Waterfront Dining in the Georgia Mountains
While you are visiting the scenic Georgia mountains, make time to visit the best restaurants in North Georgia with scenic water and mountain views. Whether you want a fine dining experience, a casual meal, or a place that you can boat into, you can find exactly what you like at these great waterfront restaurants.
The scenic restaurants below are organized by the town that they are near. A few of them go right through town, while others are in more remote locations.
Map of North Georgia Waterfront Restaurants
Use the interactive map and the detailed restaurant guide to find the great restaurants in North Georgia where you can enjoy scenic views of the water with a great meal!
North Georgia Waterfront Dining
Many of these restaurants are only open during the busier Summer months when lake or river traffic is at its peak. Phone numbers have been provided so that you can call ahead to ensure that the restaurant is open when you want to visit.
Blue Ridge Waterfront Restaurants
These waterfront restaurants near the mountain town of Blue Ridge offer a great way to enjoy the water while you dine. Choose either a spot on the Toccoa River or a lively marina bar & grill on Lake Blue Ridge.
Toccoa Riverside Restaurant
The Toccoa Riverside Restaurant is located near Blue Ridge in the Aska Adventure Area. This restaurant on the Toccoa River is a great option whether driving in or paddling a canoe down the river. Enjoy fresh seafood, steaks, sandwiches, and salads at this tucked-away spot in the North Georgia mountains.
The outside deck and bar areas are dog friendly – they even have a menu for “canine cuisine”.
Open Wednesday – Sunday for lunch and dinner.
- Phone: +1 (706) 632-7891
- Address: 8055 Aska Road, Blue Ridge, GA
- Website: toccoariversiderestaurant.com
- TripAdvisor: Toccoa Riverside Restaurant is rated 3.5 with 1,200+ reviews
Lake Blue Ridge Marina’s Boat Dock Bar & Grill
This casual spot on Lake Blue Ridge offers appetizers, salads, entrees, beer, wine, and cocktails. Open daily at 11 a.m. (closes 9 p.m. Sun – Thu & 10 p.m. Fri – Sat). Closed during off-season.
- Phone: +1 (706) 632-2618
- Address: 335 Marina Dr, Blue Ridge, GA
- Website: lakeblueridgemarina.com/boat-dock-bar-grill
- Facebook: Boat Dock Bar & Grill is rated 4.6 with 1,050+ reviews and 5,100+ likes
- TripAdvisor: Boat Dock Bar & Grill is rated 4.0 with 75+ reviews
Clayton Waterfront Restaurants
These waterfront restaurants on Lake Burton in Clarkesville provide great food and the option to drive in or boat over to the restaurant!
Milton Park at Lake Burton
Open Thursday through Monday, Milton Park features Neapolitan-inspired plus salads and appetizers. Enjoy craft beer, wine, and a cellar list with something for everyone. Located at Laprades Marina on Lake Burton.
- Phone: +1 (706) 947-0001
- Address: 25 Shoreline Trail, Clarkesville, GA
- Website: miltonparkrestaurant.com
- Facebook: Milton Park at Lake Burton is rated 4.7 with 50+ reviews and 900+ likes
The Chophouse of La Prade’s (Closed)
After 12 years on Lake Burton, The Chophouse at La Prade’s Marina is moving to Franklin, NC, in April 2023 to a space with a year-round business model. Another restaurant is rumored to be moving into the beautiful lakefront space, so keep an eye out for a new restaurant announcement soon!
Cleveland Waterfront Restaurants
This deli has been serving the town of Cleveland for over 30 years. This quaint spot isn’t on a river or lake but does have an outdoor patio that overlooks the creek and is open 7 days a week (11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
- Phone: +1 (706) 865-3666
- Address: 16 Old Nacoochee Road, Cleveland, GA
- Website: creeksidedeli.com
- Facebook: Creekside Gourmet Deli has 2,200+ likes
- TripAdvisor: Creekside Deli is rated 4.5 with 200+ reviews
- Ranked #1 for Quick Bites in Cleveland
Riverside Tavern at Turner’s Corner
This casual restaurant is located on a quiet stretch of the Chestatee River between Cleveland and Dahlonega. Enjoy indoor or outdoor dining. Outdoor decks on 2 levels allow you to spend time downstairs (closer to the water) with a drink, or dine upstairs in the dining room or on the screened-in deck.
