Savor the Mountains – The Best Dining in North Georgia

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North Georgia is known for many things. Family farms, apple orchards, sweet shops, live music, breweries, wineries, the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, waterfall hikes, art galleries, cozy cabins tucked among the trees, historic grist mills, charming mountain towns, holiday festivals and events, and a wide range of delicious restaurants are all treats when you visit north of Atlanta. Whatever type of vacation you’re planning, and whatever time of year you’re planning it, you’ll find everything you need for a truly fantastic getaway in the North Georgia mountains. 

And at the heart of any vacation is…FOOD! Thankfully, North Georgia has an impressive lineup of restaurants for YOU, be it a hearty breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch date, or family dinner. Italian, Chinese, Mexican, American, Irish, Japanese, German, steak, seafood…you want it — North Georgia has it. Many eateries in North Georgia offer outdoor seating and scenic views as well! Not sure where to start? When you aren’t whipping up delicious food in your cabin rental’s kitchen, check out some of the best restaurants in North Georgia! 

Foodie tip: For a quick taste of downtown Blue Ridge, opt for Blue Ridge Mountain Food Tours.


With fresh ingredients from local farmers, you can enjoy a fine dining experience in the Appalachian Mountains at these North Georgia restaurants — serving up fried green tomatoes, cornmeal-crusted trout, vegetarian black bean chili, and even gluten-free options. 

Black Sheep Restaurant
Blue Ridge, GA 
480 West Main St

Fortify Kitchen and Bar 
Clayton, GA 
69 N. Main St

Harvest on Main
Blue Ridge, GA 
576 E Main St

Breakfast + Brunch

Ready for a hearty Appalachian breakfast with the whole family? Planning a memorable brunch with the girls? You’ll find some of the best restaurants for morning and midday meals in North Georgia. Favorite menu items include country ham biscuits, corned beef hash, cheesy melts, bright salads, and made-from-scratch pancakes!

BumbleBee’s Cafe
Blue Ridge, GA
5850 Appalachian Hwy

Cornerstone Cafe
Ellijay, GA
76 N Main St

Pete’s Place
Blue Ridge, GA
2460 E 1st ST

Serenity Garden Cafe
Blue Ridge, GA 
657 E Main St 

The Yellowphant Cafe
Blue Ridge, GA
3640 East 1st St

Steak + Seafood

Want a sizzling steak dinner or fresh fish? Check out these North Georgia eateries to curb your cravings in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Unique options include salmon glazed with sweet tea, smoked trout pasta, and miso black cod. 

19° North Seafood & Grill 
Dahlonega, GA 
19 N Chestatee St 

Circle J Family Steak House 
Blue Ridge, GA 
4004 E 1st St 

Jolly Roger Seafood
Blue Ridge, GA
2414 E 1st St

Toccoa Riverside Restaurant
Blue Ridge, GA 
8055 Aska Rd

Whiskey & Water Seafood and Bourbon Bar 
Blue Ridge, GA
187 Depot St 

Southern & Classic American Favorites 

Some of the best restaurants in Ellijay and Blue Ridge offer great food with Appalachian flair, including fried chicken, mouthwatering burgers, shepherd’s pie, country fried steak, veggie casseroles, candied yams, cobblers of all kinds, and pecan pie. Plus, you can pair your meal with house cocktails, vino from local wineries, or Blue Ridge craft beers. 

Back Porch Bistro
Ellijay, GA 
10 North Side Square

Cantaberry Restaurants
Blue Ridge + Ellijay, GA

C Bolt’s 
Blue Ridge, GA 
644 E Main St 

Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar & Grill
Blue Ridge, GA 
733 E Main St 

Emily’s Bar & Restaurant
Ellijay, GA 
24 River St 

Mike’s Ellijay Restaurant
Ellijay, GA 
351 Tails Creek Rd 

Southern Charm Restaurant
Blue Ridge, GA 
224 W Main St

The Attic
Clarkesville, GA
1344 Washington St

The Double L Restaurant
Ellijay, GA 
449 Industrial Blvd 

The General Ledger
Blue Ridge, GA
260 W Main St

The Roof Ellijay
Ellijay, GA 
24 River St 

The Smith House
Dahlonega, GA 
84 South Chestatee St

Trailer Drive-In 
Blue Ridge, GA 
2691 E 1st St


Looking for a unique eatery in North Georgia, opt for authentic Japanese or Asian fusion. With scrumptious appetizers, like edamame, gyoza, and bao buns, plus yummy entrees, like noodles, sushi, and teriyaki bowls, you’ll be full and happy in no time. Fun recommendations: bubble tea and mochi ice cream!

