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The Greenbrier, led by executive chef Aaron Ward, is a refreshing escape from Gatlinburg’s hustle and bustle — with fire pit cocktails and an iconic log cabin dining room
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Where to Eat and Drink in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

From log cabin hideaways to moonshine tasting rooms

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The Greenbrier, led by executive chef Aaron Ward, is a refreshing escape from Gatlinburg’s hustle and bustle — with fire pit cocktails and an iconic log cabin dining room
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Heading to the Great Smoky Mountains is a fall tradition around here. And, anyone who’s native to the area has cabin-crammed memories of family weekends and romantic getaways gawking at all those beautiful colors putting on a show. And, then there are pancakes. All the pancakes in the world can be found in this Bavarian-inspired village. But, what can also be found are a host of locally owned and operated favorites serving everything from steaks, seafood, and tapas to wine, whisky, beer, and a buttload of moonshine all with those gorgeous mountain views.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Wild Plum Tea Room

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555 Buckhorn Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-3808
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A bit off the beaten path in the Arts and Crafts Community, this little cabin in the woods serves quintessential family and community recipes, whereas the seasonal menu changes and is often sourced from the garden. But, there are some standard offerings such as the hot pimento cheese dip and lobster pie definitely worth a try. Known for the Wild Plum Tea served hot or cold, there’s no need for pinkies up, and the dog-friendly outdoor seating is a plus. Open Thursday through Sunday for lunch only, 24-hour advance reservations are highly recommended and are required for parties of 6 or more.

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2. Buckhorn Inn

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2140 Tudor Mountain Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-4668
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Founded in 1938, this beautifully appointed, luxury bed and breakfast overlooking the Smoky Mountains bucks the norm. Inn guests automatically are served an elegant, yet hearty Southern breakfast while outside guests with reservations can also enjoy the experience for $15. Evening dining is also available to the public nightly at 7pm made by reservations. The chef-driven 3-course prix fixe seasonal menu features soup, salad, entree, dessert, and warm fresh-baked bread for $40. Vegetarian options available with advance notice. Take time to also walk the grounds and meditation at Rachel’s Labyrinth, one of the nation’s largest. 

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3. Red Oak Bistro

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669 Glades Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 325-1717
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Featuring Mediterranean and Eastern European cuisine, shared small plates is this exquisite tapas bar’s specialty, along with a unique and thoughtful wine list, high-end bourbons, and beers. Chef Olga Branka takes pride in sourcing her ingredients from area farmers' markets and invites all to “come in as guests and leave as friends.” Dinner service is only Thursday through Sunday, and reservations are highly recommended.  

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4. Crystelle Creek Restaurant

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1654 East Pkwy
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-1551
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Under new ownership, the newly renovated restaurant and bar has a mountain retreat feel with a menu featuring steaks, ribs, burgers, seafood, chicken, and pasta entrees. Full bar service showcasing an extensive menu of Old Smoky Moonshine and Whiskey cocktails and flights rounds out the offerings. As the property sits along the creek and is adjacent to the National Park, this makes a great place to start and/or finish mountain adventures.

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5. The Greenbrier Restaurant

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370 Newman Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 412-1576
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Led by executive chef Aaron Ward, the entire team invites all to absolutely one of the finest Gatlinburg dining experiences within the iconic log cabin dining room. Start with a dozen oysters finished with smoked salmon rillettes, ceviche, and salmon roe before devouring a prime in-house, dry-aged, hand-cut steak (a Gatlinburg exclusive), or perhaps the lamb shank roasted low and slow is more your taste. The wine and spirits list reads like a who’s who. Well beyond the main drag in a peaceful mountain setting, make sure to designate a driver to enjoy every last drop.

*Reservations highly recommended

Raw oysters finished with smoked salmon rillettes, ceviche, and salmon roe
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6. Chesapeake's Seafood and Raw Bar

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437 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 622-6999
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Somewhat the third coast of Gatlinburg restaurants, this Knoxville-based seafood-forward hotspot boasts a bounty of flown-in-daily catches. The steamed seafood feast and seafood tower are great options for those who can’t make up their minds. And, oysters are done up right. Definitely get them raw on the half shell, but also don’t miss the namesake oysters Chesapeake topped with creamy blue crab, mushrooms and Benton’s bacon. Steak, chicken, a smattering of sides, and desserts round up the menu, along with full bar service.

*Nightly dinner and weekend lunch service only at this location.

7. New Orleans Sandwich Company

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631 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-2151
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Located in the left rear of Baskins Square Mall, this family-owned and operated New Orleans-inspired casual sandwich shop dishes out Cajun and Creole classics like po’boys, muffalettas, gumbo, crawfish etouffee, and jambalaya. There’s also a kids menu of favorites like grilled cheese and hamburgers. While you may not be able to sip on a hurricane or sazerac at the Smokies nod to the Big Easy, beer and wine are available. 

