Wine Dine and Play: Ecco Restaurant

Ecco Restaurant

Ecco restaurant is part of the Fifth Group Restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia

European With A Touch Of The South
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Airport location
Cuisine Style: Upscale Mediterranean
Average Price: $$
Overall Rating: 4/5
Dined in July 2013
Article Updated: February 2020
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Ecco Zomato Rating:

Ecco Airport Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Executive Chef:
Michael Patria

Midtown Chef:
Jonathan Beatty
The picture below is courtesy of Ecco Restaurant
Chef Jonathan Beatty of Ecco Restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia

Before joining Fifth Group Restaurants, Jonathan Beatty was the Corporate Chef of Davanti Enoteca in Chicago, Illinois. Soon after its opening, Time Out Chicago named Davanti Enoteca “Best New Italian Restaurant” and Chef Beatty was named “Best New Chef” by Chicago Magazine.

Ecco Restaurant, which is part of the Fifth Group Restaurants which has three locations in Atlanta. My experience was while traveling through the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, and having a decent meal before the start of a long international flight at an airport restaurant is a wonderful feeling, because once onboard the airplane, you get offered chicken or pasta by the flight attendant. Some airports have good places to eat especially when you have a long layover, but most airports only offer the basics and don’t really give you the fulfillment to say, wow, that was worth my time. The original Ecco restaurant opened in Midtown Atlanta in 2006, and this location opened with the completion of the new International Terminal in 2012. 

    • Cured Meats
    • Cheeses
    • Taste and Share
    • Appetizers
    • Pizzas
    • Panini
    • Pasta
    • Mains
    • Sides
    • Kids
    • Desserts
Since being named a Best New Restaurant in America in 2006 by Esquire, Ecco in Atlanta has become one of Atlanta’s, and the Southeast’s, most recognized and renowned restaurants. The seasonal European menu offers delicious meat and cheese boards, house-made pasta, authentic wood-fired pizzas and a variety of desserts. The restaurant also features a nationally recognized wine list representing both boutique and well-known European vineyards with many exclusive selections. With award-winning décor including an over-sized bar, a large, open-air patio on the mezzanine level of the airport terminal

For the wine, I had a few glasses of the Terres d’Avignon, “Reserve desArmoiries" from the Rhone Valley. I enjoyed an item from the taste and share appetizer section as well as an entrée while I waited before boarding the plane. The Appetizer was the braised beef-stuffed Spanish piquillo peppers. Fantastic flavor, with combinations of sweet and spicy, with the beef giving it a smoked flavor, went down wonderfully with the wine. The presentation was also on the rustic side giving the dish more appeal.

The appetizer braised beef piquillo peppers dish at Ecco restaurant in Atlanta
Ecco Restaurant / Braised Beef piquillo peppers
For the entrée course, I enjoyed the Pappardelle pasta and braised pork dish mixed with sautéed garlic and peppadew peppers. Though very Italian in style there was a nice twist of southern comfort in the dishes offered. Midtown Executive Chef and Ecco menu creator Jonathan Beatty were born and raised in Atlanta before being trained in New York, and working in Chicago as mentioned earlier. It is nice to see a unique eclectic style in Mediterranean dishes.

The pappardelle pasta dish at Ecco restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia
Ecco Restaurant / Pappardelle Pasta

Dessert selections include a pannacotta with blood orange sauce, a pear-almond tart, and a chocolate-pecan torte to name a few. Of the few times I have been here, I have never had room for dessert.

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Final notes, review basics, observations, and more pictures:

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors based on individual experience. They include wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambiance, food quality, and wow factor. 
To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Overall from this experience and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give Ecco a 4 out of 5 stars, meaning that they not only exceeded my expectations and were far above the average dining experience of most restaurants, but they were just outstanding.
Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings for Ecco Restaurant
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Food quality
Plate presentation
Customer service
Alcohol and other beverages
Total regular points awarded
Total percentage Before Bonus


“Wow” factor BONUS
Total bonus percentage


Total percentage with the bonus for the final star rating


Stars Awarded (see chart below)
             0 - 5

**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**


Overall Star Rating:
4 of 5 Stars: 
87% Rating with a 1 point “wow” bonus
An Outstanding Dining Experience
Ecco Wine rating:
7 of 10
Old World selections: 
France, Spain, Italy, Germany, England

New World selections: 
Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, California, Oregon, Lebanon
Restaurant style:
Casual dining
Ecco Restaurant Cuisine style:
Greek, Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Farm to Fork, Gluten-Free, Organic, Pescatarian, Sustainable, Vegetarian
Not Required
Dress code:
Casual or Conservative attire
Child policy:

The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a kids menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended that kids not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. 
If not then:
Hire a Babysitter! 
Place for foodies, Contemporary, Great bar, Upscale, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Private airport lot
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Ecco Restaurant is a nonsmoking restaurant and nonsmoking patio
Patio or terrace:

Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricy)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)

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Ecco Restaurant:

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
Mezzanine Level, International Terminal
Concourse F
2600 Maynard H Jackson Jr. Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30354                

Contact Information: 

Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 404 347 9555
(800) 897-1910
Online reservations
Webpage Contact:
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)
Dinner: Mon-Sun
4:00 pm –10:00 pm

Social Media 
Facebook link                

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Other Ecco Restaurant Pictures:

The bar and dining room of the Ecco restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia
Ecco Restaurant / Dining room
A map of Atlanta airport with Ecco Restaurant
Ecco Restaurant / Atlanta Airport map 
The dining room of the Ecco restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia
Ecco / Dining room - Picture courtesy of Ecco Restaurant

“Culinary perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, 
But in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”

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