- Phone: +1 (706) 865-0190
- Address: 10 Turners Corner Rd, Cleveland, GA
- Website: riversidetavernturnerscorner.com
- Facebook: Riverside Tavern Dahlonega is rated 4.4 with 250+ reviews and 2,800+ likes
- TripAdvisor: Riverside Tavern at Turner’s Corner is rated 4.5 with 25+ reviews
Dahlonega Waterfront Restaurants
In addition to these restaurants on the water, you may also enjoy a meal at Montaluce Winery and Estates or Frogtown Cellars. Both of these Dahlonega Plateau vineyards have seating with scenic views of the irrigation ponds that are next to their mountain vineyards.
Helen Waterfront Restaurants
You have your choice of a handful of waterfront restaurants on the Chattahoochee River in Helen. Choose your preferred style of dining and enjoy a nice meal along the river bank.
Alpine Brew Deck
This waterfront restaurant on the Chattahoochee River is great for casual dining and cold drinks by the river. Enjoy live music and a lively bar scene. Outdoor seating is available on the covered deck by the water.
- Phone: +1 (706) 878-7293
- Address: 11 River Street, Helen, GA
- Website: alpinebrewdeck.com
- Facebook: Alpine Brew Deck is rated 4.7 with 125+ reviews and 2,200+ likes
- TripAdvisor: Alpine Brew Deck is rated 4.0 with 15+ reviews
This restaurant is right in the middle of downtown Helen and is located directly on the Chattahoochee River! It features a covered deck to enjoy the nice weather on the riverfront with your drinks and American and German food. Open daily from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. (closes at 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday).
- Phone: +1 (706) 878-3102
- Address: 8546 South Main St, Helen, GA
- Website: cafeinternationalhelen.com
- Facebook: Cafe International is rated 3.8 with 1,400+ reviews and 2,800+ likes
- TripAdvisor: Cafe International is rated 4.0 with 675+ reviews
Hofbrauhaus Restaurant & Pub
This restaurant is located on the Chattahoochee River and on the northwest end of the Helen main street is Hofbrauhaus, open 7 days a week (11 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.) enjoy this restaurant that was modeled after the famous Hofbrauhaus in Munich, Germany. Here the menu boasts German favorites along with American standards so that there is something for everyone.
- Phone: +1 (706) 878-2248
- Address: 9001 N Main Street, Helen, GA
- Website: hofbrauhaushelenga.net
- Facebook: Hofbrauhaus Restaurant & Pub is rated 4.8 with 25+ reviews and 600+ likes
- TripAdvisor: Hofbrauhaus Restaurant & Pub is rated 4.0 with 850+ reviews
The Troll Tavern
This location is named for its location “under the bridge” on the river right in the heart of downtown Helen. You’ll find a menu with German and American favorites, as well as a beverage menu with beer, wine, and cocktails. Souvenir mugs are also available.
- Phone: +1 (706) 878-3117
- Address: 8590 N Main Street, Helen, GA
- Website: trolltavern.com
- Facebook: The Troll Tavern is rated 3.9 with 5,550+ reviews and 10,000+ likes
- TripAdvisor: The Troll Tavern is rated 3.5 with 1,850+ reviews
Paul’s Steakhouse (and Paul’s Margarita Deck)
These restaurants include a Steakhouse located at the intersection of the Chattahoochee River and Main Street, with an adjacent lively margarita deck located just upstream (also on the river). The steakhouse is indoor fine dining (with windows big enough to take in the water views) and primarily serves steaks and seafood. The margarita deck is open to enjoy the weather on a nice day and serves drinks with a food menu of mostly casual sandwich “baskets”. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Phone: +1 (706) 878-2468
- Address: 8537 S. Main Street, Helen, GA
- Website: paulssteakhouse.com
- Facebook: Paul’s Steakhouse is rated 3.6 with 2,925+ reviews and 10,000+ likes
- TripAdvisor: Paul’s is rated 3.5 with 1,050+ reviews
Hiawassee Waterfront Restaurants
The town of Hiawassee sits on Lake Chatuge and has many places along the lake (or just across a 2-lane road) that provide beautiful views of the lake and the mountains. For the finest dining experience, you must try The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen for a gourmet meal and an extensive wine menu. For something more casual, there are many other options all listed below. Please note that some of these are not waterfront, but they are across the street and provide water views.
