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The Vortex Bar & Grill

Bar, Burger Joint, and American Restaurant$$$$
Little Five Points, Atlanta
290 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • tater tots
  • french fries
  • lively
  • laughing skull
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  • Annalise C.
    I always get the coronary burger w/ tots & an ice cold Velvet Skull to wash it down with. This will always be my favorite place to get a burger. Beware, it is 21 & up, & they don't budge on that rule.
  • Jelan K.
    Jelan KendrickNovember 14, 2015
    This place is a must if your in Atl and love artsy locations and vibe of fun from the surrounding people and workers. GET a burger don't get me wrong the menu is packed with goodies but 1st timers 🍔
  • AJC
    AJCJanuary 30, 2015
    Burgers and beer can’t be beat when you watch the Super Bowl, and Vortex has claimed awards for both “Best Burger in Atlanta” and touts themselves as one of Atlanta’s most comprehensive booze lists. Read more
  • Ellee M.
    Ellee MajorMarch 18, 2013
    Come on a Sunday or Tuesday! Stephen is THE BOMB!!! Tip him well and he will be your favorite bar tender. The big ass taco is delish, the cheesy changa is BOMB, and the guacamole burger is the best!!!
  • Gabrielle W.
    The food was absolutely BOMB! The outlaw and steakhouse burgers are what we had and were off the chain! The fries are much better than the tator tots. Also, the plantains are good. Service sucked tho
  • This Is My South
    This Is My SouthDecember 26, 2012
    While this Little Five Points dive isn't known for it's friendly service, the burgers are worth coming for. The heart stopping burgers make it our pick for Favorite Atlanta Meals! Read more
  • Wanna See It All
    Wanna See It AllSeptember 24, 2012
    Great place, Will be back. Our server: Oz , off the charts awesome. Found my favorite beverage here (Angry Orchard) Cheese Balls App was large. Had the elvis burger, it all work together except the PB
  • AJC
    AJCFebruary 18
    Vortex Bar & Grill topped our list of Best Burgers in Atlanta. With their classics like the Elvis Burger, Coronary Bypass Burger, or the spicy Hell Burger, there is something here for everyone. Read more
  • Jesse-Emily P.
    Jesse-Emily PritchettOctober 4, 2015
    Take your pick from the burger menu....everything I've had from the Vortex has been amazing. From the tater tots to the beer/specialty drinks, you won't be bored of the "same ole' burger".
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    Creative Loafing AtlantaJanuary 20, 2012
    You can't miss the big skull with psychedelic eyes on Moreland Ave. Walk through the gaping mouth, and you'll find some of the city's best burgers, excellent chili and even good vegetarian bar fare. Read more
  • Tatiana H.
    Tatiana HanFebruary 9, 2015
    Yeah, this place really lives up to it's standards. The burgers are legit. Still, I'm sensitive to smoke & even though no one was smoking while I was there, the residue is strong, but I expected it.
  • David L.
    David LettsMay 24, 2014
    Everything is gigantic. Even the water cup is probably not going to need a refill. You will have to be rolled out of here with a smile on. ALSO plantains are a solid side choice. Trust.
  • Audio Neko C.
    Audio Neko ChanMarch 25, 2010
    You just can't go wrong with Mus Machos Nachos. Best nachos I've had to date. Serve with your favorite beer, my choice is a Big Bottle of Newcastle. This dish requires at least 2 appetites.
  • Des M.
    Des MyersDecember 15, 2012
    Best food in Little Five Points in regards to all American. They have great mixed drinks. Only place that comes close to rivaling it the brewhouse across the street from corner tavern.
  • Oakland Cemetery
    Oakland CemeteryNovember 4, 2010
    Crave from the Grave: Walk thru the coolest looking entrance in town! Like it spicy? The "Hell Burger" is topped w/ habanero relish, jalapenos, & pepperjack cheese! Sweatin' just thinking about it!
  • Kerry K.
    Kerry KoestnerAugust 10, 2013
    This place is excellent. Great place to get away from children and be an adult amongst adults. The staff are awesome and the food is tasty. The drink selection is impressive as well.
  • Meghan C.
    Meghan Carr2 weeks ago
    I absolutely love the food, the people, the atmosphere at the Vortex. The drinks are awesome, especially their crazy list of shots. One of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta.
  • Emily C.
    Emily CDecember 13, 2013
    Paying $5 to park in a strip mall on a wkday afternoon, being told there was a 10 min wait when tables were clearly available and extensive "rules" on the menu made for a pretentious atmosphere.
  • Eater
    Eater4 days ago
    The Double Coronary Bypass Burger is topped with two eggs, American cheese, and eight slices of bacon, served between two grilled cheeses instead of hamburger buns. Local cardiologists love The Vortex Read more
  • Get Local ATL
    Get Local ATLJuly 10, 2012
    Gotta love The Vortex! We stepped inside the kitchen to see what makes this spot an ATL institution -- check it out on Dine ATL on XFINITY On Demand.
  • Rosemarie B.
    Rosemarie BrownJanuary 9, 2014
    To expensive for my taste lol, our original pick was Jacks Pizza and Wings which is like 5 minutes away. Cheap beer, cheap liquor, cheap shots, cheap food (but oh so delicious) !!!!
  • Kandice L.
    Kandice LacyApril 15, 2015
    The food was great, our waitress was EXCELLENT and the atmosphere was fantastic. Will definitely come back the next time I'm in Atlanta!!
