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Leon's Full Service

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Leon's Full ServiceLeon's Full Service
BA SCORE
98
world-class

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
Taps: 14
Bottles: 45
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, Georgia, 30030-2513
United States
phone: (404) 687-0500

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(Place added by: ATLbeerDog on 02-10-2009)
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Reviews by nickfl:
Photo of nickfl
4.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of FoxiBoxi
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

Visited Leon's for the first time this weekend. According to our waitress, Kathryn (who was absolutely amazing with recommendations and even took a beer back that I hated), these are the same guys that own The Brick Store.

The food was absolutely delicious. We had pub fries with all kinds of great dipping sauces, and the candied walnuts on the salad that I got must have been dusted with angel tears. They were out of two things that we ordered, but they brought us a free dessert to make up for it.

The beer selection is nowhere near as good as the Brick Store. The menu here is much more cocktail driven. However, the beers were decent if not rare. Combined with the service, food, and the totally rad Bocce court in the backyard, this is a fantastic spot.

Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev -9.9%
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

Photo of Paincane
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Had dinner at Leon's with my wife and an old friend, at his suggestion. What a great suggestion it turned out to be. The ambience was relaxed and cool casual. The service was outstanding and the young waitress was quite educated on beer, even offering recommendations with food pairings.
The food was outstanding. The roasted chicken and pomme frites were delicious. I enjoyed Terrapin Hopsecutioner on tap but their other selections ensured that I would be back to try them.
The prices were fairly reasonable, selection of beers was quite good and service was exceptional. A very pleasant evening indeed.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Soily1
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Did I just have Angel's Share and Mongo on tap? Yes, I did. Finished off with a Southern Tier Choklat. The glassware and temperature were right on. Excellent selection and a must stop if you are visiting Decatur. The beer selection is always very good and underrated. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and the food is excellent. As an aside, they also have a nice selection of signature cocktails, (Sazerac anyone?)and and a very good and affordable wine list. My only regret was that it was a bit too chilly to play bocce outside on their clay court, but maybe next time!

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Have been here a few times, but I'll review this past time I went...

Arrived on a Friday night around 7:30. The place was a mixed, but crowded crowd. We had to wait around 40 minutes for a table, but that's fine - we entertained ourselves with some beer at the bar.

The bar area is nice, laid back, open to the outside. The outdoor area is even better. On a nice night sitting outside Leon's is one of the best atmospheres in town IMO. Unfortunately, I'm not a big fan of the inside seating area. I just stay away from there.

The quality of everything was top notch. The beers are appropriate temperature, fresh, and served in correct glassware.

The people that work here know their stuff. They can answer most any question about the beer and food menu. I'm happy.

The selection is good, but not as good as Porters or Brick Store (but it's not supposed to be). We were happy to be able to order a Black Ops, despite the slightly high price tag.

The food is good. I wish the menu was a bit more extensive, but everything I've had was very good.

Prices are reasonable (usually). Bottles can get expensive, but drafts are priced appropriately.

Photo of 86sportster883
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A companion to the Brick Store Pub with a larger focus on cuisine as opposed to beer. Though, the beer selection is still quite nice, with a small selection 750ml bottles pouring by the glass, including St. Fueillien's Brune, Malheur Brut, and Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouché on this particular visit. The draft lineup doesn't seem to change all that often and seems to have been chosen on the basis of how well these beers pair with food. However, there is a well-sized selection of bottled beers to choose from that presents a little bit of everything: Saison Foret, Troll Shangrila, Péché Mortel, and even Bøgedal #101.

The atmosphere is lively and engaging with a rather pleasant-looking décor, though it presents a vastly different vibe than the BSP.

The menu presents a nice range of tasty treats at reasonable prices. Me, I made the bad, though delicious decision to go for the Pub Frites (with Goat Cheese Fondue and Peppercorn Gravy dipping sauces). Delicious because, well, it is, and bad, because it's hard not to fill up on it. For further munchings, I opted for the rich, hedonistic cheese plate.

The service on this visit was an absolute delight thanks to Sara Without an 'H'. Fast and efficient while also friendly and informative.

I wholly recommend it as a great place to stop in and have a marvelous meal with a few fine beers while in Decatur. Though, for me, I'm not sure I'll be able to simply bypass the good ole Brick Store Pub...

Photo of bhalter8
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Finally made it over to Leon's last night, and was glad I did. Had heard concerns about wait times and food, but I did not experience that. We did wait for about an hour and change, but were able to have some frites (the dipping sauces are fun and good) with our first round on the front patio, which was enjoyable in and of itself. Definitely a different feel that than the local pub feel of BSP, this has a much more modern feel to it. The decor fits the crowd, which also a large blend. I found the service to be pretty much on par with BSP, which means to say, great. Attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. Selection is more limited than the BSP, but is high quality. I came there for SW DIPA, but was impressed by the other offerings, as well. We all enjoyed our meals; good character to all the dishes. In the end, this place may be the best bargain in ATL. Great food, awesome beer, and all at very reasonable price. I am looking forward to coming back soon.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev -8.8%
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
Saison DuPont
Allagash White
Stone Ruination
Lagunitas IPA
Chimay White
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
Gulden Draak
Wyebacher Heresy

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.

Photo of glid02
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of shivtim
4.46/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of jophish17
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Leon's Full Service in Decatur, GA
98 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.