The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen
Located on the water at Lake Chatuge, this is where to go for a memorable fine dining experience for breakfast, dinner, or Sunday brunch (not open for lunch). Located within The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge, there are plenty of manicured pathways to stroll around to enjoy the scenery after your meal.
- Phone: +1 (706) 896-4141
- Address: 3499 US Highway 76, Hiawassee, GA
- Website: theoakslakesidekitchen.com
- Online Reservations: OpenTable
- Facebook: The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen is rated 4.3 with 75+ reviews and 2,325+ likes
- TripAdvisor: The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen is rated 4.0 with 325+ reviews
Marina Station Lake Chatuge
Marina Station is located on the water at Lake Chatuge and is a comfortable, relaxing, newly renovated space with over 40 feet of bar service and plenty of TVs to watch your favorite team. There are four garage doors that open onto the deck, to allow unimpeded views of the surrounding natural beauty of the lake and mountains. The downstairs patio offers a walk-up bar, yard games, and plenty of space to stretch your legs and enjoy the band. Arrive via bike, car, or by boat! Open Wed – Sun at 11:00 a.m.
- Phone: +1 (706) 896-2262
- Address: 3399 US Highway 76, Hiawassee, GA
- Website: theridgesresort.com/marina-station
- Facebook: Marina Station Lake Chatuge is rated 4.2 with 700+ reviews
- TripAdvisor: Marina Station Lake Chatuge is rated 3.5 with 75+ reviews
Hawg Wild BBQ and Catfish House
This barbecue joint is located directly on the lake, but it is surrounded by parking and landscaping which obstructs the lake views a bit. The best views of the lake and mountains are available on the patio when the weather is agreeable.
- Phone: +1 (706) 896-3200
- Address: 625 US-76, Hiawassee, GA
- Website: hawgwildbbqhiawassee.com
- Facebook: Hawg Wild BBQ and Catfish House is rated 4.3 with 225+ reviews and 2,225+ likes
- TripAdvisor: Hawg Wild BBQ and Catfish House is rated 4.0 with 275+ reviews
The Happy Hawg
This property has a narrow view of Lake Chatuge and the Blue Ridge Mountains from its patio. Multiple types of barbecue sauce on the table to please those who want spicy, vinegary (is that a word??), or sweet barbecue sauces. Enjoy the sandwiches and platters with generous portions of side items. Only open select days of the week. Call for hours.
- Phone: +1 (706) 896-0012
- Address: 1586 U.S. 76 W, Hiawassee, GA
- Website: thehappyhawg.shop
- Facebook: The Happy Hawg is rated 5.0 with 125+ reviews
- TripAdvisor: The Happy Hawg is rated 4.0 with 125+ reviews
This casual Mexican restaurant is across the street from Lake Chatuge, but close enough to enjoy the scenic lake views. Outdoor seating is available to take advantage of great weather and the beautiful views.
- Phone: +1 (706) 896-7677
- Address: 3360 Highway 76, Hiawassee, GA
- Facebook: El Cancun is rated 3.8 with 50+ reviews and 400+ likes
- TripAdvisor: El Cancun is rated 3.5 with 125+ reviews
Sand Bar & Grille
This spot is across the street from Lake Chatuge but still offers plenty of lake and mountain views. The menu is mainly typical bar food with wings, pizza, and sandwiches. The sand “beach” out front is a lively spot with live music every Friday and Saturday night.
- Phone: +1 (828) 371-4718
- Address: 3288 Dogwood Ln, Hiawassee, GA
- Website: sandbarandgrillenga.com
- Facebook: Sand Bar & Grille is rated 4.7 with 1,950+ reviews
- TripAdvisor: Sand Bar & Grille is rated 4.0 with 50+ reviews
Moondance Bar & Grill and Eclipse Fine Dining
These 2 restaurants share a building across the street from Lake Chatuge but offer different styles of dining.
Moondance is casual and offers happy hour specials, kids’ dance parties on select nights, weekly entertainment, and pet-friendly outdoor seating. Eclipse is newly opened with a fine dining menu including a 45-day aged, 40oz Tomahawk steak.
- Phone +1 (706) 435-0502 for more details or visit Moondance Grill online
- Phone +1 (706) 435-0502 for more details or visit Eclipse Fine Dining online
- Both are located at 3295 Dogwood Lane, Hiawassee, GA
McCaysville Waterfront Restaurants
Located on the state line of Georgia and Tennessee, these three restaurants share their entrances and provide a fantastic view of where the Toccoa River becomes the Ocoee River. Enjoy a meal on the outside riverside decks for the most scenic views at the historic @RiverwalkShops.
Burra Burra on the River
Located in McCaysville with a dog-friendly deck overlooking the Toccoa River, this casual spot is a great place to enjoy a meal. Burra Burra on the River celebrates the #CopperBasin with classic American food, beer, & wine.
- Phone: +1 (706) 400-6660
- Address: 100 Blue Ridge Dr, Suite 100, McCaysville, GA
- Website: burraburraontheriver.com
- Facebook: Burra Burra on the River is rated 4.2 with 1,000+ reviews and 4,400+ likes
- TripAdvisor: Burra Burra on the River is rated 3.5 with 250+ reviews
Happy Bear Cafe
This riverfront cafe serves breakfast, bakery goods, and ice cream all day long! In addition to breakfast, after 11:00 am, they offer gourmet hot dogs, beer, and wine! Open 7:00 am – 7:00 pm (no alcohol sales on Sunday).
- Phone: +1 (706) 400-6677
- Address: 100 Blue Ridge Drive, Suite 102, McCaysville, GA
- Website: happybearcafe.com
- Facebook: Happy Bear Cafe is rated 4.4 with 25+ reviews and 875+ likes
- TripAdvisor: Happy Bear Cafe is rated 5.0
Stop by this waterfront North Georgia restaurant for wood-fired pizza, pasta, and freshly baked Italian sandwiches, and enjoy them on the outdoor riverfront deck.
- Phone: +1 (706) 400-6675
- Address: 100 Blue Ridge Drive, Suite 101, McCaysville, GA
- Website: twistedtomatoga.com
- Facebook: Twisted Tomato is rated 4.6 with 300+ ratings and 3,100+ likes
- TripAdvisor: Twisted Tomato is rated 4.0 with 25+ ratings
Other North GA Waterfront Restaurants
In addition, these lakefront restaurants are great options when in Chatsworth or Toccoa!
Carter’s Lake Marina and Resort Restaurant
Enjoy a casual lakefront meal at this marina restaurant on Carter’s Lake, about 20 miles from both Ellijay and Chatsworth.
This casual lakefront restaurant is open daily during the peak Summer season, and on weekends only during other times of year (it’s unlikely to be open during the coldest months). Featuring a kid-friendly menu of pizza, sandwiches, hot dogs, and sides, this restaurant will prepare your food in advance for call-in orders. Beer and wine sales are available in the restaurant. If you’d like to sit in the restaurant, allow 15 minutes for food prep while you enjoy the scenery of Carter’s Lake.
- Phone: +1 (706) 276-4891
- Address: 575 Marina Road, Chatsworth, GA
- Website: carterslake.com/restaurant-menu
- Facebook: Carter’s Lake has 8,700+ likes
- TripAdvisor: Carter’s Lake is rated 4.5 with 25+ reviews
Be sure to confirm open hours and availability before making a trip. Some waterfront restaurants operate seasonally and are not open daily or year-round.
