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 barbecue, 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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  • Great Smoky Mountains Winery

    Address: 70 Veterans Boulevard
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

    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. 

  • Mountain Perks Espresso Bar & Cafe

    Contact Name: Pamela Pulley
    Address: 9 Depot St
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

    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.

  • Bar-B-Que Wagon

    Address: 610 Main St
    Bryson City
    NC
    28173

    Other Address:

    Mailing: PO Box 755, Bryson City, NC, 28173

    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.

  • Everett Street Diner

    Contact Name: Mike Shakar
    Address: 126 Everett Street
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

    Other Address:

    Mailing: PO Box 81, Almond, NC, 28702

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    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.

  • Boots Steakhouse

    Contact Name: Colleen Sims
    Address: 64 Front St.
    Dillsboro
    NC
    28725

    Other Address:

    Mailing: P.O. Box 1246, Dillsboro, NC, 28725

    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.

  • Mountain Layers Brewing Company

    Contact Name: Mark Pettit
    Address: 90 Everett St.
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

    Other Address:

    Address: P.O. Box 126, Almond, NC, 28702

    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.

  • High Test Deli & Sweet Shop

    Contact Name: Barry and Helene Tetrault
    Address: 145 Everett St
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

    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.

  • The Chocolate Shoppe

    Contact Name: Thomas Turek
    Address: 134 Everett St
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

    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.

  • Fontana Village Restaurants

    Address: 300 Woods Rd.
    Fontana Dam
    NC
    28733

    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.

  • Fryemont Inn Restaurant & Bar

    Address: 245 Fryemont St
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

    Phone Two: TF: 800-845-4879
    Phone Three: 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.

  • Nate and Nick’s

    Contact Name: Jennifer Allen
    Address: 225 Everett Street Suite D
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

    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.

  • Nantahala Outdoor Center Restaurants

    Address: 13077 Hwy 19 W
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

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    When you visit the Nantahala Gorge, be sure to bring your appetite! NOC offers two riverside dining locations, River’s End and Big Wesser – with menus boasting a little bit of something for everyone! Whether you’re craving a juicy cheeseburger, Mexican cuisine, or a signature Sherpa Rice dish, you can enjoy your meal where every seat is a river seat! Menus and hours change seasonally, visit website for current information. Free Wi-Fi.

  • The Bistro at The Everett Hotel

    Address: 16 Everett St
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

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    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).

  • Water’s Edge Seafood & Grill

    Contact Name: Rachel McGaha
    Address: 1101 Main Street
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

    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.

  • Anthony’s Restaurant and Derailed Bar & Lounge

    Address: 15 Depot Street
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

    Other Address:

    Address: P.O. Box 2421, Bryson City, NC, 28713

    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 Name: Chris Jennings
    Address: 47 Depot St.
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

    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.

  • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Dining

    Address: 226 Everett St.
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

    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.

  • Boxcar Cafè & Cones

    Contact Name: Tina Jones/Becki Davis
    Address: 26 Frye Street
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

    Other Address:

    Mailing: PO Box 303, Bryson City, NC, 28713

    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.

  • Deep Creek Winery

    Contact Name: Robert Acton
    Address: 405 Jonathan Walk
    Bryson City
    NC
    28713

    Other Address:

    Mailing: 380 Jonathan Walk, Bryson City, NC, 28713

    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 Wednesday thru Saturday 3-7pm. 

  • 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 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).

    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

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