JOËL, founded by James Beard Award-winning Chef Joël Antunes
is Permanently Closed


For a number of years this was the website for JOËL, located in Atlanta, Georgia. JOËL was a chic and modern French restaurant founded by James Beard Award-winning Chef Joël Antunes.

In 2005, Chef Joël Antunes won the James Beard Best Chef of the Southeast Award, for which he had also been nominated in 2003 and 2004. Joël Restaurant was also honored as one of the “Best New Restaurants in the United States” by Esquire magazine, and as one of “America’s Best Restaurants” by Gourmet magazine.

The new owners of this domain, who were sorry to see the closing of the restaurant, have chosen to keep the memory of Joël alive by presenting archived content from the site, as well as information from outside sources.


"JOËL was the gem of Atlanta from the day it opened until long after it closed. We celebrated many important special occasions here, including the birth of my daughters and the launch of our business. The most memorable event was our infamous Batman party, thrown for my business partner who was a huge Batman fan. We took over the entire restaurant for the evening. I ordered a good variety of Batman t shirts from MoonAtMidnight for all our employees and the service staff. We also ordered Batman costumes, masks, capes, and outfits for Robin, the Joker, Penguin, etc. and our staff took on all these characters to the delight of my partner, for whom the party was a surprise. Chef Joël even prepared a Bat Cake, complete with an edible Batmobile for desert. We made the local papers and the event was the talk of the town for many years. I'm so sad to see this wonderful place closing. Seeing our fav restaurant shut down is not just about the excellent and innovative cuisine. It's about a place we identified with and took joy in. Here's hoping Chef Joël opens another eatery nearby - we'll be there in a minute!" Peter Grykein


JOËL is Atlanta's most acclaimed restaurant featuring French cuisine with  Asian and Mediterranean influences. Joël features beautiful indoor and outdoor  seating, a 65-seat bar/lounge, three private dining rooms and award-winning  wine list. Joël is the ideal place to hold your important business meeting, your  romantic evening or just a relaxed evening with friends. Chef Joël's menu  reflects his extensive culinary experience in Paris, the South of France, Asia,  London and, most recently, as executive chef at the Dining Room at the  Ritz- Carlton, Buckhead (which, under his leadership, remained the state's only  Mobil Travel Guide's 5-star and AAA's 5-Diamond award-winning Restaurant.)


 Dinner: Monday  - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
                           Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
 Lunch:  Tuesday - Friday 11:30am to 2:00pm
 Bar:      Monday  - Saturday 5:30pm - 11:30am

 Attire: Casual Chic


 Joël is located at 3290 Northside Parkway in the Forum Building ~ Piazza at  Paces (Just 2 1/2 blocks south of the West Paces Ferry and Northside  Parkway Intersection)

 CREDIT CARDS Accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club


In the Kitchen 

 Every chef dreams of designing every detail in their "dream kitchen." That  dream for Chef Joël Antunes and his team became a reality. This impeccably  clean stainless steel kitchen boasts a massive 62-foot long stove, a humidity  controlled pasta kitchen, a separate prep kitchen which includes a state-of-  the-art flash freezer and a separate pastry kitchen where desserts are a work  of art.

 Joël's Dream Kitchen -

Aside from the tools to make fine food, you need to have the chefs. Chef  Antunes recruited his friends from around the world to his kitchen.
Thanks to a  stellar kitchen staff, your meal at Joël is made with great perfection from start  to finish.


 Chef Joël Antune

 Chef Joël Antunes' commitment to healthy, inspired and creative French  cuisine all began in his grandmother's kitchen in the south of France.  Born in  1961 in Volvic, France, Antunes officially began his culinary training in 1975.

Joël has been chef at such prestigious restaurants as Ledoyen and Duquesnoy  in Paris, the Hotel Negresco in Nice, worked under celebrated French pastry  chef Yves Thuries and served as chef poissonier for the legendary Paul Bocuse  in Lyons. Continuing his climb up the culinary ladder, he became sous chef at  Troisgros in Roanne, France before relocating to Bangkok, Thailand to serve as  chef cuisinier at the Oriental Hotel's Normandie Restaurant. After another short  stint  in France at Marc Meneau's Michelin three-star restaurant in the Hotel  Picardy in 1990, Antunes became chef-partner at the critically acclaimed  London establishment, Les Saveurs where his culinary prowess earned the  restaurant a Michelin star in 1994 and recognition as "Restaurant of the Year"  from British magazine Decanter.

