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Reviews and tips of where to eat in Gatlinburg, TN. We’ll show you the best restaurants in Gatlinburg, TN so you won’t leave hungry!

Top 10 Best Restaurants in Gatlinburg TN

When you visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee, it’s always fun and exciting to find the best places to eat throughout the area. There are definitely a lot of places to eat in Gatlinburg and you can only eat so many times during your visit, so you’ll want to find the best places while you’re planning! So how do you go about figuring out where to eat? You could ask the employees at the places you visit where they like to eat. You could read the various review websites. Or you could get the best of both worlds and simply check out our top 10 restaurants in Gatlinburg TN by the people who live and work in Gatlinburg as well as the visitors who have shared numerous opinions.

We’ve compiled a list of the best places to eat in Gatlinburg, TN with restaurants that you won’t find back home. Every restaurant in this list is unique to the area so you have a dining experience that doesn’t compare to anything you’ve had anywhere else. You won’t find chain restaurants or “fast food” in this list. Most of the restaurants listed are owned and operated by locals who share a love for excellent food. Continue reading Top 10 Best Restaurants in Gatlinburg TN

Hard Rock Cafe

Even though Gatlinburg’s roots are based in old-time mountain music, that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to rock. So much so that they’ve got some of finest rock memorabilia aligning the walls of the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Gatlinburg.

But lets talk less Gatlinburg and more Hard Rock Cafe. The world famous eatery brings in scores and scores of visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains every year thanks to their rock and roll memorabilia and their great food.

To many people’s surprise, this is the only Hard Rock Cafe in East Tennessee. You would think that there might be a few more, but Hardrock Gatlinburg is one of only 45 of the franchises anywhere in the world. One of its two founders, Isaac Tigrett, was even born in Jackson, Tenn., despite the restaurant originating in London. And talk about all the comforts of home, you’ll find a number of Tennessee dishes aligning the menu, including the Memphis-style barbecue beef brisket.

Hey, if the menu doesn’t get you, the rock-n-roll museum will. The Gatlinburg locale just went through a recent re-decoration. One thing you must stop and check out next time you’re there – the stairwell that is lined with drum kits, the set of reindeer bells John Lennon used in recording “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” and a vest worn by Jimi Hendrix for a concert in Canada in 1968, which he then gave to a fan. You won’t see rock memorabilia like this anywhere else.

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If you’re planning a trip to Gatlinburg and think the Hard Rock will be one of your stops while in town, here’ what to expect: a full-service Rock (as in “and Roll”) Shop, museum-quality memorabilia, a delicious menu full of local fare and recipes from around the world like the Legendary 10 oz. burger with its “proprietary chuck blend”, and a fully stocked bar with a myriad of signature Hard Rock cocktails.

Whether you’re in the mood for a quick burger or some shopping and sight-seeing, the Hard Rock Cafe Gatlinburg is a rockin’ good time.

Oh, and here’s one more thing you might not know about the Hard Rock Cafe Gatlinburg: it’s the only Hard Rock Cafe with a wedding chapel. So, if the time is right and a rockin’ wedding is right up your alley, say “I do” while you’re here. It will be a memory that lasts a lifetime.

Hard Rock Cafe Gatlinburg
515 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Smoky Mountain Trout House

If your idea of a vacation centers around trying out some of the best, and freshest local fare that you can find wherever it is you decide to go, then let us give everyone a heads up if they’re planning a trip to Gatlinburg in the near future. For the freshest Smoky Mountain trout around, you have to try the Smoky Mountain Trout House.

In business since 1975 in Gatlinburg, TN, the Smoky Mountain Trout House gets its signature item straight from the streams of the Smoky Mountains. They’re caught, packed in ice, and sent straight over to the restaurant. It’s by far the best Rainbow Trout you’ll ever eat! It’s almost as if you’ve traveled back in time and are sitting at a table eating the same trout the early Smokies settlers ate when they first came to the region all those many years ago.

Just take a look at the Smoky Mountain Trout House’s menu and try not to get hungry. Read on if trout is your dish of choice.

For starters, try the fried pickles or trout fritters, deep fried, freshly battered, Southern-style. Heck, try them both, especially if aren’t going to be in town for awhile. They are equally delicious.

Moving on to the main courses, the Trout Eisenhower – house specialty, headlines the page, and most people probably stop right here because who wouldn’t want to order something called a “Trout Eisenhower”? Either way, it’s pan fried trout using a breading of corn meal and bacon, served with bacon-butter sauce, and sauteed mushrooms and onions.

