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Chophouse of Hiawassee

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625 Hwy 76, Hiawassee, GA 30546-2150
+1 706-896-3200
11:30 - 21:00
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was supposed to have my rehearsal dinner at The Chophouse in December. This is the first I'm hearing about the restaurant change. Very disappointed. You would think that someone would have reached out to us regarding the change since they knew we had reserved the back room. Any recommendations for another nice place to have the rehearsal dinner?

Thank Ashley B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The owner is the same good chef as The Chophouse but the menu and name changed to Hawg Wild. Very popular, but I miss a more upscale menu. If you are into healthier choices, the smoked turkey or brisket is what I would recommend.... They have their own smoker. Not a pork eater, but those who are love it. Their... More 

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James R, Owner at Chophouse of Hiawassee, responded to this review

Dear Guests, Thank you for taking the time to post a Trip Advisor review of my newest restaurant, Hawg Wild BBQ and Catfish House. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves. If you still crave that great Chophouse cuisine, please visit Murphy's Chophouse or The Chophouse at Laprade's on Lake Burton, both are very close by. Chef James More 

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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

It used to be a Shoney's, and the food was better . Took 10 minutes for Maitre-de to acknowledge our existence, even though there were very few patrons. Saw 3 patrons sent back some sort of fish special, it taste funny, is what I heard. Very pricey, and small portions ( my baked potato was a little larger than an... More 

Thank steve d
James R, Owner at Chophouse of Hiawassee, responded to this review

Dear Steve, The Chophouse of Hiawassee has been closed for 4 months. I have since opened Hawg Wild BBQ and Catfish House in that same location. It has been a big hit with our guests. Please give us a try. I think you'll enjoy it. Thank you More 

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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I always enjoyed the chop house food and now will have to go to Murphy if I want to eat at Chop House.

Thank Carolhayes
James R, Owner at Chophouse of Hiawassee, responded to this review

Carol, Thank you for post a Trip Advisor reveiw. You can always visit us at Murphy's Chophouse in Murphy, NC or The Chophouse at LaPrade's on Lake Burton for the same great food and Chophouse service! More 

Hiawassee, Georgia
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Do not plan to eat at the chop house. It has become one of four barbecue restaurants in the small town of Hiawassee. We will miss it as there are a number of options in town for good barbecue.

Thank ShelleyCB
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206 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

The key to a successful business is to find a niche or need. I guess the owner missed that memo. It's now Hawg Wild BBQ and joins a multitude of other BBQ joints. Yeah, the interior is nicer than most BBQ joint. Just pass it on by...nothing remarkable or even noteworthy here. In the end, it's still putting lipstick on... More 

Thank starketcher
James R, Owner at Chophouse of Hiawassee, responded to this review

Dear Starketcher, Thank you for posting a Trip Advisor review on my newly opened restaurant, Hawg Wild BBQ and Catfish House. We appreciate all customer feedback and use it as means to improve. We are a full service restaurant and offer a lot more than BBQ. We have fresh fish, seafood, homemade desserts, over 15 homemade side dishes, appetizers, salads,... More 

Coral Springs, Florida
1 review
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Had a very pleasant dinner tonight at the newly opened Hog Wild BBQ (the old Chophouse). Best hushpuppies ever! I ordered the 1/2 chicken dinner which had a deliciously flavored rub, very good, I highly recommend! Very (new) comfortable atmosphere and nicely deorated. (NOT a picnic table/bench type restaurant) The view is incredible and waitress said they are planning to... More 

Thank swimmypool
James R, Owner at Chophouse of Hiawassee, responded to this review

Dear Swimmypool, Thank you for your recent Trip Advisor post for my restaurant "Hawg Wild BBQ and Catfish House". I'm very glad you enjoyed your experience with us and gave us a 5 STAR review. I hope to welcome you back very soon! More 

Atlanta, GA.
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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

So sad they closed this place and turned it into another BBQ place. This WAS the nicest restaurant in the area but now it is gust one of six BBQ houses within a mile or two.

Thank TLinATL
James R, Owner at Chophouse of Hiawassee, responded to this review

Dear TLinATL, Thanks for taking the time to post a Trip Advisor review. I changed the Chophouse of Hiawassee into Hawg Wild BBQ and Catfish House. We've recently opened to great reviews. It's a full service restaurant that offers not only BBQ but seafood, salads, soups, appetizers and freshly made desserts. I wouldn't call it a "joint". Please give us... More 

Blairsville, Georgia
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46 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Second time this has happened. The service was poor, the food was only lukewarm when it was served, and it was only so-so. I HAVE had good meals there, don't get me wrong, but they don't seem to be able to do special events.

Thank jeanadrienne
James R, Owner at Chophouse of Hiawassee, responded to this review

Dear Jean, Thank you for taking the time to post a Trip Advisor review for The Chophouse of Hiawassee. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your NYE dinner. The restaurant is currently closed and under renovation. The new restaurant is going to be Hawg Wild BBQ and Catifsh House, which will be opening in late February. This is some of the... More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

We vacationed in the Hiawassee area after Christmas. We chose to go to the Chophouse on New Year's Eve because it seemed like it would be a great dining experience. It wasn't terrible but it was definitely not up to the level that they sell themselves and price their meals. They ran a special 4 course meal that my son... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 625 Hwy 76, Hiawassee, GA 30546-2150
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Hiawassee
  • Phone Number: +1 706-896-3200
This place is temporarily closed due to renovation. It will reopen in Spring 2017.

The Chophouse of Hiawassee will be closed beginning on January 2nd for renovations. Chef James will be introducing his new concept "Hawg Wild BBQ and Catfish House" sometime in early spring. This will be his 4th such restaurant with the other locations being in Clarkesville, Commerce and lake Burton, Georgia. The renovations will include a redesign of the dining room and kitchen areas, covering the front lakeview patio and building a new smokehouse. Hawg Wild BBQ and Catfish House is known for it's authentic BBQ and the freshest catfish available. We look forward to welcoming you to the new restaurant this spring!

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