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Which of these waterfront North Georgia restaurants are you planning to try first? Do you prefer the soothing movement of the rivers or the peaceful tranquility of the lakes?
Thank you for recommending ” Boat Dock Bar & Grill restaurant” on your website. It’s a charming spot with a beautiful location. The view of Lake Blue Ridge was breathtaking, and the atmosphere was very inviting. The kitchen may be small, but the food hit the spot. The prices were reasonable, and the drinks were affordable. I particularly enjoyed the Hunch Punch; the weekly specials were a great addition to the menu.
I appreciated the dog-friendly policy and the option of takeout, and I was able to take my little Foufou with me; she’s my little child to me. Overall, it was a fantastic experience, and I will definitely recommend this restaurant and your website to others. Thank you for sharing such a gem with your audience.
Hello, ziya rose! Thank you so much for sharing your experience! It’s extra special to enjoy a meal at a beautiful location and even more so when your dog is able to join the fun too!
I absolutely loved this blog post about waterfront dining in the Georgia Mountains! I’ve had the pleasure of visiting some of the restaurants mentioned in the article and can confirm that they offer a truly unique and unforgettable dining experience. There’s something special about enjoying a delicious meal while overlooking a beautiful lake or river, and the article captured that essence perfectly. From casual lakeside cafes to upscale fine dining establishments, there’s no shortage of waterfront dining options in the Georgia Mountains.
Hi, Dave! Thanks for sharing your experience. It’s nice that the warmer weather is allowing the seasonal places to start opening for the year! Bon Appétit!
Tybee Island would be my choice if you were to ask me which summer or beach destination has the best combination of hotels and restaurants by the beach or near the water. Thank you for the accurate recommendations!
Tybee Island is a nice destination, but as it is a coastal Georgia destination, it is not located near any of the scenic North Georgia mountains. Thanks for sharing!
Incredible list I like having meals at restaurants on the beach or close on the water. These establishments really did offer amazing meals and wonderful dining experiences! I hold them in high regard, just as https://visittybee.com/list/waterfront-restaurant, which is at the top of my culinary list.
Thanks so much for sharing Gabe! I will have to check out your Tybee recommendation when I’m in the area!
The scenery in the Georgia mountains is beautiful. And I have been planing a trip there for over two years. I believe this year we will finally be able to go. I am excited about this trip. I would like to stay near the canyon area. I can’t wait to dine over there with my family.
Hello! It’s been tougher than usual to travel for the past couple of years, but hopefully, 2022 will fare better!
Thanks for sharing this informative article that highlights waterfront dining in North Ga. This is a place that i have always wanted to visit, even though im on the other side of the pond in Scotland for this holiday. Its hard to beat a place with a great view, and these waterfront locations look like they offer the best of the area.
These waterfront restaurants definitely have some of the best locations in the Ga mountains. Keep them in mind for when you’re able to travel and enjoy the scenic views with your meal!
There are so many nice restaurants out there that you don’t really know which one to choose for next. Looking at your list I find myself liking everything so much that it’s hard to decide! I love nature and there is no better place to have something to eat than next to a river with nice nature engulfing you to up the appetite. List bookmarked!
Hi Stratos K, If you have enough time in the area, hopefully, you’ll be able to try out a few of your top picks! Cheers!
First of all, I would say your great title “Waterfront Dining in the Georgia Mountains” attracted me. The title itself made me to imagine enjoying the food there. As I went through your description and images, I felt as if I really visited each and every restaurant there. Such a lovely walk-through it was. You write really well. Hope to visit other posts too.
Keep writing and informing people around the world about such places and experiences. All the Best 🙂
Thanks so much, Sameema! It’s certainly a great time of year for waterfront dining in North Georgia!
Hi. Thanks for this. I love travelling and even though I live far away from Georgia Mountains, I’d love to visit one day. I love searching for places to go and your article was really hepful to me. I find it difficult in organising my trips but now, I have all I need in one article. Gonna save in for future use!
