Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant

4.8
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
In the mountains of North Georgia the Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant has been welcoming guests since 1922. Restored in 2008, the hotel and restaurant offer the best of rustic elegance. From the antique heart pine walls to the locust beams on our deck, expect unique, local craftsmanship. The decor is rich with period antiques, hand-woven rugs, and local artwork.

It features a creatively prepared and presented Contemporary American menu with a Southern twist in the farm to table tradition. Fresh produce locally grown is hand selected and prepared by our Chef de Cuisine, Travis Cintron, whose entrees respect the natural flavors of high quality, humanely raised and locally harvested food. His kitchen produces cuisines from many regions including Classical French, Southern USA, and Mediterranean. Many guests describe the food at the Lake Rabun Hotel as "the best in the mountains."
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MR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!! The staff were very friendly and helpful!!

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded a day ago

Thank you for 5-stars and for mentioning our staff, as they are the heart and soul of our organization!

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KM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have enjoyed this destination many times. Their Sunday brunch is a favorite!

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your continued patronage!

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DB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful setting, friendly staff, and food quality/preparation that are unbeatable; specialty drinks are creative and well prepared. Staff was a little busy (President's Day weekend, Valentine's Day) and thus could have been slightly more attentive on completion ... getting a bill delivered, taking/processing credit card. But, as typical, it was a great experience. We will, of course, return often

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded a day ago

Thank you for your continued support! We are happy that you enjoyed the ambiance, staff, food, and drinks, however, I am disappointed that the "completion" of the evening wasn't a good experience. We are blessed to have a new point of sale system that has introduced a new training curve for closing checks, etc...We have now mastered it and I guarantee your next visit will be flawless!

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J
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lively and relaxed atmosphere, even on a busy holiday (Valentine's Day). Awesome bartender, highly encourage arriving early for your reservation for a finely-crafted cocktail. We love opportunities for a finel meal here with a special focus on well cooked meats - short ribs and lamb shank are outstanding. The vibe of the place is simultaneously upscale and relaxed - you can enjoy a fine meal in jeans if you like, relax by the fireplace, strike up a tune on the piano and make new friends every visit. We are lucky to be fairly local and come several times a year.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded a day ago

Thank you for such a kind review! We look forward to your next visit!

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e
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an enjoyable evening. From the very beginning the host and then our server went out of there way to make us feel comfortable and welcome. The food was outstanding and came with wonderful presentation. We will be back.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. We are happy that you enjoyed your dining experience and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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CH
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner, as usual! We love to bring our friends here for dinner! The entire experience never disappoints.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

We are glad that you enjoyed "the entire experience" and look forward to many more!

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R
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new menu is outstanding! The trout was delicious & I especially liked Chef’s choice of sides that he paired with it. My husband raved about the wedge salad & the beef special which was a New York strip. The flavor was incredible & cooked perfectly to his liking. The service was exceptional & we will be back soon!

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on February 3, 2020

We are happy that you enjoyed our NEW Winter menu and our service! We look forward to serving you again!

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JR
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely hotel, friendly staff, nice location, excellent restaurant

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on February 3, 2020

Thank you for such a kind review and for 5-stars across the board!

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h
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was terrific and we look forward to returning. To have this amazing restaurant and historic hotel in the forest - how lucky are we? Okay, we're locals. But if you're from Atlanta or anywhere that's a bit of a drive, book a room and stay the night. You won't regret it. The "where you are" can't be beat. The staff is always so welcoming and friendly. (Manager Josh, multi-tasker Kendall, barmeister - Cody).
The Benedict had perfectly cooked eggs with runny yolks (not all chefs get this right) and omlette had just the right amount of cheese and sauce, with a savory smattering of diced proscuitto and veg. Crispy, flavorful roasted potatoes were seasoned so well we ate them all. Biscuits, mmmm. Cleaned our plates. The best part of brunch though, was the Bloody Mary! Bacon and a blue-cheese olive...pickled okra (hey we're in the south). Way to go, Cody! See y'all soon...

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on January 30, 2020

Wow! What a detailed and wonderful review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your dining experience with us and look forward to many more Bloody Mary's to come!

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third time there !! I have loved it every time !!

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on January 23, 2020

Nothing makes us happier than to know that you have "loved it every time!" Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to serving you again in the future!

