Eat Your Art Out At Twelve Eighty


A few weeks ago, The Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society was invited to Twelve Eighty for an exclusive menu tasting. Twelve Eighty is located in the Woodruff Arts Center. Right across from one of my favorite places to visit in Atlanta, the High Museum of Art. As many times I’ve passed this restaurant, seeing people sitting and sipping on their cocktails, I’ve never once stopped in. I like cocktails!! It wasn’t that the restaurant was unappealing, from the outside looking in. Twelve Eighty has a really very nice, artsy, contemporary look. Very appealing! So I was very happy to have the opportunity to experience this restaurant for the first time with a blogger menu tasting.


When we arrived we were immediatly greeted and offered a glass of wine. Now that’s how you introduce a first time diner! From the time I walked through the door, to my departure the staff was exceptional! Executive Chef John C. Metz came out to greet us and answer any questions that we had before the dinner began.

We started the tasting with a lunch option, the Chopped Spring Salad, featuring crispy onions on top. Very nice start to dinner. From there it just got better and better. Not only were these dishes delicious, they were plared beautifully.So beautiful that you almost didn’t want to eat it. Almost. Truly a work of art. 

Chopped Spring Salad ~ crisp romaine, jumbo asparagus, vine ripe tomato, pancetta, “Sweet Grass Dairy Farm” Asher Bleu, avocado, squash, chick pea, creamy Italian dressing, crispy onions

Maine Lobster Roll ~ Fresh Lobster, Avocado, Buttery Toasted Brioche Roll

Three House-made Dips ~ Olive Tapenade, Hummus, Pimento Cheese, Fresh Veggies, Grilled Baguette

Main Lobster Deviled Eggs ~ chives and citrus aioli

Lollipop Smoked Chicken Wings ~ Ashley Farms Frenched Wings and Maple Bourbon Sauce

Melon and Grape Salad ~ fresh cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, red grapes, arugula, fresh mint, crumbled feta, euro cucumber and honey lavender white balsamic

Jumbo Sea Scallops ~ Pearl Cous Cous, sun-dried tomato, local wild greens, radicchio, shiitake mushroom, lady peas, cremini mushrooms, and parsley oil.

Farmer’s Vegetable Farro ~ vine-ripe tomatoes, zucchini, squash, lady peas, shiitake mushrooms, yellow grape tomato, arugula, parsley oil


Open-Faced Bruschetta Steak Sandwich ~ baby red and yellow grape tomatoes, caramelized onion, roasted garlic aioli, pressed baguette and basil crème fraiche

Dessert was amazing! I loved every one of them. I would order all of them all over again , multiple times. With such great desserts, you could easy make this a place to meet a date before heading to a show at the Alliance Theater. I would be impressed!

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta ~ Italian Custard topped with Macerated Seasonal Berries & Raspberry Coulis

Key Lime Cheesecake

Decadent Chocolate Torte ~ rich chocolate cake served with house made salted caramel ice cream

Accompanying these beautiful course were some fantastic crafted cocktails.  I would definitely come back and sip on every single last one of them. These cocktails were great! Grab your girls because Girls Night Out just got interesting! Needless to say you if you pass by the window of Twelve Eighty on your way to the High Museum of Art, you just might see me! If so, come in and join me!


Strawberry Caipirinha ~ Mae De Oro Cachaca, Fresh Strawberries, Lime Squeeeze
Old Cuban ~ Bacardi 8 Aged Rum, Sparkling Wine, Lime, Mint, Angostura
El Diablo ~ Excelia Tequila Blanco, Crème De Cassis, Fresh Lime Juice, Ginger Beer
The “High” Kick Mule ~ Medley Brothers Bourbon,

Twelve Eighty

Woodruff Arts Center 

1280 Peachtree Street NE 

Atlanta, GA 30309 

(404) 733 4200 
*I received this dinner complimentary. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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