Riverside Tavern at Turner’s Corner

One of the best things about the Georgia mountains is the year-round natural beauty of the landscape. There are many charming small towns to explore, but sometimes you want to enjoy nature from somewhere more remote.

Fortunately, the restaurant at Turner’s Corner is back and better than ever! Located on the Chestatee River at the intersections of Highway 19 and Highway 129, Riverside Tavern at Turner’s Corner is about a 15 minute drive from Cleveland (or about 20 minutes from Dahlonega).

BBQ sandwiches, beer cheese, and sweet tea at Riverside Tavern, Cleveland, GA

BBQ sandwiches, beer cheese, and sweet tea at Riverside Tavern, Cleveland, GA

Recent upgrades to the 1928 building mean there are more spaces to enjoy the peaceful pace of the Chestatee River. You can enjoy a meal inside the cabin, or outside on the upstairs deck with views of the river. Additionally, you can get a bit closer to the river and walk downstairs to the covered screened-in deck for a drink before or after your meal.

The food includes southern favorites including starters, sandwiches, BBQ, and breakfast (see menu). A full bar (including draft beer) is available for adults (21+), but be sure to have a designated driver (all nearby roads are very curvy 2-lane roads).

A general store also sells local goods including apparel, food items, and gifts.


  • Closed on Monday
  • Opens 7 a.m. Tuesday – Sunday
    • closes 9 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday
    • closes 11 p.m. Friday – Saturday
    • closes 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Call 706-865-0190 for hours during other seasons


On the Chestatee River at 10 Turners Corner Rd, Cleveland, GA






4 Responses

  1. Lee says:

    I lived in the area for one year of my life and I can tell you that the landscape is beautiful. The small town charm is amazing and I was always impressed with the treats I often found in the various towns. There are many very good and unique restaurants in that part of the country. Turner’s Corner used to be a real treat – I’m happy to hear that it’s back up and running!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Lee, It’s definitely nice to see that the beautiful location has received some new life! The new owners have done such a great job in making it an inviting place to stop. I hope you get a chance to check it out the next time you visit!

      Warm Regards, Alyce

  2. Gillian says:

    Thank you for bringing me at Georgia mountains and giving a good view of Riverside Tavern. Sounds a good place to visit and relax. I am wondering what other options does visitors have if they will visit there. Other options like cafe’s or restaurants and what activities can we do there? 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Gillian, There are countless ways to enjoy the area — it all depends on what type of mood you are in! For instance, yesterday we enjoyed Crisson Gold Mine, Frogtown Vineyards, and Serenity Cellars all before having an early dinner at Riverside Tavern. It was a fantastic way to spend the day with family.

      After dinner we enjoyed hanging out on the Dahlonega square. It’s a great time of year to do outdoor activities if you don’t mind a little heat. 🙂

      Warm Regards, Alyce

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