Local Dining

From good coffee to fine dining, you'll enjoy a wide variety of food and drink around the Great Smoky Mountains. Here is a list of some of our favorite picks in the area!

Nantahala Brewing Company

Nantahala Brewing Company

The Nantahala Brewing Company hosts a family and pet friendly taproom & open air deck. With over a dozen original ales & beers on tap at any time. Most Summer weekends feature live “music on tap” and there are always sports on the big screens.
Location: Bryson City, NC
Phone: 828-488-2237
High Test Deli and Sweet Shop AKA The Filling Station

High Test Deli and Sweet Shop AKA The Filling Station

Local sandwich shop themed around cars
Location: Bryson City
Phone: 828-488-1919
Mountain Perks

Mountain Perks

Coffee Shop
Location: Bryson City
Phone: 828-488-9561
The Cork and Bean Bistro

The Cork and Bean Bistro

Crepe and Sandwich Shop
Location: Bryson City
Phone: 828-488-1934
The Heavenly Fudge Depot

The Heavenly Fudge Depot

Location: Bryson City
Phone: (828) 497-7367
Great Smoky Mountains Winery

Great Smoky Mountains Winery

Wood Fired Pizza and Wine
Location: Bryson City
Phone: 828-788-1346
Pasqualino`s

Pasqualino`s

A Taste of Italy
Location: Bryson City
Phone: 828-488-9555
Fryemont Inn

Fryemont Inn

Bryson City Tradition Open Mid-April to Thanksgiving
Location: Bryson City
Phone: 828-488-2159
Toll Free: 800-845-4879
Jimmy Mac`s

Jimmy Mac`s

American Cuisine
Location: Bryson City
Toll Free: (828) 488-4700
Anthony`s

Anthony`s

Classic Italian Cuisine
Location: Bryson City
Phone: (828) 488 - 8898
La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

Cupcake Bakery
Location: Bryson City
Granny`s Kitchen

Granny`s Kitchen

Country Cooking Buffet Style
Location: Cherokee
Phone: 828-497-5010
Pizzeria Uno Express

Pizzeria Uno Express

Pizzeria UNO Express at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort offers hand-crafted thin crust pizzas and calzones and fresh pasta dishes!
Location: Harrah's Cherokee
Phone: (828) 497-7777
Noodle Bar

Noodle Bar

Specializing in Asian fare, the Noodle Bar at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort brings a fun taste of the Far East to the Great Smoky Mountains.
Location: Harrah's Cherokee
Phone: (828) 497-7777
Chef`s Stage Buffet

Chef`s Stage Buffet

Chefs Stage Buffet features chef specialties prepared at interactive stations that are sure to please any palate, offering tastes from around the world with Italian, Asian, comfort food, barbeque stations, a soup and salad bar and desserts of the world.
Location: Cherokee NC
Phone: (828) 497-7777
Brio Tuscan Grille

Brio Tuscan Grille

BRIO Tuscan Grille at Harrah’s Cherokee invites you to gather with friends, family and co-workers and experience the flavors of Tuscany without a passport! Bringing the pleasures of the Tuscan country villa to Cherokee, our chef-inspired recipes are sure to tempt your palate. At this Italian restaurant, we believe that to eat well is to live well.
Location: Harrah's Cherokee
Phone: (828) 497-7777
Ruth`s Chris Steak House

Ruth`s Chris Steak House

This classic steakhouse brings a restaurant experience characterized by the restaurant’s renowned quality steaks and signature menu items like USDA Prime steaks served in Ruth’s Chris’s signature style, broiled at 1800° and served sizzling on a 500° plate.
Location: Harrah's Cherokee
Phone: (828) 497-7777
Selu Garden Cafe

Selu Garden Cafe

Selu Garden Café offers new dishes along with some of your favorite dishes!
Location: Harrah's Cherokee
Phone: (828) 497-7777
Rancho Viejo

Rancho Viejo

Local Mexican
Location: Cherokee
Phone: 828.497.0343#sthash.ilYEMmvy.dpuf
New Happy Garden Restaurant

New Happy Garden Restaurant

Chinese
Location: Cherokee
Phone: 828-497-4310
Paul`s Family Restaurant

Paul`s Family Restaurant

Native American and American Cuisine
Location: Cherokee
Phone: 828.497.9012#sthash.Ft5CFY19.dpuf
River`s End Restaurant

River`s End Restaurant

American Cuisine on the Nantahala River
Location: Bryson City
Phone: 828.488.7172.
Soul Infusion Tea House

Soul Infusion Tea House

Location: Sylva
Phone: (828) 586-1717
El Patron Sylva

El Patron Sylva

Mexican Dining
Phone: (828) 586-8805
Kobe Express

Kobe Express

Japanese
Location: Cherokee
Phone: 828.497.9779 #sthash.H22uEoaZ.dpuf
Peter`s Pancakes

