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The Dancing Bear Restaurant - CLOSED

137 Apple Valley Way, at the Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN
865-448-6000
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Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Dancing Bear Lodge's full-service restaurant and bar is one of the finest Townsend, TN area restaurants. Featuring the only full bar and wine program in the area, Dancing Bear Dining Room 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 on the deck as well as couples seeking a romantic dinner for two surrounded by wooded views, are equally at home here.
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Dancing Bear Lodge's full-service restaurant and bar is one of the finest Townsend, TN area restaurants. Featuring the only full bar and wine program in the area, Dancing Bear Dining Room 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 on the deck as well as couples seeking a romantic dinner for two surrounded by wooded views, are equally at home here.

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English first
Knoxville, Tennessee
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

It was recently announced locally that the Dancing Bear would not rebuild and reopen the restaurant portion of the business after the fire that destroyed it last fall. The cabin rentals will remain open.

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atlanta, georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Sadly, the Lodge and restaurant were completely destroyed by a fire November 2013. I have heard that the owners plan to re-build, but no date has been announced yet. Individual cabins on the property are still available for rent.

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Tennessee, United States
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We love eating and staying at Dancing Bear. The food is always wonderful. Those cheese puffs are divine. Have never had a bad dish after many, many visits. Probably the best pork chops we've ever had.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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60 reviews 60 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

We ate one night at the Dancing Bear. It is a restaurant in the Dancing Bear lodge. We did not have reservations here and when we arrived they seemed to indicate that we would have to wait because they were full. There were a few tables open that we could see, but they said those were reserved for guests of... More

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We stayed at the lodge for our anniversary and made dinner reservations at the restaurant. We had a lovely table beside the fireplace. The entire meal was delicious! From drinks to dessert. We began with the charcuterie plate. The ham and mustard were our favorites. My husband had a romaine salad and I had the apple salad. My salad was... More

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North Central Indiana
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145 reviews 145 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We wanted to enjoy a nice dinner with friends, but didn't want the typical tourist trap food you'd find in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. After reviewing the TA website, I decided to look at the Menu and boy was I glad I did. This place is wonderful! The best meal we had during our 5 day stay in the Smokey... More

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Panama City, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The food was excellent. A gem in the woods. Will definitely visit again. The lodge atmosphere is quiet and upscale. The "in jars" appetizer is very unique. We both had the New York strip and is was cooked perfectly.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Delicious appetizer! They were very accomodating of my vegetarian diet and came up with something yummy. Husband had the NY Strip and said it was delicious. Good wine, overall nice experience.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We are staying at The Dancing Bear. We only made reservations for one night but after last night's dinner we decided to come back tonight. Last night I had the New York strip with mushroom risotto and my husband had the trout with shrimp & grits. Both were excellent. Tonight my husband had the New York strip and I had... More

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nashville
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72 reviews 72 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

My wife and I were staying in a cabin in Townsend, and visited the Dancing Bear for dinner with friends. All four meals were excellent, as usual. (We have eaten there before). I had perfect duck breast, and the others had pork tenderloin and trout. All were very good. The appetizer (enough for all four) was the "in jars" pimento... More

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