Where to Eat in Dahlonega: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Janean Rudisill

Dahlonega sits at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail on Springer Mountain. It was the site of the first major U.S. gold rush—in 1828, 20 years before the California gold rush. Dahlonega's commercial district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s home to wineries,a thriving performing and visual arts scene and plenty of outdoor activities all year round.
Things to do in Dahlonega

1. Paul Thomas Chocolates

102 Public Sq N, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1207 Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards +1 706-864-6333
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 273 reviews

Paul Thomas Chocolates

Located in the Hall Block Building on the Historic Dahlonega Square. Handmade Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Covered Bacon, Caramels and many other Chocolate treats! Over 80 handmade chocolates and goodies.

Reviewed By partygirl18 - Atlanta, Georgia

Small quaint store but filled to the brim with delicious home made chocolates. There are university themed chocolate, truffles, and chocolate covered treats such as chocolate covered strawberries, Easter item, Christmas Items..and caramel apple

You can smell the chocolate as you enter the store - walk to the back of the store and you can actually watch them make the treat of the day.

2. Bratzeit

77 Memorial Dr, Dahlonega, GA 30533-0830 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards German, Swiss, European, Central European Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 31 +1 706-867-7741
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 136 reviews

Bratzeit

Family owned and operated German & Swiss Restaurant using only authentic family recipes. We have Brats, Schnitzel, Pretzel, Desserts, Swiss Cheese Fondue, Swiss Raclette, Weekend Specials, German Beer on draft & Wine. Free WiFi.

Reviewed By nomoreyelp - Roswell, Georgia

Cute little spot. Order at the counter. Food brought to your table. Super friendly staff and owners. Food was served fast. It was hot and tasted good. Reasonable priced. Not fancy. Casual. Nice patio.

3. Starbucks

110 S Chestatee St, Dahlonega, GA 30597-5075 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast +1 706-864-1570
Excellent
65%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Starbucks

Reviewed By kidsmakeyounuts - Cooper City

Here on a business trip, meetings at 8am, this location doesn't open until 7:30am. I arrived early to avoid delays. After more of the group arrived the line became really long, the barista was getting overwhelmed and stressed. Drink was good though.

4. The Fudge Factory

8 N Park St, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1103 Takeout, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards +1 706-864-2256
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

The Fudge Factory

Established in 1982 by the Owens Family, The Fudge Factory is a family owned candy business, specializing in homemade confections. Starting out as a small, local shop, The Fudge Factory has become a favorite stop for local citizens and visitors to our community. For more than 30 years, the owners have combined quality ingredients and time-tested recipes to create an outstanding product line. Our retail store is located on Dahlonega's Historic Square at the Corner of Park Street and Main Street, directly across from the Welcome Center. Daily, our craftspeople make over twelve varieties of fudge, along with caramel, Dahlonega nuggets pralines, brittles, divinity and hand-dipped chocolates. Throughout the years, we have remained dedicated to the ideals established in the beginning- the freshest ingredients combined with attention to detail in order to bring to you an unforgettable candy delight. For our old friends who have visited our store in Dahlonega, we hope your mouth waters again as you consider our list of delicacies. For our new friends, we would like to acquaint you with some of the delicious, gourmet candy favorites you will find in our shop.

Reviewed By NewOrleansfirstgal - Metairie, LA

Located right on the main square, really good fudge, a large selection. Also had other candy. Liked that you could buy small amounts of several different flavors of fudge instead of just on large pemeasured block. Good prices

5. Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery Restaurant

180 Wolf Mountain Trl, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1909 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible American, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +1 706-867-9862
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery Restaurant

Reviewed By redatl - atlanta

We have eaten here several times for lunch, however Sunday was the first time we got to come for Brunch. The food is always fine, not tremendous, but perfectly fine. It is just too convenient to be able to eat, drink & view in the same place to not eat here sometimes! There is a hike and the parking is very scattered, however the view makes it worth it. I have always thought the wines were overpriced and are fine, but like the food, not outstanding. Wolf has it in the view & having everything in one place, particularly if you want to kind of feel like you are in CO, etc. I love the lodge feel of the place and the deck upstairs is awesome. The brunch is seasonal and I enjoyed the offerings with the Gazpacho being fabulously flavorful & with a little texture still to the veggies - truly delicious. I also loved the Red Beans and Rice with the Shrimp: very, very flavorful too. To us, the collards needed some acid/vinegar, the Monte Cristo's were ok, however the waffles underneath were totally soggy. I would have toasted English muffins and used that as a base as it would have stayed firmer longer. I think they cut the cheese cubes WAY too small (I understand they do this for waste prevention) however you never get a decent mouthful of flavor. Also, they cut the bread into small cubes also and I just don't think this works well at all. The breads served on the buffet were not great - kind of dry and flavorless. I am not an eater of ham though it looked good. Overall, again, great view, nice to have an upscale-type place in the mountains besides LeVigne. And to the Napa Valley reviewer, of course you can not compare this food to NV...It all depends on what and where you are used to eating...This is a good effort and worth a try.

