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
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.
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.
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.
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!