Valentine's Day 2018


1. beef carpaccio, parmesan, arugula, chives, olive dust, Lake Garda olive oil, lemon, dijon

2. ravioli with ricotta, spring Vidalias and mushrooms

3. shrimp & tomato bisque, shrimp crostini with dill 

4. little gem lettuces, avocado green goddess dressing, cucumber, radish, marinated shallot, rock crab, grapefruit



1. seared Maine scallops, peas with mint and parmesan, clementines, beets, brown butter   

2. 12 oz beef ribeye, chimichurri butter, punched yukon gold potato, frisee and radicchio

3. roasted quails with scallion marinade, whipped parsnips with creme fraiche, melted cabbage, kumquats and mustard-caramel jus

4. seasonal vegetable plate



1. dark chocolate tart with sea salt, passion fruit sauce, coconut gelato

 2. raspberry-almond cake, roasted almond gelato, basil

3. panna cotta - Italian sweet cream custard - local strawberries preserves from last spring, balsamic pearls

4. Condor Chocolates tasting


$55 per guest


January 2018 is Olive Oil Month at The National!

Celebrating the great flavor and health benefits of truly great extra virgin olive oil as we begin the new year. Every week, we'll be featuring a different Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Trentino, Italy. Some of the world's finest extra virgin olive oil, available right here in Athens, Georgia, thanks to Uncommon Gourmet Associates.


Four different Extra Virgin Olive Oils - 46th Parallel Green, White and Blue Label, plus ULIVA Garda Trentino Black Label - featured on our table and on our menus each week in January. Stop in for lunch or dinner to try the week's featured 'EVOO' and purchase a bottle to take home too (see pricing below).


Olive Oil Tasting and Class at The National on January 7, 2-4pm. Led by Randall Abney of Uncommon Gourmet, you'll learn about the month's featured olive oils, health benefits of regular consumption of true extra virgin olive oil and taste one the most rare and regarded olive oils in the world. Free to attend! Call 706-549-3450 or email for reservations and questions. 


Olive Oil and Wine Dinner at The National on January 16 at 6:30pm. Call 706-549-3450 or email to reserve a table. $65 per guest for 4 courses with wine pairings.


1. Snacks to start

beet caprese, mozzarella, basil, extra virgin olive oil

beef carpaccio, local arugula, parmigiano, extra virgin olive oil

Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend, Terre di San Leonardo, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Italy, 2010


2.  Appetizer

farro soup with winter vegetables, pancetta, grana, tiny croutons, extra virgin olive oil

Pinot Nero, Abbazia di Novacella, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy, 2016


3.  Entree

olive-oil poached cod with saffron, tomato, fennel, capers, olive dust and meyer lemon 

Pinot Grigio, Tramin, Südtirol-Alto Adige, Italy, 2016


4.  Dessert

olive oil cake with citrus and olive oil gelato

Brut Prosecco, Adami Garbèl, Treviso, Italy, NV


Featured Olive Oil Cocktail:  JANUARY SOUR
ASW Georgia Apple Brandy, Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Egg White, Cinnamon, Lemon, Bitters, Herbsaint


Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Sale 

OLIDEA Olive Dust
40g, $14.95

46 Parallel Green Label
500mL, $36.95
250mL, $19.95

46 Parallel Blue Label
500mL, $36.95

46 Parallel White Label
organic, 500mL, $37.95

ULIVA Garda Trentino Black Label
500mL, $38.95
250mL, $24.95


The National's New Year’s Eve Menu
December 31, 2017

$58 per guest 


1. Snack

yellowtail crudo, meyer lemon, red pepper, chives, olive dust, evoo
roasted carrots, burrata mozzarella, arugula, carrot top pesto, grilled bread
pork rillette, duck prosciutto, and salami with mustard, sour cherry jam, cornichons, toast

2. Appetizer

Sicilian lifeguard calamari with tomato, currants, caperberries, chili, pearl couscous
cheese & herb ravioli, crispy prosciutto, balsamic pearls
local lettuces, crisp pork belly, salted red cabbage, oven tomato, cucumber, buttermilk-feta dressing, pumpernickel crumbs

