Bakery case at Hofer's of Helen in Helen, Georgia
Hofer's of Helen

9 Popular Places to Eat in Helen

Get the full experience of visiting Bavaria by trying authentic German food and drink in Helen's many restaurants. Or, if you long for more familiar fare, you'll find Southern favorites prepared with local ingredients as well as creative twists on all-American standards. Browse the list below for a few places to start your culinary adventures in Alpine Helen.

Hofer's of Helen in Helen, Georgia

Hofer's of Helen

The baked goods and deli sandwiches at award-winning Hofer's of Helen Bakery and Cafe make it a favorite in town for taking to-go before a hike or staying to savor. Enjoy breakfast and lunch in the Bavarian dining room, featuring entrees specially prepared European staff and breads baked in a stone hearth oven. Hofer's Biergarten offers traditional light German meals and a variety of beers, and is open on weekends (weather permitting) May through early November and daily during Oktoberfest.

Bodensee Restaurant in Helen, Georgia

Bodensee Restaurant

For authentic German fare, there's nowhere better than Bodensee Restaurant, which carries German beers and wines as well as spaetzle, goulash and wursts. Owned by Master Chef Aurel Prodan and his wife Doina, Bodensee brings the flavors of Old World Germany to Alpine Helen, Georgia.

Burger at Bigg Daddys in Helen, Georgia

Bigg Daddys

Bigg Daddys appeals to just about everyone with its full lineup of creative burgers, tacos, wings, pizzas, kids menus and an extensive craft beer menu with a focus on local breweries. They play all the major sporting events on the big screen TVs and have weekly live music.

St. Angel brie at Valhalla Resort Hotel in Helen, Georgia

Valhalla Resort Hotel

The Caledonia Room and Sky Bar at the Valhalla Resort Hotel offer “farm to fork” dishes using local ingredients, paired with local wines. Special menus can be prepared for dietary restrictions as well as multi-course dinners for special occasions. Enjoy international to contemporary Southern cuisine at candlelit dinners in the dining room, private dinners in the Abbey Wine Cellar or al fresco at the roof-top Sky Bar.

Bernie's Restaurant in Helen, Georgia

Bernie's Restaurant

The mother-daughter team at Bernie's Restaurant at Nacoochee Valley Guest House makes you feel like family at the cozy inn with chef-inspired dishes and wine pairings from nearby vineyards. The signature menus feature decadent soups, quiches, specialty sandwiches on breads baked fresh in-house and entrees made with local, seasonal ingredients. Call ahead for reservations because the restaurant often has private events that change the public dining hours.

Cowboys & Angels in Helen, Georgia

Cowboys & Angels

Cowboys & Angels is Helen's riverside steakhouse with Southern hospitality. Menu favorites include crab cakes, smoked Gouda pimento cheese, lobster tails, fried chicken and New York strips. Pair your meal with a craft beer, a selection from the extensive wine menu or the full bar. Reservations are recommended.

The Troll Tavern in Helen, Georgia

The Troll Tavern

Set under the bridge just like the storybook troll, The Troll Tavern specializes in German fare as well as salads, sandwiches, seafood and soups. Located on the Chattahoochee River, the restaurant is popular for its view and crowd-pleasing menu, full-service bar and sports lounge.

The Reuben at Cafe International in Helen, Georgia

Cafe International

Sit outside at Cafe International for a meal overlooking the river. The restaurant is known for its sandwiches, especially “The Best Reuben Ever,” along with German-inspired dishes and daily specials.

Paul's Steakhouse in Helen, Georgia

Paul's Steakhouse on the River

Another carnivore favorite, Paul's Steakhouse on the River has specials every night, from country fried steak to prime rib to catfish. Enjoy a variety of frozen drinks and specialty cocktails on the largest outdoor deck on the river, and live music in the lounge.

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Published: May 2019