First Look: Atlas in the Buckhead St. Regis

Gerry Klaskala's new American restaurant delivers bold, artistic fare
February 4, 2015
by Christopher Hassiotis

Located in Buckhead's tony St. Regis hotel, the new restaurant Atlas maintains the swank yet modern atmosphere of its surroundings. Atlas opened its doors last week after months of construction and renovation (the restaurant made Zagat Atlanta's list of eagerly anticipated 2015 openings). Dive into this slide show to find out everything you need to know about the food, decor, talent and more.

88 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW; 404-600-6471

Designed by Bill Johnson, who's had a hand in the look of numerous Atlanta restaurants, Atlas does double duty as a fine-art gallery, featuring original works by Picasso, Chagall, Soutine, Bacon, Soutine, van Gogh and more.

Consulting chef Gerry Klaskala (Aria) provided guidance for the restaurant and menu, while the chef de cuisine is Christopher Grossman, who worked at Aria and most recently spent time working at California's The French Laundry. The food features prominent local sourcing and incorporates European influences into the preparation.

Atlas' lamb entree features a garlic-lamb kielbasa served with lentils and a curried cauliflower purée.

Medallions of rabbit loin come crusted with carraway seed and served with turnips, potatoes, persimmon and cabbage.

The bar menu at Atlas offers some of what you'll find on the main dining room menu, but also has more casual options like a choucroute made with lamb sausage and rabbit pâté or a $25 burger crafted from dry-aged beef and dressed with a housemade "American"-style cheese.

Fresh oysters make an appearance on the starters menu — look to the bar menu for fried oysters.

An entree of venison grilled over pecan wood and accompanied by parsnip, marrow, Brussels sprouts and barley showcases the restaurant's focus on American meats and seasonal preparations.

The open kitchen offers diners a view of the chefs at work.

Atlas' deep wine list was developed by sommelier and manager Caleb Hopkins, a Buckhead vet formerly of Bistro Niko and the now-closed Bluepointe and Nava. Specialty cocktails change seasonally.

The restaurant is operated by the Tavistock Restaurant Collection, a group that owns and runs more than a dozen upscale dining spots around the country. Atlas is their first location not only in Georgia but in the South. (Unless you think of Florida as the South, and we'll argue you on that).

Atlas opens at 5:30 PM seven days a week, and stays open until 10 PM Sundays through Thursdays, and until 10:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays. The bar opens at 4:30 PM.

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