Hi Dominique, I’m so glad you found the information to be helpful. I love dining at restaurants with a great view, and these all fit that bill!
Good day, I’m pleased to meet you. I have never been in Georgia before, and I am dying to travel to these scenic restaurants in North Georgia with both water and mountain views. That should really be an amazing meal. Dining in these waterfront restaurants should be fun for the whole family. Thank you so much for sharing this fascinating information.
Hello, I’m happy to hear that you have found some great restaurant destinations for your trip to Georgia! Enjoy!
I’ve grown fond of coming back to your website because of the guideposts you share here. I especially love how thorough and in-depth your research goes to come up with these articles. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love some scenic water and mountain views while dining when in the Georgia Mountains. I’ve not been to the Mountains in Georgia, but when I visit I’ll be sure to try out some of your recommendations. This very helpful.
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks so much Sergej! I’m so happy to hear that you have found some great ways to enjoy the North Georgia mountains!!
I wish I could see your pictures but they’re not showing up. Aside from that, I love local restaurants and especially ones that have a scenic, waterfront view. And, to be honest, you had me a The Troll Tavern. A restaurant located under a bridge serving Roast Beast and Billy Goat Burgers? I think this rates a special trip to Georgia!!
Hi Cynthia, I’m so sorry to hear that you can’t see the photos (try refreshing your page, as things look good from this end). These restaurants provide very different views and experiences, from the lively riverfronts to the relaxed fine dining at Lake Chatuge. The Troll Tavern is a great place to enjoy a summer drink while people float by in the river on small rafts. Enjoy!
Hi Alyce. Thank you for another great post. Every time Im visiting your blog I want to visit Georgia Mountains more and more. In addition to beautiful nature and super interesting museums it seems that another reason for trip is great food in stunning places. I love El Cancun view and I hope I will be able to visit it soon.
Hi Cogito, Thanks so much! There are definitely lots of places to actively explore in North Georgia, but it’s also nice to be able to sit back and enjoy an easy waterfront view with your meal.
This is a nice article! I have never been to any of these places, but I wouldn’t mind going to all of them actually.
I think that all of theses places are worth a visit. I appreciate you giving the directions and location. I find your map and satellite features to be very effective and simple.
One thing I love about your site in general is how concise it is. For example, you are all about high-quality, buzz worthy restaurants to dine at in the Georgia Mountains. Overall, this is a wonderful amazing guide that anyone could find handy!
Thanks so much for the compliments! I think I’m blushing. 🙂
I hope you enjoy your meal(s) and these great waterfront restaurants in North Georgia!
Wow. What an exciting list of restaurants. The best thing about them is the location which allows you to check them out one by one when you are on vacation in the area. I find the whole idea of boating to a restaurant for dinner very romantic. I like most of them my preferences being the marinas, and the Cafe International. Thank you for this review. It is worth checking out for planning my group vacations.
Hi JJ, I’m happy to hear that you found some waterfront restaurants that you’d like to visit! Bon appetit!
Wow!! What fabulous scenery the Georgia Mountains offers and how fantastic to have so many decent restaurants in the area. I love the idea of boating to a restaurant. To eat and drink in style whilst on a fantastic summer break. And to have the musical entertainment also. What a treat.
Hello Mike! I certainly agree — the times I’ve been able to enjoy a boat ride on the way to dinner have made the meal and the night even more special.
One of my favourite settings for a meal out, is next to water, with watching the ocean as my top one for feeling spoilt. I’ve never been to the Georgia mountains, and you have presented us with numerous exciting options. Having a table above the water would be my first choice here, and having a walk next to the water afterwards, would complete the outing for me in the best possible way.
It is definitely nice to find a beautiful space to enjoy a meal, and these waterfront restaurants provide just that!
I have to say this is an unbelievable post reviewing all these great dining restaurants in the Georgia mountains. I’ve never been there, but reading each and every one of these places makes me want to put it in my travel bucket list. The beautiful scenery and the waterfront feature of each places is breathtaking. I will definitely keep your site as my travel reference and thank you for taking the time to share with us your passion!!!
