1. Kimball House

75 Best Restaurants in Atlanta: Kimball House

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Occupying an 1891 train depot, this restaurant—and its James Beard Award–nominated cocktail program—is home to the area’s most charmingly period bar, with belt-driven overhead fans and liquor shelves that rise to the lofty ceiling. Dervish-like barkeep and co-owner Miles Macquarrie adds to the ambience by ensuring every drink is matched to its proper glass and by climbing the bar ladder to dramatically signal last call. Be sure to pair a dozen of the city’s best-curated oysters with any of the half-dozen or more absinthes on offer. 303 East Howard Avenue, Decatur, 404-378-3502, kimball-house.com