The first rooftop restaurant in the city, Polaris originally opened in 1967 and then closed for a decade in the early 2000s. Now reopened, the space now boasts a contemporary high-end feel, with a museum-like throwback to the past. Whether you’re enjoying a dinner, or taking in dessert and a nightcap, Polaris is Atlanta’s premier location.
The legendary blue dome rotating restaurant and lounge atop the beloved Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel returned to Atlanta June 2014. Guests are transported 22 stories up the hotel’s glass elevators into a breathtaking space that offers panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline.
From the open, residential-style kitchen emerges an array of chef-inspired shareable small plates. The menu changes regularly to coincide with the season, but you’re sure to enjoy a selection that includes indulgences from the rooftop honey collection or vegetable garden, both managed by Executive Chef Thomas Mckeown.
Chef de cuisineJennifer Yoo brings to life menu creations that focus on utilizing local, sustainable products from vendors around the city. He’s also grown the rooftop garden immensely since it was started, and is the official keeper of the two bee hives (that also supply honey for the three restaurants) on the roof! Here is the newest menu.
Desserts change seasonally as well, with treats like coconut cake in the sunshine months and warm apple tart for cool evenings. Don’t miss the ever-present Polaris Blue Dome: fair trade chocolate mousse, rooftop honey caramel and a flourless chocolate cake dusted with Polaris-blue chocolate powder.
Specialty cocktails introduce guests to classic, seasonal concoctions with a modern twist. Unique ingredients include honey from the rooftop bee hives and craft spirits from small batch distilleries.
Try a housemade Manhattan, created with their own Polaris Bourbon, or sip on summer with a Polaris Peach Daiquiri made of a delicately infused peach vodka, peach essence and mint…good any time of year!
Polaris’ ambiance is unlike any other restaurant in town. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer 360-degree views of the city, taking nearly an hour to fully rotate. Even more inviting is the lounge-like decor. A handful of tables await, but the real draw are myriad sofas and seating areas encouraging guests to stay for the view in an intimate and alluring arrangement.
Reservations are accepted via phone or Open Table. Venture to Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s glass elevator Tuesday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – midnight for Atlanta’s most notable nightlife location.
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.