2-Day date trip to Clayton and we reserved a time for dinner here. Food was superb and wait staff was very attentive. I would have preferred a little bit quieter, but that wouldn’t stop us from dining here again. We actually visited next door at Fortify Pi the next day for lunch!
The question that I suppose many 'regulars' ask themselves is whether it's the imaginative menu and drinks that keep you excited about arriving for your meal, or ? Is it the rarely changing and very knowledgeable/helpful staff ?
Great creative menu. Service good. Wonderful place for a special night out.
Firstly, downtown Clayton GA has gone thru a revitalization period and there are several new restaurants. Fortify is one of them and was spectacular. We had special cocktails that were delicious. Our server, Austin, was attentive and knowledgable. I had the grilled romaine salad and it was amazing. And then we both had the trout. No room for dessert, but we had the coconut poundcake with strawberries anyway. Yummicious!
The ambiance was rustic yet elegant and everyone wanted to please!!
Loved Fortify and will be back again.
Another great Fortify experience. Very friendly service, although not always completely prompt, as place was very busy. Probably best and most unique Ceasar salad ever! Entrees were mixed - some very good, some better-than-average, but not up to usual stellar offering.
Absolutely the best food and cocktails I have ever had!! Can’t wait to go back!!!💕💕💕💕
As always, Jack and his team make you feel right at home when you arrive. My husband is a real food and does all of the cooking at our house. The oysters appetizer that evening was one of “the best things I’ve ever tasted!”
Tiffany was wonderful. World class. Food as always Dynomite!! Thank you. Steve and Elaine
Excellent again! Such an awesome local restaurant! Very awesome!
Always the best drinks and food.
Enjoyed our fourth (or fifth?) dinner; one of us always gets the filet after hearing it touted on Georgia Traveler (Atl PBS or GPB?) a year or two ago. The other gets seafood and the special striped bass was indeed special during this visit. The collards/rice or grits cakes were very good together with the bass. Also found the Monticelllo Jefferson Cabernet to be very smooth. We split the special Tiramisu and after dinner it was very good but almost overwhelming and it would have been good to have a couple of others to share it with. It was somewhat richer and has less "cake" than many we have had before. We liked it very much and will be more cautious before getting it again. However, we wouldn't have wanted to skip the wild boar soup at the beginning that was also very good with several savory pieces of boar.
Great experience from the front door to the check. A must try restaurant. The meal and service was 5 star and I’m comparing to experiences from Washington DC to New Orleans Louisiana. Will definitely go back again.
I'd been hearing about this place for a while and it lived up to the hype! Real supurb food with inventive combinations and attentive service. Not a single off note.
Usually at Fortify for dinner but wanted to try Easter brunch. They didn't let us down - everything was wonderful!
Sweet Bread basket can be done a bit better job. Saw the basket, was definitely not up to Fortify’s standard. Such as a cinnamon roll was cut in half - that made the basket looked less appealing and again, not up to their standard. The taste was great. My main entree was fabulous! Thank you for a great dining experience. Will come back for sure!
All of the restaurant staff were friendly and eager to please. We got there early to have a few drinks before dinner and the hostess kept us informed of when our table would be ready. We were even able to sit down earlier than our reservation. The food was fresh and cooked to perfection. We will definitely be back again!!
Do not miss the Fried Green Tomato appetizer!
A good visit, but not great. They were very busy on a Friday night, including a party of 17. Kitchen struggled to keep up.
The atmosphere and the food were both fantastic, and for this reason, we would come back. They really need to anticipate their crowd level though, as it took forever for us to get our drinks, then a very, very long time again for us to get our food. I don't blame our server, as he was very personable, and we saw him check with the bar a couple of times, and again with the kitchen...I think they were just understaffed at both the bar and in the kitchen. That being said, we went back the next night for a cocktail, and it was about half as full as it was the night we went...so maybe it was just a fluke. The food really was amazing though, and the staff is very friendly.
