Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant
Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant

Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant

  • 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 7067547295x
  • Special Events: 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 mountains, 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (39)romantic (29)great for outdoor dining (22)fit for foodies (20)scenic view (18)notable wine list (10)good for groups (7)neighborhood gem (7)great for brunch (5)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • LovebabettesVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a Fabulous evening! The service was truly exceptional. Glen Ella Springs is definitely worth the drive through the countryside to get to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A stand out in every way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is our go to place for a nice night out. The ambiance is always warm and welcoming but its an elevated dining experience. Its just not stuffy or pretentious, but it is sophisticated. The service is great, the owners are very nice. We eat outdoors w hen possible but its great inside or outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner
    Stick
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Excellent food and atmosphere, until we were joined by a group of "energetic" older ladies that ruined the ambiance. Maybe we'll have better luck next time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Floridafans
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food was fantastic, from the appetizer through the dessert. Both the beef tenderloin and the grouper were cooked perfectly. We had a wonderful meal with delightful service - so much so that we went back the next night. Just as great the second time. Wish it was closer to home - would drive to eat here on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was good. My macadamia chicken over mashed potatoes with grilled squash was very good. My wife's beef tenderloin was average at best. Very quaint and neat but overpriced. Our waitress, Eryn(?) was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fabulous...........
    JoJo
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This is the "must go to" place for all my visitors.........tucked away in the beautiful mountains.......outstanding food (especially the rack of lamb)....never disappoints in any way...........fascinating history.........beautiful gardens...........just perfect!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aurelio
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was Cynthia and I's 5th stay at Glen-Ella Inn. Each time we throughly enjoy our dining experience at their restaurant. Beautiful setting on the outdoor patio, good service, great dinner and the homemade peanut butter, brownie ice cream for desert is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • simply delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The dining experience at Glen Ella was just remarkable. The food was scrumptious. The wine was velvety, and the molten chocolate cake was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great secret
    Perry2
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    If you have never been here, you owe it to yourself to find it and go. Steeped in history, this is a wonderful place to go visit. The restaurant is fabulous and this is the best dining experience in NE Georgia. Great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    A very pleasant experience. Dinner was excellent, the atmosphere very relaxing and the gardens outstanding. Our server was always there at the right time nod took excellent Looking forward to many more visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We love Glen Ella, we have been coming for years. It is a very special place in the foothills of Georgia. A great place with wonderful food. We also think Mariah is incredible hope she will be a part of Glen Ella for a long time. She does a great job for the owners.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Gem
    Jack
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Glen Ella Springs Inn Restaurant is a special place with great food and a wonderful ambience. I know of no place that is better.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Anniversary Dinner
    eatinggeorgia
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Visited Glenn-Ella for an anniversary dinner with my wife. There are not a lot of fine restaurants North of Gainesville, GA so the choices are limited for a fine dinning experience. Overall Glenn-Ella deliver, with a few quirks. - Location in a rustic area of North Georgia. - Food was very good, but short of "foodie" quality. Wife had a chicken pasta special, which was tasty, but the sauce was a bit too thick. I had a seafood special, with Monkfish that was cooked excellent, although it was breaded and fried. Pan seared would have been better. - Service was very good. Server was eager. - Decent wine list, although only a few "by glass" options. Overall this is a great place to dine if in the North Georgia mountains.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    Rxendo
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great value, secluded, friendly, and unique. Go early to experience the mountains.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off the Beaten Path
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    An evening at Glen Ella is worth the drive. Your car will get dusty, but you will wash your car and go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous scenery and a great meal
    MissyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Always a wonderful experience here. The rack of lamb is a must! We sat outside overlooking th gardens and watched deer frolic in the lawn while dining I. Delicious fare. Doesn't get any better than that.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and Ambiance
    Jack
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    A good restaurant on Bear Gap? Yes, absolutely! Bear Gap Road has the best restaurant for miles around. And, the people who run it are super nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb experience
    Wowed
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was world class and the wait staff was extremely attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    Jack
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Wonderful meal in a neat place--better than ever! The outside garden was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cutting Edge
    Perfect
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    "Heirloom Tomato" Saturday. Everything picked that day, talk about farm to table. Heirloom tomatos worked perfectly into most dishs as well as featured dishes. In addition Ed and Luci the owners are there to see to it that all goes perfectly. How can you beat that. A must go, and you must stay over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 102 reviews are from the Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Always Wonderful
    love2eat
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Just ALWAYS great, in every way. We have enjoyed dinner there several times a year and we have NEVER been sorry we went. We bring house guests there often and everyone always tells us how great the food is.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Repeat visitor
    ScorpVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We have a summer residence near Glen-Ella and always look forward to returning. The food is consistently wonderful, the service always attentive, and the garden views unmatched.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    MSUgirl1946
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Drove out for my birthday dinner. Pretty setting and nice inexpensive wine list. Only wine and beer. Husband had mediocre French soup and my smoked salmon appetizer good. Salmon dinner was awful..no seasoning, cold rice and overcooked cold broccoli. Desserts poor too!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Great out of the way place. We love Glen Ella!! You feel like you have been transformed to another time. So relaxing when you get to their door. Beautiful views from the terrace while dining. Meria (the host) is incredibly accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Glen Ella Springs Chef Bill Excels
    pickyomnivore
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food is superb. I suggest going early, 6PM or so, and sitting on the patio outdoors. Flowers, birds, humming birds and bees will entertain you almost as much as the excellent food, prepared by Chef Bill. Just go with his special, finish with a sorbet. Mmmmm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Djaye
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, Top Quality
    love2eat
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional!!
    JoJo
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Always a wonderful experience in a beautiful setting........
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond Excellent
    LocalTUGal
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Restaurant
    mac3
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Jack
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love going to Glen Ella
    carpdiem
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    What a wonderful location in the woods with beautiful gardens. It's our go to place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful and tasty...
    Likestoeatout
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great location and good food. Nothing else matters.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Find
    MB123
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    Rudytudy
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Country Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing night out
    mgeelai
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality cuisine in the mountains
    pickyomnivore
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT AMBIANCE
    FOXgoers
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.