The dining options in Oconee are growing! Four new restaurants have recently opened this year with great menus and atmospheres. Check them out during your next visit to Oconee.

Groove Burgers

Groove Burgers

Located in Epps Bridge Shopping Center, Groove Burgers specializes in fresh burgers, but its options don’t end there. With a menu comprised of salads, chicken sandwiches and seasonal side options, the burger joint is sure to leave you full and satisfied. Like Groove Burgers on Facebook for the latest updates.

“Very friendly staff, food is well thought out and the owner is always around to say hello! Would definitely recommend!! –Austin Mize


Bella Noche

The Italian restaurant is located in the Bell’s Shopping Center. Guests rave over the homemade pasta, freshly-made sauce, and wonderful service. Another plus is the unlimited servings of irresistible homemade bread!

“Service was outstanding! We really enjoyed our meal!” –Lisa Berry Collette


Diablo’s Southwest Grill


This Mexican-style restaurant brings the freshness and flavor of the Southwest with a burrito bar full of fresh veggies and flavorful meats. Diablo’s, with its convenient phone charging station and quality service, has an all-around welcoming environment! Follow their Oconee County location on Facebook.

“Great service, friendly environment, and the food was awesome!!!!” –Tavaris Hopkins


JB’s Smokin’ Pig BBQ

Located in downtown Watkinsville, JB’s Smokin’ Pig is the new barbeque place in town. The restaurant is popular for its flavorful ribs and delicious sauces. With musical performances from local artists on Fridays, the restaurant makes for an enjoyable night out.

“Great food and excellent service! I’ve only had the pulled pork and Brunswick stew so far, but I’m super excited about trying the hash. Sauces are AMAZING!” –Jonathan Simpson


Be on the lookout for more new restaurants! Use the hashtag #OconeeEats on social media and let us know how you enjoyed our local restaurants. For a full dining guide, click here.

Watkinsville, deemed The Artland of Georgia for having more artists per capita than any other town in the state, is populated with unique art galleries, museums and exhibits showcasing local and national talents. Artists flock to this creative town to create, show and sell their work. Located just a stone’s throw from Athens, this artistic gem is worth a detour on your next trip to Georgia.

Get Fired Up about Pottery

Watkinsville is home to the largest pottery show in Georgia. In August and September, Perspectives: A Georgia Pottery Invitational showcases creations and demonstrations of 50 potters supported by the nonprofit Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF). A Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event, Perspectives attracts visitors from throughout the Southeast.


For an out-of-the-ordinary art experience any time of year, visit the quirky dwelling of Happy Valley Pottery. Home of art demonstrations like none other, at Happy Valley Pottery, you can see artists demonstrating glass-blowing, pottery-making, Raku firing and more. Continue reading . . . 

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