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Empire State South

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, American Restaurant, and New American Restaurant$$$$
Midtown, Atlanta
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  • The folks at Eater and The Wall Street Journal like this place. Would you agree?
    • Eater
    • The Wall Street Journal
  • Talya A.
    "super foods plate"(6 Tips)
    Deena W.
    "Also, the pimento cheese with bacon marmalade is delish!"(3 Tips)
    Julius Droolius
    "Try the Pork Belly - Grilled pork belly & grits @ESSouth #DaBomb"(7 Tips)
    Creative Loafing Atlanta
    "first Atlanta outpost from star chef Hugh Acheson"(3 Tips)
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  • Miguel R.
    It was just ok.
  • Brooke S.
    It was ok. Staff was a little snooty
  • Lukas C.
    Delicious trout, rabbit, and cocktails!!
  • Dan K.
    Dan KnisleyFebruary 22
    Spicy fried chicken sandwich 💯💯
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxDecember 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The chicken biscuit for breakfast is a nice small (but rich) option.
  • Huaisi C.
    Huaisi CenNovember 1, 2016
    Great food and dessert, modern design, it has a cool outdoor space for friends and family.
  • Spencer M.
    Spencer MoodyOctober 28, 2016
    Great Sunday brunch menu paired with delicious cocktails. Staff was incredibly friendly.
  • Lorene E.
    Lorene EvansOctober 21, 2016
    Mac & cheese
  • Wm B.
    Wm BehrendtOctober 19, 2016
    Unbelievable outside space. They have a bocce court!
  • Tif L.
    Tif LienSeptember 14, 2016
    Farm Egg 👌💯🙌
  • JAEDON L.
    JAEDON LEEAugust 1, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Superfood, superfood and superfood...
  • Ricardo V.
    Ricardo ValdesApril 15, 2016
    Service is excellent, listen to their suggestions. We ordered the jars as an app (which come with delicious toast), however it was very filling for just two people. Amazing cocktails and wine list.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaApril 13, 2016
    This place turned me on to pimento. Great for lunch. 🍞🍳
  • Teddy M.
    Teddy MaggianiApril 1, 2016
    Get the jars and charcuterie, a bottle of wine and enjoy the amazing atmosphere.
  • Gerardo G.
    Gerardo GarciaApril 1, 2016
    Try the Pork Loin With Kale And Parsnip Puree - @fipolarrea (via @Foodspotting)
  • Cameron F.
    Cameron FullerMarch 18, 2016
    Spicy chicken po boy was excellent!
  • Monica Z.
    Monica ZarateFebruary 21, 2016
    The chicken biscuit is off the charts amazing!!
  • Sofia F.
    Sofia FigueroaFebruary 21, 2016
    Fried rice w/ egg dish, sweet potato salad, brussel sprouts, and duck entree. Resident mixologist is mezcal enthusiast, get a cocktail!
  • May ♍.
    May ♍February 9, 2016
    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
    Upvoted Aug 13
  • Charlie G.
    Charlie GarlockJanuary 28, 2016
    The salami & potato chip sandwich w/ tomato soup on the lunch menu was phenom.
  • Nick N.
    Nick NewmanNovember 13, 2015
    Pimm's Cup 👌🏼
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillOctober 1, 2015
    Fresh southern cooking served up in a friendly way.
  • Maki T.
    Maki T MAugust 5, 2015
    Pimento cheese is delicious! Be aware it's pretty spicy. They have a parking validation at the parking next to Hyatt hotel.
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSJuly 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Chocolate Roulade - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Michelle K.
    Michelle KeaneJuly 26, 2015
    The drinks are delicious! Highly recommend the Dixie Medley and Spindrift!
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSJune 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Farm Egg - My new favorite seasonal dish here (via @Foodspotting)
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSJune 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Dixie Medley Cocktail - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Tricia B.
    Tricia BeanJune 20, 2015
    Hugh Acheson's Atlanta restaurant. Delicious brunch, great bourbon selection. Friendly, knowledgeable bartenders.
  • Kyle V.
    Kyle Van PeltJune 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Grab a 'Georgia Coffee' if you need something refreshing. Not a hardcore coffee drink but still delicious.
  • Marvin G.
    Marvin GuerraApril 6, 2015
    The tasting menu is worth it.
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KastenMarch 16, 2015
    Great good and cocktails.
  • Mallie T.
    Mallie TMarch 7, 2015
    Loved this dining experience. Get the egg appetizer - unique and delicious, a Southern bimbimbap.
  • Jarrod D.
    Jarrod DaughtryJanuary 9, 2015
    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.
  • Melissa
    MelissaDecember 10, 2014
    Great date spot, pricey but worth it, cocktails and wine list on point
  • Chris K.
    Chris KonecnyDecember 10, 2014
    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.
  • Laurent B.
    Laurent BDecember 4, 2014
    Fried chicken biscuit sandwich is out of this world good.
  • Demi B.
    Demi BlackOctober 15, 2014
    Can you say lamb confit? How about Farro eggplant or pumpkin duck breast? All end with delicious!
  • John L.
    John LiottaSeptember 14, 2014
    One of the best beverage programs top-to-bottom in the city.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 2, 2014
    Check out Empire State South as seen on The Layover Read more
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaAugust 29, 2014
    The Pimiento cheese is unlike anything I've ever had. Get it it is worth getting.
  • Briana B.
    Briana BowieAugust 7, 2014
    Happy Hour for Kristen!
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenAugust 6, 2014
    Good drinks and atmosphere
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    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
  • 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
    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
  • 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
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    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
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BrittainJuly 13, 2014
    OMG. The Pimento Cheese spread is mind-blowing.
  • DrinkMoreCoffee J.
