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Cool Breeze - The Oar House

3072 Highway 52 East Mile Marker 18, Dahlonega, GA 30533
+1 706-864-9938
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Ranked #23 of 66 restaurants in Dahlonega
Price range: $10 - $30
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Casual fine dining on the banks of the Chestatee River. Lunch and dinner as well as Sunday brunch. Open 11:00 am daily. Open until 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 3:30 on Sunday and 10:00 on Friday and Saturday. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday.Full service bar as well as extensive wine and beer list.Impeccable service amid a beautiful setting.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Casual fine dining on the banks of the Chestatee River. Lunch and dinner as well as Sunday brunch. Open 11:00 am daily. Open until 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 3:30 on Sunday and 10:00 on Friday and Saturday. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday.Full service bar as well as extensive wine and beer list.Impeccable service amid a beautiful setting.
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Savannah, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Stopped by on a Saturday to grad a late lunch/early dinner. We were greeted promptly and elected to sit at a table overlooking the river on their patio. Very scenic. Our server was very sweet, took a few minutes to tell us about the specials but we did come in at that transition period between lunch and dinner so no... More

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Jeff M, Owner at Cool Breeze - The Oar House, responded to this review

Thank you Emily. It is our pleasure to serve you. I'm happy you enjoyed it. Joe Marshall More

Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Understaffed. It took an hour to get our food, coffee was luke warm. Steak was just ok. Waitress was great but you could tell she was stressed. I won't go back.

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Clarkesville, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We made reservations days before and online. When the reservations were made, we received a conformation email saying we needed to take no other action and we were set. I work in the food industry and love going to high end restaurants. So on Valentines day, we are getting ready to leave for a planned day in Dahlonega and we... More

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Jeff M, Owner at Cool Breeze - The Oar House, responded to this review

I am very sorry you had a negative experience at our restaurant. As you acknowledged, most restaurants were extremely crowded that evening. And, with the record snowfall that week, we didn't receive most of our reservations until just before that evening, which was very challenging for all of us. Still, we could and should have handled the crowds better. I... More

Dahlonega, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

This is our favorite "special treat" place to go eat. The food is outstanding with the most relaxing and beautiful views of the river with a country home atmosphere. Can be a little pricey, but with out a doubt worth the extra.

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Jeff M, Owner at Cool Breeze - The Oar House, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review. We are pleased you enjoyed yourself and hope you will return soon. Joe Marshall More

Macon, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We loved our visit here. We stumbled upon it by accident (we were doing zip lining in Lula and headed to Helen) and though the prices were a bit high the atmosphere was worth it. We sat on one of the many decks by the water late afternoon even swinging in one of the porch swings by the water listening... More

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Jeff M, Owner at Cool Breeze - The Oar House, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review. We work very hard to provide quality food, service, and atmosphere. We hope you will join us again soon. More

Roswell, Georgia
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303 reviews 303 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Recent health score 97. We've been aware of this restaurant for several years but had always resisted trying it because the T/A reviews are all over the place. We finally decided to check it out and were quite glad we did. It occupies a beautiful old house along a peaceful spot of the Chestatee River. The grounds include a patio,... More

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Jeff M, Owner at Cool Breeze - The Oar House, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We strive to provide a quality experience for all of our guests. More

Dahlonega, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We have visited The Oar House often during the past 7 years and found it to be a pleasant atmosphere but the food and service was sometimes "hit or miss." Today our party of 7 went for lunch and we all exclaimed how much we enjoyed it. The interior decor was improved, our waitress was very pleasant and efficient, AND... More

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Jeff M, Owner at Cool Breeze - The Oar House, responded to this review

Thank you so much. You've hit on the three areas we've been focused on ... food, service, and appearance. We've worked very hard to make your experience pleasurable, so I'm pleased that it worked for you. We look forward to your return! Joe Marshall More

Dallas, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

My husband spotted this hidden gem on our way to Helen, so on our way back we decided to stop. It had such a wonderful atmosphere and the waitress, Cheryl was wonderful. The food was top notch and priced right for fine causal dining. The chef had not problem switching things around for us. We want to go back in... More

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Jeff M, Owner at Cool Breeze - The Oar House, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We work hard to make our guest's visits enjoyable, so I'm pleased our efforts worked for you. Joe Marshall More

Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

I have been several times to the Oar House (not in a year or so) and have always been pleased! I went with a friend yesterday and was so disappointed. It was a slow lunch with only us and one other table being served. The bacon was not crisp on my sandwich, there was no mayo and I had to... More

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Jeff M, Owner at Cool Breeze - The Oar House, responded to this review

I'm sorry your experience was not a pleasant one. We work very hard on our service, food quality, and appearance, so I'm disturbed you found that lacking. I hope you will give us another try some time. I'm confident your experience will be better. Thank you. Joe Marshall More

Duluth, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Went with a friend to visit this restaurant on our way to the square in Dahlonega. She had pulled up information on the restaurant prior to leaving on the trip and wanted to try it. They have an extensive wine list, and some are local Georgia wines, but beware as the local wines are pricey. Outside seating was plentiful, with... More

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