Where to EAT: Top 10 Restaurants in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg

Southern sides, tender steaks, whole rotisserie hens, buttermilk pancakes, and sweet tea are just the start to scrumptious eats in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN. Bring your best stretchy pants and a bib ‘cause it’s time to chow down at our top 10 favorite restaurants in the area. If you’re looking for local restaurant recommendations for your Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg vacation, stay tuned! 

  1. Timberwood Grill — Pigeon Forge — $$

Enter this Smoky Mountain lodge themed restaurant at The Island and savor the incredible entrée flavors, like the salmon and avocado salad, bacon mac and cheeseburger, or the gunpowder ribeye. 

Open: Mon – Sun, 11:00 a.m. – Midnight
Location: 131 The Island Drive, Suite 101, Pigeon Forge, TN 

  1. Log Cabin Pancake House — Gatlinburg — $

We’re a little partial to a restaurant with log cabin in the name…so let the buttery goodness, hot maple syrup, and fluffy stacks do the talking. 

Open: Mon – Sun, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 327 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 

  1. No Way Jose’s Mexican Cantina — Gatlinburg — $$ 

Riverside seating plus fresh salsa, sizzling fajitas, stuffed and fried avocado, and out-of-this-world margaritas is also known as bliss. 

Open: Mon – Sun, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (open until 10:00 p.m. Fri & Sat)
Location: 555 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 

  1. Mama’s Farmhouse — Pigeon Forge — $$

Family style service plus award winning biscuits keeps this farmhouse busy! Drop in for a belly stuffing meal, including country fried steak, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, and banana pudding.  

Open: Mon – Sun, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (open until 9:00 p.m. on Fri & Sat)
Location: 208 Pickel Street, Pigeon Forge, TN

  1. Alamo Steakhouse — Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg — $$ 

Aged, hand cut, and seasoned to perfection, the steaks at this house are far from ordinary. Paired with succulent flavorsome sides, what could be better?

Open: Mon – Sun, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (open until 9:00 p.m. on Fri & Sat)
Location 1: 3050 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN
Location 2: 705 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN

  1. Dolly Parton’s Stampede — Pigeon Forge — $$$

Combine dinner and a Smoky Mountain show with horseback riding stunts, clownery, and musical performances while you dine on a 4-course Southern feast…including an herb-basted potato, corn on the cob, and an entire chicken just for you!

Open: Mon – Sun, 6:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. showings (times vary by days & seasons)
Location: 3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 

  1. The Wild Plum — Gatlinburg — $$ 

Dog friendly and focused on sweet service, this tearoom offers gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian lunch items plus delicious wild plum tea! 

Open: Thurs – Sat, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 555 Buckhorn Road, Gatlinburg, TN 

  1. Calhoun’s — Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg — $$

Dine in or pick up a family pack (to serve 5 or 10) of BBQ pork, brisket, or hickory smoked ribs with sides like baked beans and creamy country slaw.

Open: Mon – Sun, 11:00 a.m. – varies by season (generally 9:30 – 11:00 p.m.)
Location 1: 2535 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN
Location 2: 1004 Parkway, Suite 101, Gatlinburg, TN

  1. The Peddler Steakhouse — Gatlinburg — $$$

Take your date for a special evening at this steakhouse along the Little Pigeon River with mouthwatering appetizers, filet mignon or fresh grilled trout, steak fries, and a Kahlua crème brûlée. 

Open: Sun – Fri, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. & Sat, 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: 820 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 

  1. The Old Mill — Pigeon Forge — $$

Prepare to wow your taste buds will the famous corn chowder (prepared with grounds from the mill), Southern fried meats, and hearty pies at this old riverside mill — recently found on the list for best classic restaurants for 2020 in Food and Wine Magazine

Open: Mon – Sun, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: 175 Old Mill Avenue, Pigeon Forge, TN 

Curb your Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cravings with our top restaurant picks or cruise the Parkway for more options…either way, you’re heading to Flavor Town!


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