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“Awesome views, let down by poor to inedible food”

The Maple Restaurant at Amicalola Falls State Park
Ranked #10 of 73 Restaurants in Dawsonville
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
St Martin
Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Awesome views, let down by poor to inedible food”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

We were a group of 4 adults and 5 teenagers. Decided to have an early dinner here as the menu looked pretty good and prices reasonable. The service was fine though there were very few diners. We shared a selection of appetizers which were not too bad, but the bread/biscuits were stale and dry. The mains were the problem. Burgers, steaks and sandwiches were passable, but only just! The trouts were very disappointing. The main (I can't remember what it was called on the menu, but should be renamed 'meteorites') were large knobby balls of solid burnt batter containing dried out chicken were truly inedible. What a pity!!! The restaurant has so much potential but was the dinner worth over $200? Not even close.

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Demorest
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“Be ready to wait”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

The view from the dining room is excellent and the park itself is very nice. We ordered a salad due to the time (a "designer" salad) and it was good. Wait staff short staffed but polite.

Visited July 2014
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“Poor food from New Contractor Choral for lodge restaurant”
Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

Amacollola Falls park offers 5 star outdoor views. HOWEVER; the new contractor drops the ball for the Lodge ' s Maple Restaurant with its spectacular panoramic view of mountain ranges. Great variety for Breakfast but execution lacking: waffle grill does not signal when done, very slow (only 1 for whole restaurant), not clean (black flecks in my burned waffle), and sticks. Discovered waffle ready from burning smell! Another lady tried the grill and was left with mess as waffle refused to leave the grill. Next, the biscuits were Terrible! They were heavy with oil inside and only an inch to inch and quarter high. These things should never be served! !!
There is no menu to order from and they would not fry an egg to go with the grits and potatoes (which were outstanding! ). Before this contractor, the biscuits were good and they cooked eggs to order on request. Recommended Georgia consider terminating Choral ' s contract and return to State run

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Thomas S, Manager at The Maple Restaurant at Amicalola Falls State Park, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Thank you for your valuable feedback, we have addressed your concerns and are looking forward to improving the waffle iron service. We apologize for not serving the A' la carte fried egg, this was a request that we normally make for our guest, and we understand that the order wasn't filled. We hope you continue to join us and feel free to make a reservation for parties of ten or more.

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Marble, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful views, average meal”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

This was our second trip and we were disappointed. The restaurant was less than half full but not enough wait staff. We each ordered a salad and hubby added a quesadillo made with grilled veggies and I added a baked potato and side of grilled veggies. The salads were smaller than last time and did not have all the ingredients mentioned on the menu, mostly just iceberg lettuce and onion. My baked potato was good but the veggies were just steamed with no seasonings added. Hubby's guesadillo had the unseasoned veggies and just a very small sprinkle of cheese, so it was not very good. We finally got some rolls when we are almost through eating. They were warm and tasty, would have liked them with the salad as promised. Will probably not eat here again. The beautiful view is the only reason for eating here.

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Thomas S, Manager at The Maple Restaurant at Amicalola Falls State Park, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Thank you for your review, we are currently looking at opportunities to improve all levels of service in the Maple Restuarant. We apologize that your experience was not exceptional, if you decide to try us again feel free to make a reservation with the Food and Beverage Manager, I am positive that we can turn this service experience around.

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Jensen Beach, Florida
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“For the view, not the food”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Amicalola Falls and the State Park are beautiful, the Lodge restaurant has magnificent long range mountain views. The buffet is the quality equivalent of a Golden Corral. Enjoy the views from the restaurant, have the buffet because its there.

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Thomas S, Manager at The Maple Restaurant at Amicalola Falls State Park, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Thank you for your review and we appreciate your business. We will look at our buffet options and continue to make improvements on selections. Suggestions and request are welcome, we also have comment cards available, for returning diners suggestions/request.

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