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LF
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The “new chef” they have had since May continues to do an excellent job. We both had special of bronzino. It was outstanding. Nice crisp on the skin side, moist but cooked all the way through. Flavoring and presentation great. Excellent roasted quash salad also very good. As always, the house focaccia was yummy. We continue to believe this and Fortify the best consistently good and innovative restaurants in the area.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on January 15, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! We are happy that you enjoyed Chef Travis Cintron's cuisine, and we look forward to serving you again and helping lead the "innovative" movement to offer unique, healthy, and locally-sourced cuisine.

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DR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on January 15, 2020

We are happy that you enjoyed your experience with us and look forward to serving you again in the future!

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SB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our first dining experience at the Lake Rabun Restaurant. The ambiance was very relaxing, our server Cody was knowledgeable, efficient and timely. We never felt rushed through our meal, our needs were met the entirety of our dining experience. I would recommend and will certainly return.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on January 15, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your first experience with us, and we look forward to serving you and your family again soon.

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BM
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food. The staff are outstanding.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on January 15, 2020

We are happy that you "consistently" enjoy our food and staff! We love what we do and are honored by your continued patronage.

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a treasure. Unique, cozy and oh so good.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on January 10, 2020

Thank you so much for such kind words. We are honored that our uniqueness and cozy feel are considered a "treasure" by our guests.

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H
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Ambience so charming...their cocktail menu is so creative and unexpected...the Lake Queen gin coctail was deliciious flavored with cucumber and bitters. My filet was very good as was my husband's daily special featuring grilled scallops. Service was very attentive.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on January 10, 2020

We are happy that you enjoyed our unique cocktails, our farm-to-table food, and "attentive" service. It is always our honor to serve our guests, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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P
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Let me tell you about Lake Rabun Hotel & restaurant, if you want an excellent meal, wonderful ambience, friendly wait staff and the best desserts come here as often as you like.. I just love this restaurant.. My husband just passed away 12/14/19 and this was our favorite restaurant in all of North Georgia, so Friday night I took two of my favorite Piedmont singers to dinner for Christmas. It did NOT disapoint! Excellent!! Thank you for keeping all of my memories alive. Blessings...

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on January 10, 2020

We love that our hotel and restaurant is a special place for you and your family, as our core values include bringing people closer to their loved ones and giving them a unique dining experience. We are honored that you brought your friends here to create new memories, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

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SK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Enjoyable indeed, as we have a place on Lake Burton. However the food was fair at best for the price.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on January 2, 2020

I am disappointed that you didn't find our food exceptional, and I look forward to earning another opportunity to serve you.

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P
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service and food in a beautiful location!

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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JR
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

A nice respite during the holidays or any time of the year.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, quaint and well-maintained. The food, beer and service were excellent.

RC
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always. Food and drinks were amazing. Josh and his staff always please. Thank you

G
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Food was great but the service was very slow. There were 7 of us. We waited for our server to arrive. I had to go ask for a waiter after waiting several minutes. We ordered our drinks, mostly water with lemon. Of course he delivered the water and no lemon. Some of us ordered wine. Again several long minutes before it arrived. We ordered the entrees. Some were chicken and waffles. The entrees arrived with no syrup or butter. More waiting for them while the food was cooling. We had to ask for water refills. One of our party had finished his first wine and ordered a wine to go with his entree. When the wine was served, the person had finished his entree and sent the wine back.

The service did not come close to meeting our expectations. I was embarrassed since we had organized the Christmas dinner and bragged about the food and service at the Lake Rabun Inn.

I hope our waiter was just having a bad day and this is not the new normal.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on December 29, 2019

Thank you for your feedback concerning your service. I am disappointed that you did not get to enjoy the southern hospitality we are known for, but happy that you enjoyed the food. We were blessed to be extremely busy on Christmas Day, and I assure you that the issues you experienced were an isolated event. Feel free to contact me, Josh Addis GM, the next time you are available to visit, and I will ensure an enjoyable experience.

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DF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lake Rabun Hotel is my favorite restaurant to visit for any occasion within the 50 mile radius! Love the people who work there and the ambiance. Thank you to all who gave up their Christmas Day to make ours special!

PH
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We could not had a more outstanding dinner on our 3rd Wedding Anniversary! The service with excellent and we had a lovely evening.

My only suggestion:
When I made the reservation for dinner, I mentioned that is was our 3rd Wedding Anniversary. I would have appreciated a different location than where we were sitting. The hostess placed us next to kitchen doorway and right next to the silverware station. Not very romantic for our anniversary but, the food was so delicious that we overlooked our location. I will know to request a more specific location next time.

