Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant

4.7
354 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 354 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
28 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
10 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
16 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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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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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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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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SL
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another great visit to G-E for an end-of-school-year date night. The food was excellent as usual. The atmosphere was timeless and magical. As the last hour of late spring daylight gave way to nightfall, the air on the outdoor terrace naturally cooled down a few degrees. Tiny lights twinkled throughout the garden. The market salad, entrees and dessert set the pace for an peaceful, enjoyable evening. Thanks to all who make it so special each time!

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JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great setting, very good food. Service staff was great. If you are in the neighborhood worth the drive.

One negative - beer was not cold.

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BH
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glen-Ella Springs is a special, one-of-a-kind place and is owned and run by some of the kindest people on the planet. We don’t eat there nearly often enough, but everyone time we do we ask ourselves “why have we not come back sooner”! The food is fantastic and the setting is idyllic. It is a hidden gem in Northeast Georgia that everyone should experience at least once (but hopefully many times) in their lifetime.

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HC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu selections. Everything I’ve tried has been delicious. Our favorite is the lamb. The staff is professional. Owners on site. Clean and Peaceful atmosphere.

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DT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Unusual setting and dining area. The presentation of the meal was top shelf with reasonable portions, reasonable selections, and extraordinary flavors.

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LL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb is absolutely fabulous. There is a limited menu but it is all excellent. There is chicken, fish, beef and lamb as well as salads so something for everyone. The setting is relaxing and the history of the facility which was built in the 1800’s is fascinating.

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LC
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary here as we always try to do as well as many other special occasions thru the year. Hospitality Plus reigns here! The food is consistently excellent. If you are looking for that 'special place' in your life to spend a joyful evening in the heart of a beautiful woods, this is it. You make memories at Glen Ella.

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a
Atlanta
66 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined here several times over the years. Food was inventive and well presented. It is worth the drive.

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ate evening dinner here with my 13-year-old daughter. It was a treat. Loved the wood everywhere, walls and floor and a wood-beamed ceiling. The food was absolutely wonderful (we had the beef tenderloins and the lamb). Our server was obviously new - she seemed somewhat nervous and overlooked a couple of things, but she was very sweet and I didn't mind being some of her first customers. I would definitely want to eat here again if given the opportunity. (And I would love to try a table on the outdoor porch if the weather were accommodating.)

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LC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!Peanutbutter brownie ice cream was amazing.

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have eaten at GlennElla Springs a number of times over the past two decades. It's always been a good dining experience, but this last time was particularly outstanding. The "new" owners of the Inn (they've owned it for a decade now) have done a great job in revitalizing the Inn and ensuring that the dining experience rivals anything you would find in Atlanta. We had crab cakes that would make you think you were somewhere in Charleston. My tenderloin was perfectly prepared and cut like it was "butter." The risotto was creamy and perfectly crusted. The asparagus was tender and not the least bit bitter. The coffee and creme brulee made me think that I was sitting on the Champs-Elysees. It was an excellent meal.

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WM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to Glen-Ella for a get-away weekend and loved it. The restaurant was great. Wonderful service and ambiance. The selection was creative and tasty.

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