Celebrating July 4th in Atlanta

Staying in town for Independence Day or visiting the city for the holiday weekend? Here is a roundup on special offerings at Atlanta restaurants, organized by neighborhood.

Scroll to the end for Alpharetta, Avondale Estates, Decatur, Roswell and Sandy Springs.


Del Frisco’s Grille
Overlooking Peachtree Road and Lenox Square Mall, the double-decker patio is the perfect spot to enjoy Fourth of July festivities. After cheering on Peachtree Road Race runners, enjoy brunch favorites like the build-your-own bloody Mary, red velvet Belgian waffle and crab cake benedict from 11am to 3pm. In the evening, take in the red, white and blue fireworks over drinks and dinner.
3376 Peachtree Road, 404.537.2828, delfriscosgrille.com/atlanta

F&B Atlanta
F&B will offer a barbecue that showcases American favorites like beef sliders, macaroni and cheese, potato salad with dill sauce and a festive 4th of July sheet cake while incorporating the restaurant’s signature Belgian-inspired French flair in the French style baby back ribs, grilled corn on the cob with parsley butter sauce and Philippe’s iceberg cup “BLT” salad. The menu will be available for $36 per guest, exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity. Reservations for the barbecue are required.  Located on the first floor of the Ritz Carlton Residences, F&B Atlanta is within walking distance to Lenox Square Mall, so guests can easily take in Atlanta’s most famous firework show after enjoying dinner.
3630 Peachtree Rd NE, 404.254.1797, fandbatl.com

Smokebelly BBQ
Celebrating Independence Day with live music, $5 craft cocktails and $2 PBR cans. The regular menu will be offered.
128 East Andrews Dr NW, 404.848.9100, smokebellybbq.com

Southern Art & Bourbon Bar
Southern Art will be extending brunch on July 4 until 2:30pm and Bourbon Bar will have its weekly All-American Pork & Punch happy hour. From 5 to 8pm chef de cuisine Keoko Turner will be grilling up brats, ground bacon BLT sliders and Coca-Cola glazed BBQ pork rib tips alongside the weekly single-batch seasonal punch bowls mixed by head mixologist Toki Sears. Live music will keep the party going on the terrace overlooking Peachtree Road.
3315 Peachtree Road NE, 404.946.9070, southernart.com

True Food Kitchen
Before celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks and live music at Lenox Square Mall, be one of the first to dine at the mall’s newest restaurant. Located at the front of the mall, True Food Kitchen offers a globally-inspired menu featuring local, sustainable and seasonal foods. Sip on fresh cocktails like the Thai grapefruit martini and ginger margarita while enjoying signature dishes like the grass fed bison burger, spaghetti squash casserole and heirloom tomato and watermelon salad.
3393 Peachtree Road NE, 404.481.2980, truefoodkitchen.com


Alma Cocina
For a twist on a favorite summer fruit, classic, Alma Cocina is offering a watermelon guacamole with marcona almonds, negra modelo hot sauce and queso cotija. For a Mexican take on the lobster roll try the lobster tacos, which are served with red chile butter, guasacaca, pickled apple, jicama and charred red onion on flour tortillas.
191 Peachtree Street NE, 404.968.9662, alma-atlanta.com


10th & Piedmont
Opening early on the Fourth of July to serve their regular brunch menu. Starting at 8am diners can enjoy favorites like the 10P chicken and waffles. Will be open with regular dinner hours.
991 Piedmont Ave NE, 404.602.5510

Bantam + Biddy
Hosting a whole pig roast from noon to 4pm on July 4th, with a special on chopped barbecue pork sandwiches and a side for $6 while supplies last. All locations offer catering, family meals and picnics-to-go for those who want to bring their Southern-style meats and veggies to their own grill outs. Whole smoked or fried chicken, fingerling potato salad with grainy mustard, watermelon and feta salad, black-eyed peas and tomato salad, plus cornbread and lemon bars will all be available to take to off-site festivities.
1544 Piedmont Ave NE, 404.907.3469, bantamandbiddy.com

