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Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lakerabunhotel.com
  • Phone: (706) 782-4946
  • 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: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • 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 (706) 782-4946

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."Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "As always loved it and impressed friends that were with us for the first time."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Outstanding anniversary dinner at Lake Rabun Hotel! One of our favorite places. Hand-Made Pappardelle Bolognese is "to die for!""
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "This was our first visit and we were not disappointed. We got great service and the food was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Best restaurant in Rabun County. Kudos to Josh, Sam and Chef Ryan"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "It was the perfect mountain hide-away, and the food and service were unforgettable."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Wonderful staff, wonderful food, wonderful place. Never a disappointment!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great food and atmosphere hidden in the back roads of the beauty of the north Georgia mountains!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My wife and I loved the cozy atmosphere and excellently prepared food. The service was personal and relaxing. Truly a great place to dine."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is the place to be at Lake Rabun on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Enjoyed not only our stay, but the food is delicious. Look forward to returning."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The venison dish was superb and the fish was perfect. Good wine and good food and five happy years with the greatest woman."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have eaten at LRH 2x for Valentines Day. The previous year was wonderful, this year was just ok. We waited over 10 minutes to be greated and the service was average. The limited menu wasn't as good and didn't have as much of a variety as the menu the previous time and no substitutions were allowed. Just seemed a bit unorganized and unprepared for the busy day. I will try it again when it's not a holiday."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The fish special my husband had was out of this world! I ordered the filet as we like to share. Too bad I didn't order the fish as that was all we both ate! Filet was not bad, but nothing special. The mash potatoes tasted like they came out of a box with lots of water added to them, could not eat them. We have had several really good meals here and will continue to go, but will lean more towards the specials rather than the steak..."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "A Sunday Brunch birthday celebration with friends was delightful. We were greeted warmly and seated promptly. The menu contained ample choices for the egg and non-egg eaters alike. Orders arrived in a timely fashion, the plate's presentation was very appealing, the food was delicious and the service excellent. All in all the outing was a total delight. We would all be happy to return."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "This is fifth time I have eaten brunch at LRH and each time I get something different. This time I had shrimp and grits and a wonderful green salad with cranberries, pickled ginger, walnuts and baby lettuces with a deliciously light dressing. My friends had one of the breakfast dishes and raved about both. My husband had the waffle and fried chicken. We all agreed we would return even though we live over an hour away."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere are always great, but now there's a new chef and menu to sample. The pork shoulder special on Saturday night was amazing, glad to hear it's coming to this season's menu. Hope to get to try the fried chicken next time, it had sold out by 7:30! Must have been delicious!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Maybe our sixth time back for brunch - always enjoyable with a very welcoming staff - I appreciate the use of local farm and food providers."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "we really enjoyed our meal at LRH. Our waiter was very personable I think his name was Josh... he is a keeper. We will be back in the Spring when we return to our mt. House."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Fine dining in a refined-rustic mountain setting. Brunch entrees like crab Oscar are luscious, and fried chicken and waffles a delicious classic...share an appetizer and leave room for dessert - everything's fabulous! Food is locally sourced whenever possible, Chef Jamie has a light and deft hand, and his presentation is creative and delightful. The service is friendly, respectful and efficient. The ambience is dress-casual and comfortable. Prices are not "cheap" but are certainly reasonable, and the portions are ample. I would recommend the Lake Rabun Hotel for family occasions and that special romantic dinner, even as a weekend retreat for two in the gorgeous N. Georgia mountains. It's a lovely experience."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Second year in a row we have had brunch on Christmas Day. Beautiful food, well prepared, unique staff, lovely setting. Locavore's delight. Trout was perfect, Cajun creme brulee smooth as silk with a nice bite."
    Dined on 12/25/2013