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Fortify Kitchen and Bar
Fortify Kitchen and Bar

Fortify Kitchen and Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fortifyclayton.com
  • Phone: (706) 782-0050
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday: Brunch: 11:00am-2:30pm; Lunch: Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Jamie Allred
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Fortify is committed to bringing sustainable and locally sourced items to your special gathering!  We are available for catering any event needs you may have either in the restaurant or off site.  Please call the restaurant for more information and to schedule a meeting.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hiawassee St. And North Main St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street and public parking
A word from Fortify Kitchen and Bar
At Fortify Kitchen & Bar, expect great food, delicious cocktails and impeccable service in a comfortable environment. We will always support sustainability in our area by using produce sourced from local small farms and growers, all natural, hormone-antibiotic free meats and proteins, and sustainable seafood sources and give back to the great community we call home!Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
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Diner Reviews
  • "After enjoying many a tasty dinner at Fortify, we were equally pleased by Sunday brunch there. It was less crowded, so the moderate noise level allowed pleasant conversation -- mostly centered around the creative dishes of local seasonal food. From Jack's creative bar drinks to Jamie's always delightful dishes and desserts, this is a foodie and locavore heaven."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Is it trying to be an upscale bar or a special occasion restaurant. A lot of the patrons seemed to be gathered at the bar. The restaurant is a older building with a lot of hard wood and all noise is amplified. We selected Fortify due to the fact that the menu was eclectic and our daughter is in culinary school and we are constantly trying new things. The food was good extremely overpriced for the portion. The cocktails were nice. If you want to get a good cocktail stop by and order an entree for an appetizer. We may have wanted dessert if offered. Leaving a restaurant hungry is never a good sign. Work on interaction with customers. Thank You"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Excellent food and service! We were celebrating our anniversary and could not hear each other. The restaurant was crowded and we noticed everyone else had to speak loud as well. I could hear the gentleman next to me and not my husband, across from me. I hope they will be able to correct this in the future."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "our server was fantastic and looked exactly like a young Sharon stone, the food .. very tasty, filet mignon cooked to perfection...excellent wine list...they had our table of six ready when we walked in...try the chocolate dessert"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went to Fortify expecting the ambience of the Lake Rabun Hotel. It is totally different. We had these expectations because the chef had come from the hotel. While the menu was similar the vibe is totally different. We particularly do NOT enjoy loud restaurants where you must yell to be heard. Unfortunately for us, Fortify is too loud. The restaurant was surprisingly crowded for a Tuesday night. We were thankful we had reservations. Although we will probably give Fortify another chance we will be much pickier about our seating arrangements."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Excellent fresh, locally sourced food. Outstanding service."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Wonderful fresh-to-table food. Friendly, efficient service. Unique twists on a number of dishes."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "From the food, to the service, to the cocktails and commitment to using locally sourced products as much as possible -- you really can't go wrong with anything at Fortify. Some of our favorites are the fried green tomatoes, pastrami, fish and chips, and quiche of the day. Sides are unique and tasty. Cocktails are creative and yummy. Support local businesses and farmers while enjoying a fantastic meal all around - can't wait to be back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "First time will be coming back in mts 2 a month found a new and very good place to eat"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our first few visits were really good. People are very nice. We were excited about having a restaurant of this quality in Clayton. However...it's gone from a "9" to a "6-7". Portion of Antipasto platter cut in half and it's quality went down a bit. Desserts need to be kicked up a notch and maybe have a pastry chef do them. Cobbler mushy. Main course was fine but they (and sides) need to be switched up a and not over cook the fish. Hopefully it was just an "off" 2 times....was hopeful. Fingers crossed it comes back up to where it was."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Delicious locally grown food and excellent service with indoor and outdoor dining."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Jack and Jamie have a real winner here. You can't find a better experience anywhere in the Northeast Georgia mountains!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Fantastic food and great service. Wednesday nights are dedicated to highlighting local farms and the chef prepares a special menu of items that are farm to table. The standard menu is equally interesting and fresh. The cornmeal crusted trout was a standout as was the fried green tomatoes. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food was wonderful! Gouda fritters & fried green tomatoes were delicious, the fish, veggies, burgers, etc were all good and tasted very fresh. Desserts were amazing too! Service was great! It was slower once they got busier, but much better than other restaurants in the area. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My husband & I were there during Sunday brunch. He is a vegetarian and was delighted with the quiche of the day served with grits. Usually, I do not like the taste of grits, but one bite changed my opinion.....heavenly! They must have been made with heavy cream because they were very rich and almost chewy, like a hominy texture. Absolutely delicious! I had a pastrami sandwich and it was excellent. It far exceeded my expectations. Friends were dining at a nearby table and both couples were equally pleased with their selections, as well. We will return."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Fortify shares the names of farms and their products that are in each day's menu. Lettuces were fresh and colorful in my salad. Fried chicken fingers had LOTS of meat and were crunchy on the outside, but a bit overdone. Herbed French fries were not very hot and lacking in herbs - good plain fries tho. My husband and son loved their Fortify breakfast plates and pronounced the biscuits and pancakes to be wonderful. We had a hungry 3- year old with us and our server (Austin, I think) was very attentive to her and suggested a kid's plate of chicken fingers and fries. He was also very attentive without being intrusive to us throughout our meal! Fortify is lovely on the inside and right on the quaint Main St of Clayton."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Brunch was amazing! The food was wonderful! Our server, John, was great!