For a landlocked city, Atlanta has a surprising amount of great seafood places. Thanks to having one of the largest airports in the world, fresh seafood can be flown into Atlanta from all over the planet. Check out these top seafood restaurants in Atlanta.
Atlanta Fish Market
You’ll recognize Atlanta Fish Market in Buckhead by the large fish sculpture out front. This market-restaurant hybrid has the widest selection of fresh fish and seafood in the Southeast. Seafood is flown in daily for an ever-changing menu that includes dishes like sushi, Maine lobster, crab, shrimp cocktails, iced oysters brought in from both coasts, and more.
C&S Seafood & Oyster Bar
C&S Seafood & Oyster Bar is an upscale hidden gem with locations in Vinings and Sandy Springs. This restaurant specializes in raw bar favorites like oysters, clams, and shrimp cocktail. But don’t worry, you can also get boiled seafood platters, fish entrees, Maine lobster tails, king crab, and even a steak. For a truly incredible seafood experience, go for the plateau de fruits de mer (French for “plate of the fruits of the sea”), complete with oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail, and king crab.
The Optimist, from Chef Ford Fry, in West Midtown brings a seaside fish camp experience to Atlanta. The restaurant is tucked away in an old ham-aging house on Howell Mill, but it brings coastal vibes with its patio and lawn complete with a putting area. On the menu, you’ll find fresh oysters from the Alabama coast, Main sea scallops, whole roasted Georgia trout, and more. Get some delicious beach food classics like hush puppies and lobster rolls, hickory-roasted fish, and raw oysters and be transported straight to the coast.
Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar
Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar is a lively oyster bar and seafood joint located in East Cobb. The restaurant is the vision of chef and owner Doug Turbush. Drift offers fresh fish and oysters flown in daily from the coasts and prepared on a wood fired grill. As the first restaurant partner in Georgia of The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program, Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar is committed to procuring the highest quality sustainable seafood available. On the weekends, you can catch Pop’s Lobster Shack, a New England-style lobster takeout menu.
The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill
Opened in 2010, The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill in Buckhead brings the soul of the Southern Coast to Atlanta. The Big Ketch is all about a happy hour that lasts hours, lingering sunsets, and fresh seafood shared with good friends. On the menu, you can expect coastal inspired fare like a classic hot buttered Lobster Roll, Basil Blue Moon Mussels, and a fresh fish of the day. Enjoy your delicious seafood dish of choice on the patio while listening to live music and you will feel like you are right on the beach.