Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Helen dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Helen Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

9 Old Bavaria Inn Restaurant
Centrally located on Helen's quaintly named Horse and Ducky Platz, this festive restaurant serves American and German favorites in a casual, friendly environment. Choose from such traditional offerings as schnitzel, sauerbraten, and sausages, or try just-caught trout for a dose of local flavor. Finish things off with a delectable dessert, made fresh daily. Event and meeting rooms are available, and there's even an accordion player that graces the restaurant during Oktoberfest. Beer and wine. (706-878-3729)

8 Hofbrauhaus Restaurant & Lounge
This cozy establishment is a great choice when you want to enjoy frothy beers, rustic ambience and traditional German fare. In the dining room, steak, sausage and vegetable entrees are served alongside delicious side dishes. The lounge, meanwhile, is a nice place to relax, drink in hand, and watch as the river flows past. Helen is already a laid-back family town, but the friendly people at Haufbrau make for an especially fun evening out. An outdoor deck is available when the weather's warm. (706-878-2248)

7 Hofer's Bakery and Cafe
This pleasant eatery was opened in the early '90s by Horst and Gerda Hofer, who wanted to showcase traditional German items. The authentic bakery has established a great demand for its mouth-watering cakes, pies, breads, and doughnuts. They're especially good when paired with fragrant coffee drinks. The cafe also serves tasty sandwiches and light entrees, perfect for lunch or a mid-afternoon snack. A casual ambience pervades the place, and gift items are for sale. (706-878-8200, 800-525-4964)

6 Nacoochee Grill
This much-favored restaurant occupies a turn-of-the-century farmhouse just south of Helen. The place's speciaties are "live fire" grilled entrees. Infused with aromatic wood flavor, dishes include fresh seafood, steaks, ribs, and chops. Try grilled shrimp or a double-cut pork chop, or indulge in roasted duck, cornmeal-dusted trout, or veal meatloaf. Homemade desserts and laid-back ambience round out a pleasurable meal. (706-878-8020)

5 Bernie's Restaurant
Part of the quaint Nacoochee Valley Guest House, this romantic restaurant, dressed in lace and soft colors, serves wonderful food (much of it locally produced) in an intimate atmosphere. Appetizing delicacies include grilled quail, crab cakes, roasted duck salad, and shrimp with roasted red pepper cream sauce. Save room for the delicious homemade desserts. Fine dining at its local best. (706-878-3830)

4 The Vines
This cozy bistro in the North Georgia wine country makes the most of the produce from local farms and vineyards with an innovative menu of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Melding country Italian and French cooking with Southern and East coast cuisine, Chef Jason Vullo turns out entrées such as bone-in milk fed veal chop with creamy grits, marsala mushroom sauce and marinated French beans and whole rainbow trout with lump crab bacon stuffing, flannel hash, sautéed arugula and lemon sauce. A tasting menu at dinner is also offered and a scrumptious brunch and lunch is served on Sunday. (706-865-5710)

3 Stovall House
Take a break from city life and escape to the country — or, more to the point, escape to the Stovall House, a charming country inn built in 1837 that overlooks 26 acres of majestic countryside. Rooms are comfortably appointed, and each is decorated with antiques and features en suite facilities. As for dining, the fare represents a wide range of influences, from olive-pork scallopine and ginger-garlic lamb chops to pan-fried mountain trout stuffed with crab. Lunch is available for groups only, and reservations must be made a week in advance. (706-878-3355)

2 North Georgia Barbeque Company
If Bavarian cuisine isn't what you had in mind when you headed out this morning, be sure to keep this red-roofed roadsider in mind. Why? Well, for starters, their delicious slow-cooked 'que is revered far and wide as some of the best eating in White County. Best of all, the prices won't empty your family's coffers, leaving ya'll free to enjoy the shopping and sights in and around Helen. (706-878-5753)

1 Safari Steakhouse
Offering plenty of sizzling dishes, this restaurant features a full menu of perfectly seared entrees. Choose from fresh steaks, chicken or seafood entrees, and burgers and sandwiches. Located on North Main Street, Safari accommodates the entire family, including little ones, who enjoy "pigmy meals" and flashy (but alcohol-free) drinks. (706-878-2083)



Maps and Directions

Old Bavaria Inn Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, German
Dining Options: Live Music, Non-Smoking, Smoking
Neighborhood: Helen
COST: $$
Hofbrauhaus Restaurant & Lounge 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking (bar only)
Cuisine: European, German
Neighborhood: Helen
COST: $$
Hofer's Bakery and Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, German
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Pastry Chef, Take Out
Neighborhood: Helen
Nacoochee Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Helen
COST: $$
Bernie's Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, German
Dining Options: Catering, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Sautee
COST: $$
The Vines 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, French, Italian, New American
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: SAUTEE
COST: $$
Stovall House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: SAUTEE
COST: $$
North Georgia Barbeque Company 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Southern
Neighborhood: Helen
Safari Steakhouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: HELEN
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