What to Expect When You Visit Paula Deen’s Restaurant in Pigeon Forge

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge

For months, visitors and locals have been keeping a close eye on Paula Deen’s Restaurant in Pigeon Forge, TN. Said to open sometime by the end of April 2015, we’ve all been patiently awaiting the opening date announcement and details about the new restaurant!

According to Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, it will finally be opening its doors to visitors and guests on April 27, 2015. Keep reading to learn all the details that were just released about the new restaurant in Pigeon Forge.

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What You Can Expect When You Visit Paula Deen’s Pigeon Forge Restaurant 

First ImpressionsEntire pecan pie with a golden crust

The moment you walk in, guests will be greeted with a friendly, “Hey, y’all” from the team of hostesses located next to the front door. From there, the hostesses will either lead you to your table located on the second floor up the escalators or take your name and hand you a pager if they are on a wait.

Don’t be too discouraged, though, if the restaurant is busy when you arrive and you have to wait for a little bit. Not only is the food worth it, but the pagers are promised to cover the entire area of The Island in Pigeon Forge, meaning you can stroll around the dozens of shops and attractions located around Paula Deen’s Pigeon Forge restaurant while you are waiting on your table.

Guests are also encouraged to browse the retail area of the new Pigeon Forge restaurant that encompasses the entire first floor of the building.

Retail Area

As we mentioned, the retail area takes up the entire downstairs of the new Paula Deen restaurant in Pigeon Forge. Here is where guests can find all of their favorite Paula Deen kitchen accessories, including aprons, salt and pepper shakers, place card holders, cooking pans, baking mixes, and more! There are also several t-shirts, glassware, and other home decor items for guests to browse. Our favorite item in the retail area is the butter flavored chapstick!

There is also a replica of Paula’s very own kitchen located in the retail area downstairs. This is the same kitchen that was made famous by her tv show on the Food Network channel.

Family style serving of fried okraDining Room

Upstairs at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is by far the best part of the new Pigeon Forge restaurant. It is where all the food is going to be served!

The dining room is split into three levels so all guests will be able to look out the large bay windows to the fountain display at The Island just outside. What we love most about the layout of the dining room is that the tables are close enough together to accommodate a high volume of guests, but they are far enough apart that you do not feel as if you are sharing your meal with the strangers sitting next to you.

The decor can be described as country chic. The colors inside the new Pigeon Forge restaurant blend perfectly with the other attractions found at The Island in Pigeon Forge, as well as the retail items downstairs.

If you can’t make it up the escalator, there is an elevator located in the back right corner of the retail store. This means that everyone can easily access the dining room upstairs

What’s on the Menu?Cinnamon rolls covered in icing on a platter

Guests planning on visiting Paula Deen’s new Pigeon Forge restaurant are encouraged to come hungry! Everything on their menu is served family style with a twist, and the portions cannot be beaten. The way the staff described it is that the portions are big enough that you think it is all-you-can-eat, but you only get one plate.

To get an idea of how to order at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, here is a guide of what each meal comes with:

  • Breakfast: 3 entrees/meats and 2 sides
  • Lunch: 3 entrees/meats and 4 sides
  • Dinner: 4 entrees/meats and 5 sides

Both lunch and dinner are also served with two feature items, one of which is usually a dessert. Breakfast is served with a complimentary cinnamon roll to help you get the day off right.

Please note, starting off, the new Pigeon Forge restaurant doesn’t plan on offering to-go boxes for meals. This means you can hang out as long as you’d like and eat as much as you can while you’re visiting.

Now, you can’t enjoy a delicious Southern meal without a tall glass of sweet tea to wash it down, and there is no better person in charge of making that tea than the queen of Southern cuisine herself. The sweet tea at Paula’s Family Kitchen stays true to its name. There are also several flavors of syrups that you can add to the tea to make it your own. (Tip: If you find a syrup you love, it is probably for sale downstairs in the retail area.) If sweet tea isn’t your thing, the new Pigeon Forge restaurant also offers tall glasses of sweet lemonade, Coke products, coffee and water to drink.

Take a look at the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus below. Prices are per person.
Paula Deen's Family Kitchen breakfast menu

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen lunch menu

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen dinner menu


Two glasses of Southern style sweet tea with lemon


With the ability to sit up to 300 guests at a time, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is great for families and small groups who want to enjoy a delicious meal at The Island in Pigeon Forge during their vacation. The restaurant does kindly request that parties larger than 10 give them a call in order to help accommodate them. For groups, send an email to Groups@PaulaDeensFamilyKitchen.com so they can make arrangements to accommodate your party.

Because this new Pigeon Forge restaurant has had much anticipation leading up to its grand opening, we can definitely say that it will be quite popular once guests are finally allowed in. The restaurant will offer call ahead seating for up to an hour before you arrive.

Paula Deen Restaurant Hours of Operation Pigeon Forge, TN

Hours for the restaurant will be:

  • Sunday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Lunch is served from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Dinner is served from 4 p.m.-close

We hope you’ll plan on visiting us in Pigeon Forge and enjoying the new restaurant. For more information about other great places to eat, click HERE to read about all of the restaurants in Pigeon Forge.


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