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The National Restaurant

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232 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2728
+1 706-549-3450
11:30 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Viareggio, Italy
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252 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I tend to rate restaurant according to what they try to be and communicate. Let me be honest. Food and service at the National Restaurant are probably more than average compared to the local scene. But as the restaurant clearly claims an upper level service (and price is appropriated to this claim) I feel that what is offered does not... More 

Thank Naturalchoice
Athens, Georgia
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The National is a casual place in Athens to enjoy creative creations. Although tightly spaced, the atmosphere is lively and the wait staff are attentive. Having traveled extensively in Europe and the Med, I never got a euro vibe from the place or the food. Perhaps a creative interpretation. The pizzette with serrano ham was quite delectable, with nothing overpowering... More 

Thank Ehsan C
Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We left Creature Comforts looking for a quick place to eat and happened to get the last table for a Saturday night early dinner with our two kids. We had of course heard about The National and had visited 5&10 and ESS several times, and really enjoyed both. Immediately, the staff seemed super polite, friendly, and laid-back. The atmosphere was... More 

Thank AtlGaTravel
Erin W, General Manager at The National Restaurant, responded to this review

So pleased to hear you had enjoyed our meal with us! We are proud to offer a casual but excellent dining experience for kids and adults of all ages. And to create all the brussels sprouts lovers we can! More 

Acworth, Georgia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sat at the bar for an early evening cocktail and a snack. Excellent drinks and the food is outstanding. I have been several times and have never been disappointed. It's location just off downtown is a plus too for walking to the restaurant.

Thank RHPDawg
Milton, GA
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102 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on game day for a quick lunch and date before the game. The food was delicious and unique! Sweet potato soup, marinated olives, hummus and chicken salad bowl, and a power plate of greens, sweet potatoes with an egg and chicken added. The bloody Mary's were awesome too! Actually went back for dinner but they lack tvs... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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187 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was excited to try this place when we visited Athens on business. Made reservations via email and was called the day of to confirm with a different time than I had booked. No biggie as we were flexible but this should give a nod to the restaurant implementing the use of Open Table to keep things consistent, We used Google... More 

Thank Kim T
Flemington, New Jersey
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132 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been here a couple of times for business and they have been consistent in terms of food quality and service. No complaints from our group of 18. The basque cake was delicious!

Thank dmejias
Tallassee, Alabama
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent food with a Mediterranean flavor, relaxing atmosphere, attentive and friendly service. Highly recommend.

Thank Georgenne
Palm Beach Gardens
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67 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The National Restaurant is achieving deserved recognition in the town of Athens, Ga. We were visiting from Florida and met our long time friends at The National for a wonderful lunch. Peter Dale creates interesting and appealing recipes with various herbs, spices,flavors and local foods to enhance your palate and deliver an outstanding meal. Wonderful, exciting dishes that you find... More 

Thank Travlerfl1
Athens, GA
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

National is one of the best restaurants in town. A great location downtown. I would recommend it for a special dinner out with family or friends. The prices are a little high but you get what you pay for. I recommend, I've never had a bad meal or dining experience. It's always been good.

Thank UGA_guy_Athens_GA

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?