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cdram

08/06/11

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Delightful and Delicious

This was absolutely amazing! Loved everything about it. Food, service, dining room was beautiful. Very welcoming and food was amazing.

Keep doing what you're doing! I had the veal chop oscar and it was perfectly cooked and amazing tasting. I want more!! My husband had the filet and of course, amazing as well. Can't wait to go back to try other options.

I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone I talk to. My husband and I are going to make this our date night spot, out of town guest spot, business dinner spot, special occasion spot...

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shert

07/31/11

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Expected More, but still a nice night out

I had heard great things about this steakhouse. The ambiance and energy when you walk in is great, just what you would expect from a nice steakhouse.

The Filet Mignon was just ok. Nothing really wrong with it, but not a lot of flavor to it either. The jalapeno creamed corn was pretty good though. Creme Brulee was huge.

It was a lovely evening out, but doesn't hold up to the normal steak house expectation.

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russett

03/16/11

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kevin Rathbun's Steakhouse

Best steak in Atlanta. I had the cowboy ribye. I always order medium rare but the waiter suggested with the tenderness of this steak medium was best. I went along with advIce. PERFECT steak and veggies. Best meal I've had n ATL!!!

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ryansims

03/31/10

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Top Notch Chef Nails Upscale Steakhouse

Located a chip-shot away from badass Chef Kevin Rathbun's flagship namesake restaurant, Kevin Rathbun Steak is his foray into the steakhouse world located on Krog Street in the Old Forth Ward. Thick bone-in ribeyes, filets and T-bones for two are enjoyed with a carnivore's devilish smile under the very dimly lit lights of this beautiful rustic-meets-elegance space. Down-home sides paired with primo red meat and a big fat red wine? Good. Go.

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BennyS

11/02/09

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Fine, but there are better high end steak places

I got a steak and my wife got the lobster. I really liked the steak, but the steak sauce was an additional charge which i felt was nickle and diming me (the steak sauce was good though). My wife liked the lobster, and it was a good portion, but she didnt rave about it. We had onion rings for an appetizer which were very mediocre. The mash potatoes were good, and the cream corn was average.

The inside itself is a very cool atmosphere, but it is EXTREMELY dark. I would recommend figureing out what to order beforehand, and it is so dark it was difficult to read the menu.

The price was on par with typical high end steak houses, and the food was god, just nothing special lie you could get for a similar price at Bones, Mortons, etc. etc.

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culture99

10/09/09

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Good steak

Steak, pure and simple, done right
Please work on the sides and please bring back that wonderful lemon scallop appetizer. I know it was a special, but it is so good and add it everyday or at least twice a week

Ala carte gets a little too pricey, so try and work on those prices, so I can come more often
good food, thanks

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tucker georgia

09/18/09

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Great steak, but pricey

We selected the aged steak for 2, which was not really for two. Shared two sides which are separate from the 65.00 steak for two. Ticket was 110.00 . Not really worth the price, but definitely an experience to try.

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gia view

08/31/09

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Extremely disappointed

I was excited to receive a $100 gift certificate to Rathbun Steak. My husband and I went early on a Monday evening, ready for a wonderful experience. We were SORELY dissapointed, especially since I had heard such good reviews.

Not only was it rediculously DARK, it was very loud, so much so that my husband and I had trouble hearing each other, sittling right next to one another,
and the restaurant was only about 1/4 occupancy.

I work in the design rhelm, and I find it outrageous that someone thinks it is cool to design interiors that do not suit the intended purpose. If the servers need flashlights for the patrons to see the menu, IT IS TOO DARK! GET REALl!!!!! Form follows function.

We ordered a potato soup for a starter - SALTY
Steaks -- Rib eye and NY strip - SALTY (Mine had large pieces of salt on the steak)
Creamed spinach - so salty we could'nt eat it
Bread - SALTY

It is a shame when the only seasoning option used in this professional chef's kitchen, seems to be salt and LOTS of it.


The server, at my request, did take the spinach off of the bill, but it was still $82 dollars. Although I don't mind spending that kind of money and more, on a GOOD meal, this is not a restaurant that I will ever give a second chance.

We rushed through eating, as the ambiance was poor, it was loud, and the highly salted food left much to be desired.