3. Entree

petite filet of beef, butter-poached prawn, celery root puree, red chimichurri
pan roasted bronzino, Mediterranean bass, freshly milled rice grits, rock crab and fennel, saffron broth
roasted duck breast, whipped parsnips, grilled scallion, quince vinegar jus, blood orange
seasonal vegetable plate

4. Dessert

grapefruit parfait, grapefruit custard, kumquat jam, honeycomb crumbs, whipped tarragon creme fraîche
Japanese-style cheesecake, diplomat cream, tropical fruit, coconut, macadamia
chocolate ganache, lime shortbread crumbs, mezcal raspberry sauce


$58 per guest

*Seating until 10:30pm in dining room, food at bar until midnight

**Wine pairing menu optional

***Menu available a la carte at the bar, plus olives, dates, boquerones, and hummus


Bring The National home for the holidays! Spice things up with Mediterranean seasoned salt and Condor Chocolate’s finishing sugar. Raise the bar with our Housemade Tonic. For the Athens foodie, grab a copy of Juanina Kocher’s Classic City Cooking signed by Peter Dale, plus all of Hugh Acheson’s autographed cookbooks including the latest - The Chef and The Slow Cooker. For the one on your list who has everything, a gift certificate makes the best gift. 










HOUSE HOT SAUCE  $10 (3 FOR $25)










Stop by The National anytime to purchase your gifts!


Hanukkah Dinner at The National
December 18 - 19, 2017


First Course:

blackeyed pea hummus with dill and paprika, warm flatbread


sweet potato latke with sour cream, sauteed apples and scallion



roasted salmon, fresh milled grits, melted red cabbage, pomegranate relish


beef brisket, braised greens, olive oil-whipped turnips, sumac onion 



apple gelato, honey, sugar cookies


carrot cake with salted tahini frosting and pistachios


$32 per guest

Call 706-549-3450 or email to reserve your table

 Please join us for a special beer release dinner celebrating the newest addition to the Creature Comforts family, TABLE BEER. Table Beer was created to enjoy with food, friends and family, so on Sunday, November 19 we gather for a family-style beer dinner here at The National. As food is passed around large communal tables and beer poured for one another, we can be grateful for all we have in our community.  Tickets are $65 including tax and gratuity; if you haven't purchased a ticket in advance, they will be sold at the door. Please arrive at 6pm for hors d'oeuvres and conversation. 

Please join us for a special beer release dinner celebrating the newest addition to the Creature Comforts family, TABLE BEER. Table Beer was created to enjoy with food, friends and family, so on Sunday, November 19 we gather for a family-style beer dinner here at The National. As food is passed around large communal tables and beer poured for one another, we can be grateful for all we have in our community.

Tickets are $65 including tax and gratuity; if you haven't purchased a ticket in advance, they will be sold at the door. Please arrive at 6pm for hors d'oeuvres and conversation. 


passed hors d'oeuvres upon arrival
endive with eggplant, tahini, pita-za'atar crumbs
portobello sliders, kimchee, vegan mayo

family-style meal
independent bread, olive oil with herbs and spices
local lettuces, broccoli, dried vegetables, lemon vinaigrette
roasted carrots, black garlic, macadamia and sesame
creamed wheatberries, cauliflower, basil and chili
braised lentils, smoked tomato and chard
twice baked butternut squash with pecans and cocao nibs
roasted hen-of-the-wood mushrooms, crispy onions, vegan demi, pine oil

dessert served individually
toasted yellow cake, cranberry sorbet, lime, mint
almond milk-hot cocoa with marshmallows


Zhough Night*
Saturday, September 30
10pm - midnight at The Bar at The National

a pop-up event featuring Mediterranean shareable small plates by Shay Lavi of Let's Eat! and cocktails by bar manager Michael Clancy


Let's Eat's Shay Lavi takes over our bar with his menu of Mediterranean snacks served up alongside Michael Clancy's cocktails, Creature Comforts beer and Spanish wine. A large portion of proceeds from this after-hours revelry will go directly to help with hurricane relief efforts. Come on out for a delicious late night transformation of the Bar at The National!


