by Zelda Overbo on
Ok so I don't eat dinner at Jillian's. I also don't come here to watch sports. If I did, then maybe i would give it one or two stars. Instead I go to Jillian's on Saturday nights. Why do I do this? Because I love the wood dance floor. Because the bathroom stalls in the women's room have walls that go all the way down to the floor, and are generally pretty damn clean (for that matter, then men's bathrooms are pretty clean too--don't ask, don't tell). Because if you come at about 930, you can get in without paying cover (which is usually an outrageous $20 after 10) and you can almost always snag a booth. Because if you want drinks that taste like crap cuz they are stronger than paint remover, this is the place for you. Because it's the type of place where you go when you got a top model new fit and want to show off. And mostly because the bouncers kick out anyone who shows the first sign of being too drunk, AKA stumbling and/or on the verge of passing out (yes it's happened to my friends, and we were much better off for it as it usually involved the tossing of cookies seconds after we walked out the door). I hear a lot of negative things about Jillian's. It's ghetto. The crowd is whack. It's overpriced. Etc. I generally wouldn't think of it as ghetto. The crowd tends to be older, but not in a whack way. They play new music, hyphy music, and throwback hip hop (Sweetest Thing, anyone?) As far as overpriced, the way they make their drinks i usually only need two anyway. I definitely would not pay $20 or more to get in. But I have always had a good time when I came. I even celebrated my college graduation here with a large group of friends. So, if you're reading these reviews, eat somewhere else, watch your sports somewhere else, but come at 930 and give Saturday night a try.
by Geralyn Y. on
Tao. You walk in, the lighting and background music set a smooth ambiance. You're greeted by goodlooking (but snooty) employees. There's usually a wait, but the bar by the entrance can help pass the time. The food is pretty expensive, but really really good. Our server was on point, but our busboy was a lurker! I wouldn't recommend this spot for a parties over four because the busy-ness going on around us made it hard to hold a group conversation. Overall, I like this place, but I'm not sure if the priceyness and pretentious patrons are worth it. However, four star restaurants do have a rep to keep. Check it if you can put up with what this entails.
by Drew W. on
The bartenders put on a show, but to me it always seems like they're more intent on showing off for the ladies than pouring drinks. It's the kind of show that features glasses flying, juggling, pours from off the bar to the floor, lots of smirks and winks to the crowd...Does it take skill? Sure. Do I care? No. I'm all about dedication to the craft and all, but I just want my drink in hand, not flying around as part of the entertainment. My drink is for getting drunk, not getting the bartender laid. The clientele has always featured a mix of Buckhead Betties and their younger, single equivalents. I guess they're Betties in training until they get married. As far as the food, it's nothing special. It's average, but you'll pay Phipps Plaza prices for it and the drinks as well. It's the upper end of Buckhead society in a tightly compressed space. Save me...