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