Fortify Kitchen and Bar

4.8
1215 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
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: Wednesday - 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
What 1215 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The dishes we had were excellent. It started with bread and 2 types of butter ( a pecan maple and garlic cream cheese like butter). I had a barramundi dish with vegetables (all locally grown), my husband had crab cakes and my brother had a steak. The ahi tuna appetizer was killer with a fabulous peanut ginger sauce. Everything on the menu sounded so good it was hard to choose. I would definitely recommend it.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Unique and interesting menu. I would call it Southern Gourmet. Quite a few gluten free menu options. Excellent food.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Was staying in North Georgia for the weekend and drove over from Clarkesville, Ga - about 30 min or so away. Really nice atmosphere - Excellent service, excellent food. There aren’t a lot of restaurants in the area that take reservations and We really glad we chose Fortify.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Carlton greeted us and brought our drinks. Joey waited on us. Everything was delicious. I had the quail with homemade baked beans, hush puppies and locally grown squash. Yummmm. We go back again and again. Never fails.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Great food - great place! Never fails to exceed our expectations

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Excellent food, Service and Value. I highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Love Fortify and always recommend it to people. Proud of the focus on local and house made dishes. Something that’s hard to find. Well run...friendly people. Carlton is a big asset to the restaurant. Megan was our waitress and she was excellent.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Flank steak was delicious. Gouda fritters a staple. Homemade ice cream and sorbet a delightful light end to great meal. Good wine selection. Consistent quality with good service. One of our favorites.

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Noise level has improved (lessened) but is still excessive. Conversation is difficult.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

This was a birthday celebration with family from California. Everything was exceptional and we have never been disappointed at Fortify in our many visits.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The food was very tasteful and was very colorful. The waitress was very prompt and checked on several times throughout our meal. Desert was very good and the waitress was very good at explaining everything to us. Most definitely would go back again.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Delicious cuisine and great service! The gluten free options were a savior.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

First time here. We drove an hour and was worth the trip. The food and service are top notch. Very well priced for the quality. Glad we chose fortify to celebrate our nineteenth wedding anniversary. Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We have dined at Fortify many times over the past several years. I don't usually leave reviews but have dined at this restaurant so many times and have had such good experiences that I felt compelled to leave a review. The food is excellent, fresh, innovative and seasonally focused. It's the best spot in the area for a really nice meal in the lovely town of Clayton, GA and our go-to spot for a special event, introduction to the area for friends or just a treat for ourselves. We eat at many Atlanta restaurants and I would put Fortify up against them. We have enjoyed many of the seafood dishes (regular menu items like scallops and trout and specials) as well as pork chop and beef tenderloin. We had the grouper special on our last visit and it was incredibly fresh and served with an assortment of flavors that were truly unique and satisfying. The gouda fritters are "to die for" and the mussels, fortify salad and charcuterie plate are all winners. Honestly, it's hard to go wrong with the menu - it's very well executed. We have had many wonderful servers at Fortify, but must recommend Austin!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

This has been a long time favorite but this last visit was truly one of the best ever overall! Fantastic service, excellent food, delicious cocktails! We love being there! The only bad thing for us is that we had to attend an event and couldn'take the time to enjoy their delicious desserts & coffee.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Regular on our visits to Rabin County. Never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

We brought friends from Virginia who were visiting Lake Burton. They thought it was AMAZING. Love the food. Loved the wine. The service was better than exceptional.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

The filet almost melted in our mouths. Our server, Chase, was super fantastic.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

You know when you take a person that doesn't dine out often but does enjoy food they will be impressed. Took my Bro-in-Law from Md. and starting with Carlton's special drink of the night (my bro-in-law isn't much of a drinker but he 'went for it' and loved it) then a few appetizers followed by the 'menu item steak' (the perfect thing for him to order) he was smiling and 'wowing' the entire time and he was even game to try the bacon/gingersnap I.C., and again was wowed. He was totally impressed having met Carlton, Jack, and Jeremy that each called him by name, as well as briefly being talked to by Austin, and Chase (who found some reading glasses for him). Not the type of experience he gets in his hometown !
P.S. we also enjoyed EVERYTHING !

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Celebrating Birthday for out of town guest. Fortify never disappoints. We had grouper, trout, crab cakes with local fresh farm to table vegetables. Deserts over the top! Service was on top of every need.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

My husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary this past week and I am so glad we chose Fortify to celebrate at! We started with drinks at the bar (try thr Peche mixed drink...so delicious!) and took our time with an appetizer of clams before ordering our two entrees. I got the grouper special and it was phenomenal, so unique - and hubby had shrimp n grits. Shrimp n grits is one of his favorites ever - and this one was one of the best he’s had. We were so full we had to take dessert to go, but it was fantastic as well! Everyone was super friendly and even took a photo of us outside. The vibe was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our time. Will definitely be back when in the area again! My only downside is that I did make a request for a special dessert when I made my reservations and I never heard a yes or no back. I even called and left a voicemail and still no response. I was hoping to find a dessert with my AIP Diet restrictions, but it turned out fine because I just went ahead and cheated...I mean, it’s 10 years! They definitely had options for ordering paleo or even AIP entrees, though, so it was nice that I didn’t really have to veer off that much. So...now go book a table! You will love it!

