We have eaten at The Oaks twice while staying at The Ridge Resort. Both times, the service was excellentl the food was good, not great.
Being from the Atlanta area, we have access to a lot of really good restaurants and I understand that it might be somewhat unfair to compare a restaurant in Hiawassee to the Atlanta area. That being said, we were never UNsatisfied with the food, just not thrilled either.
We have had both the brunch and dinner, neither were bad, just nothing to 'write home about'. On our most recent visit, we had a reservation and had to wait about 20 min to be seated. The host/manager was very apologetic, and managed the situation completely fine, we didn't have any problems waiting because we weren't in a hurry. When we were seated, we were surprised the dining room wasn't even half full. Wasn't so much that they were busy, but it seemed they were understaffed for a Saturday night. However, the staff that was there was really good & attentive - they did their jobs well. My husband had salmon with potatoes, which he said was good. I had chicken topped with crab meat & asparagus, which was also good. We split a creme brulee for dessert after our server told us everything was made in house and highly recommended it. We were disappointed - the only part of the meal that really wasn't very good. It was room temperature, seemed like the brulee had been on for a while, and really bland, no real vanilla flavor. Just sort of 'wrong' all the way around. (We had drinks in our room so didn't have any with dinner, didn't have an app - for 2 entrees, which both came with 2 sides and a salad, and 2 dessert, I think our total was $65 before tip - just to give you an idea of pricing.)
The Oaks is a good option in Hiawassee, especially if you're staying at The Ridges - you can walk to/from your room and not sure that you could find anything better off the resort site. The feel is comfortable (casual to 'upscale' casual dress) and the service is excellent. If the weather is appropriate, sitting outside overlooking the lake is fantastic! We have returned more than once, and will likely eat there again next time we're staying at The Ridges.
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