DINING

in downtown ellijay

From a hot, fresh fulfilling breakfast to dinner with a view, the city of Ellijay and the surrounding area has a lot to offer. The food is like homemade cookin’ especially in the early fall when visitors come for the Apple Pickin’ festivities. The atmosphere is quaint and there are options for ALL palates. Here is a list of our favorite Ellijay restaurants:

The Roof
16 River St, Ellijay, GA 30540 | (706)635-7663

Just like the name says this new restaurant has all the views of Ellijay and Beyond.
You will find indoor as well as outdoor seating and comfortable awnings for sun and heaters for chilly evenings. With the new elevator, the 4 story stairwell is not as intimidating but you may need it to burn off that delicious meal! Their nod to the South is on the appetizer menu with boiled peanuts and bologna sliders…both unique and yummy. From fabulous burgers to shrimp and grits they have it all….including Sunday Brunch! The menu is changed frequently but a lot of the favorites stay!

A great full-service bar and helpful servers…You will love the food and stay for the view.

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Emily's Restaurant and Bar

24 River St, Ellijay, GA 30540 | Phone: 877-659-0517

Open for: Lunch and Dinner Wednesday through Saturday 12PM – Close, and Sunday for Brunch Menu all-day

Known for: Sunday Brunch

One of the shining stars of Downtown Ellijay is this cozy little gem. The owners greet you and the menu is always changing depending on freshness and the season.
Don’t enter and think this is all there is cause upstairs has a second bar and more seating and then tucked away is a lovely special events room.
Live music and trivia keep the upstairs entertained almost every night. There is also a dog-friendly patio outback.

Known for their amazing Sunday Brunch this place rocks! Lobster Benedict…yes, please!

Check out their website for hours and events but be sure not to miss this treasure when you are here.
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River Street Tavern
40 River St Ste B, Ellijay, GA 30540 | Phone: 706-635-6166

Open for: Lunch and Dinner

Specialty: Good Ole’ Place to be at Night

It is a great adventure to stroll into River St Tavern while enjoying Ellijay restaurants. The dynamic duo who own it are proud Ellijay natives and this is their award-winning restaurant since 2014. One of the reasons to return as regulars are the weekly specials and local live music. Enjoy local talent while sipping local beverages.

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Cajun Depot Grill
67 Depot St, Ellijay, GA 30540 | Phone: 706-276-1676

Open for: Lunch and Dinner

Specialty: Soup, Salad, & Sandwiches

Only a slight trip off Main Street ( a few blocks) you will find one of the most charming buildings in Historic Ellijay. The Cajun Depot Grill is situated next to the old railroad station and has the look of a New Orleans row building in the French Quarter! Once inside you will be greeted by the friendly staff and the owner may even sit at your table. The grill specialties are of a distinctive Cajun flavor. Some of the local favorites are crawfish, poor boys, and the grits cake with shrimp! The Grill is well known for its fresh seafood artfully prepared with just the right touch of Cajun spices. We are believers that this establishment could hold its own on Bourbon Street.

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Back Porch Bistro
10 Northside Square, Ellijay, GA 30540 | Phone: 706-636-1111

Open for: Lunch

Specialty: Sandwiches, Soups, and Sweets

Hours

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Wednesday Closed

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

One of the most wonderful things about this small establishment is they offer both vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes. Their daily soups are fresh and delicious and they are well known for their great selection of freshly made-to-order sandwiches. When you are shopping in Downtown Ellijay and want a quick, easy and enjoyable lunch this is the perfect place to go. Sandwiches are all served with sides and their apple slaw is quite well known. If you save room for dessert you will be delighted at the daily variety made by Tami herself! Take advantage of the inside seating or enjoy the back porch while soaking in the cool mountain air. Normally, it is only open for lunch but you will find the Bistro sometimes does pre-show dining when there’s an event taking place downtown. Enjoy a first-class food experience in the little tucked away town of Ellijay.

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Boardwalk Pizza and Pub
25 S Church St, Ellijay, GA 30540 | Phone: 706-273-2865

Open for: Lunch and Dinner

Specialty: Pizza & Beer

The boardwalk in Downtown Ellijay is the only place where you can walk from store to store with a drink in your hand. Boardwalk Pizza and Pub is a small comfy hole in the wall. Sit up at the bar, sit outside on the breezy patio, play corn hole and experience the many options it has to offer.

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Cantaberry Restaurant
5 S. Side Square Ellijay, GA 30540 | Phone: 706-636-6166

Open for: Lunch and Dinner (See hours)

Specialty: Soup, Salad, & Sandwiches

Hours: Open 7 days a week

Monday-Thursday 11-4ish

Friday-Saturday 11-8ish

Sunday 11-5ish

‘Simple, Homemade…Good.’ The Cantaberry Restaurant now has two locations, Historic Downtown Ellijay and Blue Ridge Georgia. It is the place to go for homemade soups, gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, and delicious desserts at a reasonable price. The employees are very friendly too!

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Cornerstone Café
76 N Main St, Ellijay, GA 30540 | Phone: 706-636-2230

Open for: Breakfast and Lunch

Specialty: Eggs, and Sandwiches

This go-to breakfast and lunch venue is the perfect stop while shopping on Main Street. Especially known for their filling breakfasts one of our favorites includes the spinach feta omelet. Their menu has all the hearty specials expected for the ultimate country breakfast. Fresh eggs, grits, hash brown potatoes, bacon, ham, sausage, and homemade biscuits are some of the delightful comfort foods Cornerstone has to offer! Lunch has a variety of sandwiches and seasonally changing daily specials. If you are looking for a place where the locals hang, you found it! The friendly staff and fun atmosphere make it an enjoyable dining experience!

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The Ellijay Coffeehouse
131 N Main St, Ellijay, GA 30540 | Phone: 706-635-5565

Open for: Breakfast and Lunch

Specialty: Barista Style Coffees

The local coffee shop offers so much more than just outstanding coffee drinks. The atmosphere gives a bohemian vibe and they are known for their variety of delicious panini sandwiches. There’s a funky outdoor space around the back to enjoy in beautiful weather while sipping coffee with friends. Be sure to check out ‘the lounge’, a room filled with comfy chairs, sofas, and even a lending library. Bring your laptop and hang out as long as you need. This gem is a real treasure in this ever-fascinating small town!

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The Hitching Post - Pizza Brews and Good times
740 S. Main St, Ellijay, GA 30540 | Phone: 706-276-9924

Open for: Lunch and Dinner

Specialty: Pizza and Sandwiches; Beer and Wine Package Store

Pro tip: Get there early on weekends.

The Hitching Post is a local iconic stop to buy a cold beer, local wine, hot pizza, and authentic sandwiches! Though technically not in downtown it’s just around the bend. The pizza sauce has a unique one-of-a-kind flavor and Mayor Al does NOT skimp on the toppings! Sandwiches are made cold or toasted in the pizza oven. The food is always delicious and the customer service is always on point. The best part, you can also pick up packaged beer and wine to take home with you.

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The Shack

118 N. Main St., Ellijay, GA 30540 | 706-635-3663

This Asian Fusion Delight is a unique addition to this Mountain Town. The owner’s Abbey and Tara rock the menu. Ever-changing and the freshest food you’ll find anywhere, Pho and Poke Tuna are perfect. But you have the ability to design your favorite combo from their daily updated board. And their recommendations are always spot on. One of the latest additions is bubble tea offered in several flavors.
There is cozy seating and even a reading nook. You must check out this most delicious restaurant in Ellijay!

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