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8. Anakeesta

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576 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 325-2400
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Enjoy a mountaintop day in this award-winning outdoor adventure-themed park. There are several dining options all boasting 360° views of the Great Smoky Mountains, including The Bar at The Top of the World if you just want to simply sip and savor the views. For a finer dining experience with sweeping views of Mt. Le Conte, Cliff Top features classic American cuisine from signature salads and steaks to bison short ribs and sea scallops. Skip the ticket line and ride a chondala up the mountain with the Express Pass. 

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9. Sugarlands Distilling Company

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805 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 325-1355
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Partnering with Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners Legends”, award-winning products include moonshine, whiskey, and canned cocktails. Private Blended cocktails tour offers a 30-minute tour of the stillhouse with two hand-crafted cocktails for $12. Currently unavailable, but expected to return are Meet The Distiller, and Distiller for the Day Workshops. 

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10. Ole Smoky Moonshine

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903 Parkway #128
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-6995
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Said to be America’s most visited moonshine distillery, see an authentic still in what the flagship location calls “the Holler.” Featuring a myriad of moonshine flavors, the distillery also makes whiskey and canned cocktails. Live music performances are on the regular, as are distillery tours for 10 people at a time when guests will enjoy 13 samples while on the behind-the-scenes tour. Ages 13 and up admitted for $10), with tastings for 21+ running $34.95.

*Arrive 30-minutes prior to scheduled tour time. 

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11. The Peddler Steakhouse

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820 River Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5794
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Located at the National Park’s entrance, this family tradition has been around since the 1970s with a mission of great food, service and atmosphere along the Little Pigeon River. Classic steakhouse fare, this is one of those places that the entire family can enjoy a night out that won’t break the bank. Chilled shrimp cocktails, petite filet mignon combos, and the signature chicken almond soup top the list for classic favorites. Make sure to at least share the peanut butter mud pie for dessert.


*Call ahead seating recommended

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12. Smoky Mountain Brewery in Gatlinburg

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1004 Parkway #501
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-4200
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The oldest craft brewery in East Tennessee, its original location in Gatlinburg opened in 1996, with the Pigeon Forge, Knoxville, and Maryville locations to follow. “A cross between a Bavarian brew hall, and a ski lodge...with the Smoky Mountains in the background,” the Calhoun Village brewery features six flagship beers on tap, four seasonals rotate several times throughout the year, along with the Brewmaster Special every couple of weeks. Traditional brewpub fare such as wings, burgers, and nachos are always a favorite. But, the pub’s specialty is hand-tossed pizzas and calzones.  

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13. Sugarland Cellars

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1133 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 325-1110
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Built from local barn wood, the winery focuses on local history and heritage and is a member of the Rocky Top Wine Trail. The best-selling wine is the Elmont made from loganberries paying homage to the nearby Appalachian logging community situated in the Little River Valley. While many clamor for the plentiful fruity wines made here, more traditional ones like the 1802 dry red hit discerning palates as well. The family-friendly winery offers free daily tastings for those 21-years-old and up.

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1. Wild Plum Tea Room

555 Buckhorn Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
The Wild Plum/Facebook

A bit off the beaten path in the Arts and Crafts Community, this little cabin in the woods serves quintessential family and community recipes, whereas the seasonal menu changes and is often sourced from the garden. But, there are some standard offerings such as the hot pimento cheese dip and lobster pie definitely worth a try. Known for the Wild Plum Tea served hot or cold, there’s no need for pinkies up, and the dog-friendly outdoor seating is a plus. Open Thursday through Sunday for lunch only, 24-hour advance reservations are highly recommended and are required for parties of 6 or more.

555 Buckhorn Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

2. Buckhorn Inn

2140 Tudor Mountain Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Buckhorn Inn/Facebook

Founded in 1938, this beautifully appointed, luxury bed and breakfast overlooking the Smoky Mountains bucks the norm. Inn guests automatically are served an elegant, yet hearty Southern breakfast while outside guests with reservations can also enjoy the experience for $15. Evening dining is also available to the public nightly at 7pm made by reservations. The chef-driven 3-course prix fixe seasonal menu features soup, salad, entree, dessert, and warm fresh-baked bread for $40. Vegetarian options available with advance notice. Take time to also walk the grounds and meditation at Rachel’s Labyrinth, one of the nation’s largest. 

2140 Tudor Mountain Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

3. Red Oak Bistro

669 Glades Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Red Oak Bistro/Facebook

Featuring Mediterranean and Eastern European cuisine, shared small plates is this exquisite tapas bar’s specialty, along with a unique and thoughtful wine list, high-end bourbons, and beers. Chef Olga Branka takes pride in sourcing her ingredients from area farmers' markets and invites all to “come in as guests and leave as friends.” Dinner service is only Thursday through Sunday, and reservations are highly recommended.  

669 Glades Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

4. Crystelle Creek Restaurant

1654 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill/Facebook

Under new ownership, the newly renovated restaurant and bar has a mountain retreat feel with a menu featuring steaks, ribs, burgers, seafood, chicken, and pasta entrees. Full bar service showcasing an extensive menu of Old Smoky Moonshine and Whiskey cocktails and flights rounds out the offerings. As the property sits along the creek and is adjacent to the National Park, this makes a great place to start and/or finish mountain adventures.

