Leon's Full Service
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 45
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.15/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Convenient to the MARTA E6 stop, and only a short walk from Brick Store Pub to boot. Leon's seems a little more upscale than the Brick Store, definitely the entrees are priced higher (and are nicer), but the tap list is very impressive. When I stopped by the following was available:
Ayinger Brau Weisse
Oud Beersel Framboise
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor
Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale
Victory Donnybrook (only the second tim I've seen this!)
St Bernardus Pater 6 (first time I've seen this on tap)
Highland Oatmeal Porter
There's also a bottle list about 100 deep, all good choices. There's outdoor seating and indoor, actually it feels a little like a beach bar on the inside. A very good stop, Decatur is a must-see if in Atlanta.
04-29-2009 23:18:40 | More by TurdFurgison
4.1/5 rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
met some high school friends at this joint. cool vibe - reformed antique store with a cool outdoor patio
tap selection was strong, but not groundbreaking - some standard (but great) belgians, founders reds rye, a terrapin, a southern tier or two, victory, new belgium and the like
food menu was thoughtful - a lot of small plates and sandwiches. We went with the calamari plate (nothing special), some frites that were paired with some great sauces and then I moved into the open faced brisket sandwich with a warm chickpea and cherry salad. overall, food was pretty impressive.
cool joint - right around the corner from the brickstore - decatur is a pretty solid hood
09-24-2011 01:57:48 | More by dirtylou
4.46/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Finally ventured to Leon's last weekend with some friends from out of town. It was late on a Saturday night. We sat around a small elevated table in the bar area. Very cool service-station theme, with a couple of huge futuristic glass fridges behind the bar with lots of bottled beer on display. Metal tones, lush wood and muted green paint throughout. The crowd in the small bar area was healthy, and there were still a few groups at tables. Kind of an older crowd.
Beer selection is good. Several nice Belgians counterbalanced by a solid lineup of American micro-brews, and supplemented by a good bottle list. I wish there were a few more local options, but I suppose most of the bars in the area already offer multiple Sweetwater brews (including Raging Burrito right next door). I had the Koningshoeven Quad, my friends went with a Terrapin IBA, Oskar Blues Gordon and a whiskey sour.
Service was great, even though we were seated in the bar section. Our order was taken at the table, and we were checked-up-on frequently enough. Our "waiter" who took our food order didn't write anything down, but got the order perfect, which I'm always impressed by.
We had the pub frites (massaman curry, goat cheese fondue, and garlic aioli dipping sauces). They were good, but we didn't have a meal, so I won't rate the food. Menu looks interesting.
Overall, a fantastic addition to the Decatur bar/restaurant scene, and a great compliment to what's already there.
03-11-2009 20:14:00 | More by shivtim
4.65/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Made it over here for dinner one night after having drinks here a few times before.
Atmosphere is very open - there's not much else I can say that hasn't already been said except to emphasize how strikingly open everything is. I'm a fan.
Quality is good - everything I ordered was served in a proper room-temperature glass with a nice pour.
Service is good. The place was packed but we didn't have to wait very long for anything. Similar to Brick Store there are multiple people taking care of you so there are no "let me get your server" replies.
Selection is great. It's not quite on par with the Brick Store, but that wasn't how it was intended to be. About 10 draft selections - Karmeliet Tripel, Aying Brau Weisse, Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter, and St. Bernardus Pater 6 are a few that I remember. Not even a Guinness or Spaten made the cut here. They also offer bombers by the glass, which is nice.
Food was very good. I had pan fried trout and my girlfriend had a shrimp pita (or something comparable) and a chickpea salad with cherries and cheese, and both were very tasty.
Value is very good for the caliber of food offered. Sandwiches and pitas ranged from about $8-$12 and entrees ranged from about $12-$18, with drinks averaging between $4-$6. Spend the same amount that you would at Ruby Tuesday's and get local food with a great beer.
Overall this place isn't a must-visit for out-of-towners like the Brick Store is, but it's not far off, although if you live in the city, it is a must-visit.