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The food was very good. Clams and the sauce were superb as was the grilled romaine. The wagyu hanger steak was tender and tasty as well. The dessert was out of this world. Drinks were poured well too.
Our only complaint was we that we shared the entree but did order one to go - so in essence we did have two entrees just took one to go. The right thing to do for the waitress was to explain the $8 sharing fee. Only $8 but things like that are annoying. She explained appetizers and entrees and the different butters to other table but not ours??

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Fortify never fails to satisfy- excellent food and service! They have put Clayton on the map!

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The food was good, but not exceptional.
The portions were quite small. A tiny filet and a small scoop of mashed potatoes left my husband hungry and not interested in returning. The noise level and the table was small for 5 people and uncomfortable. The clam appetizer was good, but again a little on the light portion side and could have used additional bread. I had the crab cakes & they were good, I had beets but there were very few on the plate.
Maybe because we had a late seating and they were running out of food??
We would hesitate to recommend--maybe with a caution that it is over priced for the food you get.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

From our appetizer to dessert, this meal was perfection. We started with the gazpacho, which was a garden in a bowl! It was flavorful and so fresh! I ordered the veal and it was a very generous portion cooked to my specification. It was very good. For dessert, I had the peanut butter banana semifreddo and this was delicious! I’m very picky about desserts because I bake myself, but this was the perfect blend of flavor and texture, and temperature. Additionally, service was perfect. It was a very satisfying meal. I never mind paying a higher price for a good meal and good service. I highly recommend Fortify!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Amazing 5 star food in a tiny GA town. Our meal here rivaled anything we’ve had in any city we’ve traveled. Plenty of gluten-free options too!!!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

My wife and I stay a week in Dillard, Ga, each summer and fall. We found Fortify through a recommendation from our VRBO host. Dining there is now one of our vacation routines and a perfect way to end the week. We’ve never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Outstanding experience as always. Fortify never lets me down! If you're in the area you absolutely can't miss it!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Trout was yummy as was house salad with watermelon and feta ! Blueberry cake a must

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

I made my reservation using OpenTable, however the hostess wasn't able to find it when we arrived. I had to show it to her on my phone. Once we were seated, everything went well. Our waiter was on point and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The food was excellent and our waitress was so fun and great... she put up with a lot with us running her around and was so patient and kind. We will definitely be back. again. We have a small cabin in the woods. This the perfect place to bring our friends.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

My husband and I ate at the Fortify Kitchen about a year ago and love it. We had purposely drove from Alpharetta GA and stayed the night so that we can have the Brasstown beef served at Fortify. We love it so much the last time that we wanted to eat there again. To our disappointment, Fortify no longer has Brasstown beef on their menu. One of their specials ie rib eye steak was not even locally sourced. Sadly, we will no longer return as we can get similar or better meals in Atlanta.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

A gem in the mountains. From the delicious fried green tomatoes with grilled shrimp and corn relish to the grilled romaine and tile fish special and the flourless chocolate cake , everything was fantastic! We love the owner, Jack and Manager, Carlton. Fabulous!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Wonderful meal

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Great meal! Food had some unique, delicious ingredients. Every bite was delightful. The Caesar salad was outstanding, the Tile Fish on special was superb as well. Service was friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Consistently excellent and never disappoints. Carlton, Chase and Cisco “the 3 C’s” are the best along with the entire staff!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We were fortified!

Fortify Kitchen and Bar make sure that the dining experience is one of satisfaction - satisfaction with the bar essentials, satisfaction with the dining essentials, satisfaction with the total experience of enjoying an evening out, whether with friends, family, or romantic interests.

Fortify's staff make sure (at least Manny did) that you receive their best - whether it's the drink, appetizers, main, or dessert. We were seated promptly, waited on promptly, served promptly, taken care of promptly. And with no prompting (sorry for the alliteration - I couldn't help it).

Fortify is an outstanding choice - one in which we will choose again. With delight.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We don't like the back room...less charming ambiance and extra noisy. Otherwise, this restaurant is a jewel not-to-be missed! Be sure to order the gouda fritters and the mountain trout.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Excellent food as always but service was somewhat spotty, not as good as usual. Hostess was on phone when there was a line of people waiting to be seated.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Great as always > food excellent, service exceptional.

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