Discovering the Food Scene in Lake Oconee, GA: Best Restaurants & Cafes

Discovering the Food Scene in Lake Oconee, GA: Best Restaurants & Cafes

  • Riezl Baker
  • 04/6/24

Nestled beside the tranquil waters of Lake Oconee, this picturesque community in Georgia not only captivates with its scenic beauty but also boasts a burgeoning food scene that delights the taste buds of locals and visitors alike. Keep reading for a dining voyage to uncover the culinary treasures and top restaurants of Lake Oconee, where these dining destinations offer not just great meals but experiences that blend Southern charm, fresh flavors, and warm hospitality.

Culinary Gems at Reynolds Lake Oconee

Reynolds Lake Oconee stands as a beacon of luxury and leisure. Beyond its six championship golf courses and scenic landscapes, the community is renowned for its vibrant culinary scene.

The National Tavern

Nestled within the prestigious Reynolds Lake Oconee community, The National Tavern is a beacon of culinary excellence, captivating both residents and visitors alike with its exquisite offerings and charming ambiance.

As you step into The National Tavern, you are greeted by an ambiance that seamlessly blends elegance with a touch of Southern charm. This beloved dining spot is found near Bluff Nine on The National Course. The interior exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere, adorned with tasteful décor and subtle nods to the region's story. Whether you choose to dine indoors surrounded by sophisticated interiors or opt for a meal on one of the outdoor verandas with exquisite views, the setting creates an ideal backdrop for memorable dining moments.

Great Waters Waterview Pub

At the heart of the Great Waters Course lies the Great Waters Waterview Pub, where casual, refreshing lakeside charm meets a fantastic menu. This venue caters to golf enthusiasts and those seeking a laid-back dining experience. Whether enjoying a hearty brunch or savoring a leisurely dinner, patrons can take in the stunning views of Lake Oconee while relishing a menu of comfort classics and cocktails. Try the classic pub burger, a cheese quesadilla, or crispy fish tacos.

Eighty8 Kitchen + Cocktails

Eighty8 Kitchen + Cocktails is a culinary gem that seamlessly blends flavor and tradition, offering a fusion of culinary delights in a historic setting. With a cozy menu of traditional Southern breakfast, brunch, and dinner selections, patrons can experience an array of flavors in a warm atmosphere. From blueberry pancakes and Belgian waffles to Southern fried chicken, bacon cheeseburgers, and blackened salmon bowls, the flavors here are endless. Pair your meal with an Early Bird cocktail or another creative option.

Richland Pointe

Richland Pointe emerges as a lakeside haven of culinary excellence within the Reynolds Lake Oconee community. In this newest Platinum Member-only dining spot, residents can explore a diverse array of dining options that promise extravagance and excellence, from the sushi rolls to Moroccan couscous salad. The restaurant also features a 52-foot wraparound bar with outside seating and amazing views.

The Overlook at Great Waters

The Overlook at Great Waters is a testament to the marriage of culinary excellence and panoramic vistas. Situated at the Great Waters Course, this delightful restaurant offers an unparalleled dining experience where every meal is accompanied by breathtaking views of Lake Oconee. The menu is a culinary journey through the seafood bar and shared plates, featuring dishes crafted with meticulous attention to detail. Whether enjoying brunch, lunch, or dinner, patrons at The Overlook are treated to a feast for the senses, where the beauty of the surroundings enhances the flavors on the plate.

The Landing Restaurant

As a cornerstone of the community over The Landing Course, The Landing Restaurant epitomizes lakeside elegance and culinary mastery. The restaurant's location provides a scenic backdrop for an upscale dining experience. The Landing Restaurant specializes in modern American cuisine with a Southern twist, offering a menu of salads and snacks, subs and burgers, antipasto, individual pizzas, and desserts.

The Creek Club

This Platinum Member-only culinary destination offers a delightful retreat for golf enthusiasts and discerning diners alike. The Creek Club provides an intimate and welcoming atmosphere, inviting patrons to savor culinary delights in the midst of a golf haven. The refined menu reflects a commitment to quality and freshness, with dishes that capture the essence of Southern cuisine, from signature salads and soups to sandwiches. The Creek Club ensures a culinary experience that complements the beauty of its surroundings.

