490 E. Paces Ferry Rd. NEMaple Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30305
Open for eight years, Aria has matured from hot and trendy and is rapidly evolving into one of the grande dames of Atlanta restaurants. Classic in its combination of ensemble entrees and its near-perfect execution of small details, its cuisine is European-American eclectic (with the occasional Asian influence). Knowledgeable waitstaff. One of my half-dozen favorite Atlanta restaurants to take a date or business associates for dinner.
I am not a fan of the Latin all-you-can-eat, grilled-meat-on-a-stick concept. Fogo de Chao (and its competitor, Chima) emphasize choice meat quantity over prime meat quality. A great venue for a bunch of 20-something guys who can afford to indulge their AUCE sensibilities. If you are a discerning adult diner who enjoys a good prime steak, get yourself to one of Atlanta's several excellent prime steakhouses.