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Atlanta revisit: Sun Dial restaurant review

credit: Becky Stein

credit: Becky Stein

In today’s AJC I have a review of the Sun Dial, Atlanta’s revolving restaurant topping the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

The Sun Dial has long been a favored choice for tourists and special occasion diners. Now it hopes to broaden its market and attract Atlanta’s foodie crowd to take a ride up those glass elevators. With new digs after an extensive four-month renovation and chef Jason Starnes sourcing from regional farms and local food artisans, the Sun Dial is attempting to make the shift from a hotel restaurant to a restaurant located in a hotel.

What you have is a kind of upscale dinner-and-a-movie-style theater. The view showcasing our city’s glory both day and night becomes the feature. But that view costs a premium, with the restaurant’s pricing in the top tier for Atlanta restaurants. And as with most theater fare, you’ll likely decide the appeal of the stellar show outweighs the annoyance of paying elevated venue pricing for a less-than-stellar meal.

Chef Jason Starnes best expressed his personal flair at a special Wild Heaven beer pairings dinner. The more casual affair seemed fitting to both his personality and style — more so than the daily grind of an upscale fixed menu.

I gave the restaurant 1 star.

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–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

7 comments Add your comment

Jeffrey L Mills

November 29th, 2013
4:37 pm

Just goes to show you that $$$ devoted to a new renovation does not substitute for quality when it comes to food. Higher menu prices in exchange for high priced movie food won’t warrant my visit.


November 30th, 2013
10:03 am

I am not going to pay a dollar to read this article.

Good Food Eater

November 30th, 2013
1:35 pm

We went in October for a birthday celebration. Now, maybe it’s because I had low expectations but, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We were prepared to pay hotel prices so we were not surprised by the bill. The food and service exceeded our expectations and well, the view made the evening. There certainly are better restaurants in Atlanta but when you consider the atmosphere, I think this is a good special occasion spot.

Anton Chigurh

December 1st, 2013
3:32 pm

I agree with GFE, it’s a good spot for special occasions. I’ve never gone there expecting to have a transcendant food experience. The meal has always been decent and the view spectacular. Good enough for what it is.


December 1st, 2013
4:18 pm

We perfer Goldan Corral. All U can eat.

Big Braves Fans

December 2nd, 2013
12:21 pm

I agree with Tea Party Member.
If it doesn’t have a buffet or a gift shop with country nick-nacks, then no thank you.
I considered the Sun Dial once when I was downtown for a belly-aching rally at the Capitol.
But after seeing how far I had to climb to get to the restaurant I became intimidated and gave up.
At first there was a lot of tension brought on by my paralyzing fear of the unknown, but then one of the guys in my group made an hilarious Obama joke, and that really lightened the mood.
Go Braves!


December 3rd, 2013
4:43 pm

Sunday brunch takes the $$$ down a notch for what is a great special occasion spot. Our 11 and 10 year olds loved it. Probably a spectacle at night but I prefer the combination of the daytime view with clear skies over the lights and the very high prices. The food won’t startle you with its imaginitiveness but it won’t totally bore you either.