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The National

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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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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank ponsoldt
Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

Loved this place! The food is great, and fresh, and different. They have some very unique menu options that you can't find anywhere else and the menu is always changing. We had the brussel sprouts tapas and their lamb and hummus tapas with a vegetable plate for dinner and small cup of mushroom bisque. Everything was awesome! I can't wait... More 

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Thank Pippin L
Athens, Georgia, United States
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

A good variety of dishes with flair. Service is good. It is small and can be a bit loud depending on who is there. Decent prices.

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Thank Tracy B
Cleveland, Ohio
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Recently took our young adult son out to dinner for his birthday and this was his choice. One of the best meals we have had in a while. Highly recommend!

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Thank Pam M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Amazing menu, amazing service and old time southern flavor. Unique chicken and fish dishes with lovely spectrum of colors and flavors. Pricey but worth it.

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Thank Linda K
Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

Always get the house special. Lunch with a client or customer is awlays a great experience. Peter Dale and his crew make the drive from Atlanta worth the time. Great bar and vibe at night, as well.

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Athens, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Peter Dale does a wonderful job bring new tastes to your table. For a hearty vegetarian lunch I would recommend the power lunch with seasonal greens an root vegetables all locally sourced. I haven't had a thing I would not recommend . If you just want to eat at the bar have a glass of wine from their fine wine... More 

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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, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
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

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