It's hard to imagine ATL as tapa-less, but believe it or not, sixteen years ago that's exactly the state we were in. That is, until Eclipse di Luna, the O.G. of tapas dining, came along and showed us that good things come in small plates.With "small plates" showing up on menus left and right these days (no, sports bars, wings do not count), it's hard to imagine dining in Atlanta before the dawn of the small plate (or as we refer to it, "the dark ages.") But believe it or not, sixteen years ago ATL was completely tapa-less, until the dawn came with the opening of Eclipse di Luna in the back of Miami Circle. Then, with the launch of their Dunwoody location, we were graced with twice the goodness. And even though there might nowadays be many an imitator, Eclipse is still the O.G. of small plate-nibbling, mojito-sipping and Latin jazz-dancing. Its regulars and its many awards say so, and so do we.
Eclipse di Luna didn't just bring us the idea of small plates—it brought us a new way of eating, where the more curious, less decisive among us (ahem) can nibble from a spread of plates rather than having to pick just one big dish. And here, that's exactly what we're inclined to do, because Eclipse di Luna's menu is way too good to decide on just one. How might we ever choose between braised kale and sundried tomatoes, pan roasted P.E.I. mussels with crushed red pepper flakes, grilled whole lamb shanks in cream sauce, ahi tuna with a roasted jalapeño avocado purée or crispy, golden spiced potatoes? Life's just so much better when the answer to that question is "all of the above." (Especially when one or two of Eclipse's famous mojitos, sangrias or caipirinhas enter the equation.)
The medley doesn't have to end there, either – no two nights are alike in Eclipse di Luna either. Any given night of the week, patrons can enjoy live tunes (not to mention the free salsa dancing lessons on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays). In the mood for a bit of al fresco dining? The restaurant sports not one, but two patio spaces to choose from. The hip-swaying tunes and convivial atmosphere sports a nightly ambience just perfect for all that nibbling, sipping, and sampling (and perhaps, given the right number of blood-orange margaritas – a little bit of toe-tapping of our own), making it all the more fun to try a little bit of everything. Culinary monogamy? That's so sixteen years ago.
Ejotes Fritos (Beer-Battered Fried Green Beans), $4.25
Remolacha (Roasted Beets with Strawberries), $5.50
Brochetta de Chorizo y Datiles (Chorizo with Dates & Bacon), $6.95
Patatas Bravas (Spiced Potatoes), $4.50
Mejillones de Eclipse (Steamed PEI Mussels), $6.25
Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight
Sunday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.