The best diners in Atlanta

Paige Minds The Gap

These diners in Atlanta offer heaping plates of Southern comfort food, late hours, and a bit of nostalgia. Check out these top diners in Atlanta offering breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and late night meals.

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Majestic Diner

The Majestic Diner in the Poncey-Highlands area has been serving “food that pleases” since 1929. This Atlanta landmark has a classic, no frills interior and menu. In normal times, the Majestic Diner is a 24-hour establishment, but they have scaled back their hours during the pandemic, now closing at 2:30 p.m. and offering a breakfast-only menu. You can enjoy breakfast staples like eggs, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, biscuits, breakfast sandwiches, and bagels.

Marietta Diner

Marietta Diner in Marietta is a classic neon-fronted diner that is open 24/7. Since opening in 1995, Marietta Diner has been known for its huge menu of about 500 items ranging from breakfast to American classics to seafood to Italian dishes to Greek dishes and plenty of cakes, pies, ice cream, shakes, and other desserts. They serve giant portions, too, so come with an empty stomach! Marietta Diner was even featured on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” in 2008.

Landmark Diner

Landmark Diner now has two locations: one in Buckhead and one in Downtown. The original Landmark Diner location opened in Buckhead in 1994 to bring a New York diner experience to Atlanta. Landmark Diner is open 24/7 with breakfast available all day. Their classic diner menu features burgers, sandwiches, wraps, steaks, and chicken alongside veal, Italian dishes, Greek dishes, and fresh seafood platters.

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Silver Skillet

The Silver Skillet Restaurant in the Home Park neighborhood just north of Georgia Tech is a family-run restaurant opened in 1956. The restaurant has a retro vibe and has been featured in multiple TV shows and movies. Silver Skillet was even featured on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” in 2009. The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch, serving a menu of Southern favorites. Try their country ham and redeye gravy, Southern breakfast plate, buttermilk biscuits, country fried steak, or Lemon Ice Box Pie.

Thumbs Up Diner

Thumbs Up Diner is a local Atlanta chain with locations in Old Fourth Ward, West Midtown, Douglasville, East Point, Roswell, and Austell. This diner is known for its breakfast menu offering a build your own breakfast plate, build your own omelet, waffles, breakfast meats and other meats, bagels, hand held breakfast sandwiches, and Thumbs Up Breakfast Originals like chicken and waffles, fried fish and grits, low country heap, and double dip French toast. For lunch, they serve sandwiches, burgers, and melts along with build your own blue plate lunch selections.

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