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Trailhead Steakhouse

7839 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, TN 37882-4032
+1 865-448-0166
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“steak” (401 reviews)
“trout” (201 reviews)
“garlic fries” (35 reviews)
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12:00 PM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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7839 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, TN 37882-4032
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Reviewed yesterday

I am not sure why people give this place such good reviews. The wait staff were competent, the wait was horrible and the food only average. Waiting over an hour (we were told 30 minutes) to be seated would be acceptable if the food was...More

Thank William B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After hiking all day and hoping to see more bears following the Cades Cove loop, we needed a convenient and replenishing meal. We couldn’t drive all the way back to Gatlinburg as our hike was near Townsend and make it back to Cades. We noticed...More

Thank lbarrbarr2277
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We come to Townsend twice a year and we eat here at least once every time! It’s always great. The fish and steak are always fresh and good. Service is good and the restaurant and restrooms are clean and neat. Great stop!

Thank Jared R
Reviewed 5 days ago

It is nice to have correctly cooked seafood near The Smoky Mountains! You can't go wrong with the trout! And the steaks are exceptional as well. We had courteous service with a smile, in a relaxed atmosphere!

Thank TNtravles
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Liked it so much I ate there both nights I was in Townsend. Hamburger steak with grilled onions, green beans, loaded potato! Very nice and accommodating staff.

Thank djfisher1212
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a visitor to the nearby Smoky Mt NP, my Best Western hotel was directly across the road from The Trailhead, and after consulting TA I thought this was fortuitous. I was in the mood for beef, but found a few things about their offerings...More

Thank John O
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in for a late lunch after a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The catfish was delicious and the portions were large. I don't understand the negative reviews about service, because we found the staff to be friendly and very attentive....More

Thank Bob C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great restaurant for Townsend. If you are up here fly fishing the easiest way to a trout dinner Is to order it at Trailhead! I had the Cajun style this time with garlic fries and Caesar salad. All delicious. Dad had the fried trout which...More

Thank jimmyjames04
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was a solid 4. We had trout and a hamburger and both were good but nothing that makes it a 5. Vegetables were good and salad bar were fresh and good as well. So why the 3...the service was not good. It wasn't...More

Thank Mickey B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Almost thought we were not going to find a nice place to eat when we stumbled upon this place. Rolls with sweet butter came first. My steak was tender, moist, and tasty. I had the broccoli cheese soup which was good. Cosy atmosphere and we...More

Thank MidnightGardener01
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19 May 2017|
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Response from gypsyiam | Reviewed this property |
They have entertainment quite a bit. I live in the area and have been there frequently when they had music. Might check their website to see if they share who they have playing and when.
Marcia N
17 June 2016|
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Response from Margaret M |
Reservations are always recommended. 5:00 may not be too busy but at times (and it's hard to say when during season) the wait can and has got up to 2 hours.
Pat W
9 April 2016|
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Response from Julie S | Reviewed this property |
Yes we sure do just call one or two days ahead so they will be ready for
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7839 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, TN 37882-4032
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Townsend
  • Phone Number: +1 865-448-0166
At Trailhead we focus more on the quality and perfection of our food and service than anything else. Our prices are the same or cheaper than all of our local competitors. Only difference is we try to offer more of a fine dining restaurant experience such as decorating our plates and the table cloths and candle light adds a very lovely touch. For the same price we pamper you with our generous hospitality. Come give us a shot, your Trailhead Steak & Trout House. Steven Haley (General Manager) has had excessive feedback from folks wondering why there was not a TRAILHEAD STEAKHOUSE in other areas, so keep an eye out for a TRAILHEAD STEAKHOUSE coming to a town near YOU!
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