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Joel Antunes LLC

3290 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
(404) 233-3500
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Joel Antunes LLC - Atlanta, GA


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Let's be fair, the location for Joel's Brasserie is not the best. But, the food and service were absolutely outstanding. The Manager, Roy, the friendly waitstaff, and the new So...


The food was incredible, as was the atmosphere. However, the service was dismal. for the extensive wine list, both our server and so-called ""sommelier"" were both very uninformed...

Joel's Brasserie 3/30/2010

Let's be fair, the location for Joel's Brasserie is not the best. But, the food and service were absolutely outstanding. The Manager, Roy, the friendly waitstaff, and the new Sommelier, James, made every effort to make our visit a special one. And, the wine list is quite nice. The french fries are a must. We highly recommend this restaurant. If you want a nice romantic dinner for two, request a booth. ENJOY! Pros: Wonderful Attentive Service, Great Attitude, Great Food more

Fantastic 12/20/2009

I believe a lot of the negative reviews below stem from an unfair comparison of the current Joel to its previous incarnation. It is certainly a smaller, less formal manifestation of the restaurant Joel Antunes ran, but the quality of the food and the service haven’t suffered as a result. My roasted duck was perfect and my girlfriend’s seared Cod was the best I’ve ever tried. Both of us raved over the lemon crepes with sorbet. Service was attentive without being overbearing, and the entire staff was both warm and friendly. If you want stiff, dour waiters and overpriced haute cuisine, then go someplace else. We had a wonderful time and I’d highly recommend this new version of Joel. Pros: Outstanding food, good service, great value more

A shadow of its former self 11/16/2008

I took my wife to Joel again this week-end, and the term 'disappointing' definitely comes to mind. The place was half the size, and while cozier, the change came as quite a shock.\r I guess maybe they just aren't getting the business.\r If there were any specials, and I suspect there were, we weren't told about them. The food was well prepared, but $39 for the lamb, and side dishes extra was a bit steep.\r Then we are told the had run out of souffle. How do you run out of something on a Saturday night, especially since we are 'early diners'. Their claim to fame, the wine list was wide ranging, but again pricey. $138 for Justin Isoscelles(sp) is over the top.\r If you have this much money to spend on dinner go to Quinonnes,\r for a few bucks more you'll have 3+ hours of wining and dining. more

Don't bother with the new Joel! 11/9/2008

Don't bother with the new Joel!\r I was visiting Atlanta and my friends raved about Joel. I ordered a simple meal that included a Caesar salad as my first course. The salad came using the tough ends of romaine, poorly dressed and in a tiny bowl. That was followed by a plate with John Dory - fish that was obviously previously frozen. The dessert was the only redeeming part of the meal. My three friends had similar mishaps. And the restaurant was so noisy that we had trouble carrying on dinnertime conversation. The bill came and I was shocked to see how pricey it was for a lousy bistro meal. Don't waste your hard-earned cash! more

Amazing food, Horrible service 8/26/2008

The food was incredible, as was the atmosphere. However, the service was dismal. for the extensive wine list, both our server and so-called ""sommelier"" were both very uninformed and unknowledgeable about the wine. Food came out wrong, and the server had little to no knowledge of the menu. I went with my boyfriend, and our bill was close to $400. For the money, the service was appalling and did not compensate for the food, no matter how great it was. more

Slight Attitude of Indifference on recent visit 2/25/2008

There was a time before Joel closed for renovationt that friends and I were a fixture to the bar lounge two, maybe three times a week. Polished, low key and attententive service. At one time they had an excellent bar manager, Pam, wonderful service and an occassional live jazz band. I recently visited Joel's because I hadn't been in some time and felt way turned off by an attitude of indifference on the part of someone in the wait staff. He was snobbish to the point that I felt like I'd be darned if I spent any of my money there which is sad because there is nothing negative that I could have said about Joel's prior to this. Unfortunately, your staff is a reflection of your entire business, even if you don't uphold that type of behavior. I can spend my time and money elsewhere. Pros: True Fine Dining, Bar Atmosphere Cons: Snotty Attitude more

Great food!! Great ambiance!! 11/28/2007

Went a couple of times and had a great experience every time. Menu has a very good variety of food to choose from. The appitizers are to die for, plus they have great deserts. Would reccomend making reservations and bring a bunch of money, but it is well worth the price. Pros: Very good ambience, great food and wine Cons: Very expensive more

Joel is now petite in size but not in price 11/19/2007

In 2007 Joel was reduced to about 1/3 of its original size as it was rarely filled and had an enormous bar area that stayed empty. The new space is cozier but you have to exit the restaurant for restrooms located in the office building lobby, which is a bit odd for a pricey French restaurant. The cuisine does not stand up to the high rating given by the Atlanta paper's dining critic. The place is a bit expensive and overall not near the value of food to price that is readily available all over Atlanta. They do have a $39 fixed price menu but you must be seated and have the order in before 6:30. Our dinner for two (one each drink, app, entree, dessert, and no wine) plus tax and tip was $180 for the two of us. Valet Parking. Pros: One of few Atlanta restaurant serving mostly French cuisine Cons: Pricey, restrooms down the hall outside of the restaurant more

