Bryson City's Area Restaurants Offer Something for Every Taste

For a small town, Bryson City has quite a variety of restaurant choices — from southern home cooking, hickory-smoked barbeque and juicy hamburgers — to gourmet meals, or ethnic foods like Italian, Mexican or Chinese.

There are Nantahala Gorge restaurants where you can watch whitewater rafting riverside, or have a quick lunch before spending an afternoon on the water.

You'll find Bryson City restaurants that serve family style, buffet-style, or in an intimate and romantic setting. You can dine indoors by candlelight or at a sidewalk cafe, or just pop into one of our fast food restaurants. We've even got an old-fashioned family run drive-in.

After dinner, you may find specialty coffees or after dinner drinks to go with a wide variety of desserts. Or just enjoy an ice cream at the soda shop. Or catch sports, karaoke or great area musicians at one of our local taverns. And if you're planning a group event, some Bryson City restaurants cater or have banquet facilities for weddings, receptions, and meetings.

Bryson City is one hour west of Asheville, just three hours from Atlanta and Charlotte, and two hours from Greenville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.

Printable Smoky Mountains Dining Guide (pdf).'s recent feature: Pretty Awesome Weekends: Summer Travel Edition highlighted Bryson City with the accolade — "But, most of all, skip the nearby over-developed region that is Gatlinburg and visit Bryson City on the North Carolina side of the park.  It is a beautiful small American town with great road-side inns, shops and family entertainment that takes you back to the America of the past, something you can not get much of these days." 

Smoky Mountains Dining & Nightlife Guide for Restaurants in Bryson City, Cherokee and Neighboring Communities

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Na-ber's Drive In

1245 Main St
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-2877
Curb service under cover. Open all year.

Everett Street Diner

Contact: Charlene Fischer, Gina Fowler
126 Everett Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-0123
A traditional style breakfast and lunch as well as a variety of sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, and desserts that will satisfy the taste of any patron. Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 7-2, Sunday 8-2

Jimmy Mac's

Contact: Jimmy McNorrill Jr.
121 Main St
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-4700
Offering both lunch and dinner in a casual and inviting atmosphere on Main Street, Jimmy Mac's features a full menu including soups, salads, appetizers, burgers, steaks, seafood and more.

La Dolce Vita Bakery

Contact: Gianna Carson or Pat Tagliarini
191 Everett St.
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-736-8760
La Dolce Vita Bakery is a farm to table dessert bakery. We specialize in custom order cakes and cupcakes made from the best local ingredients. We will have a variety of desserts and specialty desserts available daily. Now serving fresh Italian gelato daily!

Nantahala Outdoor Center Restaurants

13077 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713
TF 800-232-7238
Local 828-488-6900
Nantahala Outdoor Center Restaurants When you visit the Nantahala Gorge, be sure to bring your appetite! NOC offers four options at our Nantahala Adventure Resort, with a little something for everyone. Whether you crave a juicy cheeseburger, a light salad or mountain trout, you can enjoy with a view of the river or a view of the smoke rising in the mountains. Menus change throughout the season. Free Wi-Fi.

Fryemont Inn Restaurant & Bar

245 Fryemont St
Bryson City, NC 28713
Local 828-488-2159
TF 800-845-4879
Fax 828-488-5769
Enjoy fine dining and your favorite wines and cocktails at the historic Fryemont Inn. Full country breakfast from 8-10am; and a delicious four-course dinner from 6-8pm Sunday-Thursday and 6-9pm Friday-Saturday. Prime rib, lamb shanks and pecan crusted trout are just a few of the tasty offerings. Open mid-April through Thanksgiving. Reservations, please.

Fontana Village Restaurants

300 Woods Rd.
Fontana Dam, NC 28733
Phone 828-498-2211
Fontana Village offers a number of dining options for resort guests and visiting day trippers. The Mountview Restaurant and Bears Den Lounge located in the Lodge at Fontana offer an ever changing menu for breakfast and dinner. The Wildwood Grill in the Village Center offers tasty casual fare, cocktails and live entertainment.


15 Highway 19 South
Bryson City, NC 29713
Phone 828-488-1227
Fax 828-488-1446
Subs & salads. TCBY treats, ice cream, frozen yogurt. Open all year seven days a week.

Boxcar Cafè & Cones

Contact: Tina Jones/Becki Davis
26 Frye Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
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Phone 828-488-5379
Conveniently located across from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City, Boxcar Cafè & Cones offers a varied menu including burgers, wraps, wings, hummus and more. In the mood for something sweet? We offer 16 flavors of hand dipped ice cream available in cones, cups or shakes.

Soda Pop's

Contact: Paul Crawley
125 Everett St
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-788-0013
Soda Pop's, established in 2000 as a family business, Bryson City's only '40's and '50's old fashioned Soda Fountain located in the heart of downtown. Specializing in Coca-Cola memorabilia. Our setting will take you and your kids back in time!

Anthony's Italian Restaurant

50 Depot Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-8898
Located on Depot Street, next to the train. Authentic hand tossed pizza, homemade dinners, subs and salads. Free Wi-Fi.

Bar-B-Que Wagon

610 Main St
Bryson City, NC 28173
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Phone 828-488-9521
Open Tuesday through Saturday 11am-8 pm. April 1 through November 1. Open extra days during July and color season. Hickory smoked pit BBQ made on the premises.

Nate and Nick's

Contact: Jennifer Allen
225 Everett Street Suite D
Bryson City, NC 28713
Local 828-488-0500
Locally owned and operated pizzeria and grill. We offer only the highest quality ingredients and serve hand crafted beers in a unique setting. We take pride in providing our customers with a memorable experience that keeps them coming back time and time again.

