Pioneered in the early 1930s, Dunwoody is named after Major Charles Dunwody. An extra “o” was accidentally added when the name was written incorrectly on a bank note. Dunwoody officially became a city in 2008.
Located in the northern tip of DeKalb County, Dunwoody is recognized for featuring many of the metro-areas best dining, shopping, schools and recreation opportunities. The city is also “one stop from Tokyo” as it has three MARTA stations that can take residents of Dunwoody directly to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-International Airport. With so many appealing factors, it is no surprise that this city has approximately 49,000 residents and counting.
Children residing in Dunwoody have numerous options when it comes to schools, including Austin Elementary, Kingsley Elementary, Vanderlyn Elementary, Dunwoody High, Dunwoody Prep and Primrose School of Dunwoody.
Local attractions include:
Dunwoody Shopping and Dining
- Perimeter Mall. A local favorite and a shopper’s dream, this mall is full of name department stores. Shops include Nordstrom, Macy’s, ALDO, Apple, Steve Madden, Urban Outfitters, Lululemon, Sunglass Hut, Von Maur and Zara. Dining options include Shake Shack, Cheesecake Factory, Chic-fil-A and Chipotle.
- Ashford Lane. A lush and casually elegant oasis tucked in to the hustle of Atlanta’s’ Perimeter Center. Including a pocket park surrounded by shops and restaurants, with lanes linking to the surrounding offices and residences. With retail like Fab’rik, Super Target and a new Food Hall, there is something for everyone.
- The Hall at Ashford Lane. A revolutionary food hall opening in 2021, which will host 7 restaurants and a bar under one roof. Order separately from each food stall or enjoy a more traditional full dining experience.
- Eclipse di Luna. Voted “Best Tapas” by Creative Loafing for 15 years running, “Best Place to take a Date” by Atlanta Magazine and “Top 50 Restaurants” by AJC, the menu features authentic Spanish cuisine served in small tapas style dishes. Guests enjoy Waffle Con Pollo Frito (fried chicken and waffles), Tacos De Salmon (salmon tacos), Huevos Benedict (eggs benedict), spring tapas that include Chuletas De Borrego (grilled lamb chops), Costillas Espanolas (Spanish ribs) and Gambas Al Ajillo (sautéed shrimp dish). They also offer an extensive wine, beer and cocktail menu that perfectly complements the Spanish cuisine.
- Cafe de Intermezzo. Attendees of this café are taken 300 years in the past to an old European coffee house. They offer a range of menu items including sweet and savory crepes, paninis, soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and breakfast specials.
- The Capital Grille. The Capital Grille offers guests an extensive menu from wine and cocktails, to lunch and dinner menus. The menu always features the chef’s specials which include Filet Mignon and Wild Mushrooms, Porcini Rubbed Bone-In Ribeye, Dry Ages NY Strip, Seared Tenderloin and Poached Lobster Tail. Capital Grill has a butcher shop that offers locally sourced and dry aged steaks cut by their in-house butcher.
- Joey D’s Oak Room. Joey D’s Oak Room is a unique experience offering a mix of popular New Orleans and NYC dishes like overstuffed deli corned beef sandwiches, charbroiled oysters and aged steak.
- Sage Woodfire Tavern. Serving guests for over 35 years, Sage Woodfire Tavern is a Dunwoody staple. Their menu features New Orleans Style Jambalaya Shrimp and Grits, Baby Back Ribs, Colossal Maine Lobster Tails, New York Strip and Chicken and Waffles. Weekly events include live music on weekends, Wine Taster Tuesday, Draft Beer Wednesdays, Ladies Night on Fridays and Saturdays, and Bottoms Up Brunch on Sundays.
- J Alexanders. This contemporary American restaurant is known for its wood fire cuisine. Their menu features the Steak Burger, Chicken and Shrimp Tacos, Filet Mignon, Ahi Tuna Filet, Rattlesnake Pasta and Barbecue Baby Back Ribs.
- Farm Burger Dunwoody. Known as the “Best Burger in Dunwoody,” they take pride in sourcing fresh, local ingredients. The menu features Sweet Potato Hushpuppies, Chorizo Patty Melt, Double Bacon Cheeseburger, Crispy Chicken Tenders, Pimento Cheese Fries and an assortment of milkshakes and Root Beer Floats.
