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A dinner at Georgian Room is a special affair, partly because you’ll have to go somewhat out of your way to get to this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant, which is tucked inside The Cloister hotel off Georgia’s coast. Once you’re there, however, we’re fairly certain you’ll be glad you made the short trek.
Chef Daniel Zeal’s fresh, modern cuisine elevates this stately dining experience to the next level. You’ll find dollops of airy foams, swipes of bright tangy sauces and perfectly chopped, tossed and plated presentations carefully whisked before your table by the attentive and friendly staff.
The five-course Chef’s Tasting Menu ($125) with an optional wine pairing ($75) is an indulgent way to experience Zeal’s culinary fancy. If you’d prefer to choose your courses à la carte, order appetizers that range from a heirloom melon salad ($16) to cheddar grits soufflé ($23), while entrées could include organic chicken with grilled figs ($40), beef rib-eye with cornbread pudding ($46) and striped marlin with tangy Key lime glaze ($41).
You’ll also want to save room for dessert. Pastry chef Lindsey Stevens whips up Georgian Room’s popular French silk pie ($19) along with other sweet delights ($15 and up), or end the evening with selections from a tableside artisanal cheese cart ($13).
Keep in mind that a 20 percent service charge is applied to all checks, although with service this outstanding, you’ll probably want to add an extra thank-you as well.