Sperata

4.7
879 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary European
Located in charming Historic Downtown Buford, Sperata offers an amazing fusion of delectable food and friendly service in an elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere. The world-renowned chef and owner prepares meals around the freshest and finest quality ingredients, pleasing each distinct palette with mouth-watering aromas and flavors. The dinner menu includes such favorites as Grilled Scallops in Tomato Tapenade, Sperata House Salad, Filet Mignon with Portobello Mushroom, and Vanilla Bean Crème Brule, all cooked to perfection. Enjoy daily features, which include a variety of fish specialties such as Banana-Rum Crusted Halibut with Butternut Squash Ravioli and Coconut Lemongrass Sauce. Superb culinary creations are complimented by an exceptional wine list and full bar. Upstairs from the main dining room is an equally inviting function room that seats up to 100 guests and is perfect for private and corporate parties and entertaining. We invite you to a most pleasurable dining experience!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch parties of 12 or more call for reservations

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5pm- 10:00pm, Sunday 4-9pm
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Phone number
(678) 765-7911
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christopher Hope
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Private party facilities
Semi private 20 to 100 guests; personalized menus.
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Private party contact
Petra Hope: (678) 546-9111
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Catering
We can cater any event any size.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Public lot next to the restaurant, some street parking is available in front of restaurant.
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Entertainment
Occasional live jazz in the upstairs lounge. Call the restaurant for the upcoming schedule
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Special events & promotions
Banquet room for special events seating up to 100 guests. Call the restaurant to arrange a tour of the facility.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, great food and service and Larry the piano player is awesome

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ZT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food! Would definitely recommend.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent experience!

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TR
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and I enjoyed Thanksgiving here a couple of years ago, and really enjoyed it. So we came back this year. Food, service, and atmosphere have been consistently perfect.

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BS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Some how my reservation was changed to another time and there was a bit of confusion when I tried to get it moved back to the desired time. Other then the confusion on the reservation it was an excellent dinning experience.

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oliver was fantastic! Knew when to hang by and answer questions as well as when to leave us be. Food was delicious. Wine was perfect. We will return!

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EC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sperata is friendly to the utmost degree. I have been there six times, and will continue.

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JC
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third visit and we continue to love it. We brought friends this time and they were glad we invited them.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family dinner for my wife’s birthday. Everything was great. The service fantastic, the food exquisite and the overall experience one that was very positive. Thank you!

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OT
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time having dinner there and food and service was fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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RS
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried Sperata for the first time this weekend. Was pleasantly surprised - I did not expect this kind of place to be hiding in downtown Buford. The wine list isn't extensive, but there is a decent variety of good choices. The service was impeccable, food was divine - we will definitely return.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had the Chef's menu with wine pairing. The wine pairing was generally very good, with the exception of the salad course. The mussels were excellent, plump with a lot of flavor in a delicious creamy sauce. We had the caesar salad, which was good. The Pittsburgh filet was outstanding. The filet mignon was tender, but didn't have a lot of flavor. The steak came with roasted brussel sprouts and potatoes, which were excellent. For dessert, we had flourless chocolate cake and sticky toffee pudding. They were topped with an ice cream that was outstanding. Service was attentive but not intrusive. We found the piano a bit distracting at times. Does anyone really want to hear a small child play Chopsticks when they're out for a fine dinner in a romantic restaurant?

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AS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had family in from out of state while looking at local places to take them for dinner I chose Sperata based on the menu and reviews
We were not disappointed
The service was amazing the atmosphere awesome live piano and the food was over the top
Great place

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BC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had the tasting menu and the portions were very generous. The food was outstanding and we loved the live piano music.....The wine paring we wonderfully.....highly recommend.

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k
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there but certainly not the last!. Next time we will bring friends. Sophisticated crowd, white tablecloths, romantic low lit lighting. All of the things one wants at a fine dining establishment. The menu is very good. My only complaint is that I could not make up my mind what to choose. Out waiter was quite helpful and suggested the duck. If you order escargot, you may want to request it classic style instead of the standard menu offering with feta and Parmesan cheese . The cheese masked the escargot's flavor. My wife had the Pork Wellington and it was extraordinary!

