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Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant
Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant

Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.glenella.com/our-restaurant/
  • Phone: (706) 754-7295
  • Hours of Operation: Evenings: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Beginning in September, our restaurant will be closed most Sunday and Monday evenings with a few exceptions. Please contact the restaurant directly to confirm availability.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental
  • Executive Chef: Bill Wilder
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: A private dining room is available in the inn"s restaurant which will accommodate up to 35 people. For larger groups, 35 to 140 people, we offer our spacious outdoor open air pavilion. The pavilion has drop down clear view panels as well as heaters for use during winter months. Dozens of menu offerings are available for larger groups providing the ability to create a personalized menu for your group. Facility fee or minimum food charges may be applicable.
  • Private Party Contact: Debbie Brunen (706) 754-7295
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please call directly for Thanksgiving Buffet reservations 2014.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Orchard Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking with handicap access.
A word from Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant
Glen-Ella Springs Inn Restaurant is open to the public and inn guests beginning at 5:30 pm. Offering one of the finest dining experiences in North Georgia, the restaurant prepares American Continental cuisine with a Southern flare. The setting is rustic, yet elegant and features fireside and outdoor dining depending on the season. Recognized as one of the Top Dining Destinations in the state, Glen-Ella Springs Inn has long been recognized as a north Georgia favorite.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We were not sure there a restaurant of any kind would materialize in the middle of the forest Google Maps was taking us through. But it did at the last minuter and it was wonderful! A beautiful English Garden lies behind this historic inn, the prefect match for the charming ambiance of inside. Food was exceptional. Overall a great find."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Took a friend there for a special birthday. Food was delicious, nice ambiance and excellence service. And, the crème brulee was the piece de resistance! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This restaurant is a great place for a special ocassion if you have the time to scape from the city and spend a night out in the GA mountains. Food is very good for the area, and good overall. A must try."
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "We dine here about 5 times a year and have been doing so for several years. We have never been disappointed. The food is always excellent."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Always a wonderful experience in a beautiful setting........"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • " All fabulous! Great atmosphere, setting, and service. Everything is always really delicious, but my favorite is the Lamb Chops. Best in North Georgia in my opinion. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The restaurant at Glen Ella Springs Hotel is excellent. The grounds and historical building are beautiful. We loved the twiggy and whimsical garden off of the back deck. We were seated at the exact time of our Open Table reservation by very friendly and professional folks. The food kinda had a farm to fork flavor with a foodie twist! Excellent menu choices and the cinnamon ice cream with bread pudding was inspired. Mary and I both had the salmon as we split the plate as we just can't eat large portions. There was no problem having the entree split. In summary, beautiful venue, great service (inn host dropped by our table for a nice chat) delicious food!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "What a wonderful location in the woods with beautiful gardens. It's our go to place for special occasions. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Glen-Ella Springs restaurant is a quiet place with outstanding food. It is located in a pristine Blue Ridge mountain valley. The ambiance takes a person back in time but the food brings you right up to date. A wonderful place for adults to enjoy dining!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Great location and good food. Nothing else matters."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Both entrees we ordered--chicken and grouper--were amazing. Even the spinach salad was top-notch. Excellent food, very good service, and reasonable prices. We will be back."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Our dinner at Glen-Ella Springs was out of this world!! We enjoyed the crab cakes, fresh salad, the sorbet (nice touch) and entrees of chicken and beef medallions! The service was excellent, and the atmosphere was perfect for a quiet dinner. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Glen Ella has been one of our favorite local restaurants for years. Their lamb is simply out of this world. The rural landscape and rustic ambiance is charming. The owners and staff are friendly. and the service is outstanding."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The food was fantastic! Even the breakfast was amazing! My boyfriend is a chef, and he definitely enjoyed it. We also loved the cranberry sorbet. We wanted more! Thank you for a wonderful dinner!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "You'll always find good food here, along with a wonderful atmosphere, whether you're sharing the evening with a loved one or with special friends and family!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Go early in the evening when it is quiet. We did 5:30 on Saturday evening. Sit on the patio. Slip the cat some fish."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My husband and I have been going to Glen Ella Springs for dinner for many years, maybe 20 years. I love the location, down a dirt road. Our visit on March 6, was for my birthday. I invited 8 people plus my husband and myself. It was the perfect place to celebrate my big birthday. Thanks Glen Ella!!!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We have a house at Lake Rabun and had not been to Glen Ella in several years. In our earlier visit the food was fine, but in this visit, the food was outstanding. Creative dishes, substantial servings, lots of good vegetables. A number of good choices on the wine list at a substantial discount to prices in Atlanta restaurants. Finally, and best: a warm welcome, excellent and friendly service. We will be going back soon."