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, or 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

The Iron Skillet

Contact: Lory White

Address:

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

Hot Diggity Dog

Contact: Robbie Campbell

Phone 828-736-0968

Hot Diggity Dog is the most delicious and nutritious recipe for a 3-bite marinated and grilled hotdog in the Great Smoky Mountains.

La Dolce Vita Bakery

Contact: Gianna Carson or Pat Tagliarini

Address:

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!

Water's Edge Seafood & Grill

Contact: Rachel McGaha

Address:

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.

Bar-B-Que Wagon

Address:

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.

Bojangles Famous Chicken & Biscuits

Address:

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.

Anthony's Restaurant and Derailed Bar & Lounge

Address:

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

CJ's Grille

Contact: Chris Jennings

Address:

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.

The Chocolate Shoppe

Contact: Thomas Turek

Address:

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

Address:

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.

Mountain Perks Espresso Bar & Cafe

Contact: Pamela Pulley

Address:

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.

A Blueberry Farm

Contact: John Boaze

Address:

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.

Pasqualino's Italian Restaurant

Contact: Pascual Izquierdo

Address:

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.

Cork & Bean Bistro

Address:

16 Everett St

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-1934

Cork & Bean Bistro

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.

Subway/TCBY

Address:

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.

Nantahala Outdoor Center Restaurants

Address:

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 BBQ & Brew offer a little something for everyone. Whether you crave a juicy cheeseburger, a light salad, BBQ 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.

Nate and Nick's

Contact: Jennifer Allen

Address:

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.

Fryemont Inn Restaurant & Bar

Address:

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.

Fontana Village Restaurants

Address:

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.

Guayabitos Mexican Restaurant

Address:

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.

Boxcar Cafè & Cones

Contact: Tina Jones/Becki Davis

Address:

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.

Everett Street Diner

Contact: Charlene Fischer, Gina Fowler

Address:

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 am - 2 pm, Sunday 7:30 - 11:30 am.

The Filling Station Deli & Sub Shop

Contact: Barry and Helene Tetrault

Address:

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.

Na-ber's Drive In

Address:

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.

Scavenger Hunt for Discounts & Grand Prize

Our Downtown Merchants Association is having a scavenger hunt offering discounts to those who choose to play along and shop local! Get the Scavenger hunt brochure / entry form and visit all ten businesses in order, which qualifies you for the discounts they are offering. When you've visited all businesses, turn in your map at stop #10 and you will be entered to win the Grand Prize Gift Certificate valued at $500. The drawing will take place after December 31, 2016. The brochure also serves as the downtown shopping/dining/exploring map and copies are available at the Chamber, Visitor Center and local businesses.

Area Beverage Policies

Restaurants
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.