By the way, I rushed home to drink several HUGE glasses of water! LOL

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ATLeater

03/17/09

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You have to try it

We found a table in the bar, ordered a bottle of champagne and split the steak for 2. The steak was incredibly tender and juicy and we enjoyed a few dipping sauces-- the blue cheese butter sauce was decadent and tasty. The side dishes-- scalloped sweet potatoes and zuchinni picatta were delicious but next time I will look for a healthier veggie option (if there is one to be found on the menu!) Due to the batter, the zuchinni tasted surprisingly like french toast, which actually wasn't a bad thing. We finished the meal with a toffee brownie sundae. Simple, homey and good. The waiter/bartender was very attentive throughout the meal and we enjoyed the liveliness of the bar. Kevin Rathbun seemed approachable as he spent some time during our visit greeting guests. Also although friends had advised that the restaurant is expensive, I did not feel the price for two dinners, dessert and a bottle of champagne was exorbitant.

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henrycolen

02/01/09

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Caveat - Great Food, Needs Better Organization

We went to Rathbun's Steak for a Saturday night, having made our 8:15 reservation the previous Tuesday. Upon arriving, the hostess told us we were one of many groups with reservations waiting for a table. Upon encouraging our party to crowd the bar, which was standing-room-only and full of reserved parties waiting for their tables, we waited till 9:15. The food was great, just like any top-quality American steakhouse, but with the variety of phenomenal restaurants in Atlanta, it doesn't make sense that this place should be making anyone wait who had reservation well in advance. I doubt Kevin Rathbun would have approved of the overcrowded bar that awaited seating, which just goes to show that the management needs to reevaluate their policies. The manager personally apologized, but had to censor the language of his hostesses, who made comments like ""well, plenty of parties are waiting for their reservations"" and ""I don't know how long the wait for your table will be."" I think we could all agree that the host/hostess should be honest, straightforward, and, most of all, positive with the clientele. To end on a positive note, the food was, again, incredible.

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JamesMox

12/12/08

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A Steak Dinner at Kevin Rathbun Steak

Our first trip to Kevin Rathbun's Steaks and we travel there for steaks. I wanted to try the dry-aged steak and compare that to Bones, Chops, Prime, Killer Creek, Stoney River, MCKENDrick's, and other steakhouses I have visited. The service was great and I ordered the Cowboy Ribeye dry-aged and my lady ordered the Steak Diane. All in all we will return, but the overall meal was just okay.

We did not get to the great status. The Steak Diane's sauce and the sides were a little salty. In both cases, the steak itself was good and well received, but we can recall several meals getting up from the table saying this was a great meal. Not last night, just saying it was alright-good.

We have tried all kinds of restaurants in the Atlanta area, as well as, other major citys. For steak in Atlanta, I still have my favorite and that has not changed based on my 12/11/08 meal. Hoping for the best my next time around at Kevin Rathbun Steak, Kevin was there, but not on the grill - but near the kitchen...

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bigeater9999

12/01/08

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top steakhouse in the city

This steakhouse was the best restaurant that I have had dinner at in the past year. I travel all of the time and can tell you that the steaks and atmosphere are top level and the service waqs the best too. Try the steak for two, the creamed corn, the wonderful ahi tuna poke and then save room for the desserts. I will go back ten times over!

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michaele706447541

11/20/08

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One of the best meals I've ever had - period.

I helped my girl Kelly P celebrate her birthday here last night and all I can say is ""Wow!""

I must admit, I was fairly intimidated at the thought of visiting such a Restaurant (note the capital R - I feel it's necessary). I mean, this is serious business here; they are not messing around. You can feel how genuine everything is - the service, the food, the atmosphere - it's all just so, SO.

That said, once I joined my party, it took me a good 10 minutes (and one large glass of wine) to truly exhale and begin to enjoy the experience fully. It didn't hurt that I was dining with 6 of the most delightful ladies I know. And can I just say, girls really do talk dirty when they're alone together - I felt like Stanford Blatch on a night on the town with Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. Such stories - I was blushing.

And the people watching (once your eyes adjust to the darkness) is top-notch. To me, this is the best course of any dining experience.

Here's the meal I had and/or sneaked a taste of off someone else's plate whilst they were in the bathroom touching up their make-up (yet one more advantage to being a man).