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HA
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sperata is the kind of fine dining establishment you return to because of the well prepared food and superior service. The ambiance is classical and welcoming. And yes, there is piano music during the evening. As this place is so popular with foodies, dinner reservations are highly recommended. Enjoy!!!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just discovered my new occasion place. My wife and I have been looking for a romantic restaurant since moving to Georgia. We found Sperata on line and gave it a try. Ambiance, food and wine were perfect. Best rack of lamb ever and my wife loved her salmon. Our server, Paul, was excellent and we are planning to make Sperata our go to place

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SR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are so grateful that there is a wonderful place to enjoy our girl's night. The piano player was a wonderful touch. The waiter was patient and more than accommodating. The Food was excellent. THANKs so much!

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GF
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined early Sunday evening. It was very peaceful. The ambience is elegant and the staff is very attentive.

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S
Atlanta
51 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

we love to sit at a window table and watch the trains go by. it’s a extremely relaxing atmosphere, like dining in a time of the past

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DW
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding evening. Superb meal. Attentive service. Exceeded expectations!

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JX
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a delightful experience when the chef/owner, waiter staff, piano player greet you by name and remember you! Fabulous menu, service and ambiance!!!
Highly recommended by a frequent and loyal customer!

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E
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A total gem in Buford. Great kitchen and excellent service. The chef’s tasting menu including the wine pairing was perfect. Highly recommend if you want to expand your food experiences and palette.

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RT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perhaps a little pricey overall for the value. A little disappointed that the cod entree was not available. Too few chicken entrees available. House salad is great and unique. Entrees that we had were excellent.

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OT
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were excellent.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Sperata in celebration of our 33rd wedding anniversary. Michael was our waiter and took great care of us. We arrived not knowing that they have live music on the weekend. Larry Parker was masterful on the piano and it made for the perfect soundtrack to our evening. Even though we were sitting right next to the piano, we could still have a conversation. As for the food, we started with the Vidalia Onion appetizer. It was a wonderful treat. For dinner, I had the rack of lamb, but rather than having the mint jelly on the side, I instead took Michael's advice and tried the goat cheese sauce. Good choice. My wife had the almond crusted salmon with an orange reduction. She gives it five stars all on its own. For dessert, we had the crème brûlée. I wish I could remember the name of the wine we had because it, too, was perfect. We highly recommend Sperata. It is pricey but worth it. It was our first visit but won't be our last.

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M
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Excellent food. Attentive wait staff. A wonderful place to enjoy a leisurely dinner.

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M
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our waiter was very personable and professional. We loved the cozy, European atmosphere at Sperata and the food was quite good. My mashed potatoes were a bit salty and the Caesar salad would've been better with less dressing, but the bread, the lamb and the scallops were excellent. It took a while to get our food, but we were not in a rush.

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AH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant in downtown Buford. Would recommend to anyone

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best steak I’ve had in years. The wait staff is wonderful. The wine list is awesome, especially for a small but impressive restaurant in Buford. We’ve been there three times in the last four weeks.

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RF
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere was great. A memorable and enjoyable experience!

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love eating here! They have THE best fried green tomatoes around! You should try them!

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JM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just had a very pleasant evening at Sperata. My date enjoyed an eggplant dish that was sort of like eggplant parmesan but different - with goat cheese. I had an encrusted salmon that was so much better than I had last week at a high-end restaurant in Lawrenceville. The meal was capped off by a delicious flourless chocolate tort. One word of warning - the actual menu was very different from the online menu, including a lack of chicken dishes. Thankfully seafood was well represented for those who must avoid beef.

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S
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent cuisine with an ambience that defies the small town location. Service was over-the-top with Oliver's attentiveness and advice. We will be back time and again!

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JC
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sperata delivers on all cylinders for our first visit. Great food (escargot for appetizer, seafood trio special and rack of lamb for entrees, followed by a wicked chocolate cake at the end), wonderful waitstaff and the perfect ambiance for our special occasion. All this with a good beer & wine selection and reasonable prices.

We will return.

Piano was idle on a Monday night but we're told it's live on Fridays and Saturdays (except 1st Saturday of each month).

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TK
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food. Privies were a little on the high side for Buford, GA but it is an upscale experience without having to drive to downtown Atlanta. Still, highly recommended!

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c
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to dine

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OT
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always I enjoy my experience! Oliver is an outstanding waiter.

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DB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend great food, service and atmosphere

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