Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant

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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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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 4 days ago

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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r
Atlanta
70 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
8 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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J
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve loved going to eat there for years even though it’s 1.5 hour drive.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on November 3, 2019

Thank you so much for making the long drive to come enjoy our farm-to-table fare. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to serving you again soon. FYI...you could always stay in one of our unique hotel rooms and avoid the drive back!

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DB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife for her birthday. It was a rainy Friday evening, however the warm, welcoming, and secluded feeling made it a memorable occasion. We've eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. The food is excellent and the service is always spot on. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a special dinner in the North Georgia mountains.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on November 3, 2019

We appreciate your kind review and are so happy that you and your wife chose us as a destination to celebrate her birthday! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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OT
Savannah
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose dinner here for the location and were pleasantly surprised with an amazing meal. Seasonal salmon and trout preparations were both wonderful. Ask to be seated outside (gas heaters on enclosed porch).

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on November 3, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a glowing review, and we are happy that you enjoyed your food and the Locust Deck!

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M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, drinks. Exceptional service.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on November 3, 2019

Thank you for a 5-Star review!!!! We are happy that you enjoyed our food, drinks, and service!

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JH
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We ordered crab cake appetizers, salmon dinner and the special dry aged ribeye that I was really looking forward to. The crab cakes were good and the only reason this review gets 2 stars for the food. The salmon was dry, under seasoned and had a long hair under it. The $45 steak was HORRIBLE. I ordered medium rare and it came out charred. The only edible part was the very center as the outer few inches were like a porous piece of charcoal. The servers were very friendly but but with other tables so I tried to eat the center. We were eventually given a “complimentary” piece of cake to make up for it but more than 2/3 of the steak went to waste. We have both worked in the food industry and understand the struggles that come with it so we rarely mention any problems but this experience ruined a trip that we were excited about.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on November 3, 2019

I apologize that you did not enjoy your experience at our restaurant, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Our policy is to always replace a dish if a customer is unhappy, and I am sorry that this offer was not extended to you. Please contact me directly at the hotel at 706-782-4946 when you are available to return, and I will make sure that your experience is much better. Thank you, Josh Addis, General Manager

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JH
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wife and I stayed at the hotel for our anniversary and had a great dinner at the restaurant. The food was all delicious, and the service was great. We would not hesitate to stay at the hotel or eat at the restaurant again in the future.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 23, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review! We look forward to serving you again in the future and invite you to sign up for our weekly newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where we post frequent lodging and dining specials!

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G
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing from the food to service. Cody was our server and he made some epic drinks for our meal as well. A gorgeous hideaway that I can’t recommend highly enough.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 23, 2019

First, thank you for mentioning Cody, our bar manager, as he is not only a talented mixologist, but also a dedicated hospitality servant who works hard to ensure you have the best experience. Secondly, we are happy that you enjoyed our farm-to-table dining, and in your words, our "gorgeous hideaway"!

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J
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have had Sunday brunch at this hotel many times and they never disappoint.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 23, 2019

We thank you for your continued patronage and look forward to serving you again in the future!

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MD
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sisters and had a reunion at Lake Rabun. We spent every summer of our childhood at the lake, and everything about our experience reminded us of how much we love Lake Rabun. The server was friendly and efficient, the trout was perfect and apple cobbler was delicious!

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 23, 2019

We are so happy that you were able to continue your tradition of spending quality time with your family at Lake Rabun and that you enjoyed our service and food! We hope we become a frequent part of this tradition and look forward to serving you and your family again soon!

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AT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The only thing that was a little uncomfortable was getting seated out on the patio when the weather was turning cold. A few people had to get up and go get jackets and change into warmer clothes. One if the staff came out and even mentioned about the cold and we needed the heaters out but I guess by then it was to late.
Everything else was wonderful! The staff and the food were amazing!

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 23, 2019

We apologize if you were uncomfortable while being seated on the Locust Deck. You are correct that the unpredictable North Georgia weather turned cold in a matter of hours! Fall finally came! We were blessed to have Summer temperatures up until that evening, but I am glad to inform you that the deck heaters were in use the next day and will be ready for your next visit. We thank you for your review and look forward to serving you again in the future!

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RF
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy staying at Lake Rabun Hotel very much! Very relaxing and nice to meet other persons staying there also. The restaurant is also nice to visit whether you are staying at the hotel or not. Love the pimento cheese appetizer with pepper jelly. Dinner specials are always interesting and unique. Can't wait to go back for another stay.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 20, 2019

We are happy that you enjoyed a relaxing stay with us and our new Autumn menu! Thank you for leaving such a wonderful review. See you again soon!

