I have never dined in at any restaurant in Atlanta and felt as if I was on vacation. Not until I paid a visit to Sage Woodfire Tavern in Buckhead. The relaxed ambiance was like no other.
Pulling up to the beautifully designed building my expectations were already high just from the looks of the place. Entering the doors, my expectations got even higher as my wife and I were greeted like regulars upon our first visit. The hostess was pleasant and very welcoming. As she walked us to our table, the jazzy live music and laughter and smiles from the guests were all great first impressions.
The decor of the restaurant is top notch. I couldn’t help but to look around once seated. It has to be the best designed restaurant in Atlanta. Before visiting, I read from the Atlanta Business Chronicle that the owner, James Liakakos described the décor as “New York flair with a little bit of Vegas.” That description was perfect.
When it comes to dining in, I love it when the service is just as good as the food. Our server Janelle was knowledgeable and friendly. She made our night an experience. I loved that she asked if we were having a light or heavy entree. She also asked about any allergies. After this, she was able to give a great recommendation for an appetizer.
We started off with drinks. We chose from the featured cocktails. My wife had the Strawberry Lemon Drop while I had the Toasted Old Fashion. We both took sip of each other’s drinks and enjoyed them both. Janelle shared with us that my drink was handcrafted like no other. Made with Larceny Bourbon, bitters, burnt sugar simple syrup, and cinnamon sticks that were hand toasted on an open fire. As she recommended based off of our entrees and allergies, we had the Calamari Fritti as our appetizer. Crispy calamari, chipotle Aioli, and spicy pomodoro. The batter on the calamari was seasoned great and it was fried to perfection. The beautiful plated appetizer tasted just as good as it looked.
For dinner I enjoyed the Woodfire Black Angus Ribeye. A 14oz ribeye served a loaded baked potato, asparagus, and horseradish creme. The best steak I’ve ever had. No exaggeration. Our server, Janelle even talked me into getting it cooked medium and not my usual, medium well. I thank her for this. My wife had the Sage Seafood Broil that came with a charbroiled filet of flounder, jumbo shrimp, diver scallops, asiago risotto, and seasoned vegetables. She also added a Maine lobster tail. She loved it.
We enjoyed the great food, great service, and great atmosphere at Sage Woodfire Tavern’s Buckhead location and we will definitely be going often.