Can you imagine the Atlanta restaurant scene without Ford Fry? Over the past seven years Fry has opened JCT Kitchen, No. 246, The Optimist and King + Duke. His latest venture is St. Cecilia, which opened this past winter. Named after the patron saint of music, the inspiration for St. Cecilia lies in the Southern European coast. Ford describes the concept as a combination of the Italian focus of No. 246 and the seafood-driven Optimist. Located in the Pinnacle building in Buckhead (where Bluepointe lived), St. Cecilia is everything Atlanta has come to expect from a Ford Fry restaurant– exquisite food, a beautiful setting and impeccable service.

SB Note: Unless otherwise noted the photos today are from Andrew Thomas Lee 

St. Cecilia in Atlanta

St. Cecilia in Atlanta. Photo credit StyleBlueprint

The dramatic, two-story space is light and airy. The windows are draped in a gauzy linen, and every night, at just the right moment, the staff opens them to catch the fading sun. It truly is a beautiful space.

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The beautiful interiors of St. Cecilia

The two-story bar is the main focal point of the restaurant. Expertly styled and filled with ingredients to create the perfect cocktail, the bar is a great spot to grab a drink or, if you can find a spot, eat a casual dinner. When we stopped by on a Wednesday night, the bar was packed with people winding down their day.

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Just a small glimpse of the dramatic two-story bar

The Barber of Seville at St. Cecilia

My drink of the evening. The Barber of Seville with vodka, muddled strawberries, Prosecco and mint. The perfect drink for a summer evening! Photo credit StyleBlueprint

The menu is separated into four distinct courses, as well as salumi (aka cured meats) and sides. The portions are perfectly sized, allowing you to indulge in multiple courses and not leave feeling too full. We suggest ordering to share, as it is the best way to maximize the different flavors and taste.

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The menu at St. Cecilia. Perfectly laid out with each dish enticingly described. Photo credit StyleBlueprint

St. Cecilia restaurant-Atlanta

To start, we shared fresh shucked oysters. Perfectly balanced with a bit of saltiness and a touch of sweetness from the Prosecco mignonette. We also shared the Cobia Tartare with salt & vinegar chips, which I could eat scoops of all day long.

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Whenever I spot grilled octopus salad, I have to order it, and St. Cecilia’s version did not disappoint. The octopus was perfectly charred, the white beans gave a touch of earthiness and the accompanying pepper brought the perfect amount of heat.

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For our Secondi, or pasta course, we tried the Cappelletti with wild Georgia shrimp. The pasta was perfectly cooked, light and fresh.

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For our main course we split the Whole Loup de Mer. It was one of the best fish dishes I have tried in awhile. The char on the fish was perfection.

St. Cecilia is a great restaurant for date night or dinner out with friends. Like most of Ford Fry’s restaurants, it can be a bit loud so not the best restaurant to pick if you are craving an intimate dinner. Chef tables and a private room are also available. We can’t wait to see what Ford Fry has up his sleeve next!