Peter`s Pancakes

Location: Cherokee
Phone: 828-497-5116
Little Princess

Little Princess

Buffett
Location: Cherokee
Phone: 828.497.9000
Kosta`s Family Restaurant

Kosta`s Family Restaurant

Greek and Italian Food
Location: Sylva
Phone: 828-631-0777
The Warehouse at Nantahala Brewing

The Warehouse at Nantahala Brewing

Upscale Southern Menu featuring shareables from nachos and trout cakes to apple bourbon pork chops and pot roast. Open dinner for 5-10.
Location: Bryson City, NC
Phone: (828) 585-5885
La Poblana Mexican Restaurant

La Poblana Mexican Restaurant

Local Mexican Restaurant
Location: Bryson City, NC
Grounded Coffee Shop and Food Factory

Grounded Coffee Shop and Food Factory

Open 7 days a week. 7 am - 9 pm Monday - Saturday and 7-5 On Sunday`s. Has a great selection of coffee and food. Check them out on Facebook for there daily Special.
Location: 1185 Tsalagi RD.Cherokee NC
The Paper Mill Lounge $ Theater

The Paper Mill Lounge $ Theater

Welcome to a cocktail lounge with New Orleans style ambiance, hand-crafted cocktails and awesome entertainment that is cleverly dramatic and always delicious! If you`re the kind of person who likes the social clubs f New York and new Orleans, The Paper Mill Lounge and theater is where you should go. Often elegant, but never smug
Location: Sylva, NC
Phone: 838-222-0671
City Lights Cafe

City Lights Cafe

"Quick, healthy and Yummy" That`s what the locals say about City Lights. We offer crepes, paninis and a taqueria menu, 11 local tap bears, wines by the glass, house made desserts, an espresso bar, a pet friendly patio, live music, local art and community feel. Join us for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or just coffee. Open 8 am - 9 pm Mon-Saturday 9 am - 3 pm for brunch on Sundays
Location: Sylva, NC
Phone: 828-587-2233
The Cut Cocktail Lounge

The Cut Cocktail Lounge

The Cut Cocktail Lounge is an eclectic downtown Sylva establishment in a former barber shop This lounge specializes in craft cocktails, cheap beer and fancy late night bites. The cocktail mixes and food are all made from scratch made with local ingredients. They are rotating art exhibits, holiday events, music and diverse entertainment. The Cut was featured on the Food Network Channel in 2016.
Location: Sylva, NC
Balsam Falls Brewing CO.

Balsam Falls Brewing CO.

Brewing up great local beer on the small scale, we focus on classic styles brewed with local ingredients. In addition, we regularly push the boundaries and brew unique beers with very limited availability.Drink Fresh, Drink local. Drink Sylva Beer!
Location: Sylva, NC
Phone: 828-631-1987
Speedy`s Pizza

Speedy`s Pizza

Speedy`s is Sylva`s original and best pizza restaurant in town. We have been a favorite of the town and Western Carolina University since 1973. Speedy`s is still in the same location of 285 W. Main St. in Sylva. Come dine in or call for a take out seven days a week. Mon-Fri 11am-10pm Sat 3pm-10pm Sun 4pm-10pm
Location: Sylva, NC
Phone: 828-586-3800
Baxley`s Chocolates

Baxley`s Chocolates

Our family creates premium handmade chocolates in small batches using the highest quality ingredients available. We offer a full line of traditional chocolates including caramels, toffee, meltaways, truffles, fudge, brittle and many unique confections. We are always open 10-6 Monday -Saturday
Location: Sylva, NC
Phone: 918-631-3379
Innovation Brewing

Innovation Brewing

Welcome to Innovation Brewing— where we are dedicated to changing the way you think about beer. While we will be supplying our neighborhood patrons with plenty of traditional styles of ale and ol’ standbys, we are equally dedicated to evolving and crafting new and unique styles of beer. Experimentation with a variety of fun and fresh ingredients will always be available to stimulate the palate and the senses when you stop by Innovation Brewing for a pint. And of course an IPA or three will be available for your drinking pleasure at all times. Fermentation. Experimentation. Innovation
Location: Sylva, NC
Phone: 828-586-9678
Lees at the Depot

Lees at the Depot

Our restaurant is called “Lees” and we’re asked frequently, “Who’s Lee?” “Lees” is actually a plural noun, referring to the sediment in wine. It’s included in the poem Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson, where he says he will “drink life to the lees.” We read Tennyson to mean that he wants to drink up all that life has to offer, and we agree. Can we pour you a glass? Be sure to get a good look at our mural of Tennyson when you come in. The menu at Lees is food that tastes good, is easy to enjoy, and pairs great with the great wine and craft beer list. We also offer an extensive line of craft cocktails that can be perfectly matched to any item on the menu. Just ask your server or bartender for guidance – we love to talk wine, beer, and cocktails!
Location: Dillsboro, NC
Phone: 828-339-1700
Dillsboro Chocolate Factory

