Most of Athens’ bars are packed tightly together on South Court Street, hoping to collectively get the attention of weekend revelers and students. Oak Room is not one of these. Located far off the typical bargoer’s path half a mile away, Oak Room is about a little nicer atmosphere and a little more mature taste. The Bar and Grill serves food to match. On weekends, it is packed with graduate students, post-college 20-somethings and people with a little more money.
Oak Room serves a variety of foods ranging from the average bar cuisine to finer dinner items like Penne, sirloin steak and grilled fish. These dishes, while more expensive than the average bar, are a step up in the taste department. Fried shrimp from the bar are huge and delicious. I sampled its burgers and fries, and I had one of its more formal meals which came with an appetizer salad and bread, and I have to say, either of them is great.
The atmosphere is definitely comfortable. Oak Room definitely mixes the casual feel with a nicer atmosphere. It’s a class that comes off well, and you’ll find plenty of customers around who agree. The service Oak Room offers is wonderful — the waiters are quick to serve, refill and make sure you have the best time possible. If you’re looking for a good place to take a date, I would put Oak Room high on your list.