Romantic Dinners in the Heart of the Smokies

Whether it’s a special anniversary dinner or just a much-needed night away from the kids, the Smokies is the perfect place to enjoy a night out with the one you love. There are dozens of great restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for the nights you dine out, but if you’re looking for something really special, check out these restaurants we’ve highlighted in the Smoky Mountains. Make your time together truly memorable by taking date night to the next level with these top-notch places for a romantic dinner.

  1. The Lodge at Buckberry Creek
    With amazing views of Mt. LeConte and the Great Smoky Mountains, The Lodge at Buckberry Creek is a favorite choice for those celebrating a romantic night in the Smokies. At the Lodge, you’ll find a warm and friendly environment where you can feel at home with the one you love. You’ll also get to enjoy fine dining at its best with an innovative menu that changes every day, using only the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. The Lodge’s dinner schedule is seasonal and subject to change. Call ahead at 1-866-30-LODGE to check the days/times the Lodge will be open when you’re in town, and be sure to make reservations for your special night.

  2. The Greenbrier Restaurant
    In Gatlinburg, you can find one of the most unique fine-dining restaurants in the Smokies – The Greenbrier Restaurant. Located in a historic log cabin built in 1939, The Greebrier Restaurant offers a wonderful ambiance for romantic nights on the town. With beautiful furnishings and a warm interior that overlooks the stunning Smoky Mountains, you’ll get to enjoy freshly prepared food with unique dishes you won’t find anywhere else—including their homemade salad dressings, which have become popular in the area. The Greenbrier Restaurant opens every day of the week at 4:30 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. They do not accept reservations, but you can call ahead at 865-436-6318.

  3. Crystelle Creek
    Another great choice for your romantic night in Gatlinburg is the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner, Crystelle Creek Restaurant and Grill! Crystelle Creek has something for everyone, serving some of the best surf and turf in the area, as well as signature Italian dishes and homemade desserts. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 3 p.m. until close. They do accept reservations, but only for parties of seven or more. However, you can call 865-430-1551 for call-ahead seating if a romantic night at the creek is where you decide to take your special someone.

  4. The Peddler Steakhouse
    Located right at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, The Peddler Steakhouse is a Smoky Mountain tradition. At the restaurant, you can enjoy a bountiful salad bar and steaks that are cut to order and grilled over real Tennessee hickory charcoal—your mouth will be watering before your steak even hits the table! The Peddler opens every day at 5 p.m., except for Saturdays when it opens at 4:30 p.m. You can call 865-436-5794 for call-ahead seating on the day you are planning to dine, or you can stop by the restaurant an hour before they open and put your name on the seating list to guarantee your spot.

  5. Dinner in the Cabin
    Maybe it doesn’t sound romantic at first, but hear us out. When you book your Smoky Mountain stay at one of our romantic cabins—like A Romantic Hideaway, which offers spectacular mountain views, a cozy king-size bed, a gas fireplace, and an outdoor hot tub—you may not want to leave the comforts of your cabin to enjoy a romantic night with the one you love. No problem! At Cabins for You, we can deliver a romantic steak dinner right to your cabin. Ask our reservation specialists about booking your romantic dinner for two—we provide the food, the utensils, the ambiance. All you need to do is cook it and enjoy! If you want someone else to do the cooking for you, try Savory Solutions by Chef Jeremy – a personal chef and in-cabin dining service that includes preparation, service, and cleanup!

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