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Rivers End Restaurant

13077 Highway 19 W, @ Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
+1 828-488-7172
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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13077 Highway 19 W, @ Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Always eat here when coming to NOC. NICE VIEWS IF RIVER AND NOC CENTER. Today I had the Vegan Sherpa Rice. Excellent. Wished they had some type of bread to serve with dish. Toasted garlic bread would be great!

Thank Travelshares S
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

We loved this small but charming place to eat. this place gives some of the best in San Fran a run for there money. the view of the river and ocean are amazing.

Thank familytimefun
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch while on vacation in the area. Quick service with great views of the river action. The trout sandwich was outstanding! We plan to stop again while on this trip.

Thank Greg L
Reviewed 26 July 2016

I ordered an appetizer of the tater tots with black bean chili on top, and the others at the table laughed it off until they tried it. I was amazed. I think I could eat them every day. The only issue was that the tots...More

Thank TEntwistle
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Good food. Good selection w/ pizza, burgers, wraps, salads ect. Great location by the river with outdoor seating available. Our waitress was great.

Thank Tim G
Reviewed 25 July 2016

They had an all-you-can-eat buffet on King Crab Legs but we chose fish dinners and their hush puppies were the BEST ever and I am NOT a fan of those. The service was excellent as well as their food!

Thank Rocknrollheart
Reviewed 25 July 2016

The food was good, quick and well made. Expect some waiting as this is a very busy place at NOC with the train stop and rafters coming in to eat. Our wait was maybe 20 minutes and the service was much quicker. If you plan...More

Thank Piratesgold
Reviewed 23 July 2016

Casual natural beauty and lovely foods. A Must Stop for really good grub! Located right in the middle of the Appalachian Trail and overlooking the Nantahala River, tourists, hikers, campers, paddlers all come here for a bite of good nourishment.

Thank Joi42
Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

The best breakfast I've eaten in the Smokies. Beautiful view from our table. Staff is very accommodating and professional. They kept my cup full of hot coffee, we will eat here again.

Thank hntrdn
Reviewed 21 July 2016

Entertaining view of the river. Facility very aged, poor service, ok food. It was fun to sit outside...inside not appealing

Thank 2narinari
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Joyce c
If we are riding the train and there is a layover there, do we have enough time to order and eat before the train leaves? We were there once before and had to wait a long time for our food.
4 August 2015|
Response from Judy H | Reviewed this property |
I have ridden the train many times to the NOC and there really isn't enough time to eat there. It is best to eat at one of the kiosks on the train side of the river. That way, you still have a bit of time to walk around and... More
Keri H h
Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio? We have not been to Nantahala for years but used to love eating at Rivers End with our dog in tow.
11 February 2015|
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Response from Terri G | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. But I know Bryson City is a pet friendly town.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Television
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13077 Highway 19 W, @ Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Bryson City
  • Phone Number: +1 828-488-7172
  • E-mail
Located at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River, River's End Restaurant has been serving hikers, paddlers and everyone in between since 1972. From delicious trout cakes and New York style pizza to hand-pattied veggie burgers and the infamous sherpas, River's End Restaurant has a dish for everyone. The Nantahala River provides beautiful views and plenty of entertainment while dining from riverside seats at River's End Restaurant.Serving breakfast (March-October), lunch, and dinner. Open year round.
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