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Very unique menu items with a focus on "farm to table" ingredients. Incredibly delicious food; using seasonings that you would not think to use; creating an end result that is mesmerizing. I can not say enough about this place. We will definitely be back. If you are in the Clayton, GA area or just passing through, you should definitely eat at this place. I would go so far as to say that Fortify Kitchen and Bar is a destination in itself and well worth the drive to Clayton, GA if you are not already in the area. The staff and waiters are very attentive. The restaurant is classy and the atmosphere was relaxed enough that we did not feel out of place in our jeans while on the GA Mountains Farm Tour."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We ate brunch at Fortify and everything we had was delicious! Gouda fritters and fried green tomatoes were some of the best I've had, and the grits were amazing!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Learned about Fortify from friends who have a weekend residence near Clayton. Drove 40 miles from Lake Hartwell. Very impressed with the setting. Gluten free selections indicated on menu. Best gin martini in rural Georgia so far. Meal was outstanding. Kale Caesar salad and grit bowl for me; fried green tomato appetizer and fish special were well prepared and tasted great. Plan to add Fortify to our rotation of upscale places to eat in Northeast Georgia"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Jamie is a fantastic chef. I feel so fortunate to live only fifteen minutes away from such fine cuisine."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Patio was amazing! Ambience was very romantic. Food was phenomenal and the Fortify specialty drinks were incredible. Great place to eat for ANY occasion."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Enjoyable dinner dining experience. Service was outstanding. Food was beautifully presented, and quite good. I had the shrimp and crab cakes, and would have preferred it if it had been crab without the shrimp, as the shrimp overwhelmed and I couldn't really get the 'crab cake experience'. But that might just be me. Peach martini was excellent. There is a choice of 3 vegetable combinations, each sounded great. I had bok choy with carrots and ginger, which which very good. For me this is a great special occasion place, as it is not inexpensive. But, I might try it another time for lunch."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "What first caught my eye about Fortify was their signage- it stood out from the other shops and restaurants on main street. It looked like it belonged in a city like Decatur or Denver. The website was equally visually appealing and solidified that I wanted to dine there. The decor and style inside is warm and inviting and tastefully put together. I ordered the crab & shrimp cakes and my friend ordered the duck and we both LOVED our meals. I was so excited to see that almost everything on the menu is locally grown or sourced and I recognized many of the names of the farms. The menu has an array of offerings that should please just about any diner and they even offer many gluten free choices. I will be back soon!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "You won't be disappointed. Creative, imaginative cuisine and it always works. Why? Because the chef and the bartender know what they are doing. Quality ingredients, local and fresh. Attentive service."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Very excited to see the effort and guts to open an ambitious new restaurant in a rural town and pull it off with flying colors. Kudos all around on the buildout, vibe, professionalism, execution and food. Cheers to all team Fortify!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our third time to visit Fortify in as many weeks, that should speak for itself!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was excellent. However, the noise level made conversation difficult. The waitress could not even hear our order over the noise. We were dining early and the restaurant was not full. The tables are very close together which also made conversation difficult. We would go back for the food."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife and I went for an anniversary dinner. The food and service were excellent. We will definitely be back. Love the local, freshly made food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food was absolutely superbly prepared and presented. Most all ingredients fresh and local. Outstanding food flavor and quality."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Fabulous dining experience! Wonderful menu, great service, beautiful restaurant. Would definitely recommend to anyone!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Great experience, beginning with our warm greeting from Jack. Extensive bar. Try the Blackberry Bramble - delightful! Wonderful menu, both the regular menu and the Wednesday night local farm small plates menu. Excellent service from a staff that cares about your dining experience. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "When we first moved to the mountains there was no point in eating out unless you were enamored of fried chicken and whole trout staring at you from your dinner plate. Now we have a lovely selection of fabulous food and innovative recipes. Fortify is now on our list of recommended dining spots."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was our 3rd visit to Fortify and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Fortify's staff was very helpful and friendly. The menu is incredible & we especially appreciated the Gluten-free and Vegetarian options. The drink special was beautiful to look and a refreshing blend of raspberry and fresh mint."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This is our third time to eat at Fortify and it's officially our new favorite restaurant. It's truly the best food around. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The farm-to-table craze is not a fad it's truly fabulous and Fortify is taking advantage of everything fresh that Rabun County has to offer. The fried green tomatoes are perfection. The special drinks choices are truly special - the jalapeno-cilantro martini with a sugar rim was the best drink I've ever had. The entrees aren't overdone or over priced. The freshness of the ingredients, the seasonings, light sauces, presentation and side item included all add up to an incredible meal full of flavor. The ambiance feels like something old and something new. Exposed brick, hardwood floors and simple but comfortable furnishings. We tried Fortify on the recommendation of friends and we're so happy we did - We'll be back! HINT: make a reservation."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had the pleasure of dining here on 3 occasions and the food is wonderful. The Gouda/Pimento Cheese Fritters are a noteworthy starter. My husband really enjoys the Fortify Salad though I think it is rather plain. The Shrimp Bowl is delicious and so are the chicken and pork chops. Haven't tried anything else yet! Their homemade cobblers are worth the splurge! The wine list is nothing special but decent. I ordered a Cosmopolitan and it tasted over the top sweet. I inquired and the bartender made it with cranberry flavored vodka, YUCK. Be sure and specify the liquor you want in your drink."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "From the moment we entered we felt welcome. The cozy atmosphere set the stage and the friendliness of our waiter made us feel like old friends. Our food, as well as dessert and coffee, was outstanding. We will definitely return and bring friends!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great food with fresh veggies and a different twist to the entree selections. I had the crab crakes which were excellent."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Excellent dining experience from start to finish. Attention to detail, creative menu, scrumptious food with nice presentation. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014