We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews



$5 - $18
American, Bar
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
View all details
meals, features, about
Reviews (733)
Filter reviews
730 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Traveler rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews burger trout fries chilli cake the river fun to watch zip lining food was great lunch or dinner staff was friendly noc rafters kayakers rapids wesser adventure
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were seated quickly , I ordered a water and started to look over the menu. I got the Hiker Bites for an apptizer , they were very lightly battered and fried cauliflower bits in light buffalo sauce and green onion served with ranch. They...were so good even my dad liked them. I ordered for my meal the special which was a philly cheese steak with onion , mushroom, green pepper and fries. The cheese steak was THE BEST I'VE EVER EATEN ! It was packed full of a heaping pile of well seasoned steak, loads of cheese and veggies on a toasted roll. Even the fries were amazing I ordered them crispy and they were perfect. Crisp on the putside fluffy on the outside . Everything came out piping hot . My special and appetizer with tip was around $38 Will definitely be backMore

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had breakfast on a very busy Saturday morning. We we greeted, seated and served promptly. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Coffee was fresh and hot, and the breakfast was very good. Eggs, bacon, potatoes and a biscuit . We’ll definitely be...going back for lunch and dinner.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was pretty nice. the atmosphere was great. the only problem we had was that the outdoor seating was not really outdoors. Not enough fresh air. The food and the value for the food was good. I ordered their famous chicken sandwich. It was amazing....I would definitely go back again.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed March 23, 2022 via mobile

We came here for lunch after hiking in the area. The staff was so friendly and the food was amazing. I had “The best chicken sandwich” and my husband had the trout burger. Both were delicious and served with some of the best fries ever....We have 3 kids and they each ordered off the kids menu and are every bit of their meal. Walk around the property after or go on one of their adventures. The store was really awesome too and fun to see hikers from AT. Definitely eat here if in Bryson City!More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed January 4, 2022 via mobile

Beautiful views and delicious food! This is our second time here for vacation and love coming to eat here. Service was awesome! Everyone is very friendly

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed December 25, 2021 via mobile

Delicious food with gorgeous views of the river and very friendly staff. if they have the trout etouffee highly recommend it 👌

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed December 5, 2021

We tried the pizza, burgers and chicken tenders! Everything was great. Service was good and the location is beautiful for a lunch or dinner!

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed November 23, 2021 via mobile

We have been here many times, it’s one of our favorites. I usually get the trout cake sandwich, today it was exceptionally moist, prepared very well. The fries had a dusting of I believe cheese. My friend had a bowl of chili and a cheeseburger...both of which were nicely prepared. We were told there is a new chef. He stopped by our table to introduce himself and to check if we were satisfied with our meals. Chef, you did a great job! And, Krista our server was personable and gave us excellent service. We were very pleased and left there full and happy.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed October 27, 2021

Have eaten there many times Burgers usually great and fries Burger not good meat Fries were awful This meal was a big disappointment

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed September 19, 2021

On our way back from Gatlinburg we decided to stop ... we did get sat efficiently... my name was pronounced wrong... no big deal... we were sat on the patio... waiter seemed very sketchy ... the food was awful for price , steak sandwich ,...is not as described on menu... it was cold, cheapest steak , yuk . Wesser burger for me... beef was not fresh, onion was old . Sweet potato fries were edible. For the price, no. Just no. We were rushed, didn’t even have time to enjoy a warm cup of coffee before food was sat in front of us... patio is swarmed with yellow jackets,I’m Allergic ... so much we had to leave quickly. Not happy at all to pay what we did, will never return. Not recommended.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed August 30, 2021

Great food, great spot......wonderful lunch. My wife and I did the 10:30am ziplining canopy tour and decided to drive a few miles to this fun location for lunch. We made a good call.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 8, 2021

The River's End has been a staple for our family over the past 10-12 years. We always look forward to coming off the river and enjoying a delicious meal with a great view. Only disappointment this year was no Sherpas...need to come back!

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 7, 2021 via mobile

After our 9am 2 1/2 hr water rafting w/ NOC we walked over the bridge for lunch. Thank goodness we did because the Smokey Mt scenic train unloaded and people we’re everywhere! Our Lunch was the best! Trout cake on a gf bun the others...had burgers and beer. So nice to relax and enjoy the view!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed July 30, 2021

We were seated at a private outdoor table overlooking the Nantahala. The atmosphere was amazing! There was someone playing an acoustic banjo across the water and that just added to it. Our server, Brandt, was top notch! He yelled out to everyone on the river...to sing Happy Birthday to my 21 year old daughter, and they did! Precious memories. The food was great too! The fiery chicken was delicious!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 20, 2021 via mobile

Have been by this location a hundred times and this time we decided to stop. Wife, daughter and my twin grand daughters. Grownups had the wesser burger and fries and the twins had pizza. Our waitress Krista was great. The food was great plus we...where seated with a view of the river where you can watch the kayakers and rafters. Will definitely stop in again!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Lakeview at Fontana Inn & Treetop Soaking Cabanas
278 reviews
5.21 miles away
Scenic View Motel
69 reviews
9.61 miles away
Ridge Top Motel & Campground
164 reviews
10.17 miles away
Sleep Inn Bryson City - Cherokee Area
547 reviews
10.41 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Pizza By the River
82 reviews
1.47 miles away
Cardinal Coffee
31 reviews
3.31 miles away
Big Wesser Riverside Pub
99 reviews
.02 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Otter Creek Trout Farm
23 reviews
4.97 miles away
Nantahala River Gem Mine
48 reviews
.72 miles away
Nantahala Gorge Ruby Mine
34 reviews
.92 miles away
Nantahala Outdoor Center - Bryson City
1,275 reviews
.03 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
David D
October 16, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from charlesf930 | Reviewed this property |
I would be surprised if they do not. However, worst case is you order take out and eat by the riverbank with your 4 footed friend.
David D
October 16, 2018|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from bob b | Reviewed this property |
Service dogs, identified as such, allowed inside and out. Must be identified to management prior to entering. Other dogs are disallowed on the property.
June 2, 2018|
Response from I3154TKdougc | Reviewed this property |
Checkout the menu @ The NOC’s website. Several salads on the menu with”mixed greens”.
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Rivers End Restaurant

Yes, Rivers End Restaurant offers takeout services.

Rivers End Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5