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.

Printable Smoky Mountains Dining Guide (pdf).

Restaurants & Nightlife

The Village Bistro


9400 Highway 19 West

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-9000

The Nantahala Village Bistro provides a casually elegant atmosphere for family dining, solo dining or a romantic dinner. You may choose seating in the main dining room with its large stone fireplace and soft lighting or outside on our covered porch for a closer view of the Smoky Mountains. If you are planning for a large group, you may wish to reserve our private dining room for more personalized attention.

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.

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

A Blueberry Farm

Contact: John Boaze


25 Water Tower Lane

Whittier, NC 28789

Phone 828-497-7253

Approximately 150 adult bushes provide the majority of the crop, with younger bushes in various stages of development also producing. There are nine varities of blueberries on the farm, ripening from late June through to frost. The farm is primarily a U-Pick field, but orders are taken and filled for those who are not able to pick for themselves. July through September, dawn to dusk.

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.

Bojangles Famous Chicken & Biscuits


65 Veterans Blvd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-0861

Phone 828-488-0109

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.

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!"

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.

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.

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.

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!

Na-ber's Drive In


1245 Main St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-2877

Curb service under cover. Open all year.

Nantahala Brewing Company, Inc.

Contact: Joe Rowland


61 Depot Street

Bryson City, NC 28713 28713

Phone 828-488-2337

Located in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala Brewing artfully brews award-winning, unfiltered ales made with fresh hops, whole grains and clean, crisp Great Smoky Mountain water, from one of the purest, protected watersheds on the planet. The brewery is located at in the heart of Bryson City at 61 Depot Street (across from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Our Tap Room is open year around. Our summer season hours are Tuesday - Saturday from noon until 10 pm and Sunday noon until 8 pm. Call us for off season hours at (828) 488-BEER (2337).

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 Restaurant and Derailed Bar & Lounge


15 Depot Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-8898

Authentic hand-tossed pizza, burgers, homemade dinners, appetizers, subs, paninis, salads & desserts. Large selection of craft, imported and domestic beers; full bar and wine. Inside and covered outdoor dining; with relaxing lounge seating areas in Derailed Bar. Free wifi. Across from train depot.

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.

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

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

La Dolce Vita Bakery

Contact: Gianna Carson or Pat Tagliarini


191 Everett St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-538-4109

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!

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)

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.

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.

The Chocolate Shoppe

Contact: Thomas Turek


134 Everett St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Local 828-488-9119

Decadent chocolates made on the premises. Plus delicious fudge, caramel apples, brittles, caramel corns, pralines, and a wide selection of Jelly Belly™ products.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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.

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 Indian 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.