Hi Walt, you’ll definitely enjoy the great waterfront locations of these restaurants. Bon appétit!
Wow! Amazing! Just so amazing. Getting to partake in a waterfront dining is really nice, as one gets to enjoy the breathtaking view of the water and the creatures in it as he or she enjoys their meal. This is something to add to a to-do list when on holidays, and the Georgia Mountains seems to be a great place for such experience. They have over 10 different waterfront restaurants at different locations. Very nice. Thanks for sharing this exciting information with us. It was fun reading this article.
I hope you are able to enjoy a meal at a couple of these great waterfront spaces very soon! Cheers!
i’m a lover of nature and so many times I have loved to just sit and watch the wonders of nature (looking at the trees and water) while enjoying the breeze. These wonderful waterfront restaurants make me really excited — they seem like exactly what I was looking for to enjoy a fantastic meal in a gorgeous natural view. Thanks for sharing for those who visit the Georgia mountains.
I agree that it’s so very nice to enjoy these amazing places. The weather is perfect right now and the Autumn leaves are getting more beautiful every day. Make sure to make reservations (where possible) as the mountains have their peak visitor traffic during this time and the waterfront restaurants will reach capacity quickly!
These restaurants look really great, i think i will be visiting one of these places during the weekend for some family time, thanks. Is is good to have easy access to information about making reservations and finding the waterfront restaurants that are closest to us. Do you have a favorite place that you go to a lot?
Hi, I haven’t been able to pick a favorite waterfront restaurant, but I do enjoy listening to the sound of water rushing by… for that reason it can be very nice to dine at a riverfront restaurant.
The Georgia mountains are a very serene place that have a lot more than what people expect. I really like the place and how beautiful and awesome the relaxed pace of life is there. Seeing this here now too has given me a lot of great ideas of places to explore when there to visit my Hubby’s mom. Kudos!
The mountains are full of beautiful places to explore, and the waterfront restaurants in the mountains are a great way to sit back and enjoy the natural beauty while you have a meal!
Hello there, I’ve been thinking of going to the Georgia mountains for a while now, but figured we would be staying in a cabin and preparing all of our own meals. It’s nice to see all of these options for waterfront (and outdoor) restaurants to provide a change of pace and some gourmet dining options. Thanks for sharing this list. The map is very helpful too as we plan to explore as much as we can of the North Georgia area, and it will be helpful to look on the map to see if we are nearby any waterfront restaurants!
I’m so glad to hear that you have found this article on waterfront restaurants in the Georgia mountains to be useful. Some of these restaurants are a bit off of the beaten path, so the map should be helpful for those days when you want to stop for a bite to eat on your way to (or from) somewhere else.
Who would have knew the Appalachian mountains had such wonderful sights and places to dine. Your lay out of the various places a person can go to for enjoyment was good. I especially like that you added the map of the places in a real time manner. How were you able to incorporate that feature?
Hi Mahasin1, I’m happy to hear that you have found the map feature to be useful. I am able to acheive these custom maps using a wordpress plugin called Hero Maps.
Hello; Wow! I always find the Georgia Mountains Resorts interesting, but the collection of Waterfront Restaurants and bars come to me now as a bonus. Although it is hard for me to make a choice I finally decide on making it to Milton Park at Lake Burton. The scenery at this specific waterfront caught my interest greatly. I hope I can make it before Winter.
It’s great that there are so many different restaurants on the water to choose from in the Georgia mountains! I’d recommend that you try the ones that are closest to you first, then venture out for a scenic drive if you have enough time to keep exploring.
Growing up on the west coast, the east coast is quite foreign to me. Now, if I ever want to visit the east coast, a waterfront restaurant could definitely be a place I could visit. Thanks to your post, I now know about a few more places of interest I didn’t even know existed. I should bookmark your post so in case I’m ever in Georgia, I know where to go. The pictures are amazing by the way.
