Exploring museums and going to shows near the Arts Center MARTA station can make you hungry. Fortunately there are a few restaurants nearby, many of which are great for a classy evening out or a quick bite to eat. See below for the restaurants closest to the station and view reviews on Yelp. Note that if you have kids with you, the food court at Colony Square is a great option or the pizzeria across the street from the station.
South City Kitchen
A great Southern restaurant inside a renovated old house in the heart of Midtown, South City Kitchen isn’t the closest restaurant to the Arts Center station, but is a wonderful spot for Southern cooking or just a nice evening out. Menu items include she crab soup, fried chicken, fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits. Take the West Peachtree Street exit out of the station and turn left on West Peachtree then left on 14th Street. At Crescent Avenue turn right.
Carolyn’s Gourmet Cafe
Carolyn’s is a casual spot to get breakfast or a sandwich/salad lunch at 1201 W. Peachtree Street. The restaurant is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take the West Peachtree Street exit out of the station and turn left on West Peachtree Street and walk about a block.
Inside the Four Seasons hotel, Park 75 is one of the top restaurants in Atlanta. It’s known for its Sunday brunch, or partake in their breakfast, lunch or dinner menu. You’ll find plenty of meat and seafood here and seasonal sides. Take the West Peachtree Street exit out of the station and turn left. Turn left again on 14th Street to reach the hotel.
Nan Thai Fine Dining
If you’re in the mood for Thai, Nan Thai Fine Dining is in between the Arts Center MARTA station and Atlantic Station as well as on the walk to the Center for Puppetry Arts or Jewish Heritage Museum. Turn right on West Peachtree Street and left on 17th Street to reach the restaurant.
Just across the street from the West Peachtree Street exit out of the station is DaVinci’s Pizzeria where you can choose from a large variety of pizzas along with sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes.
In the middle of Woodruff Arts Center is Table 1280, a fancy spot to have a crafty cocktail or eat local food for lunch or dinner. From MARTA, go all the way to the top of station on the escalators or elevators to Arts Center Way. Cross the street and walk up the stairway between the large white buildings of Woodruff Arts Center and you’ll find the restaurant to the right at the top of the stairs.
Colony Square Food Court
About a block from the station is Colony Square, which has a food court on the main level, including access to Chick-fil-A. If you have children with you, this spot is a best bet for a quick and inexpensive meal.
Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro
Also in the Colony Square complex is Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro. The midtown location means prices are a little higher than at other places, but you can enjoy a variety of Thai dishes indoor or on their patio. The spring rolls are popular or choose from noodles and curries.
Across the street from Colony Square at Peachtree and 14th Street is Tap, the closest non-fancy bar to the MARTA station. There is plenty of beer to choose from and seating outdoors and indoors on two levels. In addition to sandwiches, burgers and brunch, you can also eat fried pickles here.
Sausalito West Coast Grill
Sausalito provides a more casual place to eat than some of the other area restaurants. Up Peachtree Street in the opposite direction from Colony Square, the restaurant features Latin American food including sandwiches, salads and tacos. Take the West Peachtree Street exit out of the station and turn right on West Peachtree Street then right on 17th Street. The restaurant is on the corner of 17th and Peachtree Street.
Veni Vedi Vici
Around the corner on 14th Street is Veni Vedi Vici. Dress is upscale casual and dining options include handmade pastas and rotisserie meats. A good option for date night or to pair with a show at the Woodruff Arts Center. Take the West Peachtree Street exit out of the station and turn left on West Peachtree Street. Walk one block to 14th Street and turn right. The restaurant will be on the right in an office building.
Highland Bakery features all-day breakfast, lunch and tempting desserts. You’ll also find fresh and uniquely-flavored bread and vegetarian dishes. For a less hilly walk, talk the West Peachtree exit out of the station and turn left on West Peachtree Street. Turn left again on 14th Street and walk about a block. Highland Bakery will be on the left near Crescent Avenue.
Next to the Highland Bakery is Article 14 where you can have a classy brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks.
A couple doors down from South City Kitchen you can enjoy seafood fine dining at Lure. Patio seating is available and everything from oysters to mussels and octopus to a variety of fish is on the menu. Follow the same directions above.
Pasta Da Pulcinella
For fine Italian dining in a quaint and romantic setting, head to Pasta Da Pulcinella. There are daily specials and a varied menu of pastas, seafood and meats. A great date night spot. Take the West Peachtree Street exit out of the station and turn left on West Peachtree Street. Turn left again on 13th Street then right on Peachtree Walk.
TRACE is a farm-to-table restaurant in the W Hotel and offers a trendy spot to grab a bite to eat. The food has a Southern focus and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take the 15th Street exit out of the station (two levels up from the train platform) and turn left on 15th Street. At the next intersection, turn right on Peachtree Street then left on 14th Street.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
About equally distance from the Arts Center and Midtown MARTA stations, the Oceanaire is a seafood chain restaurant with an elegant interior. Seafood is flown in daily from around the world and a private dining room is available. Take the 15th Street exit out of the station (two levels up from the train platform) and turn left on 15th Street after walking through the bus bay. Turn right on Peachtree Street and walk about two blocks.