Located just an hour north of the perimeter, Dahlonega offers a little something for everyone. From charming shops and restaurants around the Square to mountain trails for cycling and hiking to award-winning wineries on the outskirts of the city, there is plenty to experience and explore.
As you plan your visit (it’s time for budbreak at area wineries), here are some of our favorite places to grab a bite or kick back with a drink around Dahlonega:
Yahoola Creek Grill puts a contemporary twist on classic Southern favorites. Menu items are updated seasonally as ingredients are locally sourced, but be sure to ask about some of the restaurant’s top picks—fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles, and shrimp and grits.
One of the area’s top seafood restaurants, Back Porch Oyster Bar feels like a beach getaway right on the Square. Chef Jason Davenport and his team make all of their dishes with fresh seafood flown in daily. The restaurant also boasts an impressive wine list to match its signature dishes.
Bourbon Street Grille brings the taste of the French Quarter to Dahlonega’s historic downtown. With colorful art lining the wall and jazz blowing from the speakers, you can almost picture yourself in the bayou as you dine on muffaletta, jambalaya, and gumbo. Make sure to have a drink on one of their New Orleans–style balconies overlooking the Square.
Corkscrew Café brings Atlanta’s metro feel to Dahlonega. The menu provides several small plate offerings with perfectly paired wines. Don’t miss getting a look at the impressive Van Gogh–inspired mural lining the back patio fence.
A Tuscan escape in the North Georgia Mountains, the view from Montaluce Winery & Le Vigne Restaurant alone is worth a visit. But as you look out over the sprawling vineyard, you’ll be equally impressed with chef Sean Fritchle’s inspired menu. Be sure to ask for the recommended wine pairings, as you don’t want to miss out on the vineyard’s best selections.