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:



Abby’s Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

24 S. Main St.
Ste. E
Ellijay Georgia 30540

Welcome to Abby’s Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt in Downtown Ellijay, GA. Here at Abby’s, we have 4 easy steps to make your experience fun and memorable. Step 1: Pick It! – Pick from 3 cup sizes and our easy flat-fee pricing ($5 Green Cup, $6 Pink Cup, and $7 Blue Cup). Step 2: Fill It! – Fill your cup with a variety of delicious flavors of Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream (Gelato), and Sorbet. Step 3: Top It! – Top your flavors with your favorite toppings. With 45+ to choose from, you will have fun making your creation just right! Step 4: Love It! – After you finish making it, the last thing left is to simply LOVE IT! Come to Abby’s in Ellijay, GA and join the fun!

Back Porch Bistro

10 Northside Square
Ellijay Georgia 30540

Open for: Lunch

Specialty: Sandwiches, Soups, and Sweets


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.

Bavarian Chocolatier

4 Northside Square
Ellijay Georgia 30540

Bigun’s Barbeque

362 Carnes Mill Road & Hwy. 515
Talking Rock Georgia 30175

If you live in the Jasper or Talking Rock Area then you have probably been to Bigun’s BBQ. For those of you in Ellijay that want to try a great Barbeque then don’t miss what many call the best burgers and barbecue in Ellijay GA. It’s only 10 minutes south of Ellijay on the left side of highway 515. Not as far as the Jasper main exit. Their menu is posted on their website so you can print it out and find exactly what you want to eat. It used to be a best kept secret but we just let the cat out of the bag

Boardwalk Pizza and Pub

25 N. Church St
Ellijay Georgia 30540

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.

Cajun Depot

67 Depot St.
Ellijay Georgia 30540

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.

Cantaberry Restaurant

5 S. Side Square
Ellijay Georgia 30540
Cantaberry Restaurant

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!

Cornerstone Café

76 N. Main St.
Ellijay Georgia 30540

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!

Ellijay Coffeehouse

131 N. Main St.
Ellijay Georgia 30540

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!

Ellijay Wood Fired Pizza

2 River St.
Ellijay Georgia 30540

Ellijay Wood Fired Pizza opened in 2018 and is located at the corner of River Street and Main Street in Historic Downtown Ellijay. Our wood fired oven from Naples, Italy serves authentic old world pizza using only the highest quality and locally sourced ingredients. Our pizza is complimented an assortment of cuisine utilizing ancient cooking methods with modern, all natural flavors. Simple food with a modern twist.

Emily’s Bar & Restaurant

24 River Street
Ellijay Georgia 30540

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.

Hitching Post

740 S. Main St
Ellijay Georgia 30540

Open for: Lunch and Dinner

Specialty: Pizza and Sandwiches; Beer and Wine Package Store

Pro tip: Take out only
Wanna stay in for the night and enjoy the relaxing North Georgia Mountains?
The Hitching Post is a local iconic place to order a cold beer, local wine, hot pizza, and authentic sandwiches to go. 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.

Kasei Sushi and Sake

10 River Street
Ellijay Georgia 30540

Kasei Sushi and Sake opened in 2020 with the goal of bringing fresh fish, unique Asian-inspired drinks and a world class sake experience to the north Georgia mountains. Located in Ellijay, Georgia, a quaint and historic small town Kasei offers several vegetarian, pescatarian, and vegan friendly options along with world class Japanese cuisine.

La Catrina Tacos & Margaritas

101 S. Main St.
Ellijay Georgia 30540

Order dishes of Mexican cuisine at this restaurant. You can always try perfectly cooked steak tacos, steak fajitas and grilled chicken - a special offer of La Catrina. According to the reviewers' opinions, waiters offer good margaritas, wine or beer.
Select between indoor and outdoor seating. You will be pleasantly impressed with affordable prices.

Moo Bears Ice Cream & Hot Dogs

40 River St.
Ste. A
Ellijay Georgia 30540

MooBears features hand dipped Ice Cream and Angus Beef Hotdogs in beautiful historic downtown Ellijay. We serve over 20 flavors of premium Ice Cream. But before having dessert you need to try one of our delicious Hotdog's. We have 12 different kinds. Along with Ice Cream and Hotdog's we have craft soda in glass bottles from Boylan in a number of flavors including Root Beer and Birch Beer

Mr. P’s

295 N. Main St.
Ellijay Georgia 30540

You have to try the famous “Paradise Burger’. With this Ellijay classic, you’ll surely want a big cup of our Southern sweet tea with crushed ice. “All the way” means with cheese, homemade chili and slaw, plus a slice of a juicy ripe tomato. From burgers, hotdogs and sandwiches to homemade barbecue, old-fashioned Brunswick stew and classic fried chicken.

Papa’s Pizza To Go

9 Russell Dr
Ellijay Georgia 30540
(706) 635-7020

Looking for Pizza in Ellijay GA?

River Street Tavern

40 River St.
Ste. B
Ellijay Georgia 30540

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.

The Gum Shop Fun Shop

71 River St
Ellijay Georgia 30540

Coming soon.

The Roof Ellijay

16 River St.
Ellijay Georgia 30540

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.

Check their website for hours and info!

The Shack

718 N. Main St
Ellijay Georgia 30540

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!

Check their website for hours and info.



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