Georgia's at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

Laid-back Southern deliciousness by the lake

Georgia's at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is not only where you convene for a quality helping of elevated Dixie dishes, it’s also where you’ll want to meet for morning coffee and where you’ll come to enjoy an evening cocktail after a busy day around the resort.

With chef Shaun Thomas leading the epicurean charge, Georgia’s delivers meals that are quintessentially Southern yet refined enough for palates from all over. (The woodsy resort is but an hour and a half from downtown Atlanta, after all.) No matter when you come (breakfast, dinner or weekend brunch), you’ll always find proteins from regional farms and fresh herbs plucked from the onsite garden.

Other restaurants at the resort have their charms, but family-friendly Georgia’s has an unequaled warmth to it. The main dining room’s stone fireplace and exposed timber ceilings are big reasons for that. The staffers’ genuine smiles play a part, too. On breezy days, you’ll even appreciate the hammered bronze heaters on the patio keeping you snug as you look onto the gorgeous grounds between bites.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • A lot of places tout a farm-to-fork philosophy, but few live it quite like Georgia’s. On any given afternoon, you’re liable to see someone in the restaurant’s garden picking lavender, rosemary or other tasty items for that night’s meals.
  • You'll find authentic Southern fare here, from she-crab soup to shrimp and grits to buttermilk pie.
  • Like the rest of the resort, the service at Georgia’s is impeccable. It won’t matter if Megan is handing you omelets in the morning or if Travis is taking your order at night, the attentiveness will make you feel special.
  • Though olive leather chairs, delicately placed napkins and charcuterie boards might hint otherwise, the mood in Georgia’s is fairly relaxed. And with that eased attitude, comes a loosened dress code of casual resort wear or golf attire — though many guests tend to dress a tad snazzier in the evenings.
  • Breakfast and dinner are great times to visit Georgia’s, but if there’s an occasion that might be unfairly overlooked it’s weekend brunch. This smattering of griddle items, morning favorites and pastries hits all the right spots on Saturdays and Sundays.

Things to Know

  • The culinary team is so serious about its flavors that it has internal hot-sauce-making competitions. Ask your server for samples.
  • After dinner, it’s fine to let the kids go run off the calories on the back lawn. You can keep an eye on them (while sipping on a refreshing cocktail, of course) from comfortable wicker couches on the patio.

The Food

  • The unapologetically Southern dinner menu features everything from shrimp and grits to bacon-wrapped meatloaf and pork chops complemented by locally grown Sparta mushrooms. It’s comfort food done with class.
  • At breakfast, the aptly named Snuggle Bread is a must-try item. So much more than a sticky bun, this best-served-warm Lake Oconee favorite may be the culinary highlight of your trip.
  • Speaking of sweet treats, the somehow firm-and-fluffy waffles are the best you will taste in a three-county radius.

The Drinks

  • Georgia’s bar mixes things up nicely between local brews (Terrapin), regionally inspired libations (Georgia-olive-oil-infused Evoo Blanc) and global wine (impressive options from Italy, France and Austria).
  • The Greensboro, Georgia, restaurant also proudly pours sips from Denver-based Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey.
  • Every Saturday afternoon at Georgia’s, the resort’s resident bourbon expert will educate you on all things related to the amber-hued tipple. Just make sure to RSVP for the session first.

Gluten-free options
Kid friendly
Outdoor seating
Private dining
Reservations recommended
Resort casual
Valet parking
Vegetarian options
Getting There
1 Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro, GA 30642
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