Designated as one of the South’s most underrated food cities by USA Today, Athens, GA is a rising star on the food scene. Blending traditional Southern staples with contemporary fare, this city’s award-winning restaurants have contributed to Athens’ burgeoning foodie culture.
Discover Athens' Dining Scene
Dining in Downtown
Authentic dining experiences abound in Downtown Athens. From Mediterranean-inspired dishes to Italian fare to modern twists on traditional cuisine, you’ll find something to suit your palate at Athens’ esteemed Downtown restaurants. Between affordable, yet high-quality, dining, a walkable downtown area and pet-friendly restaurants, Athens’ flourishing food scene is a surefire hit with foodies and casual diners alike. To browse more restaurant choices, check out our restaurant listings below.
For locally sourced menus and farmers markets in Northern Georgia, plan a visit to Athens. Seasonal markets bring together local vegetables, meat, bread and dairy for fresh finds. Many restaurants in Athens also feature rotating menus that provide farm-to-table meals and let you sample seasonal items, further enhancing the celebrated foodie culture.
Athens is home to a growing number of craft breweries. Experience the local flavors with a brew tour or visit a taproom to see how award-winning brews are crafted. Comfortable settings and friendly brewmasters enhance the beer-tasting atmosphere, making your next trip to Athens a memorable experience.