Kathy’s Café & Infinity Pool Bar

Kathy’s Café & Infinity Pool Bar offers a refreshing lakeside escape for members. This casual yet vibrant café provides a perfect setting for relaxation and enjoyment. From light bites and snacks to refreshing beverages, Kathy’s Café caters to those seeking a laid-back lakeside bistro experience. Whether lounging by the infinity pool or taking in the views of Lake Oconee, patrons can relish the casual charm and lakeside refreshments.

If you’re intrigued by these top restaurants in Lake Oconee and want to make a move, team up with award-winning Realtor® Riezl Baker to get started. With top-tier insight into Lake Oconee real estate, Riezl is prepared to guide you to all your homeownership ambitions.

Riezl Baker

Riezl Baker

Realtor® | Founding Principal

About The Author

Riezl Baker is an award-winning real estate agent with 22 years of real estate experience at Lake Oconee, Georgia. A resident since 1997, she is well-known for her business accomplishments and extensive community involvement. In 2020, she and her husband Ted co-founded Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group to combine their over 40 years of experience in the Lake Oconee market and with a mission to provide the highest level of service to clients.
In 2022, Riezl closed over $131 million in sales and was recognized as “Top Luxury Real Estate Leader'' by The Atlantan magazine and “Real Estate Newsmaker & Achiever'' by RIS Media. She was recognized as a 2021 Top Producer after closing over 70 transactions totaling $115 million and was awarded the Crystal Phoenix Award by the Lake Country Board of Realtors®. 
She is passionate about her community and has been involved on a leadership level for many different organizations. She is the Past Chairman of the St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital Board and was part of the original founding Board that steered the opening of the hospital in 2013. She co-chaired the successful 2023 Heart & Soul Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee which raised over $450,000 for the local hospital. In 2010, she and her husband co-founded the Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival to benefit local education, which has evolved into a three-day destination event at The Ritz-Carlton. An advocate for the arts, Riezl is a Board Director for the Oconee Performing Arts Society (OPAS). She was the President of the Lake Country Board of Realtors® in 2016. The Atlantan magazine awarded her "Expert in Second and Vacation Homes" for 2020 and 2021. She was recognized as a "2021 Top Luxury Real Estate Industry Leader" and was also nominated as "Best Bilingual" and "Best Community Impact" in Georgia.
Riezl holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and joined the Hyatt Hotels as a Corporate Management Trainee. She worked for the company for seven years in Operations Management and Hospitality Sales in Houston and Atlanta. She served as a Board Director for Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the largest meeting and event industry association, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Breakout, Georgia MPI's monthly publication that is distributed to thousands of members.
As the Director of Athens (Ga.) Convention and Visitors Bureau, Riezl developed strategic plans to attract conventions to the city. In 2000, she obtained her real estate license and worked for Reynolds Lake Oconee Properties where she was a top producer for 20 years. 
Riezl is a public speaker and has spoken at several national real estate conferences and webinars. She was an invited speaker at a National Empowerment Conference in Las Vegas in 2022 where she spoke about “Successful Entrepreneurship in America.” She was also featured in a 2022 episode of Fox Business Network’s prime-time real estate show Mansion Global. 
She and her husband have been married for 26 years and have two children, Stuart, who is a junior at Yale University, and Remi, who attends Interlochen Performing Arts Academy.

Community Footprints

  • Co-Founder, LEAD Lake Oconee
  • Board Member, Oconee Performing Arts Society.
  • Board Member, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board.
  • Past Chairman, St. Mary Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board, 2017-2019.
  • Past President, Lake Country Board of Realtors®, 2016.
  • Co-Founder, Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival.
  • Three-Year Chair, Heart and Soul Gala Benefit, Ritz Carlton Lake Oconee.
  • Co-Chair, Heart and Soul Benefit Gala, 2022

Work With Riezl

A consistent top producer in the Lake Oconee area, Riezl has been recognized with numerous awards for her business accomplishments and community involvement. Contact Riezl today if you are thinking of selling or buying, or both.

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