About Fortify Kitchen and Bar
At Fortify Kitchen & Bar, expect great food, delicious cocktails and impeccable service in a comfortable environment. We will always support sustainability in our area by using produce sourced from local small farms and growers, all natural, hormone-antibiotic free meats and proteins, and sustainable seafood sources and give back to the great community we call home!
Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday: 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - Close
Hiawassee St. And North Main St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Fortify is committed to bringing sustainable and locally sourced items to your special gathering! We are available for catering any event needs you may have either in the restaurant or off site. Please call the restaurant for more information and to schedule a meeting.
Street and public parking
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Fortify Kitchen and Bar Ratings and Reviews
Great food. I order the pork and it was ...
Great food. I order the pork and it was fantastic. My only complaint would be that the barbecue sauce was overpowering, but it was easy to avoid and not eat. My boyfriend had the filet and said that it was the best he's had and very tender. Overall it was a very good meal and a good atmosphere to spend time with friends in.
What am amazing find! This is a wonderfu ...
What am amazing find! This is a wonderful little restaurant at the south end of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Clayton, Georgia. The food was wonderful, the food presentation was great, and I loved that much was locally sourced.
A member of our party must eat gluten free, and she was amazed by the number of choices she had.
I was impressed by our waiter, who was able to provide very detailed information on sourcing and ingredients.
I would return for another meal in a heartbeat. Don't miss the opportunity to try this restaurant!
We have dined at Fortify and normally en ...
We have dined at Fortify and normally enjoy the entire experience and this time, as every time, the food was exceptional. Unusual about this experience was the experience itself. We sat in one of the booth tables that are about 6 or 8 inches from the next table. The party next to us was loud and having a conversation that we didn't need to overhear, didn't want to overhear, and couldn't help but overhear. We will ask to sit at a table and not a booth next time.
We had tried to get in one year ago, but ...
We had tried to get in one year ago, but it was packed . This year we made a reservation! Dinner was very good. Gazpacho for me and Gouda fritters for my wife as starters. Then a veal for me and the filet for her. Both were delicious, while the steak / filet was more flavorful. Service was ok, a little bit slow in the beginning, but our server was very helpful! We will come back! Ambience is nice and unique.
This was our first visit to Fortify but ...
This was our first visit to Fortify but won't be our last. The food was excellent with good portions. However, our waitress (Shandra?) was green and needs more training. We had to summon her all during the meal. The other waiters in the room were gracious enough to lend help. But we will definitely return.
My sister and I agreed that this was the ...
My sister and I agreed that this was the best dining experience we've had in "years"!!! The staff was attentive, relaxed, and polite and each dish was excellent. I would drive an hour and a half just to have dinner at Fortify!!! and in the future, when my husband asks where I'd like to have dinner for birthdays or anniversaries, it's "Fortify" without question. It's a pleasure to experience a restaurant where the chef and owners have combined great food with wonderful hospitality. Thank you, Fortify!!
Excellent place for dinner! The food wa ...
Excellent place for dinner! The food was prepared perfectly, all four of us loved our selections. Two of us are gluten sensitive so the gluten free options were great. The gluten free rolls were the best we've ever had. Carlton, our server, was the best. Very informed and took great care of us. I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are in the area.
I had the lamb and my husband had veal N ...
I had the lamb and my husband had veal New York strip! Absolutely delicious! We also had fried green tomatoes as an appetizer and the Fortify salad. The best meal we have ever had in a restaurant in Rabun County, and we have been coming to Lake Burton since 1964!
Made reservations for 7:00 arrived 6:50 ...
Made reservations for 7:00 arrived 6:50 weren't seated till 7:15 even though there were several (3) open tables up front. We were seated at the worst table in the back far left against the wall . Water came immediately - waiter 15 minutes for drink order then 10 minutes to get the drink. There was little attentiveness - nice waiter but couldn't keep up any kind of service. Never even asked about a second drink. Wife wasn't feeling well barely touched her steak but was asked without looking "how was your meal "? Food was good - service was awful.
The food was outstanding both in quality ...
The food was outstanding both in quality and preparation. Very creative menu. I like everything about this place, but they certainly need to add staff at such a busy time of year. This area has difficulty attracting and retaining personnel that have experience in upscale dining.
I guess it starts with the bar. 1 bartender, a full bar of both diners and pre dining cocktails. There must have been a full house of diners (front room for sure). So we sat there for close to 12-15 minutes before he even looked at us. When he finally did, he was pleasant and professional....He had to "manage" the staff....had to ask waiters to bus the bar diners...and was giving other waiters lots of instructions....I thought that was an indication of poor management on managements part.
Our reservation was for 6:30. It was probably close to 7 when we were seated. Our waiter was very pleasant and knowledgable about the menu and had tasted the specials (A GOOD SIGN in my opinion). He did seem to disappear for LONG stretches of time. He was not in the front dining room while M.I.A. so I must assume he was either waiting tables in the back room or was sloughing off somewhere. I had to ask the "manager" to order me a drink! Again, the waiter was VERY nice and when present VERY professional....just not "attentive".
So my guess is there is a shortage of staff....but they do seem to want to do a good job and are all very pleasant.
I'd say this is one of the top restaurants in the region, NE Ga./Western NC
Overall we enjoyed Fortify. But, we had ...
Overall we enjoyed Fortify. But, we had reservations and did not get seated for 20 minutes past our reservation time ( and we were 10 minutes early.... so long wait .
the noise level was almost unbearable . it was difficult to carry on a conversation at our table .
fortunately , the food was good and helped us forget these two unpleasentries
At airport, so review short. Took friend ...
At airport, so review short. Took friend for his first visit for his birthday and he loved the food, service and atmosphere. Builds and remodels houses and liked old wood on bar, walls and tables; also liked high ceilings, colors of vents that made them unnoticeable and sound buffers on ceiling. Wants to come back for starter I ordered -- fried green tomatoes. Yum!!!
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