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The sultry South will play host to this year’s Jasig-Sakai Conference in Atlanta, GA. But don’t come expecting antebellum columns and Spanish moss — Atlanta is a booming international city with a little something for everyone. From one of the busiest airports in the world to the dazzling city skyline, Atlanta has a truly cosmopolitan feel. Sessions will be held in the Westin Peachtree Plaza. The hotel is right in the thick of downtown and is within walking distance of many local attractions. 

Atlanta offers something for every visitor. Metropolitan museums highlight the arts, the US Civil War period, Atlanta and Georgia history, science and technology, and African-American history. Some of Atlanta’s well-known tourist destinations include the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the CNN Studio Tours, World of Coke, and the High Museum of Art.

Atlanta is an exciting destination with world-class restaurants, a festive nightlife, and an abundance of cultural attractions. Atlanta has developed into the entertainment and cultural center of the South with more than thirty-eight million visitors from around the world each year. It is with great pleasure that Sakai and Jasig welcome you to the city and we sincerely hope that you enjoy your visit.

Please Note: Restaurants in downtown Atlanta are unfortunately known for closing with little notice, often due to current economic issues compounded with the cost of operating in the downtown district.  While this list is believed to be accurate, it is always best to call ahead to a restaurant to make sure that they are still in business and to confirm their current operating hours.

EATING (Close to the Hotel)

Price Guide (for average entrée):
$ = up to $10
$$ = $11–20
$$$ = $21–30
$$$$ = $31 and over

  • Agatha's — A Taste of Mystery
    161 Peachtree Center Avenue
    Agatha’s presents original mystery comedy with audience participation six nights a week, served with a five-course dinner with wine and murder. $$$$ 
  • Atlanta Grill
    Ritz-Carlton Hotel
    181 Peachtree Street NE
    Southern-inspired cuisine in a club-like, warm atmosphere. Seasonal seating is available on the veranda overlooking famous Peachtree Street. $$$$
  • Azio Downtown
    Peachtree Center Mall
    229 Peachtree Street
    Azio offers a contemporary interpretation of traditional Italian cuisine in a refined yet casual setting. Offering a stunning ambience, a vast selection of Italian fare, and a reputation for great service. $$
  • BajaFresh Mexican Grill
    250 Park Avenue West 
    Baja Fresh serves bold, fresh Mexican flavors for lunch or dinner. All entrees are made with never frozen, all natural, hormone free, fire-grilled, chicken, steak, and slow-roasted pork carnitas. Don’t forget the handmade guacamole and salsa bar hosting six salsas made fresh all day, everyday. $

  • Benihanna
    Peachtree Center Mall
    229 Peachtree Street
    Japanese steakhouse and hibachi grill
  • BLT Steak - Bistro Laurent Tourondel
    W Hotel Atlanta Downtown
    45 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard 
    BLT Steak’s design integrates select traditional elements of the French “Bistro” and an American “Steakhouse.” $$$
  • Collage
    Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
    165 Courtland St at International Boulevard
    Casual dining. Weekday buffet with a trendy Southern twist. $$$
  • Cafe Intermezzo
    141 Carnegie Way Atlanta, GA 30303 
    Café Intermezzo presents over 100 different tortes, tarts, cakes, pies and cheesecakes; scores of coffee beverages and other non-alcohol beverages; many hundreds of beverages with alcohol; and complete, international lunch and dinner menus with a plethora of offerings.  
  • Corner Bakery Cafe
    270 Peachtree Street
    Corner Bakery offers mouth-watering sandwiches, hearty soups, crisp salads, and decadent sweets. $
  • Dantanna’s
    One CNN Center
    Aged steaks and fresh seafood in a comfortable and energized upscale environment. $$$
  • Durango Oak Fire Steakhouse
    230 Peachtree Street NW
    Steaks, chicken, ribs, and seafood are grilled on a real oak wood fired grill to quickly sear in the natural juices and flavor. $$
  • Fire of Brazil
    216 Peachtree St
    Brazilian steak house $$$

  • Gladys Knight and Ron Winans’ Chicken and Waffles
    529 Peachtree Street NE
    Calling to mind 1930s-era Harlem, celebrities visiting Wells restaurant in the early morning hours couldn't decide if they wanted dinner or breakfast. The strange but delicious combination of juicy fried chicken with syrupy waffles was born. Open until 4 a.m. on weekends, the musically-themed restaurant serves traditional soul food.

