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The 7 Best Restaurants in the Smoky Mountains for Couples

Everyone knows that The Peddler Steakhouse, Calhoun’s, and Alamo Steakhouse are great places for a romantic date night, but there are so many more unique restaurants to choose from! Here are a few more of the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains for couples:

1. The Greenbrier

One of the most romantic places to eat in Gatlinburg is definitely The Greenbrier. It’s a bit of a hidden gem, located on Newman Road just off the Parkway. This upscale restaurant combines a cozy mountain lodge atmosphere and fine dining with an assortment of seafood, chicken, and steak entrees. They also serve a wide variety of handcrafted cocktails, wine, and other spirits, being most well-known for their high-quality whiskey, bourbon, and rye selection. Reservations are highly recommended. 

2. The Park Grill

the park grillThe Park Grill is just a few steps from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The log cabin interior with music from a grand piano and modern dining elements combine to provide one of the most unique experiences for you and your sweetheart. Everyone raves about the overflowing salad bar, honey and bacon brussel sprouts, the hickory grilled moonshine chicken, and homemade desserts. The Park Grill is open for lunch and dinner and offers free parking.

3. Smoky Mountain Trout House 

A great, casual lunch spot couples love is Smoky Mountain Trout House! One of the specialties on the menu is local rainbow trout caught from nearby streams, but they also serve catfish, shrimp, steak, chicken, and more! We highly recommend their famous trout fritters– fresh Trout combined with a special mixture of potatoes, onions, and peppers, then fried to a golden brown and served with a homemade dill sauce. They’re absolutely delicious!

4. Local Goat

Local Goat restaurant in Pigeon ForgeLocals and tourists alike love Local Goat and its diverse menu, delicious drinks, and upbeat atmosphere. If you’re a couple who likes watching sports together, you can catch the game while you eat! We recommend starting with the cheese fondue, a warm beer cheese dip served with soft pretzels, French bread, and apples, or the steak nachos, made with juicy, marinated steak, melted cheeses, pickled red onion, cilantro, jalapenos, balsamic glaze, guacamole, and sour cream. Popular main dishes include jumbo wings, coconut fried shrimp, flame-grilled salmon, and the TN Whiskey Glazed Burger topped with smoked bacon, crispy onions, and garlic aioli.

5. Cliff Top at Anakeesta

Planning to visit Anakeesta? Then you must try the Cliff Top Restaurant and take advantage of some of the most stunning views of the Smoky Mountains! It’s the perfect date night spot, serving mouth-watering steaks, gourmet burgers, salads, and more. Eat your meal outdoors overlooking Gatlinburg and stay awhile enjoying a drink. And don’t forget dessert– The bourbon pecan pie is phenomenal!

6. Puckett’s Restaurant

PuckettsIf you’re looking for live music and great food in Pigeon Forge, Puckett’s is the place to go! Southern classics from fried chicken and smoked meatloaf to baby back ribs and country fried steak are what they do best, plus enjoy delicious burgers, salads, and starters such as pimento cheese bites and fried pickles. If you’re just there for the music, take advantage of their full bar menu. They have whiskey and beer flights, specialty cocktails, and more!

7. Preacher’s Smokehouse

Another hidden gem, Preacher’s Smokehouse is located in Sevierville on Pittman Center Road. This small family-operated joint proudly calls itself the best BBQ in the Smokies and is known for its in-house smoked meats, friendliness, and affordable prices. From smoked sausage to pork ribs and all of the sides, you can have the ultimate barbeque at Preacher’s!

You have a great list of the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains, now you just need to plan an itinerary of things to do for your couple’s getaway! Get some inspiration by checking out some of the best attractions for couples