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Atlanta Restaurants & Food Experiences for Large Groups

By April 8, 2024No Comments
Atlanta Restaurants & Food Experiences for Large Groups

Entertaining and feeding a crowd? In this guide, you’ll find food experiences and Atlanta restaurants for large groups!

From family reunions to corporate outings, conference groups, church gatherings, and more – it can be challenging to know where your large group can grab a bite. From unique food experiences to group-friendly restaurants and food halls, this post has you covered!

Read on to discover our favorite ways to refuel your large group and create shared memories around the table together.

Our favorite Atlanta dining experiences & restaurants for large groups

Read on for details on these foodie adventures, and more ideas!

In this post, you’ll find:

  • Atlanta dining experiences for large groups, including corporate teams
  • Memorable and unique foodie tours and cooking classes
  • Atlanta restaurants for large groups and private events
  • Ways to entertain large groups, corporate teams, and conference attendees
  • Urban food hall and “pick your own meal” options – perfect for groups with varying dietary needs

Atlanta Dining Experiences for Large Groups

Historic Market Food Tour + Biscuit Class – Private Group Experience!

Unexpected Atlanta Biscuit Class - Atlanta Restaurants for Large Groups

Photo from Unexpected Atlanta biscuit-making class, by Rhys Havens.

Sample the best of Atlanta’s cuisine! During this Historic Market Food Tour + Biscuit Class, your group will try 9 delicious tastings from 5 vendors in Atlanta’s oldest market: the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Also known as the Municipal Market, this historic spot near Downtown Atlanta was rated one of the top 10 markets in the country by USA Today!

During this private group experience, discover fascinating Atlanta history and hear all about classic Southern cuisine. Then, try your hands at making fluffy, buttery biscuits during a guided, hands-on class!

This indoor experience is perfect for team building for up to 28 guests per group. It offers limited walking, enough delicious food for a hearty lunch, and a fun, hands-on experience. Join us and see why we have more 5 star reviews than any other Atlanta walking or food tour!

Grant Park Food and Street Art Tour – Private Group Experience!

Taste centuries of Southern culinary innovation. Try 8 classic and modern Southern food tastings from 3 favorite local restaurants during this private Grant Park Food and Street Art Tour. With advance notice, it can accommodate up to 120 attendees!

Stroll through Atlanta’s charming Cabbagetown neighborhood to the Krog Street Tunnel, where your team will get a chance to add their own (legal) mark! This session is led by our expert guides, themselves Atlanta locals, who are experienced in helping large groups navigate Atlanta’s most noteworthy spots.

For a similar group outing, try our Grant Park Food and Cemetery Tour! You can also add more fun to this experience with a cocktail package, bus transportation, signed copy of the award-winning book “A Culinary History of Atlanta,” and more!

1920s Big Bash – Private Group Experience!

With thematic character guides, unlimited food tastings and drinks (beer/wine), and exclusive use of the 1924-built Sweet Auburn Curb Market, the 1920s Big Bash is an unforgettable experience for your next group event! This soirée is geared toward large groups, with a 100 person minimum.

Embrace the theme and encourage your guests to dress in their best 1920’s-style clothing. During your 3-hour event, you’ll enjoy mouth-watering tastes with a focus on hyper-local ingredients and minority-owned businesses. Plus, food and drink options are available for all dietary restrictions.

Try your hand at making Southern biscuits in a hands-on class, get your photo taken (with a photo booth and professional photography), ride a 1920s-themed trolley, and dance the night away to 1920s-style live music!

Reach out to schedule your Historic Market Food Tour + Biscuit Class, Grant Park Food and Street Art Tour, 1920s Big Bash, or another Unexpected Atlanta event!

Restaurants for Large Groups & Private Dining

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Maggiano's Little Italy - Atlanta Restaurants for Large Groups

Maggiano’s is a classic group dining spot for a reason! With locations in Buckhead, the Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, and the Cumberland Mall on the northwest side of Atlanta, Maggiano’s serves crowd-pleasing Italian fare and a variety of familiar favorites.

Book a group event with Maggiano’s and let them help with everything from the food options to AV needs, centerpieces, personalized menus, parking, coat check, and more!

No Mas! Cantina

Located in Downtown Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill neighborhood, No Mas! Cantina is a favorite for groups seeking authentic, flavorful Mexican fare. In fact, this restaurant’s owners spend nearly half the year in Mexico sourcing ingredients and curating the “best of Mexico” to bring back to Atlanta.

With 350 seats in the main restaurant (and 80+ tequilas!), No Mas! is equipped to handle a crowd. Reach out to the restaurant ahead of time to scheduled large groups. This is the perfect spot to eat before or after Unexpected Atlanta’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Tour nearby!

The Varsity

The Varsity Atlanta Restaurants for Large Groups

Be prepared to be greeted with yells of “What’ll ya have?!” when you walk in. The Varsity is a no-frills Atlanta staple. Serving up burgers, chili dogs, onion rings, and more, this iconic spot has been family-owned and operated since 1928.

These days, there are eight Varsity locations. Their “original, world-famous location,” The Varsity Atlanta on North Ave is a great option for large groups. Occupying two entire city blocks, this spot can accommodate a staggering 800 diners inside. Be sure to try the Frosted Orange – a deliciously cool, sweet treat that tastes like an orange creamsicle!

