Fortify Kitchen and Bar

4.8
1339 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch:Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
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Phone number
(706) 782-0050
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jamie Allred
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hiawassee St. And North Main St.
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Parking details
Street and public parking
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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R
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to for fall football weekends. The food is excellent as always...waitstaff is well trained and friendly. The nightly specials are always interesting and delicious! We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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b
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We've eaten at Fortify several times...including early in their history. It has continued to maintain a high level of service and food quality even with their success.
I must say that part of my main meal-- on Saturday-- was disappointing. The crab cakes and mashed potatoes were quite unlike a time before...and not in a good way...even as un-complicated as both can be.
My wife's lamb shank was excellent as was the Fortify salad and the special scallop appetizer that evening.
Fortify is maybe the most obvious, positive , tipping point for Clayton Georgia. The town is very much on the rise....and tipping -up--standards at other restaurants and bars in the vicinity.

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KB
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was fantastic. We never wanted for anything! Food was excellent! Local when possible and organic! Staff provided excellent recommendations and our overall experience was wonderful! We will return.

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ME
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We frequent Fortify often and the cuisine is very good. Oftentimes there are seasonal dishes on the menu. We ordered the tenderloin with oyster this time. Unfortunately, the beef wasn’t a good as usual. Otherwise everything was very tasty. Loved the gingered red beets.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. Seating a bit close and noisy, but that was ok. Unique offerings and delicious. The scallops were a bit sandy but the mushrooms and sauce around them were quite tasty. I do feel that there should have been an adjustment on the bill since it was a pricey appetizer. The lobster dinner was wonderful.

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H
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Carlton and Megan made it a superb experience. The food was first rate as usual.

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SP
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fortify NEVER disappoints! The food is always inspired and outstanding, the service is attentive and professional...and the bartender knows how to make a good drink! If you haven't been there you are missing the best restaurant experience within many miles.....

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JB
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was top notch.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing from beginning to end! Carlton’s magical cocktail concoctions did not disappoint. Fortify Sour my fave, my husband loves the shrubs - strawberry peppercorn to be exact. Butternut squash soup heavenly with hickory syrup, fried sage and pumpkin seed pesto. Pork cheeks oh so tasty! Trout exquisite, scallops divine. And the coffee ice cream was the perfect finish. We love Fortify!

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JH
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Fortify. Foodie friend from Florida joined me and we sat at the high top table at the bar, in the window. Cisco was our waiter and the whole experience was wonderful!!

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D
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite. Having a great time each time we visit. Amazing food, local wines, and southern hospitality at its best!

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. We were blown away as Atlanta Foodies that this restaurant in Clayton GA could rival any fine dining in the big city. The pimiento cheese fritters, beef tenderloins, coq au van and duck were fantastic and the portions substantial. The drinks and service were also top notch.

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a
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want amazing food and great service this is the place.

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JR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It use to be THE place to go in Clayton but it has lost its edge. Food was OK but certainly not worth the price. The lobster was tough, soup lukewarm, portions were small and the service was only average. The food actually came so quickly as if mass produced to flip tables fast. Our special evening was truly disappointing and we could have enjoyed a nearby patio restaurant for a third of the price. Plus they never served the birthday treat! Jamie and Jack need to re-regroup and step up their game if they want to keep charging such high prices. Sadly though, they have lost our business. It is just no longer worth the premium prices.

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GT
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Joey was our server. He was very attentive. Keep him on your payroll.

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H
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Wonderful scallops. Very flavorful. My finance had the King cut NY strip. Excellent.
Lovely town. Worth the drive.

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DP
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Fortify! Last night we had the flounder strip appetizer. It could have easily been an entrée if paired with a salad. I had the scallop special which was fresh and delicious, while my wife had the fresh trout, which is always a hit.

Get out of your recliner and go eat at Fortify!!!!!

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DB
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We already love Fortify but tonight was one of our best experiences ever! Everything from the specialty cocktails with Farm2Cocktail shrubs to the venison soup to the tastiest ever bowl with grits, shrimp, chicken and greens.... it was all the best ever! And our server, Joey, was fantastic!