 When the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead began its search for a new chef for their  restaurant, the Dining Room, in 1997, famed chefs Daniel Boulud and Alain  Ducasse whole-heartedly recommended Antunes for the job. He served as chef  for four years, earning the restaurant both a Mobil Five-Star award as well as  a AAA Five-Diamond award and making it the only restaurant in the Southeast  to simultaneously hold both accolades. The culmination of Chef Antunes' more  than 25 years of culinary experience occurred when he opened his own  restaurant, Joël,  in Atlanta. Joël serves lunch and dinner and features French  cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian influences that Antunes has perfected  while working with some of the world's culinary legends.



In July 2002, Food & Wine  named Joël one of the ten  best new wine lists in the  country. In September,  Wine Spectator awarded  their "Award of  Excellence."

 Head Sommelier, Philippe Buttin started his career in Paris, France where he gained experience at the Ritz Hotel, Maxim's Restaurant and the famous Michelin three star restaurant, Lucas Carton. Philippe then accepted a position at Meridien Hotel in London as head sommelier and then to the re-opening of the Dorchester. From the U.K., he traveled to South Africa, where he worked for five years at the Cellar Relais et Chateau in Cape Town.

Most recently, Philippe worked back in London's famed Mirabelle restaurant until he joined Joël for the opening. Philippe has compiled an award winning wine list of an impressive 1500 bins featuring wines from Chile, Spain, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. An equally impressive reserve list is also available.

Philippe accredits his career to his mentor, George Lepré whom he worked with at the Ritz Hotel in Paris. "Mr. Lepré always told me that the most expensive wine is not necessary the best, choose simply."

 What to ask the sommelier?

 Our sommeliers are glad to answer any questions you may have about  wine! Feel free to ask about your dinners at home, best deals, what you  should pair together or even if you plan to visit the restaurant and want  a special bottle pulled aside. Please allow 2 to 3 business days for them  to email you back!







Our $29 Chef's Seasonal Menu is Unbeatable!

Available Monday - Friday for Dinner only
Includes 3 courses
Choose from 3 appetizers
3 entrees and 3 desserts

Please call the restaurant in the afternoon for the chef’s selections at 404.233.3500

Riesling Wine Tasting:
The Most Noble Grape Variety in the World
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Head Sommelier Philippe Buttin wants to share his recent treasures from his trips to South Africa and Australia. These rare vintages are not available anywhere else in America. Enjoy some fabulous rieslings, complimented by JOËL’s hors d’oeuvres.

Please join us for an unforgettable evening of education and taste!

Call for reservations 404.233.3500


Joël Brasserie restaurant in Buckhead is closed

June 25, 2010
By Kristi E. Swartz, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution |

The Joël Brasserie is closed for good, according to a man who answered the telephone at the Buckhead restaurant around 1 p.m. Friday.

The AJC learned that Joël Brasserie was closing when the restaurant called to cancel a reporter's Friday night dinner reservations.Joël Brasserie stopped serving lunch on April 1. The restaurant's  website, however, still touts upcoming events as well as a reminder that it would be open for "normal business hours" on July 6 following a week-long July 4th holiday closing.

There also is no mention of the restaurant's closing on its Facebook or Twitter pages. A Thursday 10:56 a.m. Facebook post is a link to a story about Joël Brasserie's executive chef, Cyrille Holota


Joel Brasserie Restaurant Review

 Hailing from Volvic, France, Joël Antunes established his eponymous restaurant in a high-rise high-price-tag building. Following Antunes’ departure, his longtime colleague and chef de cuisine, Cyrille Holota, became executive chef and managing partner. Now, Joël the restaurant has transformed into Joël Brasserie, about half its original size, with a somewhat more accessible (thus not as edgy) menu---there’s even a burger---and a somewhat softened price point. The huge kitchen Antunes designed still turns out interesting fare, such as a sumptuous wild mushroom risotto, foie gras with just enough fruit flourish to make it interesting, crab cakes on frisée, and a special treat of a crab napoleon layering king crab meat bound with a bit of mayonnaise between crisp crêpe layers. For main dishes we advocate the duck, the scallops, or the loup de mer, although other selections (such as the venison tenderloin) also tempt. Sommelier James Neander maintains a wine selection that ranges from good value options to four-figure Château Pétrus in at least a half dozen vintages and first growths in multiple vintages. The balance of this extensive list---book, really---is spread all over the planet. Even by-the-glass wine-consuming patrons get good barware.

