Maybe you can’t get away to Europe this fall, but you can make time to check out one of Atlanta’s best bistros. Before there were gastropubs, the humble bistro was the great little intimate dining experience we all loved. They make great choices for lunch with the girls or a relaxed date. You can never go wrong with steak frites!

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

If you are in search of a bit of Paris right here in Atlanta, check out local institution Bistro Niko. Don’t skip out on the gougeres to share with the group – these little cheesy puffs are a bit of heaven. It’s an example of the tasty, casual fare that Atlanta does so well. There is also a great prix fixe menu if you are checking the place out for the first time and want to simplify your options. 

Eclectic Bistro and Bar
1425 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 426-7728

If you want to be the first one of your friends to discover a new spot, check out Eclectic Bistro and Bar. Located right between Ansley Mall and the Atlanta Botanical Garden, this is a great choice for dinner or drinks right outside of the main hub of Midtown. The service is friendly and options like mussels and panini are tasty and well-priced. It’s a great option after a day at Piedmont Park. 

Anis Cafe & Bistro
2974 Grandview Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 233-9889

Anis bills itself as a bit of Provence in Buckhead, and this restaurant has been serving a little ooh la la since 1994. The brunch menu is especially drool-worthy, with options like Nutella crepes in addition to the standard steak frites. Of course, the dinner menu includes all of your bistro favorites like mussels and escargot. The owner built the menu around his childhood memories of meals in France. It’s an excellent option for a casual but sexy date night.

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Atmosphere Bistro
1620 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30324
(678) 702-1620

Ansley Park is a fun little neighborhood just up the road from Midtown, and Atmosphere Bistro is one of its favorite options for French dining. For over 10 years, this spot, located in a restored home from the 1950s, has been one of Atlanta’s favorite French restaurants. There is even a two-course lunch option for only $15, making it one of the best bargains in town, including a savory croque monsieur. Of course, there is a lovely creme brûlée for dessert that you won’t want to skip.

Ziba’s Bistro
560 Boulevard S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 622-4440

Ziba’s Bistro is a Grant Park favorite that combines a few different European influences to spice up the bistro menu. In addition to French flavors, there are also Spanish influences in the empanadas. You can also find great local ingredients like Georgia trout. It is rustic, comfortable and great for a long brunch with friends on the weekends. 

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