In recent years, Woodstock, Georgia has become quite the fun spot to hang out on weekends. Their downtown is lively and features some fabulous restaurants. Here are the top restaurants to put on your list when you are headed to Woodstock.
So glad I discovered Rootstock Restaurant in downtown Woodstock! There is a rooftop bar (seen above) that is perfect for the warmer days just ahead. Plus, on select evenings there is live music. The rooftop is great for enjoying drinks and evenings but the inside (downstairs) is a must if you are on a date night.
So many outstanding cocktails to choose from! These include perennial favorites and their own cocktails they’ve expertly created. I highly recommend those. If you are a whiskey fan, get the Sage Old Fashioned with house made sage syrup. Dang delicious!! Speaking of drinks, the restaurant features wine dinners and bourbon dinners monthly. Watch the Rootstock video here.
Are you tired of Octopus on so many restaurant menus? Well you won’t be at Rootstock Restaurant. Their Octopus comes with cauliflower and papadew peppers. Plus, there’s a ginger basil oil that makes it so delightful I could make a meal out of that. Love duck? The duck wellington is a fun twist on traditional beef wellington and comes with a white mole sauce you’ll love. Venison is another dish you cannot go wrong ordering.
Oh and carrot cake whoopee pie?? Yes please
Salt Factory in Woodstock
Salt Factory was even featured on the television show Meat & Potatoes on the Food Network. The dark wood interior with plush leather booths and chairs contrast with British pub-inspired lights with large, framed mirrors lining the walls. Salt Factory’s menu is diverse enough you’ll never be bored. A meal could be oysters and charcuterie with bourbon one evening, then on another their signature Moscow Mule cocktail with a burger or pizza. Personally, I love their spicy shrimp in cast iron skillet or lettuce wraps followed by the London Broil with onion rings! I recommend staring or finishing your meal with their signature cocktail, Opulent!
Owner, Michael Bologna, has been cooking since he was a young boy. He shared with us how he specifically orders most everything in his restaurant from Italy – the flour, the oven, yep, almost everything. He also makes the mozzarella and sausage that he uses in pastas and pizza in house. Desserts are all made in house as well. Plus, there are the fourteen sauces to choose from which can be paired with any pasta you like.
The Sugo di domenica’ (Pork braised for 6 hours) is so tender I’ve been back several times and just couldn’t resist ordering it. As for the Gnocchi, it practically melts in your mouth.
Prime 120 Steakhouse Woodstock
Looking for a fabulous and romantic restaurant near Woodstock? Check out Prime 120 in the heart of downtown Woodstock! Protip: Ask for your server to be Yan who is quite amazing at anticipating everything you will need for an exquisite dinner. He even recommended an off menu cocktail (Cherry Manhattan). Make sure to get the hearty salad with peaches, prosciutto and burrata!
I loved my Elk Chops but the Ribeye was exceptional too. Gotta be the wood fire grill they cook their meats on. 🔥 Two words: BAKED ALASKA! That dessert seems to be popping up everywhere all of a sudden! It was the fabulous end to a delicious dinner Prime 120 in Woodstock. Watch the video here.
Century House Tavern in downtown Woodstock
If you love old homes that have been transformed in houses, you will love Century House Tavern. Century House Tavern is located in what was once The Hubbard House, named after the family that lived there for six decades.The home…er…restaurant is beautifully restored. And the menu is quite stunning too. If you are a wine lover, you need to visit and sample some of the unique finds. For whites, the Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Gris from Washington were quite pleasant for this non-white wine fan. Then there was the Bordeau blend that we had with our steak. The modern American spin on dishes will have you swooning. Order seared scallops, served over artichokes, English Peas and fava beans or the Sous Vide Tenderloin.
So where will you visit in Woodstock, first?