Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lakerabunhotel.com/
  • Phone: 7067824946x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Service By Reservation
    Thursday- Friday: 6pm - 10pm
    Saturdays 5pm -10pm


    Brunch Every Sunday: 11am - 3pm

    Special Features:
    Featured Farmer Thursdays (May through October)
    Wednesdays Eat Your Fill Cajun Crawfish and Low Country Shrimp Boil
    Thursdays in April Festival of Wines With Exciting Wine Events Created by Chef/Sommelier Ryan Spruhan
    Sunday Brunch
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Spruhan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We provide catering for on and off site weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridesmaid luncheons, farewell breakfasts, business luncheons, special events and parties.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining may be reserved for corporate or special parties in the main dining room, parlor, covered outside deck, or our Tree Top Deck. We specialize in smaller weddings (100 guests), corporate meetings and holiday parties. Contact us today for availability.
  • Private Party Contact: Jenna Tucker 7067824946x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake Rabun Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer a well lit parking lot on the grounds of the Hotel & Restaurant.
A word from Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
In the mountains of North Georgia the Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant was selected as a BEST OF ATLANTA New and Noteworthy Restaurant 2010, Best Use of a Tank of Gas, and 2011, 2012, 2013 Open Table Diner's Choice Winner.

It features a creatively prepared and presented Contemporary American menu with a Southern twist n the farm to table tradition. Fresh produce locally grown is hand selected and prepared by Best Chef America Honoree, Chef Ryan Spruhan, whose entrees respect the natural flavors of high quality food. His kitchen produces cuisines from many regions including Classical French, Southern USA, and Mediterranean. Many guests describe the food at the Lake Rabun Hotel as "the best in the mountains."
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (31)special occasion (27)fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (26)romantic (26)scenic view (21)great for brunch (12)great for lunch (6)good for groups (6)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Lake Rabun Hotel Restaurant
    gypsyroselee
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We always enjoy dining at the Lake Rabun Hotel. It's such a special experience in such a wonderful location. The pimiento cheese fritters are reason enough to go there. And of course, it doesn't hurt to go outside to pet the resident kitties who are so sweet and affectionate. Josh does a great job in keeping things running smoothly. Marsha and Bob McOsker
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Kept Secret
    GardenMan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our kids gave us a gift certificate for Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant. We opted for dinner and let me say, we were not disappointed. It was wonderful! We had Salmon and Trout...super delicious! We want to go back for an overnight stay. This little secret is tucker away in a cove on Lake Rabun, and totally worth the drive!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Staff the Kitchen
    JECJR
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The restaurant ambience was great and our server was very good however you shouldn't have to wait 35 minutes to get your entrée. The food quality was very good. We enjoyed the red fish, salmon and filet once it arrived. Hopefully the Chef will figure out how to properly staff the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday celebration
    Artifice
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I took my fiancé to the restaurant for her birthday. We had a reservation for 7:15, arrived at 7:05 and were told we wouldn't be seated until our reservation time. We sat at the bar but weren't seated until 7:25 even though there were many tables available. Dinner was very good although the wait was considerable. Overall we were pleased with the quality of the food. Our waiter was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We love going to the restaurant, food is great and Josh is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WAITED A LONG TIME FOR DINNER
    katsing
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We were very disappointed at how long it took us to get dinner. There was only a handful of customers and it took over 30 minutes for my salad, then another 15 till the entrees were served. Had to ask our server when it would be ready, she said 5 more minutes and it took 10. If you are going to have a top chef, I would hope the kitchen would be able to get food on tables faster. I had company from out of town and purposely chose LR rather than going someplace closer. By the end of the evening I was apologizing to my friends and embarrassed at how long it took....our waitress didn't seem to care, which was bothersome...food was ok, but by the time it arrived our bubble had burst and we just wanted to eat and leave.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • VeryGood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    So delicious!!! My favorite items on the menu were the corn fritters, the scallops, and the peach tiramisu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    waiter forgot water, asked if we wanted dessert before dinner served, warm wine(red should be 60-63), loud, other guests too casually dressed. Service just poor. Quality of food was good. Won't be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ODGM
