If you love dining in exquisite settings, you’ll enjoy Atlanta’s newest addition to the food scene. Grand Lux Cafe is officially open at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta’s Buckhead district, and you’re going to want to taste the menu. Created by the insatiable founders of The Cheesecake Factory®, Grand Lux Cafe blends the grandeur and luxury of European cafes with the sensibilities and spirit of an all-American restaurant, offering guests a unique upscale-casual dining experience from cuisine to décor. Globally inspired and Drink Dine Do approved, the from-scratch menu at Grand Lux boasts bold flavors from some of the most coveted cuisines around the world.
For your first time at Grand Lux, you might have a little ordering anxiety. Fret not. We recently visited the Atlanta location before their grand opening to taste some of the best dishes. The result? Lots and lots of “more, please!”
Start your meal with the Empanadas and Eggplant Parmesan Fritters. Empanadas are a Spanish staple, and the Eggplant Parm Fritters will expand your favorite flavors—imagine biting into a delightfully crisp, lightly breaded combo consisting of eggplant, mozzarella, and fontina cheese, served on top of marinara sauce. Drooling yet?
Save room for the entree: the Seafood Salad and Salmon Three Ways are two top choices for seafoodies. The Seafood Salad features both lump crab and shrimp, plus avocado, corn, green beans, egg, celery, and green onion on a bed of Romaine. It’s tossed with a dressing called “Louis,” and it is delectable. The Salmon Three Ways is a creative dish and perfect for salmon lovers, of course. Try the popular fish soy-glazed with Shitake mushrooms, horseradish-crusted with asparagus, and almond-ginger with green beans and Beurre Blanc. Your palate will be in a frenzy!
The creative menu also features international delights such as Asian Short Rib Tacos and Beef Wellington.
Wash down your main dishes with the Paper Plane cocktail (bourbon) or a sip more suited for a picture such as the Blood Orange Martini. The bartenders don’t mind mixing up something special for you, though the Paper Plane is pretty great. For your after dinner wind-down, opt for a Cafe Latte or simply indulge in the Warm Butter Cake for a satisfying final course.
There’s a lot to love about Grand Lux Cafe, but perhaps it’s the vibe we love most of all. Inspired by European cafes, this gorgeous setting is the ideal spot to drink and dine on a day you have nowhere to be.
Grand Lux Cafe
LOCATION: 3500 Peachtree Road NE #2093, Atlanta, GA 30326
*at Phipps Plaza on the second level, near Nordstrom
MON – THU: 11:30a-11p