Kizuna Japanese Restaurant 
Blue Ridge, GA
140 Progress Cir 

The Shack of Ellijay
Ellijay, GA 
118 N Main St 


Bringing a taste of New Orleans to the mountains of North Georgia are flavorful Cajun restaurants in the area. Order bayou favorites, including gator bites, fried crawfish tails, andouille sausage, jambalaya, gumbo, crab cakes, shrimp and grits, and French beignets. 

Bourbon Street Grille
Dahlonega, GA
90 Public Square N 

Cajun Depot Grill
Ellijay, GA
67 Depot St, Ste 101 


Chef’s kiss to these fine Italian restaurants worth every penny in the North Georgia Mountains! Whether you’re craving loaded or stuffed pasta, cheesy appetizers, hand-tossed pizza, calzones, melty subs, cannolis, or spumoni, it’s here. 

Blue Jeans Pizza & Pasta
Blue Ridge, GA 
140 Progress Cir, Suite 1 

Boardwalk Pizza & Pub
Ellijay, GA 
25 S Church St 

Charlie’s Italian Restaurant
Ellijay, GA
15 Westcross St

Cucina Rustica 
Morganton, GA 
76 Forge Mill Rd 

Ellijay Wood Fired Pizza
Ellijay, GA 
2 River St 

Enrico’s Italian Restaurant 
Young Harris, GA 
687 Main St, Suite 5

Mystic Mountain Pizza
Blue Ridge, GA 
4118 E 1st St

The Copper Pot
Clarkesville, GA
135 Grant St

Greek + Mediterranean

Yep, North Georgia restaurants even dip into the Mediterranean! Start with hummus or tzatziki with roasted veggies, then dive into calamari, flatbreads, and falafel. Keep your Greek meal going with a lamb gyro, Moussaka, and Greek fries with fresh feta. 

Capers on the Square
Dahlonega, GA 
84 Public Square N 

K&L Gyros & More
Blairsville, GA
513 Murphy Hwy

Mexican + Cuban

Pour yourself a margarita ‘cause it’s time to enjoy flavor-packed Mexican food in North Georgia. Salsa and chips, guacamole, chicharonnes, fish ceviche, taquitos, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, empanadas, fajitas, flan…you know the drill! 

Dan’s Grill
Blairsville, GA
305J Murphy Hwy

La Catrina Tacos & Margaritas
Ellijay, GA 
101 S Main St 

Lala’s Kitchen in the Mountains
Blairsville, GA
53B Merchants Walk

Lucky’s Taqueria + Cantina
Blairsville, GA
17 Merchants Walk

Pablo’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant
Clarkesville, GA
1042 S Riverside Dr

Rum Cake Lady Cuban Cafe
Blue Ridge, GA
205 W First St

Taqueria El Ranchito
Ellijay, GA
716 Industrial Blvd

Tapas + Taverns 

Not up for a heavy meal but could use a drink and a bite to eat? These North Georgia taverns offer just what you need, from smoked salmon, charcuterie boards, and desserts to extensive wine lists, beer on tap, and craft cocktails. Hey, you might even get to hear live music on the weekends!

Bin 322 Wine and Tapas Bar
Blue Ridge, GA 
116 W Main St, Suite 1D

Fightingtown Tavern
Blue Ridge, GA 
511 E Main St 

Misty Mountain Hops
Blue Ridge, GA 
40 River St 

The River Street Tavern
Ellijay, GA
40 River St, Suite B

German + Polish

Hop to another part of the world with German and Polish food in North Georgia. We have everything from pierogies, kielbasa, and barley beef soup to homemade garlic wurst, Hungarian goulash, and Bavarian schnitzel. 

Margo’s Gourmet Polish Kitchen 
Blue Ridge, GA 
11 Mountain St, Suite 1 

Hofbrauhaus Restaurant & Pub
Helen, GA
9001 N Main St

Bodensee Restaurant
Helen, GA
64 Munich St

Hofer’s of Helen
Helen, GA
8758 N Main St


You can’t go far in North Georgia without spotting a place to eat good ole Blue Ridge bbq! Kick things off with a pulled pork sandwich, smoked brisket, or fall-off-the-bone ribs in a housemade sauce plus classic barbecue sides, like coleslaw, potato salad, or Brunswick stew. Best dessert pairing? Banana pudding.

Carroll’s Barbeque
Blue Ridge, GA 
39 Lance St 

Jim’s Smokin’ Que
Blairsville, GA
4971 Gainesville Hwy

Mike’s Trackside BBQ
Blue Ridge, GA 
3950 E 1st St 

North Georgia BBQ 
Dahlonega + Cleveland, GA