Atlanta’s most affordable and family-friendly group dining options

Since the Georgia World Convention Center is the third largest in the country, Atlanta restaurants are accustomed to accommodating large groups. Not surprisingly, the convention center attracts countless youth groups to Atlanta. The city’s vibrant and diverse restaurant scene is full of kid- (and group-friendly) dining venues. Check out our list below to find a place to eat for your group of hungry kids.

Your group can pick up their food inside at the central food court Ponce City Market, one of several popular food halls in Atlanta, and enjoy it on the patio. (📷: Ponce City Market).

Big Kahuna

Created to handle large groups, Big Kahuna is located near the Georgia World Convention Center, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Centennial Olympic Park as well as many popular downtown hotels. The menu contains a variety of hamburgers, tacos, wings and finger food. Prices range from about $12 for a salad to $16 for two tacos or a burger.

where: 303 Peachtree Center Ave.


Bowlero is located in Atlantic Station and offers bowling and arcades in addition to dining. The staff is happy to arrange group events that include, perhaps, a light black bowling alley with plenty of food. Menu options include burgers, wings, fries, pizza, chicken sandwiches, and pretzel dips.

Where: Atlantic Station, 261 19th Street, Northwest

Dos Bocas

The kids love the enchiladas at dos Bocas. ( 📷: Dos Bocas)

Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta near Centennial Olympic Park and the World of Coca-Cola, Dos Bocas is home to a semi-private dining room that can seat up to 20 people. The entire restaurant can be reserved for up to 350 people. Offering a taste of Texas and a taste of Louisiana, Dos Bocas’ menu options range from po’ boys ($18) to tacos ($16). Fried Cajun catfish and burrito de piria are $18 each.

where: 275 Baker Street NW

Chattahoochee Food works at The Works

Mozza Bella’s Italian restaurant at Chattahoochee Food Works serves up the tastes kids love. (📷: Chattahoochee Foods Business)

One of Atlanta’s newest food court located on the Upper Westside along Chattahoochee Boulevard, co-founded by celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern. Chattahoochee Food Works is home to restaurants including Mozza Bella Italian Eatery, Delilah’s Everyday Soul, Hippie Hibachi, Cubanos ATL, Philly G Steaks, plus many more. Members of your group can spread out and choose what they like best.

where: 1235 Chattahoochee Ave. NW

Chick Phil A

One of Atlanta’s most famous attractions is the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. It’s no surprise, then, that Chick-fil-A is in the Hall of Fame. On the menu, there are perennial favorites like the original chicken sandwich and seasonal peach milkshake. Let your group feed before or after a tour of the College Football Hall of Fame. They can choose their favorite college team at check-in thus ensuring that nothing is missed regarding that team. There is another downtown Chick-fil-A in The Hub within the Peachtree Center. Your group can have the same original chicken sandwich and other standard Chick-fil-A menu options plus there is room for your group to circulate and extend their legs inside the Peachtree Center. Find another one from downtown Chick-fil-A at CNN.

where: In the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, 250 Marietta St. N.W.; Inside The Hub at Peachtree Center, 225 Peachtree St. NE; And inside the CNN Center at 190 Marietta Street NW.

World famous fried chicken from Juice

The Gus location inside the Peachtree Center gives children the opportunity to roam a bit after eating. ( 📷: hereaubreegoes)

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken offers fresh, unfrozen, natural, hormone-free chicken fried in peanut oil. Gus’s location in the mall inside the Peachtree Center means the kids can eat and then walk around the mall and maybe do some shopping. They can have the chicken by the piece or the plate that comes with baked beans, salad, and bread. Kids 12 and under can get a main course like grilled cheese, sausage, or chicken, all of which come with French fries or macaroni and cheese as well as a drink.

where: 231 Peachtree St. NE

Hard Rock Cafe

Burgers, sandwiches, salads and bowls – Dine at Hard Rock Cafe, right downtown. ( 📷: Celili Lee)

Find Hard Rock Cafe right on Peachtree Street next to the Peachtree Centre. When it comes to groups, Hard Rock Cafe promises to work with whatever idea your group proposes in the way of themes. Burgers are a staple, and there are also sandwiches, salads, and bowls. Oh, and the atmosphere is so much fun.

where: 215 Peachtree St. NE


Hsu accommodates groups ranging in size from 6 to 65. ( 📷: whereaubreegoes)

Hsu’s lunch specials include spring rolls (two for $6.95), dumplings (4 for $7.95), soup ($3.95), and of course, appetizers, at $15 for spicy basil chicken and spicy beef Basil, to name a few. Dinner options, which are more expensive, include appetizers (fried chicken dumplings, beef satay), soups (wonton, hot and sour), and entrees (chicken curry, pork medallion).

where: 182 Peachtree Center Ave. , inside the Peachtree Center

Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville

Margaritaville from Jimmy Buffet newly opened in downtown Atlanta. (📷: IMCMV Holdings, Inc.)