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We took two dear friends out for dinner at GE to repay their kindness and hospitality when we couldn't be with family over the holidays due to weather and illness. We are so glad we chose GE as a place to do that. The food was fantastic (as it always is) and the service equally so. My husband had his favorite, shrimp and grits dish, and said it was better then ever. I had the special which was halibut with jasmine infused rice and it was lovely. Our guests had salmon and chicken respectively and thoroughly enjoyed them. We had brie in pastry with sliced apples drizzled with caramel for an appetizer and it was perfect to share. Dessert was key lime pie, another favorite of my husbands, and it was outstanding."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a delightful Valentine's dinner here and were placed, as requested on Open Table, next to one of the fireplaces. The rack of lamb was perfectly cooked and the seafood and pasta was delicious. Lovely evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "All the food was great. We stayed at the inn and the restaurant alone will keep us coming back. The Valentines special menu was very good and the portions were generous for such high quality food."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "There are very few good restaurants in the Lake Rabun/Lake Burton area, but this is one of them. The ambience is wonderful. We were there on a cold winter night, and the fireplaces and warm surroundings of the late 19th century inn were perfect. The wait staff is attentive and well trained, and the other people we met were friendly. The food was good but not excellent. Appetizers were a very good French onion soup and nice crab cakes -- properly prepared but nothing special. Beef tenderloin (cooked as requested), with excellent potatoes and OK green beans, and my wife had some delicious lamb chops. But the side dishes and sauces were barely warm. Good wine list. The kitchen had an off night but we definitely will return."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Food was awesome! Had the lobster tails for New Year's Eve and they melted in our mouth."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My husband and brother had the New Zealand lamb - it was excellently prepared. I had the special of the day, monkfish, which was very good. My sister and her husband had the beef tenderloin and it was also very good."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Two members of our party ordered the scallops (OK we are in the mountains so what were they thinking?) Actually the scallops were fine but the bacon they were wrapped in was too hard. The server noticed that most of the dish went untouched. She immediately offered to remove them from our bill and asked if we wanted something else. We were fine and grateful. Within minutes the manager came by and apologized. That won major points, but in the name of above and beyond they actually called me on Thanksgiving Day to apologize. We had a good meal, well priced wine, and enjoyed the setting. I'd highly recommend you give them a try."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Always a great experience. Wonderful food, impeccable service and beautiful setting."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "1 had - French Onion soup - loved it! 2 had Taco Soup - too spicy - tasted it later that night. 3 had Trout, 1 had Salmon; all had terrific flavor but, all were cooked too long and were dried out.. Expected and wanted a remember able dinner - it wasn't and it wasn't worth it."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We had a later reservation on an off-night. Food was great. Service was friendly and attentive. It was our anniversary, so we also received a small gift. We'll definitely go again, and take friends. Be aware this is located on a gravel road, don't think you're lost. Best access is from Hwy 441."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Have been here for events with heavy horderves which were very good. Heard someone say their restaurant service and food was also very good. So for our 42nd. anniversary we decided to try it out. We had a nice quite evening sitting by the fire place on a cold night with great food. Can't get any better than that ! Would certainlly reccomend it Glen-Ella to anyone. This is also a great Bed & Breakfast if your looking for a nice quite spot in the mountains with great food."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "The Glen Ella Springs restaurant was absolutely wonderful!! Everything we ate was delicious and well prepared. The staff was very attentive. We highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "Whether you stay a the Inn or not the restuarant is outstanding. The food is prepared with a great deal of care, and the presentation is great. The taste of everything is fresh. I had the tenderloin and have had no better one from Bern's in Tampa, Morton's, Ruth Chris, etc. It is a great place to celebrate an anniversary or honeymoon. The staff was courteous and attentive. Just an outstanding experience."
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "Everyone you take to GES will be shocked such a gem hides in the woods in North Georgia. Honestly. You may take the most well-traveled Fortune 500 CEO restaurant "aficionado" (you know the type ;-) ) to GES for dinner and all they will do is rave afterwards... "I just never would have guessed such a fantastic restaurant could be 'hiding' out here like this?!" Looking for a great dinner and evening? You cannot go wrong at GES. It is the perfect dinner answer."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Would highly recommend. Very relaxing and put of the way location. Have to know where you are going or could easily get lost. Turn of the century facilities but very charming. Best rack of lamb I have ever eaten."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Beautiful setting. Delicious lamb. Nice wine offerings."
    Dined on 9/4/2013
  • "This is my favorite restaurant. People are so friendly and personable. Owners treat you like family. Food and wine delicious! Server very attentive. Fantastic experience always!"
    Dined on 9/3/2013
  • "The salads and main courses were fantastic. Best Key Lime pie I have every had!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "It's always a treat but must have been an off night. Disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "This is a great place to eat if you are in the north Ga. mountains. We were staying in Helen and found it to be a very easy drive to the resturant and well wort the effort. Great place for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "Very nice people and great food served overlooking a beautiful garden with a glen beyond. The drive to get there is well worth the trip. Portobello mushroom salad was outstanding and New Zealand rack of lamb were best we've ever had."
    Dined on 7/2/2013
  • "Fabulous!! The historic Inn was a very interesting and beautiful place to see. The restoration of the Inn was superb. The personnel, the service, the Inn, the gardens, the grounds, all were excellent. Our group of 6 ordered a variety of meals and each meal was beautifully presented, delicious to eat ,and generous portions. Definitely a return visit is in the future."
    Dined on 6/25/2013