Atlantic Seafood Restaurant has been in Alpharetta for more than a decade, with fresh seafood flown in daily. The cocktails will surprise you, the sushi is divine, main dishes are mouth-watering and the desserts are heavenly. Also amazing: the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the service is fast. Sound too good to be true? I challenge you find out for yourself! Here’s the scoop on my visit during a date night with hubby.
Cocktails and Starters
As usual, we were anxious to start with cocktails. I loved the Sweet Tart, with rum, ginger liquor and strawberry-lime shrub. (If you don’t know what a shrub is, check out this article about how the ancient art of crafting shrubs is coming back into vogue.) But alas, that wasn’t even the best drink; the evening’s favorite was the bold and brave Smoked Old Fashioned. Angle’s Envy whiskey and a mix of bitters are added to a large carafe, and then a machine pumps smoke into the vessel. After a sit and swirl in the cloud, the Old Fashioned is poured over ice and served with a lemon. The smoke flavor is subtle, but adds a special twist to a classic favorite.
We indulged in two appys. The first was a new chef’s creation, the Angry Samurai Roll. Shrimp tempura, cucumber, mayo, Asian spice sauce and eel sauce, topped with seared salmon, seared tuna and black and red tobico. I must confess to being a bit of a sushi snob, but this roll set the tone for the evening. It was creative and fresh, with the perfect combination of flavors. If nothing else, go back for the sushi! We also tried the Char-Grilled Oysters on recommendation of the staff. The oysters were covered with a salty cheese and bits of bacon, cooked perfectly and served warm. Even my husband (who typically avoids shellfish) ate three!
Main Course Selections
Remember, Atlanta Seafood Co receives a fresh shipment of fish each day. There are several that they get regularly (halibut, salmon, sea bass, tuna, grouper, Mahi Mahi, trout, tilapia and prawns,) but be sure to ask about any specials. When we visited, they were also offering monkfish.
Try lobster and crab, or surf and turf if you’d like. There are also several favorites like soy-honey glazed Chilean sea bass, jumbo lump crab cakes (another staff recommendation,) Cajun trout or pan-seared scallops. We opted to create our own plate from the Fresh Catch section: select a fish and a preparation method, which also includes a suggested vegetable. I settled on the grilled halibut, which was served with on a bed of whipped potatoes and julienned veggies, covered in a lemon beurre blanc sauce. The halibut was savory and moist, not an easy accomplishment with such a lean fish. My cut was also HUGE; I couldn’t eat all of it, especially when paired with the potatoes. I loved the julienned veggies, the perfect complement to the firm, large flakes.
Hubby picked the meuniered sea bass. Again, a larger-than-life filet of sea bass sat atop whipped potatoes, with spinach. A mouthful of this sea bass was almost sinful, and the brown butter caper sauce only highlighted the buttery flavor of the fish. Just amazing. Even when I thought I could not eat another bite, my tastebuds were still caving the rich flavors of the sea bass.
The dessert menu is plentiful, with selections from crème brulee to key lime pie. After hearing the Food Network accolades bestowed on the Passion Fruit Trifle, we almost went that direction. Imagine passion fruit Bavarian crème topping a sponge cake, with fresh berries.
But then we saw it…Nick’s Awesome Banana Pudding (Nick being Nick Carpenter, the creative and talented Chef at Atlantic Seafood Company.) This isn’t grandma’s banana pudding! Brule’ed bananas create a heavenly flavor, mixed with vanilla pudding, banana custard, crumbled homemade vanilla wafers and divine whipped cream. It is served in beautiful glass, large enough for two people to enjoy. Ian, our waiter, told us that there are only a limited supply of these made each night, and they easily sell out. After one bit, I knew why! This treat was creamy and delicious without being too sweet. Even if you have to take a little fish home with you, be sure to save room for this dessert!
You don’t have to wait for date night to enjoy Atlantic Seafood Company. Children are welcome here, with a plentiful kiddo menu that includes grilled salmon, fish sticks, chicken tenders, a cheeseburger, tilapia, pasta, or sushi. You can even get a (caffine-free) Abita Rootbeer! The salmon and tilapia are just under $13, but other selections are $6-8.
Additional reasons to visit:
- Monthly wine tastings (see the website) include small bites and four wine samples
- Sushi Happy Hour is 4pm – 6pm every day, and 4pm – close on Wednesdays
- During happy hour there are several $5 martinis and cocktails
- ASC Happy Hour is Mon – Fri, 3:30pm – 7pm in the bar and sushi bar. It includes $4 drafts, ½-price glasses of wine, appys and sushi, plus $8 starters and specialty rolls.
Disclosure: Thank you to Atlantic Seafood Company for hosting hubby and me at a delicious dinner. We are exceptionally grateful, but the opinions here were not swayed by their generosity. #keepingitreal