Restaurant Guide to First Fridays

There is so much more to SoWa than meets the eye! We are not only home to amazing galleries, artist studios and locally owned shops, but so many amazing and award winning restaurants too! First Friday is the perfect time to do it all. Explore, mingle, shop, sip and taste all at once! We have created a list of just a few of our top recommendations for where to dine and drink after you have enjoyed First Friday. Go ahead and leave a comment if you have any recommendations of your own!


This Michelin star awarded restaurant is a must visit! We are not sure where to start on dish recommendations because everything you eat is sure to be packed with flavor and depth. You won’t want to miss out on any variation of the noodles, that is for sure!


Known for their weekday specials of $1 dumplings, Banyan Bar is the perfect spot for sharable dishes among groups. Order a variety for the table and cheers with one of their fabulous cocktails! In the warmer months, their outdoor seating is the star of the show with twinkling lights and trendy lounge seating.


This spacious restaurant in the heart of SoWa is perfect for a group setting. If you are out with friends or family be sure to stop by. Pop open a bottle of wine and relax as you enjoy the classic dishes influenced by Roman cuisine.


A tapas style bar that takes a modern twist on our favorite street tacos is sure to be the perfect date night spot. Their drinks are packed with refreshing flavors that will transport you to a tropical oasis. This lively stop is full of fun and relaxing vibes and amazing eats perfect after a long week of work.


Just like the name, expect proper southern cuisine. Fried chicken and deviled eggs are staples on the menu. The interior is sure to give you some amazing design inspiration while you dine. On the weekends, they also serve up a mean southern styled brunch!


This one-stop-shop has it all! Breakfast, brunch, a market and a romantic dinner venue in front of a cozy fireplace! Stop by for a pre- First Friday coffee or return for a candle lit homestyle dinner. Regardless of when you go, the meal is sure to make you feel right at home!


A James Beard award winning restaurant with an Italian menu that is sure to transport you to the heart of Italy. Explore their beautiful selection of fresh meats and cheeses to start. Then the tough decision comes of whether you’ll be dining on pizza or pasta or… if you are like us, both!