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The Best Seafood Restaurants in Atlanta

Atlanta may not be a coastal city, but that doesn't mean you can't find some fresh, fabulous seafood options. From casual fish houses to fancier fare, here are some of the best seafood restaurants in Atlanta.

Six Feet Under (Casual)


Six Feet Under is a casual seafood outpost with two Atlanta locations. While the menu offers some variety, what you really come here for is fried seafood, cold beer and one of the best patios in town.

Whether you visit the original location in Grant Park, or the newer outpost on the Westside, you'll always find this spot quite busy. Diners order up big platters of oysters, chow down on casual eats like fried shrimp hoagies, calamari tacos, or fried seafood baskets and try to finish the heaping servings of sides that accompany their meal. The prices are reasonable, and you won't leave hungry!

Nicky's Seafood (Casual)

Nicky's Seafood is a hidden gem with a cult following. Located in Castleberry Hill, fresh and casual are the name of the game here. It's no frills, all flavor! Nicky's does it up firght with a variety of options including sandwiches, burritos, traditional platters, and rice dishes that look a bit like a jambalaya. The fan favorites? Their lobster roll and their signature crab dip! They are also a seafood market, so take something home with you for later.

The Optimist (Upscale)


The Optimist entered Atlanta with a splash (fitting, right?) in 2012, quickly becoming one of the most talked about restaurants in the city. It then went on to be named the best new restaurant in the country by Esquire Magazine. Needless to say, if you're looking for a nicer night out and seafood is what you're craving - The Optimist is the easy choice (if you can get a reservation, that is!).

The West Midtown restaurant has two parts, the main dining room and the Oyster Bar. You don't need reservations to hit up the casual Oyster Bar side of the house, which is small and serves up a limited menu of oysters (of course), tapas style snacks, cold beer, and housemade punches. Drift on over to the main dining room and you'll choose from a carefully curated menu of approachable, yet, sophisticated dishes - many of which are roasted in a wood burning oven. While the price tag here is a bit high, it's a fabulous seafood experience and the environment is anything but stuffy.More »

Lure (Upscale)


Located in the heart of Midtown, Lure is a great place for date night or a night out with friends. It has a lovely atmosphere, managing to being in classic elements of beach decor without being the least bit kitschy.

Lure's menu has a large selection of plates designed for sharing, as well as a selection of traditional entrees. Interesting menu highlights on the small plates side include the grilled octopus & pork lettuce wraps, and the steak tartare grilled eggplant purée. Entrees change seasonally, with the waitstaff offering up lots of knowledge on what's unique and special each time you visit. Prices hover around $23 a plate, but your bill an quickly climb as you add in those starters, and imbibe in their tasty bar offerings (prosecco on tap, anyone?).More »

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