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.
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