The Masters has long been known as “the toughest ticket in sports” and as many people’s bucket-list event.
Golf patrons often plan out every detail of the week, such as the best places to set down their chairs to save their spots at the Augusta National and which are the most popular holes on the course to watch the action.
However, once each day’s round of golf concludes, patrons leave the National looking to relax with a few drinks and to grab a bite to eat.
Fortunately for out-of-town guests, Augusta has some outstanding options.
The following are some of the best local restaurants and bars for dining and drinks throughout the Augusta area.
Enjoy the tournament!
Beamie’s at the River
865 Reynolds St., Augusta 706-724-6593
This laid-back restaurant within walking distance to Augusta’s Riverwalk offers a variety of seafood dishes such as oysters on the half shell, crawfish, crab legs, crab cake baskets and grouper sandwiches.
The Bee’s Knees
211 10th St., Augusta 706-828-3600
When The Bee’s Knees first opened its doors on 10th Street back in 2002, it didn’t take long for this local restaurant to become known for its eclectic menu of fresh and culturally diverse tapas such as kimchi cheesy rice balls, tuna carpaccio and buffalo tempeh.
The Boll Weevil
10 Ninth St., Augusta 706-722-7772
The Boll Weevil is famous for its gloriously humongous slices of cake that can basically satisfy a party of four, but it also has some amazing sandwiches and burgers on homemade honey wheat and sourdough breads that can’t be missed.
Craft & Vine
1204B Broad St., Augusta 706-496-8442
Guests feel like they’ve been transported to a much larger metropolitan city when they walk into Craft & Vine in downtown Augusta because this Prohibition-era themed bar has made a real art out of crafting the perfect cocktail.
1204 Broad St., Augusta 706-496-8771
466 Flowing Wells Road, Augusta
This trendy, locally owned restaurant has become known for its incredible “Haus Burgers” made with the freshest ingredients from regional farms that can be paired with great sides such as fried pickles, Hausmade Sweet Potato Tots, craft cocktails and boozy shakes made with organic vanilla ice cream.
Fat Man’s Mill Cafe
1450 Greene St., Augusta 706-733-1740
This locally owned, family-run restaurant on Greene Street adjacent to Augusta’s historic Enterprise Mill offers hearty Southern classics nicknamed “soul good” dishes such as fried catfish, smothered chicken, sweet potato casserole, fried okra, collard greens and the “Pimentoly Grilled Cheese” sandwich made with some of the best homemade pimento cheese in town.
349 Telfair St., Augusta
The Fox’s Lair is Augusta’s best-kept secret because it’s a cozy little bar tucked away in the basement of The Olde Town Inn on Telfair Street that offers friendly vibes and fun nights with live music from local artists.
Frog Hollow Tavern
1282 Broad St., Augusta 706-364-6906
Frog Hollow has become a dining destination — not only in Augusta, but throughout the Southeast — because this locally owned restaurant offers fresh, regionally grown ingredients, meticulous service and exceptionally prepared dishes such as braised Berkshire pork shoulder, smoked oyster mushroom gnocchi and fried Manchester Farms’ quail.
215 10th St, Augusta
With more than 70 taps offering everything from regional beers to custom-made cocktails to wines and even cold press coffee and sodas, all with an option of growlers to go, The Hive is definitely not your typical downtown pub.
1149 Broad St., Augusta
If you are looking for hearty sandwich with all the fixings, Knuckle Sandwiches in downtown Augusta has got your appetite covered with its menu filled with items like the Black-Eyed Chicken sandwich served with peppers, onions, Swiss and Thai chili ranch or the “PBR-B-Q” which is a beer-braised shoulder sandwich with melted cheese.
590 Broad St., Augusta 706-722-4056
A family-owned business since 1949, Luigi’s is an Augusta tradition that stays packed during Masters Week offering traditional Italian and Greek dishes that taste as if they’ve come right out of your Italian mother’s kitchen.