Rating *15/20



shrimp stuffed zucchini flower, tomato basil broth


peas & lemon velouté, yogurt rosemary sorbet


roasted duck breast, cinnamon polenta, cherry citrus sauce


grilled pompano, eggplant caponata, pineapple ketchup sauce


blueberry tart, lemon ice cream


opera gateau, espresso ice cream



joël's spa menu (35 minutes or less!)  25

dolma, eggplant caviar, red pepper dressing

seared scallops, potato gnocchi, salsify, truffle sauce

almond sorbet, macerated raspberry

spa a la carte

gazpacho andelous with tomato sorbet and basil 6
terrine of roasted eggplant, goat cheese, sundried tomato, tapenade 7
roast tomato, buffalo mozzarella, eggplant caponata, arugula 10
caesar salad with sautéed chicken breast, herbed croutons, parmesan 12
georgia shrimp salad, thai chutney nori dressing 13
beet root salad, goat cheese, pickle tomatoes, xeres dressing 12
seared scallops, leek confit, parmesan tomatoes 18
baked halibut, soy beans, artichokes, spring vegetable broth 17


Lunch Menu                                     
 Joël Lunch Soup of the day  
 Gazpacho with tomato sorbet and olive oil  
 Caesar salad, croutons, parmesan  
 Green salad, Banyuls dressing  
 Homemade duck terrine, red onion jam  
 Terrine of vegetables and goat cheese  

 Tuna tartare, cauliflower and horseradish rémoulade

 Parma ham roll filled with red pepper, home-made sausage and basil  
 Quiche lorraine, green salad, balsamic dressing  
 Salad niçoise with seared tuna, tapenade dressing  
 Roast loup de mer with olive oil and lemon  
 Caesar salad, chicken breast, croutons, parmesan  
 Braised veal, lentils, sage jus  
 Baby pork ribs, fingerling potatoes, sweet and sour tomato sauce  
 Tortellini of lobster, bisque sauce  
 Beef panini with horseradish sauce, red onion  
 "Vol-au-vent" of sweetbreads, chicken and mushroom  
 Seared salmon, carrot tortellini, mushroom broth  
 Crème caramel, almond tuile  
 Orange sorbet, carrot jelly  
 Traditional floating island  
 Pecan tart, vanilla ice cream  

 Coffee granité, chocolate streusel

  *menu subject to change    
  **18% gratuity will be added to your check for parties of six and up



Dinner Menu                                 
 fresh white asparagus "de provence", spring herb vinaigrette  
 terrine of eggplant, tomato confit, and goat cheese  
 salmon sashimi, sushi rice, dashi broth, mustard ice cream  
 chilled melon and tomato soup, olive oil ice cream  
 sautéed snails, parsley tortellini, garlic broth  
 terrine of foie gras and peach, fig compote   
 gazpacho with tomato sorbet and olive oil  
 salad of shrimp and potatoes, mustard dressing  
 sautéed breast of quail with lentil salsa, daikon radish  
 terrine of duck, red onion jam  
 zucchini flower stuffed with peekytoe crab, tomato and basil broth  
 organic grits  
 vegetable of the day  
 roast breast of duck, pears, polenta, orange and coriander sauce  
 florida shrimp, butternut squash caramelle, curry sauce  
 sautéed veal sweetbreads and braised cheeks, seven spices sauce  
 roast snapper, butternut squash caramelle, tomato lemongrass broth  
 braised kobe beef ribs, tenderloin, artichokes, pommes soufflées,   bordelaise sauce  
 baked north carolina trout, bread dumplings, artichoke, herb froth  
 roast pheasant breast with tapenade, confit leg, polenta, port sauce  
 seared scallops, confit leek, truffle and banyuls vinegar jus  
 niman ranch rack of pork, home-made sausage, and belly, sage jus  
 baked turbot, fresh peas and zucchini, gnocchi "à la romaine",   rosemary and lemon jus  
 cannelloni of porcini, white mushroom broth  
fricassée of crayfish and spring vegetables  
 whiskey millefeuille, caramel ice cream  
 jasmine green tea pot de crème, lemon meringue  
 chocolate raspberry dariole  
 coffee granité, chocolate streusel  
 crème brûlée of the day  
 poached pineapple, lemongrass soup, coconut ice cream  
 pavlova, exotic fruit sorbet  
 pear tart, almond sablé, vanilla ice cream  
 warm ricotta dumplings, fresh berries, crème fraiche sorbet  

