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“Best Restaurant in Townsend” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Dancing Bear Restaurant - CLOSED

The Dancing Bear Restaurant
137 Apple Valley Way, at the Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN
865-448-6000
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Cuisines: American
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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.
Townsend, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant in Townsend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

This is the best restaurant in Townsend, hands down. We live in Townsend and try to get there on a regular basis although the cost is a little more. The menu is small and varies with what is available. They use mostly local grown, fresh produce and top quality meats and fish. Definitely worth the price. They have a limited wine selection, but usually is very sufficient unless you are a wine snob. Limited dining room so make sure that you make a reservation. This is truly a great place and not just for special occasions.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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DancingBearOwner, Owner at The Dancing Bear Restaurant, responded to this review, October 5, 2011
Thank you for voting us the Best Restaurant in Townsend!

Best,

Matt Alexander
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Franklin, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

Our first time there (we were celebrating my son-in-law's birthday and there were 8 of us). Beautiful restaurant and grounds. Our table was ready when we arrived and the hostess was gracious and friendly. During the course of the evening, we had up to 5 waiters attending our needs. We lingered over fine wine, appetizers, soups, salads, 5-star entrees, and dessert. The chef, Jeff Carter, visited with us at our table, made personal recommendations about what to order, and checked back at least two other times to insure that everything was satisfactory. We all tasted a variety of appetizers and sampled entrees all around, and every single thing we tasted was indescribably delicious and expertly prepared. Our evening lasted a little over 3 hours and no one really wanted to leave. Don't miss this restaurant. It is truly 5-star.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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DancingBearOwner, Owner at The Dancing Bear Restaurant, responded to this review, October 5, 2011
Thank you for your review. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Best,
Matt Alexander
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Naples, Florida
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196 reviews 196 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 68 cities Reviews in 68 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
“Rustic, but elegant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

We enjoyed our dinner here. The food is anything but ordinary. A little pricey, but you have to pay for creativity, and well worth it. Service was very attentive, and the portion sizes were just right. We gave Chef Jeff a mango from one of our trees to create something special, and he came up with a wonderful creation for our dessert. We wish that he was open on Mondays-we'd dine with him again!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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DancingBearOwner, Owner at The Dancing Bear Restaurant, responded to this review, August 24, 2011
Dear Steelpanwoman,

Thank you for your review of both Dancing Bear Lodge and Dancing Bear Restaurant. Chef was excited to share his creativity with you. We are happy you enjoyed the special dessert and the overall dining experience.

Best,

Matt Alexander
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Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Top dollar in Townsend”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

Probably the most expensive restaurant in Townsend, but entrees, though limited in number, were excellent in presentation and flavor. Well kept rustic decor, very attentive service. Well worth a visit if your budget allows!

  • Visited August 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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DancingBearOwner, Owner at The Dancing Bear Restaurant, responded to this review, August 24, 2011
Dear Homepete,

Thank you for your review of Dancing Bear Restaurant. We are happy you enjoyed your dining experience. Please follow us on Facebook to find special tasting menus, events and holiday gatherings like our Labor Day "Burgers and Beer" party.

Best,

Matt Alexander
Managing Partner
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East Tennessee
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26 reviews 26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great restaurant with minor tweaks recommended”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2011

Great restaurant--a pleasant surprise for Townsend. The setting is gorgeous, service is attentive, ambiance is eloquent but laid back, and the food is delicious. My pork entree proved excellent. We have only two suggestions for improvements. First, my wife reported that her trout entree arrived just barely above room temperature. Second, I'd like slightly larger food portions, as I left hungry and fixed a sandwich after returning home. Overall our dining experience proved positive, and we'll return.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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