When it comes to restaurants, I tend to gravitate more toward the local end of the spectrum. There’s something about an eclectic design paired with a great wine and beer selection that I can’t resist. Add a patio and you have the perfect Jas trap. 

When Clint suggested we go to Noche, I looked at him skeptically. Noche? Didn’t that place belong a chain of restaurants owned by That 70’s Show’s and Demi Moore’s boy toy, Ashton Kutcher? I had never been to a celebrity endorsed restaurant before. I have been denying their existence ever since I saw VH1’s footage of people running from Britney Spears’s NYLA as they screamed, “Don’t eat the meatballs!” 

*Note – An anonymous tipster left me a comment saying that Here to Serve Restaurants are is owned by/affiliated with Ashton Kutcher. Whoops!

Yet, two phrases pulled me up from skepticism:

“They have an enormous patio,”
“Monday is $2 taco night.”

You wouldn’t suspect that behind the small, quaint exterior of the Virginia Highlands location of Noche was a bustling interior full of delicious smells and a colorful array of locals, almost all of whom seemed to be in good spirits – and indiving them, too. Almost half the tables seemed to be splitting a glass jar of sangria, so I made a mental note to order some. The interior had a good size to it, but nothing prepared me for the second I stepped onto the deck.

Patio. Miles and miles of patio. The kind of patio that could have comfortably fit all of William and Kate’s wedding reception.

This is only a small chunk. It basically stretches as far as the eye can see.

We grabbed a seat and immediately ordered the most adorably generous pitcher of sangria – the perfect beverage for a hot, Atlanta evening. It had the perfect blend of everything that I like and left me feeling laxidasical and satisfied. Mm.

Check out the glass vase that the sangria comes in. Cute!

Because Noche is a tapas restaurant, the menu boasted a massive selection of delicious sounding appetizers. While we mostly stuck to the $2 tacos, we each ordered one regular ap from the menu. I ordered a chicken empenada because I’m fancy like that and Clint ordered the taquitos because he likes the way the word sounds.

I love that the staff brings you the dishes as soon as they are ready. You ordered three things at once? No worries; you get them one by one. Boom, boom, boom; right as they come out of the kitchen. The staff stays on top of it. Love it.

The $2 tacos? Amazing. I hardly ever eat red meat anymore, but their steak tacos (pictured below) came topped with fresh ingrediants that fell into place on top of a spinach tortia. The preportions were dead-on: I ate it with no spillage.

All photos, including this photo of a delicious steak taco, 
were made extra hip looking courtesy of Instagram! 

I thought that chicken empanada and taquitos were fantastic as well – a little spicy, but my tastebuds are ultra sensitive. Clint, who adores spicy food, absolutely loved them.

Bottom line: we were able to order six delicious dishes and a pitcher of sangria for a ridiculously amazing price. In addition to their choice location, great specials, and exceptional staff, Noche boasts that look and feel of those local spots that I absolutely love.

That’s a keeper!

1000 Virginia Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Mon-Thu 5:30 pm – 11 pm
Fri 5 pm – 12 am
Sat 1 pm – 12 am
Sun 1 pm – 10 pm

(404) 815-9155


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3 comments… add one
  • Anonymous June 23, 2011, 5:10 pm

    Actually, Noche is owned by a giant Atlanta based restaurant group called Here to Serve. Ashton’s restaurants are Dulce and Geisha House, which was previously at Atlantic Station.

    You should try Twist– another tapas bar owned by the same group and super delicious. It’s in Buckhead!

  • Jersey June 24, 2011, 3:22 am

    this is why the science world needs to develop teleportation. can you hear me steve jobs? no more ipad2 and iphone5 lets start thinking iTeleport… IM HUNGRY!

  • Jas June 24, 2011, 4:28 am

    @ Anonymous – thanks for the clarification. I already made the note in the entry! Thanks for reading!

    @Jersey – So. Delicious.


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