- Dunwoody Tavern. This pub looks like a traditional English pub and is the oldest in Dunwoody and one of the oldest in Atlanta. The menu is traditional British cuisine mixed with classic modern American and features Coconut Shrimp and Chips, Black Bean Burger, Blue Cheese Buffalo Burger, California Burger, Dublin Cheesesteak, Lobster Grilled Cheese, Spicy Patty Melt and the classic Fish ‘N’ Chips. The drink menu includes an assortment of wines and different craft beers.
- Park Place. Park Place is one of the most dynamic office, retail and residential submarkets in Georgia. It offers 7.1 million square feet of retail space making it one of the largest shopping and dining locations in Georgia including local favorites like Alon’s Bakery & Market, Café Intermezzo, Eclipse di Luna, Sage Woodfire Grill, McKendrick’s and Brass Tap Brew Pub.
- Seasons 52. This fresh grill and wine bar surprises guests with sensational Caramelized Sea Scallops, Wood Grilled Shrimp and Grits, Lobster and Fresh Mozzarella Flatbread, Wood Grilled Steak Tacos, Lump Crab Cake Sandwich and Tuttle Cheesecake Mousse.
- Novo Cucina. This unique Italian dining experience combines culinary tradition with innovation to create an easy and exciting experience for guests. The lunch and dinner menus offer a range of items from homemade pizza and fresh salads, to paninis, risottos, calzones, pasta, salmon and steak dishes. The restaurants unique design includes a sun room with French doors that open to the outdoors. A state-of-the-art open kitchen concept with a chef counter invites guests to see Novo chefs in action.
Entertainment and Recreation
- Atlanta Wine School. A great place for a date or a girl’s night out, this “school” allows you to sample hundreds of wines and take cooking lessons. Classes include date night, daytime, and family cooking. They offer wine classes like wine and food pairing, certifications, and fundamentals. The instructors have wonderful reviews, and the location is tastefully decorated.
- Spruill Center for the Arts. The largest community arts education center in the Southeast is right in Dunwoody Village! This great center offers art classes that are great for the whole family.
- Jim Benson Bike Trail. Known as Dunwoody’s first bike trail, find and join local bike riders along this scenic route. This eight-mile bike trail begins and ends at Brook Run Park.
- Brook Run Park. This 110-acre park is the largest in the region. The park features playgrounds, a 2-mile looped trail, skate park, dog park and community garden. The park also has an amphitheater and great lawn pavilion that seats 200 guests and hosts a variety of events all year long including Food Truck Thursdays from April to October. The park includes baseball fields, multi use fields, and disc golf.
- Dunwoody Nature Center. The Nature Center is a non-profit organization that provides education and outreach programs. They offer many different ways to get involved through adult programs like book clubs, bee programs, Trails and Tails Dog Club and Monarchs and Margaritas. They also run children’s summer camps and Mommy and Me Nature Classes.
- Treetop Quest Dunwoody. This aerial adventure park is a challenge mentally and physically to navigate the tree top courses. They run classes and events like children’s summer camps and corporate events. They also offer over 60 different obstacles in the trees and have different difficulty levels so the whole family can join.
- Big Trees Forest Preserve. The Big Tree Preserve is a unique 30-acre plant and wildlife sanctuary. Their Backcountry Trail System has three different trails: Backcountry Trail, Spring Hollow Trail and the Jackson Overlook Trail. The Backcountry Trail passes some historic sites like the Bull Sluice Railroad Bed constructed in 1902 and the Roswell Road Wagon Trail used in the 1800’s.
- Historic Farmhouse. Built in 1906 and also known as the Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse, this historic site is on the National Register of Historic Places. Located on Chamblee Dunwoody Road, this beautiful house has become a popular special event venue.
- Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church. Located on the corner of Roberts Drive and Spalding Drive and known as the first church in Dunwoody, it was built in 1829 and is still active to this day. It is home to one of the city’s oldest cemeteries where many of the founding fathers of Dunwoody are buried.
- Donaldson-Bannister Farm. A historical two-story home that was built in the mid 1870s, members of the Donaldson family, including patriarch W.J. Donaldson, are buried in the family cemetery north of the property. This scenic and unique location is available for public and private events.
- New Hope Cemetery. The New Hope Presbyterian Church is the third church established in the Dunwoody community. Still existing on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, many of the early Dunwoody community members are buried in this cemetery.
- Stephen Spruill Home Place. Located on Ashford Dunwoody Road, this gorgeous and historic site was home to Mr. Stephen T. Spruill, one of the earliest Dunwoody pioneers who owned large pieces of land in the Dunwoody area.
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