Top 6 Lake Oconee Restaurants

Top 6 Lake Oconee Restaurants

  • Riezl Baker
  • 09/28/22

Equidistant from three of Georgia’s major cities––Atlanta, Athens, and Augusta––sits Central Georgia’s Lake Oconee. Formed by the Oconee River and Apalachee River, Lake Oconee is a well-known area for fishing, boating, swimming, golf, and simply taking in the tranquility of the lake. If you’re hoping to take a break and unwind, you’ll have more than 370 miles of coastline and 19,000 acres, across four Georgia counties to do so.
Much like its sister lake to the south, Lake Sinclair, Lake Oconee is used as a reservoir for the Wallace Hydroelectric Plant and supplies power for the Georgia Power Company. This man-made lake serves not only as a hotspot for watersports; it also generates power for the surrounding counties.
Lake Oconee draws visitors from all over the state and the country each spring and summer to delight in activities on the lake. Those who love fishing also enjoy casting a line in one of the South’s best spots for bass, catfish, crappie, and more. After a day out, you’ll want to stop for a bite to eat. Try some of Georgia’s best eats at these top Lake Oconee restaurants.

Gaby’s by the Lake

Located within the Ritz Carlton on Lake Oconee, this delightfully casual spot is anything, but stuffy. Overlooking the pool and offering some of the best views of the lake, visitors can sit back, relax, and delight in the restaurant’s casual, yet sophisticated feel. Gaby’s by the Lake boasts stone walls, shaded patio seating, and finishes in buttery, calming hues making it a perfect spot to unwind with a cocktail or three. We won’t judge! Gaby’s “no shirt, no shoes, our pleasure” motto is never more present than during the casual lunch hour. Snack on dishes ranging from salads and sandwiches to stone-baked pizzas and low-country fish tacos. You also won’t want to miss Gaby’s famous lobster grilled cheese. Gaby’s is open daily for lunch and dinner, so you’ll be able to get your fix any time of day!

Lake Oconee Bistro

If you’re looking for the perfect dinner spot by the lake, try out the locally loved Lake Oconee Bistro! With live music every Friday and Saturday from 7-10 p.m., it is a local favorite and a great place to unwind and try out your dancing shoes after a long day on the lake. With specialties like the prime rib for those carnivorous folks in the group or delightful seafood dishes such as oysters on the half shell and tuna poke from the raw bar, you are sure to find something you love. They also have a menu of rotating daily specials. On Saturdays and Sundays, Lake Oconee Bistro serves brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. so you can even catch some of their delightful eats before hitting the lake. True lake life is sleeping in until noon anyway, right?

The Yesterday Cafe

The Yesterday Cafe is a sweet little spot located in downtown Greensboro, Georgia, and serves up Southern American staples indoors or on the sidewalk patio. If you’re looking for a quaint lunch or dinner spot that does it all, look no further. The self-proclaimed “home of the buttermilk pie” has also been featured in Lake Oconee Magazine as well as Southern Living Magazine. Try local favorites like the tuna salad melt or buffalo tenders or opt for a more luxurious meal with the filet mignon or prime rib. You’ll be remiss if you don’t follow up your meal with a slice of buttermilk pie! The Yesterday Cafe is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Make sure you come hungry!

Oconee Brewing Company

Oconee Brewing Company is home to delicious craft beer, beer tasting, and more, housed in a 3,600-square-foot former mill. This space features an open floor plan, large windows, and plenty of outdoor seating, lighting, and games. This casual, fun spot is jam-packed with activities, delicious beer, and pub favorites. They’re open Thursday and Friday beginning at 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday beginning at 12 p.m. They also have a large events center which can be used for birthdays, weddings, receptions, and more! Whether you’re looking to taste a flight of locally brewed beers or throw your next big party, the folks at Oconee Brewing Company and events center can help!

Holcomb’s Bar-B-Que

If you’re searching for a quirky spot sure to impress even the pickiest of barbecue lovers, look no further than Holcomb’s Bar-B-Que, on Broad Street in Greensboro. This is truly a local gem. While it may, at first glance, appear as if it’s a spot to pump gas, the restaurant housed in a former gas station is nothing short of spectacular. Leaving the bells and whistles to the Ritz, Holcomb’s serves up delicious slow-smoked pulled pork, stew, cornbread, and much more—in an unpretentious setting suited for the whole family. They are open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m aside from Thursdays when they close an hour early.

Eighty8 Kitchen and Cocktails

If you’re looking for an upscale, yet relaxed atmosphere set in a cozy, ski lodge-style building, stop by Eighty8 Kitchen and Cocktails for tasty treats and drinks. This spot is perfect for a date night, a family gathering, or a spot to grab a quick drink and appetizer at the bar. They pride themselves on using local and seasonal ingredients. They also have a tasty and ever-changing menu meant to cater to the seasons. Stop by for dinner or drinks any night of the week beginning at 5 p.m.
Whether your search for houses for sale in Lake Oconee is motivated by delicious grub or lazy summer days by the lake, Riezl Baker should be your go-to source for everything Lake Oconee real estate. She has over 20 years of experience helping families just like yours navigate the ins and outs of the Lake Oconee real estate market. Reach out to Riezl and her team today!

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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