We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Tropical Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$
American, Cuban, South American, Central American
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
198 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC
+1 828-765-0909
Website
Sunday
Closed
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Description: Found high up on the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains, "The...
Found high up on the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains, "The Tropical Grill" is here to give you an unexpected dining experience. As you exit off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Spruce Pine, NC, go to "Upper Street" in downtown Spruce Pine, across from the Wells Fargo Bank. Tropical Dishes from around the world... Not found anywhere in the mountains and in some cases nowhere else in the Continental United States, unique and original. Dishes from Central America, Colombia, Cuba, the Caribbean, Asia and of course all your favorite Country Style American Home Cookin'. Lunch and dinner includes a full deli and grill with our Philly cheese steak, ruebens, burgers, paninis, Cuban sandwiches and our famous "Riveria". Tropical selections for lunch and dinner include: Fish Tacos, a complete vegetarian and gluten free selection, our famous Tropi-chop platter, Pollo ala Plancha, Steak Argentina and our popular Quesadillas. We have a full line of salads, including our Caribbean salad, our Asian salad and our Greek Salad. Our Quatro Leche dessert cake is to die for! Dine in or take out. Catering is our specialty. PURCHASE OUR GUATEMALAN IMPORT PRODUCTS TO HELP SEND PROCEEDS TO THE MISSIONS IN GUATEMALA. By purchasing our Import products, you are helping the Guatemalan people in many ways. First you help put monies into the Mayan economy. This provides economic opportunities for entire villages that otherwise have very little hope. Secondly, proceeds from your purchase go back to the missions in Guatemala that provide a much needed medical service and supply. But most important, understand it is our primary task to reach each Guatemalan with the "Good News" of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
read more
Good for:
Families with children
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 111 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 94
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Tropical grill

A nice different menu selection but it is ruined by the owner verbally abusing his staff. The blaring Fox News on the TV does nothing for the atmosphere

2 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2014
Joseph S
,
Spruce Pine, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
Add Photo Write a Review

111 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Spruce Pine, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A nice different menu selection but it is ruined by the owner verbally abusing his staff. The blaring Fox News on the TV does nothing for the atmosphere

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
OreoDunk, Owner at The Tropical Grill, responded to this review

Notice to all: This is a malicious review intended to boost the ratings of a restaurant nearby in our town. To the reviewer, your name is not Joseph S. and we know who you are. You told us, standing at our cash register, that you are giving false reviews under the fictitious name of Joseph S. to help another restaurant.... More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 via mobile

I came here to try a new place to eat with my best friend and it was a really good experience. The people that work their are very kind and the food was amazing! It was a very unique place. I will definitely be going back.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Nashville, Tennessee
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This restaurant will surprise you. Excellent fusion of American, Cuban and South American food. Small and friendly atmosphere with friendly owners, Excellent service. You may not expect to find something like this in Spruce Pine.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Spruce Pine, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The Columbian Cowboy ribeye served at the Tropical Grill is fantastic and served with sides that complement the meal perfectly.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Marion, North Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is a hidden treasure serving delicious South American and Caribbean food in Spruce Pine, NC. My son ordered a "Best Burger Ever", Paradise Burger: topped with bacon, mild pepper jack cheese, plantains, guacamole, and salsa. I ordered the mahi mahi tacos that were delicious . The menu offers a large variety of unique choices. The owners are very friendly... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Pleasantly surprised to find this delicious, home-cooked South American and Caribbean food in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Marion, North Carolina, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

A first time visit. Stopped by the restaurant on our way home from a fall trip on the Virginia Creeper Trail near Damascus, VA. Internet review ratings initially attracted us to this small but colorful restaurant. The hostess [owner?] was very friendly and helpful and the food was wonderful. A lot of unique choices on the menu. Worth going out... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
waynesville,nc
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a great restaurant with unusual dishes. I had the mahi mahi tacos which were delicious and my husband had the Cuban tilapia dinner which he thought the flavors were unique. The restaurant is small but very clean and nicely decorated. Highly recommend this restaurant for great flavors.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Raleigh, North Carolina
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My husband enjoyed the food, I on the other hand did not. My fair was overly greasy & salty. The location is intimate which is nice unless you have a loud table next to you. The outdoor seating is a joke. Right next to the bathrooms & the overhang is too small to keep you dry when it rains.

Was this review helpful? Yes
OreoDunk, Owner at The Tropical Grill, responded to this review

We here at the Tropical Grill are sorry that you did not enjoy dining here. However, it would have been common courtesy to tell us you didn't like what you ordered. We would have done everything we could to make you happy, offering you anything else in exchange or not charging you. But you said nothing to anyone. Like your... More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

We were heading to Spruce Pine and wanted to have lunch before going home. I saw the reviews and decided to try it. Since we are not familiar with Cuban food, the owner explained different items and was very helpful. We ordered the Riviera sandwich and the Cuban soup and sandwich, everything was great. Would drive an hour and a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed The Tropical Grill also viewed

Spruce Pine, North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Spruce Pine, North Carolina Smoky Mountains
 
Spruce Pine, North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Spruce Pine, North Carolina Smoky Mountains
 

Been to The Tropical Grill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 198 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Spruce Pine
  • Phone Number: +1 828-765-0909

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 16
  • Cuisine: American, Cuban, South American, Central American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating

Description

Found high up on the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains, "The Tropical Grill" is here to give you an unexpected dining experience. As you exit off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Spruce Pine, NC, go to "Upper Street" in downtown Spruce Pine, across from the Wells Fargo Bank. Tropical Dishes from around the world... Not found anywhere in the mountains and in some cases nowhere else in the Continental United States, unique and original. Dishes from Central America, Colombia, Cuba, the Caribbean, Asia and of course all your favorite Country Style American Home Cookin'. Lunch and dinner includes a full deli and grill with our Philly cheese steak, ruebens, burgers, paninis, Cuban sandwiches and our famous "Riveria". Tropical selections for lunch and dinner include: Fish Tacos, a complete vegetarian and gluten free selection, our famous Tropi-chop platter, Pollo ala Plancha, Steak Argentina and our popular Quesadillas. We have a full line of salads, including our Caribbean salad, our Asian salad and our Greek Salad. Our Quatro Leche dessert cake is to die for! Dine in or take out. Catering is our specialty. PURCHASE OUR GUATEMALAN IMPORT PRODUCTS TO HELP SEND PROCEEDS TO THE MISSIONS IN GUATEMALA. By purchasing our Import products, you are helping the Guatemalan people in many ways. First you help put monies into the Mayan economy. This provides economic opportunities for entire villages that otherwise have very little hope. Secondly, proceeds from your purchase go back to the missions in Guatemala that provide a much needed medical service and supply. But most important, understand it is our primary task to reach each Guatemalan with the "Good News" of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Tropical Grill staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?