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The BQE Restaurant & Lounge

Restaurants, Burgers, Bars, Nightlife

Description

The BQE bring a unique and chic addition to The Historic Old Fourth Ward, marks a new era in soul food, with dishes characterized by old recipes of the south combined with dynamic contemporary flavors.

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Parking

Private Lot, Street, Valet

Price

$$

Attire

smart casual

Reservations

Yes

Delivery

Yes

Take out

Yes

Alcohol

Yes

Good for

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wi fi

Yes

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625 Reviews

625 Reviews

Nicole P

2/8/2016

Even though we didn't have a reservation during the day time service we were able to be seated not to long after arriving! The service and food was unbelievable. The red velvet chicken and waffle sliders is the best thing I've had in a really long time! Can't wait to go back!

Vernon P

2/8/2016

The experience was excellent. The waitress was exceptional. The food was fantastic; especially the ribs and the lemon pepper wings. My wife and I had a remarkable time. We will definitely return.

Anthony W

2/8/2016

Friday night. live music. Very entertaining. Grown and sexy. Good drinks.

Lydia P

2/8/2016

Not a great experience. Had to wait in line even though we had a reservation. Bouncer was not accommodating and let people cut the line in front of us. Waited 2 hrs for table despite having a reservation. Finally ordered at the bar and got catfish but they only gave a half order. Had the salmon and spinach, it was very very salty. Plus the food was cold. Live singing was good though, so was the music after the band

Bizzy B

2/8/2016

Music was way too loud. Charging $7 surcharge just to hear an hour of live music that was a repeat of the music heard before the show. I ordered smoke wings and got wings with sweet bbq sauce on them after they told me at 8pm they were out of them. They have a 2 hour limit on tables. The venue is small. The bathroom has 1 stall. $11 for a shot of 1800 silver..outrageous. Will never go back. Shameful

3/4/2016

great atmosphere. staff informative and friendly.

Demetrea C

3/8/2016

We had a Reservation and still had to wait 30 minutes. Once we sat down we waited 15 minures before a waitress even address us. Once she came she provided menus, so i proceeded to ask when does the 2 hour seating limit start and she said as soon as you sit down. I stated but you were MIA for 15 min. Once she came back to take drink orders, we were ready to order our food. She bought back watered down sodas, we were then advised the machine is not working. So, she bought us back water, that we never received a refill on. Our food took 45 mins to come out and our appitizer came out with our food. To top the night off they added in gratuity on our check. I stated for what, she was horrible. Morale of the story was she knew she was going to get a tip regardless of her service so she didnt care. I will not be back and the food was horrible for the price.

Breauna J

3/8/2016

Originally I had reservations for 9PM but ended up being late due to traffic. I called to let the hostess know that I would be late, but the majority of my party was there. I was told that because my entire party was not there, I would not be able to be seated. Ok, no problem. When I arrived, I let the hostess know that my entire party was present, but we were put on the waiting list and we would be seated within 30 min. 30 min turned into an hr, then 2. During the 2 hrs, we checked in with the hostess who ensured us every time that it'd be 30 min. After much frustration and watching other guests who had reservations wait for a long period of time as well, we went in one last time to check on our table. The hostess as well as the guy at the door were extremely rude to not only us, but other guests as well. The bouncer turned some people away for not having on appropriate dress, but others who had on similar things were allowed to go in. After a while, he stopped even letting people in because the restaurant was at "capacity" which caused the outside door area to become very crowded and people began to stand in the street, because there's not really much room to wait outside. We received terrible customer service throughout the night and eventually ended up leaving to go to Sweet Auburn Seafood where we were waited on immediately! I anticipated a great night here at BQE after receiving good reviews from friends who had gone. Unfortunately, I was unable to receive this service that others had received and will not be a guest at BQE again!

B.A. W

3/8/2016

First impressions are crucial. The low cut, blonde hostess was extremely unpleasant. She cut our party off at the door after being outside on the phone vs working.

Then her and another blonde waitress stared as we sat down with our party. Servers were okay and food... Welp didn't purchase due to rude first encounter. Maybe I'll try another time.

Dwight T

3/8/2016

Made Reservation for my Birthday for the Comedy Show on eventbrite. We were seated in about a 30 min in a nice big area up front, we had a party of 8. We had two waitress who were excellent. The food was delicious and the drinks were strong. The comedians were hilarious. We had an awesome time. I will be returning.

Niki V

4/11/2016

My Girlfriend & I came to check the place out for my upcoming birthday plans....I enjoyed the warm welcome from my waitress Amanda! She was very personable..I loved the Salomon cakes and waffles...but the cheese grits were a favorite of mine!! Looks like I will be celebrating my 30th bday here..Im excited to share this nice ambiance and great food with my loved ones!!

