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Red Light Cafe

$$ - $$$
Morningside - Lenox Park
American, Bar, Cafe
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553 Amsterdam Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306-3416
+1 404-874-7828
19:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 19:00 - 01:00
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170 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

I must say, I am a fan. I have passed this cafe many times while coming to Amsterdam Walk. I came across an event here I wanted to attend. The space is so intimate and homely. There is an area in the back where you can lounge with a sofa. They had a very small menu. I was hungry and... More 

Thank Sky G
Decatur, Georgia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

The music was so awesome! When we ordered drinks the bartenders were super friendly. I asked to sample two beers before deciding and the bartender happily accommodated me. The sound of the music was perfect. We could still hear each other if we wanted to share how much we liked a song. Some music venues are so loud you cannot... More 

1 Thank HollyBLanford
Marietta, Georgia
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Incredible Blue Grass sounds of the Dappled Grays with Greg Earnest on banjo! Small but good food menu and lots of alcohol choices. It's hard for me to be objective since Iove I this group, but the acoustics are excellent and the venue is fun for all age groups.

Thank Kathy N
Atlanta, Georgia
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92 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

Went to visit this place on Saturday night. Cover charge of $30 to enter for the live music. Would take credit card but wants to charge me $4.00 for the charge. First of all, an upcharge for a taking a VIsa card is illegal. Second a credit card fee is about 3% not 13%. I have reported this place to... More 

Thank M R
Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2015

Nice venue in a great location to midtown. Cozy, intimate place to see live shows. Came to see Virginia Schenck with her band on 3/7/15. The singer and band were on fire with fun, upbeat sets!! Large selection of libations. Great place to be able to see and hear up close. We did not come to eat but rather for... More 

Thank EHanson2013
metro Atlanta
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136 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

I visited the Red Light Cafe for the first time to see Leo & Anto (of the Saw Doctors/Waterboys) last night. Really love this place. Cool, intimate setting with a small stage at the front corner. Convenient, easy to find location. Parking was not an issue the evening I visited, even though it's in Midtown. Adequate sound. Lighting was a... More 

Thank ladytez
Atlanta, Georgia
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132 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013

We went to hear New York's Rachel Zylstra play. Cover was $10. This is a great place to hear live music. My husband had a few beers. There was one he wasn't particularly fond of and they took it back easily. We also ordered bbq and cheddar pie. It was surprisingly good. It came with an equally decent salad. I... More 

Thank Everellie
Asheville, North Carolina
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192 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

Red Light is not so much a cafe as venue for unique musicians to perform while you drink a beer or coke and munch on very basic food/snacks. This small places hold something like a 100 people with everything focus on the stage rather then TV's or the bar. Nothing fancy almost lawn furniture seating but if your musician or... More 

2 Thank riceland
Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2010

We had such a great time. The place was packed, but the bartender was really good and on top of it. It is a listening room, so no table service. We ordered from the bar and they brought the food to us. The sound was great and no interruptions. Looking forward to going again.

Thank Sarasmile0322
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2008

Doorman never looked up from his paper. Just said " Seven each" . As we entered he didn't even try to move his little desk over so my wheelchair could get through. Food not good, limited to ham / turkey sandwiches , very basic.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 10
American, Bar, Cafe
Dinner, After-hours
Open Hours
19:00 - 01:00
19:00 - 01:00
19:00 - 01:00
19:00 - 01:00
19:00 - 01:00
19:00 - 01:00
19:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 553 Amsterdam Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306-3416
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Atlanta>  > Morningside - Lenox Park
  • Neighbourhood: Morningside - Lenox Park
  • Phone Number: +1 404-874-7828
Red Light Café is Atlanta's premiere listening room for Americana, Bluegrass, Country & Western, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Roots Rock, and everything in between - as well as host to some of the best Burlesque in the Southeast! Located between Midtown and Virginia Highlands in Atlanta, GA, Red Light Café is a casual, comfortable, smoking-free environment to enjoy live music & entertainment featuring a full bar (with a massive craft beer selection) and an ever-evolving menu of appetizers, entrées, soups, salads, desserts and more.

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