6. Shenanigans Restaurant & Irish Pub

87 N Chestatee St, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1101 Outdoor Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 9 - SGD 26 +1 706-482-0114
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 663 reviews

Shenanigans Restaurant & Irish Pub

Shenanigans Restaurant & Irish Pub- or simply "The Pub" to its loyal guests and staff- is the "Cheers" of Dahlonega: a welcoming place to enjoy delicious food & drinks while making friends & memories. Shenanigans is located just off the picturesque Dahlonega square in the historic Strickland House. Look for the white building flying the Irish flag! Step inside and you'll quickly discover a very special atmosphere & dining experience. From the walls plastered with dollar bills decorated by guests, to the smiling servers behind a full liquor bar covered with photographs of celebrations past, it is clear that this is a place where people love to be. Shenanigans offers intimate indoor seating, a covered heated patio, and a pet-friendly deck & courtyard. This space allows us to host events and serve parties of various sizes, and could be the perfect location for your next meeting, rehearsal dinner, or get-together. We also feature weekly live music, Trivia, & Open Mic Night. Our fun, creative menu offers something for everyone and keeps our guests returning time after time. Classic pub foods like burgers, pizza, & wings are served alongside Irish favorites like Shepherd's Pie, Fish & Chips, or Bangers & Mash. Shenanigans also features lighter "Leaves & Ladels" fare and hearty entrees like Balsamic Basil Sirloin, P.E.I. Mussels Linguini, or Seared Ahi Tuna. Don't miss out on the legendary "Crack Dip." Do you have special dietary needs? Don't worry! We have many vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options, and we will help you find a tasty meal for any allergy. Catering available.

Reviewed By David B - Marietta, Georgia

We were part of a food tour and made our way over to Shenanigans Irish Pub. Here was a place that offers traditional Irish dishes, pub fare, seafood, vegetarian and kids' options. The pub is located in the basement of the historic Strickland house, with walls covered with customer-autographed dollar bills; you will feel as though you're in Ireland. We were seated in an area upstairs where we were served ‘Bangers and mash’. This dish gets its name because sausages used to burst while cooking; mash meanwhile, refers to the mashed potatoes. We enjoyed the meal and would like to return to enjoy the live music that we could hear from downstairs. This gets an ‘A’ from us.

7. Connie's Ice Cream Parlor

18 N Park St, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1106 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch +1 706-864-1382
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Connie's Ice Cream Parlor

Reviewed By chatdad - tennesee

Nothing special in terms of ice cream (Mayfield's brand) but they do give you a large scoop. Price is as large as the scoop (you can almost by a half gallon from any grocery store for what they charge but hey when you need a cone there's not much competition in the nearby area). Long lines. Has a few tables inside and a counter.

8. Picnic Cafe

30 Public Sq, Dahlonega, GA 30533 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 706-864-1095
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 243 reviews

Picnic Cafe

Reviewed By David B - Marietta, Georgia

We were a part of a food tour when we visited The Picnic Cafe and Dessertery. Our guide told us it has been around since 2001and has always been a mom and pop restaurant that goes out of their way to make customers feel at home. I could see that with the way the place was decorated and laid out. A real homey feel! Our guide also said that it had won multiple awards from best lunch to best dessert. I could not agree with that because we were served a very tasteless chocolate cake that was a bit dry. Maybe it was because of the humidity and we caught them on a bad day. Overall I will have to give this place a ‘C’.

9. Spoon Shine Cafe

120 S Chestatee St, Suite 204, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1282 Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 706-864-0013
Excellent
70%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Spoon Shine Cafe

A fun & friendly atmosphere with soft serve frozen yogurt, smoothies, gyros, burgers, breaded & grilled chicken sandwiches, Frito pie, Philly cheesesteaks! Located on street level of Chestatee building in downtown Dahlonega between Dress Up & Grateful Days.

Reviewed By DBM58 - Murrayville, Georgia

Came by with our office admin for a break/lunch. I've been looking at the place for more than a year always meaning to come back. I'm so glad we did! Delightful atmosphere, immaculate and cheery. We ordered gyros with potato slices and a Greek salad...MoreThank you ?

10. Bourbon Street Grille

90 Public Sq N, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1233 Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Bar, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 29 +1 706-864-0086
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 636 reviews

Bourbon Street Grille

Bourbon Street Grille is situated on the beautiful Dahlonega square. Located in the historic Hall House building, Bourbon Street Grill boasts full bars and dining areas on two unique floors, which begs the question, “Top or bottom?”. The “top” features an intimate dining room and balcony overlooking the picturesque town square,while the “bottom” has a festive pub atmosphere with flat-screen televisions inside and a pet-friendly deck outside. Our diverse menu offers the perfect meal to go with that perfect seat. From Cajun-inspired favorites like Jambalaya or Gumbo, to delicious seafood such as fresh Apalachicola Oysters or Blackened Redfish, and even that juicy Black & Blue Sirloin or Grille Burger, we have a fantastic dish to satisfy any taste. Join us on the weekends for our fabulous brunch options like Crab Cakes Benedict or our infamously huge Lost Bread. Our knowledgeable staff is happy to help you come up with tasty solutions for allergies and special dietary needs, so fear not, vegans and gluten-free folks! Pop in for a drink, and enjoy our selection of craft beers, fine wines, and specialty cocktails. If you don't have the time to sit down and stay a while, carry-out meals or on-foot delivery to businesses on the square are available. In addition to our great everyday dining experiences, we can help you make your event— big or small— special; ask us about hosting or catering your wedding, meeting, or get-together. We also feature daily specials, live entertainment, and social events, so don't forget to like us on facebook and check out our website.

Reviewed By Nikki0715 - Atlanta

We went for lunch and it didn't live up to the reviews. The beignets were just solid dough, more like doughnuts. The muffaletta was on French Bread. The crabcake was inedible. Not sure I would come back.

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