  *menu subject to change

  **18% gratuity will be added to your check for parties of six and up


 Cellar Room


 The Cellar Room is an 18-seat private dining room which features a long  boardroom style table, a glass-enclosed wall holding 5,000 bottles of  wine and a hanging candelabra.


 Tuna Tartare with Tomato Pulp, Tomato Dressing and Micro Basil

 Lemon Confit:
 5 lemons
 1 7/8 cups water (enough to cover the lemons)
 1/8 ounce fresh tumeric, minced
 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
 1/4 cup salt
 2/3 cup sugar
 1 clove

 Cut the ends of the lemons and make 4 incisions in the middle. Boil them  in the water for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and separate the  lemons from the water used to cook them. Insert the minced tumeric in  the incisions on the lemons. Combine the lemons, coriander seeds, salt,  sugar and clove in a jar. Cover the ingredients with the cooking water.  Refrigerate for three weeks before using.

 Tuna Tartare:
 1/2 pound sashimi-grade tuna, diced
 3/8 ounce chives, chopped
 3/8 ounce shallots, chopped
 1/8 ounce lemon confit
 6 drops Tabasco sauce
 6 drops Worcestershire sauce
 1/8 cup olive oil
 Toss the diced tuna in all the remaining ingredients. Season to taste with  salt and pepper.

 Tomato Pulp:
 1 pound red Roma tomatoes
 1/3 cup sugar
 10 basil leaves
 Cut the tomatoes into halves. Combine them with the sugar and basil in a  large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix well. Cover the  bowl with plastic film and cook over a bain-marie (water bath) for 1 hour  and 30 minutes. Let the mixture sit for 24 hours, then pass it through a  muslin strainer. Reserve the liquid for the tomato dressing. Remove the  basil from the pulp and pass the pulp through a fine-mesh sieve.
Tomato Dressing:
3/8 cup olive oil
 5/8 cup tomato water (from preparing the tomato pulp)
 Add the olive oil to the tomato water and mix well. Season to taste with  salt.
 Micro basil
 Extra virgin olive oil
 Sea salt
 Prepare 4 plates. Place a ring mold in the center of each plate and fill it  with the tuna tartare. Cover the tune with a thin smooth layer of tomato  pulp. Remove the ring. Spoon the dressing around and garnish with some  micro basil. Pour some olive oil and sprinkle some sea salt over to serve.
 Serves 4

Joel Crème Brulee

Serving about 4
1/3 cup sugar
7 tablespoons egg yolks (about 4 eggs)
1/3 cup creme fraiche
1/3 cups whipping
½ cup milk
1 vanilla bean
Mix the sugar & egg yolks Add the creme fraiche & whipping cream - mix
Add the milk and vanilla bean (slice the vanilla bean length wise and scrape the inside)
Pour into creme fraiche cups and bake at 200º for 1 ½ hours
Let it cool, sprinkle sugar on top of each and blow torch the top to caramelize.




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  Jeff L.
Marietta, GA
I would have to rate Joel as one of the best (if not the best) all-around meals I've had since moving to Atlanta. My wife and I had a gift certificate here from and thought that our anniversary would be the perfect time to take advantage of it.

To start, service was all right, if a bit inconsistent. The main problem was that there was a private function, which apparently took a almost 100% of the entire staff's attention. Overall, we were allowed to dine at a nice, measured pace; however, our waiter did forget about us from time to time and we were actually waited on by several people, including the hostess.

