Best Dining in our Corner of Northeast Georgia

Best Dining in our Corner of Northeast Georgia: Here’s our List that is largely curated by our guests experiences.

Best Dining in our Corner of Northeast Georgia: Here’s our List that is largely curated by our guests experiences.

Best Dining in our Corner of Northeast Georgia:  Some of the best restaurants in North Georgia are located nearby. The Best restaurants in Clayton and Rabun County are listed here, as well as some out of the county but are reliably good.  Rabun County is perfectly positioned to offer our visitors a variety of dining delights.  Our farmers and gardeners produce fresh and local products that enrich the menus of our restaurants and give local chefs the opportunity to create tasty and comforting palate adventures. From Field-to-table dinners to Georgia’s best BBQ, to mountain bistros, to traditional country comfort food, there is something to please every palate and appetite. Here are some of our dining recommendations based on feed back we received from our guests.

  • Fortify and Pi: Our best and most consistent dining in Rabun County. Very Farm to Table and great bar, especially if Carlton is tending. He’s an entertainer Watch for events. 69 North Main Street, Clayton Georgia 30525, (706) 782-0050  http://www.fortifyclayton.com/ Chef Jamie Allred https://www.bestchefsamerica.com/jamie-allred
  • Beechwood Inn: Private Chef Dinners using local ingredients, strong wine selection – the only Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Restaurant in the Northeast part of Georgia. Two Best Chefs America on the Culinary Team. https://www.bestchefsamerica.com/david-darugh https://www.bestchefsamerica.com/gayle-darugh https://beechwoodinn.ws/food-and-dining/
  • Fortify Pi: serving wood fired brick oven pizza, sandwiches, wings, salads, and regional and craft beers. Located in beautiful downtown Clayton, GA right next to Fortify Kitchen & Bar. (706) 782-0079 http://www.fortifyclayton.com/fortifypi/
  • Harvest Habersham: In Clarksville Superb cuisine, Chef Chris Bolton maybe the most creative chef in our region. Excellent wine selection. 1362 Washington Street, Clarkesville, GA 30523, Reservations Encouraged:  Tel:  706-754-0056 Dinner Wednesday through Saturday, seating 5:30 through 8:00 New Year’s Eve – Sold Out.  Closed New Year’s Day http://www.harvesthabersham.com/
  • Glen Ella Springs: Elegant Select Registry Bed and Breakfast inn offering fine dining. Bear Gap Road, Clarkesville, GA (706) 754-7295, www.glen-ella.com
  • Iron & Oak: (New) Steaks and Seafood. Its pretty new so they do not have a long reputation and just coming out of COVID 19 closure. Unashamed steak house in Clayton, GA. Nice bar and friendly staff. 677 Highway 441 South, Clayton, Georgia. (706) 960-9270. https://www.facebook.com/ironoakclayton/ 
  • Rumor Hazit: New Owners from Restaurants in Asheville, NC. Stated they plan to be farm to table. The place needs new décor but our guests have said the food is good, but not a very varied selection.75 North Main Street, Clayton, GA 30525, 706-782-5485, www.rumorhazit.us
  • Lake Rabun Hotel: Good old standby, the building is historic and beautiful. Josh is a marvelous manager. Careful with parking on busy nights.35 Andrea Lane, Lakemont, GA 30552, (706) 782-4946 www.lakerabunhotel.com.
  • Julep Farms: New construction last year in Dillard. Beautiful setting, wedding barn, chicken house, miniature horses. The main building is beautiful and filled with nice gifts. The dining area is large and comfortable, lovely bar and spectacular views of the mountain. Food is pricey for what it is. https://julep.farm/
  • Clayton Café and The Market: Two shops adjoining each other. Clayton Café offers down-home eatery serving classic comfort food & sweet tea for breakfast & lunch and weekend dinners. The Market just next door offers take-away snacks, bakery items, coffee, latte, wine and much more. Great place to have a glass of wine and relax. 50 N Main St, Clayton, GA, 30525, (706) 782-5438 https://www.facebook.com/bonniesclaytoncafe/ https://www.facebook.com/themarketindowtownclayton/
  • Manrique’s: Best Mexican Food in Clayton. https://www.manriquesmexicanrestaurant.com/
  • Tomlin’s BBQ at Osage Farms: Okay, it looks like a caboose at the end of the Osage parking lot but they produce some seriously good Bar B Que. They make all their own sauces too, many of which you can buy at Osage Farms. Gayle and I often stop for BBQ at Tomlin’s and drive up to the top of Black Rock Mountain for a picnic with a view of Beechwood Inn. Friday & Saturday 10:30AM – 4PM, Sunday 10:30AM to 3:00PM, rain or shine. 706-982-1750, 706-490-3232.
  • Grapes and Beans: Gourmet Sandwiches, Seasonal Soups, and Salads; great place for lunch. 42 E Savannah Street, Clayton, GA, 30525, 706-212-0020, www.grapesandbeans.com
  • Mama G’s: Italian Cuisine. http://loveisgoodfood.net/
  • Fromage: Nice lunch stop, catering. 31 Earl Street, Clayton, GA 30525 (706) 212-7349, www.fromageclayton.com
  • Cafe Rel: Quirky restaurant in a gas station in Franklin, NC. Great inexpensive dining. A Classic French Neighborhood Café. Café REL is named after Chef Richard E. Long. Saute, Pasta & Sandwiches offerings are found on his extensive menu in a casual setting. Our mission is “It’s about the Food.” Do not take credit cards. 459 E Main St, FranklinNorth Carolina 28734 https://www.facebook.com/CaffeRel/
  • Universal Joint: Outdoor and indoor casual dining on Main Street. Live music many nights. Food is good service can vary. Just don’t be in a hurry. 109 North Main Street, Clayton GA 30525 (706) 782-7116 http://ujclayton.com/
  • Belle’s Bistro at Chattooga Belle farm: Open for lunch, Thursdays through Sundays 11-2. Also open about once a month for dinner. Their property offers one of the most stunning views of the front range of the Southern Appalachians. Many of their lunch items are grown on their farm. They also have a farm store selling many local products including things grown on their farm. Located just over the border into South Carolina. well worth the drive. https://www.chattoogabellefarm.com/farm/belles-bistro