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TW
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came on Friday for my husband's birthday. He advised it was one of the very best meals he'd ever had. Everything we ordered was perfectly prepared and cooked to perfection

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PA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy my experience at Fortify! Manny was our waiter, Carlton pleased with cocktails and Jack was also by the table several times!! Lovely evening. I enjoyed the duck and my sister and friend raved about the trout!

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EO
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. It took longer than normal to get food to the table.

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N
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and also a good value. Friendly knowledgeable staff.

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r
Atlanta
52 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Based on the one 'special' that we knew about we had decided that we would finally order a number of the old and new items listed on the menu for a change. However when were informed about a number of additional specials that hadn't been mentioned on our weekly email from the restaurant we ended up having, the special soup, and the special appetizer, and, one of our dinners was a special (and of course a special 'Carlton' Cocktail), BUT we did get to try the venison listed on the menu. Phew ! Love those specials !
One menu item tried and delicious, many more to go !

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RY
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Recently, my husband and I had dinner while visiting vacationing in Georgia from Florida. I’ve always wanted to eat there and found out that a reservation helps a lot! Our service was very good and our dinner was delicious! I do feel for the portion sizes that were sufficiently balanced it is going to make your wallet a lot lighter. Be prepared for high price! We paid $26 for about 6 rather small scallops and my husband’s duck was expensive. We got an extra charge of $4.50 for a small portion of mashed potatoes which was one of our sides.
However, since it we were celebrating we chalked it up decided to just enjoy 😉

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RC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was great and knowledgeable. The Gouda Cheese Balls were fantastic. I will go back. More to try on the menu. Loved it.

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SB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So nice to find a resturant that is open on Sundays and takes reservations. The chicken livers are to die for. They just melt in your mouth. The lamb shank fell off the bone. Both the special cod dish and trout were delicious. Will return for sure!

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MC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, perfect for a date or a special occasion. Food is first class.

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QB
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening as usual. We’ve been regular customers since they opened and it has been consistently worth it. Jamie and Jack know how to make it happen. Fresh, local ingredients and creativity. Staff is trained to serve, based on your desires, not theirs. Well worth a visit. Beware, addictive.

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SO
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fortify is absolutely top notch in terms of food and service! My favorite restaurant for sure.

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time!

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HB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They really do everything right! Creative appetizers and delicious entrees. Wonderful desserts. If you are in Clayton don’t pass it up. Reservations are recommended.

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EC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love Fortify Kitchen and Bar. The food and service are excellent.

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B
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I just don’t love Fortify. The food is good, not great. (Fortify Pi IS great!) I have enjoyed more creative, less expensive meals several places in Clayton.

Their bartender is great! Cocktails were the favorite part of our meal.

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JA
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fortify is our favorite restaurant in Rabun County. The food is creative and always delicious. The service is outstanding. The craft cocktails by Carlton are amazing. Most of the food is sourced locally - there are so many reasons we love Fortify. We highly recommend Fortify!

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GF
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine all over the country as a result of business travel. This restaurant is in our top 5!!!

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GS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Eaten there twice. Outstanding food and service both times.
Reservations are a must.

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AG
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience as ever!
Food is delicious, great hand crafted cocktails and the staff is excellent!
Love to share this restaurant with family and visitors to the area.

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p
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal in an unexpected small North Georgia town! Reservations a must during tourist season.
Started our meal with butternut squash soup and Gouda fritters- really tasty.
My husband ordered the Rainbow Trout and I ordered the Mahi special and we ate every bite! Rainbow trout was especially delicious. Bill enjoyed the local Stonewall Cabernet and Meiomi Pinot Noir was my choice. We will make the effort to return. Best of luck to Fortify!!!

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PP
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We live in Atlanta & eat at some great restaurantz. Food at Fortify was creative & delicious. Plate presentation outstanding. Spiced duck fat butter offered with bread was addictive. Had hard apple cider which really satisying. Will definity come back.

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D
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlton and Chase taking care of us as always. Mahi special was excellent.

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