1654 East Pkwy
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

5. The Greenbrier Restaurant

370 Newman Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Raw oysters finished with smoked salmon rillettes, ceviche, and salmon roe
The Greenbrier/Facebook

Led by executive chef Aaron Ward, the entire team invites all to absolutely one of the finest Gatlinburg dining experiences within the iconic log cabin dining room. Start with a dozen oysters finished with smoked salmon rillettes, ceviche, and salmon roe before devouring a prime in-house, dry-aged, hand-cut steak (a Gatlinburg exclusive), or perhaps the lamb shank roasted low and slow is more your taste. The wine and spirits list reads like a who’s who. Well beyond the main drag in a peaceful mountain setting, make sure to designate a driver to enjoy every last drop.

*Reservations highly recommended

370 Newman Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

6. Chesapeake's Seafood and Raw Bar

437 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Somewhat the third coast of Gatlinburg restaurants, this Knoxville-based seafood-forward hotspot boasts a bounty of flown-in-daily catches. The steamed seafood feast and seafood tower are great options for those who can’t make up their minds. And, oysters are done up right. Definitely get them raw on the half shell, but also don’t miss the namesake oysters Chesapeake topped with creamy blue crab, mushrooms and Benton’s bacon. Steak, chicken, a smattering of sides, and desserts round up the menu, along with full bar service.

*Nightly dinner and weekend lunch service only at this location.

437 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

7. New Orleans Sandwich Company

631 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
New Orleans Sandwich Co./Facebook

Located in the left rear of Baskins Square Mall, this family-owned and operated New Orleans-inspired casual sandwich shop dishes out Cajun and Creole classics like po’boys, muffalettas, gumbo, crawfish etouffee, and jambalaya. There’s also a kids menu of favorites like grilled cheese and hamburgers. While you may not be able to sip on a hurricane or sazerac at the Smokies nod to the Big Easy, beer and wine are available. 

631 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

8. Anakeesta

576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Anakeesta/Facebook

Enjoy a mountaintop day in this award-winning outdoor adventure-themed park. There are several dining options all boasting 360° views of the Great Smoky Mountains, including The Bar at The Top of the World if you just want to simply sip and savor the views. For a finer dining experience with sweeping views of Mt. Le Conte, Cliff Top features classic American cuisine from signature salads and steaks to bison short ribs and sea scallops. Skip the ticket line and ride a chondala up the mountain with the Express Pass. 

576 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

9. Sugarlands Distilling Company

805 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Sugarlands Distilling Company/Facebook

Partnering with Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners Legends”, award-winning products include moonshine, whiskey, and canned cocktails. Private Blended cocktails tour offers a 30-minute tour of the stillhouse with two hand-crafted cocktails for $12. Currently unavailable, but expected to return are Meet The Distiller, and Distiller for the Day Workshops. 

805 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

10. Ole Smoky Moonshine

903 Parkway #128, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Ole Smoky/Facebook

Said to be America’s most visited moonshine distillery, see an authentic still in what the flagship location calls “the Holler.” Featuring a myriad of moonshine flavors, the distillery also makes whiskey and canned cocktails. Live music performances are on the regular, as are distillery tours for 10 people at a time when guests will enjoy 13 samples while on the behind-the-scenes tour. Ages 13 and up admitted for $10), with tastings for 21+ running $34.95.

*Arrive 30-minutes prior to scheduled tour time. 

903 Parkway #128
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

11. The Peddler Steakhouse

820 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
The Peddler Steakhouse/Facebook

Located at the National Park’s entrance, this family tradition has been around since the 1970s with a mission of great food, service and atmosphere along the Little Pigeon River. Classic steakhouse fare, this is one of those places that the entire family can enjoy a night out that won’t break the bank. Chilled shrimp cocktails, petite filet mignon combos, and the signature chicken almond soup top the list for classic favorites. Make sure to at least share the peanut butter mud pie for dessert.


*Call ahead seating recommended

820 River Rd
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

12. Smoky Mountain Brewery in Gatlinburg

1004 Parkway #501, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Smoky Mountain Brewey/Facebook

The oldest craft brewery in East Tennessee, its original location in Gatlinburg opened in 1996, with the Pigeon Forge, Knoxville, and Maryville locations to follow. “A cross between a Bavarian brew hall, and a ski lodge...with the Smoky Mountains in the background,” the Calhoun Village brewery features six flagship beers on tap, four seasonals rotate several times throughout the year, along with the Brewmaster Special every couple of weeks. Traditional brewpub fare such as wings, burgers, and nachos are always a favorite. But, the pub’s specialty is hand-tossed pizzas and calzones.  

1004 Parkway #501
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

13. Sugarland Cellars

1133 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Sugarland Cellars/Facebook

Built from local barn wood, the winery focuses on local history and heritage and is a member of the Rocky Top Wine Trail. The best-selling wine is the Elmont made from loganberries paying homage to the nearby Appalachian logging community situated in the Little River Valley. While many clamor for the plentiful fruity wines made here, more traditional ones like the 1802 dry red hit discerning palates as well. The family-friendly winery offers free daily tastings for those 21-years-old and up.

1133 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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