Fortify is 40 minutes from my house yet I eat there as often as possible. The front of the house is run by an outstanding guy who treats everyone with genuine & heartfelt friendliness while running what certainly appears to be a smooth sailing ship. The back of the house prepares some of the best food choices in or out of the area. While I look for "old standards" on the menu, I'm always thrilled with what Chef Jamie comes up with for specials and farmer dinners. The wine list is not my favorite but it has some decent selections and the corkage fee is quite reasonable when we bring our own wine. The vibrant bar scene showcases some great mixologists behind the bar spinning out cocktails that don't just have fun names, they also actually taste like something you want again and again. This place has brought Clayton to a whole new level of fine dining while managing to maintain a down home feel. I haven't had lunch here yet so I can't attest to its attributes but I hear great things! I'm so grateful that Fortify exists in my world!
From the moment I walked in the door we were greeted right away by a friendly hostess ! The ambiance was comfy and clean. The selections of specials as well as the menu made it hard to decide there were so many food well planned dishes!
I chose the duck with a dried dog demiglaze fingerling potatoes with wilted spinach and the veggie of the night which was beets with ginger and honey! Yummy!!
Jeremy our waiter was friendly helpful and just great! If you are in the area DO NIT MISS!
This is an outstanding restaurant, a gem in Rabun County. Excellent menu, food expertly prepared, cocktails are awesome, very unique. Atmosphere is very trendy. A real foodie’s dream!
Everything was phenomenal!
We were spending a few days in North Georgia celebrating an anniversary staying in an old cabin out in the country. It was great and 15 minutes or so away was this restaurant with great food, what could be better
The food and service was excellent. Great atmosphere. It’s always a treat to eat at Fortify
Fortify is amazing! The food is amazing the drinks are spectacular! The best bartender anywhere! Get well Carlton we miss you!
We live an 1 1/2 hrs away and was well worth the drive ! Looking forward to the next trip.
Took my wife for her birthday and we were both stunned at the quality of food and service. It was everything I wanted the evening to be, right down to the old fashion.
Fortify is always a great choice. The food is consistently excellent and they treat you very well. Not a cheap meal, but well worth it.
Very enjoyable, but seemed a bit "claustrophobic" with closeness of tables. Perhaps a bit too pricey for the type of ambiance of the front dining area. Food was absolutely outstanding as was the service (excellent wait staff!)
Amazing food, service and total experience. Always consistent. Grilled romaine Caesar salad is a must and the filet is exceptional.
This restaurant is our favorite place - delicious food and always a lovely experience!
The 'staff' at Fortify thankfully rarely changes. As people that dine out almost every night we can attest to the fact that there are NONE better.
However, this week there was a new man that had started about two weeks ago and was still 'in training'. Well ,,,,,,,,, perhaps he came with exceptionable skills, but if not the direction he had been given in his two weeks is certainly commendable as he was 'on top' of all of our wishes and needs, as well as very personable, which I know has to be difficult for someone as young as he is when dealing with a couple as old as we are. (did I hear my English/writing teacher just roll over in her grave, run-on sentences, phew) !
So if you haven't been,,, know that again we dine out nightly, 50% + of the time at 'fine dining' restaurants and none of the remainding destinations are 'fast food, and rarely even 'chains' but may not be considered 'fine dining'. Thinking we are 'qualified' restaurant reviewers know that the the food is not only innovative, but top quality and well prepared, and you will feel great leaving a BIG tip when you experienve the service !
(Watch the man at the bar (Carlton) on the Fortify Facebook/video and and you'll go just for a beverage) !
Very good food and service on a week night in March. Not as full as usual so less noisy. Really loved the scallops on risotto and spinach nestled in some oyster stew. Delicious!
We both had the Filet Mignon. It was excellent! Probably the best we’ve ever had! The service was great and the setting was delightful for our 41st Anniversary celebration. We look forward to our next visit and will recommend Fortify to all our friends!
Elegant food and drinks. Great for large groups. Really liked the homemade ice creams for dessert.
First time after multiple recommendations. Found the atmosphere nice and the food was fantastic. The only thing that topped the meal was the service by Austin and others. Great experience !
Great food as always. Table next to bar was loud and service a bit off and delayed for some reason. All in all another great food experience here .
Cocktails and dinner, excellent as always. Love the Gouda fritters...always order them! Service and food is the best!
Great spot in the North Georgia mountains; wonderful food and fun ambience.