As a Buckhead Life Restaurant Group native, Executive Chef GAry Donlick’s classic French training and passion for time-honored cooking techniques continually molds the creative menu of Bistro Niko.
After graduating from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Donlick worked closely with French Master Chef Girard Vulien for five years. After, Donlick moved to Atlanta and started working for Buckhead Life at Chops Lobster Bar, Pano’s and Paul’s and 103 West before his career at Bistro Niko.
Donlick’s passion for French food stems from the long history of culinary techniques being integrated into French culture. He describes his personal style as classic French charm with a modern Parisian Twist, using more American ingredients.
Donlick participates in many civic and charitable events as part of his commitment to the industry and the community. He and his wife, Kim, reside in Alpharetta with their eight-year-old daughter, Katelynn. In his leisure time he enjoys organic gardening and managing a family horse farm in Athens, Ga.
- “Top 25 Restaurants in Atlanta” Atlanta Business Chronicle (2016)
- “100 Hottest Restaurants: #13” Jezebel (2016)
- “Reader’s Pick: Best of ATL” Creative Loafing (2015)
- “Best Place to See and be Seen (in Atlanta)” Modern Luxury
Bistro Niko is a nod to Paris, right in the heart of Buckhead. The classic French fare is authentic and simple, while the attractive wine list, exciting cocktails and extensive craft beer list ensure that everyone finds something to suit their tastes. Grand ceilings, art from Paris and a patio that overlooks Peachtree make Bistro Niko at once a destination and a neighborhood restaurant.