Andrew’s Downtown: The see-and-be-seen spot

A Testament to Tallahassee’s Taste Buds

There are two iconic structures in downtown Tallahassee that are always pulsing and buzzing with activity — the Florida State Capitol building and Andrew’s. In 1972, Andrew Reiss opened Tallahassee’s first deli, Andrew’s, which throughout four decades would grow into a beloved downtown restaurant serving up delicious cuisine, a spirit of heartfelt welcome and cherished memories among residents, legislators, students and visitors.

In 2017, Andrew Reiss was named Florida’s Top Restaurant Operator, an honor bestowed by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. In announcing Reiss’ selection for the state honor, the association said, “To call Andy Reiss anything but a Tallahassee legend would be an understatement.” This sentiment rings true in the premier dining staple he has established and continues to develop.

It was a landmark year for Andrew’s in 2017 as renovations were completed on their already ideal location, expanding patio space, upgrading fans and lighting, installing two rolling garage doors and memorializing the restaurant’s history by displaying a timeline of the restaurant’s 10 different logos through the years.

The new Private Rooms at Andrew’s are the true attention grabbers as they offer intimate settings for exclusive gatherings. Through a separate entrance you can enter three unique room options hosting 25, 30 and 55 — or 110 combining all three rooms. With versatile food and beverage options curated by Andrew’s catering team, any event imaginable is possible.

Andrew’s Catering is no stranger to providing top-notch experiences; it serves as Tallahassee’s premier, full-service caterer and the exclusive caterer for the FSU Alumni Center. The staff undergoes a rigorous training process to maintain the quality of service guests have come to expect, whether the occasion is a birthday party or an inaugural ball.

The catering menu is adaptable to each palate, and the restaurant menu offers something for everyone. The menu meshes New American and New South, highlighting locally sourced and always fresh produce, seafood and meats. Chef Matt Varn, a Tallahassee native who was classically trained in New York, has returned to his roots by taking Southern trends and elevating them. For example, the shrimp and grits are brimming with locally loved Bradley’s sausage, Bradley’s pimento cheese grits and butter bean succotash. The fish are caught in the nearby Gulf, the prime cut steaks always delight and the burger list is never ending.

“Through our creative cuisine, highly trained staff, and our hustling and bustling atmosphere, I think people feel the heart and soul of what Andy has created in downtown Tallahassee,” said Ashley Chaney, Director of Sales and Event Planning. “It’s a pleasure and privilege that for almost 50 years, Tallahassee has chosen us for their celebrations.”

Tallahassee may have outgrown Andy’s first deli on the corner of Adams and Jefferson, but it’s likely that Andrew’s aim just got higher. No matter the growth and changes of Tallahassee, Andrew’s remains a gathering spot to celebrate life’s wonderfully small and beautifully big moments with familiar faces, new friends, superior service, happy hour specials and food — always great food.

228 S. Adams St. | (850) 222-3444 |

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