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Caro-Mi Dining Room

3231 US 176 Hwy, Tryon, NC 28782-8649
+1 828-859-5200
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible8%
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“country ham” (34 reviews)
“macaroni salad” (35 reviews)
“biscuits” (24 reviews)
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3231 US 176 Hwy, Tryon, NC 28782-8649
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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Waited over 2 hours for a table and were rudely "scolded"by manager for not making a reservation. We should have left then. Food is OK at best. Party of 5 were only served 4 biscuits and 4 pieces of chicken. When we called that to...More

Thank Ringart
David M, Public Relations Manager at Caro-Mi Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

We're sorry you did not have a great dining experience. We are wondering if you've mistaken us with another restaurant you have recently been. I'm David Morrow, the chef here, and I guess you didn't understand the menu, "4 pieces of chicken for 5 people?"...More

Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Absolutely the BEST fried chicken (half of chicken)! The BEST apples ever and with the delicious biscuits who needs any other dessert. The macaroni salad is perfect! Shrimp is perfectly fried delicious! We had 19 in our party and our waitress was superb! We will...More

Thank khumphries1
Reviewed 14 September 2017

we were excited about trying this place but the food is like cracker barrel, bland and dead. ambience is awesome.

Thank ranajnc
Reviewed 8 September 2017

We went with friends on a Sat. night. Made a reservation and was seated quickly. Beautiful stream in front. Folks like to sit in the rocking chairs but you'll have to wait on one. :) Food is served like the Daniel Boone Inn in Boone,...More

Thank MrsSally50
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

I have coming to CaroMi for decades. My parents brought us and now my adult child and us go at least 2-3 times a year. It's about an hour drive for us, but well worth it. The filleted trout and country ham are the best!...More

Thank Meby C
Reviewed 23 June 2017

For years I had heard about Caro-Mi from a friend who belongs to a local country club. I thought if she really liked this restaurant, it must be spectacular. So, when we received an invitation to join two other couples (one man was from Greenville...More

Thank Rupert227
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

The Caro Mi Dining room has been in business for over 50 years. The interior walls are solid wood panels. It is kind of a step back in time. It is along a small creek and the front porch has rocking chairs to enjoy the...More

1  Thank escott63
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

The first time there was a crowded night and neither the food nor service was impressive. Because of better experiences of others as related to me, I decided to try it again. Much better food and service. It's a rustic building in a nice setting....More

1  Thank Dick H
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We've been coming here for over 30 years and still today i long for the next visit and we drive from Greenville SC which is about 45 minutes. We love love love it - service is great, rarely have had to wait and if so...More

2  Thank Kaye N
Reviewed 13 April 2017

First time we went was great had big helpings , carried daughters tonight they wanted shrimps and scallops , when plate came out had 3 shrimp and 4 scallops , No where near the amount of food we had in November,The food was good but...More

Thank DALE G
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Lindsey M
20 October 2016|
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Response from David M | Property representative |
We don't have alcohol on the premise but we do allow brown bagging and we do have a small setup fee
16 October 2015|
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Response from David M | Property representative |
We also accept checks
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 14 - US$ 20
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3231 US 176 Hwy, Tryon, NC 28782-8649
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Tryon
  • Phone Number: +1 828-859-5200
CARO-Mi Lodge was established in 1945 at Highway 25 and Greenville Street outside of Saluda, NC. The original owners, the Mehaffeys, opened CARO-Mi Lodge during the months of June, July, and August, and worked the remainder of the year for the Florida East Coast Railroad in Miami, FL. Hence, the name "CARO-Mi" comes from the words "Carolina" and "Miami." Due to the Tennessee Valley Authority condemning much of the area in Polk and Henderson counties around the original location, CARO-Mi opened at its current location in 1957. The Mehaffeys retired from the railroad company and operated CARO-Mi full time. The guest rooms and cabins were gone and CARO-Mi Lodge became CARO-Mi Dining Room. The Mehaffeys retired from CARO-Mi in 1963 and since then the restaurant has changed ownership three times. The Stafford family has owned and operated the restaurant since 1990. We strive for each and every guest to have an enjoyable and memorable experience and leave with all their hunger needs fully satisfied. We invite you to enjoy Mother Nature's ambiance of the Pacolet River while relaxing in a rocking chair on our covered porch. Whether it is our Carolina country ham (cut and processed in our kitchen), fried fresh chicken, or our delectable mountain trout, among many other options, we're sure you'll enjoy and can't wait to come back for another meal. CARO-Mi is located in the heart of the Pacolet Valley, 3 miles outside of Tryon, NC, at 3231 U.S. Highway 176, Tryon, NC 28782. Reservations are not required but are recommended.
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