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The National

232 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2728
+1 706-549-3450
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Closes in 2 min
11:30 - 22:00 Hours
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

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good food, the lunch menu changes regularly which is good if you grow tired of the same thing every time and bad if you fall in love with a dish. The value for lunch is good. Dinner menu looks to be a bit more priced....More

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

We love to keep it interesting and seasonal so even our regulars stay excited by our menus! We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 25 June 2018

Fantastic food in a low-key environment. Service was great. Right in downtown. Mix of small plates and larger ones conducive to sharing and/or traditional meal.

Thank jag343
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2018

We love to offer a menu that can be interpreted for whatever dining experience you are looking for! See you next time.

Reviewed 18 June 2018

You can't go wrong at the National. One of my favorite bars, just because the atmosphere is good (it's small, but a great place to wait for your table). Also, though the menu changes, the food is always good.

Thank claytonfoggin
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2018

We also offer full menu service at the bar and on our patio! There's no shortage of great spaces to eat and drink in The National. Our bar also remains open between lunch and dinner with tapas available.

Reviewed 11 June 2018

My favorite in Athens. The farm to table entrees are always great and so is the service. Had the monk fish special and was great.

Thank suwdawg
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Thank you for your review! We love Monkfish and always feature a delicious and sustainable fish option or two at dinner.

Reviewed 27 May 2018

Great cocktails, great food. The staff did a great job of getting us served quickly to make our movie time.

Thank georgiajan2015
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to review! Dinner and a movie is the best way to spend an evening on Hancock Ave.

Reviewed 22 May 2018

Very good food. I have had the chicken and also the shrimp and grits. It does get a bit loud, though.

Thank MiddleClassDude223
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

We had a party of 8, including family, my graduating daughter, and 4 of her friends. Great helpful service. Everyone loved their food and the beverages (wine, beer & cocktails). Excellent atmosphere for carrying on conversation. Our waitress was very helpful, attentive, and didn't rush...More

Thank Dick S
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Congratulations on your family's milestone! We hope you'll return to dine with us soon.

Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

The National is one of those Athens, GA restaurants we always wanted to try due to its excellent reputation. Because of its popularity, reservations are highly recommended. From app to dessert we were delighted. The wait staff is cheerful and helpful. The menu is diverse...More

Thank tsoconee
Erin W, General Manager at The National, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thank you for your compliments and for taking the time to share!

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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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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