03-16-2009 20:00:47 | More by glid02
4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Great casual atmosphere.
Monday night flight night:
All Oaked Up - Generous 4oz pours of Dogfish head Burton Baton and Great Divide Rumble ($5) paired with a grilled shrimp, olive and avocado salad ($8).
2nd flight - UK v. Belgian, Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted and Anker Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor ($6).
Flights are served on a sheet of paper that describes each beer in detail, for the beer geek in all of us. Music plays softly and is all 50's doo wop (I didn't think anyone still played this stuff). The bar staff (where I ate) is super friendly and clearly into the beer, food pairing and making you feel at home. When they were out of the pork schnitzel the bartender was quick to recommend one of his personal favorites - Currywurst, which is a grilled mettwurst w/Maddres curry catsup ($5).
On tap: Allagash White, Popperings Hommel, Bitter & Twisted, Foret, Bell's Two Hearted, Terrapin's Hop Karma & Gamma Ray, the Duchesse, Chimay White, Founder's Red Rye, Stone Ruination, Lefthand's Milk Stout, Mikeller Monk's Elixer and McChouffe.
The bottled beer offering looked extensive, but I was there for the drafts.
A unique place that I will certainly return to.
08-31-2010 03:13:23 | More by 86sportster883
4.7/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
As others have said, this place is owned by the same owners as the Brick Store Pub. As expected from those guys, this place is world class as well. Great building that started its life as a gas station long ago and morphed into other business. They've kept the basic footprint of the gas station, and some of its retro appeal, but they've enclosed the pump area into a dining room, added a nice, rustic patio out front, a Bocce court on the side, and architectural details inside including a beautifully sinuous bar, lots of modern looking wood accents, and the original garage doors that have been jazzed up and open to the elements when the weather cooperates. Overall, this is a beautiful space and a nice spot to have a beer- or dinner. They have a very nice beer selection- not as voluminous as the Brick Store Pub, but very well chosen. You won't find rarities here for the most part, but you will find excellent beers for a fair price. I also love the fact that you can get single glasses from some select bombers and 750s here. I also love the cocktails- lots of housemade ingredients, and a nice mix of classics and bartender created libations. Miles makes some of the best cocktails in Atlanta. The food is excellent. A nice mix of high end bar food and some well executed simple plates of excellent ingredients. I love the seared scallops, and the fact they have Benton Farms bacon. I head here for a change of pace from the Brick Store, or If I'm meeting less beer savy friends, or if I want a more refined meal or cocktail. Brilliant!
08-18-2010 04:21:08 | More by Georgiabeer
4.45/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
First time visiting Leon's and hope that there are many more visits to come.
We arrived at around 6:30 or so on a Friday evening, the place was pretty well full but there was no line or wait and was seated promptly. We choose to sit outside, since it was a nice evening and the place was pretty open to the outside anyway (all the windows and doors open). Seemed to be ample seating inside and out and had a good vibe going even though it was a bit early in the evening. The crowd seemed to have really picked up by the time that we left an hour and a half later. I didn't really get a good look at the interior, but I am sure that it is how others described it.
Upon being seated, we were greeted promptly by our server. As noted by others, the menus, both beer and food, are not overly extensive, which I view as a good thing for most top notch food places. As for the food menu, a nice variety of items to choose from. I had the burger and frites with a couple of Mikkeller East Kent Golding Single Hop IPA. The food was very well done and the frites were outstanding. As for the beer, the restaurant had a good list, not extensive as say the Brick Store, but they had a variety of styles to choose from.
The waiter was good, knew both the food and beer menu well and could talk very intelligently about the beers they had to offer. The prices were reasonable. Overall, as I noted above, I hope that this is the first of many visits to Leon's.
