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Food and restaurants in Great Smoky Mountains

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Great Historic Restaurant that sits on West Prong Little Pigeon River in the heart of Pigeon Forge. Waiting lines are a little long sometimes, but it's worth the wait!”
  • 67 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Locally sourced ingredients, you're sure to love Local Goat. 10/10 would recommend!”
  • 46 locals recommend
Café
“We try to always visit this restaurant when we go to Pigeon Forge. They have a really neat gift shop too. It's a very busy place, so be prepared to wait. Plenty of shopping around so the wait isn't too big of a deal. The only place that I know of that serves fried cornbread!”
  • 43 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Large helpings of food, but a little on the expensive side. Expect a wait for dinner. Located at The Island.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Ski Chairlift
“So much to do! Enjoy the shops, bridge crossing town, food, atmosphere, and views! It is a very day well spent!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Brewery
“This a great spot for beer lovers and large groups who want to enjoy a meal in downtown Gatlinburg. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Rustic, cabin-themed eatery offering modern takes on classic Southern breakfast dishes Breakfasts here are massive and come served on ginormous iron skillets. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Great food and atmosphere. Steaks are always perfect and they have a huge salad bar too! Go early, there is always a wait.”
  • 29 locals recommend

Cafes

Café
“Fantastic breakfast, brunch and lunch. Do not miss the chicken and waffles with the sweet and spicy sauce. Closed Mondays.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Tea Room
“Favorite place for brunch! Amazing atmosphere and even better outdoor seating!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“Local coffee roasters that have flavorful javas and homemade desserts, pastries, muffins. It also hosts great events during the evenings”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
“Artistic Bean is a local coffee house in Townsend with a great selection of drinks and coffees. Definitely unique and charming!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“Classic Cuban specialties, coffee & tropical fruit shakes served in a compact, contemporary space.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
“Whole Earth Grocery is both a grocery store and a whole foods cafe. The store carries many health and specialty food items, herbs, organic and special diet items. The store is only open 10am-5pm and the café 11am-3pm Monday-Saturday, so plan ahead to enjoy! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“You will be blown away how many people are drawn to the glow of the famous "hot light". Some people will argue there are better doughnuts - however - in this area - there are none more popular.”
  • 5 locals recommend

Bakeries

Ski Chairlift
“So much to do! Enjoy the shops, bridge crossing town, food, atmosphere, and views! It is a very day well spent!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bakery
“Little known secret.. go for lunch not breakfast! World renowned sandwiches that I would travel great lengths just to eat! Dutch diplomat sandwich is my go-to! Ask for extra cucumbers! ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“During peak season, the huge dining room fills up and there may be a long wait. We recommend arriving prior to 8 am to minimize your wait. During the winter, request a table near the gargantuan fireplaces that are at each end of the dining room”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bakery
“An awesome place to get donuts in Gatlinburg. Make sure you get there early before they run out!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Supermarket
“Pigeon Forge's 24-hour Kroger on Wears Valley Road. You can AVOID THE PARKWAY COMPLETELY by taking going left on Little Cove Road to Valley View, then right on Wears Valley Road. They also have order pickup AND DELIVERY.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Café
“Artistic Bean is a local coffee house in Townsend with a great selection of drinks and coffees. Definitely unique and charming!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Café
“You will be blown away how many people are drawn to the glow of the famous "hot light". Some people will argue there are better doughnuts - however - in this area - there are none more popular.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bakery
“Gatlinburg is the pancake capitol of the world! This is currently our favorite pancake house in the area, but the others are good too. Try them all and let us know what your favorite is!”
  • 6 locals recommend