Chef Profile

Gary Donlick

Gary Donlick
Executive Chef

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.

Recent Awards

  • “Top 25 Restaurants in Atlanta” Atlanta Business Chronicle (2018)
  • “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
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Restaurant Description

Bistro Niko is a nod to Paris with its modern French fare, right in the heart of Buckhead, Atlanta. Offering an attractive and extensive list of wines, cocktails and craft beer, you can be sure to find something to fit your taste. Our menus offer French cuisine classics with an innovative twist through brunch, lunch and dinner. We have several stellar items ranging from Chef Gary’s specialty Charcuterie Board to our Veal Tenderloins Chasseur, as well as fresh oysters and Maine scallops. From our classic menu to our french-inspired decorations and spacious patio, Bistro Niko offers a prime neighborhood dining experience. We are currently open for dine-in, take away, curbside pick-up and delivery, so feel free to call us or order online!