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We recommend reserving a table at Village Tavern ahead of time during prime time and on the weekends. One of the most popular eateries north of Atlanta, first-time patrons become regulars and join the loyal following who appreciate the Tavern’s balance of upscale décor with a communal vibe. Popular for date nights, family dinner, birthday celebrations or to impress clients in the posh main dining room, the Alpharetta restaurant also boasts a lively bar area complete with booths, high tops, HD televisions, and live music. The bustling open kitchen entices guests to witness the flames rising from wood-fire ovens, chefs dishing out their creations, and smiling managers orchestrating every move.

Dating back to 1985, the first Village Tavern opened its doors in Winston Salem, NC, feeding guests with their interpretations of classic American dishes with a touch of flair. The personnel from top to bottom was unified under one mission: to make every diner’s experience a memorable one with pampering service, high-quality cuisine, reasonable pricing, and a cohesive staff that would act as a close family.

Now, there are 11 Village Taverns in multiple states—plus one location in Manila, Philippines—but our very own Alpharetta restaurant successfully confirms there is nothing suggesting a cookie-cutter business model. From a diverse workforce, to atmospheric music playing everything from Garth Brooks to Michael Jackson, there is evidently an initiative to embrace their hosting city’s environs. Garnering #1 rankings in numerous categories of Appen Media Group’s 2016 Best of the Best of Alpharetta including “Best All Around Restaurant,” “Best Family Dining,” “Best Happy Hour,” and “Best Business Lunch” further illustrate how they want the dining experience is as close to flawless as possible for especially the locals.

Alongside their acclaimed wine program that recently received top honors given by Wine Spectator in 2016, Village Tavern’s cocktails, entrees and desserts justify the constant flow of patronage during all hours of operation. When asked about the crowd favorites, General Manager Kevin Buckley happily listed the must-tries in different menu categories. “Our hand-cut, chargrilled, melt-in-your-mouth Fflet mignon is certified Angus beef,” he said. “I, along with our regulars, strongly suggest having it topped with lump crab meat and our house-made béarnaise.”

Besides an impressive craft beer selection including a few Georgia brews, Buckley emphasizes that the cocktails are taken very seriously as well. “The most popular is the Painkiller Tiki,” he said. “It’s made with Bacardi and Myer’s Rum; coconut, mango, and pineapple juices; plus a splash of cream.”

Concluding a night of indulgence at Alpharetta’s Village Tavern, there might as well be a fan club for the mouth-watering warm butter cake topped with vanilla ice-cream, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream. As one of them turned heads on the way to a young couple seated in a booth near the main floor’s blazing fireplace, Buckley informed, “All my desserts are made in house, and always fresh. We don’t buy frozen anything.”

And that’s the Village Tavern way.

Village Tavern, 11555 Rainwater Drive, 770.777-6490