Best Scallops In Atlanta

August 3, 2016 8:00 AM

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Scallops, when cooked to perfection, are easily one of the most amazing dishes to tantalize your taste buds. Simple to make and gorgeous on the plate, scallops make for an amazing gourmet appetizer, side or entree. Whether you have them baked, fried, seared, or bacon-wrapped, the problem with badly cooked scallops comes down to two things: the wrong scallops and mismanaging moisture. However, there’s no need to worry about the latter when you visit these spectacular restaurants. Here are the best mouth-watering scallops in Atlanta.
The Iberian Pig
121 Sycamore St,
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 371-8800

The Iberian Pig touts themselves as a modern Spanish restaurant combing the tastes of Spain, with a fresh, eclectic, American social atmosphere. They offer a diverse menu of Spanish Tapas, wines, cured meats, and cheeses. They have a scallop dish that is absolutely divine, paired with quinoa salad, passion fruit butter, and lychee salsa. The flavor balance is perfection, along with each succulent scallop. It’s a mouth pleasing dish you won’t regret ordering. As for the location, it’s a popular hot spot in the sparling center of Decatur square. Be sure to make a reservation and prepare for a worthy experience of Spanish cuisine.

The Optimist
914 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 477-6260

Any restaurant backed by the infamous chef Ford Fry could be considered a must-visit on any foodie bucket list. In their own words, The Optimist brings a seaside fish camp experience to Atlanta that includes fresh oysters from the Alabama coast, sea scallops from Maine, fresh Georgia trout, and other sustainable seafood from the country’s best suppliers. Each dish’s ingredients have the highest quality, and are cooked to perfection by Executive Chef Wesley True. They have an unparalleled scallop entrée, Georges Bank Scallops that will thoroughly impress anyone’s taste buds. Paired with mint and apples that brings out the natural sweetness of the scallops make it a winning dish. Keep in mind, you will want to make reservations, because The Optimist is a definite hot spot in Atlanta.

Serpas True Food
659 Auburn Ave NESte 501
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 688-0040

Serpas True Food offers a complete food experience that will never disappoint. It has a chic urban feel, as the restaurant is a former warehouse under vaulted high ceilings that serves Cajun-inspired American cuisine. Whether you dine for brunch, lunch or dinner, you will have a worthy food experience. They have a particular scallop dish on their brunch menu that is paired with logan turnpike grits, tomato ragout and shrimp that’s comfort food for your soul. Make sure you order their beignets too, as they could rival any spot in New Orleans as some of the best you will ever taste in Atlanta.

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3050 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 841-0040

Umi is a quintessential Japanese restaurant experience that will have you dreaming about what you ate for weeks after you’ve dined at their table. The atmosphere is classy, upscale and absolutely gorgeous. They also have a simple menu that’s easy to understand for your novice sushi eater as well. They have a seared diver scallop dish paired with soy ginger sauce with toban grill that is unlike any scallop dish you will ever taste in any restaurant in Atlanta. Umi’s location is a bit tricky to find so prepare to get a little lost, but fear not, they offer complimentary valet parking.

Bistro Niko
3344 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 261-6456

The Buckhead Restaurant Group has a list of stellar restaurants that offer a robust dinning experience and their French inspired restaurant Bistro Niko shines brightly throughout the bunch. It’s a nod to Paris, right in the heart of Atlanta’s popular Buckhead scene. In their words, the atmosphere has a classic French fare that’s both authentic and simple, while affordably priced for patrons. The décor has grand ceilings, and art from Paris with a breathtaking patio view that overlooks Peachtree which makes Bistro Niko a popular destination for Atlantans. They have a scallop entrée, Main Scallops St. Jacques, which is paired with sautéed asparagus, sorrel white wine sauce, underneath a potato puree that’s both decadent and delicious. With excellent, service, and ambience, you will have a complete French bistro experience that will transport your taste buds to a different country with each bite.

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Marlena Turner is an Atlanta native and graduated from Georgia State University. With interests in technology, arts and music for the past three years, she has written articles published on and regarding such topics. In her free time she enjoys video games and movies. Read more on

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