Mystic B

4/11/2016

Very disappointed in the reservation process, it's really pointless to make a reservation weeks in advance then get placed at a table that's not large enough for the people. Service was average, the waitress didn't get our drinks and appetizers out in a timely manner. Which is why the TWO HOUR table time limit is ABSURD we found ourselves rushing and they came over to our table pushing us out the door, saying "they have another large party waiting".. REALLY what about US and CUSTOMER SERVICE!! Don't understand the $5.00 entertainment fee when we didn't get to see the actual band. It was like paying $5.00 to watch TV. Tried really hard to support this business but will not be a return patron

Sabrina W

5/13/2016

First we showed up and asked how long ? She then said 45-60 minutes that was at 9:30. We weren't seated until 10:45 maybe 11:15. We sat down and no one greeted us. We had to swindle the waiter from the next table to help us.. Our meals came.. Catfish had breading undercooked, the shrimp and grits were lumpy and shrimp overcooked. One meal came about twenty minutes after everyone else. We were not asked if tickets were separate. I feel cheated after waiting so long.. Never again!!!

Jessica W

5/13/2016

Me and a friend came in Sat May 7th,this was our first time here, we seated ourselves next to the bar, a waitress came by with menus, I ordered the Turkey Meatloaf w. Mac and Cheese, and Greens..The meatloaf was really good, the mac was so-so (needs more flavor, maybe smoked paprika)...but those damn GREENSSSS! Omg...I've never had greens taste sooooo good like that(Sorry ma,and granny lol) it has this sweet tangy flavor that's nothing short of amazing! Yo I will def be back!!

Valencia S

5/13/2016

Been here several times for my bday dinner and brunch with the girls.

I made reservations and went Sunday party of 7 for Mothers Day brunch at Noon. We were seated promptly. Our waiter was attentive. Live music was enjoyable. Food was delish as always. My mother in law is hard to please when we go out to eat so I was nervous but she loved it and wants to go back. The only thing I was irritated about it took about 1 hr mins for the food to come out but I understood because it was very busy and I had the bottomless mimosas to keep me busy drinking. One more thing, Please fix the phone line. Thank God I had kept the GM business card with his contact cell # and was able to make reservations. Thanks Damon for speedy response. We will be back soon!

To avoid a long wait just make reservations. This resturant deserves a better average star score!

Zakiyah J

5/13/2016

I set up reservations here for my birthday atleast a week ahead of time.Unfortunately it was a waste of time ! When my guest and I arrived the host told us she was getting our table ready .My party and I waited for over an hour and were never again acknowledged by anyone even after going back to the host stand to see how much longer it may be but she clearly had forgotten about us.But being that it was a Saturday I was willing to be forgiving due to the fact that I myself once worked in the restaraunt business and understand the ups and downs a restaurant will experience over weekends.So I called the following afternoon and spoke with one of the managers who assured me he would get back with me and make up for the TERRIBLE customer service and LACK of common courtesy his hosts that night displayed .But to my surprise never did ,so after a few days past I called back to follow up and he said he would call back,but I then realized I was being given the run around which is a game no one has time for. So if your looking for a place to have a birthday dinner or gathering I don't believe this is the place to do it.I would have love to indulge in the food at BQE but unfortunately I had to indulge in the poor customer service from the STAFFand MANAGEMENT! All it would have taken was one person from this restaurant to just be courteous and help solve a small problem and I'm sure my review would have been a review about the food and service in a way more positive light.

Aileen H

5/13/2016

Cool evening to nighttime spot for intown GenerationXers to meet friends for drinks or dinner. They have a two hour seating limit so don't expect to linger over ice water chatting with friends after dinner. Live music is sometimes offered. The sweet potato cheese cake is something to try!

Tiffany R

6/12/2016

Waited for 20 minutes just to speak to a hostess. Was told that they had no wait time available it was just based off of when a table was available. Waited for 3 hours and continued to follow up with the hostess with the same response that there were no tables available. Then after the 3rd hour I checked with them once again just so they told me that they were no longer seating people. The hostess never came to inform us of that so we waited all of that time for no reason. This restaurant is extremely unorganized and the employees were rude. Was a very bad experience and I have no intention on coming back.

Stapled C

6/12/2016

Invite people here for a birthday dinner. Great atmosphere. Great service. Great food. Loved it !!!

Embry A

6/12/2016

We made a reservation and yet still ended up having to wait, the whole point of making a reservation was to have our seats already reserved and they couldn't even do that. And the food was only slightly up to par, not to mention cold. I'd rather go to Waffle House any day. This place deserves a half a star rating. Don't expect to ever see me in this sad excuse for a restaurant. 👎👎👎

Sinaka S

7/14/2016

I visited this establishment for a birthday party. I don't know what the host did to arrange the event but we had reserved section for valet while others were waiting. Upon entering it was very crowded but we had a large section reserved in front of the stage. It was a party so the I can't quite judge the staff as harshly as a would for a personal experience, they were ok. My Rum & Coke tasted terrible but the Long Island did the trick. The atmosphere was very positive and live. The DJ played a good variety of music with videos to match. The band Girts and Butter Jelly played and absolutely rocked the house. This seems like a good venue to host small social gatherings or a good after work spot for a group. It stays pretty busy so I would plan to reserve your seat well in advance.

Brittany A

7/14/2016

I had my birthday here a few days ago and i liked it. I originally wanted to go somewhere else but it was too expensive. I was hesitant on choosing this place bc of the reviews and also they have a 2 hour seating limit for parties. After my other restaurant didnt pan out i decided to give them a try. I spoke with the general manager (Damon) and he was able to accommodate me and my party since ot was kinda last minute. He also gave me an extra hour to enjoy myself and my party. I had fun. The food was good. I really liked the mashed potatoes and the collard greens. I was under the impression that from 7 to 10 a live band would be playing, but they didn't play until almost 10. From what we heard they were really good. They do charge a $5 entertainment fee, but bc we didn't really hear the band we didnt pay it. Also the place is smaller than i expected but still nice.. but with all that being said i would definitely go back

Malika J

7/14/2016

If I could give the zero stars I would. During a busy conference week the gave us a reservation but did not actually have enough seats for the group. Many crowed around small tables while others stood hoping to be seated. The hostess seemed unconcerned about the issue and did nothing to help. This place may be ok for a couple but I would not use them for an event. If the DJ wasnt so good I probably would have walked immediately. Instead I gave it an hour and left.

Kerline F

10/31/2016

This place is amazing!! The food is so good!! The DJ is GREAT!! I loved the fact he played all school music which made our brunch that much more fun!

I came there for brunch with my girls and I must say my visit from Boston was worth it!! I would definitely recommend if you're in the area to go here!! Also the customer service was good too!

Sanarr M

10/31/2016

Great atmosphere. The live band was excellent. Sitting at the bar it's easy to enjoy cocktails (basic drinks, no craft cocktails here, but the watermelon martini was good), have a conversation, mingle with the crowd and vibe to the music. Go around 9p for seats at the bar, or make an reservation for a table.

Valet! It runs $10- $15, but worth it in the edgewood area where parking and driving around is a pain. Plus they have a site where you can pay and request your car!

Dexter P

10/31/2016

The food gets ONE STAR, I would give it a negative 5. The customer service acceptable.

Back to the awful meal, as someone who enjoys good creative meals, I was disappointed with the quality of the chicken, and side dishes I ordered. The sliders were poor and not impressive in taste; and 90% of my food was really bland, I shouldn't need a condiment if the taste and quality of food is kick ass, and that is what is missing at this place, a real chef to take this place to the next level for that reason I can only if them 1 star, Negative 5 😳

HOWEVER! If you are the type of customer that can't tell your wines apart, what fork to use with what dish, or you think a A1 goes on a well season steak then you would REALLY enjoy this location and believe the FOOD IS GREAT. It's not the place for you if your taste are demanding. This is a sub par Lounge not a restaurant, it will be once this establishment owners hire a chef that knows how to paint a food mural upon the visitors taste buds. This meal was not worth $39 for two, I am willing to pay through the nose for a great meal BQE just isn't the place.

Ciara S

10/31/2016

I had an awesome time! The food was delicious! The service was impeccable! And the vibe was great!!!!!! Go check out this place!

Mary g

10/31/2016

My experience was great. I chose to have my birthday dinner here. I was a little nervous because of what some of the negative reviews said and I DID NOT want that to be my experience and thankfully it wasn't.

Making the reservation was easy and I was able to follow up with the general manager via text. I thought that was very awesome because when people are planning special events they want to speak directly to the people that can make it happen. I told him that it was my birthday and I really wanted to sit on the band side. He told me it wasn't garunteed but I was pleased to see that our table actually was reserved on the band side when we got there. We didn't have to wait long to be seated and actually we were seated about 10mins earlier than our reserved time. I rushed my people to order because of the 2 hour seating but I was again pleasantly surprised that no on asked us to get up after 2 hours. We got to enjoy our food, smoke hookah and have a couple of rounds of drinks without being rushed. The decor is beautiful, the lights were dim and the music was great.

People like to know the cons but I won't call it that... Let's just say these are areas for improvement.

1.the band was very entertaining but only played for an hour

2.the entrée choices are limited

3.the drinks are over priced and skimpy on the alcohol

Demetri M

11/30/2016

The food is not bad and the ambiance is great with a great vibe. The crowd is chill and I feel secure. The live band and DJ is usually good. Get there early and reservations aren't a bad idea. Great date night place and weekend chill spot. My wife and I have been here a few times and it's not disappointing.

T J

11/30/2016

Okay, so let me start by saying that if your sign says "open at 10am, I should not have to wait until10:30 to order my food and 11:10 to finally get my food. Now that that's out the way, let me go into what I liked...The ambiance is fire.....The waitstaff, Jasmine, is professional and friendly and the food is awesome! She gets 5 stars!!! I had the Fried Catfish, Red Velvet Waffles, and Grits.... The Catfish was seasoned and fried to perfection. The Red Velvet waffles were pretty good. I didn't care too much for the cream cheese drizzle but otherwise they were tender and tasted delicious. Also, the grits were creamy and cooked perfectly. Lastly, the Mimosas and Bellini's taste good. I'll definitely be back!!!!

Syreeta G

11/30/2016

Nice spot for late night entertainment. The drinks and food are really good. The music and sound system is awesome. Great for large groups or date night. I approve.

Dexter P

12/31/2016

The food gets ONE STAR, I wish I could give it a negative 5. The customer service gets 5 STARS! The staff is great? very friendly and professional. There are a lot of restaurant owners that could learn a thing or two about good customer service by visiting this place.

Back to the awful meal, as someone who enjoys good creative meals, I was disappointed with the quality of the chicken, and side dishes I ordered. The sliders were poor and not impressive in taste; and 90% of my food was really bland, I shouldn't need a condiment if the taste and quality of food is kick ass, and that is what is missing at this place, a real chef to take this place to the next level for that reason I can only if them 1 star, Negative 5 😳

HOWEVER! If you are the type of customer that can't tell your wines apart, what fork to use with what dish, or you think a A1 goes on a well season steak then you would REALLY enjoy this location and believe the FOOD IS GREAT. It's not the place for you if your taste are demanding. This is a sub par Lounge not a restaurant, it will be once this establishment owners hire a chef that knows how to paint a food mural upon the visitors taste buds. This meal was not worth $39 for two, I am willing to pay through the nose for a great meal BQE just isn't the place.

Deonna T

12/31/2016

We enjoyed it. Too loud to have a conversation but a lot of fun, complete with good music and funny karaoke. We went on a Thursday and it was packed! I recommend a reservation prior to going. Food was pretty good too, BTW.

Christina G

2/3/2017

I went to this lounge with my friend on a Saturday (1/28) night and had a great time! No cover. It was packed but we got seated fairly quickly around 10:15pm. The staff was efficient and so kind. The band was fun if you like live music ($5 entertainment fee charged to checks). They played until about midnight and then the DJ took over so we got a little bit of both. Food was awesome as well (I recommend the catfish and mac and cheese). There is parking available in surrounding lots, on the street, and they offer valet. I parked in a lot close by and to top off the evening, a handsome gentleman on the staff kindly walked me to my car. I didn't even have to ask.

Daniel C

2/3/2017

Hostesses are dumb asses. It seems like all you have to do is argue with them and you get to skip the wait line. Other than that, everything was great. Bartenders, food and even bust boy were wonderful! Just the ratchet Hostesses need to be fired.

Taylor E

2/3/2017

Amazing food. But small portions so don't go with a huge appetite. Great ambiance and vibe with live music.

Lynne C

3/3/2017

I loved the place. Was a little crowded, but they found us a table quickly. I am handicapped and it was not handicapped accessible, but the staff assisted me with getting in and out of the establishment and over the high curb. Service was good, food was excellent and music was great. I will be back!

Tenesha M

3/3/2017

Worst experience at a restaurant ever. So slow, unorganized and unprofessional. This was my first and LAST visit. Really unorganized. Just close between your transition time, people cleaning and sweeping around us. We arrived at 4:45 weren't seated till 6 pm. Server didn't come out till 6:20 to take our order!

William B

4/4/2017

We went for brunch on a Sunday morning. They only have valet parking and it is $10. Our reservation was originally for 5 people, but we had 8 (2 kids) and they were accommodating. The waitress was pretty nice. The food was good, but portions were on the small side. Someone in our party had to send their food back, b/c the eggs were not they way they wanted them.The manager came and asked exactly how they wanted them . When she brought the food back, she told them it was on the house. I ordered (3) BQE Traditional Breakfast. The menu says it comes with a meat eggs and toast OR hash browns,. We don't eat pork , so we substituted alternative meats that they had on the menu. We weren't made aware that there was a $1.50 up charge per plate. Overall The place has a nice environment. The menu had some nice choices, including BQE Chicken & Red Velvet Waffles, but we just weren't adventurous to try them this time.

Reggie P

4/4/2017

If the parking situation was better I would 5 stars but I guess the location comes with certain issues. The food was good and the service was great. I am not much on hooka smoke so I had a problem with that especially while eating.. but overall a nice place.

Annamarie M

4/4/2017

Food was fair at best and does not come out at all as described on the menu. Poor service and they seem to know it because they then attempt to force you into 18% gratuity despite the fact the receipt

Clearly says parties of 5 or more and we were a party of 2. I didn't even get to eat with my date because I waited for my food to be remade. It was still made incorrectly and the waitress never checked on out table, I had to flag another server down!

Shamira P

4/4/2017

I enjoyed my time at BQE. We arrived at about 11:30 & waited about an hour to be seated. However the music was great, the vibe was great & out food came out fairly quickly after we were seated. I have 4 stars because I don't appreciate being told "we don't give wait times" by the cute but rude hostess. No one wants to just wait endlessly. I would suggest giving a minimum wait time that way customers have hope. Lol. Overall I had a great experience & will come back. I have already told my sorority sisters. Please talk to the hostess, she rubs people the wrong way, I witnessed a customer get into an small altercation with her & I'm sure it was because of the way she talked to her.

Lauren P

6/6/2017

Went for brunch on Sunday. It was crowded and the service was very slow. The bottomless mimosas had more OJ than champagne. My omelet took over 30 minutes to come out after it was ordered. Though my friend's shrimp and grits came out quickly even though we ordered at the same time. So, lesson learned, order the shrimp and grits. Food was okay. Not outstanding, but not bad.

Ashleigh M

6/6/2017

The peach cobbler was the best thing all night. The live music was also great.

We were overdressed; the website wildly overstates the dress "requirements", many people were wearing jeans. The service was apathetic at best.

The valets were totally incompetent; we saw them nearly crash our rental by pulling out directly in front of an oncoming truck as we walked down the sidewalk.

CRENSHAWCUTIT

7/7/2017

I'll start by giving my TWO, not so bad, reasons for 4 stars instead of 5:

The music was great but the loudness will make any conversation hard to have. The service was great but a little slow, but definitely understandable given the amount of people who were having to be waited on at that particular time. Other than that, the music selection was great, friendly service, and the live music was on point! We lucked up and were seated as soon as we arrived without reservations but I recommend calling ahead if you have a large group or if it's later into the night. If you are having trouble deciding what to eat from the menu, look no further than the famous Red Velvet chicken and waffles!! The waffles are sweet and moist and the chicken was fried to perfection. This dish will not disappoint I promise. The next time I'm in town BQE will be the first stop of the night instead of waiting until the night before I leave like I did this time.

Tisha G

7/7/2017

We went to their Sunday Brunch and because we didn't have reservations the wait was long but it was worth it! The drinks were perfectly made and the food is FANTASTIC! Great upbeat atmosphere and the entertainment was Awesome. Kimberly McKinney shut the house down playing the Saxophone. Her music makes you feel good while enjoying delicious food n cocktails. I can't wait to go again! GREAT TIME CELEBRATING OUR MOTHERS 78th BIRTHDAY!

Ashley B

7/7/2017

Saturday Day party was lit!! Food and music were GREAT!!! However, the $24/person is a bit much considering it takes almost 2 to finish a bottle. Also, our waitress was a tad slow. Gratuity is in the bill so pay attention before leaving a generous tip like I did...unless your waitress was bomb 👌🏾

elise m

7/7/2017

Great dj! Plays old & new music, knows how to switch it up & when. Nice place to have a good time. Very lively. Good hookahs too.

Shaniqua H

8/7/2017

My husband and I visited this lounge to get a night out on the town. Note: We did not have a reservation and we were seated near the bathroom which we aren't picky people. Next we had a great server (forgot his name) and he was very attentive. We loved, loved, loved the music although it was a bit loud especially being seated right near the speakers. We both indulged in the chicken and red velvet waffles. Let me just say that that is how you season chicken.

Jasmyne J

8/7/2017

We went on a Saturday! Valet parking was only 5 bucks and is a must. We were new and didn't know calling ahead for a table was the best option. When we arrived there was some awesome live music playing. We stood in a very tight area for about 15 minutes then were seated because someone missed their reservation window. After that we had a ball all the food and drinks were good. Great time for the grown and sexy!

Antionette H

8/7/2017

My first time there, and I really enjoyed myself. The service was really good, the food was really good and prompt... The drinks could have been stronger... The atmosphere and DJ was LIT!! I shall return! 👍

Monica D

9/8/2017

Delicious food & good drink selection. There is a two hour seating limit, so if they are on a wait you will have to give up your table after you have been there for two hours. I have been twice, both times on a Saturday night & there was live music both times. When there is live music a $5 "Entertainment Fee" is added to your check, although our server, who was very pleasant informed us off both the two hour limit & entertainment fee in the beginning. The entertainment both times was a talented band and singer. Definitely southern/ soul food selections here.

Mike K

9/8/2017

Very Sheik and Modern spot. Have enjoyed the live performances and entrees that they offer. The only downside Is the reservation process. To text a number and wait for someone to respond to confirm or decline leaves you in limbo wondering if you should make reservations at another establishment, or just continue to wonder if you have reservations or not! Just for better customer service I would definitely revisit this process to make a reservation.

Shaniece B

11/10/2017

I came here to celebrate my birthday, I really liked the atmosphere. We had a good server who really tried to accommodate my entire party. There was about 20 of us. Only downside is they really don’t have good space to accommodate a party bigger than maybe 12 comfortably (just my opinion). But our server was on point and so organized he automatically split all our checks. I’ll definitely be back!

I had the catfish and grits... BOMB!! And bottomless mimosa’s $24 per person.. kinda pricey but they were good

Dana L

12/11/2017

They need to FIRE the hostess.... if the first impression of your establishment is someone who is rude and acts like they don't want to be at work and they make it seem as if you're bothering them because you want to spend money at their restaurant? Yea put her in the back somewhere... furthermore we all know Atlanta traffic is a bit unpredictable at times and I had a group of 9 ladies. We missed our time slot for reservations because a lot of the ladies didn't show up on time... we're only given a 2 hr seating time but the other more pleasant hostess asked "would you like to take a table now or just wait because you're using up your 2 hours or do you want to get a table when your entire party arrives and start the two hours then?" I asked what she thought was best and we concluded that we would wait ... However once all of my party did arrive that wait turned into 1.5 hours in heels without communication of what was really going on?.... I had to track down the manager who didn't apologize for the way his hostess behaved but rather kept stating the "rules and policy" it would have been nice to know that she would be reprimanded for her behavior but he seemed to be indirectly consigning for her.... He also was not accommodating at all initially we kept going back and forth and he was saying the wrong buzz words CANCELLED, WAIT, YOU and not (we)... it was not my fault and they were making it seem as if it was..... FINALLY he spoke to my friend it was her birthday and we were able to be seated and he did give her a free drink.... I can't stand a lack of professionalism especially from black owned businesses.... We MUST do better... and because I wouldn't want someone I know having to deal with a partially unsatisfactory experience I'm telling everybody not to go here. Spend your coins elsewhere. The male waiters are amazing though, that's their only saving grace.

Ralph W

12/11/2017

One of the best brunch spots in town on Saturday’s! New York feel, with Atlanta cuisine and the hottest music keeps the vibes flowing from 10a-5p! Worth a visit for ALL weekend visitors and Atlanta natives should add this to their Saturday routine.

Ariel V

1/12/2018

Really fun for a day party brunch scene. In fact, I'll be back this weekend to celebrate my birthday with friends from all over the Atlanta metro area. The location is great as it is accessible from highway 20 and 75/85. The staff is full of energy and help ensure that guests are enjoying themselves. Can't wait to try some menu items!

Tramelle H

1/12/2018

The experience was horrible! I really went into the establishment with the mindset that the atmosphere would be great and the food would be great as well! I was super wrong! We had a 1:45 reservation that became a 12:45 reservation! The host and management were very unapologetic about everything! I will never attend this establishment again. The time is now 3:30 and we still have not been seated! Save your time and energy! If I could give this place a negative score I would.

Mz B

1/12/2018

Was told food was good and they had a good brunch, so we tried it. Not a good diner experience.

- Parking was unclear, valet wasn't setup when we arrived. Street parking had people telling us to pay in different ways and didn't feel safe

- Younger drunken crowd.

- Made reservation, but they were late setting up and seating us.

- Food was good, well seasoned - but some dishes that were susposed to be hot were ice cold.

- Only one server for our larger table. She was nice, but it didn't go well. Half the table had food and was done eating before other side was served.

Ms B

1/12/2018

1st time trying this place.Arrived at 10pm...on a Sunday. Ordered fried green tomatoes for an app, it was decent 4 slices. Tried to order the salmon they ran out, tried to order the short ribs they ran out of them too. Finally ordered shrimp and grits. The bowl of luke warm grits and 5 med shrimp was so disrespectful. Had a side order of collards that taste like cotton candy. The silverware was dirty. The bathroom was cold and dirty, No tissue, trash full, floor wet and window wide open. Didn't bother to order anything from the bar or a hookah since everything else was trash. Waste of money and time.

Alexis P

2/12/2018

Good food. They have live music on Fridays but you need to get there early. They do take reservations, so I'd recommend making them! They do have valet, street parking as well as nearby pay lots.

Not the best neighborhood but I haven't had any issues. Just always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you when going in and out.

They only have 2 bathrooms... which is the biggest downside of this place to me. It's also pretty small, so that is why I'd recommend a reservation.

Lastly, they have a nice brunch on Sundays. If you arrive early, you can beat the crowd!

Shekelia P

2/12/2018

I visited this establishment on my birthday 1/19. Terrible mistake. I made a reservation for 8 Pm and 10 Pm. Both reservations were confirmed by the establishment. Upon arrival, the hostess stated that I am unable to have reservations for both times! I spoke with her 45 minutes prior to arriving to confirm my reservations. I explained to the hostess that both of my reservations were confirmed and if it was an issue, why wasn’t this stated when we spoke. She didn’t want to deal with the situation so, she decided to call Darryl the reservation manager. He gave excuse after excuse to why this couldn’t be done, but he was the “smart guy” who sent the text confirmation. Even though the atmosphere is nice, save yourself the time and headache; especially if you don’t want to be hotter than the food you are served. This establishment clearly needs to be revamped, starting with management.

Larmeka A

4/18/2018

I visit often and the service is GREAT! I've not had bad service. I can say that on very busy days the service can be slower or at least the kitchen . The food has always been top notch. Also, my alcohol pallet is moderate so heavy drinks are not my style. I always go top shelf with my order and I'm always satisfied.

Benjamin H

4/18/2018

I really don't know where to begin. I don't think I've had such a bad experience at a restaurant in years. First off, it was about 10 minutes before a server came over to get us drinks. While we waited, I checked my silverware, it was dirty right out of the napkin. Check my third picture on this review!

Our waitress could tell we were a little upset and asked what did we want to eat. The food takes about 40 minutes, finally comes.

The food was good, tried the Fried Chicken, the turkey wings, she tried. Pretty tasty, and that was the best part. The service was terrible though, the greeter had an attitude, the waitress had an attitude, as if I should be honored and privileged to be served by them. No, you are there to serve your customers, treat them well, that's why you get paid and a business exists.

Now the valet, it's $10. Not only is it slow, parked on the street, but they left my car unlocked.

This was just all the way around a terrible experience. The food gets the one star, it was good.