Canoe Restaurant – The River Garden

Tucked off the banks of the Chattahoochee River on Paces Ferry Road, Canoe is an elegant dining spot that has been honored in Bon Appétit, Wine Spectator, Newsweek, Modern Bride, and The New York Times.

While Canoe has several intimate indoor private dining spaces, its largest group dining space by far is The River Garden. Open to crowds of 40-140 guests for special occasions, corporate events, rehearsal dinners, and more, Canoe’s River Garden offers a delicious in-house menu as well as a scenic backdrop. Inquire with Canoe about private dining options ahead of time, as spaces can book up.

Manuel’s Tavern

Manuel's Tavern

The side of Manuel’s Tavern. Photo by the author.

With one space that accommodates 20-40 people and another that fits up to 80, Manuel’s Tavern is a great option for low-key group get-togethers. Reserve your group’s spot ahead of time and choose from a menu of Manuel’s favorites.

Try the buffalo wings, jalapeño cheese dip, spanakopita, lasagna (with meat and vegetarian options!), macaroni and cheese, dessert tray, and more.

Since 1956, Manuel’s has delighted crowds with good “meat ‘n’ three” dishes and good conversation. Located in the Poncey-Highlands neighborhood, Manuel’s is proudly family-owned and operated. It was founded by Manuel Maloof, who served as CEO of DeKalb County and was also a popular figure in Democratic politics throughout Atlanta and Georgia.

Two Urban Licks

Two Urban Licks was the cool spot on the BeltLine – before the BeltLine was cool. Winner of Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot List,” Bon Appétit’s “Hot 50 Tables,” and named one  “America’s Best Outdoor Restaurants” by Travel + Leisure, Two Urban Licks has earned its stellar reputation since 2004.

Head to this spot and try the salmon chips and burrata to share! The smoked brisket offers a classic taste of the South, while sides like white cheddar mac & cheese and fried Brussels sprouts offer a bite of home-cooked comfort. End your meal with warm upside-down pineapple cake or sweet potato cheesecake.

You can make an online reservation at Two Urban Licks for up to 20. Or, book a private event to reserve their courtyard, patio, or ballroom. The courtyard looks to the sky via the sunroof, with seating for 75. On the opposite side of the restaurant, the patio offers sweeping skyline views, while an indoor reception area with glass garage doors lets the breeze in. The restaurant’s newest addition, The Ballroom, “overlooks the main dining room’s bustling scene and creates the perfect setting for any exclusive event.”

Food Hall & “Pick Your Own Meal” Options

Chattahoochee Food Works

Chattahoochee Food Works

Mural by Lela Brunet (http://www.lelabrunet.com/). Photo by the author, Heather Karellas.

On Atlanta’s Westside, Chattahoochee Food Works is a hip and fun place to feed a crowd. This 31-vendor, 26,000-square-foot food hall allows everyone to pick what they want to eat!

Here, your group can try favorites like Delilah’s Everyday Soul, Cubanos ATL, and Hippie Hibachi – a 100% vegan spot. For dessert, try Morelli’s Ice Cream, măllō Sweet Bar, and Baker Dude. A central seating area allows everyone to gather together with their food.

Chattahoochee Food Works is also available to rent for private events. With a heated, covered patio and indoor and outdoor bar, this makes for the perfect backdrop for your next group get-together.

Marietta Square Market

Feed the crew at the Marietta Square Market! In the heart of historic Marietta, this food market offers a diverse mix of vendors to enjoy indoors or on the outdoor patio.

Try B.A.D. Gyal Vegan, Bullgogi Korean fast-casual, D’Cuban Cafe, and more. For drinks, head to Tiki Trolley, a “world of delightful libations and culinary indulgence.” Round it out with a treat from Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar or Creme de la Crepe!

Book a private event with indoor seating for 30, plus patio overflow space.

Ponce City Market

El Super Pan Ponce City Market

Sandwiches from El Super Pan at Ponce City Market. Photo by the author.

While Ponce City Market can get hectic on the weekends, it makes for a fun weekday group eatery. Skip the larger crowds and head here for an early or late lunch on a Mon-Fri with your team.

PCM’s Food Hall is home to a variety of unique restaurants and communal dining areas. Choose from H&F Burger, Bar Vegan, El Super Pan (pictured above), Pizza Jeans, Hop’s Chicken, and dozens of others. Dessert options include delicious crêpes from Cake Culture, French Broad Chocolate, old-fashioned treats from Collier Candy, and more.

Book a Food Truck

When you’re feeding a crowd, you can’t go wrong with a food truck – or a few! Fortunately, Atlanta has plenty of amazing food trucks to choose from.

Good Food Truck is a long-time Atlanta favorite, serving seasonal favorites with Southern and global flair. The Atlanta Pizza Truck is another option, bringing a taste of Italy (and a 900-degree wood-burning oven!) to your event. Additionally, Yumbii prides itself on being the “first and finest food truck in ATL.” They boldly infuse Korean BBQ flavors into Mexican fare, creating combinations that are unique and crowd-pleasing.

Another standout option: book a King of Pops cart to delight your crew with locally-made popsicles!

For more ways to explore Atlanta, join us on a walking tour! Together, we’ll explore Atlanta’s past, present, and future while making new friends and seeing the city’s hidden gems. You can also browse ideas to explore Atlanta on our blog – including top Atlanta cooking classes and the best Atlanta tours!