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Reviewed 1 week ago

You need to call and make reservation or call last minute to get in. Worth going. Dining room is beautiful and meals are amazing. Trout and prime rib are perfect. Meals come with dessert and bar is stocked and fun. Great for families. After dinner,...Explore the 100 year old inn and grounds. Lots of twist and turns and a step back in time.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed May 24, 2022 via mobile

My wife and I were on vacation near Bryson City and were looking for a place to have a nice dinner. We found this place on the internet and thought it looked like a very cool atmosphere, so I made a reservation for the next...evening. We arrived early and the minute we walked up to check in the lady told us just a minute so she could seat the person that arrived before us which was perfectly fine. We waited and waited and waited for her to come back to no avail so since we were early we went to the bar to have a drink while we waited. We stood there for several minutes while servers passed us by without even asking what we needed. Finally I stopped one and asked if we needed to order at the bar or just take a seat, she took my wife's drink order and gave me a drink menu. We sat down at a table and after quite a long time were not waited on, this place was not extremely busy on the bar side or restaurant side. We were really looking forward to eating here but after being virtually ignored for over 30 minutes we left, disappointed and aggravated. Just a footnote we are very patient people and I very rarely give a bad review unless it is well deserved, this is one of those.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed September 21, 2021

Although plentiful (dinner entrees served with soup, salad, three sides and dessert), the entrees were mostly over- or under-cooked, and tough and chewy. I turned back two breakfast entrees (pancakes and French toast) as both were burned. The prime rib au jus barely hit a...hot oven it was so raw and bloody; I turned that back twice. The rainbow trout with mushrooms in wine sauce was so tasteless as to be unrecognizable as trout. My husband found two different cuts of steak on different evenings to be gristly and lacking seasoning, and grilled chicken breast dried out. On a positive note, the lamb shank and chicken tapenade were nicely prepared and very tasty. The waitstaff was ever accommodating and always offered to have food re-cooked or replaced as needed. Because we were staying at the inn, our meals were included in the daily rate. We were happy to leave generous gratuities to the waitstaff for their good service. Our AAA guide book gives the restaurant two out of five diamonds, which is just about right. Only one vegan entree was offered at dinner. There was no apparent menu for children. No one wore a mask in the dining room or elsewhere at the inn during our stay. Although the restaurant is open to the local community, it did not appear to be ADA compliant or have any facility to accommodate the physically challenged.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed July 27, 2021 via mobile

Decent food, good service, great atmosphere. We mostly like to go there not for the food but for the atmosphere of this old 1923 inn. The food is well prepared but nothing fancy. My go-to meal is the pecan crusted trout and my husband's the...lamb shank. Sides served family style were scalloped potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower with a cheese sauce and overly sweet glazed carrots. The meal also came with a soup (corn chowder) and a salad with your choice of dressing (3 of them are homemade). And dessert - we chose a Tollhouse pie a la mode. We'll definitely eat there again, it's a nice experience once in a while.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 9, 2021

We were looking for a dinner spot after enjoying the great outdoors in the area and made a reservation. When we got there, the dining room had a nice country feel and we were greeted warmly. Our waiter was pleasant and brought drinks and bread....That was the beginning of a very good and filling dining experience. The rolls were surprisingly fresh and warm. That was followed by corn chowder AND salad, both good. My wife had a delicious chicken dish and I chose one of six trout preparations, Pecan crusted. Both were simply delicious. The topper was the homemade peach cobbler, also included with the meal. We were both stuffed with delicious country cooked meals in a quaint setting. If you are looking for something fancy, go to Asheville.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 5, 2021

I had the privilege of dining here this weekend and it is a very lovely historic hotel / restaurant central to downtown Bryson City. You could wear casual or dressy attire and fit in just fine. They are able to accommodate your group no matter...small or large. I highly recommend making a reservation as much in advance as possible. The menu had an assortment of delicious options and I was especially pleased with all was provided with the meal. My experience was a table of 2, but each person got their own soup, salad, entrée, dessert and 3 family style sides to share all for the listed price. They also have a children's menu and saw many families present. There is a bar you could arrive early or stay late to enjoy. The staff is also very friendly, helpful, and hardworking. If you would like, you can walk thru the hotel and see some of the historic artwork that is represented and sit in the lobby. I would highly recommend and would dine here again!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed June 19, 2021

We celebrated our anniversary at the Fryemont. Our waiter struggled with the whole meal. We ordered a bottle of Biltmore wine, we got three glasses of house wine. I asked again for Biltmore, he brought their cheaper house wine but didn't know how to use...the wine opener. This is not his fault, he was only 19. It is management's fault for improper training. Our food was mediocre at best. Tasteless trout with canned vegetables that didn't go with fish...mac and cheese and lima beans. Not a good place to eat.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 19, 2021

We picked this place for the heritage restaurant for a nice anniversary dinner. The server was very new but tried very hard to make our experience good. We had to educate him on how to open a bottle of wine without trashing the cork. The...trout required seasoning as we tried several versions and the sauces were poor. The sides were bland. The owner needs to train the service help for a great experience. This dining experience was mediocre. We feel that it will take time before we return to this restaurant. This is not fine dining.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 15, 2021 via mobile

For the life of me I do not understand why anyone would recommend this restaurant. We were a table of nine with five men and four women. The soup, salad and vegetables were mediocre at best. The vegetables served in bowls were not enough for...our table and we never saw our server while we were eating to ask if we needed anything or even refill glasses. Everyone enjoyed their entree except me. I had the pork and it was so tough I couldn’t cut it with the knife provided and tasteless to boot. I told the server when she finally showed up and took away my full plate. She said she would tell them so shame on them if she did. Still charged full price so what do you do? We normally tip about 30% but she did not get any from us which I hate to do. If we’d at least been given a discount she would have got full tip. The blackberry cobbler was very good. First and last time for us at this restaurant. Sorely disappointed!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 3, 2021 via mobile

They prepare trout six different ways. We tried two of them and they were both very good. Dinner price includes entree, soup, salad, sides and dessert. Service was excellent.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed March 22, 2021 via mobile

My family and I have always enjoyed vacationing in the Smoky Mountains and no trip would be complete without a stop at the Fryemont! