Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant

4.6
366 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental
Glen-Ella Springs Inn Restaurant is open to the public and inn guests beginning at 5:30 pm. Offering one of the finest dining experiences in North Georgia mountains, the restaurant prepares American Continental cuisine with a Southern flare. The setting is rustic, yet elegant and features fireside and outdoor dining depending on the season. Recognized as one of the Top Dining Destinations in the state, Glen-Ella Springs Inn has long been recognized as a north Georgia favorite.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Continental, Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Evenings: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Tuesday through Saturday.
Please contact the restaurant directly to confirm availability.
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Phone number
(706) 754-7295
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Johnathan Hunt
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Private party facilities
A private dining room is available in the inn's restaurant which will accommodate up to 35 people. For larger groups, 35 to 140 people, we offer our spacious outdoor open air pavilion. The pavilion has drop down clear view panels as well as heaters for use during winter months. Dozens of menu offerings are available for larger groups providing the ability to create a personalized menu for your group. Facility fee or minimum food charges may be applicable.
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Private party contact
Luci Kivett: (706) 754-7295
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Orchard Road
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Parking details
Free parking with handicap access.
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Special events & promotions
Special menus are created and offered on New Year's Eve and Valentines Day. Be sure to make your reservation early to ensure you get your preferred time to dine with us.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 366 People Are Saying
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LC
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sit back, relax and enjoy one of the best gourmet meals in Georgia - that is Glen Ella in a nutshell.

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P
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The restored Glen-Ella Inn made it a great place for history lovers to have a fantastic meal. We had the beef tenderloin ... which was perfect, and the risotto cake and white asparagus were very good. The best combination of great food with pleasantly quiet surroundings that I can remember. The staff was attentive and helpful. Don't miss it!

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KF
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

It was certainly not up to it it’s normal standard. We waited almost 40 minutes for our onion soup, then probably another 10 to 15 minutes for our Andre’s. Mass ramp was pretty good but my husband’s lamb chops or not. We have eaten at this restaurant several times in the past and was looking forward to celebrating My husband’s birthday with a special dinner. But I’m fortunately we were disappointed.

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E
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Our only problem was receiving the check in a timely manner.

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MF
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove from Helen (we had a wine tasting the next day)....45 minute drive and totally worth it. We opted for the Brie, as we had salads for lunch, and it was yummy! We decided to split the shrimp and grits, as we didn’t want leftovers since we were staying at a hotel, and I have to say it’s probably the best shrimp and grits we have ever had, and we are experts. The inn and restaurant are adorable....we are already planning our next visit. ( we ate in the outdoor area, heaters were perfect....only suggestion is some light soft mood music would be nice). Thank you....it was wonderful!

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LB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. My husband had the ahrimp and grits which he said was very good. I had the macadamia encrusted chicken and it was delicious!

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GS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glen Ella is a great experiene and the food is excellent. Small menu, but the choices are exquisite in taste, presentation, and filling. We visited in August of 2016 and Glen Ella was at the top of our list when we came back to the area this October in 2018.

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SH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Restaurant experience with outside dining was lovely. The food was excellent. Beef tenderloin superb. Service could have been improved, but it appeared there were only two waitstaff for outside dining. Suggest that waitstaff explain to diners that their selections are cooked on demand; this would lessen diners' concerns about the wait. Every effort was made for our comfort, especially lighting the lanterns to repell insects. Food quality comares favorably with other restaurants offering "farm to table."

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

Amazing as always! Excellent food,good atmosphere,never rushed.

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TA
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Hard to believe that cuisine this consistently excellent is hidden in the hills near Clarkesville. Have never been disappointed here, but this time was truly superb. Filet, risotto, onion soup, crab cakes, cheese cake, trout, and snapper special were all cooked and presented perfectly. Complemented by quality wine and a friendly server! Great place for date nights, business, or special occasions, and the tranquil surroundings and historic structure add to the relaxed yet elegant vibe.

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AB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place for special occasions. The food is always wonderful......atmosphere is on the quiet side with candlelight....very cozy. Wait staff is attentive and friendly. One of our favorites.

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JD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glenn Ella is the perfect getaway dinner. The staff knew when to be around without you feeling like they were hovering. The meal was well made and honestly one of the best meals my fiance and I have had ever! Great staff with great food. Expect your dinner to take about 2.5 hours which we loved but may not be for everyone. 10/10 would eat here again.

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RW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to step up our game for our 25th wedding anniversary and go to Glen-Ella Springs for dinner. The staff was friendly and the food was outstanding. We are already making plans to take friends and family for dinner at a later date.

