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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
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Loved this place! The food is great, and fresh, and different. They have some very unique menu options that you can't find anywhere else and the menu is always changing. We had the brussel sprouts tapas and their lamb and hummus tapas with a vegetable plate for dinner and small cup of mushroom bisque. Everything was awesome! I can't wait... More 

Thank Pippin L
Athens, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A good variety of dishes with flair. Service is good. It is small and can be a bit loud depending on who is there. Decent prices.

Thank Tracy B
Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recently took our young adult son out to dinner for his birthday and this was his choice. One of the best meals we have had in a while. Highly recommend!

Thank Pam M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing menu, amazing service and old time southern flavor. Unique chicken and fish dishes with lovely spectrum of colors and flavors. Pricey but worth it.

Thank Linda K
Athens, Georgia
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always get the house special. Lunch with a client or customer is awlays a great experience. Peter Dale and his crew make the drive from Atlanta worth the time. Great bar and vibe at night, as well.

Thank charlessd2015
Athens, Georgia
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Peter Dale does a wonderful job bring new tastes to your table. For a hearty vegetarian lunch I would recommend the power lunch with seasonal greens an root vegetables all locally sourced. I haven't had a thing I would not recommend . If you just want to eat at the bar have a glass of wine from their fine wine... More 

Thank Gingko259
San Francisco, CA
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This lace is great. It's called the national, but really it's local. But that s good. national places are like McDonalds and their food is awful. The National serves great food and it's a nice place to spend some time.

Thank BigRick48
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Vegetable plate was wonderful! Others of our group enjoyed the salmon, chicken and steak specials. All dishes were spectacular!

Thank Cathy H
Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Took my wife and son/daughter-in-law there the Friday before Christmas. Erika is a vegetarian but there was a good selection for her. I had received a gift certificate from a company that I was close to prior to my retirement. All four members of our party enjoyed the starters, main course and dessert. The service was excellent. We were able... More 

Thank Don H
Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Our go-to restaurant in Athens. I had a beet salad and (surprising) farfalle with bolognese (surprising since the national "anchor" here is Spanish). Really excellently constructed. The ambience/audience is "local" but has a fair share of visitors from out of town. Standard excellent place to take academic guests visiting UGA.

Thank Anthony D

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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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?