Gatlinburg Family Dining Choices

It’s very difficult not to notice on your way through Gatlinburg that we have a lot of restaurants in our city – quite a lot – so many, in fact, that our guests often ask us for recommendations as they’re not sure which ones to go with or where they might be found at.

In this article, we’ll do just that and give out some of our recommendations for restaurants within walking distance of us that can comfortably feed families small or large. You might notice there’s quite a few restaurants on this list because Gatlinburg Inn is in convenient walking distance to quite a lot of places!

Let’s take a look:


Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que

Address: 714 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 436-2400

Recommendations: BBQ Beef Brisket, Pulled Chicken, Smoked Sausage Sandwich, BBQ Combo

Notes: Two locations – one on River Road in Gatlinburg behind Ober Gatlinburg’s tram station and one in Pigeon Forge. Other restaurants owned by the same company are within proximity as well.

The Best Italian

710 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738  &

968 Parkway Suite #9, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 430-4090 and (865) 436-4345

Recommendations: Garlic Knots, Linguini & Clam Sauce, Spaghetti Marinara with Mushrooms, Pepperoni Calzone

Notes: Two locations pretty close to each other on the parkway in Gatlinburg. Their calzone is the biggest I’ve ever seen. I can’t eat it in less than 3 sittings.

Big Daddy’s Pizzeria

Address: 714 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 436-5455

Recommendations: Mamma Mia, Smoky Mountain Cheesesteak, Chicken Florentine, Build Your own Pizza

Notes: Two locations – one in Gatlinburg adjoining Bennett’s BBQ on River Road and one in Pigeon Forge. The Pigeon Forge location has an arcade

Bones BBQ Joint

Address: 231 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 325-1350

Recommendations: Billy Bob’s Rib Dinner, Big Bear Burger, Pork Special, Half/Full Slab of Ribs

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Address: 900 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 430-3034

Recommendations: Dixie Fishwich, Shrimper’s Heaven, Steamed Crab Legs, Jenny’s Catch With Lobster Butter Sauce

Notes: Yes, it’s named and themed after the Forrest Gump movie. Located at a very prominent corner of Downtown Gatlinburg. Has a happy hour.

Cherokee Grill & Steakhouse

Address: 1002 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 436-4287

Recommendations: Sunday Brunch, Rotisserie Chicken, Southern Fried Catfish, Prime Grade Ribeye Steak

Notes: Two locations – one in downtown Gatlinburg near to Stoplight #10 and one in Pigeon Forge at Walden’s Landing.

Crockett’s Breakfast Camp

Address: 1103 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone: (865) 325-1403

Recommendations: Elk Mountain Grande Burrito, White Oak Flats Eggs Benedict, Waffle of Insane Greatness, Jimmy Jose’s Scrambler

Notes: Breakfast and lunch only from 7:00AM to 1:00PM.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Address: 815 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 430-5700

Recommendations: Bacon Cheeseburger, Bacon Cheese Dog, Cajun-style fries, Veggie Sandwich

Notes: Fairly expensive compared to other burger chains, but well worth every penny too.

Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin

Address: 956 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone: (865) 436-2387

Recommendations: Cabin Breakfast, Reese’s Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Grandma’s Peanut Butter & Banana Pancakes, Walker’s Cabin Skillet.

Notes: Some really unique combinations and items here. Flapjack’s has multiple locations in Sevier County.

Howard’s Steakhouse

Address: 976 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 436-3600

Recommendations: Filet Mignon, Kansas City Strip, Slow Roasted Sirloin Of Beef Seasoned, Hot Steak Sandwich.

Notes: My wife says they have the best steak meat she has eaten in Tennessee, and she comes from a place that’s a lot richer in culinary skill and variety than the Smokies, so that really says something.

Johnny Rockets of Gatlinburg

Address: 735 Parkway #2, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 430-5844

Recommendations: Rocket Single/Double, Chili Cheese Hamburger, Philly Cheese Steak, Chicken Club Sandwich

Log Cabin Pancake House

address: 327 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 436-7894

Recommendations: Wild Blueberry Pancakes, Continental French Toast, Caribbean Pancakes, Log Cabin Walnut Pancakes.

Notes: Two locations – one in Gatlinburg up on Historic Nature Trail Road and one just as you enter Pigeon Forge from Gatlinburg. Well known for their pancake syrup. Has a lunch buffet.

Mellow Mushroom

Address: 903 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 277-0600

Recommendations: Build Your Own Pizza, Kosmic Karma Pizza, Pacific Rim Pizza, Funky Q. Chicken Pizza

Notes: Two locations – one in Gatlinburg in the Ole Smoky Moonshine complex and one in Pigeon Forge on the parkway. Very unique pizzas you can’t get anywhere else in the area.


Mountain Edge Grill

Address: 631 Parkway B4, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone: (865) 436-0013

Recommendations: Buffalo Burger Plate, Thunder Road Burger, Baskins Square Sandwich,  Mountain Supreme Pizza

Notes: Good casual restaurant, but may not be suitable for visitors who are claustrophobic. Space can be a bit tight.

North China Chinese Restaurant

Address: 639 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone: (865) 436-6572

Recommendations: Shredded Pork in Hot Szechuan Sauce, Chicken With Garlic Sauce, Thai Red Curry (Vegetable, Chicken, Beef or Shrimp), Lobster in Garlic Sauce

Notes: The only Asian food restaurant in Gatlinburg. Not a buffet, they cook your food fresh and hot for you specifically. Probably the oldest Asian food restaurant still standing in our county.

Pancake Pantry

Address: 628 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 436-4724

Recommendations: Swedish Pancakes, Austrian Apple-Walnut Crepes, Chocolate Chip Waffles, Pecan Pancakes

Notes: The most famous breakfast house in Gatlinburg. My personal favorite for breakfast.

The Peddler Steakhouse

Address: 820 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 436-5794

Recommendations: Custom Steaks Cut Tableside, Prime Rib, Signature Chicken Almond Soup, Oysters on Half Shell

Notes: This is somewhere you go to on a date. Wear nice clothes and put the napkin on your lap for crying out loud.

Smoky Mountain Brewery

Address: 1004 Parkway # 501, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 436-4200

Recommendations: Just about anything on there, really. They have a good selection of stuff and it’s usually of consistent good quality.

Notes: This is somewhere you bring friends and family for a beer and music.

Texas Roadhouse

Address: 1019 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 430-4284

Recommendations: Country Fried Sirloin Dinner, Mushroom Jack Chicken Sandwich, BBQ Ribs, Ft. Worth Ribeye Combos

Notes: Excellent bread served with cinnamon butter. Their zesty sauce is quite good too, though some might want to take an antacid tablet afterwards as it is definitely zesty. Recommended all the same though.


Tom & Earl’s Back Alley Grill

Address: 651 Parkway #110, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone: (865) 325-6022

Recommendations: Earl’s Favorite Burger, Sloppy Jethro Manwich, Bust it Big BBQ, Beer Battered Fries.

Notes: Has music performing outside by local musicians during certain times of the year and week.


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