St. Cecilia: Patron Saint of Yum

It totally fits that Ford Fry’s newest culinary hotspot, St. Cecilia, is named for the patron saint of music—the place draws you in like a great song, all inviting and warm-toned, with a chorus of hand-crafted touches on tabletops, host stand and the generous bar. As with all of Fry’s eateries, dining here is about the details—sight, sound, taste, touch. In this case, the vibe is sophisticated but approachable,with pops of freshness everywhere, from brass details and worn tiles to food with super-fresh, unique ingredients.

Food here is simple but expertly refined crudo, light pastas and fish courses inspired by the European coast. We had grilled octopus salad (all char and peppery arugula) and crispy flounder over fingerling potatoes (buttery and delicious). The décor is equally fresh. On one side of the dining room, a two-story bank of windows looks out over Atlanta’s Buckhead shopping district at street level. On the other, a massive White Oak bar shelving unit created by Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design grounds the space, towering glittering liquor bottles and seafaring artifacts over the marble-topped 20-seat bar. But what you notice first, beyond the gleaming subway tile and worn flooring (wood here, scuffed tile in sea blues and greys there) is the use of metal–something we had a hand in. Overall, we love that we were able to be a part of creating this dramatic but very comfortable space. You’ll see our work just about everywhere you look, from the warm-brown stained white oak back bar, shelving with copious hand-tooled details and blackened steel and wood host stand, to banquettes with hand-turned Shaker style legs and visible brass screws, private dining tables with custom steel bases and all the tabletops, complete with antique brass edge bands.

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The effect is both breathtaking and comforting somehow, a little seaside village and a little regency revival all at once. Take a look at some of our favorite pieces in this collaboration below, and join Fry and Cecilia for lunch or dinner anytime at 3455 Peachtree Rd NE, Buckhead proper. We recommend the grilled octopus salad and whipped ricotta with house-made pita bread. Oh, and the summer cocktails, of course. Cheers!