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232 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2728
+1 706-549-3450
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11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Especially good service with knowledgeable servers who cater to picky eaters. The Roselyn cheese ring is fabulous and easily enough to share as an appetizer. The soft shell crab salad is fantastic as is the ham and cheese sandwich. The menu changes daily to ensure complete freshness so you might not see the same items.

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Thank Stuart W
Athens, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a large group - nine - with a reservation at 5:00. They were ready for us when we walked in. We had six adults and three young people - 13, 12 and 9. The kids are not overly picky but aren't very fond of most sauces. They ordered what they wanted - essentially steak and potatoes but without... More 

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Thank JohnB57Jonesboro
Athens, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff is very knowledgeable, every question answered. Even when we asked the bus person, she went and found the answer. The menu changes a lot, which I really like. Very creative without being ridiculous. While you may not love everything, there is something that will make you come back.

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Thank Tyler312
Athens, Georgia
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46 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The National is our go-to for a date night or hosting friends in town. Peter Dale does fresh, innovative Mediterranean with Southern favorites from local farms. The hanger steak is always on point but the veggie plate is my favorite. The Power Lunch plate is always delicious and beautiful.

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Thank Suzanne R
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our third trip to The National (and my last). Service was great and the food was very good, but portions very small. I had the new lamb entree. It consisted of two chops that were about 1/4" thick. I've never seen any cut that thin and can't imagine how they did it. After cutting the meat from the... More 

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Thank gco1
Athens, Georgia
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My first visit to The National. Have attempted to come here several times, but parking is difficult. Don't give up! I came by for lunch and had the Steak Frites. Great meal. Sliced hangar steak cooked perfectly,on a bed of fresh cut fries and lettuce, and radishes with a nice vinaigrette dressing. Not over filling for lunch. I think I... More 

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Thank Dorothy H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love eating at The National in Athens. It is right downtown and has the most delicious food. Always very fresh and plenty of vegetables!

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Thank moonpietravels
Columbus, Ohio
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80 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The chicken and scallops were unbelievable! Service was also exceptional too. I would recommend making a reservation before you visit.

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Thank Katie M
Athens, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

the national serves incredible food, with a great wine list, at a fair price. a great place for both "special" occasions and dinner with friends, but do make a reservation. the service is friendly and excellent. also a great place to eat "quickly"--appetizers and wine, for example, at the bar, especially before or after seeing a film next door at... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Delicious food from local producers. Limited menu which means each item is made in house. Be sure to get one of their specialty cocktails. My favorite is the Garden Coup!!!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Mediterranean, American, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 232 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2728
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: +1 706-549-3450
Description
Open for lunch Monday - Saturday and dinner daily; our bar also remains open for coffee and tapas during the day 2:30 - 5pm.

The idea behind The National is simple: to provide a casual neighborhood gathering spot reminiscent of the bars and cafés we’ve enjoyed on travels to Europe. Mediterranean inspired food and wine is served for lunch and dinner in the dining room and throughout the day at the bar. While our menu points to culinary traditions from abroad, we value our local farmers and our dishes reflect the changing seasons in Northeast Georgia.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?