Living in a state along the coast has its perks. From crabcakes to oysters, find your favorites right in Atlanta!
If you’re a seafood lover, you probably make it your mission to try seafood every place you visit. Whether you’re an Atlanta native, returning after years of being away, completely new to town, or just visiting for a short amount of time, you might be wondering where you should go first to see just how good Atlanta is at seafood. After all, it’s a pretty big city, and the seafood options are seemingly endless.
Luckily for you, we’ve compiled some of the best seafood joints in Atlanta, according to the locals. As a melting pot of people from all along the coast (and a smattering of some from further west), Atlanta’s seafood scene is influenced by several different styles of cooking, ranging from Baltimore’s crab to the Creole flavors of Louisiana to the homestyle cooking of many southern states. Needless to say, you’re bound to find something you like.
Seafood is one of the more expensive culinary experiences, so even if you’re a fan, it might not always be in your best interest to go out and splurge on a seafood meal - especially if you’re on a budget. GiftYa understands that, and that’s exactly why they’ve made it their mission to see as many people as possible with e-gift cards to local Atlanta seafood restaurants. Take the pain out of seeing that dip in your bank account with an e-gift card to one of these Atlantan restaurants.
99 Krog St, Suite Y, Atlanta, GA 30307 | Inman Park | watchmansatl.com
If you’re a fan of oysters, you really can’t beat a happy hour that gives you discounts on both drinks and oysters - and that’s exactly what you get at Watchman’s Seafood & Spirits.
Drop by any day from 5-7pm or from 10pm-close and enjoy a number of cocktails and oysters served up at a low price. They’re tasty, they’re fresh, and you’ll be running back for more!
At Watchman’s, their oyster menu changes with the seasons, so if you go once in the spring and then again in the fall, you might be tasting wildly different flavors of oysters.
Sometimes, the menu even changes pretty significantly from day to day, so be sure to see what’s on their oyster menu the day you go in.
“The cocktails are not only tasty but so pretty. On my first visit, I couldn't help but to try a couple of different ones… I would suggest starting your meal with a specialty cocktail and a few oysters.” - Yelp Review
1100 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309 | Midtown | theoceanaire.com
Seafood is usually associated with fine dining, but The Oceanaire Seafood Room takes fine dining to a whole new level! If you’re a fan of both seafood and the finer side of dining, this is the place for you.
Tablecloths, wine, and cocktails in glasses whose rims have been dipped in sugar are right at your fingertips when you come to the Oceanaire. The food comes with a pretty hefty price tag, but the delicious seafood and quality service are well worth it.
Pro tip: If you come on your birthday and make sure to tell them, they’ll bring out a Baked Alaska, on the house, and light it on fire right in front of you!
“Honey, this is IT!! Quiet ambiance, excellent service, Baked Alaska is the birthday desert and the attention to our table was the best I've ever had in my life. 5 stars for Rodney, our waiter.” - Yelp Review
171 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 | Downtown | sweetauburnseafood.com
When most people think of brunch, they probably don’t associate it with seafood. That being said, Sweet Auburn Seafood is one of the best placed in Atlanta for both brunch and seafood.
Those southern-style grits you’ve so often enjoyed with your breakfast? Watch Sweet Auburn Seafood combine those into a dish with shrimp!
As an Atlantan staple, you can find shrimp and grits at almost any seafood restaurant in the city, but most people will tell you that the best ones are at Sweet Auburn.
“I really enjoyed my brunch here. It was not crowded and we were seated right away . I had shrimp and grits and it was soooo rich . Very flavorful ! Server was excellent , very pleasant and everyone really enjoyed.” - Yelp Review
1075 Fairburn Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30331 | South Fulton | baltimorecrabandseafood.com
Baltimore is quite a drive away from Atlanta if you’re just looking for some Baltimore crab - especially when the makers of Baltimore Crab & Seafood have brought that delicious New England staple right to you in Atlanta.
Whether you stop by specifically for the crab, to try some of their shrimp or salmon pasta, or for some battered fish and chips.
The building is pretty unassuming when you first see it, but when you walk inside, you are sure to be impressed by the interior. Chic, sleek, and modern, this restaurant is like a more modest version of The Oceanaire.
“The food here was so delicious that I literally downloaded this app just to leave a review. From the salmon sliders to the salmon pasta to the banana pudding--you name it!” - Yelp Review
240 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 | Downtown | raysrestaurants.com
If you’re looking for the kind of seafood restaurant that caters to both fish lovers’ and fish haters’ tastes, Ray’s in the City is the place for you. With an extensive menu that serves a wide array of both seafood and meat options, there’s something here for even your pickiest of friends.
Highly rated are the crabcakes and lobster, as well as a few of the seafood platters if you’re a seafood fiend. For your friends who are a bit less fond of seafood, other people rave about their steaks, as well.
Ray’s is located in one of the more touristy areas of the city, so if you’re just visiting it might be close by to where you’re staying - but there are some local regulars who also swear by Ray’s.
“So glad that Yelp led us here, what a fantastic meal and evening at Ray's in the City… Our entire experience at Ray's was top notch. The service, food, ambiance- all of it.” - Yelp Review
2830 Windy Hill Rd SW, Marietta, GA 30067 | Marietta | pappadeaux.com
Love the elegance of a nice restaurant, but also looking for some flavors that will really kick you in the face? Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen is the perfect fusion of that elegant interior you know and love and the strong, kicking flavors of the Bayou.
With most of their dishes spiced with cajun seasoning, Pappadeaux brings the Creole flavors of New Orleans to Atlanta’s doorstep. You do not want to miss out.
While Pappadeaux is a chain restaurant of sorts, they never fail to bring a top-notch dining experience to everyone who comes in their doors at any location - but the Atlanta location, in particular really prides itself on providing the highest quality of service.
“If I could give 10 stars I would! This was the best service I've had in a long time! The food and drinks were superb, but the praline cheesecake is like no other!” - Yelp Review
190 Marietta St, Atlanta, GA 30303 | Downtown | mccormickandschmicks.com
If you’re looking for fresh fish and quality service, you are sure to find it at McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks. Patrons often rave about how fresh the fish tastes - and there’s a reason for that.
McCormick & Schmick’s prides itself on seeking out the freshest, locally sourced ingredients to put together their recipes.
In fact, their menu is printed twice a day in order to make sure diners are receiving the freshest options possible. McCormick & Schmick’s refuses to compromise on this, and it shows in the quality of their dishes.
“Excellent happy hour! The truffle fries are amazing, and who doesn't love a bomb $6 burger? So many good, cheap options to choose from while enjoying the beautiful scenery of centennial Park.” - Yelp Review
If you’re a seafood fan, it probably won’t be a tough sell to get you to see what Atlanta has to offer. The tricky part is helping you figure out which one of Atlanta’s many seafood restaurants you should try first. If you’re just visiting, you should probably choose carefully. If you’re here to stay, you might have a little more leeway. Either way, these are the best of the best, just for you.