9, 2015
  • Melissa

    Great date spot, pricey but worth it, cocktails and wine list on point

    Melissa · December 10, 2014
  • Chris K.

    Walked in 1 min before closing and still experienced top notch service and flawless execution of food. This place is legit. The grilled octopus and white kimchi salad was fantastic.

    Chris Konecny · December 10, 2014
  • Laurent B.

    Fried chicken biscuit sandwich is out of this world good.

    Laurent B · December 4, 2014
  • Demi B.

    Can you say lamb confit? How about Farro eggplant or pumpkin duck breast? All end with delicious!

    Demi Black · October 15, 2014
  • John L.

    One of the best beverage programs top-to-bottom in the city.

    John Liotta · September 14, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Empire State South as seen on The Layover Read more

    TV Food Maps · September 2, 2014
  • Justin O.

    The Pimiento cheese is unlike anything I've ever had. Get it it is worth getting.

    Justin Ordoveza · August 29, 2014
  • Briana B.

    Happy Hour for Kristen!

    Briana Bowie · August 7, 2014
  • Chris W.

    Good drinks and atmosphere

    Chris Wren · August 6, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Todd Ginsberg, chef of General Muir, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Pimento cheese w/ bacon marmalade. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 5, 2014
  • Tasting Table

    Acheson's elevated Southern Food, which gives frequent nods to Europe and even Asia, has proven to be a crowd-pleaser. The expertly-curated wine list and cocktails are among the best in town. Read more

    Tasting Table · August 5, 2014
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta

    It's like a scene from Southern Living: tall white cabinets against a backsplash of tiles painted with burnt orange & white sunbursts, fine appliances, a vast island topped with smooth black stone. Read more

    Creative Loafing Atlanta · August 5, 2014
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta

    Bites of juicy chicken and creamy rice and beans wrapped in a soft tortilla explode with warm spices and the cool tang of homemade salsa. Read more

    Creative Loafing Atlanta · August 5, 2014
  • The Wall Street Journal

    I love the look of this restaurant, and chefs Hugh Acheson and Ryan Smith put out tasty southern food. Read more

    The Wall Street Journal · August 3, 2014
  • Epicurious

    Served only at lunch, the wings are braised, deep-fried, tossed in a glaze of butter, hot sauce, and cilantro, and served over Carolina Gold rice and red beans. Read more

    Epicurious · August 3, 2014
  • Jeff B.

    OMG. The Pimento Cheese spread is mind-blowing.

    Jeff Brittain · July 13, 2014
  • DrinkMoreCoffee J.

    Brewing coffees from several great roasters. 4 Barrel, George Howell, Heart, 49th Parallel, Counter Culture.

    DrinkMoreCoffee Jensen · June 13, 2014
  • Daniel R.

    Food and service was GREAT

    Daniel Roy · June 5, 2014
  • Gabriel T.

    Can't miss the octopus!

    Gabriel Tinti · May 30, 2014
  • Chontira F.

    Love the Farm Egg!

    Chontira Feliz · May 14, 2014
  • Talya A.

    Absolutely delicious, fresh, healthy lunch (I had the super foods plate.) Big bonus was seeing Hugh Acheson walk out the door near me... I'm a huge Top Chefs franchise fan! 10+ in my book! Yum!

    Talya Arbisser · May 9, 2014
  • C.Y. L.

    The staff have impeccable beards. Seriously.

    C.Y. Lee · May 7, 2014
  • Dr'Ro R.

    The pretzel rolls and steak were awesome. Service was superb!!! Try it.

    Dr'Ro Ro · April 26, 2014
  • Matthew S.

    When at the bar, John Wayne and only John Wayne

    Matthew Simonelli · April 6, 2014
  • Amy

    They love Stevie Wonder here

    Amy · March 28, 2014
  • DineWithDani

    If you can spare the time, stop by for breakfast on a weekday!

    DineWithDani · March 27, 2014
  • PJ W.

    FYI - No more valet parking

    PJ Walker · March 2, 2014
  • Eric G.

    Amazing kale salad. Super food kind of stuff.

    Eric Grant · February 28, 2014
  • Deena W.

    Gotta love a restaurant with several Prince albums on the playlist! Also, the pimento cheese with bacon marmalade is delish!

    Deena Woods · February 16, 2014
  • Ava L.

    I like sitting at the bar with Cody, who is a great bartender, ordering the jars starter...amazing! It is a lot to eat, the bacon and pimento cheese is to die for, so half the time that is dinner...

    Ava Leigh · January 26, 2014
  • @JaumePrimero

    Had a few great meals at ESS. In the heart of Midtown, close to everything, bangin food!

    @JaumePrimero · November 29, 2013
  • Drew M.

    Great bourbon selection that is reasonably priced.

    Drew Mancini · November 16, 2013
  • Harrison G.

    Always get the jars and farm egg

    Harrison Grant · November 16, 2013

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