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Back Porch Oyster Bar

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Public Square, 19 N. Chestatee Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533
+1 706-864-8623
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stopped at this quaint place while visiting Dahlonega. She crab soup was very good to start and the crab cake was pretty good but overpriced for the portion. Calamari was ok. Shrimp and Grits were good. Kids menu food was bleh. Bottom line - food is not bad but slightly overpriced and don't take the kids!

Thank original21
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54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in after reading the reviews on trip advisor to be surprised by the best meal we had while traveling over the weekend in Georgia visiting the Amicalola Falls. I got the special seafood trio of Lobster trail (big portion), mahi mahi (big portion) and shrimp (6 shrimp). All were char grilled to perfection in a lemon butter sauce... More 

Thank Jazzykin
Dahlonega, Georgia
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34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Portions are small, prices are high, "specials" were the highest priced items which were recommended. Equal dishes in other comparable restaurants were much less expensive. If you are willing to have 3 small portions for an entree for $25 + (scallops Florentine served on light bed of spinach and side of 2 small red potatoes cubed (food did taste good))... More 

Thank Tracey R
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Atmosphere felt like a beach restaurant. We sat upstairs on the porch enjoying the views of the square. Ordered two bottle beers. They came without glasses and lime / orange. Ordered Ahi Tuna and shrimp & grits. Tuna was good, I have had better. Shrimp & grits had 5 shrimp and lots of onions. Sauce was awesome. Lunch was good... More 

Thank Debbie B
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service was atrocious. Waited almost 45 minutes after we ordered with no acknowledgement by waiter on status of food. Prices high especially with the terrible service and being out of several of the menu items.

Thank Susan M
Peachtree City, Georgia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with friends while visiting Dahlonega. Reservations for 7:30, so it wasn't late in the evening. They were out of oysters because they had "sold the last two boxes to our friends." Then they were out of crab bisque so we ordered claim chowder and after being asked, the server brought the crackers to go with the chowder. Ordered wine... More 

Thank Tom P
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Terrible service, out of Landshark Beer, waited over an hour for our food. Will not come back. Even after we asked when our food might come out, the server just avoided us more.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Cleveland, Georgia
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

OMG.. this place was so good. I had shrimp and grits and husband had shrimp po boy type sandwich. So Delish. We also had the peel and eat shrimp (1/2 lb) for appetizer and ended up ordering another lb. I think it was gulf shrimp to be exact. Perfect. It was $100 for lunch but we ordered a lot of... More 

Thank coleman_2
Kennesaw, Georgia
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Looking for lunch on the the way home, stopped in Dahlonega at Back Porch. Had seafood on the front porch upstairs. Wife had shrimp and grits, I had the grilled catfish special with seasoned rich and lemon broccoli. Food was outstanding, service from Rachelle excellent. A very pleasant break for a great lunch.

Thank John A
Lancaster, South Carolina
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140 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food is delicious, with lots of selections and specials of the day. Outdoor dining is fabulous, with a few of the historic downtown.

Thank 798cherryd

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Public Square, 19 N. Chestatee Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Dahlonega
  • Phone Number: +1 706-864-8623
Back Porch Oyster Bar Restaurant is inspired by coastal North Carolina cuisine, our seafood is fine dining in a fun atmosphere. Our menu runs the gamut from simple fried catfish to Ahi tuna tartare, pan seared Chilean Sea Bass in a lemon beurre blanc, and cold water lobster tails. We also have a wide selection of cold water oysters from Northeastern U.S. and Canada. Yes you can find great seafood in the North Georgia Mountains!!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?