1167 Broad St., Augusta
4348 Washington Road, Evans
151 Bee Lane, Aiken, S.C.
This funky, art-filled pizzeria has made its mark locally by featuring creative stone-baked pizzas, incredible calzones and hoagies along with a great selection of beers and cocktails.
Metro Coffeehouse and Pub
1054 Broad St., Augusta 706-722-6468
Since opening its doors in 1999, Metro Coffeehouse serves as both a trendy downtown spot for coffee, but also a great place to hang out, listen to some live music and have a few drinks at its full bar.
976 Broad St., Augusta 706-724-0501
Known for serving up gigantic burritos and wonderfully strong, top-shelf margaritas in a friendly atmosphere with an eclectic vibe, Nacho Mama’s has been providing guests exactly what they want for more than 20 years.
The New Moon Cafe
936 Broad St., Augusta
116 Laurens St. NW, Aiken, S.C.
New Moon Cafe roasts its own coffee in small batches, bakes its own breads and pastries in house and makes its soups from scratch using fresh, local ingredients.
The Pizza Joint
1245 Broad St., Augusta 706-774-0037
4301 Washington Road, Evans
125 Richland Ave. West, Aiken, S.C.
The Pizza Joint has become well-loved for their pizzas cooked in a traditional brick oven, but this local hangout also offers an impressive beer menu, nightly drink specials and original sandwiches like the DeVito and the Big Mike that are always crowd pleasers.
1176 Fourth St., Augusta
Riverwatch Brewery was the first brewery to open in Augusta in 2016 since the Prohibition era and proudly has the only mother-daughter beer brewing team in the country. Oh, and they also happen to make excellent beers.
Savannah River Brewing Company
813 Fifth St.
Opened in early 2017, Savannah River Brewing Company was founded by two brothers who started a craft brewery in Augusta because they fell in love with the city’s rich history and friendly atmosphere.
1157 Broad St., Augusta 706-945-1270
If you want to hear some awesome live music in downtown Augusta with a full bar and excellent service, Sky City is where you’ll want to get your groove on.
The Soul Bar
984 Broad St., Augusta
The Soul Bar is a downtown institution offering both live music and talented DJs alongside a full bar in a funky atmosphere that honors the legacy of the late “Godfather of Soul” James Brown.
Soy Noodle House
1032 Broad St., Augusta 706-364-3116
Serving a blend of Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine, Soy Noodle House also has a wide variety of beer, wine, liquor and sake as well as a full sushi bar.
The Sports Center
594 Broad St., Augusta 706-724-9307
Locals all know that Sports Center has some of the best, no-frills burgers in town that should always be paired with the restaurant’s hand-breaded onion rings and an ice cold beer.
974 Broad St., Augusta 706-826-9857
This laid-back bar has such a great atmosphere with its rocking chairs out front, hardwood floors and live music (which frequently features regional bluegrass bands) that it has earned local’s respect as one of the best places in Augusta to simply chill.
Whiskey Bar (Kitchen)
1048 Broad St., Augusta 706-814-6159 whiskeybarkitchen.com
While Whiskey Bar offers a variety of delicious craft burgers with sides such as waffle fries, sweet potato fries or giant onion rings, the restaurant is also known for its full-service bar with more than 200 whiskeys.
Andrew’s Restaurant in the Doubletree Hotel
2651 Perimeter Parkway, Augusta
Located in the Doubletree Hotel, Andrew’s Restaurant is known for its bountiful seafood and prime rib buffet on Friday nights, but also for its incredible breakfast and lunch buffets featuring many Southern favorites.
Chevy’s Nite Club
3328 Washington Road, Augusta
Patrons at Chevy’s Nite Club simply can’t beat the happy hour prices, live acoustic music, fun-filled karaoke nights and the D.J.’s music pumping throughout the weekend.