 Baked Stuffed Eggplants with Cheese and Herbs
“Yoratelo suflaki” aka Baked Lamb Patties with Flatbread, Tomato Sauce, Greek Yogurt, Salad
“Kreas saganaki” aka Eggs in Tomato Sauce
Fried Anchovies and Sardines stuffed with Herbs and Cheese
Baked Pastry stuffed with Lamb and Beef Ragu
Deep Fried “Cigars” 
Mezze Plates
Turkish Dessert


Martahini   gins, toasted sesame seed, vermouth bitters
Break Fast Negroni   brandy, bruto, vermouth, egg white
Tzedakah   rye, citrus, honey, apple, scotch mist

*Zhough or Zhug: a versatile green chile paste; a staple condiment in Yemini and Israeli cuisine




acorn squash salad, local lettuces, pepitas, cranberries, pomegranate-ginger vinaigrette


bruschetta with goat cheese-artichoke spread, frisee, roasted tomato vinaigrette



crispy pork milanesa, purple potatoes, lemony arugula, marinated onion, capers, parmesan dressing


roasted swordfish, creamy polenta, eggplant caponata, salsa verde 



apple pie with whipped cream and salted caramel


"affogado":  chocolate gelato topped with hot cocoa, toasted marshmallow


$36 per guest
To make reservations, call (706)549-3450 or email

Don't feel like calling the Dawgs this Saturday?
Take a 'Trip to Spain' with us this weekend instead. Make it a dinner and movie kind of night!

This weekend, Cine brings us 'A Trip to Spain', Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's third installment of their deadpan comedic documentation of a culinary road trip that takes them this time to Spain. On Saturday, you can get in the mood here at The National with 3-courses of Spanish delight for $36 per guest. Seatings are available anytime from 7pm - close; to make a reservation, call (706) 549-3450 or email 


On the Menu...

to begin, bread, olive oil, Spanish corn nuts


escarole salad with roasted tomato, olives, garrotxa cheese, 

xato dressing   gf


broiled piquillo peppers  stuffed with goat cheese and serrano ham, fried garlic, herbs and breadcrumbs


boquerones  (marinated white anchovies)  pickled chili, caperberry & tomato-garlic toast  



shrimp rice  Spanish calasparra rice with Gulf shrimp, tomato, peppers, mushrooms, Spanish chorizo and saffron, orange aioli  gf


grilled hanger steak  Spanish spice rub, home fries, arugula with marinated onions, sherry vinegar steak sauce  gf


vegetable plate



warm pear & almond cake  dusted with powdered sugar and sherry syrup


chocolate olive oil cake  soft whipped cream and orange 


Why should you spend Game Day with us?

It's true, we don't have a television.

But during the game, we welcome all townies, regulars, casual sports bystanders, girlfriends and wives, really anybody not so interested in viewing the Dawgs' latest win--that could be you! Unlike many weekends, it's easy to walk in or make a reservation while the football game is on. To avoid the difficult parking on game days, we recommend taking a Lyft or Uber to get downtown. Make a pit stop at the bar for a cocktail because now you can! Most importantly, all season long we are thrilled to offer a special 3-course dinner menu during the game for those who care to spend the evening with us!


As always, score updates are available on request  😉


$32 per guest


Portuguese-style tomato soup, croutons and scallion  


grilled romaine heart, creamy piquillo pepper dressing, parmesan, marinated onion, crispy capers  gf



slow-cooked beef bavette steak, roasted red fingerling potatoes, green zebra tomato and radish, chimichurri  gf


rigatoni pasta, Benji's sausage, mushrooms, a touch of cream and parmesan


seasonal vegetable plate



fig-almond cake, whipped cream


chocolate gelato, date syrup, cocoa nibs, orange zest  gf


Call 706-549-3450 or email to make your reservation.