Everything you dreamed it would be 11/14/2007

We had finished our errands early and showed up 1 hr early for our resvr. Said we could sit at the bar but they promptly sat us. Server was very eager to explain the menu and get us our drinks.\r We had the lentil soup and the mushroom, riziotto pastry. Both were like nothing you ever tasted before, excellent.\r Next we had the skirt steak and scallops. Everything just melted in your mouth. Interesting flavors and the best quality ingreidents.\r Would go again in a second. I do recommend though if you are a couple to ask for a booth when making your resvr. We were seated on the long bench and you couldn't help but to hear the conversations of the people next to you they were so close. Pros: Food Cons: Price more

Great wines. No. The best wines... 4/13/2007

Probably my next favorite restaurant after Bacchanalia. The key draw for me is the wine. There are few restaurants in the country that have two sommeliers on staff each shift. I describe the wine experience I am looking for (body, character, etc) and I encourage them to surprise me with something new. I have only been disappointed once out of about 20 occasions. I have never paid over $60 for a bottle and I have enjoyed some fabulous wines. Their wine list is impressive, probably one of, if not THE most comprehensive in Atlanta, but rarely have I actually used it to order. Many of the sommelier suggestions have been off-list. Oh, yes, the food. A mark of a great kitchen (and Chef) is the willingness to ""tailor"" their dishes to your needs. This they do very well. I usually order a ""bowl of rice"" as another reviewer phrased it, risotto with Porcini mushrooms and black truffles if available. Delicious. Not on menu. Service has been varied over the years from tardy to perfect, but always friendly and courteous, despite my pretentiousness. Ask for a tour of the kitchen after the dinner and if it is quiet enough, your waiter will give you a tour of one of the most capital intensive, multi-station kitchens in the country. Eat at this restaurant with an open mindset rather than a formalaic one and you will be happy you made the effort. more

Fantastic French Cuisine & Ambiance 4/2/2007

I am a Francophone, not a true Frenchie. That is only to say that my adoration of Joel is purely from an American standpoint. I am amused by some reviews - you have to know why you are coming here. Come here to enjoy in the ambiance, revel in the experience which is far from hurried, but how could you want anything less from a true French gem? I have experienced Joel with a friend of his so we had the full tasting menu and also from a regular patron on a special occasion. Loved both evenings. I felt well taken care of, the servers did not bother us, but were attentive, and the cuisine was incredible. This place is not for everyone, but for that I am glad. I think it is for the gourmet-minded who want to really enjoy the experience of dining and taste the flavors and richness, not the quantity. If you want huge portions and rushed, quick service, go somewhere else, but if you want quality, flavor, texture and a satisfied palate, then ""amusez-vous bien chez Joel"" - have a good time at Joel's. more

The Worst Dining Experience for a Restaurant of this Price Range 3/20/2007

During the holiday season, I brought an out of town friend to Joel?s for dinner. I am sad to say how embarrassing the entire experience was for me.\r \r We arrived for an early dinner at 6:00 pm and were informed the Wine Steward was late coming to work, so we would be required to wait to order our wine until he arrived. We waited over 50 minutes for him to arrive to work. We were informed that nobody else, including the management, could serve the wine. Once our tardy Wine Steward came to work, we were able to proceed. There were 3 of us in our party and we ordered appetizers and entrees. The appetizers came in a timely manner; however the entrees came over a staggered period of 45 minutes. Thus, the food was cold once all entrees had been received. After the entrees, we ordered our deserts. 2 of the 3 deserts never came to our table.\r \r After this experience we asked to speak with the manager. After 20 minutes of waiting we asked to speak with the manager again. 10 minutes later he finally came over to the table and after we explained our experience asked ?What do you expect me to do about it?? and then asked ?I suppose you expect something for free??.\r \r I was very surprised and embarrassed (in front of my guest) to receive such a rude response from the management. Additionally, the meal was only fair in quality. This level of performance would be unacceptable for a more economical restaurant, but was shocking for a restaurant of Joel?s supposed level.\r \r I have dined at restaurants all over the world, but the Joel?s experience must rate as one of the worst dining experiences I have encountered.\r \r Additionally, I found a review of this restaurant by ?I?m confused...? posted by nikki24 on 03/12/2007 to be inappropriate as that individual had not yet dined at Joel?s. Pros: Ambience, Wine List, Trendy Scene Cons: Service, Overall Dining Experience more

I'm confused.... you sound sophisticated, but.... 3/12/2007

I look forward to my first dining experience at Joel's this weekend. I am confused by the negative remarks. Is it because you are uneducated speakers that your words have no tact? Or is it that you wanted to sound more classy than what you are. I find it baffling to read comments from individuals who lack decorum. I've heard nothing but greatness about this restaurant, and look forward to the entire dining experience. more

Chef Joel Antunes-James Beard Award Winning Chef! One Of The Finest French Brasserie's In U.S. 1/23/2007

