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The National

232 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2728
+1 706-549-3450
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good22%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
Bar, Mediterranean, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
232 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2728
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best fine dining in Athens. Great feel. The staff is wonderful! And the chef is always on point. The National is our favorite place to go for date night.

Thank thepainterjake
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for choosing to spend your coveted date nights with us! Our chef and our staff are here to make your dining experience as special you deserve, each and every time.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Date night/Birthday dinner. We put on our affluent middle class uniforms (we are at the age where wearing socks is a fashion statement), and headed for The National. Previously we had made reservations using their on-line service, and it worked perfectly. When we arrived, they...More

Thank 342bubba
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review. I'm glad we could do our part to celebrate with you! As far as the service, we are sincerely apologetic that this time yours was not up to the professional, attentive and highly...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was very good, but over priced.. Service was great -- prompt and attentive. We found the menu underwhelming, and just not worth the prices.

Thank loves2travelsf
Reviewed 10 August 2017

We were a large party of 10 ppl & they were very good about service for our large table. We ordered several appetizers to share up ^ down the table..I loved the cheese board! We had several bottles of nice wines. The pizzettes were really...More

Thank jacki0w
Erin W, Public Relations Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review us! It's always fun to celebrate with a group here, especially sharing tapas and appetizers.

Reviewed 9 August 2017

Chef Peter is such a caring, giving person. In a recent fund-raiser he offered a multi=-course set menu featuring Spanish dishes. Extraordinary meal at a very fair price. My husband goes there so often we call The National his Office.

Thank CarolynAbney
Erin W, Public Relations Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your sweet review. We agree Chef Peter is the best!

Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We easily got a Sunday night reservation because students had not returned to the university. The National makes its own tonic which my daughter assured me was delicious. We ate the Tapas and some small plates which made for a reasonably priced meal for 2....More

Thank clubbovine
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Sunday nights are a great time to join us for dinner! Thrilled that you were able to enjoy a variety of our vegetarian tapas. A shared meal is at the best meal, we think.

Reviewed 31 July 2017

I appreciate a restaurant that, not only has terrific food, but also has a nice quiet atmosphere where you can actually have a conversation. That's why I liked The National. Good drinks, inventive food and a chill environment.

Thank Paul L
Erin W, Public Relations Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Atmosphere is everything! Thank you for spending time with us.

Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

I am in Athens 6-8 times a year and always dine here. Food is as good as any other restaurant I have ever visited. Friendly, attentive, yet unpretentious service. Great bar w equal wine list

Thank Solrac1984
Reviewed 26 July 2017

During a conference in Athens, decided to try something a bit more pricey. The National delivered high value and incredible dining experience with Mediterranean fusion cuisine with a Southern flair emphasizing farm-to-table ingredients. Started with a PImms Cooler #2, with Pimm's, blueberry-white wine reduction, gin,...More

Thank HK_proxyreviewer
Reviewed 12 July 2017

The National is one of my favorites. They have a great menu with tasty food and great service. It's a good place to go for date night, or for drinks and dessert. There are items for meat eaters, vegetarians and those just wanting something sweet,...More

Thank M J
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Mike M
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!
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
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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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.
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