The new Wyndham Margaritaville Centennial Park hotel has opened. As with other Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville locations, this Atlanta restaurant welcomes groups. Menu options include, natch, Burgers in Paradise ($15 range); Variety of sandwiches ($15 range) and salads ($14 to 17).

where: 155 Centennial Olympic Park Drive

Krog Street Market

The food court at Krog Street Market gives your group the opportunity to spread out and order what they want from a variety of vendors. (📷: Krug Street Market)

Krog Street Market is one of Atlanta’s popular food courts and is located just one mile east of downtown on the Atlanta Beltline East Side Trail. Restaurant options include Fred’s Meat & Bread, Gu’s Dumplings, Jai Ho Indian Kitchen and Bar, and Soul Food & Culture, to name a few. Members of your group can spread out and rank among the different options.

where: 99 Krug Street North East

Mary Mac tea room

If your group craves Southern cooking, look no further than Mary Mac’s, an Atlanta establishment since 1945. Appetizers range from chicken livers ($12.99) to diced beef ($15.25) and four pieces of fried chicken ($16.99). The dining rooms can accommodate groups of 20 to 200 people. Whatever your choice, be sure to order the cinnamon rolls.

where: 224 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE

Max Charcoal Oven Pizza

Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria is available for private purchase for large parties and offers pizza making classes as part of your event. Max’s menu includes appetizers like chicken wings ($15) and garlic bread ($5). Kids can build their own pizza starting at $12 plus $2 per addition. Plus there are pies and special salads.

where: 300 Marietta Street NW

mature mushroom

Mellow Mushroom, founded in Atlanta, is located in several locations, including a downtown location on West Peachtree Street. The private room accommodates 14 persons while the dining room on the upper floor accommodates 60 persons. Mellow Mushroom is known for its pizza, but there’s a lot more: salads, calzones, hoagies, sandwiches and burgers. There are vegetarian options and gluten-free pizza options, too.

where: 400 West Peachtree St.

No mas! cantina

No Mas’ Cantina serves Mexican food in the Castleberry Hill area of ​​Atlanta, and it’s set up to handle groups. Large party menu options include, among other items, the parrillada buffet (steak and chicken fajita, camarones brochettes and costillas); Street Taco Buffet and Fajita Buffet.

where: 180 Walker Street SW

Politan Row at Colony Square

Politan Row at Colony Square is located on Peachtree Street in the heart of the arts. ( 📷: Melissa McAlpine)

Politan Row at Colony Square food hall offers 11 different dining options as well as space for a special event. It is located in the heart of Midtown, just across the street from the Woodruff Center for the Arts, home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the High Museum of Art. Politan Row is one of Atlanta’s newest food court. It joins the growing list of these popular websites.

where: 1197 Peachtree Street, Ne

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market’s central food court offers plenty of dining options. (📷: Jamestown)

The Central Food Hall in Ponce City Market, a completely renovated former Sears & Roebuck building located near the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail in the Old Four Ward, where you’ll find Jean’s Pizza, H&F Burger, Vietvana (pho noodle house), Ton Ton Ramen and Yakitori The Chicken Hop – Just for Beginners. Your group members can walk around, pick their preferences, and then meet the others in the group at a common table.

where: 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE


Remember to order a varsity hat when dining at this Atlanta icon.

varsity hats? examines. car hops? examines. A restaurant on its own? examines. The largest fast food restaurant in the world? examines. Exist since 1928? examines. As they like to say in The Varsity, “When you serve 30,000 people in a day, you learn a thing or two about large groups.” On the menu: hot dogs, hot peppers, burgers, chicken, french fries and fried dumplings. (About vocabulary: Ask a naked dog for a walk and you’ll get a regular hot dog.)

where: 61 North Ave.

The house of waffles

Waffle House is established in Atlanta, so there are locations everywhere including three downtown. All serve standard Waffle House meals such as all-day breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, and steak, pork or chicken dinners.

where: 135 Andrew Young Street International. 12 Cortland Street and 300 Marietta Street

North Atlanta

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games can feed your group, and it can entertain them. Andretti event planners will customize a package for your specific needs. Entertainment for your group can be booked with direct access to activities, and the staff will customize a menu. The grand room of 4,000 square feet easily handles large groups. VIP suites are available for smaller groups. Menu options include several types of burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizzas and calzones, as well as appetizers.

where: 1255 Roswell Rd, Marietta, Ga.

For a complete list of dining options in Atlanta, please visit our restaurant guide. And check out our list of the best restaurants on Peachtree Street. A word to the wise: Call ahead to confirm hours. Also check OpenTable to confirm availability.

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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