The North Carolina Mountains Restaurants

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  • 1. Artisanal Restaurant

    $$$$ | 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. The Bistro at the Everett Hotel

    $$$$ | American

    The top place to eat in Bryson City, this bistro serves hearty dinner entrées like bison, lamb, beef, and pork sausage meat loaf and mountain...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge

    $$$$ | 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Chef's Table

    $$$$ | American

    Here at Waynesville's ultimate special-occasion restaurant, the chef-owner uses ingredients from his own farm or other local farms to prepare...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Dandelion Eatery

    $ | American

    At this downtown restaurant, all profits support Safelight, an organization that provides an educational and supportive environment for survivors...Read More

  • 10. Frogs Leap Public House

    $$$$ | American

    Frogs Leap partners with more than a dozen natural and organic producers to find the ingredients needed to create its rigorous "farm-to-fork...Read More

  • 11. Gamekeeper

    $$$$ | American

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

  • 12. Madison's

    $$$$ | 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. River's End at Nantahala Outdoor Center

    $ | American

    The casual riverside setting and high-energy atmosphere at NOC's eatery draws lots of hungry people returning from an invigorating round of...Read More

  • 16. The Sweet Onion

    $$ | American

    This casual restaurant in downtown Waynesville serves delicious Southern comfort food like roast beef, country fried steak, meat loaf, blackberry...Read More

  • 17. Veranda Café

    $ | American

    With its gingham curtains and checkered tablecloths, this popular downtown café, open only for lunch, is cozy, and the food is both unpretentious...Read More

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