A trip to Gatlinburg always includes fun attractions, great shopping, Great Smoky Mountains National Park exploring time, and seeking out hidden gems. Time in the area also means finding the best spots for dining. Here are 4 of our favorite restaurants in Gatlinburg to help you find the perfect spots to have dinner during your vacation.
1. The Peddler
One of Gatlinburg’s most loved dining spots is The Peddler Steakhouse and it’s easy to see why folks stop in time after time. Located just a short walk from our hotel, The Peddler is a great place to celebrate a special occasion or just have a nice dinner with loved ones. One the menu you’ll find Oysters on Half Shell, Signature Chicken Almond Soup, Custom Cut Steaks, Fresh Rainbow Trout, Grilled Shrimp, a variety of side dishes, and a list of delicious desserts. The restaurant opens at 5p.m. but diners can call ahead starting at 4p.m. to help with wait times and make the most of your time here in the Smokies.
2. No Way Jose’s Cantina
If you’re anything like us then you love a casual dinner vibe that comes with queso dip, chips, margaritas and some yummy mexican eats. If that’s what you’re in the mood for during your stay with us here Old Creek Lodge, then just take a walk down the road to No Way Jose’s Cantina. The best fresh, authentic Mexican food in town can be found behind their doors and on top of it, the experience is fun and the service is always great. From fajitas to chimichangas, you’ll find a great selection of dishes that are sure to fill you up. Top off dinner with one of their specialty drinks or some fried ice cream for an extra fun evening.
3. The Park Grill
If you love our Great Smoky Mountains National Park and classic American dishes then you’ll absolutely love The Park Grill. With a cozy and warm ambience as well as historical photos of the national park this is one dining location that you don’t want to miss during your time in Gatlinburg. They offer traditional southern dishes like Fried Green Tomatoes, Fresh Mountain Rainbow Trout, Four Nickel Bologna Sandwich, and Moonshine Chicken. You’ll also find a great selection of steaks and local favorites. Just make sure you save some room for a serving of Nanner Puddin’, Jack Daniel’s Creme Brulee, or Hot Blackberry Cobbler.
4. The Greenbrier
Are you staying with us to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or other special occasion? If so, treat yourself and your loved ones to the top dining experience in the Smokies by having dinner at The Greenbrier. Located just minutes from downtown, the Greenbrier is tucked away in a rustic and beautiful setting among the forest. With relaxing fire pits to relax by and log-cabin setting, you’ll feel like you’re at home. The only difference will be that you’ll be served with the best southern hospitality in Gatlinburg and a menu filled with culinary options like you won’t find anywhere else. You can start the meal off with a Cheese Board that is covered with the Chef’s choices of artisanal cheeses. Try their Fried Calamari, Stuffed Shrimp or Steak Tartare. Main dishes are served with salad or daily soup and include options like Stuffed Flounder, Trout En Papillote, Porterhouse, Duck Breast, Dueling Shrimp Skewers, and more. Guests can also enjoy time at the bar with a more laid-back menu that includes small plates and spirits. Lovers of bourbon, whiskey, and wine will love their high-end options on the drink menu. If you’re looking for a truly impressive dining experience, The Greenbrier needs to be on your Gatlinburg bucket list.