To Begin

welcome seasonal spritz


Hors d'Oeuvres

sips of chilled carrot-ginger soup

endive, smoked trout, grapefruit, avocado


Seated Family-Style Dinner

kampachi crudo (chilled raw fish) with sesame, chili oil, chives

tomatoes, fresh and roasted, almond ricotta, basil, GA olive oil

grilled eggplant salad, red pepper-pecan romesco sauce, mint, cilantro, pomegranate molasses, sumac onions

poached wild salmon, lobster-corn-tarragon salsa

gently cooked pork tenderloin, figs, shallot confit, salsa verde



avocado key lime pie

This special menu, celebrating the harvest of summer, is 100% paleo. All are happily invited to join us for this evening of excellent food, drink and company, hosted by our friends at Metal+Petal.

The third annual Georgia Restaurant Week, brought to you by the Georgia Restaurant Association, aims to highlight the various dining options that are available to consumers throughout Georgia. This week allows patrons, both local and from out of state, to explore various dining options throughout Georgia for a set price and experience the local Georgia products that are available in Georgia’s restaurants.

From July 17 -23, The National will feature a 3-course Spanish-inspired prix fixe menu at dinner for $35 per guest.  You can read about the other restaurants participating in Athens here.



tomato gazpacho with traditional garnishes  df
grilled romaine heart, almond romesco sauce, marinated onion  gf/df



chicken thighs braised with tomato, peppers, annatto and Creature Comforts Bibo, over Red Mule polenta, scallion salsa verde
Arroz Caldoso, Spanish-style brothy rice with shrimp and chorizo  gf



frozen yogurt with cherries and pistachios   gf
toasted brioche, whipped mascarpone, Condor Chocolate sauce, sea salt


*accommodations for dietary restrictions can be made


We recommend making reservations with us by calling (706) 549-3450 or emailing

Have you heard? Last year The National took home 2nd Place in the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Competition, and this year we're going for the gold! But first, we need your help to win the people's vote that will take us there. Vote now and vote often through July 14 if you think we should represent our region, the Historic Heartland, in the 2017 Competition. 

If you're not convinced yet, don't take our word for it! Our delicious take on classic Shrimp & Grits is available at lunch all week. We serve up sweet Georgia shrimp sautéed with Spanish chorizo, cherry tomato, leeks, peppers and kale over creamy local Red Mule polenta with fresh corn folded in. Yum. 

On Saturday, June 10

join us for a block-party-style literary event in Five Points! Hosted by Avid Bookshop, David Sedaris will read from his latest book Theft by Finding. Although the in-store event sold out within minutes, the lawn behind the Henrietta Apartments will be open and the reading audible via speakers for all the public to hear. Plus! Mr. Sedaris will be available to sign your copy of Theft by Finding into the late hours of the evening.

Beginning at 5:30pm, you can grab a ticket from Avid for the book signing, so arrive early and enjoy the block party -- you'll receive a text when it's your turn to meet Mr. Sedaris! All night you can enjoy snacks and drinks at Condor Chocolates alongside a mini-pop up from The National. Creature Comforts Tropicalia will be available on the lawn as well. 

What a great excuse to spend this Saturday evening in Five Points. Thanks Avid!



I'm not attending the reading portion, but still want to meet Mr. Sedaris and get books signed. What can I do while I wait?
Our Five Points neighborhood is full of wonderful local establishments to help you pass the time! We highly recommend grabbing dinner and drinks at The Royal Peasant, Donna Chang's, or The Pine. The National will have a pop-up at Condor Chocolates! If you need a caffeine boost, grab some coffee at Jittery Joe's or Two Story Coffeehouse. Find a delectable dessert at Condor Chocolates.

Where can I park my car?
We are securing overflow parking thanks to our Five Points Business Association partners. Current parking locations (besides public parking) include Bella Salon, Fleet Feet Sports Athens, and Milledge Avenue Baptist Church.

If I didn't get a ticket to the reading, when can I join the signing line?
We will open up the signing line to the public once all ticket holders have gotten their books signed. We estimate that we will open the doors to the public around 9 p.m. We will distribute tickets (which are first-come, first-served) starting at 5:30pm and will call people in groups via text messaging according to their ticket number. This way, you can hang out in the Five Points area instead of standing in line for hours!

