The Best Seafood in Atlanta

From fried fish to seafood platters to oysters

Blue chairs at a wooden bar with shelves fully stocked with liquor

 Watchman's Seafood & Spirits / Andrew Thomas Lee

Yes, at more than 250 miles from the nearest coast, Atlanta is completely landlocked. But the city doesn't lack for quality seafood, with many restaurants sourcing from the nearby Gulf Coast. From white tablecloth spots with sushi and seafood platters to neighborhood haunts with sustainably sourced oysters to casual fish houses with crawfish and all the fixings, here are the city's best spots for coastal fare.

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Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar

Close of raw oysters on the half shell on ice with lemon slices

Courtesy of Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar 

Address
The Avenue East Cobb, 4475 Roswell Rd #1410, Marietta, GA 30062, USA
Phone
+1 770-635-7641

This stylish, upscale fish house located in East Cobb focuses on simple, local and sustainable fare. Think classics like beer-battered fish and chips and lobster rolls as well as oysters on the half shell and oak-grilled, whole branzino with seasonal soups, salads and sides.

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Atlanta Fish Market

large sliver tray with an assortment of seafood on ice including: 4 oysters on the half shell, ceviche wrapped in a lettuce leave, two lobster halves, four clams and a few shrimp with cocktail sauce, a dark brown sauce and a creamy sauce on the side

 Atlanta Fish Market

Address
265 Pharr Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305-2243, USA
Phone
+1 404-262-3165

This Buckhead institution — instantly recognizable by the giant fish hanging out front — boasts the Southeast’s widest selection of fresh fish. The restaurant is best experienced with a large group so you can sample your way through the extensive menu, which includes fresh sashimi and nigiri as well as large seafood platters that feed up to 14 hungry diners.

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Watchman's Seafood & Spirits

12 raw oysters arranged on the edge of an ice filled bowl with two lemont slices and cocktail sauce, a small spoon and a small, green bottle in the middle

 Watchman's Seafood & Spirits / Andrew Thomas Lee

Address
99 Krog St NE suite y, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA
Phone
+1 404-254-0141

Located in the bustling Krog Street Market in the heart of Inman Park, this bright and airy spot will immediately transport you to the coast with Southern-focused savory dishes like ceviches and tartares to whole fish and grilled fish collars. The restaurant's real highlight is its oyster program, featuring selections from sustainable growers in the Southeast. Pro tip: oysters are $1 or half price during happy hour, 5 to 7 p.m. on weeknights.

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The Optimist

metal-legged stools with teal seat lined up around a long bar with three people behind it

The Optimist / Andrew Thomas Lee

Address
914 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA
Phone
+1 404-477-6260

Chef-owner Ford Fry's Westside upscale fish camp has it all: a beautiful patio, an oyster bar offering 10 varietals and a menu featuring everything from beachside classics like lobster rolls, peel and eat shrimp and smoked fish chowder to sophisticated mains like the can't miss "duck fat poached" swordfish with short rib, kohlrabi and horseradish. 

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Bully Boy

Barbecued white shrimp in a blue bow with a brown sauce

Bully Boy / Heidi Geldhauser-Harris

Address
828 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, USA
Phone
+1 678-904-5607

Not only is Atlanta's Eastside Beltline Trail a popular recreational spot for residents and tourists alike, it also boasts some of the city's best restaurants, including this Old Fourth Ward spot from local restaurant group Concentrics and a short walk from Ponce City Market. Don't miss the selection of East Coast oysters or the BBQ Georgia white shrimp, both of which pair well with an expertly curated wine list perfect for sipping and people watching on the patio.

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BeetleCat

hand squeezing a lemon onto an open-face lobster roll on a white plate with blue trim

BeetleCat / Andrew Thomas Lee

Address
299 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA
Phone
+1 678-732-0360

Also a Ford Fry concept, named for a 12-foot-4-inch catboat, this nautically themed Inman Park spot has both an upstairs dining room and a downstairs, '70s-inspired cocktail lounge. Both offer oysters, shareable small plates like cold smoked salmon dip as well as mains like crawfish and whole branzino. Don't miss the Friday and Saturday late night menu, which features boozy shakes, twice fried chicken wings, lobster rolls and more.

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Bon Ton Atlanta

Address
674 Myrtle St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA
Phone
+1 404-996-6177

Louisiana meets Vietnam at this Midtown seafood spot from the team behind The Lawrence. Order sandwiches like the house po'boy or spicy shrimp banh mi, boiled seafood by the pound or fried fish to pair with the restaurant's signature cocktails like the Bon Ton Hurricane.

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Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House

Fried catfish with a lemon wedge on top, cole slaw, corn on the cob and two fritters on a white place

 Courtesy of Six Feet Under

Address
437 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA
Phone
+1 404-523-6664

Looking for a traditional fish camp in a no-frills environment? Look no further than Six Feet Under. Both the Westside and Grant Park locations boast stellar rooftop views, which pair well with the bar food like catfish tacos, baskets of deep-fried classics like fish and chips and signature seafood platters. Get the jalapeño hush puppies as a side — trust us — and wash them down with some local beer.

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The Juicy Crab

Address
2205 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth, GA 30096, USA
Phone
+1 678-473-9399

With locations in East Point, Smyrna, Duluth (the original), Kennesaw, McDonough and Douglasville, you're never far from this Cajun-inspired chain. Feast on baskets of popcorn shrimp, 1/2 or 1 pound servings of seafood favorites like crawfish or indulge in something fried (you know you want to) like catfish or oysters.

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Crawfish Shack Seafood

Address
4337 Buford Hwy NE #170, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA
Phone
+1 404-329-1610

This Buford Highway spot focuses on Cajun seafood with a Vietnamese twist. Look for cooked seafood by the pound, a variety of po'boys and meals ranging from Cajun boiled crawfish to grouper, served with two hushpuppies and two sides. Feeling indecisive? Get the "Shack-Tatic" Platter, which includes Cajun boiled or steamed snow crab, blue crab, crawfish, mussels, shrimp, corn, andouille sausage and red potatoes.

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