It’s true that the East and West coasts are quite different, but they both offer natural beauty, rich history, and tons of wonderful places to explore. I’m glad you enjoy the photos and hopefully you’ll be able to experience the scenery yourself one day!
Great list! I’m from Alabama and travel to Georgia all the time! Next time I’m going to be around one of these spots I’ll have to check them out! I actually think that I will be around Helen and go try out the International Cafe!
I love the rest of your site too! I’ve hike several times on the AT and have been zip lining Amicoala!
Thanks Wilson! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy the Georgia mountains so much and that you keep returning to the area!! It’s a beautiful area and these waterfront restaurants are the perfect spot to enjoy scenery with a great meal.
My cousin had given me news about the wonderful enjoyment he had in the Georgia mountains last year at Chophouse of la Prade. I would love to witness it myself. It won’t be anytime than this year, but God’s willing it will be soon. I love exploring nature and it has been so helpful for my mental relief. I came across details about Georgia mountains from this website before I heard from my cousin too. All the Riverside restaurant in here are eye catching and am very sure they will be a superb place to explore.
Fantastic! I hope you are able to explore the beautiful North Georgia mountains soon!
Well, I’m just about ready to book a trip to the Georgia Mountains today. The Villa Della Luna looks enchanting. You’ve compiled such a great list. Have you personally been to any particular resort that you recommend first? Georgia has always been one of my go to places for time away from my daily life. I did not realize that there were tree house rentals, how awesome?! I find the idea to be stellar, it must be very peaceful.
Hi Chris, My recommendation would depend on what you are most looking for during your trip to the Georgia mountains.
Personally, I really enjoy the cabins between Blue Ridge and Blairsville for their sunset and mountain views. Staying in Dahlonega at Park Place Hotel is great because you can walk around to so many things. Staying at a vineyard is gorgeous and provides a place to taste some great local flavors. The treehouses are so unique, and they are a great option for when you really want to feel like you are “getting away” from life’s busy bustle. It’s hard to choose a single favorite… it all depends on the setting you prefer!
What an awesome collection of dining options for anyone researching into their next holiday in the Georgia Mountains. I also love that you’ve mentioned you need to call ahead to make sure the restaurant will be open. It makes sense though when some of these places run during peak holiday season. Seeing the wide range of options while also showing what’s available in each area gives travellers and diners options they would not have thought of going. There’s some gorgeous places listed here. I’ll be sure to bookmark this post and check this list out when I plan my next holiday to Georgia Mountains. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Kat, I hope this helps you to have a truly wonderful vacation to the Georgia mountains!
Hi Alyce. Hopefully I’ll be able to visit some of the magnificent restaurants and site you mention in your article. I have never been to the USA let alone Georgia. But I am planning a lengthy trip there in 2020. My wife and I intend to visit as many areas of the states as we can and the Georgia region is one of them. I will definitely being taking notes from your website and planning the trip around as many of the food venues mentioned as we are able to. The cool mountain streams you have shown us look very inviting. Thank you for this great blog. Jim
Thanks for the compliments Jim! I have been to all 50 states and I admire your goal of seeing as many as you can. All 50 states have something beautiful to offer and each area of the country can have it’s own character. I hope you and your wife have a fantastic trip to the USA and if you need more info on the Georgia mountains area, be sure to reach out!
Oh there are sure a lot of unique dining places in Georgia. I can’t go there this year due to my plan in other country, but I will check it again for next year. From the above restaurants, is there anything that you can recommend for vegetarian? Half of my family is vegetarian (and picky eaters). Thank you in advance for your answer
Hi, that is a great question. Vegetarians should be able to find many options at most of the nicer restaurants above (vegetarians wouldn’t enjoy the BBQ places), but know that vegans may find it much more challenging in these small towns.
While they all sound great, I actually love Mexican and seafood. I see two that have already caught my attention. Hopefully one day I will visit Georgia and get to try out these different restaurants. This is a fantastic and extensive list of different places to dine.
Thanks for heads up for foreign travelers.
There are some great seafood places in the mountains that are able to get local fresh fish (freshwater), so you’ll definitely enjoy some great meals on your trip!