Like the other reviewers have commented, this restaurant is definitely set in a more "rustic" environment. We're locals and are somewhat used to the middle of nowhere feeling of the Cave. Richland itself is not a hopping town and if you haven't read the TripAdvisor reviews, you may think that you missed the restaurant because it's down a dirt road. If you're driving at night, heed caution and if you go during the winter and it's icy, you may want to go another day. As the other reviewers mentioned, you park your car in their gravel parking lot and wait for one of their routinely running mini-van "shuttles" to take you to the cave. It's not a place to get dressed up to go to, but there was another couple in the van with us and the girl wore high heels; which didn't bode well for her.
The restaurant itself is nothing less than wonderful. After 6 months eating at the same old crap in the Waynesville area, going to the Cave Restaurant provided a variety menu with nearly limitless options. There are a lot of people who come to the area for the experience; the table behind us was from New Zealand. I got a ribeye since they were sold out of the Prime Rib Special. The Ribeye was nothing special and needed some improvement on the seasoning. The potato wedges were AWESOME and we really liked their homemade dressings. Everything served at the cave seemed homemade. My wife got a chicken dish with mashed potatoes and bread-stuffing; which she thoroughly enjoyed and the servings were very generous. We didn't get dessert, but next time we're going to try the homemade bread pudding. Service at the restaurant was great, even though it was one of their busiest nights in months. My wife and I visited the candy shop at the end of the evening and took home fun dip candy and a Clark bar (to give you an idea of what they sell). Overall, it was a great evening. The prices were fair if you consider what it takes to get the food to their restaurant and prepare the homemade items. We'd strongly recommend it and hope to go sometime during the Christmas season. We will surely bring out of town guests there to entertain.
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