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Georgian Room

Refined Southern Dining

Rated the only Forbes Five-Star restaurant in Georgia, The Georgian Room is an exceptional dining experience. The stately fireplace with a carved stone mantel, gold and crystal chandeliers, and impeccable tableside service conspire together to create a magical dinner setting. And the cuisine does the atmosphere one better featuring ingredients that are sourced locally and globally with individual growers, fishermen, and farmers to create a “new southern” cuisine. The Georgian Room's indulgent fare is served on hand-painted china, silver flatware, and European linens, and is complemented by a world-class wine list. Guests with adventurous palates can sample an exquisite Chef's Tasting Menu, or reserve the Chef's Table Experience and dine right in the kitchen.


The Georgian Room Lounge

Small Bites & Cocktails

The Georgian Room Lounge is an opportunity to experience the prestigious Georgian Room’s alter ego. The dark mahogany walls and relaxed leather furnishings set the tone for an atmosphere reminiscent of a speakeasy. Enjoy 1920s-inspired cocktails, an exclusive beer list and an imaginative small-bite menu.


About the Chef

Daniel Zeal, Chef de Cuisine

Education / Training: Culinary Institute of America

Awards / Honors: Forbes Five-Star award 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014; James Beard House 2012 presenting chef; Best Chef's American List 2013, 2014.

Inspiration for becoming a chef: As his earliest idol, he names the charismatic TV-cook Martin Yan, and as with most Jewish families, his life revolved around sharing good food. At the age of ten Zeal was serving up family dinners igniting his passion for creativity and the satisfying aesthetics of cooking.

Career Highlights: Zeal began his professional career at The Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, FL, where he served as Chef de Partie of the resort’s AAA Five-Diamond Grill Room, with the privilege of working alongside his most influential mentors , Scott Crawford and Robert Ciborowski. Crawford recruited Zeal to open the Georgian Room at Sea Island as Sous Chef, in 2006. Under Zeal’s direction, the restaurant’s pastry program evolved significantly as well, achieving a polished continuity with its savory offerings. Upon Crawford’s departure in 2009, Zeal stood out as his natural successor, then moving into his current role.

Honors & Accolades

  • Forbes Five-Star, Georgian Room, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
  • Mobil Five-Star, Georgian Room, 2008, 2009.
  • Best Award for Excellence, Georgian Room, Wine Spectator, August 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.
  • Top 10 Hotel Resturants Gayot
  • Top 40 Resturants USA Gayot