  • 360 Media
    360 MediaAugust 17, 2012
    So many choices on the menu – who knew so many different things could go on a burger? No meal is complete though without starting off with the Tater Tots and cheese dip. YUM! -LC
  • Chanda G.
    Chanda GloverOctober 10, 2010
    The burgers don't taste as good as the wait would imply. Waited 90 minutes to be served on a Saturday night. Plus they essential market themselves as having unconcerned wait stuff; they hit the mark.
  • Robert R.
    Robert RoweSeptember 15, 2010
    ...serving Atlanta's best Burgers! Menu offers great variety of (out of this world) delicious Burgers such Coronary Bypass Burger, Elvis Burger, Yokohama Mama Burger and many more... Read more
  • Intown Expert, Jennifer Kjellgren & Associates
    The original bad-boy of restaurants, here you'll find authentic rock-n-roll décor and one of the best, most consistent burgers in town.
  • Decibel Magazine
    Decibel MagazineDecember 31, 2010
    Legendary restaurant with a "Skull" entry and the best burgers in Atlanta. Loud, rock atmosphere with the walls covered in memorabilia. If you like it hot, get the “Hell Burger
  • Katrina H.
    Katrina HillMay 22, 2013
    Best bacon cheeseburger I've had... EVER! Very interesting scenery. Must be 21+ but overall the service was great! I'd definitely go back, especially for the burger!
  • Scotty R.
    Scotty R.March 25, 2014
    The Double Bypass burger is amazing if you're (wo)man enough. Tots are tasty, too. Wash it all down with a Laughing Skull 👍
  • Armon A.
    Armon AndersonJuly 25, 2013
    Cool place! Nice environment and hilarious menus. Burgers were great but the loaded potato salad is TO DIE FOR! Beat potato salad I've ever had in a restaurant
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SullinsNovember 18, 2013
    Don't forget to read the hilarious rules on the menu. Ages 18 and up are only allowed in, so that's a good thing. Great burger restaurant and interesting people.
  • Peter F.
    Peter FennDecember 14, 2012
    So many delicious burger selections, and be sure to order a beer! Best beer list in town. And be nice to your server, or they'll be rude right back!
  • Krystle S.
    Krystle SimsAugust 1, 2014
    Fun dećor and huge portions of juicy burgers. I ate half of mine and could hardly move after. Read the menu all the way through - it's hilarious!
  • Paul
    PaulAugust 4, 2011
    Coronary Bypass Burger all the way- don't let the egg scare you away! Also, go w the tots- solid burger, but the fries are generic and forgettable at best.
  • Raven L.
    The hamburger was great and the service was amazing. The bartender was keeping up with everything even though it was packed. I will be back.
  • ben m.
    ben mAugust 31, 2014
    Great burgers with a beer list to match. If you are solo grab a seat at the bar and enjoy. Not a place for families, no kids allowed.
  • B Culture Media
    B Culture MediaApril 27, 2012
    The Elvis burger is only for the adventurous. The peanut butter and banana combo is a classic but The Vortex puts a whole new spin on this classic treat.
  • Chris "GoFer" L.
    Chris "GoFer" LeachJanuary 6, 2014
    I have to go here every time I go to Atlanta. Awesome burgers. Great atmosphere. Perfect service and no nonsense menu. I just love it!
  • Robin B.
    Robin BJanuary 19, 2013
    Yokohama mama turkey burger is delicious!!! They have no longer have fried zucchini on the menu, but added fried sweet plantains!!! Yum!!!
  • Todd H.
    Todd HoweAugust 6, 2014
    The burgers here are amazing. I'm always looking for excuses to go back. Try a different burger every time. I haven't found a bad one yet
  • Donnie S.
    Donnie ScantzJune 11, 2012
    This is a very racist & rude establishment. The bartender/GM named Steve says "I could care less if any of YOU PEOPLE ever come back to the vortex after refusing to honor my order.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedMarch 16
    "If you are going to eat a burger, you can’t worry about a diet; and if you are going to cheat your diet, this is the place to do it." Chef Eddie Hernandez Read more
  • Dave U.
    Dave UnderwoodSeptember 1, 2014
    If you like heat - try the Hell's Fury Burger. Excellent combination of heat and flavor.
  • Sarah E.
    Sarah EleyJuly 4, 2010
    Go to the one in Little 5 Points, not Midtown, and order, Blue Shroom Burger, also check out their massive double bypass burger.
  • David R.
    David ReposarMay 20, 2013
    Big Big Comfort Food & Visual Overload of the best kind. It is in the Little Five Area...Just what I was looking for !
  • Grilles & Grills C.
    Divine Burgers with unique flair and the best sides of anywhere! Oh the zuchinni! If only there was a family friendly Vortex. Bastards.
  • Kristina L.
    Kristina LaPlantAugust 25, 2012
    If you think you can't handle the Triple Coronary Bypass burger go for the single! BTW- the bacon is by far the best part!
  • Kaylie J.
    Kaylie JadeApril 8, 2013
    Cannot come to little 5 with out eating here. Everything is good. Awesome vibes, cute girl servers and yummy food.
  • Mieke S.
    Mieke SpitaelsJuly 2, 2014
    The standard Vortex burger is really good. Specials can be greasy. You also need to like loud hard rock music...
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelAugust 10, 2011
    Burgers here are to die for! On Man v Food Nation, Adam Richman tries a burger so monstrous that it's held together by 2 grilled cheese sandwiches!
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