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10 Best Restaurants in Downtown Ellijay, GA

Everyone needs to spend a little time away from their regular routine. Even if it’s just a short getaway. When you’re ready to let life slow down a little, staying at a quiet bed and breakfast in a mountain town sounds like the perfect holiday.


When you choose Ellijay for that Georgia mountains getaway weekend (or perhaps longer), you’ll eventually get hungry! We’ve selected ten of our favorite restaurants in downtown Ellijay for you to consider. More information about them is below.


1. Emily’s Bar and Restaurant

The emphasis is on authentic cuisine from local, sustainable resources. When visiting Emily’s, you’ll find everything from old-fashioned meatloaf to Blue Point oyster on the menu, making it possible to satisfy nearly any craving. Their cocktail sauce is a fiery delight, and the fresh cod sliders encourage you to linger.


They are closed Sunday-Tuesday each week. More information is available at their website: https://www.emilysinellijay.com/.


2. Cantaberry Restaurant

There’s nothing like the taste of home. When thinking back to one’s childhood, some of the best memories come from evenings around the table, enjoying the smells and flavors that came from the kitchen. That’s the experience you’ll find when visiting this delightful restaurant. Grab a soup and salad, splurge for the fresh trout, or pick your favorite sandwich or wrap from the menu. Don’t forget to add a side of Mac ‘n Cheese!


Lunch is open seven days a week, while the dinner menu is available Wednesday-Saturday with limited hours. More information is available at https://cantaberry.com.


3. La Catrina Tacos and Margaritas

When you want authentic Mexican food while visiting Ellijay, you’ll find all your favorites on the menu right here! Everything is fresh… including the margaritas. The tacos are bursting with flavor, and the sides like guacamole and queso are out of this world. Top it off with a dessert of fried ice cream, or churros.


You can find more information available on the restaurant’s Facebook page.


4. Kasei Sushi and Sake

You’ll find the freshest fish and exotic sake choices waiting for you when visiting this restaurant. Experience traditional favorites, including steamed shumai and gyoza, on the menu. The tuna tartare has the right amount of jalapeno in it. The sushi is available as sashimi, nigiri, or rolls, with options that include flounder, snow crab, and salmon. Veggie options are also available.


The complete menu and more are available at https://www.kaseisushi.com.


5. The Roof

This beautiful Ellijay restaurant offers a southern rooftop kitchen and bar that delivers a wonderful taste of Appalachia. Start with the fried cheese planks to get your appetite ready, enjoy the mushroom pate, or let your taste buds enjoy the beautiful fried green tomatoes. Something from the smoker is always excellent!


The menu changes seasonally, which means you’ve got an excuse to stay at a North GA bed and breakfast throughout the year! Additional info is available at https://www.theroofellijay.com/.


6. Ellijay Coffeehouse

You’ll enjoy all the treats and trappings of a modern coffee shop when you visit this popular Ellijay hangout. You simply can’t leave Ellijay before enjoying a craft coffee made by one the talented baristas at Ellijay Coffee House. Their goal is to be the local living room of the community, which makes it a great place to enjoy a book or strike up a friendly conversation.


You can discover more about this Ellijay fixture on their Facebook page.


7. Back Porch Bistro

When you’re hungry for lunch while staying at a bed and breakfast in Georgia, this Ellijay favorite will satisfy you! Several popular sandwiches are on the menu, including a gyro, Cuban, and the Bistro Club. Each comes with a complimentary side.


Vegetarian options are available, as are some Paninis. The hot ham and cheddar is excellent, with just a touch of Dijon and some fresh spinach. Get an extra serving of apple slaw or Cowboy Caviar to leave feeling happy!


The complete menu and their current hours are available at https://back-porch-bistro.business.site.


8. Cajun Depot Grill

When you want to spice things up, this downtown restaurant delivers authentic Louisiana cooking while providing a taste of New Orleans in Ellijay. Grab everything from an oyster po-boy to a Black Angus burger. The daily lunch specials are one of the best deals in town, and don’t forget to order your favorite beverage!


Check out their Facebook page for more information about what is currently available.


9. River Street Tavern

It’s the spot to go for food, drinks, and fun when staying at a bed and breakfast in North Georgia. They’re open all week long, serving the best local beers and wine. Their All-American and Wonton burgers have both won awards, while the chicken wings have literally become the talk of the town. The beverage menu updates regularly, as if you needed another excuse to relax after a hard day of exploring the mountains.


Visit https://riverstreettavern.com for additional information.


10. Ellijay Wood Fired Pizza

When a pizza slice seems like a nice way to satisfy your hunger, this Ellijay favorite delivers a pie that’s crafted with love. Their Neapolitan uses locally sourced ingredients to deliver authentic flavors. The oven came directly from Naples, ensuring each order is of the highest quality. It’s simple food with a modern twist that knows how to satisfy!


Find them at https://www.ellijaywoodfired.com.


When visiting Ellijay, a North GA bed and breakfast is an excellent choice for accommodations! At Ellijay River House, we’re minutes from these great restaurants and plenty of other fun activities. Come grab a bite to eat, visit our heritage apple orchards, and rest comfortably here in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains!