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Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro

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137 Apple Valley Way, at the Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN 37882-3818
+1 865-336-2138
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Wed - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Atmosphere was pleasant, quiet. Staff was friendly. The meal was excellent! Focusing on simple Appalachian foods, it was anything but simple and most delicious. A chocolate tart finished our most enjoyable meal in the Smokies!

Thank Richard B
Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Southern cooking We had the ribs they were amazing Good atmosphere as well Lovely place to eat I would recommend it

Thank Seth O
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Can't say enough about our dinner. Everything was just exquisite. Started with the Blue Point oyster appetizer; large succulent oysters and dressed lightly, so you can enjoy the wonderful oysters for what they are. Wife had the Berkshire pork chop and I had the halibut. Both dishes were wonderfully appointed. Service was top notch. If you're visiting the Quieter Side... More 

Thank Walt A
Coronado, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

So I ordered "whole" sea bass. I kind of expected your standard prepared Sea Bass; you know, a thick slice typically pan seared. Well this was completely different and amazing! It was the entire fish and I don't know how they cooked it but it was absolutely amazing. They had put some type of rub on the entire fish and... More 

Thank Pete H
Upstate, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

...we stop at the Dancing Bear. You have a choice to dine outside on a terrace, inside or on a side covered porch. The restaurant itself looks like it was plucked from the Adirondacks with dark woods and a large field stone fireplace. It has a full service bar with and excellent bar staff. (A bar is unique in Townsend!)... More 

Thank Justaflyfisher
Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate at the Dancing Bear restaurant this past summer and were more than pleased. Excellent food and cocktails. The atmosphere was so lovely and quaint. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the peacefulness of the mountains. Our waitress was so sweet and hospitable. Definitely a different and unique dining experience for the area. A must try!

Thank Tristen C
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wanting nothing more than a hearty Appalachian meal, we were delighted with the sophisticated twist this place puts on local fare. The elk loin was superb. The wine list offered a wide array from which to choose, and the ambiance was artful but still cozy. Excellent!

Thank Trupack
Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing food, incredible location, and super attentive wait staff. Everything is locally sourced or grown on site, so it is amazingly fresh. We loved the perfectly seared scallops, rich and earthy mushroom toast, and trout so fresh it almost swam away! She has really inventive sauces that complement the tastes of the food and do not overpower. All in all,... More 

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Thank phillymcr
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't know why I waited so long to write this review, maybe it's because the fondness of this memory is hard to put into words. I was on a road trip with my (then) girlfriend, and after a great time visiting friends in Atlanta, I took her to the mountains that I love so much. We stopped for lunch... More 

Thank Cameron D
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was such a great family experience. We enjoyed the whole outdoor experience. We had two cabins on property. They are filled with luxury for the rustic atmosphere. We dinned at the Dancing Bear Lodge restaurant for two nights. Both being exceptional. We had a 6pm seating for our Thanksgiving meal. All of the food was great, the portions were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 137 Apple Valley Way, at the Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN 37882-3818
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Townsend
  • Phone Number: +1 865-336-2138
Dancing Bear Lodge's full-service restaurant, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, is one of the finest Townsend, TN area restaurants. It offers casually elegant, regional cuisine. Enjoy simple fare from a menu that is refined, but not fussy. Family and friends gathering for a fun meal as well as couples seeking a romantic dinner for two surrounded by wooded views, are equally at home here.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?