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Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant, Clarkesville, GA

Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant

4.9
4.9
720 Reviews
$30 and under
Continental
Glen-Ella Springs Inn Restaurant is open to the public and inn guests beginning at 5:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday April through December, and Wednesday through Saturday January through March. Calling ahead is recommended as some additional nights are closed in the winter. Offering one of the finest dining experiences in the North Georgia mountains, the restaurant prepares American Continental cuisine with a Southern flare. The setting is rustic, yet elegant and features fireside and outdoor dining depending on the season. Outdoor seating is limited; please call to request an outdoor table.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Continental, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (706) 754-7295

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lance Nelson

  • Private party facilities

    A private dining room is available in the inn's restaurant which will accommodate up to 35 people. For larger groups, 35 to 140 people, we offer our spacious outdoor open air pavilion. The pavilion has drop down clear view panels as well as heaters for use during winter months. Dozens of menu offerings are available for larger groups providing the ability to create a personalized menu for your group. Facility fee or minimum food charges may be applicable.

  • Private party contact

    Luci Kivett: (706) 754-7295

  • Neighborhood

    Clarkesville

  • Cross street

    Orchard Road

  • Parking details

    Free parking with handicap access.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 720 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Atlanta / Georgia

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  • N. GA Mountains / Wine Country

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  1. PR

    PeterRabbit

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My most favorite restaurant, for more than 20 years!!!!
  2. M

    Mclarose

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    We usually dine here 2x year and have always loved the experience. Unfortunately this visit was not so grand. We had a great table for two with the comfy white high back chairs close to the lobby which made it quite nice to enjoy a quiet evening; the other table for two was located in the back room squished between two large groups. We immediately ordered a bottle of wine and when that came we ordered our food. We waited 30 minutes for a salad and onion soup, which is unacceptable. We also asked our server Kersten if we could change the collard greens for carrots on the chicken entree and the rice pilaf for bacon-cheese risotto on the salmon entree. She told us she had to ask the kitchen which was allowed. The table across from us has a different server and changed out their sides with no awkward discussion or approval. Another 30-40 minutes past and the entrees was finally here. I guess the chef expressed his opinion by giving us 1 orange carrot and a bunch of garlicky parsnips and the salmon wasn’t even a portion but rather a skinny remnant off the actual filet. The risotto was pasty and had been sitting out. Not the best meal and service. If it was a our first visit we would not return. VERY DISAPPOINTING!
  3. S

    Smiling

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lamb was excellent. I enjoyed a vegetable plate ,especially finding the mushroom risotto tasty. Our server, Abby, was personable and met all our needs in a timely manner.
  4. R

    Robert

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service. Grilled halibut special was spectacular. A be must if you are in the area.
  5. DR

    DaneR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Both of our meals were very good. Service was excellent.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wedding anniversary.
  7. KM

    KyleM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was very good,! Wish you could have changed the sides a little but everything was really good!
  8. BM

    BrandonM

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our date night at Glen Ella. Our waitress, Linda, made our experience all the better. Great food and great ambiance!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance, amazing food, friendly and efficient service. The history of the inn made it even more special.
  10. WG

    WalterG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly memorable experience! It would not be an exaggeration to say that everything was "perfect". The cuisine rivals that of any 5 star restaurant, and the service was unmatched. The ambiance was charming, relaxing, and set just the right mood for a top-drawer dining experience. We have not enjoyed a better meal or a more warm and wonderful evening out in the over 50 years that we have been dining out. If you are within 50 miles of this place, you owe it to yourself to make the trip!
  11. DG

    DebraG

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect quaint romantic dining experience with excellent service. We started our meal with soup, I had the butternut squash and everyone else had the French onion. They were both wonderful. I had the scallop appetizer for dinner, my husband had the halibut and the other couple had the lamb. All dishes were so flavorful and generous portions. The homemade bread put the meal over the top. I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a special dining experience.
  12. d

    djcflboney

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have eaten at Glen Ella Restaurant several times and the food has always been outstanding. The dining room is small which makes the experience cozy but set up to provide privacy. There is an outside dining patio which is also delightful.
  13. MA

    MichaelA

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great overall experience. Outstanding food and service.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is consistently wonderful. I had the special of halibut and my husband had beef tenderloin with a risotto cake. So flavorful and presented so beautifully. We paired it with a sweet South African wine and sadly passed on the dessert special of homemade peppermint ice cream.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the restaurant at Glen-Ella Springs. The food and service are excellent.
  16. JM

    JorgeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Getting to the inn was a little challenging but well worth it. The three of us had a truly exceptional dinner experience.
  17. p

    pattib

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and the food was amazing!!
  18. SV

