Cakes & Ale Restaurant

New American
$ $
155 Sycamore St (at Church St)
Decatur, GA 30030
6:00pm - 10:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm
5:30pm - 12:00am
5:30pm - 12:00am

Much as its name indicates, this restaurant serves such fare as cakes and ale with a high-quality focus. It's a sort of down-to-earth place, fitting into that category of relatively higher-end restaurants that aim to be as comfortable and unpretentious as diners.

-Arthur Newbould


  • The lunch-only grain bowl from Atlanta's resident vegetable whisperer chef David Sweeney is an ever-changing composition of honest goodness and one of CL's 100 Dishes!
  • Make sure to check out the Roasted Carrot and Carrot Puree, pac choi & kale, pear, pomegranate seeds, green onion, cilantro, coriander seed vinaigrette. Yum!
  • This is the kinda place where you could easily say "bring me anything" and you would enjoy it. Ask for a tawny port with dessert. You'll be happy you did.
  • crispy quail was quite good.
  • The restaurant's fresh, wood-fired North Carolina trout with a heap of flavor-packed bacon and scallion housemade mayo was a no-brainer for CL's 100 dishes list.
  • So far my favorite place in Atlanta. I have gone head over heels for their swordfish dish. The fried collard greens appetizer is amazing also... Say yes to their endless supply of free bread!!
  • A short appetizer roster that includes two standouts: arancini (rice fritters) flavored with fennel pollen and okra, sliced longways, crisp fried, and served with a bullet of buttermilk ranch.
  • An "Indian Summer" or "A Perfect Day" await, or if you're feeling frisky, how bout a "Cloak & Swagger"? The bar may be longer, but the menu remains short and sweet.
  • Aroncini are a must get. Grown up version with fennel pollen and lemon zest. Stop by the bakery to take away sweet treats for the next day. Well deserved top 10 restaurant 2012
  • Amazing meal from start to finish. One of the best restaurants in Atlanta.
  • Try the pt. And the lamb. And the trout with bacon mayo. (But ask the waiter to filet the trout for you). End scene.
  • The Oatis is pretty much Little Debbie's sprinkled with crack. Chase it with an Orval for a true F.K. experience.
  • The recently relocated restaurant continues to capture the local food loving hearts of Atlantans, who seem to prefer substance and ease over style and status. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Great Desserts!
  • Great bar - and food is locally farmed. My fave.
  • More of a small plate sharing type of restaurant! Great Service but you do have to make a reservation unless you want to sit at the bar.
  • After overlooking Billy Allin's Decatur staple for a few months, the 38 corrects course and welcomes Cakes & Ale back into the fold. Sommelier Jordan Smelt's wine list is the best in Atlanta.
  • Menu changes seasonally. Great cocktails. The appetizers and sides are VERY small, so order accordingly. We split a fish and ribeye for entrees and they were both great.
  • Good was amazing. All fresh and seasoned to perfection. Amazing place.
  • Its the best date-night spot around. But the main reason for the love is the adjacent Cakes & Ale Caf, an all-day spot serving feel-good, vegetable-heavy lunches plus the fudgiest brownies.

Nearby places

125 E Court Sq (at E Ponce De Leon Ave)
131 E Ponce de Leon Ave (at Church St)
121 Sycamore St