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Wonderful evening. Awesome menu.Fantastic food. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SjA351
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We are always well taken care of at the Lake Rabun Inn Restaurant. Chef Ryan is exceptionally talented and creative. The food is always good and interesting. Particularly important to me is that the food is usually locally grown. We will definitely return
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ONE OF TOP THREE MEALS EVER
    flacritic
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I have traveled all over the US and europe. The last time I remember a meal so perfectly served, executed and conceived by a chef was in Rome,Italy just off the Piazza Narvona. To start at the end, the local blackberries, and rhubarb tart with basil infused on a cornmeal biscuit was genius. The pork chop I had was almost 3 inches thick...and from a local butcher fresh and tender caramelized just a little on the outside. The smoked potato hash mixed with mountain local grown corn was like eating candy. Chef Ryan is truly just....no other word will do...he is naturally gifted, classically trained which I think he didn't even need...a prince to work with. This is a diamond stuck in the mountains between hemlocks and rhododendron.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Father's Day Brunch
    Carolina0241
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I made reservations through Open Table very easily. We have not been to the Lake Rabun area, & enjoyed the drive from Western North Carolina. We really enjoyed the quaintness of the restaurant & the hotel . The interior had a lodge look. We sat on the enclosed deck & liked the rustic wood. We had the cranberry & walnut salad & pan seared sea scallops--delicious & very interesting flavors & textures. Loved the Flourless chocolate cake for dessert. The service staff was attentive. The grounds were well kept & the landscape was lush. We really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere & plan to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • robin
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    As always loved it and impressed friends that were with us for the first time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely lake dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had a wonderful time and the food was awesome. We arrived early and sat at the bar. The atmosphere was warm and rustic. The service was pretty good. The food was really delicious I had the soft shell crab. I wasnt crazy about the artichoke dip it was too watery. But the other appetizer was good. I recommend trying lake rabun hotel.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Chef
    pickyomnivore
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This was our first trip after hearing great reviews for several years. However, the chef that had been getting great reviews was gone. The new chef was good, but less than stellar. In particular, the crawfish bisque had an intense, unidentifiable flavor somewhere between scorched chocolate and coffee. Not much crawfish flavor left. Chicken was good, beef was undercooked on one side, bread was so so. Service was good. We were seated 20 minutes after our reservation and did not get a great table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Once again we enjoyed our dining experience at the Lake Rabun Hotel. It was particularly good to see Josh the former manager back. He adds significantly to the enjoyment of the experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • naturally flavorful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food at Lake Rabun Hotel is not pretentious. The flavor of the food reflectes the natural ingredients they use and the talent of the chefs. Anything you eat sounds and looks familiar but the flavor is elevated because they use local ingredients.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luv2EatOutVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Outstanding anniversary dinner at Lake Rabun Hotel! One of our favorite places. Hand-Made Pappardelle Bolognese is "to die for!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Johnny
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This was our first visit and we were not disappointed. We got great service and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Gem
    cabinman
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Great little gem of a restaurant/bar on Lake Raburn. Fresh, "nouvellle" food with a focus on local ingredients. The local trout is especially good. Bar is small, but serves traditional and modern cocktails. Worth a visit, for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food; Fair Service
    Jack
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food preparation was outstanding at Lake Rabun Hotel. The choices on the menu were very appropriate. The ambiance was refreshing and invigorating. Service was poor. Servers lacked basic serving skills, mixed orders, and brought entrees without all of the food items. Based on my experience, this restaurant is definitely worth a dining try as long as you do not expect much in the way of fine dining table service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wednesday night buffet
    Butch
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    All was good, food,service,ambience and of course the scenery,being our 31st anniversary we felt this would be a special evening since it all started 31 years on the docks of Lake Rabun and it was, the only issue we encountered was you ran out of crawfish after we received our 1st portion, not a big deal but a concern, plenty of shrimp thou, but Thanks again for a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Aida
