Smoky Mountain Restaurants - Where to Eat


The Smoky Mountains have a variety of places to eat including sit down and fast food. Enjoy southern style home cooking, great Italian food, Chinese buffets, Southern BBQ, seafood, steaks, pancakes or a host of other fine foods in the area. After relaxing in your rental cabin or a fast paced day of Pigeon Forge Attractions, sit down to some of the best food in the South! See the list below for what satisfies your hunger.



Pancake Pantry

This is the place to go for pancakes in the Smoky Mountains. Made from scratch, real butter and whipped cream sound familiar? If you are in the area, this is a must do for breakfast, lunch or brunch.

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen at The Island in Pigeon Forge

Offers Southern-Style entrees, delicious side dishes, and mouth-watering desserts in a family-style setting. This Pigeon Forge restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and seats up to 300 guests. Don't miss the gift shop downstairs.

Big Daddy's Pizzeria

Homemade fresh ingredients and a wood fired oven make these pizza pies a treat for your taste buds. Three locations to choose from in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

The Peddler Steakhouse

Serving wholesome, food, fresh salad bar and naturally aged, steaks grilled over real Tennessee hickory charcoal that Gatlinburg visitors have enjoyed for years.

Old Mill Restaurant

Enjoy this comfortable family atmosphere at one of Pigeon Forge's best local restuarants. Located in the Old Mill District.

Alamo Steakhouse

Two locations (Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg) for this local steakhouse. Family owned and operated in the Smoky Mountains.

Old Mill Pottery House Cafe and Grille

Fresh, Creative Meals with an Appalachian Spirit is there motto. This local restaurant offers sandwiches, salads, and hearty entrees and is located in the Old Mill District in Pigeon Forge.

Bennett's Pit BBQ

Serves meals that are moist, tender and packed full of flavor. Pork ribs, chicken, pulled pork and beef briskets are basted in Bennett's own special sauce. Then they're placed over smoldering hickory wood & smoked for up to 14 hours!

Mama's Farmhouse

No waiting in a buffet line at Mama's Farmhouse. They bring the food to your table just like Grandma does. All you can eat of some of the best Southern cooking in town.

JOE & Pop's Sub Shoppe

Small but great sub shop in Gatlinburg offers amazing sandwiches for a quick lunch or dinner. Convienent to Rocky Top Sports World.

Captain Jim's Seafood Buffet

The only Seafood Buffet in Pigeon Forge welcomes your family to join us daily (in season) from 3-9 p.m. for an all you can eat, full service buffet. Seafood lovers will find peel-n-eat shrimp, raw oysters in season, oysters Rockefeller or Casino, crab cakes, catfish, fried clams, butterfly shrimp, stuffed Flounder, blackened Swai, Tilapia, shrimp or crab linguini, crawfish and mussels, and other seafood entrees.

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe is located in Pigeon Forge, TN near Wonderworks and Smoky Mountain Opry. Enjoy great food while being immersed in rock and roll memorabilia. Don't miss this must dine experience.

Mama's Chicken Kitchen

Order by the plate for dine-in or by the bucket for that picnic in the National Park, you will love it.

Bones BBQ Joint

Great place for some BBQ in Downtown Gatlinburg. Close to the space needle. Meats are slow cooked on the property.

Good local place to eat in Pigeon Forge with an all American menu. In the heart of Pigeon Forge and close to everything.

Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe

Located next to the World Famous Comedy Barn® Theater and stocked with over 100 singing animatronic chickens, the Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe is ready to serve you the best and MOST FUN Southern style breakfast, lunch, and dinner you have ever tasted!

Log Cabin Pancake House

Did someone say pancakes? Whatever is your favorite, you will probably find it on the menu. Family owned and operated in Gatlinburg, TN.