The Country Club Dance Hall and Saloon
2834 Washington Road, Augusta 706-364-1862
The Country Club offers a variety of live music, especially during Masters Week, including a whole lineup of artists such as Bret Michaels, Lil Jon and Nelly.
Diablo’s Southwest Grill
3668 Wheeler Road, Suite 4, Augusta
1022B Walton Way, Augusta
4036 Gateway Blvd., Suite 1, Grovetown
1279 Knox Ave., North Augusta, S.C.
3553 Richland Ave. W., Aiken, S.C.
While Diablo’s may look like a national chain restaurant, it’s actually a locally owned grill offering the freshest ingredients to create an array of Southwest cuisine such as tacos, burritos, quesadillas and salads alongside homemade queso and chips.
3165 Washington Road, Augusta 706-854-4700
This New American restaurant with a Southern flair offers fun “share plates” or appetizers such as the pimento cheese deviled eggs, crispy pecan shrimp or the Augusta Roll, which includes braised pork shoulder and creamy collard greens wrapped in a crispy wonton with a jalapeño jam dipping sauce.
The Juicy Crab
2834 Washington Road, Suite G/H, Augusta
This sit-down, casual restaurant serves Creole-inspired seafood such as low-country boils, but the menu also includes items like calamari, raw or steamed oysters and chicken wings that go well with the bar’s sangrias, martinis or signature cocktails such as the “Juicy Punch,” with vodka, strawberry puree, lemonade, orange juice and Sprite.
2820 Washington Road, Augusta
Ever since the Metro Diner opened its doors late last year, folks have been lining out the door waiting to try the restaurant’s dishes such as fried chicken and waffles, eggs benedict, huevos rancheros, chicken pot pie and Charleston shrimp and grits.
Miyabi Japanese Steak & Seafood
1315 Augusta West Parkway, Augusta 706-210-2600
Whether you want dinner around the hibachi grills or you’re headed to the sushi bar, Miyabi offers a variety of dishes to fit anyone’s tastes including everything from salmon and tuna tataki to a Kentucky roll featuring Japanese-marinated fried chicken with mayo.
Rae’s Coastal Cafe
3208 W. Wimbledon Drive, Augusta
Augustans know that Rae’s Coastal Cafe is not easy to find, especially if you’re a newcomer to the area, but this neighborhood restaurant has a menu chock full of Caribbean- and Key West-themed seafood items, as well as signature dishes such as a Jamaican jerk chicken and crab soup that is well worth tracking this joint down.
Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar
3051 Washington Road, Augusta 706-860-2337
305 N. Belair Road, Evans
First opened back in 1983, Rhinehart’s rapidly became known for its “beyond casual” atmosphere that resembles more of a fun beach shack on Washington and Belair roads than a seafood restaurant in Augusta.
2856 Washington Road, Augusta
601 N. Belair Square, Evans
Just minutes from Augusta National, TBonz has been treating locals and Masters patrons with enormous steaks that are hand cut in-house since 1986.
3316 Washington Road, Augusta
1501 North Leg, Augusta
414 Martintown Road, North Augusta, S.C.
5123 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown
1100 Furys Ferry Road, Evans
Founded in 1965, WifeSaver has become an Augusta tradition serving up some of the best fried chicken, Southern side dishes and sweet tea for more than 50 years.
Wild Wing Café
3035 Washington Road, Augusta 706-364-9453
Just minutes from the Augusta National on Washington Road near I-20, this “good times” restaurant featuring outdoor dining and a full bar knows how to have fun, especially during Masters Week.
1501 N. Leg Road, Augusta
Whether you are hankering for some spare ribs, Brunswick stew, smoked turkey breast, barbecue chicken or beef brisket with a side of baked beans and French fries, Woody’s friendly staff will take care of you and your appetite.
World of Beer
2819 Washington Road, Augusta
World of Beer lives up to its name in that it has 50 rotating taps offering beer from — you guessed it — all over the world.