SS
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lake Rabun is and has all ways been a premier Mountain destination. The Hotel is a great rustic place.
A gathering spot for the N. Atlanta society. So - the food is exceptional - to meet those demands. A must go place to see and be seen.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on December 22, 2019

We appreciate your continued patronage and look forward to serving you in the New Year! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a glowing review. It is our pleasure to serve our guests and our greatest honor. Merry Christmas!

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BM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Food was very good although the menu selections are somewhat limited. Good value two meals 4 glasses of wine and dessert = $100.00 without tip. The service was terrible. Asked our surfer boy waiter for cream and sweet and low for my coffee and he spent 10 minutes talking to his friends at the bar. finally had to ask the hostess to get it. We observed other people having issues with the same waiter. The female waitress there was working very hard and was very good trying to make up for surfer boy.

All in all I don't think we'll be going back.

RO
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time visiting here and it certainly will not be our last. Everything was impeccable!! The staff, service, food, ambiance, and area adventures were just all so amazing!! A must go to spot!!

DF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's my favorite local restaurant as proven by my years of going there with Mom, friends, family and alone. The wait staff is professional and the manager very accommodating and friendly. I'm always greeted by name and with a smile at the front desk...even by new employees. I particularly love their Sunday Brunch and their holiday feasts of which I plan to attend over Christmas.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review! You are our favorite "Friend"!!!!

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TG
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The atmosphere was quaint and very nice ambiance. I believe our order was somehow set aside or something as others arriving after us were served and after our appetizers it was quite a period until someone noticed we had been sitting for some time without entrees at which time the food arrived within minutes. The food was very good as we all ordered different entrees.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on December 4, 2019

I apologize if our service seemed slower for you and your guests than it did for other guests. Due to the fact that we cook everything from scratch, the order in which tables are served out of the kitchen doesn't always correspond to when the table was seated. Each table's order varies and certain dishes take longer than others. Also, tables don't always order based on the same time interval from when they were seated. Again, I apologize and we hope to see you again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

KF
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was a delicious. We have done this several times in the past and are always extremely delighted with the food, service and surroundings.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on December 2, 2019

We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed our annual Thanksgiving buffet and look forward to serving you again in the future!

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NJ
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, great service. Beautiful location.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you so much for your review, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

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S
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff, food and service were all excellemt. We didn't stay at the hotel; drove up with friends for Brunch. For starters we had the pimento cheese fritters - sooo good!
I had crab meat Eggs Benedict👍👍👍; friend had traditional, also excellent. The men had breakfast platters, we all went away content, happy, but not stuffed. Quaint ambiance.
Worth the 1.45 hour trip up and back😊

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you so much for making the long journey to come enjoy our Sunday Brunch! We are more than excited that you enjoyed our food and ambiance and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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GC
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would definitely recommend the restaurant, but not the hotel. The food was amazing...the lodging was not.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on November 17, 2019

We are happy that you enjoyed your dining experience, but disappointed that you did not enjoy your lodging accommodations. We offer a variety of lodging options: historic rooms, cottages, and 5 newer rooms that were finished in 2016. Should you have time, please contact Annie, our Hotel Manager, at 706-782-4946 to provide us vital feedback on the details concerning your lodging that you found unsatisfactory.

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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience!!

NY
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Used wire patio tables covered with table cloth?? Seats very uncomfortable . Fine for a lunch

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on November 10, 2019

I am disappointed that you did not enjoy our outside patio seating. As I am sure you are aware, the outside deck is exposed to variable temperature and humidity conditions which make standard metal exterior tables and chairs the best choice for long term use. I apologize that we did not offer you additional cushions for your seats, as they are always available. For your next visit, I recommend you request an inside table when making your reservation. Thank you for your feedback.

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent everything!

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on November 17, 2019

We are so happy that you found "everything excellent"! That is our highest honor, and we look forward to serving you again in the future!

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r
Atlanta
73 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and we were told they have a new chef. The chef is obviously creative and his recipes and preparation are 5 star. The service was the best and the ambience is always a reason to be here.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on November 3, 2019

Our Executive Chef, Travis Cintron, has brought a new energy to our menus with his unique interpretations of true, globally-inspired, farm-to-table cuisine. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience and look forward to serving you again soon!

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LY
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! We were quickly seated at our requested table, and our server was friendly, smiling, helpful and very knowledgeable and efficient. The food was delicious, the cocktails creative and good and we will definitely be dining at Lake Rabun Hotel again soon!

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on November 3, 2019

We are happy that you enjoyed your time with us, and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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