The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, better known as MARTA, offers rail service that extends south to the airport and north to just beyond the city perimeter. While a variety of restaurants can be found near many MARTA rail stations, there are several stops that are conveniently located near Atlanta’s top dining destinations.
Here are the top-rated restaurants near the busiest MARTA stations:
The Five Points station is smack dab in the middle of downtown Atlanta. In addition to swanky hotel offerings that are also tourist attractions like the Sun Dial, there are crowd-pleasers like Thrive and Ted’s Montana Grill, international cuisine like Aviva by Kameel and Aaamar, and casual favorites like Slice and Sidebar. Some of these restaurants are also easily accessible via the Peachtree Station, which is one stop north of Five Points.
Also serving the downtown Atlanta area, nearby restaurants include Alma Cocina, the tourist-friendly Pittypat’s Porch, seafood destination Lure and the popular steakhouse Ray’s in the City.
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The Midtown MARTA station is surrounded by great dining destinations. Grab a gourmet coffee at Dancing Goats, across from the station, then check out Mediterranean offerings at Mulavi, fine dining at Ecco, great burgers and brews at the Vortex, an impressive cocktail menu at Empire State South, and satiate your sweet tooth at Sweet Hut.
Located adjacent to the High Museum and Woodruff Arts Center, plenty of fine dining options can be found nearby. Table 1280 services the arts crowd, and Octane will keep you caffeinated. Colony Square offers everything from fast casual options like Tin Drum to hip destinations like 5 Church and Establishment. The Four Seasons is nearby, offering up an award-winning restaurant, Park 75, along with one of the best cocktail bars in town at Bar Margot.
Buckhead is one of Atlanta’s premier dining destinations. There are dozens of restaurants within easy walking distance of the station. Maggiano’s offers hearty Italian, while The Palm and Southern Art and Bourbon bar offer a swanky hotel scene. If you are looking for something more casual, Farm Burger serves 100 percent grass-fed beef and chicken burgers, and side dishes made from fresh, local ingredients. The multi-location restaurant also serves local craft beers and milkshakes for grown-ups.
Located next to Lenox Square Mall, this station offers easy access to mall restaurants, including True Food Kitchen and Seven Lamps. Bhojanic has taken classic north Indian fare and street food served in a restaurant with a snazzy, modern vibe. Just down the street is another mall, Phipps Plaza, which offers the legendary Tavern at Phipps and northern Italian cuisine at Davio’s.
The Brookhaven station offers several neighborhood bistro options. Try the New American bistro Terra Terroir or enjoy more casual fare at Hudson Grille and creative pizzas as Mellow Mushroom. Vero Pizzeria cooks its pies in an oven custom made of clay from the volcanic rock of Vesuvius, and it burns so hot the pizzas cook in two minutes flat. The dough is made on-site in a special room, where artisans also make the pasta for nearby sister restaurant Valenza.
The Doraville area is home to some of the best international cuisine offerings in metro Atlanta. Hanil IL Kwan serves up Korean barbecue, Mexican cuisine at Monterrey, Bangledeshi cuisine at Al-Amin and Columbian offerings at La Casona.
Located adjacent to Perimeter Mall, transit users can take the walking path that leads to the mall and its dining destinations, including health-conscious cuisine at Seasons 52, traditional Italian at Maggiano’s, tapas at Eclipse di Luna and steaks in a swanky atmosphere at McKendrick’s Steakhouse.
Located on MARTA’s Blue line, which heads east of downtown Atlanta, Inman Park offers a slew of hip eateries. Next door is One Eared Stag, and about a half-mile away from the station is a cluster of dining selections, including Inman Perk Coffee, Pure Taqueria, casual Italian and pizzas at Fritti, and an impressive wine and tapas selection at Barcelona. A little over a half-mile east is the popular Krog Street Market.
On MARTA’s East Line, the Decatur station is surrounded by dining destinations. Enjoy Spanish wine and tapas at the Iberian pig, try Indian street food at Chai Pani, enjoy seasonal farm-to-table fare at Cakes & Ale, grab a healthy lunch at Souper Jenny, or indulge in creative cocktails and hearty pub fare at Leon’s Full Service.
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