For our starters, I had the Veal Sweetbreads and my wife had the French Onion soup. Her soup was heavenly, filled to the brim with soft, sweet onions in a nice rich broth. As you know, with French Onion soup, the whole thing was covered in a nice layer of cheese. Super-delicious.

After a so-so experience with sweetbreads at Woodfire Grill (breaded, deep-fried, dry, tough, and mostly tasteless), I was a little hesitant to order them. I'm so glad I decided to: The sweetbreads were moist, tender, and bursting with flavor. For me, the perfect way to start the meal.

For our main courses, I had the Pork Osso Bucco and my wife had the lobster tail. Now I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of ordering lobster. I like it (very much in fact), but to make a long story short: I've always thought it to be a highly over-rated food. This is the first dish I've had that actually changed my thinking about lobster. It was perfectly cooked and had a hint of smokiness to it. The lobster essentially melted in my mouth. It was served with a mushroom risotto and a rich mushroom broth.

My pork Osso Bucco was simply decadent. The pork was fall-off-the-bone tender and was served with a sauce that, if they had served it to me in a cup, I would have gladly drunk it. My only complaint was that there wasn't anything in the way of marrow inside the bones. In the end, though, I didn't miss it as the pork itself was incredible.

We decided to split our dessert: Beignets, pistachio ice cream, and sauteed strawberries. It was simple, but exceedingly well executed. I usually am not a fan of desserts at most places, but I loved what we had.

The one thing, beyond the flavors, that stood out to me at Joel was the fact that their portions were perfectly sized. After leaving, we were both full, but not over-stuffed as can be the case at so many other (even fine-dining) establishments. Beyond that, there was not a single bite of food we had that I didn't think was out-of-this-world good. We will definitely be back.


D. R.
Malibu, CA
Joel or JOE-LLL or Jeewl or Jaahwll? What is it? I don't know, what I say softly is: you want to go to that place with the solid French Onion soup? My business partner will have no idea what I'm talking about but in the confusion I will just force them into the backseat of the car and set the child locks so they can't leave at a red light and we go here.
Easy, right?
You bet.

The bar makes a great bloody mary.
The French onion soup is a delight for the tongue, as is the lamb burger. Always cooked to a nice medium and the olives and tomatoes they put on it make it a sweet little meaty delight.
And the service is a bunch of class acts: prompt but not overbearing.

As for my dining guest, he had a great time, and since he paid for lunch
I let him sit in the front seat on the way back.

Yes, southern hospitality, I enjoy doling it out when I can.


Karen F.
Atlanta, GA
 ROTD 12/30/2006

My husband and I attended a small company dinner for his shop last night at Joel, and we were fortunate enough to be accompanied by a client who is a personal friend of Joel's.  The highlight of the evening was not only the visit before and after dinner from Joel himself, but his personal tour of the kitchen following the meal --- amazing!  It was absolutely spotless.  That said, and having not been there previously, I can't say whether our meal experience was a typical one or not, but it would be hard not to recommend the place to just about anyone.

Our meal was a five course event, each course selected by Joel personally.  For an amuse bouche, we started with a cold asparagus soup, which was tasty and beautifully presented, though a bit strange being the cold version of something typically served warm.  Our first course then followed: a perfectly prepared shrimp risotto.  It was nothing short of delicious.  This delightful dish was followed by a seared diver scallop with leaks, a NY steak with truffles and potatoes and two desserts: blueberry cheesecake and a hazelnut tart.  All were simply, but perfectly prepared and the quality of each of the ingredients could not be missed.

The service at Joel is nice and fairly discrete.  However, I did notice a lot of plate and silverware noise as tables were bussed - something I would have assumed a restaurant like Joel would have handled more professionally.  The atmosphere was warm, the lighting perfect and the decor modern but not stark.  However, I would say that it was the quality of the ingredients and the simplicity of the food that makes Joel the destination it is.

I would have given this five stars, but there were a few service imperfections that bothered me, and overall, I would say the food/experience wasn't anywhere close to Bacchanalia's - my personal Gold Standard when it comes to Atlanta dining.  However, it was an excellent meal and we would definitely go again.