If you do happen make your way past the house specialty, you’ll find such Southern entrees as Broiled Mountain Trout, Pan Fried Mountain Trout, Parmesan Trout, Trout Almondine, Mountain Trout Specialty cakes, Cheese-Baked Trout, Blackened Rainbow Trout, etc. If it’s trout, they know how to prepare it, and they’ve tried most ways. You really can’t go wrong.

Other house menu items include prime rib, rib-eye, country ham, chicken, and fried catfish. But really, how could you make it past the trout? Either way, it’s going to be something that you love and is going to taste great.

Trout is also an item listed on the kid’s menu. They can also choose from chicken, grilled cheese, or hamburgers.

For desert, key lime pie, lemon ice-box pie, coconut cream pie, or the special of the day can be ordered to settle that sweet tooth we all have.

Smoky Mountain Trout House
410 Parkway Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Phone: (865) 436-5416

Crystelle Creek Grill

A lot of people, before they decide on place to eat out at, we take into consideration the atmosphere, or ambiance, of a place, in addition to the food. For an unbelievable combination of the two, try Crystelle Creek Grill next time you’re searching for a great Gatlinburg restaurant with a unique atmosphere.

Just think about dining at a place with flowing creeks just below the windows and an 80 foot raining light tree. And that’s just the scenery. The menu is stocked with such flavorful dishes as fresh trout, streaks, chicken and Italian recipes even the most staunch of Europeans would love.

Taking a look over the menu, charbroiled shrimp jumps out immediately on the appetizer’s list. We’re talking large Louisiana Gulf Coast shrimp, not the small little crawlers you find in the grocery store. Other yummy starters include catfish bites, fried mushrooms, and queso dip among others.

The burgers and sandwiches section is highlighted by their catfish sandwich, perfect any time of year. On down the menu you come to the straight off the grill section where you’ll find rib-eye steaks, T-bones, and racks of ribs. Your mouth is watering, right? Ours too. Maybe it’s time to head on out to Crystelle Creek.

Still reading? Well then let’s take a look at the chicken offerings on down the menu. Fried chicken, southwestern chicken, stuffed chicken, it’s all here. Some of their specialty offering include skillet fried or blackened grilled trout, lemon pepper trout, catfish, salmon and Cajun shrimp. You really can’t go wrong at Crystelle Creek – the food, the atmosphere, they’ve got it all.

Come relax by the creek and enjoy a delicious Smoky Mountain dinner at same time at Crystelle Creek next time you’re in Gatlinburg.

Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill
1654 E Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738-5832
(865) 430-1551

Dolce UVA Wine Bar & Cafe

Dolce UVA is Gatlinburg’s premier casual wine bar. They offer a wide selection of local wines, as well as wines from around the world, champagne, as well as a generous selection of drought and bottled beer, and a full menu.

Next time you find yourself in downtown Gatlinburg, stop by Dolce UVA for a glass. They’re also known for their cafe menu. So, for anyone who wants to stop by, but fears they should grab a bite to eat before trying some of Dolce UVA’s delicious wine selections, have no fear.

The appetizer section is the first thing to jump off the menu at you. From the smoked cheese and salami plate to the French Brie and fruit, there is something for every palate. Other appetizers include Buffalo wings, home made fried potato chips, tomato mozzarella caprese, mozzarella cheese sticks, and chicken tenders.

Sliding on down the menu, you have your salads and wraps, then you come to the sandwiches and entrees portion. Sandwiches include the Angus burger, various chicken sandwiches, and ciabattas with your choice of fresh cold cuts, or the stacked hot pastrami.

If you’ll be stopping by for dinner, we’re sure that something on the entrees portion will call out to you. From the 10 oz. Ribeye steak to the grilled chicken pasta or the chicken penne pasta, you can’t go wrong. Bring along the kids too. Dolce UVA features a kids menu with hot dogs, burgers, chicken tenders, grilled cheese and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.

Dolce UVA will leave you feeling like you’ve sampled the best of Italy when you leave. For a great time with friends, or a romantic evening for just the two of you, come out to Dolce UVA WIne Bar & Cafe in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg.

Dolce UVA
463 Parkway Suite 1
Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3003
(865) 277-7585

Alamo Steakhouse

Sometimes when you are on vacation you just really need a steak.  If you are looking for a great local steakhouse in Gatlinburg, while you are visiting the Smoky Mountains, then you need to stop by Alamo Steakhouse.

