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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 - 22:00
Open 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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Brooklyn, New York
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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
Athens, Georgia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My favorite restaurant in Athens. Great good and wonderful atmosphere. Excellent wait staff. Last time we went was for their Hanukkah dinner. It was fun and festive.

Thank Janet M
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for B'day dinner celebration. Pleasant ambiance. Nice service. Enjoyed Vegetable Plate and stuffed dates! Nice wine selections. Overall cozy and cute!

Thank Vanita B
Athens, Georgia
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was surpised to realize I have never rated The National before. They are pretty much our "go to" for special occasions with groups of friends. We ate there the first weekend in December and I will say that it was one of the best meals I have had. While I always hesitate to recommend The National because I feel... More 

Thank A D
Athens, Georgia
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We eat at The National quite often when in Athens. Great service. Really delicious and well prepared dishes. Nice wine list by the glass. Always delighted - never disappointed.

Thank chefbirddog
Little Rock, Arkansas
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194 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

I took my daughter and two of her friends for dinner on Thursday night. The place is great, the service lovely and they have a solid wine list. The food was good; I thought the Mahi Mahi was a little fishy. Was hoping for a little fresher flavor. Pasta special was tasty, all appetizers and desserts fine. We had a... More 

Thank Cardine09
Viareggio, Italy
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263 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

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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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

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 23 November 2016

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 17 November 2016 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

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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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, 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?