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This is our third visit to Lake Rabun Restaurant. Beautiful setting, friendly staff and delicious food. We will definitely return to it whenever we are in this area.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 342 reviews are from the Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Superb Evaenig
    RickVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Best restaurant in Rabun County. Kudos to Josh, Sam and Chef Ryan
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Rustic setting
    Joyce
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Wonderful small Restaurant...with a new Chef that is even better than the previous, highly recognized, Chef; who was wonderful. Menu has new and inventive food pairings that showcase the Chef's Louisiana background. Wine selection was excellence and reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    sarahjean
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We had a reservation for 7:00 at were sat promptly when we arrived. Food was delicious - I had the crab cakes & my husband had the shrimp & grits. For dessert we had strawberry shortcake - very happy with our meals! A lot of wine choices & a full bar...no cider beer though, only tiny complaint. Hope to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reputation deserved
    Gamtnmike
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We chose a weekend getaway to the Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant based on a favorable on line review. We found the review to be spot on. The hotel was small and charming and we found the restaurant to be spectacular. The menu is not vast but covers all the category basics and is based on a local farm to table philosophy. We dined there on two consecutive nights and both meals were excellent. The fist night my wife had blackend Drum and I had seared scallops. Both dishes were served with very creative side dishes prepared using local mixed greens. The second evening I ordered a slow cooked pork shoulder served over local sun chokes and my wife chose shrimp and grits. Our desert was a very rich buttermilk pie. A great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Magic!
    SplendidLady
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    It was the perfect mountain hide-away, and the food and service were unforgettable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Great restaurant in the middle of nowhere. It's a shame that the restaurant is in such an out of the place location, but a great meal if your are staying at the b&b.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Every part of our dining experience was wonderful! The servers were knowledgeable about the food and the drinks. The manager worked right next to his staff and also checked on the diners. Then I can't even fully describe how rediculously good the food is! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lake Rabun Hotel
    CaC294
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Wonderful staff, wonderful food, wonderful place. Never a disappointment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Aida
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This is our second time at this restaurant and it was better than the first. I had the poached flounder which was superb. I finished the meal with the dark chocolate frozen custard and it was the best I've ever had. We will definitely return whenever we visit this area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great food and atmosphere hidden in the back roads of the beauty of the north Georgia mountains!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and environment
    eatz4me
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My wife and I loved the cozy atmosphere and excellently prepared food. The service was personal and relaxing. Truly a great place to dine.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Enjoyed not only our stay, but the food is delicious. Look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This is the place to be at Lake Rabun on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going to the Lake Rabun Hotel
    gypsyroselee
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Going to the Lake Rabun Hotel is always a fun experience. The servers, the fellow diners and the ambiance just totally work. It was great to have Josh and Samantha back - they are the real deal. Thanks for a great evening! Marsha and Bob McOsker
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top 3 in Area
    robin
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We have a group of friends that enjoy 'Fine Dining' and living in Hiawassee, Ga have placed The Rabun Inn as a 'Top Three' restaurants within a 50 mile radius.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Venison
    MrFood
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The venison dish was superb and the fish was perfect. Good wine and good food and five happy years with the greatest woman.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    DeVaughnH
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    If you're not from the area (Me and my date were visiting Helen,GA) for the weekend. Then the drive up the mountain could be quite the adventure. The food was amazing. Service was the best ever. Quality iof the food was by far best. Portions could be a little larger though. But the manager greeting us kindly. Servers kept checking on us. How was food. Even the manager stepped over a few times to check. The valentines day special menu and deserts are the best! Chef came out at the end of the night and asked us about our food and told us about the dishes we had and why he added specific ingredients. I would recommend this place to anyone!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate