As the drop off and pick up point for the Atlanta Megabus, the Civic Center MARTA station has grown in popularity. The location is surprisingly quiet for an urban area, and there are several hotels and a few restaurants within a 15-minute walk. If you are arriving at the station on the train or bus, see below for the nearby restaurants if you need a bite to eat. Restaurants are ordered from closest to furthest away.
Room at TWELVE
Inside TWELVE Centennial Olympic Park (hotel and residences) immediately next to the station is Room, a higher-end American restaurant that features steak, sushi, seafood and is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
Rapper T.I.’s new restaurant
Scheduled to open in March 2015, a new upscale Southern restaurant concept by Atlanta rapper T.I. is one of the newest Atlanta restaurants coming to town. The restaurant will be on the corner of West Peachtree Street and Ivan Allen Jr. (just south of the station toward the downtown skyline).
Next to Vibe you’ll find Cafe Apple, which is open Monday-Friday for breakfast and lunch. Choose from sandwiches, salads and a hot food bar.
Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches
For a quick sandwich, head to Jimmy John’s. Head south on West Peachtree Street toward the downtown skyline and turn right at the first intersection on Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.
Gyro King III
Enjoy Mediterranean food at this casual spot also on Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.
If you’re craving pizza, Mellow Mushroom is next to Jimmy John’s (see above) on Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. They also have sandwiches and salads on the menu.
Inside the W Hotel, BLT Steak is a classy place to get gourmet food, including their famous steaks. It is a great date spot, and look for their specials during the Downtown Restaurant Week. You’ll find the restaurant and hotel a few doors down from Mellow Mushroom on Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.
Max Lager’s Wood-fire Grill and Brewery
For a more casual atmosphere and a large beer selection, Max Lager’s is about two blocks from the station on Peachtree Street. Head south on West Peachtree Street toward the downtown skyline and turn left on a small diagonal street in front of Hardy Ivy Park, where West Peachtree Street ends. Max Lager’s is on the next corner, near Hyatt Place.
Mandarin House II
A straight shot down West Peachtree Street, Mandarin House II is the local Chinese and sushi restaurant at 11 Baker Street NW. Walk south toward the downtown skyline from the station for about 2.5 blocks, then turn right on Baker.
SunTrust Plaza Food Court
Located in the SunTrust building is a food court with a variety of food options. Choose from pasta, pizza, burgers, deli and more. Walk south on West Peachtree Street toward downtown and turn left in front of Hardy Ivy Park. The short side street dead ends at the SunTrust Plaza.
Morton’s the Steakhouse
Located at 303 Peachtree Center Avenue, Morton’s the Steakhouse is on the back side of the SunTrust Plaza. Walk south on West Peachtree Street toward downtown and turn left in front of Hardy Ivy Park. The short side street dead ends at the SunTrust Plaza. Cross over Peachtree Street at the crosswalk and walk slightly left to walk around the front of the plaza, following the building around to Peachtree Center Avenue. Turn right at Peachtree Center Avenue to reach the restaurant.
Pacific Rim Bistro
Next to Morton’s you’ll also find the Pacific Rim Bistro, which features happy hour specials, lunch and dinner with an Asian flare. Walking time is less than 10 minutes, and for the fastest route, head south on West Peachtree Street toward the skyline, turn left on Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. and right on Peachtree Street and keep straight ahead and slightly left when the road splits to enter Peachtree Center Avenue.
The third restaurant in the SunTrust Plaza is the Big Kahuna, where you can chow down on burgers, tacos and other classic American food and pretend you are at the beach. There is a student discount every Thursday and happy hour specials. See above directions to the Pacific Rim Bistro to get here.
For more area restaurants, see the restaurants near the Peachtree Center station and learn more about nearby destinations with the Civic Center Station Guide.