Bistro Niko

The Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s local venture takes its inspiration more from Parisian brasseries than bistros. Bustling crowds are ecstatic to have a new hot spot to bask in, and they keep the reservation books filled. Though the open dining room and buttery lighting inspire French joie de vivre, some of the dishes taste as if a corporate American committee designed them. Reliable pleasures include steamed mussels, foie gras terrine, smoked trout amandine, and citrus tart.

Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn