In the Dining Room:

We love to host special occasions in our dining room. From bridal luncheons, showers, tasting menus, birthday parties and anniversaries. Make reservations early for large parties. Call 706-549-3450 or email to reserve.


The National provides off-site catering on a limited basis. Please contact Erin Wilson at for availability and customized information.

Restaurant Buy-Outs:

The restaurant is available for buy-outs on a limited basis. The National has the capacity to host a seated dinner for a maximum of 65 - 75 guests. Evening availability is determined by the date but is typically limited to Sunday evenings, certain dates in January and the summer months. Opening outside of normal business hours requires a $1000 food and beverage minimum.

To-Go Platters:

Some of your favorite items from The National are available to-go and make great additions to your party spread.  At least 24-hours notice required. See the to-go menu below your quick & easy catering solution for any gathering!

House Marinated Olives – Pint {$10} or Quart {$20}
Hummus Platter – Pint of Hummus with sumac, lemon juice and olive oil, Sardinian Flatbread {$25}; add half seasonal crudité for $5; substitute all seasonal crudité for $10
Vermont Goat Cheese with Seasonal Flavored Honey or Relish –10.5 oz of Cheese, Honey, Baguette {$35}
Dates – Stuffed with Celery, Manchego Cheese, Sherry Vinaigrette {$1.5 per Date}                           

Catering by The National at CinéLab

234 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA

Adjacent to The National, the CinéLab is a private room within Ciné, Athens’ only arthouse cinema and barcafé. The Lab is suited for a range of events from seated dinners, receptions, art exhibitions and musical performances, business presentations and more due to the highly adaptable nature of the space. The venue is completely private and soundproof with flexible table arrangement and full audio/visual capability for digital projection, live music and iPod hook-up. The space has the capacity for a seated dinner of about 80 people.


Events can be staffed or unstaffed

Staffed event –

The National can provide staffing levels based on the style of event and your estimated guest count. Staffing rates are $15 per hour plus gratuity. Gratuity is based on the type of event; 20% for a seated meal, 15% for a cocktail party, and other events determined on an individual basis.

Unstaffed event –

The National can deliver food a­nd beverage to CinéLab on disposable platters. For the use of non-disposable platters, plates and cups, the charge is $1 per guest. The National will retrieve these items after the event.  

Room Set-Up

Our event planning staff can arrange all the details for you, including rentals, flowers and decorations, table set-up and break-down. The fee for event planning and room set-up is $15 per hour per staff member. For events in CinéLab, The National will provide tables, folding chairs, plates, glassware, silverware, linens and votive candles. Rental fees for these items may apply based on the number of guests.