Scrumptious New Fall Menu at Twelve Eighty

I had a "triple delight" kind of evening the other night dining at Twelve Eighty Restaurant in Atlanta.
First, I got to hang with a fun bunch of food bloggers and meet some new ones! Second, my husband Jay tagged along and took some awesome photos for me {he's the best!}. And third, we got to preview delicious food from Twelve Eighty's new fall menu. 
Win, win, win!

I've walked by Twelve Eighty and peeked in the windows many times, after visiting the High Museum of Art. It is situated right there, in the center of the Woodruff Arts Center and is such a pretty, sleek-looking spot. I was thrilled to get an invite to try out their new fall menu and even happier when I realized that my friend and incredible chef Andreas Georgakopoulos is the new Chef de Cuisine there. 

Our group was warmly greeted and seated in the bar. Chef Andreas and Executive Chef John C. Metz came out early on to welcome us and introduce their new fall menu offerings. Knowing Andreas, I expected that the food would be impressive. What I didn't expect was that we got to sample several cocktails from the menu. Woo hoo! After quite the arduous drive to get into Atlanta from my hood, I was ready for refreshment! They did not disappoint....creative, pretty and tasty libations! My favorite was the Strawberry Caipirinha......doesn't it look so good?

Strawberry Caipirinha - Cachaca, Strawberries, Lime

It's kinda funny to see a group of food bloggers together in a restaurant. Everyone is up and down, out of their seats, turning and re-positioning plates to try and get the best food shots they can. 
I imagine that other diners see us and scratch their heads a lot. 
We probably look dorky. 
I'm cool with that. 
I like taking pictures of food. We eat with our eyes first right? If my food picture gets someone hungry and jazzed to try a new restaurant, then I don't mind looking like a dork. 

We tried a lot of dishes and I tried to only take a few bites of each. Good luck with that effort right? Everything was full of gooey, crunchy, savory, sweet, and luxurious flavor. Not licking my plate was a challenge!
Here are a few of the dishes we enjoyed:

Roasted Beet Panzanella Salad with Red & Golden Beets, Brioche Toast, Crushed Burrata, Sweet Onion, Baby Arugula, Caper Berry, and Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette

Ahi Tuna Poke - Hawaiian Style with Avocado, Teriyaki, and Crispy Wontons
"Orchestrated" Fried Green Tomato Napoleon with Old Bay Shrimp, Crispy Green Tomato, Crumbling Goat Cheese, and Spicy Pickled Remoulade
Pastrami Spring Rolls with House-cured Pastrami, Swiss Cheese, Oyster Mushroom, Pickled Red Cabbage Slaw, and Spicy Green Peppercorn Aioli

Seared Jumbo Sea Scallop and Shrimp, Jalapeno and White Cheddar Logan Turnpike Stone Ground Grits, Sauteed Peppers, and Oven Roasted Tomato Beurre Blanc
Next up were the desserts from Pastry Chef Derrell Lawery. 
My two favorites are pictured. 
I never ever get tired of Creme Brulee and this one was fantastic. Jay and I agree....a dessert with that contrast of creamy and crunchy makes us happy little campers. 
The Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake is a perfect choice for fall and much lighter than expected. Thumbs up to both.

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee

Not pictured, but also sampled: from the "Peachtree Favorites" section of the menu, we tasted the Grilled Chicken Paillard with Prestige Farms Grilled Chicken, Quinoa Pilaf with Seared Brussel Sprouts, Baby Carrot, Asparagus, Grape Tomato, and Caper Piccata. Very tasty and a great choice for a lighter, healthier menu option.
Every restaurant needs a good, juicy burger on the menu and Twelve Eighty does justice to their Woodruff Burger with a smear of house-made tomato bacon jam and a soft brioche bun. Order it from the "Showstopping Sandwiches" section. You won't be sorry.

It was such a pleasure dining at Twelve Eighty. Everyone on staff was so eager to please and clearly passionate about working at the restaurant. Shout out to manager Timothy Pettus who took us on a fun journey through the cocktail menu and Marketing Coordinator Anne Szczesny, who was engaging and warm throughout the evening. Thank you all for a fun night and inspired dining! 
Looking forward to the next visit!

You can check them out here:

Woodruff Arts Center
1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Dining Room Hours of Service:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Saturday: 11:30 AM – 8 PM
Sunday: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Special Events in Twelve Eighty – Inspired Dining
Twelve Eighty – Inspired Dining is available for private events. Contact the Woodruff Arts Center special events department at: 404.733.5249 or at


  1. Wow, these look AMAZING! I didn't even know there was a restaurant there! Literally I now want to try everything you posted.

    1. Hey Janet, Thanks....see you are hungry now! It's a really sweet place, definitely worth the trip even if you aren't going to Woodruff Arts Center.


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