    DrinkMoreCoffee JensenJune 13, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Brewing coffees from several great roasters. 4 Barrel, George Howell, Heart, 49th Parallel, Counter Culture.
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RoyJune 5, 2014
    Food and service was GREAT
  • Gabriel T.
    Gabriel TintiMay 30, 2014
    Can't miss the octopus!
  • Chontira F.
    Chontira FelizMay 14, 2014
    Love the Farm Egg!
  • Talya A.
    Talya ArbisserMay 9, 2014
    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!
  • C.Y. L.
    C.Y. LeeMay 7, 2014
    The staff have impeccable beards. Seriously.
  • Dr'Ro R.
    Dr'Ro RoApril 26, 2014
    The pretzel rolls and steak were awesome. Service was superb!!! Try it.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SimonelliApril 6, 2014
    When at the bar, John Wayne and only John Wayne
  • Amy
    AmyMarch 28, 2014
    They love Stevie Wonder here
  • DineWithDani
    DineWithDaniMarch 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can spare the time, stop by for breakfast on a weekday!
  • PJ W.
    PJ WalkerMarch 2, 2014
    FYI - No more valet parking
  • Eric G.
    Eric GrantFebruary 28, 2014
    Amazing kale salad. Super food kind of stuff.
  • Deena W.
    Deena WoodsFebruary 16, 2014
    Gotta love a restaurant with several Prince albums on the playlist! Also, the pimento cheese with bacon marmalade is delish!
  • Ava L.
    Ava LeighJanuary 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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...
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 29, 2013
    Had a few great meals at ESS. In the heart of Midtown, close to everything, bangin food!
  • Drew M.
    Drew ManciniNovember 16, 2013
    Great bourbon selection that is reasonably priced.
  • Harrison G.
    Harrison GrantNovember 16, 2013
    Always get the jars and farm egg
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BrothersNovember 10, 2013
    Great food! Get the Farm Egg
  • Jane L.
    Jane LuoOctober 25, 2013
    My first try for soul food, farm egg didn't disappoint me at all.
  • Bill
    BillOctober 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the bar and watch Kelly work. She is amazing.
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MunroeSeptember 27, 2013
    Must try In Jars starter!
  • Chip T.
    Chip TallentSeptember 20, 2013
    The Alpine Summer cocktail is very refreshing
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    Creative Loafing AtlantaSeptember 19, 2013
    Count on Southern-tinged dishes made with super-fresh local ingredients, anytime. At night, don't miss the house charcuterie or farm egg over crispy rice. 2013 Best of Atlanta Critics Pick. Read more
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Alpine summer -
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Crimson Dandy - Delicious!
  • AJ C.
    AJ CheponisSeptember 13, 2013
    The deconstructed cheesecake is incredible. Unbelievable.
  • Breanne K.
    Breanne KostykSeptember 10, 2013
    Ask for Randy, get the stuff in jars.
  • Samira M.
    Samira MalikSeptember 7, 2013
    Great outdoor venue to enjoy the rest of this warm weather. Definitely a place for foodies.
  • Taylor
    TaylorSeptember 5, 2013
    Bathrooms smell like bacon
  • Richard L.
    Richard LeslieJuly 21, 2013
    Were foodies and this was Amazing food! Our server was Darnell, he was charming and attentive. Great experience.
  • Occupy My Family A.
    Pop in for a pastry and a coffee to go on your travels up and down Peachtree Street.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CoburnJuly 11, 2013
    Great whiskey selection. Catfish is amazing!
  • Isa L.
    Isa LaraJuly 4, 2013
    Get the jars!!! The pimento cheese bacon marmalade dip is TOO much.
  • SavvyLoo
    SavvyLooJune 5, 2013
    Don't be intimidated and definitely try the charred octopus!
  • jbrotherlove
    jbrotherloveMay 31, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Duck Breast - with farro, abalone mushroom, escarole, spring onions
  • Natalie W.
    Natalie WassumMay 18, 2013
    Deviled Eggs
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    The ESS charcuterie plate already won CL's Charcuterie Smackdown, so making the cut for CL's best 100 dishes was a done deal Read more
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    The Farm Egg with Carolina Gold Rice always gets my mojo workin'. One of the best among CL's 100 best dishes. Read more
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    Beady lentils, sliced hanger steak, mixed lettuces, and seasonal vegetables (currently sorghum sweet potatoes, pickled beets, and chewy wheat berries) help make Super Food one of CL's 100 Best Dishes. Read more
  • AJC
    AJCApril 24, 2013
    Farro is the centerpiece of this salad from Empire State South and it's amazing. Read more
  • DrinkMoreCoffee J.
    DrinkMoreCoffee JensenApril 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Vanilla syrup is made with real vanilla beans. Try a latte
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Pimms Cup -
  • JM D.
    JM DiazMarch 23, 2013
    Try the everything. Its fantastic. If you must be choosy, oysters.
  • RaeAnn
    RaeAnnMarch 20, 2013
    The Jars and Farm Egg - both wonderfuy delish!!!
  • Sophia M.
    Sophia MMarch 10, 2013
    I need a dictionary for the menu lol! What are yellowfoots? Ohhhh, it's turtle....
  • DrinkMoreCoffee J.
    DrinkMoreCoffee JensenFebruary 19, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Excellent coffee
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Our cocktails: The Barbara, Six Petals, Pimms Cup, & Shoulder Kiss -
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Shoulder Kiss -
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Iced Georgia coffee -
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Beet Red Velvet -
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Jacques Rose & Sazerac Cocktails -
  • Brina S.
    Brina SardenFebruary 10, 2013
    Great servers!!! Everyone I've had is absolutely wonderful, and the food is awesome. I love this place
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