With the demise of Brasserie La Coze at Lenox Square, and the closing of Seeger's, Joel is firmly at the head of fine dining royalty in Atlanta. Located in a beautiful condo, at the intersection of West Paces/Northside Dr., it has a presence all it's own. Chef Joel's menu was outstanding. Starting with a divine Fois Gras w/pear chutney, and Peeky Toe Crab Cakes w/lemon aioli, set the buds to throbbing! My entree was Roasted Duck w/cabbage and cider jus. Pure heaven. My partner had Braised Beef Short Ribs w/artichokes, and red wine sauce. I reached across the table for a bite, and it just melted away. The pairing of the French wines, was right on target, as well as the super professional service. This is strickly Five Stars! Special occasion or not! Chef Joel also offers a $39.00. Spa Menu, that changes weekly! And for really up-town after five drinks, come to the bar, and treat yourself to one great martini. Very nice Buckhead crowd! Pros: Award Winning French Cuisine! Beautiful Service & Interiors! Cons: Wish We Could Afford To Eat Here Everynight! more

Incredible!!! Nearly impossible to top!!! 11/21/2006

I went to JOEL on Nov. of 2006\r This place is amazing!!!\r Especially if you are a food and wine lover.\r If you are in no rush at all, you will have an incredible experience.\r The service was excellent. The sommelier was very, very, knowledgeableand helpfull.\r They both added to the amazing experience.\r Food was done incredebly well and innovative.\r Absolutelly nothing wrong with it.\r The wine list was incredible.\r And I can honestly say that the best two wines I have ever had\r where from there. Just a little tip: Stay with the French wine.\r I hate to categorize this as a special occasion only place,\r simply because I don't feel that an excellent restaurant should only\r be visited on special ocassions.\r If you have a little extra money, and would like to enjoy a few\r hours surrounded by amazing food and wine,\r this IS YOUR PLACE.\r I will defenitelly be going back.\r Hopefully very soon. Pros: Food,wine,service...everything. Cons: Location...just a little. more


I just love this place!! The restaurant itself is cool, and the food is great!! I love that the portions are not disgustingly huge so you don't feel sick later. The food is great and very beautifully presented. The wine selection is great and the sommelier is very helpful and knowledgeable. Great service, amazing food!! Great ambience!!! Pros: Great food!!!! Elegant Cons: there are no cons, except if you are on a budget more

still the best restaurant in Atlanta 5/17/2006

I've been to Joel several times (usually for special occasions) and I never left disappointed. The food was always excellent and so is the service. The restaurant is located in a gorgeous building. I admit the serving size is smaller than what you would normally get in America but it was the perfect size for me in order to have 3 course dinner. Pros: food, location, service Cons: serving size more

Bring your magnifying glass 5/15/2006

I went to Joel for the first time with a group of 7 people for a get together celebration. everyone was impressed by the asmosphere, but i was not so impressed with the food. First off I felt the food was so mediocure. The flavor was not there and you actually needed a magnifying glass to see the food on your plate. I am not a big eater, but i was actually hungry after my last course( dessert). The wine was great, but that had to do with the person who ordered it. There was a vegetarian in the group and he was given a bowl of rice for his main course(yellow squash risotto) The best part of the whole night was the bathroom. You must see the ladies room at Joel. Amazing!!! Pros: ladies room, atmosphere, lounge Cons: food, serving size, food more


I have been to almost every single top-rated restaurant in each major city of the country...and nothing compares to JOEL. The food fits in your mouth like a jigsaw puzzle. Mustard ice cream? Who would have thought it would be the best ice cream experience ever(it was so good it was on the Today Show - which is how I found it)? It is unfortunate that past reviewers had a bad customer service experience. I had really good customer service - the waiter was upfront, honest, and told us exactly what the guests said about each dish. But the most important thing is that everyone agreed that the FOOD was amazing. We go to restaurants to EAT, not to be served. Choosing a restaurant based on service is like choosing a car based on the salesperson. It just doesn't work that way. This place is mind-blowing. You won't be sorry. Pros: Food, Service, Wine list Cons: Hard to find, Everywhere else seems, not as good anymore. more


My birthday and daughter's 18th birthday was tainted. 5 minute delay, water served. Waiter suggested Mai Tai for Mom. Abruptly walked away without asking for other table guest's drink order. Fifteen minutes elapsed. I had to leave our table to request service. Inaction I would not expect from restaurant selling $2000.00 bottles of wine. Staaff attitude flippant and detached. Mother wasn't informed they were unable to create Mai Tai until AFTER I lodged my displeasure. Meal was delicious but damage was done. This chronic restaurant diner with huge amounts of disposable income will never dine at this restaurant establishment again. Food quality speaks volumes about abilities in the kitchen. Personnel and environment speak volumes of inability to run a high class restaurant operation. Business partner that understands what goes on outside the kitchen needed to clean disorganized mess up. Mobile restaurant guide would have a ball with this restaurant. Pros: food quality, food presentation, food variety Cons: lacks seamless staff, indifferent employees, terrible service more
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  • JOEL BRASSERIE is a chic yet relaxed French restaurant founded on blending contemporary style with rustic flavors. Responsible for one of Atlanta's most acclaimed dining experiences, Chef Cyrille Holota now guides the kitchen as executive chef & brings...


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