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, piled-high deli sandwiches, and juicy hamburgers — to gourmet meals, farm-to-table offerings, ethnic foods like Italian or Mexican.

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.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Bojangles Famous Chicken & Biscuits


65 Veterans Blvd

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-0861

Phone 828-488-0109

Southern-inspired fast-food chain known for Cajun fried chicken, biscuits & signature sides. Serving breakfast all day. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

CJ's Grille

Contact: Chris Jennings


47 Depot St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-9880

Family friendly restaurant with full bar, pet friendly outdoor covered deck, and pool tables and games conveniently located just across from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in the heart of downtown Bryson City. Daily food and drink specials, weekend live entertainment, and NFL Ticket for those fall football weekends.



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.

Mountain Layers Brewing Company

Contact: Mark Pettit


90 Everett St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

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Phone 828-538-0115

Phone 651-368-0491

Located in the center of downtown Bryson City, the brewery has indoor seating as well as outdoor seating on a rooftop terrace with a beautiful view of the Tuckasegee River and the mountains surrounding the town. The brewery currently has a number of beers on tap, a hard cider on tap, and a variety of wines, sodas, tea, and coffee. Several local restaurants offer food delivery to your table.

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!

Na-ber's Drive In


1245 Main St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-2877

Old school drive-in located beside the Tuckasegee River in Bryson City.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus offering inside service as well as curb service, under cover. Open all year.

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's River's End and Big Wesser Riverside Pub offer a little something for everyone. Whether you crave a juicy cheeseburger, a light salad, street tacos 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.

The Chocolate Shoppe

Contact: Thomas Turek


134 Everett St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Local 828-488-9119

Come inside and smell the chocolate! Hand dipped chocolates and made-in-store fudges, caramel apples, brittles, specialty popcorns, pralines, and a selection of uniques candies. Plus 24 flavors of creamy and delicious premium ice cream made especially for the Chocolate Shoppe including flavors for the diabetic and lactose intolerant.

Nantahala Brewing Company, Inc.

Contact: Joe Rowland


61 Depot Street

Bryson City, NC 28713 28713

Phone 828-488-2337

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. Located just across from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in downtown Bryson City.

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.

The Heavenly Fudge Depot & Chocolate Lounge

Contact: Paula Fuller


225 Everett St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-4447

Come in and enjoy a sample of our famous fudge, or try a piece of our cheesecake. Then relax with your family or just by yourself and enjoy your treat as you sit by the fire in our lounge while listening to music or watching one of our favorite movies.

The Warehouse at Nantahala Brewing


116 Ramseur Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-585-5885

Located just down the street from the Nantahala Brewing Company, The Warehouse at Nantahala Brewing offers fresh, local, farm to table dining in a casual, rustic setting. Dine outdoors or in and enjoy the signature Nantahala Brewing Company beers or a cocktail from the bar. 

Mountain Perks Espresso Bar & Cafe

Contact: Pamela Pulley


9 Depot St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-9561

Custom roasted coffee and espresso drinks, smoothies, freezes and master blended teas. Great selection of gourmet wraps, salads, quiche, vegetarian and gluten free dishes and soup. Also handmade bagels and tasty cream cheeses, muffins, baked goods and bagel or croissant sandwiches. Free Wi-Fi. Eat in, on the porch, or carry out. Delivery service available.

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.

The Bistro at The Everett Hotel


16 Everett St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-1934

The Bistro at The Everett Hotel

With a charming rustic atmosphere, attentive service and contemporary American cuisine, we offer great food using responsibly sourced ingredients with a focus on organic, local, sustainable and seasonal fare. Our chefs artfully blend this fresh concept with a twist on traditional southern influences. Craft beer, select wines and full bar. (formerly named Cork & Bean).

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 Iron Skillet

Contact: Karin Green


165 Everett Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

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Local 828-488-4766

Phone 828-788-2835

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

High Test Deli & Sweet 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 High Test Deli & Sweet Shop your first choice for quality dining in Bryson City. Limited outdoor, pet-friendly dining as well as indoor dining room and take out/delivery. Monday-Wednesday, 11am-4pm, Thursday-Saturday, 11am-7pm, closed on Sundays.

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.

Everett Street Diner

Contact: Mike Shakar


126 Everett Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

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Phone 828-488-0123

Everett Street Diner

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, 7:00 am - 2:00 pm; Sunday, 7:30 am - 2:00 pm; Dinner - every 4th Saturday of the month, 5:00 - 8:00 pm.

Deep Creek Winery

Contact: Robert Acton


405 Jonathan Walk

Bryson City, NC 28713

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Phone 828-506-0133

We are a family owned winery that handcrafts wine in small batches to ensure the aroma and flavor for the best wine. Wine is available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Tours and tastings available on request. Located off Galbraiths Creek. We are open Friday, 2-6 pm and Saturday Noon - 4 pm. Available for private parties.

Soda Pop's Ice Cream Parlor

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!

Fryemont Inn Restaurant & Bar


245 Fryemont St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Local 828-488-2159

TF 800-845-4879

Fax 828-488-5769

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Fryemont Inn has been a tradition in mountain hospitality since 1923. Enjoy fine dining and your favorite wines and cocktails. 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.

Great Smoky Mountains Winery


70 Veterans Boulevard

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-788-1346

While away an afternoon or evening at the Great Smoky Mountains Winery; Bryson City's newest full service restaurant. Enjoy the ambiance of the fully restored 1911 building, complete with original walls and floors and local reclaimed brick and barn wood accents. Savor a glass or bottle from our extensive wine list, and pair it with fresh salads, tapas, brick oven pizza, or dessert. 

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Dining


226 Everett St.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 800-872-4681

Phone 828-488-7000

All aboard! Join us for one of our evening specialty dinner trains, The Fontana Trestle ft. BBQ & Brews OR The Railroad Reserve Wine Train. Both trains follow a scenic evening route and feature a delicious menu paired with the wine/beer, and knowledgeable representatives from the brewery or vineyard showcased.  Whether you are a craft beer connoisseur or have a taste for vibrant wines we’ve got you covered with these unique railroading dining experiences.

Pasqualino's Italian Restaurant

Contact: Pascual Izquierdo


25 Everett St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-9555

Fax 828-488-9557

Enjoy classic Italian favorites served in a rustic yet refined atmosphere. Full lunch and dinner menus with daily evening specials. Full bar and extensive wine list. Catering available and larger groups are welcome with reservations required.

Anthony's Restaurant and Derailed Bar & Lounge


15 Depot Street

Bryson City, NC 28713

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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 relaxed lounge seating areas in Derailed Bar. Free wifi. Across from train depot.

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.

Boots Steakhouse

Contact: Colleen Sims


64 Front St.

Dillsboro, NC 28725

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Phone 828-631-9713

Phone 228-341-4917

Escape for a moment from the busy pace of life on our beautiful patio or carefully designed dining room, as you savor our delicious steaks and other grilled entrees. Whether it’s a casual business meeting, a first date, a romantic evening, or a family celebration, at Boots Steakhouse we’ll welcome you with a big smile, a great meal, and impeccable service.

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.

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 Monday & Tuesday 4-8pm Thursday thru Saturday 4-9pm and Sunday Noon - 3pm. Seafood Buffet, Friday & Saturday 5-9pm and Country Buffet on Sunday from 12-3pm.

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 are allowed to be from 6 am to midnight, except on Sunday, when sales are permitted from 10 am - 2 am. The Wesser General Store in the Nantahala Gorge sells beer and wine (open seasonally).