For an American-themed meal try the flat iron steak with baby carrot espelette, confit potato and salsa Romesco along with a side of wood-fired cauliflower with currants, salsa verde and pine nuts. Sip on the “tartan” cocktail featuring Compass Box Great King St. scotch blended with sage, lemon and hopped bitters. For a sweet finish, try Ecco’s take on an apple pie, the apple tart tatin with butterscotch, sauternes caramel and mascarpone ice cream.
40 7th Street NE, 404.347.9555, ecco-atlanta.com

If a surf and turf feast is what you crave, Lure is the ideal destination. Start off with a cup of the classic New England-style clam chowder with bacon, oyster crackers and chives. Then taste the grilled natural pork chop with field peas, spring Vidalia onions and ham hocks. Top the meal off with a blueberry crumb cake with pistachio ice cream and aged Gouda. A refreshing cocktail such as the Stockholm syndrome with Random Old Torn gin, raspberry cordial, cinnamon syrup, lime juice, lemon juice and prosecco is a perfect addition to the evening. Or if you are with a big group, share a summery punch bowl, such as the “ciao pesca” featuring Peach Schnapps, peach puree, ruby port and prosecco.
1106 Crescent Avenue NE, 404.817.3650, lure-atlanta.com

South City Kitchen
Celebrate Southern-style with a starter of smoked pork belly with collard green kimchi, toasted benne seed and orange-Tupelo honey., then try the buttermilk fried Springer Mountain Farms chicken served with garlic collards, smashed red bliss potatoes and honey-thyme jus. Treat yourself to the timeless Southern dessert banana pudding, topped with homemade vanilla wafers and fresh cream. Toast the occasion with the I-75 cocktail, made with 13th Colony Distiller’s Southern gin, lemon and sparkling wine.
1144 Crescent Avenue NE, 404.873.7358

After crossing the Peachtree Road Race finish line, hop over to the patio at Zocalo to refuel and celebrate. The restaurant will open at 10am, just in time for  breakfast tacos, “red, white and blue” margaritas and a “Mexican lunch box” featuring a Tecate beer and tequila shot for $5.
187 10th Street NE, 404.249.7576, richardsandoval.com/zocalo

Poncey Highland

Sweet Auburn Barbecue
Celebrate the 4th with dishes such as the famous pimento cheese wontons and pulled pork shoulder platter. In addition to the full menu, Sweet Auburn is featuring its 1, 2, 3, 4th menu, offering $1 PBR’s, $2 barbecue sliders and a variety of wings and $3 draft beers throughout the day.
656 North Highland Avenue NE, 678.515.3550, sweetauburnbbq.com

Virginia Highland

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar
Adding a college twist to the summer celebration, Atkins Park will host a Backyard Beer Olympics. The drinking festivities begin at 11am and include games like Ping-Pong, cornhole and darts. A whole hog from local Riverview Farms will be smoked in the backyard pit by executive chef Andrew Smith and the menu will highlight meats and three sides along with three barbecue sauces. Over $500 in prizes will be up for grabs during the games. Registration for teams of two is free.
794 North Highland Ave NE, 404.876.7249, atkinspark.com

El Taco
For a more Mexican-American meal, sip on the Texas margarita with Lunazul reposado, Orangeville liquor and house sour. Pair the fried chicken taco topped with Mexican City grilled corn, chili mayo, cotija cheese and cilantro. Satisfy your sweet craving with the fried apple pie served with dulce de leche and cinnamon ice cream.
1186 North Highland Avenue NE, 404.873.4656, eltaco-atlanta.com

La Tavola
While the Italian eatery does not have any specials for America’s birthday, there are plenty of festive indulgences at La Tavola on Friday. Try the grilled trout served with cannellini beans, roasted baby carrots and pickled mushroom vinaigrette. Sip on the “blackberry sage limonada” with lemon-infused vodka, house made blackberry shrub, fresh lemon and a splash of soda and sour. The meyer lemon-olive oil cake with stewed huckleberries and fresh cream is the perfect light, sweet ending.
992 Virginia Avenue NE, 404.873.5430, latavolatrattoria.com