THE HILL and MIDTOWN
491 Highland Ave., Augusta
This Southern kitchen and oyster bar nestled in Surrey Center has been serving a daily rotating selection of East Coast oysters since 2014, and locals simply can’t get enough of Chef Todd Schafer’s farm-to-table seasonal menus.
Arsenal Tap Room
1419 Monte Sano Ave., Augusta
This local spot on The Hill is a friendly neighbor bar where, if you don’t happen to know your barstool neighbor, you will very shortly because it’s a fun, laid-back atmosphere with a great selection of craft beers on tap as well as a lovely beer garden.
2111 Kings Way, Augusta
Becks Oyster Bar features incredible New American seafood dishes as well as an expansive selection of wine, beer, bourbons and signature cocktails such as the “Champagne Cobbler” with muddled orange, raspberries & cherries, a splash of Grand Marnier and Scharffenberger Brut over crushed ice.
475 Highland Ave., Augusta 706-738-4514
Calvert’s in Surrey Center has been around for 40 years and has become Augusta’s go-to restaurant for special occasions, offering patrons a comfortably elegant atmosphere, delicious food and gracious Southern hospitality.
Finch & Fifth
379 Highland Ave., Augusta
This neighborhood hangout in Surrey Center is loved by locals for offering an array of artisanal cheeses, charcuterie platters and inventive craft cocktails with a southern twist like the “Peach Hound” that mixes Fruitland Augusta peach vodka, ruby red grapefruit juice, and lemon zest.
French Market Grille
425 Highland Ave., Augusta 706-737-4865 thefrenchmarketgrille.com
By far one of the most popular restaurants in Augusta, both during Masters Week and year-round, French Market Grille has unbelievable dishes like its spicy barbecued shrimp, seafood crepes, Cajun Catfish Po’Boy, alligator popcorn and oysters on the half shell that go great with one of the bar’s Cajun martinis.
Helga’s Pub and Grille
2015 Central Ave., Augusta 706-736-2880
helgaspubandgrill.com An Augusta institution of sorts, this is the neighborhood pub of choice for the city’s medical students because of its wide selection of beers on tap and in bottles and its laid-back atmosphere that is within walking distance to most houses in the Hill area.
The Indian Queen
2502 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta 706-303-8723
The Indian Queen, often described as having an “upscale log cabin atmosphere,” has become known to locals as the place to hang out on the Hill and enjoy signature cocktails such as a Moscow Mule or a classic mojito.
399 Highland Ave., Augusta 706-723-1242
Serving rustic, Italian-inspired food, Ristorante Oliviana in Surrey Center offers a wide menu of favorites such as Linguine Pescatore, which is pasta with mussels, shrimp and calamari sautéed with garlic, fresh herbs, white wine and homemade citrus marinara.
The P.I. Bar & Grill at the Partridge Inn
2110 Walton Way, Augusta 706-737-8888
While The Partridge Inn is known as “The Grand Hotel of the Classic South,” its hotel bar and restaurant attract locals year-round just to grab a spot on the beautiful verandah and watch the world go by while enjoying wine, beer or cocktails.
Sheehan’s Irish Pub
2571 Central Ave., Augusta 706-364-1234
If you want to experience one of the most diverse menus of any Irish pub around, Sheehan’s is ready to help you celebrate a wonderful week of golf with a stiff drink and some excellent entrees such as the honey-lacquered duck, the Chilean sea bass or the blackened swordfish.
1855 Central Ave., Augusta
Known as a casual barbecue joint that’s “community driven,” Southbound Smokehouse is the place where locals go to enjoy drinks in a fun atmosphere and devour incredible platters such as red fish and grits, chicken fried steak and pulled pork tacos.
471 Highland Ave., Augusta 706-736-1221
Since opening back in 1973 and being modeled after a traditional pub in Surrey, England, Surrey Tavern has become one of Augustans’ favorite hangouts known for both for the live local music and its laid-back vibe.
