Decatur Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Decatur

April 14, 2018 Deane Carmody

Decatur is a city in, and the county seat of, DeKalb County, Georgia, United States and is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. With a population of 20,148 in the 2013 census, the municipality is sometimes assumed to be larger since multiple zip codes in unincorporated DeKalb County bear the Decatur name. The city is served by three MARTA rail stations. The city is located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta and shares its western border with Atlanta.
Things to do in Decatur

1. Cafe Lily

308 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Suite B, Decatur, GA 30030-2435 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout Italian, French, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 404-371-9119
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 566 reviews

Cafe Lily

Cafe Lily is a venerable neighborhood bistro offering an eclectic variety of cuisines from around the Mediterranean Sea: Italy, France, Greece, Spain, North Africa, and the Middle East. Established in 1999, Cafe Lily remains the quintessential Decatur restaurant, whether you're looking for a nice, romantic dinner, a celebration party, a large event, to entertain clients, or just some small plates and a nice glass of wine!

Reviewed By Mountaineer4ever - Covington, Georgia

Four of us had reservations on a Saturday night. We were seated immediately. One of our party has been dealing with after effects of tongue cancer. She explained her situation to our waitress; no pepper, nothing acidic, nothing spicy. Gor s restsurant known for their Mediterranean marinades, sauces, and spices they were not only accomodating, but our waitress worked with the chef to provide her with a meal that deliciously met her needs. The rest of us shared a cold mezze platter for an appetizer which was excellent. I had the pinchitos - their signature dish and it lived up to it. Our waitress was outstanding. I wish I remembered her name! She knew the menu as well as the specials and made great recommendations. She also staged the meal well. We'll be back.

2. The Iberian Pig

121 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030-3338 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 404-371-8800
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 676 reviews

The Iberian Pig

Reviewed By Travelfar222 - Atlanta, Georgia

We had the following for dinner
1. Paleta Iberico de Bellota
2. Spanish Olives
3. Roasted Mushrooms
4. Patatas Bravas
5. Pork Tenderloin
Atmosphere was great for Valentine's Dinner. The aged iberico was perfect and delicious.
Olives were over the top flavorful
Mushrooms were great
Patatas was our favorite with the sauce. These were hands down our favorite out of all the food.
Tenderloin was cooked perfect.
The wife had a glass of pinot grigio and loved it. I had a few porters.

The porters were a bit pricey, other than that it was an overall great dinner and we will be visiting again sometime soon.

3. Community Q BBQ

1361 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033-5311 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 404-633-2080
Excellent
64%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 371 reviews

Community Q BBQ

Reviewed By mdncsu35

We stood in line for take out on a busy Friday evening. The crew did a great job of moving the process along. We ordered pulled pork, ribs, and some sides. Everything was VERY GOOD ! except for the ribs. They were a bit tough and chewy, but real good flavor.
The next day I called, and was greeted by Sarah who took the time to explain the rib cooking process, and apologized for the inconvenience. She offered to put us on the " mishap list" that entitled us to replacement ribs at our next visit. That is how a restaurant should be run. We are looking forward to our next "Q" visit. In fact we purchased a gift certificate for my daughter while we were in the area.

4. The Brick Store Pub

125 E Court Sq, Decatur, GA 30030-2521 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 16 +1 404-687-0990
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 553 reviews

The Brick Store Pub

Reviewed By Cynthia J - Decatur, Georgia

Loved the vibe with the thick wood tables & chairs, 2 stories, relaxing low lighting, busy waitstaff & blended patron conversations. It’s like a pub out of an old movie of Ireland locals enjoying a round.

My fish & chips were wonderful & my friends each enjoyed their food & different ales. A fun, delicious & thirst-quenching good time had by all. :)

5. Farm Burger

410B W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030-2443 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 16 +1 404-378-5077
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 242 reviews

Farm Burger

Reviewed By Italianvisit - Atlanta, Georgia USA

Great quality beef burger cooked perfectly with fresh toppings! Stick with the fries. The fried okra was much too battered and the order of onion rings was disappointing, only 4!!!

6. Chai Pani

406 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030-2443 Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 21 +1 404-378-4030
Excellent
56%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 261 reviews

Chai Pani

Reviewed By SuzanneSays - Newport News, Virginia

Big group of friends had such a wonderful dinner here! I think we tried nearly every appetizer on the menu, both the vegetarian Saag Paneer and Lamb thalis, and a bunch of other dishes. Everything was exceptionally tasty. Namaste y’all!

7. Cafe Alsace

121 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030-2511 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible French, Cafe, European, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 404-373-5622
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 188 reviews

Cafe Alsace

Reviewed By Drew K - Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

This wonderful bistro recreates an Alsatian café in downtown Decatur. We've visited here many times and love the pate, the Tour de France cheese board, the house baked baguettes, and the flamenkuche. My fiancée and her sister and brother-in-law loved the profiteroles. The only reason I didn't rate this a five was a poorly prepared crème Brule which was not cooked long enough to properly set, most likely because the server forgot to put the order in when we ordered the profiteroles. For some reason, I almost never send food back but am sure they would have obliged me. Nevertheless we shall return because excellent restaurants can have an off day.

8. Leon's Full Service

Decatur, GA Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 366 reviews

Leon's Full Service

Reviewed By starter1 - Southeast US

I have eaten at this restaurant a number of times with friends. The good was excellent each time. They have some very unique food. They have a small separate vegetarian menu. This place is just around the corner from Decatur square. It has a good hip atmosphere and can get quite crowded. Recommend a reservation. They have some outdoor seating. The servers do a tag-team, so the service is good.

9. Wahoo! A Decatur Grill

1042 W College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030-3507 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Brunch, Lunch SGD 26 - SGD 39 +1 404-373-3331
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 272 reviews

Wahoo! A Decatur Grill

Reviewed By Stephanie D - Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States

We recently had dinner with friends before a concert. The restaurant is eclectic and interesting and the food was amazing!! I ordered the duck and it was cooked to perfection. My husband ordered the beef short ribs with collard greens - which were divine! Our waiter was Casey and he knew the menu and the drink specials to a T. He recommended several drinks that were spot on. The price point here is a great value for the money and HUGE props for valet parking!! Great restaurant and we will be back!!

10. Sweet Melissa's

127 E Court Sq, Decatur, GA 30030-2521 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 404-370-1111
Excellent
58%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 179 reviews

Sweet Melissa's

Reviewed By Richard R

My wife and I were in town visiting our daughter. We both ordered the mad platter with pancakes and home fries. Food was good as well as the coffee. Service was very attentive and nice. My wife’s eggs were cold when they came out

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