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The National

  • 232 W. Hancock Ave.|
  • Athens GA 30601
  • 706.549.3450
  • Region: Downtown

The idea behind The National is simple: to provide a casual neighborhood gathering spot reminiscent of Eurpoean restaurants. Mediterranean inspired food and wine is served for lunch and dinner in the dining room and throughout the day at the bar. The menu points to culinary traditions from abroad, as well as close relations with local farmers to produce dishes that reflect the changing seasons in Northeast Georgia. Gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options are readily available.

The National is a venture by Executive Chef Peter Dale (owner of Seabear Oyster Bar and Condor Chocolates) and Hugh Acheson (owner of the acclaimed Five & Ten, Empire State South, and The Florence).

The National was given a 2014 Silver Spoon Award by Georgia Trend magazine as one of the top ten restaurants in the state of Georgia. In 2012, Dale was named Food & Wine magazine’s The People’s Best New Chef Southeast. That same year, Dale was also honored as a Rising Star Chef. In 2016, Chef de Cuisine Jeremy Collins was awarded 2nd place in the "Georgia's Best Shrimp and Grits" competition at the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits festival presented by Southern Living. 


REVIEWS/RECOMMENDATIONS:
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW
AJC DINING REVIEW
CREATIVE LOAFING REVIEW
This restaurant has also been recommended by Daily Candy, Atlanta.

HOURS, DINING:
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday.
Dinner: 5 - 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 5 - until Friday-Saturday.

HOURS, BAR:
11:30 a.m. - 12 midnight Monday - Thursday
11:30 a.m. - until Friday-Saturday.

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Additional Property Information
  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Credit Cards Accepted:
    • American Express
    • Mastercard
    • Visa
    • Discover
General
  • Handicap Accessible:
Facility Info
  • Description We offer catered private events in CineLab, the arthouse cinema that shares our building. The customizable space can host a seated dinner for up to 65. We offer restaurant buy-outs on a limited basis, typically only on Sundays. We try to accommodate large groups in the dining room as best we can. Contact erin@thenationalrestaurant.com for more information about availability and pricing.
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    • 12/28/16 - 12/29/16
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    • 12/31/16
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