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Here are our top restaurant recommendations for Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

After years of visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee and eating in numerous restaurants.  These are our top restaurant recommendations. This list includes both family friendly restaurants and more romantic settings.  However, every restaurant listed welcomes kids so don’t skip them just because the kids are in tow. 

Top Five Gatlinburg Restaurants

Alamo Steak House Salads are the best

Best Steak House: Alamo Steakhouse

The Alamo is a great steak house! It is casual and perfect for the whole family. If the weather is nice, the outdoor seating is great. This restaurant burned to the ground in the 2016 Gatlinburg wild fires, but has been rebuilt and is even better than ever. In addition to steaks, they have great salads, seafood, and desserts.

Most Romantic: Buckhorn Inn Gatlinburg TN

The Buckhorn Inn is a special place in Gatlinburg, TN. A favorite of locals and tourists since 1938, the Buckhorn Inn not only has regional fresh food served in four courses. They were great with our food allergies as well. For a romantic setting, good food, and great views, check them out.

Image by A. Yee

Big Daddy's Pizzeria

Great Pizza: Big Daddy's Pizzeria

We have always enjoyed Big Daddy's Pizzeria. Again, very friendly service and great with our food allergies, they are a go to Pizza place for our family. Incidentally, the same parent company own's Bennett's BBQ, Alamo, and Mamas Farm House in Pigeon Forge and are also great choices.

Glacier National Park Poster

Favorite New Restaurant: Mamas Chicken Kitchen

To be honest, we discovered this new fried chicken and chicken wing restaurant on accident. We were trying to get into a new burger place, but unfortunately they cook with peanut oil and couldn't assure us the safety of their food for our kids. We drove down the road and stopped here. Another member of the Alamo and Bennett's BBQ family, this cute little restaurant was a treat. What I enjoyed more than my chicken wings were the national park posters scattered throughout the restaurant, so my opinion may be a tad bit biased.

Best Restaurant On The Strip: Cherokee Grill

Sorry, we don't have pictures for this last restaurant, but don't let that stop you. Click the titles or the Trip Advisor Reviews for some great images. If you are looking for a great restaurant that you can access right on the main strip in Gatlinburg, we recommend Cherokee Grill. The have great steaks, seafood, and salads. We love getting seated in the glass room for some fun people watching.

We Also Recommend

Best Hotel in Gatlinburg: The Park Vista – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Gatlinburg Our family has stayed here almost every fall for over 10 years.  We love the indoor pool and the views. 

If your visit to Gatlinburg is extended and you are looking to spend some time in Pigeon Forge, TN, check out our review of the Home 2 Suites located near The Island and Dollywood. 

Best Hiking Shoes: Check out our review of Best Wide Toe Box Shoes for Hiking



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