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CG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place! Wonderful staff, great menu and at a good price.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 16, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. It is our honor to serve you, and I am more than happy that you enjoyed our staff and menu. See you again soon!

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

It was an anniversary dinner and we asked for outdoor seating. Although it was less noisy outside the raucous table behind us made it less than pleasant. Our waitress was the best part of the evening but even she could do nothing the help the filet I ordered. It tasted like it was spoiled. I opted for the vegetarian special which was interesting, but I wouldn’t order it again. The manager was apologetic and comped part of the meal, but overall it was not worthy of another try.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 16, 2019

I apologize deeply that you had such a bad experience, and I have sent you a detailed private message containing a special offer. As I explained on Saturday, we were short-staffed in the kitchen due to an unfortunate accident that occurred earlier that afternoon that hindered us from offering the service for which we are generally known. I look forward to the opportunity to earn your business, again.

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JN
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant for dinner in celebration of our 10 year anniversary. From the moment we walked in the door to the moment we left, we were treated as the only couple in the restaurant. The drinks and filet we incredible! I highly recommend them!

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 13, 2019

Thank you so much for such a kind review. I am so happy that our staff made you feel special...because you are! Happy Anniversary (again!) and we look forward to serving you again soon!

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l
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First night of a new menu - interesting combinations, very tasty. Definitely worth going back and exploring that menu some more.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 6, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind review, and I am glad that you enjoyed our unique ingredient combinations!

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MP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Salad was salty and they argued there was no salt on the salad. The rainbow trout had to be sent back it was so salty it wasn’t edible. The pecan crust wasn’t a crust on the trout. Chopped pecans on top instead. Second order was short ribs which were fabulous. Dessert was average at best. They did comp the trout but not the salad. The room was hot and muggy and you cannot see the lake from the restaurant which was disappointing.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 5, 2019

I am disappointed you're unhappy with our efforts to resolve your issues & that you felt I was arguing about the salad, as I wanted to alert you to the fact it doesn't have salt. Perhaps the blue cheese in the salad imparted some saltiness, & I hate that you didn't enjoy it. I apologize that the dining room was uncomfortable. In that it was 93 degrees outside, the air conditioner was working hard! We don't advertise views of the lake from the restaurant, so I'm sorry that was your expectation.

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KB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was well-prepared and the portions were plentiful. The special salad was delicious. Our server was friendly and did a good job explaining the specials but she was also busy with a larger group however, other staff frequented our table to meet our needs. One small problem I encountered was a dull knife for cutting my grilled pork. The meat was tenderr however, I had some difficulty cutting it. As an aside, we were a little surprised that dessert or something else special was not offered for our anniversary even though we had noted it when making the reservation.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 5, 2019

I am happy that you enjoyed your food and service, but am disappointed that we didn't help highlight your anniversary. We love to offer a dessert for couples who are celebrating a special occasion, and I apologize for our oversight. As you pointed out, we were blessed to be busy, but that is no excuse for missing such an important detail. Thank you for your feedback concerning our knives. I look forward to serving you again soon, and I promise you will get a sharp knife and a delicious dessert!

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B
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm, inviting and delicious!

VC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING!! We dined here 3 nights in a row, and the food delicious every meal!! Cody the bar manager sure knows his craft!! The drinks were just as tasty as the food!!

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 6, 2019

I am so glad that you enjoyed our food and drinks! See you soon!

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M
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was high quality and perfectly prepared, the ambiance was very romantic and the setting was beautiful and rustic but refined.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you for such a wonderful review, as it is our highest honor when a guest enjoys our food and ambiance!

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JT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was DELICIOUS!!! Portions a bit small but very good! Loved the overall atmosphere of the old inn and restaurant. Would definitely recommend.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 5, 2019

I am happy that you enjoyed your food, but am disappointed that you felt the portion sizes were a "bit small". I have discussed your feedback with the chef, and we look forward to serving you again soon! Our new Autumn menu just debuted, so please let us know when you would like to come back to sample it!

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PG
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, pleasant atmosphere, nice waiter. Came for Birthday celebration

J
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been on vacation at Lake Burton for three years, yet we never made it over to Lake Rabun Restaurant. I will never make that mistake again! We loved it! The setting is beautiful, the staff is friendly and the food was great! The salads are fresh and tasty, the pecan crusted trout is mouth-watering and the short ribs were spot on. The wine list had a bunch of our favorites. Made for a perfect evening. We will be back!

