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Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro

7140 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, at the Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN 37882-3818
+1 865-336-2138
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good13%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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7140 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, at the Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN 37882-3818
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While I was in the Maryville area in TN, we went twice to this fabulous restaurant. It is casual but very classy. Just a lovely area to enjoy a special meal. One time we ate indoors, the other time out on the deck. Service was...More

Thank FreeSpirit33527
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful restaurant ! Food was wonderful and the atmosphere relaxing, wait staff was awesome. If you can get a seat outside its the best

Thank thamacher78
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved the bistro, the fare and the fine service. The environment was lovely...a setting in the woods...and they appear to be expanding the restaurant. The prices were a bit high, but do-able. The service was far above the norm and the entrees worthy of...More

1  Thank okeedoke
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We travel to Gatlinburg a lot, and a friend recommended we try Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro. It was fantastic! A bit of a drive from Gatlinburg, but so worth it! We both had the filet which was incredibly tender. Our drinks were fun, and the...More

Thank mjernigan2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was by far the best restaurant in the area. Beautiful inside and out. The menu was a nice surprise as well, upscale food and delicious.

Thank Aworld2explor
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful indoor and outdoor atmosphere with a delicious a-typical menu. Flavor packed dishes can be followed by a seat around the fire pit. Choose to eat outside and you can probably even bring a well-behaved dog. Last couple of times we went, there were outdoor...More

Thank KathiOH1
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went to the Dancing Bear for our Anniversary. There was a wedding going on that Saturday evening which made the place look even more enchanted. Way back in the woods in this rustic retreat. The parking was terrible. Not only is it a rough...More

Thank SuzanB76
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Delicious!!!! Had a blast at the bar! Great music. I definitely recommend and will go back soon myself!

Thank TarahVG
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Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Wonderful dinner by an excellent chef. The fried oyster appetizers and steaks were awesome. My husband had the potato crusted halibut which he thought was incredible. I was not a fan of the creme brûlée which was runny but the pecan torte was delicious. Will...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 18 May 2017

My husband and I were staying at the Dancing Bear Lodge for two nights before moving over to Blackberry Farm for a wedding weekend. We decided to try the Bistro and were blown away with the sophisticated artistry of the food. I had the surf...More

Thank Ellen K
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Orlando A
Is there a dress code?
18 December 2016|
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Response from Kathy M | Reviewed this property |
When we visited there was no apparent dress code - customers were dressed from the very casual to quite dressy.
Stacey A
Can you bring your own wine for a corkage fee, and if so, how much?
7 July 2016|
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Response from Annikay30 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Stacey, I'm not sure. However they do have a well rounded, diverse wine list available.
Doris G
Cost of Thanksgiving meal?
13 August 2015|
Response from DancingBearLodge | Property representative |
It is 5 courses for $55. We have the menu posted on the website. Thanks, hope to see you there!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 50
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
Good for
View, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
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: 7140 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, at the Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN 37882-3818
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Townsend
  • Phone Number: +1 865-336-2138
  • E-mail
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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