12. Bacchanalia

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Bacchanalia
Georgia red shrimp with romesco, basil, and local house-cured trout roe

Photograph by Andrew Thomas Lee

Few restaurants pack in more birthday and anniversary celebrations than Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison’s crown jewel, which first opened in 1993 (then in a cottage in Buckhead). Is the five-course, $85 prix-fixe worth it? It can be, when you stick to favorites like foie gras torchon, plump gulf crab fritter, and an impeccable cheese cart. But in the last year, many of our dishes were distant and dainty, gorgeous on the plate but flat on the palate. Service, too, can be oddly detached and stoic. This is not what we remember four years ago when Bacchanalia topped this very list. Good thing a revival is coming: Joe Schafer, who wowed us at Little Bacch, recently took over the kitchen, and his finely tuned, classic touch is sure to invigorate an institution that once defined Atlanta luxury.

1198 Howell Mill Road, 404-365-0410, starprovisions.com

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