04-11-2011 16:01:53 | More by PhillyStyle
4.6/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
It has an inviting neighborhood tavern ambiance, neither sleazy like a dive nor snooty like an upscale restaurant, and you feel welcome when you walk in. The waitstaff are well-trained and helpful, though they could have been a mite quicker in bringing me my beer. Food is very tasty and reasonably priced. They have quite a few excellent drafts and a lot of great bottled beers, and I do not recall seeing any industrial big brews in their list. This is a fun place to visit, either by yourself or with some friends. Besides, they are nearly on top of the Decatur MARTA station so you can let the train be your designated driver.
05-16-2010 21:28:17 | More by Cyberkedi
4.55/5 rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Had a chance to stop by and try leon's out on a recent Friday night, apparently everyone else in Atlanta decided to do the same. This place was crazy crowded at about 9pm, but the service was quite good. There were a lot of waitresses and they were quick, efficient, and very good at handling the crowd. We were seated quickly outside and even though we were chased indoors by a biblical downpour shortly after being seated, they found us a new table quickly.
The atmosphere is great. They put a lot of effort into designing this place and it shows. While it is pretty small, it flows well and handles a huge crowd in reasonable comfort.
The beer selection is quite good. It is more limited than the Brick Store, but everything on tap is very good and even the most high strung beer snob could find something to be happy with here.
The food is obviously the main show. The menu isn't huge, but Goddamn, everything is good. The frites are a must try and come with your choice of two of their many sauces (we chose garlic aioli and tarragon bacon mayo). I also had an excellent salad and steak sandwich. Others I was with tried the veggie loaf, seared scallops, and a fruit cobbler. Everyone seemed quite happy.
Leon's is a must try. Great food, great beer; I only wish there was something like this closer to home.
08-25-2009 04:56:44 | More by nickfl
4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally made it to the new joint by the Brick Store guys. It's a welcome addition to Decatur, and the Atlanta area in general.
I stepped in and really liked the vibe. Very modern without being too edgy, much more stylish than your typical bar. I can't say I liked it any more than the Brick Store (the Belgian bar is hard to beat for me), but it was very cool. Fairly dim lighting, nice and relaxing for a late night snack. Neat little library like setup with the bottle cooler.
The beer selection is pretty darn good. Everything is quality of course, and the taps are thankfully not just a mirror of the Brick Store. Instead of the St Bernardus 12, Leon's has the 6. Instead of Weinhenstephaner, Ayinger Brau-Weisse is the wheat. Instead of Prima Pils, Victory is represented by Donnybrook. Proper glassware, pours and serving temperatures are standard, and I'm sure turnover won't be a problem here either. Bottle offerings are nice, lots of trappists and other Belgians, and a good selection of American craft beer as well. I liked the 750-by-the-glass, especially considering Brooklyn Black Ops and various Birrificio beers were offered. Nice way to try some new stuff without dropping a lot of cash on a bottle. My selections for the evening were a glasses of Local 2, Black Ops and Oud Beersel Framboise, all enjoyable.
Food wise, a nice step up from the Brick Store. I ordered the cobbler while I waited for my togo order, and it was pretty standard though admittedly a very small portion. They brought out two spoons, though sharing would have left two people with only a bite or two. Brisket sandwich was promising though, and much more appropriately priced for the serving. The menu is much more unique and imaginative as expected from a "gastropub" and I can't wait to work my way through it some more.
Value wise, on par with the Brick Store. Priced pretty fair and the value is certainly a good one.
I've saved my worst comments for the end - the service. Just wasn't quite as good as I had hoped (that being as good as BSP). I went at 10pm on a weeknight, and despite the place being at least half empty, drink and food orders both seemed to be pretty slow. Staff was friendly and helpful as expected, but everything just seemed to be slow. I'm chalking that one up to it only being a couple weeks old, and I will gladly revisit the rating and adjust accordingly on future visits. Still gets an A which is pretty darn good.
Best of luck to the folks at Leon's, a great start to say the least.
update: service has been much better on repeat visits, bumping up the score a bit
02-25-2009 15:58:17 | More by jophish17
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Leon's Full Service in Decatur, GA
97 out of 100 based on 20 user ratings.