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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED The Abbey Restaurant Review: Other than a potluck supper under the trees, when is the last time you ate dinner anywhere near a church, much less in the sanctuary? If you can avoid tripping over the loud guys from a convention, you can have a good---although not inexpensive---meal under the stained-glass windows but, thankfully, not in the pews. Perhaps Atlanta's longest-running fine dining restaurant, The Abbey is beautiful, the décor is romantic and the waiters' robes are amusing. Service is good and the menu is solid, even creative at times. Highlights include absolutely the city's best crab cake, a two-inch-high pure crab goody with just enough mango rémoulade to perk it up. Other signature dishes include Belgian-style mussels, perfectly seared rare duck breast, rack of lamb and veal steak. For dessert, the pineapple crêpe and goat cheese cake are the winners, although the chocolate mousse will satisfy your craving for this often-abused classic. Browse the award-winning wine list, which even includes helpful vineyard maps. The wine list is more like an oversized book, with lots of correctly aged wines as well as more recent vintages. A meal at The Abbey is an unusual night out, but unfortunately it doesn't count as Sunday church attendance.