Kathleen M.
Atlanta, GA
Any restaurant with an umlaut in its name automatically becomes one of my favorites.

Luckily the food and service here live up to the name and its use of linguistic symbols.

It's a shame it's so expensive and I can only return for special occasions worthy of the umlaut and all of the glory that comes with it.



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Victor L.
Fresno, CA
I first brought my wife here several years ago and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal.  To celebrate our anniversary, we recently returned.  It did not dissappoint (by the way, I liked the newer renovated look).

We had the jumbo lump crab cake for appetizer.  My wife said it was the best she had ever had so I'll leave it at that (she was tempted to end our meal with another one...but we ended up closing things with dessert)

I had the braised short ribs while she had the kurobuta pork along with a side of asparagus.  Everything was very good, very tasty.

For dessert, we had the chocolate-pistachio millefeuille and mango pavlova.  Both were excellent.  I'm not great with descriptions but the former was a layered dessert with chocolate thin wafers with pistachio filling.  Very good.  The latter....well, not sure how to describe it but was the better dessert (imo).  Soft shell with custard and mango filling.  Yum!

A great, great restuarant - our favorite French restaurant in Atlanta.  I echo the sentiments of sorrow that the chef is leaving.  Can only hope a proper successor can be found to fill those huge shoes...


Emily R.
Atlanta, GA
I have been wanting to try the bistro lunch menu for quite some time. I'd only ever been once for dinner, before the remodel, but thanks to my opentable booking I'm on their e-mail list so knew about their lunch menu. Normally, there isn't any way I could make it from work in Dunwoody to do lunch there, but thanks to the holiday only worked a half day Wednesday and treated myself to lunch.

The main thing I had been craving was the Croque Monsieur, one of my all time favorites, and not something you see very often here. It was very satisfying, good ham, nutty swiss, just a hint of nutmeg in the bechamel and surprisingly a bit of good French dijon which added something quite nice. I started with the butternut squash soup, which had a great flavor, but a slightly odd texture, almost grainy, like perhaps they thickened it with potato. It was still very good and the food would have warranted a 4 star review, but service was a little absent, especially given that it was 2:00 on Christmas Eve and there was only one other table.

One other off note, the fries with my sandwich were not what I expected. They reminded me of the fries at Dairy Queen, not the hand-cut twice fried goodness I expected.


Ferdinand H.
Baltimore, MD
I visited Joel approximately one and a half years ago, at which time I decided to try a sampling menu and wine sampling course.  I enjoyed the pairings a great deal, as well as the meal -- strangely though, I really got a kick out of the beer flavoured ice cream dessert that they'd featured.

It's hard to write in a detailed fashion at the end of a year and a half, but while I did enjoy the meal, I cannot say that I had any urge to return soon.  Pourquis?  The meal struck me as overpriced for the quality of food.  There are better venues -- though this is one of the best I've been to in ATL. 

On the other hand, the Wine list is about as good as it gets in ATL, and the selection of unusual liquours is also quite delightful.  The music and ambiance is thoroughly modern -- which may or may not suit your aesthetic sensibilities.  Colours are mutedly bright -- toned down pastel-ish earth tones.  Service and servers are appropriately trendy for the type of venue it represents.

If Joel was a little closer to where I lived, I'd probably go back more often...

Looking through these glowing reviews, perhaps I ought check it out once more... but at present, I cannot score it higher than a four.


Walter R.
Atlanta, GA
I had a wonderful dining experience at Joel.
Opener: Andalucian gazpacho - awesome
Entree: Lamb three ways - very good
Dessert: Crepes Suzette - the classics are sooo good.
The waiters were extremely attentive, although a bit hard to understand at times because of their French accent. This was my first dinner at JOEL and mostly lived up to my expectations. The more contemporary and open dining was a bit unexpected - I thought it would have been a quieter restaurant and more romantic. I've met Joel Antunes several times and he's a great cook and very nice guy. He's opening the restaurant in the plaza hotel and I'm sure he'll do well. For a special occasion, I'd definitely recommend Joel - but I'd be careful in my food selections so you don't leave disappointed. It's pricey and not everything on the menu will probably live up to your expectations.