Dunwoody, GA Perimeter Area: Ten Good Happy Hour Places

                         Updated December 10, 2018

As a retired educator, I have the time to take advantage of the many local happy hour deals that restaurants offer to drum up business during a slow time of the day.  Since I live on a relatively fixed income, maximum money mileage and value are important components and considerations.

But so are a restaurant’s ambience and the quality of its menu and service that affects a diner’s overall enjoyment.  My friend Patty Morrison and I, during the months of July and August 2017, selected ten Perimeter Mall area restaurants to experience their happy hour menus, choices of drink and nosh offerings, and compare them.   

We recognize that our survey was not scientific despite serious employment of applied hands on research.  Surveys of this nature are admittedly subjective; regardless, we have done our best to provide consumers with practical information and to facilitate good times between the hours of 3 PM and 7 PM.

www.arnoldheller.org, my web site, is exclusively a public information site.  I am not seeking compensation from the restaurants surveyed, nor endorsing them. Many local people have inquired about best local deals and now they can simply read the below list and make their selection. 

Restaurants are listed in order of visitations decided on whim and convenience – this is not a ranking. 

Seasons 52

           

The Sunset Menu – served 4 to 6:30 PM – includes satisfying choices of drinks and small plates.  The restaurant’s ambience is very attractive and comfortable for a mall out parcel location. The service is attentive, and a sizable and interesting crowd accumulated the day of our visit, many of whom appeared to stay for dinner.  I like Season’s 52’s grilled trout very much.

Fleming’s Steakhouse

Flemings is a typically comfortable beef-oriented restaurant – comfortable dark leather chairs and booths - and provides a surprisingly good selection of “five for $6”, five decent choices of mixed drinks, wine, beer, or small plates or appetizers. The service was excellent and the red wine selections generous. 

Westin Hotel’s Savor Bar

The hotel is located in the Concourse Office Park, Sandy Springs, that is noted for its two iconic office buildings.

The Savor Bar and Grille at the Westin Hotel possesses a grand modern ambience, especially when sitting at the bar and overlooking the patio and lake.  The food choice is the most limited but the drinks selection is good and the environment is special.

The Cheesecake Factory

Located at Perimeter Mall, the Cheesecake Factory is a lively happy hour (4:30 – 6:30) with a fine choice of small plates, drink possibilities, and a pretty bar and interior.  The chain restaurant remains very popular with the public – at 5 PM, it was the busiest of all. 

Taki Japanese Restaurant

Location: Perimeter Center Village, 4711 Ashford Dunwoody Rd.

This relatively quiet and relaxing restaurant offers good deals on Martinis, Cosmos and other drinks.  The pot stickers and the spring rolls are my favorites – the two sushi rolls and noodle dish are a good value.

P F Chang’s

The original location, Ashford Restaurant Park, Dunwoody, is ending because the property is supposedly being redeveloped for high rise commercial buildings – Brio and McCormack and Schmick’s closed earlier.  It is rumored that P. F. Chang will relocate in the former site of the Pub at Perimeter Mall near the Cheesecake Factory.  A picture of the closing site is provided with the facing of the new site likely to be similar. 

PF Chang’s is a popular Chinese bistro with a cool modern décor.  We chose a table out on the patio overlooking Ashford Restaurant Lake.  The tasty noshes, array of adult beverages, and lakeside breezes was enjoyable. We look forward to their Perimeter Mall opening. 

Eclipse de Luna

Location: Park Place Center, Ashford Dunwoody

This neighborhood institution with a Brazilian accent furnishes a colorful and lively atmosphere (3 – 7 PM) for imbibing, socializing and even dancing to a nightly band.  The Spanish short ribs and mojitos are favorites of mine.  The lamb chops are not available for happy hour but there are still many tasty items to please the palate. 

Sage Wood Fire Grill

Location: Park Place which is home to a second fine tapas restaurant and bar (3 – 7 PM).  Noted for its neon lined bar tops and stools, Sage offers a fairly broad line of tapas plates and full drinks.  An Indie or jazz musician performs after 6 PM.

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, Perimeter Center Place

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar is located at 4565 Ashford-Dunwoody Road.

The interior is a contemporary design that is also very comfortable – sit at the bar, outdoor patio, or booths.  The food and drink offerings may be the best deal of all at this point in time. 

The food choices are $5 Zini Burgers, Philly Cheesesteak, house potato chips and half price sides too.

The Pub at Perimeter Mall and Brio at the Ashford Restaurant Park made our original top ten deals but closed this year.  With the addition of Zinburger, our list includes nine good choices.  We are in search of a tenth and will add it upon discovery and approval.  #10 TBD.

In the meantime, a bonus is the Le Meridien Hotel that does not have a happy hour program – twice a month they present from 8 – 10 PM an awesome jazz band with excellent lead singers that is a well attended local treasure flying under the radar.

It’s amazing what’s available to Perimeter Center area residents within a square mile of their homes.