Category Archives: Fine Dining

Reviews of fine-dining restaurants located in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains

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

Wild Plum Tea Room

Are you looking for some place different to eat while you are in Gatlinburg?  Or, maybe like a lot of people you have heard of the Wild Plum Tea Room and have just never made the time to go there?  Well, drop what you are doing and get to the Wild Plum Tea Room right now.  You are in for something special and a unique experience in the Gatlinburg area.

The Wild Plum Tea Room is modeled after the teahouses in the mountains of Austria.  The idea with these teahouses was to have a place for people to gather, eat, talk and have a good time.  The food they ate was prepared off of whatever was in season and fresh, this is the same with the Wild Plum Tea Room.  They buy fresh and prepare something new all the time.  Depending on the season, depends on what you are served.  As the calendar moves forward and they harvest from their garden and buy from local farmers, the menu changes ever so slightly, day to day.  Also like those teahouses, it is a quaint shop with limited seating so it is always wsie to call ahead and make reservations.  Also when you call, you can find out what they have on the menu for the day.

Some of the menu items that you will see throughout the year include:

  • Homemade Pimento and Cheese
  • Sherried Tomato Bisque
  • Lobster Pie
  • Salmon Burger
  • Hommade Chicken Salad
Of course, you can always get their Wild Plum tea for which they are named.  This tea is served hot or cold and is a specialty of the house.  The hint of plum in the tea really brings out a different flavor that is surprising and wonderful.
If you have decided to take a ladies outing into the Smokies, the Wild Plum Tea Room might be the highlight of your trip.  It is a good place to have a wonderful meal and a the staff will make you feel like you are the only people in the room.  And gentleman, if you think because of the name that you will leave hungry, you could not be further from the truth.  They will fill you up with some of the best food you are going to find in Sevier County.  You are going to go to the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community while you are in town.  While you are there shopping, go to the Wild Plum Tea Room.

Wild Plum Tea Room
555 Buckhorn Road
Gatlinburg, TN
865-436-3808
http://www.wildplumtearoom.com/

The Lodge at Buckberry Creek Restaurant

Fine Dining Atop the Smokies!

Let’s say that you have come to the Smokies with that special someone and you are looking for the exact ‘right’ place to eat.  Maybe your trip is for a honeymoon in Gatlinburg, maybe it is an anniversary or maybe you just want a romantic meal.  There is really only one place to go:  the restaurant at The Lodge at Buckberry Creek.  Great scenery, great service and the food is to die for.  A dining experience at Buckberry Lodge is something that you will remember for years to come.

The Lodge at Buckberry Creek is located up, above Gatlinburg on Campbell Lead Road.  If you take the Gatlinburg Bypass, you will come across Campbell Lead road at the top of the bypass.  Here is one of the best parts of the adventure to the Lodge at Buckberry Creek:  you get to make the drive into the Smokies and have the reveal of this glorious little lodge in the mountains.  You will fall in love with the lodge.  The setting is perfect and the view of the valley from the outdoor restaurant tables will leave you speechless.

The service at Buckberry is impeccable and starts from the first minute you step through the door.  After you park you are going to head to the check-in office which doubles as the lobby for the restaurant as well.  Hopefully you have made reservation in advance, because they do fill up with guests of the lodge, very quickly.  If you have reservations, they will have your table ready.  If it is nice outside, I recommend sitting on the deck so that you can see the view, which is spectacular.  Here is where you know that you are at a fine dining restaurant, the menu changes daily (more on that later) and the staff knows that menu backwards and forwards.  They will answer any question that you have make you fill like you are the only person at the restaurant.

And the menu is the main draw.  The chef’s at Buckberry change the menu everyday.  The changes are based not only on what is fresh and seasonal but also on what the chef’s want to cook.  They love their jobs and they love to share their joy of cooking with guests and locals alike.  They do have some items that tend to stay on the menu.  Their Beef Tenderloin is fantastic each and every time that you have it.  Tender, juicy, perfectly cooked this is beef taken to an art form.  At almost every sitting, the chef will also send out a special to the table, this is may be something new from the chef that he is working on for a future appetizer or entree or it might just be something special for the night.  Artisan breads, perfectly cooked seafood and in general perfect culinary creations are the fame of this restaurant high above Gatlinburg.

You are going to want to have that one perfect special meal while you are visiting the Smoky Mountains.  Make The Lodge at Buckberry Creek that meal.  Call ahead and make reservations.  Sit outside, especially if it is fall.  Enjoy the peace and serenity of the location and the setting.  Of course, you are also going to experience the professional service and great food of a top notch restaurant.

The Lodge at Buckberry Creek
961 Campbell lead Rd
Gatlinburg, TN
865-430-8030
Web
Facebook

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot in Gatlinburg is an interactive dining experience leave you hungry for the same fondue experience that you’re not likely to find anywhere else. From that first piece of bread to the last piece of dessert, it’s a dining experience like no other filled with new tastes and smells, or memorable ones if you’re dining at the Melting Pot again.