I'm not going to go in to details because they were all delicious, sublime, perfect - I would order them all again. In fact, this may be the meal I order before I'm finally put to death in the electric chair for having worn two Swatches on one wrist in 1986:

Starters
Lobster Fritters w/Lemon Zest Honey Mustard
Asian Style Meatballs w/Mushroom Soy Jus

Entree
10 oz. Ribeye (rare, natch) w/House Steak Sauce

Sides
Jalapeno Creamed Corn w/Scallions (a house specialty)
Elbow Mac & Cheese Tart w/Truffle Bread Crumbs
Scalloped Sweet Potatoes w/Gruyere
Twice Baked Potatoes

Our server, Matt Coggin, was outstanding - he knew ever nuance of the menu and wine list and directed us toward items he knew we'd like and could afford (hey, this place ain't cheap!) without making us feel uncomfortable. Kudos to him - job well done. Ask for him - you won't be disappointed.

By the end of the evening, the room had become warm, inviting and comfortable; it had won me over completely. The only - and I stress ONLY - reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because Javier Bardem was not our waiter.

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worldrenownedfoodcritic

09/29/08

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Service: Well Done! Steak: Done Well (er, make that Medium Rare)

Went the Rathbun Steak to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversay. Have read about mediocre service but our server was very attentive without being obtrusive. The steak was terrific! Not sure how they get the outside so crispy while leaving the inside so rare but it was awesome! Draft Beer is $6 per pint so that's my only ding. Great job!

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dinesourfrequently

08/25/08

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Atlanta Steakhouse at its best!

Had dinner on Saturday evening at this Atlanta staple and from the two comments below, it sounds like they were in different restaurants or mad because they could not get a reservation. Our reservation was at 8:30 and there was only a 10 minute wait for our table, but I did not see anybody waiting over an hour and we made the reservation at the correct restaurant by calling the right restaurant. (I think the reviewer below called the wrong restaurant and you have to get this one right!) Our service by Rick was great, and he was professional and steered us in the right direction. Awesome steaks and the truffle butter was perfect for the steak only dip the steak in the sauce and savor it. The macaroni and cheese was wonderful and the chocolate bomb dessert and the banana dessert were off the charts. My partner and I will be back. This restaurant is a must anytime you are visiting Atlanta.

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frecklefaceredhead

08/24/08

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Highly overrated and made us both sick!

I disagree with a few others that have posted recently about service. We had reservations for before 7pm on a Saturday night and the place was almost empty and our reservations were honored. Service far outweighed the food. They really catered to us. Paid $10.50 for a very small martini. I think that I can cook a better steak than this. I've even had better steaks at places I don't really like such as Outback. It was severely charred on outside (porterhouse steak for 2 @ $64) and raw on the inside (we ordered it medium). We never recieved the truffle butter we ordered. The sides were sold to us as 1 being enough for 2 people but the sides are only big enough for 1 (approximately $6-8 each). We had the jalepeno corn (not spicy at all) and the sweet pototo casserole (good but nothing special). We also had the tuna poke for appetizer which was very good ($8). We found the prices fairly reasonable except on the meat where it is VERY high for what you get. The place is beautiful and very loud! The worst thing of our dinner is after $160 for 2 people (1 steak, 1 appetizer, 2 sides, 1 dessert and 4 drinks (2 beers for him and 1 wine and 1 martini for me)) we could barely get home before both of us became very sick. As soon as we got in the door my husband threw everything up and mine was from the other end. We spent a good bit of the rest of the evening in the bathroom. What a waste!

