Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant

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710 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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, Claudia Nesbit, 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."
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Southern
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Hours of operation
Dinner Service (Reservations Recommended but not Required)
Wednesday- Friday: 6pm - 10pm
Saturdays 5pm -10pm


Brunch Every Sunday: 11am - 2pm



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Phone number
(706) 782-4946
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Zac Chapman
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Private party facilities
Private Dining may be reserved for corporate or special parties in the main dining room, parlor, covered outside deck, or our Tree Top Deck. We specialize in smaller weddings (100 guests), corporate meetings and holiday parties. Contact us today for availability.
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Private party contact
Josh Addis: (855) 646-0862
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Catering
We provide catering for on and off site weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridesmaid luncheons, farewell breakfasts, business luncheons, special events and parties.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lake Rabun Road
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Parking details
We offer a well lit parking lot on the grounds of the Hotel & Restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

We were there fifteen minutes before the time we had reservations. There were tables in both rooms that were available but we were still not seated. Another party came in without a reservation and they seated them immediately before calling for us.

Another person in our party and I ordered quiche and a parfait. When we received our meal there was a tiny slice of quiche only large enough for about three bites. On the same plate was a small serving of blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. Parfait???? not cream, whipped cream, ice cream or any kind of cream. My friend and I left hungry. No......I was not pleased. The men ordered larger meals and were pleased.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant at Lake Rabun Hotel is always aesthetically appealing. On this day, food quality was about on par with the past; service was down--even the attitude of the person who appeared to be the manager appeared not to really care about customers. I will return but selectively. Other restaurants may be more caring about customers.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

As always, Lake Rabun hotel did not disappoint! Food was terrific and service was outstanding!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Our food was excellent, thanks joyed our evening

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We loved the food and service. Would definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Absolutely wonderful. The staff is awesome, the food is out of this world. Josh, the manager makes every time we dine there seem like a special occasion. This is our favorite place to dine. Thanks

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Food, service, and management's attention to detail keep us driving 50+ minutes to dine here often.

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2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Ordered medium- well steak came out really done, sweet potatoes augratin was cold, took it back and brought another one it was ok . The cobbler was ok. No management came talking to us. Our waiter god bless his heart did everything he can. Overall it was awful experience

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We love this very special gem in the north Georgia mountains! We usually are there once a week, and find it always a delightful and delicious evening. The chef is creative and skilled at his craft, the ingredients excellent, the specialty cocktails fun and tasty. The servers are an amazing group of wonderful young people who are both beautifully trained and have a natural gift for warm, gracious customer service. Manager Josh oversees all in a welcoming, professional manner with a great sense of humor added to the mix.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

This is one of our favorite go-to places. We stopped in this week for a Thursday night burger. It was excellent - perfectly prepared with interesting topping options. We have on other visits had the trout, steak, porkchops, and other entree items, all of which have been excellently prepared by the new chef. Specialty cocktail was yummy. Staff is friendly and efficient, and seem to actually care that you enjoy your meal. The atmosphere is charming in a beautifully restored historic inn. Clientele are a combination of inn guests and locals - it is fun to watch people greeting their friends and making new acquaintances. Definitely worth a trip to dine in this unique location.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Dinner was superb. Ambience authentic, charming, warm. I love the intimacy of the place and the service was excellent.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

This is a beautiful setting for a restaurant that provides adequate but uninteresting food. The menu doesn't change much. The brunch items are pretty heavy. Would be nice to just be able to get an omelette and a salad rather than a massive breakfast. Our waiter was attentive which was unusual. Generally, they are high school kids who have dining experience limited to McDonald's.

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We waited over an hour for our entrees for 3 people. No apologies given. Our reservation was at 8:15.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Awesome night with signature cocktails and awesome seafood, fish and steak! Our entire party was very pleased!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Wonderful! Best restaurant for ambiance and food in the state of GA.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We rolled in after a long day white water rafting on the Chattooga River. We managed to put on a dress for the lady and a collared shirt and shorts for the man. They were both in flip-flops but we felt perfectly comfortable in our attire. Casual or resort attire seem to be the flavor. Family feel from the staff. The maître d’ seemed to know everyone in the dining room. Most likely guests at the resort. He spoke to us casually about breaking in a new staff member: our waiter. We had very attentive staff.. The bartender was also a waiter and was pushing his gray goose martini With strawberry and basil infusion. I had the duck and it was sublime. I plan to recommend this restaurant to all my foodie friends. But no one else. Because I want to keep this a little secret of my own.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The atmosphere was quiet, romantic and the food was outstanding. Each morning there was a gourmet breakfast. The private porch and scenery was like sunshine on a Sunday morning.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Stand by here in North Georgia where options are few for good restaurants. The food is basically average but for the area better than the norm. The service can be iffy--they use a lot of inexperienced waiters who don't know much about food or wine. In this case our server did fine. The place is beautiful however and always quiet so good for conversation.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Another wonderful evening at the LR Hotel! Josh and his team attended to our every need. Chef had some wonderful and unique culinary preparations!