Enjoy fondue cooking and a variety of dinners, salads and delectable desserts. When it’s fondue, it’s up to you, literally. Melting Pot’s four-course meal consists of cheese fondue, salad, entree, and desert. Maybe just a glass of wine is what you’re looking for, well stop by and pair it with some cheese fondue. Or come by late for some desert. Our chocolate fondue has drawn many a late-night couple or group of friends by to indulge their chocolate craving.

The Melting Pot isn’t just a fly-by-night restaurant in downtown Gatlinburg. They’ve been the premiere fondue experience across America since 1975 when the first Melting Pot opened in Maitland, Fla., just outside of Orlando. At its beginnings, the restaurant menu consisted of Swiss cheese fondue, beef fondue and a chocolate fondue dessert. The menu has been expanding ever since.

Mark Johnston,who served as a waiter at The Melting Pot during his college years, became interested in the business, and with the help of his two brothers Mike and Bob, opened The Melting Pot of Tallahassee in 1979. As the Tallahassee location grew, within one year, franchise expansion presented itself and the Johnstons seized upon the opportunity.

Today, it isn’t just cheese fondue you can expect. Choose from a selection of spinach artichoke, fiesta, cheddar, Wisconsin trio, traditional Swiss, and Big Night Out cheese fondue. Same can be said with chocolate and its dark to light variations, as well as the entrees of steak, shrimp, chicken, salmon, Filet Mignon, and much more.

In 2010, The Melting Pot Restaurants celebrated its 35th anniversary, opened a restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – its first international restaurant, signed a seven-unit deal in Mexico and opened its first Mexico location in Mexico City.

Including Gatlinburg, the Melting Pot is now operating at 140 locations across North America with another 15 locations in development. It is still considered the premier fondue restaurant franchise in America. In Gatlinburg and across the country, this is where fondue truly becomes a dining event. Come experience a dining event at the Melting Pot in Gatlinburg where you’re sure to never forget that first dip of cheese fondue, or that last chocolate bite.

The Melting Pot
959 Parkway #2
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-4430

Park Grill

Gatlinburg’s Grand Steakhouse

When you come to the Smokies one of the questions that you will find yourself asking over and over is:  Where are we going to eat tonight?  If you are looking for one of the best dining experiences that you can have in the Smokies then you want to try the Park Grill.  Great steaks, great service and a reputation that brings people back year after year.

The Park Grill is a fine dining restaurant located near traffic light 10 on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN.  The log cabin style building, uses full, huge logs on the outside and the inside to give you an amazing dining experience in true Smoky Mountain style.  As you enter the building, you will take in the grandeur of this decades old location in the food scene of the Smokies.  The interior is decorated with art and even some of the denizens of the Smokies.  The decor of this restaurant is designed to give you your own little quite space to enjoy a meal with that special someone.  Great design elements abound, even down to the chirping crickets in the bathrooms.

Let’s talk about the food:  WOW!  The menu at the Park Grill is very eclectic.  From food choices that you might see on any menu at a family restaurant to Smoky Mountain themed food, there is literally something for everyone.  Appetizers like their Smoked Trout Spread allow you to enjoy the trout that is famous for its connection to the Smokies in a whole different way.  All of the entrees come with their salad bar.  The salad bar at the Park Grill is unlike any salad bar that you have seen before – with several lettuce choices, lots of different choices, smoked oysters and even anchovies on the bar you will find thousands of different ways to make a salad at the Park Grill salad bar.  And as far as the entrees go, you will be able to choose from 9 different cuts of beef, local favorites like Moonshine Chicken and of course Fresh Rainbow Trout like you might catch in the Smokies.  But, be sure that you leave room for dessert.

There are a few restaurants where dessert is a required part of the meal.  With the dessert options at the Park Grill, dessert is a must.  Whether you choose the cobbler or the Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse you will not be disappointed.  But if you are looking for their signature dessert you are looking for the Jack Daniel’s Creme Brulee.  This is a traditional creme brulee made with Jack Daniel’s own Tennessee Sour Mach Whiskey.  The whiskey flavor is strong and wonderful.  A bit of class with an East Tennessee flare.  With the Jack Daniel’s Creme Brulee, they do sometimes run out by the end of the night so make sure that you preorder your dessert when you sit down.

Check out the Park Grill the next time you are in Gatlinburg.  If you are looking for that someplace special on your weekend getaway or your Gatlinburg honeymoon, the Park Grill is a great bet.  They fill up quickly so remember they do accept call ahead seating.  Go to the Park Grill and let them treat you to a fine dining experience at the foot of the Smoky Mountains.

Park Grill
1110 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN
865-436-2300
Web