Typically reserved only for Saturday and Sundays, Murphy’s highly acclaimed brunch is making a special Friday appearance this 4th of July from 8am until 4pm.  Dishes include the malted waffle topped with strawberries, blueberries, bananas and powdered sugar; eggs Virginia-Highland (poached cage free eggs served atop focaccia with spinach and mushrooms and topped with sundried tomato hollandaise); the Waldorf chicken salad sandwich served on croissant with lettuce and tomato; and crab cake sandwich with smoky chili mayonnaise. Enjoy signature brunch cocktails, housemade bloody Marys, peach bellinis and mimosas. Murphy’s will be closed for dinner.
997 Virginia Avenue NE, 404.872.0904, murphysatlantarestaurant.com


Village Tavern
Dine on the patio and enjoy a variety of patriotic dishes including the cowboy burger with Applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and barbeque sauce and apple cobbler topped with caramel sauce and French vanilla ice cream.
11555 Rainwater Drive, Alpharetta, 770.777.6490

Avondale Estates

The Bishop
Enjoy a picnic basket filled with The Bishop’s signature smoked fried chicken, deviled eggs, potato salad, fresh watermelon and more, plus complimentary cookies and sparklers. Wine growlers will also make their debut—the perfect for pool parties and lakeside fireworks. For more information and to order picnic baskets, call 404.692.5454. All orders must be placed before July 1 at 5pm. Picnic baskets will be available for pick-up on Friday, July 4 between 12pm and 3pm.
124 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, 404.692.5454


Cakes & Ale
Known for its commitment to local purveyors, Cakes & Ale will be celebrating July 4th with an old fashioned fish fry, honoring regional, independent food, wine and beer producers from sources such as Carolina Classics Catfish of Winterville, North Carolina and Creature Comforts Brewery of Athens, Georgia. The three course menu will be served family style with snacks and appetizers, fried catfish and seasonal vegetable sides, and banana pudding for dessert (visit their website for the final menu). Reservations are not required but are strongly encouraged.
155 Sycamore Street, Decatur, 404.377.7994

No. 246
From 5 to 9pm, only the bar will be open in the restaurant while the backyard will play host to a Backyard Grill party featuring barbecued meats, baked beans, potato salad and mac ‘n’ cheese. Drink specials include $5 Red Hare beer and No. 246 cask beers. The night will be celebrated family-style in the yard with the grills going, cocktails flowing, and plenty of summer appropriate festivities. When the grilling comes to a close, the kitchen will offer a limited menu of $6 all-you-can-eat pizza for the remainder of the night. Closed for lunch on July 4th.
129 E Ponce De Leon Avenue, Decatur, 678-399-8246

John’s Creek

Offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $17.76. In partnership with Big Green Egg, Sugo will offer Italian and Greek specialties, including a sampling plate of their signature meatballs, spanakopita and bacon wrapped dates, in addition to a wagyu burger and dessert of apple pie push pop.
10305 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek, 770.817.8000


Etris Kitchen & Bar
The City of Roswell fireworks have moved across the street to Sweet Apple Elementary this year and the restaurant is celebrating with live music and a special BBQ on the patio.
12020 Etris Road, Roswell, 770.545.8650

Sandy Springs

Double Zero Napoletana
Offering a special three-course prix fixe menu for $17.76. In partnership with Big Green Egg, Double Zero will feature two meat options hot off the grill including a smoked lamb shoulder crostini and  smoked pork spareribs. Other menu highlights include a grilled watermelon salad, lamb burger and bourbon bread pudding.
5825 Roswell Road, 404.991.3666, doublezeroatl.com

Hearth Pizza Tavern
Offering a special sort of award to those who bring in their race number: a complimentary 8-inch pizza (max value of $8). Owners Rob and Jeff are also be running the race – a long time tradition for the two.
5992 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, 404.252.5378