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The story of love on top of the Smokies has been sung for decades upon decades, just as lovers from all over the world have found their way to our beautiful corner of the Appalachian Mountains to walk hand in hand, propose and even get married among the hills. When visiting Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll find that there is no shortage of romantic escapes, photo ops for sweethearts, and spots for falling in love. There are also plenty of romantic restaurants in Gatlinburg! To help you plan the perfect date night with your sweetheart, we’ve made a list of our favorite romantic restaurants in Gatlinburg.

1.The Peddler

the peddler in gatlinburgIf you’re looking to dine at a spot that is loved by both the locals and guests, then The Peddler is the place for you! The ambiance that you’ll find at The Peddler immediately sets the mood for a perfect date night. The staff is consistently praised for their impeccable service, and the steaks are some of the best in town! If you’re seated along the creekside of the building, the beautiful Smoky Mountain stream and candle-lit table will help to make the night even more romantic. To save time, be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time online. After all, you’re going to want extra time to stroll through the downtown area of Gatlinburg and take a scenic ride to Anakeesta or the SkyBridge for an after-dinner adventure!

2. The Park Grill

A day in the Smokies is even more perfect when it’s wrapped up with a date night dining experience at The Park Grill. It’s a sister restaurant of The Peddler, but with a fantastic national park vibe. In fact, it’s considered the “unofficial” restaurant of the national park because it sits right at the entrance. The walls are filled with historical photos of the park and the atmosphere is a perfect balance of rustic and upscale but still relaxed and casual. You’ll find a find a menu filled with mouth-watering dishes, as well as a highly rated drink menu and salad bar. Just be sure to leave room for a Jack Daniel’s Creme Brulee or a S’Mores Brownie that you will want to share with your love before heading back to your room at our hotel!

3. The Melting Pot

the melting pot in gatlinburgA date night at The Melting Pot is much more than just a meal, it’s a full experience! Located right in the heart of the downtown area, it’s the perfect date night dining spot to mix with a night of walking the SkyBridge, moonshine tasting or hitting the slopes at Ober Mountain. Order the 4-course experience and enjoy the evening with your someone special as you participate in fondue style cooking! Book a table online to make the most of your time!

4. The Greenbrier

One of our favorite romantic restaurants in Gatlinburg by far is The Greenbrier. If you plan on celebrating a special anniversary, your partner’s birthday, Valentine’s Day or any other meaningful occasion, you’ll want to check out this restaurant! Behind its doors, you’ll find gourmet dishes, world-renowned wines and the beauty of the Smokies all coming together for a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience! Enjoy a tender steak or braised lamb shank paired with a specialty cocktail made by their talented mixologist. You will love the upscale dining experience this restaurant has to offer.

Now that you know the best romantic restaurants in Gatlinburg to spend your date night, it’s time to learn about some of the best romantic things to do! Take a look at some of the best romantic things to do in Gatlinburg for couples.