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The National

232 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2728
+1 706-549-3450
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Bar, Mediterranean, American, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
232 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2728
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place consistently has the best food in Athens. The menu is always changing to reflect the current local produce they use. I have never had a bad meal here. The service is top notch.

Thank Andrew L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I love eating at The National. They have a wonderful variety of dishes for every taste. There is a complete bar and excellent wine list. Service is immaculate and dependable.

Thank Gina G
Reviewed 1 week ago

we love to celebrate any occasion there, service is absolutely wonderful and the food always delicious and the variety of the menu will satisfy just about anybody.

Thank celiaargabright
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here after sister-in-laws graduation. Menu constantly changes based on current fresh foods, resulting in unique offerings. It's kind of a Mediterranean inspired fusion. Presentation, flavor and service was very good. There is no parking onsite so it can be bit challenging on...More

Thank Lisa D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate take-out two nights in a row then ate at the restaurant the third night. Wonderful food! Definitely recommend the vegetarian plate and the chicken plate. Consistently good. A bit pricey but worth the splurge.

Thank Elaine W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I were visiting Athens last week to spend some time with our daughter who is a Junior at UGA. I called The National at 11 am on Friday morning to secure a reservation. I would have liked to book a 6:30 pm...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We get to Athens once or twice a year. We have had good restaurant experience. We especially like Five and Ten. This place was in that league. Nice place, attractive, not crowded, not noisy. And the food was fresh and flavorful

Thank JAtlanta_48
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a large group - nine - with a reservation at 5:00. They were ready for us when we walked in. We had six adults and three young people - 13, 12 and 9. The kids are not overly picky but aren't very fond...More

Thank JohnB57Jonesboro
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The staff is very knowledgeable, every question answered. Even when we asked the bus person, she went and found the answer. The menu changes a lot, which I really like. Very creative without being ridiculous. While you may not love everything, there is something that...More

Thank Tyler312
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The National is our go-to for a date night or hosting friends in town. Peter Dale does fresh, innovative Mediterranean with Southern favorites from local farms. The hanger steak is always on point but the veggie plate is my favorite. The Power Lunch plate is...More

Thank Suzanne R
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Mike M
Do you have private parking? What is the dress code for dinner?
23 February 2017|
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Response from Erin W | Property representative |
Hi Mike! We do not have private parking. There is street parking available and decks downtown on Washington Street and College Ave. We don't have a dress code!
We may be in Athens on Thanksgiving. Are you open on Thanksgiving?
11 November 2016|
Response from Erin W | Property representative |
Unfortunately we take Thanksgiving Day off to enjoy our families. We will have regular hours however on Wednesday 11/23 and Friday 11/25.
Andrea V
Do you take reservations
3 August 2016|
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Response from Erin W | Property representative |
We do take reservations! You can call 706-549-3450 or email us. We don't require reservations, but we do recommend making them as our restaurant is small and tends to fill up quickly when it gets busy. However we always... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 232 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2728
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: +1 706-549-3450
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Open for lunch Monday - Saturday and dinner daily; our bar also remains open for coffee and tapas during the day 2:30 - 5pm.

The idea behind The National is simple: to provide a casual neighborhood gathering spot reminiscent of the bars and cafés we’ve enjoyed on travels to Europe. Mediterranean inspired food and wine is served for lunch and dinner in the dining room and throughout the day at the bar. While our menu points to culinary traditions from abroad, we value our local farmers and our dishes reflect the changing seasons in Northeast Georgia.