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13077 Highway 19 W, @ Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713
8284887172
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Located at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala...
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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Good for:
Families with children

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great views!

The food was ok, but the place is a destination itself. We had lunch, and enjoyed watching the river. Great costumer service!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Good food and service. Nice atmosphere. Seating inside or out on patio along Nantahala River. Lots of hikers in the area crossing the Appalachian Trail. Would def go back to eat!

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Sanford, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Had breakfast and lunch there when we did our river to ridge tour at NOC, great service, great food, lots of variety on their menu

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Sitting by the river was great! It was fun to watch people by the river and kayaking. Very family friendly environment. The service was great, staff was friendly. We had the a lot of protein pizza which was delicious. They also serve local brews.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Sitting by the river was really nice. However, the food was subpar at best. My husband, mother, and father all had the trout sherpa. It was almost inedible. I had the special which was a chicken alfredo. It was just ok. We ordered a pizza for my 2 year old daughter. That was the best thing any of us ordered.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Not exquisite food but really good. Not pretentious about who they are. Order the sherpa. A wonderful rice combination with veg and cheese that we added black beans to. Filling! Service is great! But the best part is sitting right on top of the river. We were fortunate to have a thunderstorm roll in from the mountains. Sweet Josie beer... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The food was ok, but the place is a destination itself. We had lunch, and enjoyed watching the river. Great costumer service!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We had lunch here after Whitewater rafting. The Sherpa dishes are interesting - rice, beans, vegetables, meat and cheese. My son's BBQ pizza was also very good. Nothing fancy, but filling.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Great food, great service, and beautiful relaxing view. This is one of the few places I can honestly feel I can take my time. They didn't rush us out and they kept our glasses full. I could stay here all day watching the river run and they would let me! Love this placeď

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Great to sit on the deck and watch the river kayaking! Food was good. They had options for vegans and gluten free. This is such a great area to just relax and enjoy yourself!

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Nichols, South Carolina, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We planned a trip to Bryson City and planned to have breakfast at Rivers End, but we drove up and noticed the sign....OPEN every day 11:00-7:00. We were so disappointed!! Your information on tripadvisor says 8:00am-7:00pm. Maybe next time, now that we know.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 13077 Highway 19 W, @ Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Bryson City
  • Phone Number: 8284887172

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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