Dillsboro Chocolate Factory

We handcraft our award winning chocolates with the finest ingredients starting with Venezuelan cocoa. Delicious treats available in milk, dark and white chocolate. We make 15 different flavors of fudge and some of the best espresso drinks at our coffee bar. Large selection of whole beat coffee, as well as beef and wild game jerky. For our store hours and specials see our website and social media.
Location: Dillsboro, NC
Phone: 828-631-0156
Jack the Dipper

Jack the Dipper

Enjoy delicious, creamy and hand dipped ice cream in warm waffle cone made before your eyes! We have over 40 unique flavors as well as sundaes, shakes, and banana splits to satisfy your sweet tooth. We also have lots of seating both inside and out. Local favorite since 1976.
Location: Sylva, NC
Phone: 828-586-9441
Mad Batter Food and Film

Mad Batter Food and Film

Our family-friendly theater is housed in one of the most historic buildings in Jackson County, and we specialize in pizza, in-house ground beef burgers, vegetarian & vegan options and more. Love and local ingredients are in our food; we make all our meals from scratch, and our breads are always freshly homemade. We offer nine North Carolina draft brews - including three local taps from Sylva, Waynesville, and Bryson City - and a sophisticated selection of bottled beers and red and white wines.
Location: Sylva, NC
Phone: 828.586.3555
Boots Steak House

Boots Steak House

Step back in time with the laid back, old western feel of Boots Steakhouse. We take pride in offering our guests the freshest, highest quality food available on the market. We invite you to kick up your boots while we create your dish from scratch. Enjoy the 19th Century atmosphere and sip on a hand crafted cocktail while your meal is being specially prepared.
Location: Dillsboro, NC
Phone: (828) 631-9713
Creekside Oyster House

Creekside Oyster House

We serve lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. We have a full bar and wine list, outside creek front dining and an open kitchen. Seafood options include: oysters, raw, steamed or fried, mahi mahi, crab legs, mussels, peel and eat shrimp, homemade crab cakes, lobster tails, catfish, trout and calamari. Non Seafood items include, steaks, chicken, duck, rib eye sandwiches, Po`boys, Philly cheese steak, burgers and appetizers.
Location: Sylva, NC
Phone: 828-586-1985
Haywood Smokehouse

Haywood Smokehouse

Haywood Smokehouse knows barbecue! We are proud to serve the best Texas-style barbecue outside of Texas. Not a boast, just the truth! Our premium specialty meats; fresh, house-made sausages, house-made sauces and fall-off-the-bone ribs and smoked brisket will have you coming back again and again. Or enjoy our melt-in-your-mouth smoked pork or turkey breast. Our family-friendly place features daily lunch and dinner specials that will knock your socks off. Too busy? We have take-out and catering too. So grab an ice cold Shiner, sit outside on the deck and enjoy the best of Texas right here in Western North Carolina. Haywood Smokehouse is the Place to Meat! Hours Sunday and Monday - Closed Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 9pm
Location: Waynesville 79 Elysinia Ave, Waynesville NC 28786 / Dillsboro 403 Haywood Rd, Dillsboro NC 28725
Phone: Waynesville - 828.456.7275 / Dillsboro - 828.631.9797
7 Clans Breweing

7 Clans Breweing

Once again history is being made in the Western North Carolina craft beer industry. In keeping with the long tradition of women within indigenous cultures crafting fermented beverages, Seven Clans Brewing has been born to Western North Carolina. A female-majority owned business of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian members, will be debuting their MotherTown Blonde Ale on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Initially, Seven Clans Brewing will be focused on product development and strengthening their brand during the Spring of 2018. Seven Clans Brewing has contracted with BearWaters Brewing in Canton, North Carolina, to facilitate the brewing process of their recipes until the Seven Clans Brewery is constructed.
Location: Cherokee NC
Mountain Layers Brewing CO

Mountain Layers Brewing CO

Our brewery and taproom feature two bars: one on the main level built around the brewhouse and another upstairs where you can drink on the outdoor deck overlooking downtown. The dream of opening a brewery comes after a 30 year career in public service so we are incorporating that background into this project through an Honor and Remember Wall - a tribute to our military veterans and country`s first responder
Location: Bryson City, NC
Phone: 828-538-0115
Loretta`s Snak Shak

Loretta`s Snak Shak

Local family ran business serving burgers, wings, clubs, pressed sandwiches, homemade desserts and more.
Location: Bryson City, NC
The Chestnut Tree Restaurant

The Chestnut Tree Restaurant

Hotel Buffet
Location: Cherokee
Bogart`s

Bogart`s

Steaks, Seafood, Chicken, Soups and Salads
Location: Sylva
Guadalupe Cafe

Guadalupe Cafe

Tropical Fusion Eatery and Bar
Location: Sylva