    SusieV

    Atlanta

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent ! We love Glen Ella Springs! We brought friends here , it was their first time and they had a great experience. They and us will definitely be back. Service, food , is always top notch . Everyone is amazing :) simply the best ! Thank you
  19. NE

    NEGWriter

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic meal at Glen-Ella. We love celebrating special occasions here.
  20. CC

    ChadC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service with plenty of quiet time to enjoy our meal and time together.
  21. CF

    CarsonF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible meal for my wife's Birthday dinner! The Halibut and Filet Mignon were delicious and cooked to perfection. For desert I highly recommend their Apple Bread Pudding.
  22. CL

    CharlesL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Every item including starter, entree and dessert was superbly prepared. The server was prompt and helpful regarding menu items.
  23. CS

    ChuckS

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was our first visit to Glen-Ella Springs for dinner. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our server Kirsten was very friendly. My wife had their macadamia encrusted chicken and I had the beef tenderloin. I also had a Caesar salad. Our meals were delicious, though the portion size of the tenderloin and its accompaniments was smaller than expected. The apple bread pudding with house-made cinnamon ice cream capped a wonderful meal.
  24. T

    Tomc

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can not go wrong at Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant, everything is outstanding and what a great way to enjoy great food and service.
  25. RB

    RichardB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service, and atmosphere. Excellent place to celebrate special occasions.
  26. SW

    SusanW

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Glen Ella Springs Inn Restaurant is our go to for special occasion! Everything is always outstanding!
  27. CF

    CandiceF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent entree and wine selection. Great prices and impeccable service and ambiance.
  28. MJ

    MatthewJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place. Were married here 10 years ago. Great experience then. Returned for our anniversary and it was exactly the same in the same ways. Highly recommend!
  29. TO

    TimO

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special place to stay and dine. Recently in the Top 10 list for fine dining experiences in the U.S. Small but superb menu.
  30. MO

    MarianneO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful halibut. Love that you can share an entree for just $5.00. More than enough food.
  31. AP

    AmyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Wonderful experience!
  32. ES

    EleanorS

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very good dinner and excellent service. Dinner on outside patio with beautiful views of garden and pool. Wonderful service from Abbie. Please note the drive to the Inn and Restaurant is on a partially unpaved road.
  33. g

    golfchick

    Atlanta

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was attentive and helpful. Very nice. The food was delicious.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out time spent at Glen-Ella Springs was outstanding. We really enjoyed the meal, it was excellent. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. We were there for my wife’s birthday and our server put a candle in the wife’s dessert. It was great that she did that. The ambiance of the dining room was also wonderful. We will be visiting again.
  35. FJ

    FoodieJandEH

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday and they made it very special and even brought a gift after our meal. We will definitely be back!
  36. BS

    BoydS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Glen Ella never disappoints. They have the best wait staff, a great selection of wines and awesome food. And, being in the woods near Lake Rabun, you couldn't ask for a more serene, beautiful setting.
  37. MN

    MichaelN

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best meals I have had for a long time. The food was excellent and the service friendly but efficient.
  38. GH

    GHead57

    Charleston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time here. Both visits were excellent. My tip would be to sit on the patio. We had the Chef’s Special Halibut and the Beef Tenderloin. Both were excellent. Apple Bread Pudding was also delicious. Our favorite spot in the area.
  39. e

    eatinggeorgia

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful rustic restaurant that is part of a woodsy hotel and conference center. Limited menu which is a plus. Nice selection of trout, salmon, chicken, beef and lamb dishes. Great service. Wine selection is a bit anemic particularly by the glass. Overall it was a very nice meal.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time coming here. A very neat, historic place with loads of charm. Food was super! I had gotten the lamb and my wife the Trout. Both were excellent and large portions! The only down side was the wait. We were here over 1.5 hours with most of that time waiting on the meal. We will definitely be back as we enjoyed the whole experience a lot.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant is rated 4.9 stars by 720 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant

1789 Bear Gap Road, Clarkesville, GA 30523

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Orchard Road

  • Neighborhood

    Clarkesville

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Continental, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Free parking with handicap access.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lance Nelson

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (706) 754-7295

  • Private party facilities

    A private dining room is available in the inn's restaurant which will accommodate up to 35 people. For larger groups, 35 to 140 people, we offer our spacious outdoor open air pavilion. The pavilion has drop down clear view panels as well as heaters for use during winter months. Dozens of menu offerings are available for larger groups providing the ability to create a personalized menu for your group. Facility fee or minimum food charges may be applicable.

  • Private party contact

    Luci Kivett: (706) 754-7295

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