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“Good but small venue, good food, good service.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bryson City Cork and Bean

Bryson City Cork and Bean
16 Everett St, Bryson City, NC 28713
+1 828-488-1934
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Ranked #3 of 51 Restaurants in Bryson City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: American, Organic, Bar, Eclectic
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Happily serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Weekend Brunch. The focus behind the Cork & Bean was to create a place for locals and weekenders alike to gather and enjoy gourmet coffee, fresh foods and a fantastic wine and beer selection. The Cork & Bean offers great food prepared with the finest ingredients, including locally grown, and organic produce, cheeses and baked goods. With their personal commitment to the environment and community, Ron, Scott, Mark, Kim and the Cork & Bean team strive to engage in sustainable business practices. This great Bryson City dining option is sure to please you and your family every time you come in.
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“Good but small venue, good food, good service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The Bryson City Cork and Bean is located in two separate buildings in downtown Bryson City near the river and across from City Hall. The restaurant is divided into two separate parts, ie the Cork and the second part, the Bean.
Both are located in renovated historic former business buildings. Visitors park downtown, enter thru the corner or end building which makes up the Cork. The Cork is the bar area with a few tables and some comfortable chairs, nice bar with a few stools, flat screen tv's and good wait staff. The bar area appears to seat about 20. The restrooms are located in this section of the business.
We actually arrived a few minutes before 5 pm and the dining half of the business does not open until 5 pm. This is not noted in ad's or their website as of the date of our visit. We took in the football game and enjoyed our supper drinks of sweet tea and Coke. Can't help you with the liquor, but I suspect that it is the same everywhere.
Once the restaurant opened, guests walked thru the bar area into the next building to a well restored beautiful brick and wood renovation. Tables were available seating two or four with several pulled together for a larger dining party. The Bean takes call ahead waiting. Seating for about 40 to 50.
Our waitress was really good with service and recommendations from the menu. The Bean had a hostess that seated us and at least 3 wait staff on duty during our early evening visit. The dining theme is a garden to table concept. The menu was 3 pages attached to a clipboard. Our waitress advised that 2 of the 3 pages of menu items were always served and that the 3rd page of menu items was changed every few days.
The menu ranged from soups, salads to sandwiches to dinner plates. It is not a traditional southern fare menu. That said, the items that we enjoyed were really fresh and good. The chicken sandwich was recommended and it was indeed good. Desert was great.
The Bean does not serve baked potatoes or fries other than the sweet potato fries, which one of our party really likes and enjoyed with their meal.
The dining room has a door to use to exit the Bean. It is the original entrance to the second building that makes the dining room and kitchen. The floors, lights, walls, etc are really nicely done and make for an appealing place to dine.
Again, the menu is not for everyone. We noticed a couple that quickly and quietly departed after viewing the menu. Perhaps it was the dining choices, the prices or both. The prices are reasonable to the high side.
In summary, a very nice restoration and a good dining choice when in Bryson City. We will visit again.
Tip- The dining room is small and seats perhaps 50 at best. I do not know how loud it would be with a full dining room. That said, recommended that you arrive early for supper at 5 to 6.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Ontario
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“Bryson City Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Our family of 4 were staying in Bryson City after hiking in the Smokies and were in desperate need of some nourishment. We were about to go into an Italian restaurant across the street when we decided to look at the menu of Cork and Bean which is in a really great building. We were so glad we did.
The food was the best we had on our entire trip (we were on our way to Florida and Georgia). They use entirely fresh, in season ingredients in simple but extremely tasty dishes. The service was extremely friendly and knowledgable.
Who knew such culinary skills existed in such a tiny place! I would return to Bryson City simply to have dinner here again. I would also like to experience breakfast next time too!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“We Felt Like We Were In Our Living Room”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We happened on the Cork and Bean after we'd already had dinner somewhere else. But we wanted dessert and were attracted to the appealing interior of the main restaurant area. We plopped down in some over stuffed living room chairs and ordered a glass of very nice, dry pinot. Now for the desserts! I had the carrot cake and my wife had bread pudding. We relaxed and sipped our wine remarking on how we wished we'd eaten our dinner here, too. The desserts arrived and wow, were we happy with our choices! The carrot cake was excellent with a very sweet, creamy icing which, in my opinion, makes or breaks carrot cake. My wife loved her choice as well. The staff was super friendly and we felt like old friends or long-time customers though we had just stopped in. Next time we're in Bryson City - we will absolutely have our dinner at The Cork & Bean.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“We enjoyed a craft beer and an appetizer after our trip on GSMR”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We arrived around 3:30pm. We had just completed our beautiful day on the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad. We were searching for some local beer and maybe a snack before our ride back home. We lucked up when we found this place. The football game was on and they told us they would certainly change the television near us if there was a game on of our liking. I thought that was a special touch. We ordered 2 beers and a quesidellia. The food was really great. Special sauces & homemade salsa. They were a special group to be near. Very professional and very friendly. We would certainly go back for a visit.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Wonderful atmosphere and excellent food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

The food was good, service was good. The rice, trout, and asparagus were very well cooked. The building was beautiful. The hardwood and brick walls made the atmosphere.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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