Adriene W

4/18/2018

Great brunch spot... my homegirl got us a reservation last minute and I’m glad she did because without a reservation you will be standing or waiting for hours .... the service was great, the food was great, the music was bomb and the bottomless Mimosas were as well... the only complaint is the music is too Damn loud... like so loud that it’s not even possible to have a conversation or mix and mingle with anyone... also keep in mind that valet is $10 and there is a 2-hr table limit even if you have a reservation... so if you plan on eating drinking and smoking hookah then you should order everything at once

IamJoedie S

5/18/2018

Delicious hot food. Tasty libation. Cool atmosphere. We were referred to this cozy unique gem. Very pleased that without making a reservation the staff was able to get us a table quickly. In the future I would suggest that you make a reservations prior to coming because they do fill up fast and tables are limited to a 2 hour sitting limit. Our waitress was attentive and service was fast. Live music on Friday was a added plus because we were just coming for dinner and drinks. Overall, we had a pleasant experience at BQE. We definitely will come back again.

Monika P

5/18/2018

The food here is too notch comfort food. We wanted to make sure we got some southern food while we were in this part of the country. We were not disappointed! The fish and grits were perfect. My partner had shrimp and grit that she enjoyed as well. We had mimosas that were well made. Service was fast and friendly at the bar. My only disappointment was that on the way out, I watched the host take a look at my partner and I and turn to another guy (perhaps another host), whisper something and roll his eyes. There are only two reasons he could have had anything to share about either of us and neither of them is cool to rolling your eyes about. Maybe host needs some training on how to treat people.

Curtis B

5/18/2018

Where do I begin. Horrible service. Walked in and the hostess did not acknowledge me even though i was standing right in front of her. After she was done talking with her friends she finally asked if she could help me. I told here table for 2, and she told me that they won’t start back seating people until 6:30. It was currently 6:17. At 6:32 we had to ask a manager to seat us. We get to the table and the waitress says they won’t start serving food until 6:45. She wouldn’t even take our order ahead of time. We waited as she sat at a table next to us and talked to coworkers or friends. At 6:49 she was still talking at the table beside us so we grabbed a manager. We asked us if we left could we get our money back for the valet parking. He said yes and walked us outside. Never asked why we wanted to leave or anything. We asked for the owners info and he said he didn’t know it. We asked for the owners name and he said Daryl but didn’t know his last name. We walk outside and he told valet to give the money back and walks off. The valet person says that they don’t really tell us what to do and since we had been there more than 20 mins he could only give us half our money back. The most awful experience ever. I will never go back. Sad when you try to patronize a black owned business and they treat you like this. Horrible from the time we walked in the door until the time we left. How are you the manager but you don’t know the owners name? Black people we must do better and strive to give excellent customer service. Maybe new management is needed.

yvette j

6/19/2018

The service was great and the food was excellent, but I made reservations in advance with the owner who failed to put the reservation in the book. This caused us a 30 min. wait (Not terrible on a Saturday) but aggregating when you arrive and they don't have your name. We valet parked which was great. You can notify the valet when you are ready to go via a phone app, and they bring your car around. There were no safety issues. We were a group of women and we felt safe. The only other issue that I would like to mention is there was an entertainment fee $5, but we were seated in a different room and could not see the entertainment and could barely hear the band, so I don't feel that those seated on the opposite side of the wall should be charged for something they can't enjoy. Despite all of that I would go back.

Ronald C

6/19/2018

Went for Sunday brunch. Good DJ and music. Make sure you make a reservation to avoid waiting.i wish the space was bigger but the food is great. The waffles are really good. Try the cocktail called the empire if want a good drink.

Cherrelle N

7/20/2018

Absolutely love their signature dish: Red Velvet Waffles & Fried Chicken Wings, with cream cheese icing drizzled. It is so delicious!! We have dined here on two occasions and love the cleanliness of the restaurant. The customer service is pleasant. The drinks are reasonably priced. I understand they have live performances but have yet to experience that. My only take away are the flies, I understand it can’t be helped due to their main entrance being opened, but overall- wonderful place to eat!

Crystal G

7/20/2018

BQE was a lot of fun in terms of atmosphere and music. The host was great and got us a table even after we missed our reservation time. The live entertainment was excellent. There was a female performer with an outstanding voice that really got the energy going. Service was prompt and our waitress was pleasant.

The food however, was not very good. I was with a party of four and not one person enjoyed with their meal. The fried chicken was bland and dry as were the turkey wings. The turkey burger was also quite dry and lacked flavor. I ordered the short ribs- which were not bad but for the price of $21 I would expect more.

Soul food is comfort food- gotta get that right!

LaShandra J

8/20/2018

Made reservations online only to get there to be let inside,only to be told by someone else to wait outside!!!! In the rain on my 30th birthday 😣😣😣When I get inside I was not accommodated for their misunderstanding. Was gave a time limit not from the time that I was seated but from the time that I was waiting outside. In other words my time was cut very short!!! Let's not forget people I made a reservation maybe 3 weeks prior. Food was good drinks got me LIT. I might try this place one more time BUT NO TIME SOON AND NOT ON MY DIME.

