About Mary Mac's
Mary Mac’s Tea Room opened in 1945, today it is the last of sixteen tea rooms that once dotted intown Atlanta in the 1940s. We believe we are still here 65 years later because we focus on serving made-from-scratch true southern fare served with genuine southern hospitality.
From the time you come in the door you’re welcomed with open arms and a big smile.
Our location in Midtown Atlanta attracts a vast & varied crowd. When you visit Mary Mac’s you can’t help but notice the pictures adorning our walls with the celebrities & famous faces that make dining with us a part of their visit to Atlanta.
Mary Mac’s has certainly grown over the years. In 1945 we had one dining room; today we have 6 bustling dining rooms and a full service bar.
If it’s your 1st visit to Mary Mac’s, be sure to ask for your complimentary cup of Pot Likker…mmm mmm. And, don’t forget to treat yourself to the Southern classic, Fried Okra.
Some traditions at Mary Mac’s are kept for sentimental reasons; some are maintained because they work so well. We keep pencils on the tables for filling out orders, a practice that Mary McKenzie originally started so if an order was incorrect it would not be the server’s fault. Also, in the era before sophisticated computers, individually written orders were an easy way to keep track of how many customers ate at Mary Mac’s each day. These days we use computers to track sales, but the pencils and guest-written orders remain.
Although famous for our Sweet Tea (“Table Wine of the South”), Mary Mac’s also features a full bar with our house specialties, Mint Julep Martini & Peach Martini.
Mary Mac’s has another very unique feature...our very own Goodwill Ambassador, Jo Carter. She personally visits all of our guests giving her specialty back rubs.
We even made a T-shirt in Jo’s honor that says “I got my belly filled and my back rubbed all at Mary Mac’s Tea Room”
“We just loved the food and atmosphere. We were visited at our table by Jo Carter, a true Southern example of hospitality. She is a great addition to your business as one can see by watching her flit from table to table and to see the smiles on everyone’s faces.”
Evelyn & Martha have been working at Mary Mac’s over 35 years!
“Martha and I went to school together in Crawfordville, Georgia and when Martha moved to Atlanta and started working here in 1973, she told me how much she liked it. I moved to Atlanta and came to work at Mary Mac’s in 1975, and we are both very popular waitresses these last thirty-five years. We like to make our customers feel good.”
Even our “under a decade” staff members make our guests feel good too…