I have been coming to Canoe for over 8 years, and it has always been good. My first apartment in Atlanta was a mere two miles down the road and it was a great place for a romantic dinner or just a great laid back lunch. After the flood of 2009 came, they were shut down for months, but came back stronger than ever; they still have a high water mark drawn in the dining room that depicts the devastation. While the dinner menu is more varied and offers the chef, Carvel, more leeway, lunch in the spring and fall on the patio with the garden in bloom and a view of the river is incredible. Time just seems to slip away and before you know it an hour lunch has turned into two…especially if aided by their awesome wine list (http://bit.ly/hgkd2L)! Of course the day I took my camera was the day the patio furniture was lacquered, but they gave us a sweet corner table overlooking the garden and river.
The other thing that sets Canoe apart is the service; they do all the little things that make you feel special, from a personal greeting by the hostess and wait staff (reservations only) to the attentiveness of multiple wait staff. I have been here at least 25+ times and never had bad service. Their specials are amazing, bbq braised short-rib in a fried onion ring cup made into a sandwich, and so are their light salads and delicate seafood offerings.The short-rib was ridiculous and I had to succumb to a fork and knife (against my better judgment, but to my colleagues’ delight)!
My other favorite lunch dishes are the Chimichurri Chicken Tacos with Peruvian White Bean Salad and Avocado Salsa and the Colorado lamb.
Lunch is very reasonable ($10 – $15) for this quality of food and service, and the location and view are worth the price alone. Be aware that they are valet only (comp), so have a few bucks for tips! This is by far one of the best, if not the best, spot for lunch in Atlanta; if you want to impress someone and show them something unique and truly Atlantan and southern cuisine, then take them here!