The North Carolina Mountains Restaurants

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The North Carolina Mountains - browse our top choices for Restaurants during your stay.

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  • 1. Artisanal Restaurant

    $$$$ | Modern American

    Artisanal is in a barn by a country stream, but don't let that fool you: this restaurant is elegantly designed, modern, and serious about first...Read More

  • 2. Ristorante Paoletti

    $$$$ | Italian

    A fixture on Main Street for more than three decades, Ristorante Paoletti serves sophisticated Italian cuisine with first-rate service, although...Read More

  • 3. The Bistro at the Everett Hotel

    $$$$ | Modern American

    The best place to eat in Bryson City, this wood-paneled bistro serves hearty dinner entrées like mountain trout with quinoa and brown rice or...Read More

  • 4. The Orchard

    $$$$ | American

    Located in a century-old farmhouse in an old apple orchard, the Orchard is the best restaurant in Cashiers, putting a Southern twist on traditional...Read More

  • 5. The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge

    $$$$ | Modern American

    Attached to the Gideon Ridge Inn, this intimate 10-table restaurant is your top choice in Blowing Rock. It sticks with dishes it carries off...Read More

  • 6. Vidalia

    $$ | American

    Named for Georgia's famous sweet onion, this small bistro in the middle of town brings creative regional American cooking to the High Country...Read More

  • 7. West First

    $ | Pizza

    Wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas made from organic flour are the specialty at this lively eatery. Besides the standard toppings are more unusual...Read More

  • 8. Chef's Table

    $$$$ | Modern American

    At the region's most sought-after restaurant, chef-owner Josh Monroe uses ingredients from his own farm or other local farms to prepare dishes...Read More

  • 9. Cornucopia

    $$$$ | American

    In the second-oldest building in Cashiers, built in 1892, you can sit on the huge, airy, covered back porch with a metal roof and eat some of...Read More

  • 10. Daddy D's Suber Soulfood

    $ | American

    Family owned and friendly, this no-frills storefront is the place for soul food in the Asheville area. Fried chicken plates are the specialty...Read More

  • 11. Dan'l Boone Inn

    $$$ | American

    Near Appalachian State University, in a former hospital surrounded by a picket fence and flowers, Dan'l Boone serves old-fashioned Southern...Read More

  • 12. Dandelion Eatery

    $ | American

    This downtown destination is more than a restaurant; it's a nonprofit organization that provides job training and other resources to those at...Read More

  • 13. Frogs Leap Public House

    $$$$ | American

    This popular eatery partners with more than a dozen natural and organic producers to find the ingredients needed to create its rigorous "farm...Read More

  • 14. Gamekeeper

    $$$$ | American

    This stone cottage in the woods, off a winding country road between Boone and Blowing Rock, surprises newcomers with a rotating menu of unusual...Read More

  • 15. Madison's

    $$$$ | Modern American

    In the Old Edwards Inn, Madison's is Highlands' most upscale restaurant. The dining room is gorgeous, light, and sunny, with stone floors and...Read More

  • 16. Over Yonder

    $$ | American

    Founded by the former chef of Simplicity restaurant at Mast Farm Inn—the two businesses still have a friendly, reciprocal relationship—Over...Read More

  • 17. Peter's Pancakes and Waffles

    $ | American

    Pancake houses are big in Cherokee, and Peter's is at the top of the stack. Many locals are regulars here, and you'll see why when you try the...Read More

  • 18. River's End

    $ | American

    At Nantahala Outdoor Center, this eatery's riverside setting and high-energy atmosphere draw lots of hungry people returning from an invigorating...Read More

  • 19. Rocky's Grill and Soda Shop

    $ | Hot Dog

    This kitschy but fun version of an old-fashioned soda shop—an institution in Brevard since the early 1940s—has a wide range of ice cream creations...Read More

  • 20. The Falls Landing Eatery

    $$$ | Seafood

    The hands-on owner has made this storefront eatery in downtown one of the most recommended dining spots in Brevard. The menu skews to seafood...Read More

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