SKY’S THE LIMIT
THE DINING IS ELEGANT AND CIVILIZED UP ON THE ROOF.
Byline: Georgia Lee
Looking for a truly over-the-top dining experience — one of those languorous dinners that consume an entire evening? How about a luxurious, intimate setting where you can actually hear your dinner companion for a change?
Buyers who normally flock to Buckhead for the latest trendy, noisy restaurant might consider Nikolai’s Roof, a downtown classic jewel. The only downtown restaurant to repeatedly earn Mobil’s four-star ratings, Nikolai’s Roof is also a regular recipient of the AAA Four-Diamond award, Cartier’s Gold Plate, as one of the 100 best restaurants in America. It was also named by USA Today as one of the top 75 restaurants in the country.
The setting, a cobalt blue and imperial red interior enclosed in glass atop the downtown Hilton Hotel, is reminiscent of a Tsar’s palatial dining room, with the added plus of a spectacular Atlanta skyline view. Continental cuisine is prepared in a six-course prix-fixe nightly menu, which changes every few weeks. House specialties include flavored Russian vodkas and Caspian Sea caviar. The wine list has 475 entries, from European, American, Chilean and New Zealand regions.
This is one of the few places left where dressing for dinner is appropriate, and a coat and tie are required for gentlemen. Reservations are also a must. The price, at $67.50 per person, minus beverages, tax and gratuity, is not cheap, but the experience is worth it.