Alamo Steakhouse in Gatlinburg has long been one of the places that the locals go for steaks and when you see a bunch of cars in front of a restaurant in Sevier County with Sevier County license tags, you know the food is going to be good.  The menu at Alamo is as good as the service and the service is spectacular. On top of that service, the restaurant is located out of the middle of downtown so you can drive to the Alamo park your car (for free) and not have to walk or pay for a parking space.

Starters

It is sometimes hard to get an appetizer when you know that the there will be a lot of food coming to your table but it is worth getting a starter to share at the Alamo.  From bacon wrapped shrimp to grilled oysters their appetizers are decadent and a great way to start your meal.  One of their most appetizing appetizers are the Sombreros.  Sombreros, are mushroom caps stuffed with crabstuffing.  Then they are topped with Monterrey Jack and Parmesan cheese and baked.  These little bites of goodness are a perfect precursor to a great steak.

Steaks

Of course, the main reason that you go to a steak house is for a steak, here is just a partial listing of their selection of steaks and other beef selections:

  • Prime Rib – They run out quick most nights on this entree so you need to get there early to make sure that you get one.  Slow roasted in their ovens and seasoned for the best flavor, this is one of the best prime ribs in town.  Served with au jus and horseradish sauce.
  • Rio Grande Ribeye – There is a large cut and a smaller cut of this amazing ribeye.  Heavy marbling in this steak makes it mouthwatering and tender.
  • Alamo New York Strip – This is one of the lergest New York Strips you will ever encounter.  Not for th efaint of heart, this is one of the most tender steaks on their menu.
  • Filet Mignon – Available in both petit cut and full cut, this is the best of the best.  Now as the cut of kings, this is the steack for all of those steak lovers out there.
  • Texas T-Bone – Aged, juicy and tender, this bone-in steak gives you plenty of flavor.
  • El Presidente Porterhouse – This is the biggest steak on the menu.  If you can’t make up your mind about whether you want a fillet or a strip then thi sis the steak for you.

Here is the secret of the Alamo steak:

The Alamo Secret
If you have never tried Real Oak Fired Black Angus Steaks before, you will see why we make such a big deal over them. Oak Firing sears in the juices and all the natural flavors of these cuts of corn-fed beef. Every juicy mouthful is unbelievably moist with rich beefy flavor. After you’ve savored the last bite, we hope you’ll agree that all the work we put into preparing your meal was well worth it!

 Give Alamo a try next time you are in Gatlinburg, spend time with their great staff in a beautiful location in the mountains.  Most of all, bring your appetite.  Get ready for one of the best steaks you will find in the Smoky Mountains.

Alamo Steakhouse
705 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN
865-436-9998
http://www.alamosteakhouse.com/

 

Bennett’s Pit BBQ

If there is one thing that everyone in the Smoky Mountains can agree on it’s barbecue.  We might not always know how we want to spell it, whther it be barbecue or BBQ but we know that we like and we love to eat it.  In Gatlinburg, one of the places to go for great BBQ is one of those spots that you go to dine on famous, award winning BBQ with an awesome staff and an even better atmosphere.

At Bennett’s, meat is king.  From smoked sausage to pulled pork and everything bbq’d in between, Bennett’s have been serving BBQ for decades.  Smoked flavor drips from every morsel of food that gets brought to your table.  The best example of what this restaurant does is by looking at one of their biggest and baddest plates of food:  the Texan Sampler.  This plate of food comes with pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked sausage, chicken and baby-back ribs.  Yes, you read that correctly, you get all 5.  Generous portion sof each make sure that you are getting well fed and that you will leave full and happy.  You also get to try a little bit of it all.  Of course, if you want something a little bigger – Big Daddy’s Ultimate Combo – FOUR baby-back ribs, TWO hog legs and a 1/4 pound of pulled pork.  Bennett’s knows how to make their guests happy, keep the food coming.

The staff and the cooks at Bennett’s have been doing this for a long time.  They get you seated, get your order and start bringing you food.  It is no wonder that this restaurant keeps winning awards and that at night throughout the busiest part of the year that they are standing room only.  The servers are top notch and can answer any question you have about the menu.  The cooks are also out of this world and you don’t have to worry if your steak will come out right when you are sitting in a booth at Bennett’s.

