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Best Restaurants in Downtown Ellijay, GA

Updated March 2024

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.

Downtown Ellijay Restaurants - Let's Eat!

Check out these delicious downtown Ellijay restaurants. We placed them below in alphabetical order.

Back porch bistro downtown ellijay restaurant

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!

Hours, menu, and more information are available at

The Butcher and Bottle downtown ellijay restaurant

The Butcher and Bottle

Rooted in intentional expectations, The Butcher and Bottle meticulously craft an unparalleled dining experience for both guests and team members. As a family-owned, faith-based restaurant, their core values of kindness, respect, and unwavering integrity permeate every aspect. Their menu proudly presents an array of fine steaks, seafood, burgers, and handheld options such as the renowned salmon BLT, all thoughtfully paired with expertly crafted cocktails.

Situated in downtown Ellijay, the ambiance seamlessly blends sophistication and warmth, catering to any occasion. Patrons are invited to indulge in more than just a meal but in a meticulously curated experience that seamlessly combines exceptional cuisine, genuine hospitality, and a welcoming atmosphere.

Hours, menu, and more information are available at

Cantaberry downtown ellijay restaurant

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! Enjoy lunch or dinner outside on the giant patio nestled right in the heart of downtown.

Hours, menu, and more information are available at

Ellijay Wood Fired Pizza downtown ellijay restaurant

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!

Hours, menu, and more information are available at

La Catrina downtown ellijay restaurant

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. Pro tip… try the Rice Trio!

Hours, menu, and more information are available at

Mister P's downtown ellijay restaurant

Mister P’s

From burgers and hotdogs to homemade barbecue, Brunswick stew, and classic fried chicken, Mister P's caters to diverse tastes, and has been for over 40 years.

The star of the show, the Paradise Burger, is a must-try, a signature blend of mayo, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, onion, cheese, chili, slaw, and tomato, a true culinary delight. Another gem is the handmade biscuits, crafted fresh each morning for over four decades by owner Kelly Bramlett. Voted the best in town, these biscuits showcase the restaurant's commitment to time-honored quality.

Now accommodating gluten-free, keto, and vegetarian preferences. The commitment to community shines through, treating patrons like family and offering healthier, certified options. Whether craving a nostalgic bite or exploring new flavors, Mister P's invites you to savor the taste of tradition and the warmth of Ellijay's culinary haven.

Hours, menu, and more information are available at

River Street Tavern downtown ellijay restaurant

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.

Hours, menu, and more information are available at

The Roof downtown ellijay restaurant

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! Not to mention the view of downtown Ellijay and the surrounding mountains is simply breathtaking.

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The shack downtown ellijay restaurant

The Shack

This Mountain Town gem, known as an Asian Fusion Delight, brings a distinctive flair to the area. The Shack has An exceptional menu that constantly evolves, offering the freshest and most diverse culinary delights like Pho and Poke Tuna. What sets them apart is the freedom to craft your own favorite combination from their daily rotating menu, where their suggestions never disappoint. Among their recent offerings, bubble tea in multiple flavors has become a popular choice. The Shack offers something for everyone including vegan options!

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When visiting Ellijay, a North GA bed and breakfast is an excellent choice for accommodations! At the Ellijay River House, we’re just a short walk 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!


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