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The National

232 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2728
+1 706-549-3450
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“hummus” (32 reviews)
“stuffed dates” (11 reviews)
“vegetable plate” (16 reviews)
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Bar, Mediterranean, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
232 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2728
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Peter Dale (owner and chef) came out to greet us. Wait staff were friendly and helpful in deciding wines and menu. I had the Cod which fast a big flaky piece with wonderful flavor. The others had the scallop special and all raved about it....More

Thank Southernpoultry
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I hope you'll make it back again soon! We first opened as a wine bar and restaurant in 2007, so it's essential that our staff has extensive knowledge of our full wine list and the talent to guide you to the perfect choice of food...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The night that we ate at the National downtown Athens was very busy. We managed to scope out seats near the bar at the window and shared appetizers and each had a drink. The food was flavorful, original and beautifully presented. The atmosphere was loud...More

Thank amy h
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are in full support of regular date nights! Glad you enjoyed your time with us.

Reviewed 8 September 2018

Been back several times, always eat at the bar, try a new wine (they're all good so far), and get the sampler platter and the okra chickpea salad. Filling, delicious, not much more to say about it. If you like hummus, definitely come here. Hummus...More

Thank Luke M
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Our bar stays open all day from open to close - a great place to enjoy a meal!

Reviewed 31 August 2018

Beautiful restaurant in a historic old building in downtown Athens, Ga with marble floors, awesome windows (some being stained glass) but most importantly great food, great service and great pricing.

Thank dwmantooth
Reviewed 27 August 2018

OK, so we are transplanted northerners and didn't know what to expect of southern cuisine. The National and a handful of other places in Athens are outstanding -- always something unusual on the menu, never stuffy, good wine selections and for us, walkable. What's not...More

Thank Meander704943
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Glad to have you in the South and as our neighbors! We are so inspired by our regional cuisine and the culinary traditions we've experienced abroad.

Reviewed 27 August 2018

Great food. Reservations recommend on weekends. Linen napkins. Service staff was excellent! Arrive early to find parking. Save room for dessert.

Thank marier798
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Unfortunately designated parking downtown is hard to come by, but there are metered spots on our street as well as a parking deck on Washington St and paid parking on weekends behind the Chamber of Commerce.

Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

Absolutely delicious falafel, not over cooked nor greasy. The pita bread has flavor, and the side fries and salad were made with love. The ketchup had pomegranate flavor which was totally new to me, I just loved the bold richness to it. The lemonade-pomegranate was...More

Thank Mur_Js
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Chef Peter Dale has outpaced the better known chef at Five and Ten to create one of the best restaurants in Athens. Great downtown location next to a little art house cinema makes for a fun date night out. Want to save money? Go tapas...More

Thank tinfish485
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Great recommendations! Thanks for your review.

Reviewed 26 July 2018

I was passing through Athens, so I asked my foodie niece (a UGA alum) what the best place to eat clean was. She texted back "The National!" I think it was the exclamation point that got me because I was already in the parking lot...More

Thank Kenny S
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2018

Thanks to your niece for sending you our way! Offering fresh, healthy options never short on flavor and seasonality is the cornerstone of our philosophy. We hope you'll come back soon!

Reviewed 24 July 2018

This restaurant is one of the best in downtown Athens. The restaurant is conveniently located and a great size for the feel of an intimate restaurant. The service is great and the servers knowledgeable and helpful. My only complaint is that the menu is limited,...More

Thank Joanna E
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2018

Thank you for your review!

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Mike M
22 February 2017|
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Response from Linda K | Reviewed this property |
No private parking but plenty on the street. Dress code is casual to dressy. Enjoy
10 November 2016|
Response from Erin W | Property representative |
Unfortunately we take Thanksgiving Day off to enjoy our families. We will have regular hours however on Wednesday 11/23 and Friday 11/25.
Andrea V
3 August 2016|
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Response from Erin W | Property representative |
We do take reservations! You can call 706-549-3450 or email us. We don't require reservations, but we do recommend making them as our restaurant is small and tends to fill up quickly when it gets busy. However we always... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
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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Open for lunch Monday - Saturday and dinner daily; our bar also remains open for coffee and tapas during the day 2:30 - 5pm. The idea behind The National is simple: to provide a casual neighborhood gathering spot reminiscent of the bars and cafés we’ve enjoyed on travels to Europe. Mediterranean inspired food and wine is served for lunch and dinner in the dining room and throughout the day at the bar. While our menu points to culinary traditions from abroad, we value our local farmers and our dishes reflect the changing seasons in Northeast Georgia.
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