Pasqualino's Italian Restaurant

Contact: Pascual Izquierdo
25 Everett St
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-9555
Fax 828-488-9557
Classic Italian cuisine in the center of beautiful Bryson City.

The Chocolate Shoppe

Contact: Thomas Turek
134 Everett St
Bryson City, NC 28713
Local 828-488-9119
Decadent chocolate made on the premises. Delicious fudge and a wide selection of Jelly Belly™ products.

El Loco Restaurant & Taqueria

Contact: Abraham Marcos
1341 Main Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
Local 828-488-9162

Yummi Yummi Chinese Buffet

Contact: Zhu Chen
33 Rector Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-1240
Open 7 days a week. Lunch and dinner buffet daily, with over 30 different items. Seafood dinner buffet Friday and Saturday. Beer and wine served.

Bryson City Sports Grille

47 Depot St
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-9880
Family friendly sports bar and grill serving delicious food including wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads and daily seasonal specials. Great beer selection and full bar available. Big screen TVs, video games, pool tables and corn hole.Fun for all ages. Featuring covered porch seating. Free Wi-Fi. Open daily 11:30 - close (limited menu from 9pm to close)

The Iron Skillet

Contact: Lory White
165 Everett Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
Local 828-488-4766
Featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner menus with fresh salads, wings, burgers, phillies, and homestyle daily specials. Private room available for groups or meetings.
Free Wi-Fi

Dillsboro Chocolate Factory

Contact: Tanya Williams
28 Church Street
Dillsboro, NC 28725
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Phone 877-687-9731
Phone 828-631-0156
Fax 828-631-0156
The Dillsboro Chocolate Factory features award winning chocolates, home-made fudge, espresso bar and over forty flavors of beef jerky from alligator to ostrich.

Sagebrush Coffeehouse

Contact: Steven Christian
160-A Main Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-347-2329
This family run coffee house will definitely get you going in the morning, or any time through the day. Offering many different drinks from their select brewed Cowboy blend to a seasonal latte. Check out our music schedule and special events throughout the year. "When you're here, you're cowboy!"

Water's Edge Seafood & Grill

Contact: Rachel McGaha
1101 Main Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-7977
Locally owned restaurant specializing in seafood. We bring the coast fresh to you! Also serving steaks, burgers, chicken and southern style cooking. Daily specials offered. Open Tuesday thru Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00pm and Sunday Noon - 8:00 pm.

Bojangles Famous Chicken & Biscuits

65 Veterans Blvd
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-0861
Phone 828-488-0109

Bryson City Cork & Bean

16 Everett St
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-1934
Enjoy organic, fair-trade, gourmet espresso and coffees, a select, eclectic list of wines, and locally prepared tasty treats to go with everything! Free Wi-Fi.

Smoky Mountain Frozen Yogurt

Contact: Alyse Hunt
225-C Everett Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
Local 828-488-3080
Soft serve frozen yogurt has finally made it to the mountains of Western North Carolina! A healthier alternative for your cool summer treat. No dye, preservatives, or artificial flavor. The fudge brownie yogurt is made from a bakery and put in the yogurt! Enjoy flavors such as Red Velvet Cake, Tahitian Vanilla, Southern Peach, Strawberry and many more as well as many toppings and flavors!

The Filling Station Deli & Sub Shop

Contact: Barry and Helene Tetrault
145 Everett St
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-1919
Fax 828-488-0603
Fresh made to order sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts, and outstanding customer service make The Filling Station Deli & Sub Shop your first choice for quality dining in Bryson City.
Monday-Wednesday, 11am-4pm, Thursday-Saturday, 11am-7pm, closed on Sundays

Mountain Perks Espresso Bar & Cafe

Contact: Pamela Pulley
9 Depot St
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-9561
Located directly across from the train depot, Mountain Perks specializes in custom roasted coffee and espresso drinks, smoothies, freezes and master blended teas. Mountain Perks has a great selection of gourmet wraps, salads, quiche, vegetarian dishes and soup. Also featured are handmade bagels and tasty cream cheeses, muffins, baked goods and bagel or croissant sandwiches. Free Wi-Fi. Eat in or carry out. Delivery service available.

Guayabitos Mexican Restaurant

236 Hwy 19 South
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone 828-488-1336
Authentic Mexican fare, full bar and lively atmosphere. Private rooms available for all your celebrations. Open daily all year for lunch and dinner. 11am-2:30 pm lunch and 5 pm-10 pm for dinner.

Area beverage policies

The town of Bryson City permits the sale of alcoholic beverages within the city limits; and a number of Bryson City restaurants offer beer, wine and mixed drinks.

Outside of the city limits, only certain qualifying resort properties are permitted to serve alcohol by the drink as well as beer and wine. Restaurants at the Nantahala Outdoor Center are permitted to serve only beer and wine.

In Cherokee, beer, wine and mixed drinks are served only in the Harrah's Casino & Hotel restaurants and on the Casino floor. The remainder of the Cherokee Indan Reservation is dry.

Because of differing policies, restaurant patrons are advised to check with the restaurant ahead of time.

Bottle Sales
In Bryson City, liquors are sold at the ABC Store at 254 Veterans Boulevard (next to Arby's) (9 to 9, Monday through Saturday). 828-488-6682.

Beer, wine and mixers are sold only at grocery stores, convenience stores and package stores within the city limits. Hours vary from store to store, but may be from 6 am to midnight, except on Sunday, when sales are only permitted from noon to 6 pm.


Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce

210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713


Karen Proctor Wilmot
Executive Director

800-867-9246 toll-free
828-488-3681 local
828-488-6858 fax