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waemo

08/16/08

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Overrated

First let me say that I am a frequent diner at Bones, Blue Ridge Grill, Floataway Cafe and Joel. I love fine dining and am excited about great restaurants. Tonight was my first time at Rathbun Steak and I was excited about it. Unfortunately, the experience did not live up to the hype. As I had heard, the decor is indeed pretty and the chandeliers are very cool. However, when the waiters are passing out flashlights for people across the restaurant to read the menus, something is wrong. I felt like I was in a tunnel. And yet, had I been in a tunnel it would have been more quiet and acoustically pleasing. It was LOUD and I could barely hear my dinner mates' comments. It's even more frustrating to deal with bad acoustics when you can barely see your dinner mates as well. On the plus side, the food was good. Definitely reminded me of Rathbun's (his first restaurant) in that everything was very good, but at the same time very rich/buttery/creamy. Steak was ok; lamb was ok; sides were good and fine and different (scalloped sweet potatoes); dessert was great. Service was fine. On the not so good side, we waited 35 minutes past our reservation time to sit down (and not in the cellar as we had been promised), and we waited almost 30 minutes between our appetizer and entree. I have to say that by the time the entree came I was ready to get out of there. I was tired of squinting and yelling and I was ready to go find myself at home at a quiet table at Bones. At the end of the night, our bill was close to $500 (for 3 of us) and we concluded that for the money we didn't think the value was there. Yes, it was different, yes the food was fine. But it's a place caught between wanting to be fine dining and trendy and I think in the end trendy wins out. A good place to try, but next time I'll see you at Bones.

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AbFab1

08/04/08

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IMPECCABLE ALL AROUND

I can not say one bad thing about Rathbun's Steak. I am all about service and food. Their staff is amazing, knowledgeable and friendly. As busy as it gets, they are on top of it. Ask for Molly, she is fabulous. Steak and duck to die for, some of the side items not so wonderful, but the ambiance, service and staff make up for it. The best part, this restaurant has service down! They call you a few days after you have dined with them and thank you for coming in. AMAZINFG service that just doesn't exist anymore, it was refreshing. Those of you that want to complain about the price, I suggest you don't come here, there is nothing outrageous about their prices for what is offered. it beats the pants off of Bones and Chops food and costs less. I was surprised as I am not a fan of Rathbun's, but the Steak place is the best! Keep up the esxcellent work and your superb staff!

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rshershin

07/28/08

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Absolutely Perfect!

Wow, I have to say Kevin Rathbun Steak is well worth the hype and reputation. We took my parents there and based on prior reviews we asked for a ""quiet table"". We were seated in the cellar which worked out perfectly -- it was much quieter than upstairs and our service appeared to be fully dedicated to our table (likely our perception but we enjoyed the attention).
But really it is all about the food and KBS did not disappoint. We all enjoyed the Tuna Poke, Corn and Ancho Chile soup of the day and Asian Meatball appetizers. Then we had to have the best steak I've ever enjoyed. We shared the Dry Aged Porterhouse for 3 and it just melted in your mouth. I got the Truffle butter as an accompaniment but I didn't even want to dip the steak in the butter as it was perfect as served. And then there were the sides. Two of my friends specifically called me to tell me to order the Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Gruyere and I must implore you to do the same. Heck, I'd have it for dessert.
Then to top things off, they called me the following Monday just to make sure we enjoyed our evening.
In all, we are counting down the days to our return.

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johnnyhetz

07/27/08

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Adequate food; abysmal service

My daughter suggested Bones for a special family dinner, but I thought we'd try something different. My mistake. The escargot tasted as if the chef had accidentally spilled the salt in it. The steak was adequate, though I thought a little overdone. The worst part was the service. They brought our food when one member of the group was in the restroom, for her to return to a cooling entree. The servers (glorified but poorly trained busboys) didn't know whose meal was whose. It was just like Applebee's: ""Who had the filet with peppercorn sauce? Who had the oysters?"" When my daughter was finished, the busboy asked her, ""Are you still nibblin on that?"" When I was a busboy, I was trained to say, ""May I take your plate."" Despite all that, our waitress was excellent -- very friendly yet professional.

I brought all this to the attention of the General Manager, so he would understand what is going on in his restaurant. He was very apologetic, and agreed that the foregoing was not acceptable. They ended up cutting the bill substantially.

When one spends top dollar to dine at a fine restaurant in beautiful surroundings, one expects top-notch food and impeccable service. Mr. Rathbun's audacious portrait kept watch over the restaurant, but unfortunately he himself was not watching the store. He might reconsider having his name on the door.

I'll be going back to Bones.

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Fax: 404-524-5666

Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Thu:
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Categories
Steak Houses, Restaurants
Payment Options
Price Range
$$$$
Neighborhoods
Inman Park, Eastside
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Free

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Steakhouse

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

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