I heard David Sedaris will stay until the wee hours to meet people and sign their books. Is this true?
Yes! Mr. Sedaris will be at Avid at Five Points until he has met each and every one of his fans. So if you didn't get tickets to the reading portion, or can't make it to the shop until later in the evening, don't fret! We anticipate this book party to run well into the night.

Can I view a livestream of the reading, or watch a recording of the event later?
Per the publisher's request, we cannot record or air live video of the event; however, we will be broadcasting a live audio recording of Mr. Sedaris’s reading outside the bookshop.

Can I have my picture taken with Mr. Sedaris?
We’re sorry, no photographs are allowed.

I've ordered a copy of Theft By Finding. When can I get it?
You can pick up your book on or after May 30th, when it comes out, or on the day of the event. If you have already purchased a copy and can't make it to the event, we can get it signed for you.

Can I get a signed book if I can't make it to the reading?
Absolutely! Place an order via phone or online and we will get you a signed copy. We ship everywhere around the nation.

Collective Harvest and The National present: Feast in the Field with Peter Dale

Sunday May 21 at 4pm
at Front Field Farm, 105 West Beaverdam Road, Winterville, GA
$75 per person, includes family-style dinner, alcohol, tax and gratuity

Please join Collective Harvest and The National for The Feast in the Field Dinner on Sunday May 21st at Front Field Farm. All proceeds go towards the Fresh Food Fund. The Collective Harvest Fresh Food Fund helps to offset the financial obstacles to eat local, healthy and organic food for low-income individuals and families while also keeping more money in the local economy. 

We will begin our family style feast at 4pm with a welcome cocktail and a tour of the farm. Afterwards we will sit for a meal by Chef Peter Dale featuring produce from Collective Harvest. All drinks are included with your ticket, as is tax and gratuity.

featuring all produce from Collective Harvest and locally-sourced meat and seafood

Passed Hors D'oeuvres

chicken liver mousse on toasts, pickled turnips

smoked trout on cucumber with radishes

escarole wraps with carrot muhummara

Family-Style Dinner

grilled beef short ribs, shaved cabbage, garlic chive salsa verde

chilled GA shrimp with kohlrabi, dill and sorrel 

charred broccoli salad with broccoli greens, basil, pecans and chili

green beans and radishes with caper vinaigrette

beets and carrots, arugula, cracked local wheat, leek vinaigrette     

butterball potato salad with egg, scallion and mustard

bread from Independent, Banner Butter from Atlanta


strawberry shortcake

make your own smores 

Athens Chefs Dinners bring together some of our favorite local chefs to create a unique meal for you. Rotating themes and host restaurants keep it interesting. 

This month at The National, chefs are exploring the fresh, breezy cuisine of the Golden State highlighting Latin, Asian, European and native influences studded with the incredible bounty of California's land and seas. Wet your palate with your choice of beverages from a curated list of California wine, beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic refreshers. 

Athens Chefs Dinner: California Dreamin'
Monday, April 24 at The National
Seating at 6:30pm
$50 per guest includes 7 courses and a welcome cocktail

Reservations encouraged! Call (706) 549-3450 or email to reserve your table today; these dinners typically sell out.



San Diego Fish Taco    fried fish, spicy crema, purple cabbage, cilantro, lime, red onion, house tortillas
Patrick Stubbers, Seabear Oyster Bar

Grilled Avocado    tomatillo, poblano, pickled onions, cilantro, lime, and cotija cheese
Jeremy Collins, The National

Grilled Artichokes    chimichurri, shrimp cream, queso fresco, toasted rice & almonds
Mimi Maumus, Home.Made

Beef and Pistachio Sausage   broccoli, animal style
Joel Penn, Heirloom Cafe

Pork “Steaks"     braised in fermented black bean, sour apple, and cilantro, with bok choi and carrot kimchi, arugula pudding and toasted sesame
Jarad Blanton, The Last Resort


Grilled Beef Short Rib    Santa Maria rub, pinquito beans, salsa fresca

Peter Dale, The National


Black Sesame Sourdough Madeleine    strawberries, olive oil creme anglaise, fennel meringue, honey

Jo Nichol