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Incredible dinner! We had the deconstructed spicy tuna roll, a featured appetizer, and it was delicious! I had the featured entree, sauted halibut with sun-dried tomato risotto. The halibut was cooked perfectly, nice brown sear and moist inside. The risotto was very well prepared. My dining companion had the shrimp and grits, and was very pleased. The restaurant was busy and we heard only good remarks from other diners. It was definitely worth the one hour drive.

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2.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Average at best- I have been several times before, this time was not up to the previous visits- a little disappointed-

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Outstanding in every way...a major metro-caliber gem on the side of a natural, rural jewel

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

The food was excellent and thoughtfully prepared. The braised kale was delicious and I don't even like kale. It complimented the halibut and risotto perfectly. The freshness and variety of ingredients created a wonderful blend of flavor and texture. We came back the next night to enjoy that night's special. Delicious!!!

Since we were guests, we also enjoyed a filling and delicious breakfast.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Food was excellent, but many menu items were gone by 8:15 on a Sunday. Service was a little erratic, but the restaurant seemed to be breaking in a large number of new employees. The manager seemed to be doing his best to keep the new hires doing what they were supposed to.

BTW, the hamburger I ordered was quite possibly the best one I have ever eaten.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

we enjoyed our dinner for four with our two daughters. the food was delicious and our drinks were yummy. would totally come back here.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Definitely worth the drive to eat here! Food was exceptional, ambiance was perfect, and the service was on point. We had a wonderful date night here on the last night of our trip staying at Lake Burton. I highly recommend and will definitely return!!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Our experience was awesome. We were there for our anniversary and had dinner at the inn. The dining experience was elegant and classy. The food and staff were great as well. I would definitely recommend this place to others. Job well done!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Wonderful setting, terrific menu, excellent service ... and a good value. What more could you ask for? Our absolute favorite dining choice in Northeast Georgia.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The service was wonderful and our meal was exceptional! This was a great anniversary dinner - - we started with a cocktail from the bar (highly recommend the blueberry lemon drop martini); bread was served and then our dinner arrived which was cooked to perfection (I had the filet mignon and and my husband had a savory chicken dish); we splurged with chocolate mousse and creme brulee for dessert. I would definitely recommend Lake Rabun Restaurant for any occasion.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Lake Rabun Hotel is such a wonderful dining venue. We try to get here as often as we can, and its a special place to celebrate any occasion. Make reservations in advance and request corner seating or the red room.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Wonderful food, friendly staff and a great atmosphere. We sat on the patio... It was lovely. Must try the pimento cheese fritters and the biegnets.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

It is great to live within a half mile in of a 96 year old lake lodge with fine dining restaurant. My guests come ready to return to the Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The new chef has Rabun back where they usually are ,,,,,,, very unique specials along with menu items that can be enjoyed more than once. Service as always is top notch.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The Rabun Hotel is a wonderful spot for any occasion. The cozy ambience is matched by the friendly, attentive service and scrumptious food.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We love this place! The ambiance is rustic, relaxed and friendly and the food is delicious! Rabun is a high end area that I have heard called “Where Buckhead goes on vacation.” I can see why Buckhead would go on vacation here- it is lovely!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was very tasty but felt the value was not quite inline with the cost vs experience. Drinks were expensive and seemed weak. The next day had drinks from the bar and they were significantly stronger/different.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The food was very good. The desserts were amazing. But I could've been eating a peanut butter sandwich and been very content surrounded by the quaint rustic charm of the hotel. Love the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Such a cozy, fun spot ! The food was great and the service very good. We enjoy the ambiance, the staff, and location. We have never been disappointed ! I would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We had a lovely dinner with our daughter who was on spring break. The scallop special and the cobbler with homemade cinnamon swirl ice cream were excellent! Very special location and Sam is an awesome server!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food is marvelous
The staff is friendly and competent

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