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“Must-See Views, Good Food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pisgah Inn Restaurant

Pisgah Inn Restaurant
408 Blue Ridge Parkway, Blue Ridge Pkwy., Waynesville, NC 28786
(828) 235-8228
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Ranked #7 of 96 Restaurants in Waynesville
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
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138 restaurant reviews
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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
“Must-See Views, Good Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

The Pisgah Inn Restaurant on the Blue Ridge Parkway is only open between May and the end of October. It has a rustic theme featuring metal rhododendron chandeliers and walls of glass which offer sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. It is an older, simpler construction--nothing fancy. This is a special place where locals usually go at least once during its open season, especially if they have guests from out of town. The dress code is casual. There is a gift shop next to the restaurant where you can browse while waiting featuring Biltmore Estate wines, locally made crafts such as pottery and jewelry, books, toys, sweatshirts and t-shirts, stained glass items, and postcards, etc.

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner due to being part of the Pisgah Inn. We have had lunch and dinner there but not breakfast. The restaurant does not take reservations. If you arrive at 5 pm for dinner, you can expect to wait in a crowd of people for quite awhile until the dining room fills up. There is a small deck outside the restaurant where a cash bar is set up with limited selections of beer and wine if you'd like some while you wait. Service is SLOW, so don't go there when you're in a hurry or have any deadlines to meet. You will most likely not see your server often, so be sure to ask for whatever you need when you do see him.

Thankfully, the food is good. Our favorites include the Fried Green Tomato appetizer, Parmesan Peppercorn salad dressing, mountain trout, Pisgah Pasta, and French silk pie. We have also had a key lime pie there with a macadamia nut crust that is really good. The apple dumpling and coffee are disappointing. The coffee is bitter and way too strong. I don't mean Starbucks strong, I mean that it is just bad.

By the way, the elevation at Mt. Pisgah is higher than the surrounding areas in Waynesville, Brevard, Hendersonville, and Asheville, so that means it can be chilly or cold there even in the summer in the mornings or evenings. Be sure to take a warm jacket even if it's warm before you go.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Beatuful place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

I have been viviting this area for many years and the location and the beauty are amazing. The inn is always bustling with visitors looking to stretch their legs or wanting to get something to eat. Well you have picked a great place to do both. The food is very good and the view never stops just amazing, with all of the history that surrounds this area it is a great place to visit and spend some time on the hiking trails.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jupiter, Florida
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“Place of Hospitality”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We always try to stop by the Inn for lunch when we are driving the Blue Ridge. It has a dining room with a wall of windows to see the beautiful view. Fall is one of my favorite times as you can see all the colorful leaves. This year, hurricane Sandy crashed against a winter storm and so there was snow on the Blue Ridge at the end of October. We drove up to the Inn to see the snow covered trees and discovered that they had decided 3 hours earlier that morning to close up, a week early due to the storm. The manager, however, took us in and fed us a wonderful lunch, hot soup and all. That is the way to develop loyalty!

Visited October 2012
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Pickens, South Carolina
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“Fall and Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

The Pisgah Inn Restaurant is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western NC. We went to view the fall leaves but got an additional treat there. I had the baked chicken with collard greens and pumpkin bisque. My husband got bratwurst with German potato salad and saurkraut. We both had their delicious yeast rolls. The baked chicken was seasoned and cooked just right. My husband's bratwurst was good but the potato salad wasn't quite as good as it should have been and the saurkraut tasted like it was taken directly from a can, heated and served. Our waiter was very courteous, efficient, and attentive and the views of the mountains at 5,000 feet was magnificent. All in all it was a lovely meal.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Dissappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Having stayed at the Pisgah Inn for the past eight years, the quality of the food has slowly been declining. On our last stay two weeks ago the only food worth any mention was the excellent appetizer "Fried Green Tomatoes" and the pumpkin soup. The southern fried chicken was also very good, moist, crispy and reasonably tasty. However, the beef brisket was smothered in a greasy, tasteless gravy, the vegetable every night was squash, fine if you like squash and even acceptable if you don't. There is always the option of a salad or soup, but squash every night of the 5 nights that we stayed there? The Pisgah pecan salad with chicken was only sparsely graced with small pieces, (1/4" to 1/2") of not very tasty chicken devoid of spices, herbs or any flavor, but the salad was predominately pasta, which did not provide much in the way of nutrition for those that hike or even walk during the day. And for the prices they charge for the entrees anyone expecting a bit more quality in the food would be considered unreasonable.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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