While Augusta is famously known as the home of the PGA Tour’s historic Masters tournament, this Georgia town has plenty of other hidden gems waiting to be discovered. This small, Southern town is overflowing with hospitality. In addition to vibrant nature, arts, and entertainment scenes, you can enjoy some of the best restaurants in Augusta, GA.
Whatever you’re craving, Augusta has an impressive array of restaurants and bistros, taprooms, and bar-and-grills. From Asian to Mexican, oysters to tacos, Italian to Japanese, BBQ to burgers—you name it, you can find it waiting for you in Augusta, Georgia.
We think these joints are the best places to eat in Augusta; give them a try and let us know if you agree!
Golf fan or not, we hope you’re game for a cocktail or two, along with a hearty appetizer to get the party swinging. While many of these spots have a fantastic menu in their own right, we think they are the perfect places to stop in for drinks, small plates, and great conversation. Craft & Vine
Part of the Frog Hollow Hospitality Group (which also owns Frog Hollow Tavern and Farmhaus Burger), Craft & Vine is the perfect prelude to a fine dining experience. With a wide selection of wood-fired pizzas, small plates, and build your own charcuterie, there are plenty of options to pair with their craft beer and cocktails menu, as well as the wine list that features 32 varieties that can be ordered by the glass.
If you like to get creative with your libations, try multiple different draft beers, or just love the thought of controlling your own destiny, Draft Society offers a unique experience with each sip. Located in downtown Augusta, off popular Broad Street, Draft Society is a pour-for-yourself and pay-by-the-ounce taproom. You can mix and match or rinse and repeat any of their drink selections, including beer, wine, and even kombucha.
Mosaic-tiled tables, guacamole mixed fresh at the tableside, and mariachi serenades are all signs you’re at an authentic Mexican restaurant. These touches and many tasty others await you at La Jalisciense. Grab a classic helping of chips and salsa to pair with one of the best margaritas in town.
With all brewing done in-house, it’s no wonder that SRB is consistently voted one of the best beer bars in town. Whether you sip on the flagship brand, a small-batch brew, or a seasonal beer, Savannah River has you covered with their unique blends of flavors and ingredients. If you need an appetizer, pair your preferred brew with a knotted pretzel, or some Bacon Bros. air-dried beef (it’s different from jerky, we promise).
If your group has an eclectic mix of taste buds, The Bee’s Knees has you covered. With a smaller selection of beers, wines, and ciders, their menu leaves room to explore. Offering a slew of flavored teas, mimosas (not just for brunch anymore), Italian soda, coffee, and even sake—there truly isn’t a palate they won’t satisfy.
The Main Event
When you’re ready for a full meal, Augusta has you covered. In fact, the options can be overwhelming! Below, you’ll find some of our favorite Augusta restaurants, whether you’re looking for romantic and upscale or down-home and delicious.
With a selection of oysters from Canada, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, Abel Brown is the cream of the crop for seafood when you’re landlocked in central Georgia. Selections of shrimp, salmon, and calamari are complimented on the menu with traditional Southern fare like pork chops, chicken, and ribeye.
Chef Leonard, born and raised in Florence, Italy, brings Tuscany to you with DiVino’s modern-yet-classic take on Italian. And with gluten-free and vegetarian options available, every diner in your party can enjoy their meal. Reservations are suggested, and with menu items listed in Italian, you’re assured an authentic experience. Don’t forget to pack one of their housemade cannolis to go!
Made with a custom blend of chuck, short rib, and brisket meat, Farmhaus’s double patty burgers will make your mouth water. And if they don’t, that probably means you’re not a red meat person. No problem! Farmhaus has alternatives that you can build your way, featuring grilled chicken, ground turkey, and red pea veggie patties. Because it’s such a crowd-pleaser, Farmhaus is consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants in Augusta!
Located on Washington Road, Laziza offers a cornucopia of Greek-inspired plates. Get your evening started off with a bang with traditional appetizers like hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and baba ganoush. When it’s time for the main course, chicken shawarma, gyro, falafel, and salmon can all be customized into different salads, pitas, and bowls according to your taste.
Located 25 minutes up the road from Augusta in Aiken, Malia’s is a white tablecloth restaurant worth the short road trip. Perfect for an intimate gathering or special occasion, Malia’s family-owned, ethically and locally sourced menu is sure to make you feel at home. Think comfort food, but make it fancy – pork scallopini and portobello mushrooms stuffed with short ribs await. If you do make the trek, don’t forget to try the Maple Crème Brûlée!
For those visitors willing to step out on the adventurous side, this Caribbean cuisine cafe will reward you. Stick to what you know in a crab cake or shrimp and grits, or try Rae’s dolphin sandwich (don’t worry—”dolphin” is another name for mahi-mahi, a sweet, flaky fish that’s a favorite in the Florida Keys). But as far as their house specialty goes, that distinction belongs to the Jamaican jerk chicken. Whether you enjoy it in wing, salad, or sandwich form, you cannot go wrong.
Sushi fans will delight in Sole’s quest to hand roll the freshest sushi in Augusta right in front of you at their bar. That’s not the only thing to love about the atmosphere here, though. Plenty of outdoor seating makes live music a frequent occurrence. Or you can enjoy a game of cornhole and take in the energy from the vibrant patio scene, especially during Masters week!
With locations in Aiken and North Augusta, The Pot Smoker has you covered while in town. Down and dirty, as you might expect, Pot Smoker has all the BBQ classics—chicken by the quarter, racks of ribs, pulled pork by the pound, and plates mixing your favorite smoked meats. And, of course, a complete list of all the Southern fixings—macaroni and cheese, collard greens, baked beans, coleslaw, and more.
The Willcox is the ultimate one-stop shop for a foodie searching for fun and convenience. Not just a full-service restaurant, it’s also home to a luxurious hotel and spa. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner are all worthy of looking forward to at The Willcox. From classic entrees with a twist, like the cajun fried chicken sandwich with spicy aioli, to a full selection of steak cuts that rival your favorite steakhouse, there’s hardly a reason to leave once you check in.
The Cherries on Top
We may be through with our best restaurants in Augusta, GA, but no meal feels complete without a sweet nightcap. After a savory trip through the city, it’s time to treat yourself. From ice cream, cakes, and cookies to pies, macarons, and donuts – this list is short and sweet, but it gets straight to the point!
Best Places To Eat in Augusta, Wouldn’t You Agree?
Whether your stomach is full just from looking at this list or grumbling with anticipation, we hope your trip to and around Augusta, Georgia just got tastier. While there are nearly hundreds of unique eateries to keep you full your entire trip, we think we narrowed it down to the best of the best so you don’t waste time (or hunger) on run-of-the-mill chain restaurants while you’re in town!
If you’re ready to start planning your trip to this delicious destination, let us give you a hand with Masters ticketing packages, housing, and more at Perennial Events so you can focus on the important things: food, fun, and more food!