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 5, 2019

I am so happy that you enjoyed our food, wine, staff, and ambiance. "Perfect" evenings are our specialty!

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BC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed this cozy place tucked away in the woods at Lake Rabun! Never disappoints.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on September 15, 2019

Thank you for such a kind review! See you soon!

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p
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food is delicious as always, bartender very accommodating and hostess very nice and found us a good table. I had marked anniversary on the open table reservation and the server didn’t mention. 8 years ago we got married outside Lake Rabun Inn. We had to ask the server to light the table candle and he didn’t pour our wine from bottle just left it on the table, to mention a few things. Everything perfect with exception of server service.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on September 8, 2019

I apologize that you didn't receive the attention you deserved for your anniversary, but am happy that you enjoyed the food and the service of the bartender and the hostess. I hope that you will come back again soon and give us another chance to share our love of hospitality with you and your spouse.

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SB
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are fortunate to have this restaurant here in Rabun County. I had the swordfish which can at times but dry but this was very tasty. The our table of 6 had fish, chicken, short ribs and beef. Everyone enjoyed their meal and dessert

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review, and we are glad that you and your party enjoyed your meals. We are fortunate to have your support!

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat! Wonderful food in a beautiful environment ❤️

SD
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the BEST meal and service! It was so fresh and delicious! We frequent Lake Rabun hotel restaurant and always enjoy something new, trendy and even nostalgic there. We typically will order the chefs special of the evening and it has never disappointed us. Keep being 💯 Lake Rabun Hotel Restaurant! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on October 6, 2019

Thank you for your continued support and such a great review!

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique combinations and flavors that we loved. Had perfectly cooked salmon with a delicious seasonal pear salad. Will definitely be back.

SG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Costly cold and noisy. The housekeeping lacked. The restaurant wait staff were great and the food is very good. No view. Not easily accessible.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on September 15, 2019

I apologize if you found issues with our housekeeping procedures. For future reference, our website and other promotional efforts do not promise views from any of our properties, as they are surrounded by forest, so I also apologize for any confusion concerning your expectation of views. The marina and lake are a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Had you mentioned you were cold, we would've been happy to adjust the air conditioning for you.

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is exceptional! So creative , we had the special the first night which was snapper ove a farro mix and it was amazing! Next evening we had prime rib. Also not like anything I’ve ever had. The chef is a true artist! You won’t be disappointed.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on August 28, 2019

We are so happy that you enjoyed your meals with us! We think our Chef is pretty special too! Thank you for taking the time to highlight his talents and give us a great review!

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PM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner Saturday evening. Everything was outstanding (food, service, ambiance, drinks, etc). We will be back!

H
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is so very charming. The staff are very polite and knowledgeable of the wine list. I had the sea bass which was outstanding. My husband had the vegetable audible and my son had the trout. Everything was wonderful. Absolutely nothing to complain about. The chocolate lava cake is a must for dessert. It is one of the few if only one I have ever had that isn’t overly sweet.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on August 28, 2019

We are happy that you enjoyed our food and wine offerings, and most of all, that you found our staff "polite and knowledgeable". I appreciate your taking the time to leave us a review, and I look forward to serving you again soon!

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M
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice little place right near the lake. Food was good and they had a great selection of gluten free options, which was a priority for us. I wish the atmosphere was a tad more relaxed as well as the decor in the hotel lobby more updated, but those did not affect the food quality and it was delicious for sure!

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on August 28, 2019

I am glad that you enjoyed our food, but am disappointed that you did not enjoy our period furniture. In that the hotel was built in 1922, the owner has decorated with Mission style furniture and materials in order to preserve the historical integrity of our guests' experience.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Personal Attention to our needs is what these folks do best. josh, Cody, and Samantha are always awesome,!and the Sea Bass special was terrific. Highly recommend the restaurant.

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on August 28, 2019

Wow! Thank you so much for mentioning our team by name. Cody and Samantha are exceptional members of our culinary team, and I will make sure to let them know you enjoyed their service. See you soon!

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KW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Second time dining here and it was as good as the last. Really outstanding food for the location, and a pretty decent bar set up. You wouldn't expect it in this casual log cabin-style hotel restaurant, but this is the best meal we had in the Lake Rabun / Lake Burton area. Highly recommend it!

Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a positive review. We are proud to offer the most unique ambiance and menus in the North Georgia Lake Country!

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