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.

Rivers End Restaurant

13077 Highway 19 W, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
+1 828-488-7172
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“burger” (118 reviews)
“fish tacos” (15 reviews)
Opens in 19 min
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
13077 Highway 19 W, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (620)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 617 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went during the week no wait we had the trout cake for an appetizer expected more for $8 needed more trout and needed more than 1 cake. Shared a pizza with the hubs little on the greasy side but the beer was cold would go...More

Thank Macmomma S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We happened upon this place while on our trip of Gorge...quick seating & got right where we could look at river..ordered some beers & a trout cake..I've had salmon & crab but never trout...thought a little pricey for one cake for 2 people, cut in...More

Thank EyeSeeUMyWay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Burgers, wraps, sandwiches, regular meals and such with a nice overlook of Nanatahala River at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Extremely busy, as it was Labor Day.

Thank floridasquid
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has great food at a great price and friendly staff. The local beers are excellent! Located right on the river, you have a view of the Nantahalla Outdoor Center.

Thank ajhatfi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The view while dining, relaxed atmosphere and fast and friendly service were the best things about this restaurant. Food was okay and filled us up after a long day of outdoor adventures but it was not great. I had Sherpa Rice and husband had Gorge...More

Thank Lesli F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had lunch here while in the Nantahala River area. Wife had the trout patty sandwich which was very good, but the French fries were not hot. I had the beef chill which had the right amount of spice. Little pricey for lunch but you are...More

Thank billreedred
Reviewed August 19, 2018

Love the food in this restaurant but the vegan options have slowly dwindled away. I wish they would increase those options as there are only 2 vegan options on the menu. When I first started going there (35 years ago) there were tons of options....More

Thank nitaruggiero
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

We stopped off here for lunch on our way back from Prayer Mountain. The food and service was great. We were seated next to the window and watched the kyakers float by. It was a fun place to dine at.

Thank D'Wayne H
Reviewed August 11, 2018

During this time of the year you can expect an extended wait. If you have the time do wait it out. Our meal was very good and the service was very acceptable. Try the Garden Chicken Wrap and Dragon Burger. Chase it with a Four...More

Thank kissyourdog
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

I kayak and wind up at this restaurant often out of convenience. I've found the pizza is the best thing on the menu, and it's best to order it to go. The service is usually bad, or just ok. I've had several other items on...More

Thank TravisTS
Nearby HotelsSee all 10 hotels in Bryson City
Lakeview at Fontana
246 reviews
5.22 miles away
Scenic View Motel
57 reviews
9.62 miles away
Riverbend Lodging
49 reviews
10.02 miles away
Ridge Top Motel & Campground
148 reviews
10.19 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Pizza By the River
62 reviews
1.48 miles away
Big Wesser
87 reviews
.03 miles away
Village Bistro
73 reviews
2.84 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Otter Creek Trout Farm
16 reviews
4.95 miles away
Nantahala River Gem Mine
35 reviews
.72 miles away
Nantahala Rafting with Adventurous Fast Rivers
793 reviews
1.41 miles away
Rolling Thunder River Company
388 reviews
2.22 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Sharon A
June 2, 2018|
Response from Doug C | Reviewed this property |
Checkout the menu @ The NOC’s website. Several salads on the menu with”mixed greens”.
August 17, 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from flnine300 | Reviewed this property |
They sure do.
Joyce c
August 3, 2015|
Response from Judy H | Reviewed this property |
I have ridden the train many times to the NOC and there really isn't enough time to eat there. It is best to eat at one of the kiosks on the train side of the river. That way, you still have a bit of time to walk around and... More
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $18
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13077 Highway 19 W, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Bryson City
  • Phone Number: +1 828-488-7172
  • E-mail
Located at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River, River's End Restaurant has been serving hikers, paddlers and everyone in between since 1972. From delicious trout cakes and New York style pizza to hand-pattied veggie burgers and the infamous sherpas, River's End Restaurant has a dish for everyone. The Nantahala River provides beautiful views and plenty of entertainment while dining from riverside seats at River's End Restaurant.Serving breakfast (March-October), lunch, and dinner. Open year round.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing