Situated in the heart of Midtown, EL VALLE delivers Mexican cuisine, craft cocktails and wine in a punchy, playful environment
Located just a few blocks from the famed Fox Theatre, El Valle brings the city a Mexican wine bar complete with delicious dishes and eye-catching cocktails. Co-owners Luis Damian and Faye Jonah felt it was essential to introduce Atlantans to a fresh perspective of Mexican cuisine and wine.
“The inspiration for El Valle came from the wines of Valle de Guadalupe which is the oldest winemaking region in the Americas,” says Jonah. “Mexico is well-known for producing fine spirits including tequilas, mezcals, sotols and raicillas, but few know of the exquisite wines—which we are more than happy to share.” Guests can enjoy delectable appetizers like the Sopa De Maiz (a creamy corn soup) or hearty main courses like the Mole De Ajo Negro (a braised short rib with black garlic mole and stone-ground grits). Damian, who crafted the menu at El Valle alongside chef Gabriel Camargo, describes the dishes as simple and recognizable, but with a contemporary twist on traditional Mexican food.
“Hospitality is very important in Mexican culture,” says Damian. “We want our customers to feel welcome and satisfied with their time with us in full—from the surrounding ambiance to the service, food and drinks.”
Besides their extensive wine list, the restaurant also prides itself on innovative cocktails. “We make our own cordials and reductions in-house and squeeze fresh citrus—which we find crucial to making quality drinks,” says bar manager Miguel Chavez. This season, guests can look forward to an exclusive boozy punch recipe complete with apple, cinnamon, sugarcane and Abasolo Mexican whiskey.
Designed by Maria Dominguez of Maison Maluee, the interiors of El Valle mirror a lively beach restaurant off the coast of Tulum with lush botanical wallpaper, woven and velvet-covered chairs and unique floor tiles. “After listening to our vision for the project, Maria created a wonderfully inviting space that fully encapsulates all the various spacing needs for our restaurant—in addition to the ambiance we wanted to put forth,” says Jonah.
Open for dinner every day with a specialty brunch menu on Sundays, El Valle is a must-try destination this fall, guaranteed to transport and delight.