437 Highland Ave., Augusta 706-736-9191
1202 Town Park Lane, Suite 111, Evans
TakoSushi began in Surrey Center more than a decade ago just minutes from Augusta National featuring a unique blend of southwestern and contemporary Asian dishes that are worth exploring.
2803 Wrightsboro Road, Suite 28, Augusta 706-736-3691 villagedeliaugusta.com
Located in Daniel Village right across from Augusta’s Daniel Field Airport, Village Deli is one of the city’s favorite family restaurants that has been serving delicious meals like the pimento cheeseburger with bacon and deli deluxe brisket burger with sweet potato fries since 1988.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.
Dandelion’s Cafe and Catering
220 Georgia Ave, North Augusta, S.C.
Any restaurant that offers five different versions of mac and cheese — everything from taco style to a Philly version with steak, onion, bell peppers and mushrooms — has to be worth a visit.
465 Railroad Ave., Suite 100, North Augusta, S.C.
Hammond’s Ferry residents in North Augusta have fallen in love with this authentic Italian spot featuring pastas and breads that are made in house by a chef who is a native of Florence, Italy.
Hammond’s Ferry Larder
89 Crystal Lake Drive, North Augusta, S.C.
This neighborhood spot in North Augusta’s Hammond’s Ferry serves breakfast, lunch and tapas at dinner, but it also has a great bar and pantry if you want some delicious homemade macaroons to take home with you.
133B Georgia Ave., North Augusta, S.C.
Opened back in 1979, The Highlander, just downstairs from Wine World in the heart of North Augusta, has withstood the test of time and is officially the longest-running British pub in the Augusta area.
Manuel’s Bread Cafe
505 Railroad Ave., Suite 100, North Augusta, S.C.
This incredible French bistro has an extensive beer and wine menu and uses organically grown ingredients from the down-the-street Blue Clay Farms in its ever-changing, seasonal food menu.
434 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, S.C.
592 Bentley Drive, Grovetown
Your Pie is making a great name for itself in the Augusta area by offering fast-casual craft pizzas, salads, panini and gelato as well as a wide selection of beers and wine in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
Guide to Eating in The Burbs
As more and more golf patrons are choosing to rent local houses during Masters Week, larger parties traveling with several guests and corporate companies needing more spacious homes are deciding to stay in nearby Columbia County.
While that means a longer drive each morning to the Augusta National, many of these massive houses offer guests everything from home movie theaters to state-of-the-art kitchens to outdoor pools and spas, as well as luxury decks with full bars.
But there also are many regular golf patrons who find comfort staying in nearby Columbia County and renting smaller homes located in friendly residential neighborhoods.
For those who have decided to stay in Augusta’s neighboring county, here are a few local restaurants that won’t disappoint.
COLUMBIA COUNTY and FORT GORDON AREA
4460 Washington Road, Evans
Authentic, made-from-scratch German food, with key ingredients that are imported directly from Augsburg, Germany.
218 S. Belair Road, Martinez
Looking for a place in Columbia County that has cold cocktails, bar food, live music, pool, darts and even cornhole and horseshoes? Backyard Tavern is your new home.
Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill
4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway, Augusta
Why not start off with a Big Daddy’s Rib Teaser and a Big Mamma’s Cornbread Muffin Basket, followed by a BBQ Cowboy Daddy Burger with tater tots and a cold beer for a meal that you won’t soon forget.
106A Davis Road, Martinez
One of Augusta’s best kept fine dining secrets, this lively restaurant is popular with the locals and offers a variety of elegant dishes featuring duck, tuna, lamb, scallops or bison.
212 Bobby Jones Expressway, Martinez
Known for its “Build Your Own Burger Bar” and rich frozen custard desserts, Cheeseburger Bobby’s has become a favorite across the Peach State and opened its new location in Martinez just this year.
