Georgia Restaurants

Georgia is known for great southern cooking, its famous low-country boil, Brunswick stew, great seafood, and Georgia barbecue. However, Georgia restaurants also offer quite a varied cuisine and caters to all types of food and entertainment, whether you are looking for a fine dining experience or family style restaurants. There are gems to be found all over the state. Most small towns and cities have at least one superb restaurant. And, of course, Atlanta and Savannah have many great restaurants with a selection of international cuisines.

Atlanta Metro Restaurants
Restaurants in the Atlanta Metro Region offer a virtually unlimited number of dining options. If dining out is one of your favorite things to do, then you are in for a treat! Perhaps the restaurant considered number one in the city is Bacchanalia, located in a renovated warehouse in the Buckhead area. Atlanta Magazine says this about Bones: “Atlanta’s best steakhouse. Virtually in a class by itself.” The Buckhead Life Restaurant Group operates several highly acclaimed restaurants in Buckhead, including Bluepointe, 103 West, Pano’s and Paul’s, Atlanta Fish Market, and Veni Vidi Vici.

“What’ll you have? What’ll you have?” That’s what you hear at the world-famous Varsity Drive-In across I-85 from Georgia Tech. Our suggestion: one naked dog, a chili steak with onions, ring one (onion rings), and an F.O.

The Varsity Drive-In: Courtesy of the Georgia Department of Economic Development

Or if you prefer you can dine by the famous Chattahoochee River adding a scenic delight to your meal, try the award-winning Canoe Restaurant in Vinings.

For dining with unique entertainment, try Medieval Times in the Duluth area. And for some of the best barbecue, you can’t beat Williamson Brothers in Marietta, Harold’s in McDonough or Sprayberry’s in Newnan. If you are in Tucker around lunchtime, stop in at Matthews and experience a true southern treat.

Classic South Restaurants
Georgia is known for its outstanding barbecue restaurants, and Augusta boasts one of the best. Sconyers, which has been around for over 50 years, is an award-winner that has served BBQ at the Little White House and the real White House in D.C. The smaller towns in the Classic South are also home to many local favorites. When in the town of Wrens, you need to try the Little Dutch House, a Mennonite restaurant which offers up savory home-cooked meals. In Midville you can enjoy excellent seafood at Coleman’s Lakeside Restaurant. Other local favorites include: Miss Jane’s in Warrenton, Good Day Café in Waynesboro, and Yesterday Café in Greensboro. A Best of Augusta winner for steaks and seafood is the French Market Grille. Check out the restaurants in the Classic South.

Georgia Coast Restaurants
Check out the restaurants along the Georgia Coast.

Historic Heartland Restaurants
There are a number of outstanding restaurants in the Historic Heartland Region. Proclaimed one of the best southern restaurants in the South (therefore, the world), Blue Willow Inn is a delight for any level connoisseur. Whether dressing for the theatre or casually touring the area you are invited to enjoy the Blue Willow's Southern feast. No one is allowed to leave hungry after feasting on a variety of Southern salads, meats, vegetables, breads and desserts. Along with your meal enjoy sweetened iced tea, the "Champagne of the South", and lemonade. You will find it the small town called Social Circle along Georgia’s Antebellum Trail just east of Atlanta.

Blue Willow Inn Restaurant: Courtesy of the Georgia Department of Economic Development

Downtown Athens now hosts a number of highly acclaimed restaurants, including the award-winning Five and Ten. Chef Hugh Acheson was a finalist for “Best Chef: Southeast" (James Beard Foundation) and acclaimed as one of “America’s Best New Chefs” by Food & Wine magazine.

If you are in Forsyth, you should make it a point to dine at the Grits Café. The menu focus is traditional southern food, not exactly like Mom used to make, adding creativity and flair by fusing old and new ideas. Many appetizers and entrees spotlight local produce, seafood and cheeses, with a touch of Cajun, Southwest and Asian influence thrown in to keep things interesting. The flavors are trendy and unique, and closely rival the artistic detail paid to the presentation of each plate. The wine list features a number of handcrafted boutique wines produced in limited quantities, many not readily available in other areas of the country.

Historic High Country Restaurants
The restaurants in the Historic High Country in northwest Georgia offer a number of unique dining experiences. For a delightful evening, travel to the top of Lookout Mountain and taste the fresh seafood at the Canyon Grill.
If you are in the Villa Rica vicinity, you will not want to miss out on Gabe’s Downtown Louisiana Bistro. Gabe’s offers just the right touch of Louisiana from cheese grits topped with shrimp, to seafood Etoufee and oyster po-boys and chicken covered in tomatoes, capers and artichoke hearts topped off with white chocolate bread pudding. Enjoy the relaxed but elegant atmosphere you will find at Gabe’s Downtown Villa Rica!

In the mountain town of Jasper is the The Woodbridge Inn and Restaurant, which offers a unique dining experience at a historic location. Enjoy steak, seafood or one of the signature German dishes.

Other local favorites include: The Appalachian Grill in Cartersville, Oakwood Café in Dalton, the Downtown Kitchen in Canton, the upscale Bistro 239 in Rome, Armstrong’s BBQ in Summerville, Aunt Effie’s Restaurant in Ringgold, 4-Way Lunch in Cartersville, and Tea Leaves & Thyme in Woodstock.

Magnolia Midlands Restaurants
Magnolia Midlands hosts a number of those small-town restaurants in which we all love to eat, because we know the food will be good and our patronage will be appreciated. For example, Sarah’s Restaurant in Baxley provides a Southern and seafood buffet that will satisfy the heartiest appetite. In the small town of Uvalda you can get huge steaks at the newly re-built Benton Lee Steak House.

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