  • Hard Rock Cafe
    215 Peachtree St - Peachtree Center Mall
    Hamburgers and more $$-$$$
  • Hsu’s Gourmet Chinese Restaurant
    Peachtree Center Mall
    192 Peachtree Center Avenue
    Hong Kong-style New Cantonese cuisine. Specializing in seafood and Peking Duck in two courses. $$
  • Legal Sea Foods
    275 Baker Street NW - In the Hilton Garden Inn
    The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. Make waves in the Oyster Bar or enjoy classic New England fare in the upstairs restaurant overlooking Centennial Olympic Park. Their 19 signature cocktails, 28 wines by the glass and countless varieties of fresh seafood will get you hooked. “If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t Legal.” $$
  • Luckie Food Lounge
    375 Luckie Street
    A modern day American eatery serving food from the evening into the night with outdoor dining, an exotic sushi bar, and an audio-visual experience not to be missed. $$$

  • Mary Mac's Tea Room
    224 Ponce de Leon Ave
    A tradition in southern cuisine and hospitality since 1945. $-$$

  • McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
    190 Marietta Street
    Upscale fine dining with fresh catch. $$$$
  • Mellow Mushroom Pizza
    400 West Peachtree Street
    Mellow Mushroom is the place for pizza, sandwiches, salads, and calzones.  A national chain originally founded in '74 by three college students in downtown Atlanta. $

  • Metro Cafe Diner
    Peachtree Center Mall
    229 Peachtree St
    24 hour diner with a book size menu, right across the street from the Westin hotel $-$$

  • Nikolai's Roof
    Hilton Atlanta Hotel
    255 Courtland St
    Fine dining atop the Hilton Atlanta hotel tower $$$$
  • Pittypat’s Porch Restaurant
    25 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW
    Pittypat’s Porch, downtown Atlanta’s oldest restaurant, has delighted guests for over 40 years with it’s “old southern charm and new southern flavors!” The one-of-a-kind atmosphere, southern hospitality, and homemade southern cuisine make Pittypat’s an ideal dining location. $$
  • Prime Meridian Restaurant
    Omni Hotel
    100 CNN Center
    The Prime Meridian Restaurant is a unique dining space that overlooks Centennial Olympic Park and the Fountain of Rings. Enjoy international cuisine in an open kitchen atmosphere. $$
  • Ray’s in the City
    240 Peachtree Street NW
    Ray’s in the City is the best casual dining seafood house offering great price value while delivering the highest level of hospitality in the industry. $$$
  • Rise Sushi
    300 Marietta Street
    Atlanta’s own Master Sushi Chef Tony Wang prepares the freshest sushi, Asian tapas, and offers an array of sakes and soju. $$

  • Shakespeare Tavern
    499 Peachtree Street NE
    The New American Shakespeare Tavern is unlike other theaters. It is a place out of time — a place of live music, hand-crafted period costumes, outrageous sword fights with the entire experience centered on the passion and poetry of the spoken word. With an authentic British pub menu and a broad selection of Irish ales and premium brews, the Shakespeare Tavern is a place to eat, drink, and nourish the soul.

