Our reviewer visited Rathbun's, located in East Atlanta near Virginia Highlands, for dinner with two other guests on January 26th, 2007.
What did you order? How was your food? For appetizers we had: Butternut Squash Ravioli in cream, Scallops in a lemon-base sauce, and Tuna Tartar in a citrus dressing. Our main course consisted of: Veal Chops in a cream sauce and Braised Lamb Chops in a bernaise-like sauce. For dessert: Warm peanut butter and jelly cookie bar, and a pot de creme.
Every dish was meticulously created and prepared flawlessly. The presentation for each dish acknowledged the quality of work put into each item. Fresh catch and top quality meats, produce and vegetables are the base from which the chef is able to create the savory dining experience.
Describe your impressions of the service. Was anything exceptionally good (or bad) about the quality of service you received? The service is as expected at a fine dining restaurant with competent and diligent wait staff. Our waiter was confident in his recommendations for both food and wine, with very little backlash afterwards due to correct choices. The hostesses were calm and moved with grace, however could not seem to avoid daydreaming at certain lulls in between seating and were therefore less approachable.
What do you think of the decor and atmosphere? Rathbun's is located in a revamped warehouse named the "Stove Works" in an industrial part of East Atlanta. The exterior is reminiscent of a government building with its sharp angles and lifeless features, but the interior created brings such contrast that they seem eerily alike. Tables are seated in a smaller dining area, bringing to life what was once a large room with a conveyor belt and workers. While most of the action used to be between the hours of 9-5 during work, Rathbun's has changed the "Stove Works" into a hip place to spend your hours when that is exactly what you wish to forget.
Do you consider this a good value for the money you spent? If no, why not? "You get what you pay for" certainly applies to what is fast becoming the new hot spot for trendy Atlanta dining. It is hard to escape for under $125 for two (not including alcohol consumption). If money is a concern, I have a suggestion... do not go to Rathbun's yet. Wait an extra pay period or two, eat some Ramen at home if you have to, and go when you can drink and eat everything without consulting your wallet first.
This restaurant is best for - Good food, Romantic, Special Occasion.
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