The Ultimate Augusta, GA Dining Guide
Take it from an Augusta native (Lakeside Panthers what up!!!!) There are a growing list of good eats in Augusta to explore if you’re in town for the Masters, making a weekend trip to visit the Anthropologie outlet, riding your bike along the Savannah Rapids, or exploring the vibrant downtown. Here are some of my favorite restaurants to visit when I’m in town.
1. Boll Weevil
10 9th St Augusta, GA 30901
Boll Weevil has been the dessert spot in Augusta for years. Sit down and enjoy one of their jaw-droppingly beautiful “slices” of cakes, and we say “slice” because I mean, look at the size of these things. They do also have casual lunch choices like portabella sandwiches, pimento cheese burgers, and greek salad, but they’re generally more a dessert spot of choice for native Augusta folks.
2. Craft & Vine
1204 Broad St B, Augusta, GA 30901
For a more upscale but still approachable option in Augusta, check out Craft & Vine downtown. The interiors have an industrial speakeasy-like feel, and the menu features an ultra cool blend of ever-changing flavors and cuisines like saffron mussels, BBQ shrimp, spiced apple compote scallops, and andouille corndogs.
3. Cork & Flame
4414 Evans to Locks Road, Evans, GA 30809
Cork & Flame is a surprisingly upscale tapas and wine bar restaurant in Augusta, Georgia that has a menu of complex dishes that can absolutely compete with or even surpass the menus in the U.S.’s biggest cities. The menu changes seasonally. However, the chef is a big game lover, so you can find hard-to-find items like venison, bison, and elk on the menu–or even kangaroo carpaccio if you’re feeling very adventurous! There also are always excellent selections of seafood and a litany of mouth watering appetizers such as chorizo stuffed dates, pickled beets and goat cheese, and lobster bisque.
3. Frog Hollow Tavern
1282 Broad St, Augusta, GA 30901
Frog Hollow Tavern is likely Augusta’s highest end restaurant, serving up an assortment of French inspired cuisine and patisserie. They’ve been open for years and have been Augusta residents’ restaurant of choice for every special occasion. The wine list is also extensive.
4. Happy House Korean BBQ
3008 Deans Bridge Rd, Augusta, GA 30906
Talk about a hidden gem! We love this down-to-earth, family-owned eatery for its fantastic Korean and Asian food. They make a delish bulgogi, tasty banchan, and have a lot of great hot pot offerings. Their galbee is a favorite here.
4. Jackie M’s & Son
3308 Milledgeville Rd, Augusta, GA 30909
Take a step off the beaten path and head to Jackie M’s and Son for some down home, decadent food. Buffalo chicken, soul rolls, philly cheese steak–they got all the good stuff and more here!
5. The Hammond’s Ferry Larder
89 Crystal Lake Dr North Augusta, SC 29841
Head over the border to North Augusta for a meal at the Larder in the picturese Hammond’s Ferry development. The spicy feta is a hit!! Their patio is fabulous and it’s a great option for a weekend brunch or trivia on Thursdays. Do be aware you’ll have to street park here.
6. Manuel’s Bread Cafe
505 Railroad Ave #100, North Augusta, SC 29841
This charming cafe in North Augusta is perfect on fair weather days. You can find it in the cute-as-a-button Hammond’s Ferry development. Dig into French inspired New American food such as their duck confit salad, French onion soup, or grilled salmon salad. They’re also excellent for brunch–you’ll love their eggs benedict and their creme brulee French toast!
7. Metro Diner
2820 Washington Rd Augusta, GA 30909
For avocado toast, chicken & waffles, and all your brunch needs, head to Metro Diner in Augusta, GA! Be aware they do get quite busy!
8. Nacho Mama’s
976 Broad St, Augusta, GA 30901
If you’re visiting Augusta, you’ll want to get yourself acquainted with Broad Street and all that offers. Nacho Mama’s is funky downtown spot has been a great casual spot to get drinks or good portions of food with friends for years. Wash it all down for a pitcher of margaritas!
341 Baston Rd #2979, Martinez, GA 30907
This casual Mexican restaurant hits the spot and is great for families and groups. Think your typical Americanized Mexican food–big bowls of queso, cheesy quesadillas, and sizzling fajitas. Yummm.
10. Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar
3051 Washington Rd. Augusta, Ga. 30909
This place is a total dive serving up ridiculously delicious and decadent seafood. Think fried oyster baskets, fried shrimp poor boys, and spicy boiled shrimp. A sleeper hit that you just have to try–the stuffed mushrooms with melted cheese. It’s decadence in the best way possible! Be aware that it is beyond casual here, so if you’re not okay with picnic tables scribbled on with sharpie keep it moving. They also have a location in Evans.