Earlanza S

8/20/2018

This was the second time I went to this lounge. It was cool, the atmosphere was live. The DJ played great music but the place needs more room to wait. I don't like that you have to stand right up on someone until a table becomes available. I also don't like the fact you only have two hours total at the table. By the time I got my food I only had 30-35 minutes to eat. For me that wasn't enough time. Our waitress bought myself and someone else drink wrong. She handed me a drink twice and walked off, I had to wait until she came back to tell her that is not the correct drink. We all felt like we were rushed. She even came to the table and said our 2 hours was up. I only came back this time because it was someone birthday and this is the place she wanted to go to. Apparently she was unaware of the 2 hour limit as well. If the space was alot bigger I would come back in a heartbeat. Or if there will be a next time, try coming on a slower night, if they have any. This was a Saturday night and the first was on a Friday.

Katina S

9/20/2018

I attended last night to celebrate my husband 50th birthday. The food was amazing and the entertainment was great. The waitresses was good but kind of rude. When my husband came in with his friend which was a surprise, she did not give them any time to look at the menu and see what they have. It was our first time and I think they need the tables cause the place is really small. We were rushed on ordering the entire time we were there. They even took things off the table while we were using it. It was annoying however we did enjoy ourselves.

Traveling F

9/20/2018

Absolutely a great chill spot. Ok for date night. Drinks are great. Food wasn't prepared the same (we both had catfish nuggets) Would have given a 5, but with a 9:30 reservation due to "overbooking", we got seated after 11 and was forced to move after 2 hours. Really forced.

Lady C

10/20/2018

We were on a trip with 8 friends from Dallas. After driving up and down a jam packed street with people parked and standing on cars and sides of buildings we finally tried here. We paid valet $10. Upon trying to enter we were stopped at the door by a rude door host and security and told we weren't allowed in because tonight is a dress code. We told him we were from TX and he didn't care by far. It doesn't say that anywhere on their website or Google. We had on tights and sneakers but very decent as we are all business owners ourselves. We had just left 13Stories/2Chainz Haunted House. After getting back to the car I asked valet why he didn't mention this, he said there is no dress code. What a way to treat your out of town guests! I should have picked a more upscale place in the beginning, then this trash, but hey they were open so its my fault also.

Kei J

10/20/2018

I enjoy the chicken and red velvet waffles. No other place in this part of Georgia sells red velvet waffles!! The best!! Only reason I gave it 4 stars is because the parking sucks especially on a busy day and that's mostly every night that are open.

Andre D

10/20/2018

Customer service needs work! Booked reservations weeks in advance, only to get a call an hour before the birthday celebration to say that they were not opening for the night. I understand the reasoning behind them not opening (renovations) but at least have the courtesy to call at the beginning of the day! In all fairness... my previous experiences were decent and not this bad, but leaving me stuck to figure out plans for my sisters birthday at the last minute is unacceptable and very unprofessional

colored_divine

11/21/2018

Had a decent time. Came for brunch while visiting for my birthday in Atlanta. Good music. Slow service but understandable it was packed. Waitress was cute and very sweet. Make sure you make a reservation if you can. We got lucky but otherwise they said it would be a 2 1/2 hour wait. The only thing I didn't like was that it was 97% females so a little cattiness at times. That was weird to me I'm not sure why. Red velvet waffles was good but too sweet, I could only eat 2.

Tylik R

11/21/2018

Me and the misses had a great time. We we're looking for things to do while in town for the weekend. They had comedy night and it was a great crowd. The Mac and cheese was great. The wait staff is gorgeous.

Ronique J

11/21/2018

I love supporting black own businesses however, everytime I come here the service sucks. It takes a long time to receive your food and the drinks are weak. I made RESERVATIONS and had to wait an hour and a half to be seated. We were celebrating my cousin's birthday and her favorite band was performing...which is the ONLY reason we waited. I gave them 2 stars because the food was actually good.

TAREIKA T

11/21/2018

I came on a Sunday for Brunch at around 12:30p, nice vibe & music. I went solo so I sat at the bar, the bartenders were really attentive & fast. Chef Harper came out to ensure I liked my meal, very personable experience. I would recommend this location for brunch for sure.

Alexandria J

11/21/2018

I would like to say that I am very disappointed and dissatisfied with my services. Unfortunately, I am unable to give a half or a zero star. On my date of service, I not only arrived early for my reservation, but I ensured that the I informed multiple individuals that I had a reservation. After being in allowed into the building, I stood for approximately an hour and a half to be seated to my table which I had reserved. While doing so, I watched several individuals without any reservations be sat at tables. This occurred after informing the hostess on several occasions that we had a confirmed reservation. This place is labeled as a lounge, but is mismanaged and operated more like a nightclub. It was beyond capacity and there was only standing room with little opportunity to even purchase a drink from the bar. This was not just a night out on the town, but was supposed to be a mini- birthday celebration. Unfortunately, after spending $20.00 on parking and standing waiting for a table that was reserved I left without having the opportunity to order food or drinks. It was the by far the worst customer service I have ever experienced.

Raven J.

Stars_5

6/29/2018

I came back here for the second Sunday in a row and still had an amazing time! I had some friends in town, so I made a reservation for 12. At first, the...read this and 539 more

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