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The Appalachian Lodge

Blaine's Grill & Bar in Gatlinburg.

Going out to dinner is one of the best parts of being on vacation! When you visit Gatlinburg, TN, you’ll find a variety of wonderful restaurants to try. Whether you’re in the mood for burgers, Mexican food, or a nice juicy steak, you are sure to find exactly what you’re craving in town. To help you make the most of your next getaway, The Appy Lodge has put together a convenient guide to five of the best places to have dinner in Gatlinburg.

1. Smith and Son Corner Kitchen

Smith and Son Corner Kitchen is a favorite for both visitors and locals alike since. Specializing in hearty American fare, Smith and Son’s is perfect for a casual night out with your family, friends, or sweetheart. This Gatlinburg restaurant is famous for its mouthwatering burgers, filled with delicious and unique topping that’ll leave you coming back for more. Located in the heart of downtown, Smith and Son is the perfect place to dine after a day exploring the strip.

2. No Way Jose’sNo Way Jose's Cantina in Gatlinburg.

No Way Jose’s is another one of the best spots for dinner in Gatlinburg. Offering scenic views of the Little Pigeon River, this wonderful restaurant is the top destination for Mexican cuisine in the Smokies. Some of the most popular dishes at No Way Jose’s include the fajitas, tacos, chimichangas, and enchiladas. Known for its generous portions and reasonable prices, this restaurant is ideal for anyone who has worked up a serious appetite hiking in the national park or exploring the downtown area.

3. Bones BBQ Joint

No trip to Gatlinburg is complete without sampling some of the city’s signature barbeque! Our favorite destination for perfectly smoked meats is Bones BBQ Joint. All of the entrees at Bones are cooked over white oak using culinary techniques that have been honed over four generations. The most-buzzed-about dishes at Bones BBQ include the fall-off-the-bone ribs, brisket, baked beans, and macaroni and cheese.

4. Tom & Earl’s Back Alley Grill

Considered one of Gatlinburg’s hidden gems, Tom & Earl’s Back Alley Grill has the atmosphere of a lively neighborhood pub. When the weather is nice, we recommend dining on the restaurant’s lovely outdoor patio, which regularly hosts live music from talented local artists. Tom & Earl’s serves fantastic comfort food, including nachos, burgers, and their delicious Hillbilly Philly Cheesesteak.

The Peddler Steakhouse in Gatlinburg.5. The Peddler Steakhouse

The Peddler has been an institution in Gatlinburg for over 40 years. This beloved restaurant is famous for its naturally aged steaks, which are grilled to perfection over genuine Tennessee hickory charcoal. Perfect for a romantic dinner, The Peddler offers an inviting atmosphere and excellent views of the Little Pigeon River. Be sure to save room for dessert, because The Peddler’s decadent chocolate cake is not to be missed!

When you stay at The Appy Lodge, you will be near all of the best places to eat dinner in Gatlinburg. Located right on the Parkway, our hotel is just minutes away from the restaurants, attractions, and shops in the heart of the city. To start planning your escape, browse our selection of Gatlinburg hotel rooms!