Eli’s American Grille
4446 Washington Road, Suite 10, Evans
With a taste for low-country cooking, Eli’s offers a variety of Cajun cuisine, but also dishes with a unique Southern flair such as the shrimp and pimento cheese grits, “The Dixie Burger” with fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese and buffalo cream sauce and a deep-fried Southern pecan pie with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
French Market Grille West
368 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez
If you’re looking for a taste of New Orleans right here in Columbia County, French Market Grille West offers incredibly delicious dishes such as Cajun catfish, crawfish by the pound, shrimp creole, gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya, seafood au gratin and honey-pecan fried chicken.
Laziza Mediterranean Grill
4272 Washington Road, Suite 5A, Evans
With a menu filled with Mediterranean favorites such as kebabs, falafel, gyros, tabbouleh salad, stuffed grape leaves and chicken shawarma, Laziza Mediterranean Grill serves incredibly authentic dishes with a home-cooked taste. No wonder “Laziza’ means delicious in Arabic.
4300 Towne Center Drive, Evans
One of the few places in the Augusta area that visitors can enjoy authentic Vietnamese cuisine including Pho Bo, otherwise known as Vietnamese beef noodle soup, and Banh Cam, a favorite dessert that has sesame seed balls filled with sweet mung bean coconut filling.
Rack and Grill
304 Commerce Drive, Martinez
With 16 pool tables, a dart league, lottery and poker machines and nightly pool specials, Rack and Grill is great place for a good burger and fries with a cold beer while enjoying a fun evening out with your friends.
Shane’s Rib Shack
4446 Washington Road, Suite 1, Evans
9606 Bentley Drive, Grovetown
With their meats slow smoked in-house every day, guests of Shane’s Rib Shack can’t go wrong ordering anything on the menu including the chopped BBQ plate, a full rack of baby back ribs or the smoked half chicken.
3830 Washington Road, Suite 10, Martinez
404 E. Martintown Road, Suite 4 , North Augusta, S.C. 803-202-9898
Sunrise Grill offers incredible breakfast dishes like sweet potato pancakes with cinnamon cream syrup and out-of-this-world lunches like quad cheeseburgers (yes, that’s four patties), all at reasonable prices.
4357 Washington Road A, Evans
Whether you are looking for authentic Thai dishes such as Gang Khen Whan Gai (which is chicken simmered in coconut milk with bamboo strips, zucchini and hot green curry) or popular dishes like shrimp Pad Thai, this restaurant is a must stop.
That Flippin’ Egg
4466 Washington Road, Evans
This is a place where customers always feel at home with delicious breakfast or lunch plates such as Southern-style biscuits and gravy, banana nut pancakes, patty melts and strawberry-pecan chicken salad, all offered at down-to-earth prices.
Tip Top Taps
4317 Washington Road, Evans
Tip Top Taps has such a wide selection of craft beers from pale ales to porters that guests are sure to find something they’ll love.
4446 Washington Road, Evans
4107 Madeline Drive, Augusta
Twisted Burrito offers hand-crafted burritos and “twisted favs” like Sweet Georgia Fries and Bubba Gump Shrimp Tacos that will satisfy your taste buds and soul, bite after bite.
2911 Washington Road, Augusta
3241 Washington Road, Augusta
Carolina Ale House
203 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway, Augusta 762-333-0019
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
3609 Walton Way Extension, Augusta
Chili’s Grill & Bar
273 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway, Augusta
The Chop House
3450 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta
Five Guys Burgers & Fries
2805 Washington Road Suite A, Augusta
2834 Washington Road, Augusta 706-736-8454
3241 Washington Road, Augusta
Lone Star Steakhouse
2744 Washington Road, Augusta
O’Charley’s Restaurant & Bar
276 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway, Augusta
2736 Washington Road, Augusta
2949 Washington Road, Augusta
3450 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta
2847 Washington Road, Augusta
1616 Walton Way, Augusta
107 Sherwood Drive, Augusta 706-738-4420