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w
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I had the lamb it was excellent. My wife ordered the chefs special and not realizing that salad was à la cart forgot to mention that so she did not get a salad, but that was partially our own fault the vegetables on our plate where a little too mature for our tasting

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Casual elegance. The perfect place for a celebration or a quiet evening with friends and good food. We come back every chance we can! On this occasion, we celebrated our dear friend’s 91st birthday. A wonderful evening on the dining terrace overlooking the lovely gardens at Glen Ella; perfect from start to finish. Warm hosts, attentive and helpful servers. The best crab cakes anywhere! Thoughtful wine selections. And love the southern touches like pecan crusting on the expertly pan seared trout. John is doing a great job in the kitchen. Hosts Ed and Luci Kivett pay careful attention to every detail to make sure each guest has the Glen Ella experience they expect.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great dinner and food waitress was new good service had to check on with kitchen entrees questions.

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r
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

very disappointing. although my wife's beef was good, my lamb was undercooked badly. I asked for medium and this was rare. the sweetpotatoes in the middle of the plate overwhelmed everything there was barely enough room for another side dish. This place was recommended by many others, so I guess I had a case of bad luck. Never again

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WE
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of the way gem! Food and service were excellent!

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TN
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and the food was divine. My husband and I enjoyed our weekend getaway.

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R
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was adequate. Ambiance could use some help. Noise level was surprising high making it difficult to carry on a conversation. A bit of a disappointment.

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PS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We are local residents and have enjoyed Glenn-Ella on numerous occasions. The experience has always been fantastic and we have introduced friends to this hidden gem. All restaurants have off nights and Friday 3 August was definitely one for Glenn-Ella. The restaurant was not busy but the service was very slow and not attentive. The food was not up to their standard either. Too bad. A great place and we will return and hopefully they will be back to their high standards.

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SL
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful evening where everything comes together: great company, location, atmosphere, clientele, food, service & weather!

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DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, attentive service, relaxed atmosphere.

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L
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you all! Lovely evening and wonderful food and wine...and especially beautiful garden!

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!! Best meal we’ve had in a very long time. Your chef is a very talented young man. Jasmine, our waitress, was excellent and very friendly. My parents ate at Glen-Ella and now I understand why they enjoyed it so much. Thank you for a very relaxing evening and delicious meal.

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LP
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, and wonderful atmosphere.
A great place to meet with friends and enjoy a really good meal.

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GS
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Quaint location and environment; recommend taking advantage of this special historical place when in Clayton area. Food was awesome! I would rate this a must try!

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j
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner and breakfast at the inn. Both were excellent.

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LC
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent a most lovely, quiet Fourth of July here for dinner. As usual, food super and service excellent!

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RB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary at Glen-Ella. We had a delightful evening. The atmosphere was calm and relaxing, the service impeccable, and the food so delicious. From the strawberry vinaigrette salad straight through to the home churned strawberry peach ice cream, the dinner was great. I would recommend to anyone Glen-Ella Springs. Don't save it just for special occasions. We will be back, 'just because it's Friday'.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy little restaurant tucked in the mountains near Clarkesville. I had the Beef Tenderloin, and it was melt-in-your-mouth tender. Service was top-notch. Be warned: our navigator took us on an unpaved road that crossed a shallow stream. I suggest calling them for better directions. Restaurant is pricey, but totally worth the cost.

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DW
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place!! The food is always perfect and the desert incredible! So relaxing!

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D
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food...lives up to its #1 rating...the French onion soup, crab cakes, lamb and trout were the best we have ever had...thank you!!

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BG
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have visited this restaurant several times and it has always been very good. The food, wines and service are excellent.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a great anniversary dinner. The Trout was awesome. Really, all courses / dishes were very well done. The only frustration was the service. It's not a large place (6 tables, 3 waitresses) and we were first to be seated and order. Took 2 1/2 hours which isn't an extremely long time but, four other tables that were seated immediately after us were finished a solid 30 to 40 minutes before us.

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DT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and spectacular service!!!! Our server was very attentive to our needs without being bothersome!! A great way to spend our 15th wedding anniversary!!

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SL
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Celebrating Father’s Day w/ family—a great dinner, perfect weather on the terrace...just a wonderful evening! The staff & owners always make you feel right at home.

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J
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, secluded spot. Fabulous food. Jazmine was an outstanding server.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and the wine were great, and the dining room is nice! There was a bit of a delay, but the staff was very accommodating.

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SW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glen Ella never disappoints! We celebrated my MILs 85th birthday and the evening was enjoyed by all! Delicious food and excellent staff!

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