    300 Marietta Street
    STATS offers food America loves to eat. Seasonal ingredients with unique favors that will have you rethinking typical bar food. $$

  • Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar, and View
    Westin Peachtree Plaza
    210 Peachtree St., NW
    Voted Atlanta’s Best “Best View of Atlanta,” this restaurant features a thrilling scenic elevator ride, panoramic views of the city, self-guided walking tours, and telescopes to bring distant sights closer. $$$

  • Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint
    200 Peachtree Street
    Live entertainment and great southern cuisine including fried chicken, e'toufee, shrimp & grits, peach glazed salmon, BBQ ribs and more. $$-$$$

  • Ted’s Montana Grill
    133 Luckie Street
    Ted’s Montana Grill features comfort food for the twenty-first century, including bison, beef, fish, and “brick chicken,” in a Craftsman-style bar-and-grill setting. $$

  • Terrace
    The Ellis Hotel
    176 Peachtree Street
    Overlooking Peachtree Street and located in the Ellis Hotel, Terrace provides the perfect ambiance for cocktails in lively downtown Atlanta. After downtown sightseeing, savor the Terrace, featuring upscale Southern specialties with a twist, such as Fried Green and Red Tomato Stacks and Southern Style Corn Cakes. $$$

  • Thrive Restaurant
    101 Marietta Street
    Thrive combines the elements of delicious food and extensive drink choices with a luxury, upscale setting. Located in Centennial Tower, this restaurant is a unique blend of sleek, contemporary style designed by renowned architect Bill Johnson of The Johnson Studio. $$$

  • Truva
    60 Andrew Young International Boulevard
    Upscale Mediterranean restaurant in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Lamb, chicken, and beef kebabs will appeal to your senses. $$$

EATING (At the Airport)

  • One Flew South
    ATL Terminal E
    Upscale Asian fusion, worth getting to the airport early for, or staying after your inbound flight arrives. $$$$


  • Fandangle’s Restaurant and Martini Bar
    Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
    165 Courtland St at International Boulevard
    An Atlanta hotspot featuring innovative American cuisine in eclectic surroundings, including a sleek underlit bar serving Fandangle’s specialty — eight Georgia themed martinis as well as wine, beer, and cocktails.

  • Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
    848 Peachtree Street NE
    The Gordon Biersch heritage of superior beer, great food, and good times are now served up in the heart of Midtown Atlanta on Peachtree near the Fox Theater. Hand crafted and brewed to perfection, Gordon Biersch goes to great lengths in serving each guest the freshest beer possible. This commitment to serving nothing but the finest and freshest has led to numerous awards.

  • Max Lager’s American Grill and Brewery
    320 Peachtree Street NE
    Wood-fired makes the difference! Come taste the flavors of downtown Atlanta’s oldest independent brewery restaurant. Wood-fired steaks, seafood, burgers, ribs, and pizza are complemented by signature salads and desserts, hand-crafted cocktails, and beers.

  • Meehan's Public House
    180 Peachtree Street
    (404) 214-9821
    Those in search of a true Irish pub in the heart of Atlanta, we invite you to join us at Meehan’s Public House. Meehan’s is an authentic Irish eatery that offers a full menu of classic Irish dishes elevated to the gourmet level.

  • Royal Peacock
    186 1/2 Auburn Avenue
    Located in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn historic district, the Royal Peacock Club was once one of the city’s premier African-American music venues early in the twentieth century. Originally named The Top Hat Club, the Royal Peacock Club officially opened its doors in 1938, hosting both local talent and national acts. Today, the club features both live or recorded popular music in a come as you are low-key atmosphere.

  • Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Bar
    Hilton Atlanta Hotel
    255 Courtland Street, NE
    You will get a feel of the Pacific islands with this bar’s exotic interior, Polynesian cuisine, and potent tropical cocktails. Famous for its mai tai, Chinese wood-fire oven cooking, and prix fixe luau dinners.



  • Metro Cafe Diner
    229 Peachtree St. Suite B-17 Atlanta, GA 30303
    Karaoke every night at 8:30
  • 10 High Club
    816 N. Highland Ave.
    Monday nights feature the well-known Metal-some Monday live band karaoke, where everyone is given the opportunity to hop on stage and re-incarnate the big hair days. Parking may be hard to find, especially on weekends. However, there is a free lot directly behind the venue at the corner of North Highland Avenue and Greenwood Avenue. 
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