In Gatlinburg, Bennett’s is located toward the end of River Road, if you are headed toward the GSMNP.  They have their own parking lot, they are centrally located and if you want to walk, they are easy to get to.  In fact, if you decide to ride the Aerial Tramway to Ober Gatlinburg you will pass directly over Bennett’s as you start up the mountain.  Try Bennett’s tonight if you are in the mountains.  Or maybe the next time you make the trip to Gatlinburg you can add them to your list of places to eat.  Strap on the feed bag and give Bennett’s Pit BBQ a try.

Bennett’s BBQ
714 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN
865-436-2400
http://www.bennetts-bbq.com/

Sherlock Holmes Pub

Been shopping and walking downtown Gatlinburg all day and feel the need to wet your whistle before you leave? Stop in for a drink and a great meal at Sherlock Holmes Pub, they feature a selection of of the finest draught beers, Irish and American fare, as well as local live music.

Among the various draft selections, you’ll find Newcastle, Strongbow, Harp, Smithwick’s, Guinness, Blue Moon, Fat Tire, Yuengling, and Sam Adams. Bottle options include Bud Lite, Bud, Coors Lite, Miller Lite, Michelob Ultra, Smirnoff Ice, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Fat Tire, Heineken, Becks, Corona, Highland Gaelic Ale, Stella, Bass, and cans of Boddingtons. Enough to make a mouth water just reading the list.

Food choices include some great appetizers like a basket of English chips and a selection of main course items like grilled chicken salad, Sir Arthur Conan Doyles fish and chips, Sherlock Holmes cottage pie, Mrs. Hudson’s beef Yorkshire pudding, Hound of the Baskervilles hot dogs, Baker Street burger, chicken sandwich (grilled or fried), and prime rib sandwich.

Live music can be seen on the patio when weather permits. Come to Sherlock Holmes Pub and enjoy delicious food, ice-cold beer, and conversation with great friends. Bring the family, kids under 5 eat free and enjoy the Smokies in one of the funnest locales in downtown Gatlinburg.

Sherlock Holmes Pub
651 Parkway, Suite 110
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865.430.5943

Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Since October of 2002, Crawdaddy’s has been serving up great food and good times for people of all ages as they visit Gatlinburg and ask the age old question:  Where are we going to eat?  For those that make that decision, they are in store for great seafood and steaks, great service a memories that they will have for all time.

Once you step inside, you will be sold on the fact that Crawdaddy’s offers some of the best seafood to be had in Gatlinburg.  They even have some items on the menu that you might not see anywhere else, certainly not anywhere else in Gatlinburg.  Daddy’s Blue Balls, Conch Fritters, Crawfish Dip, Daddy’s Baked Oysters, Alligator Po’Boys are just some of those specialties that Crawdaddy’s boasts on their menu, but with a name like Crawdaddy’s it is no wonder that the crawfish are what brings the people in.  They have a Cajun Crafwish Boil that is as authentic as you will get this side of the Mississippi.  One pound of crawfish with new potatoes, corn on the cob and andouille sausage all cooke din the same pot – mmm mmm good.

And to go along with all that food, Crawdaddy’s has one of the best bars in town.  Margarita’s made with New Orleans in mind, Boubon Street Tea and a Category 5 Hurricane.  The hurricane is known for its tie to New Orleans and though it is an east drink to make, it is a crowd pleaser everytime.  Light rum, Bacardi 151, red passion fruit and orange juice all go into the mix and then the drink is finished with Myers Dark Rum.  Three kinds of rum, one drink – you will think you are Mardi Gras.

Of course, don’t forget the fun.  People of all ages are going to have a good time at Crawdaddy’s.  Kids Eat Free!  Yup, you read that correctly, kids eat free every night.  While you are there with the whole family, you ought to try their karaoke.  People of all ages, and all skill levels get up to strut their stuff on the stage, singing their hears out to their favorite tune.  You might think you don’t like the idea of karaoke but if you give it a shot, you might find you love it.

Crawdaddy’s is the place for fun and great, Cajun style seafood in Gatlinburg.  From mounds of oysters and crawfish to people singing karaoke and of course beverages to make any barkeep in New Orleans smile, Crawdaddy’s has a lot to offer people that give it a try when they are ready to relax and have great food and good fun while they are on vacation.  Located right on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, it is easy to find and you will find that you might pass it a couple of times while you are walking back and forth window shopping.  Step through the door and give Crawdaddy’s a shot, I bet you come back for more.

Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar
762 Parkway #5
Gatlinburg, TN
865-430-3755
www.crawdaddysgatlinburg.com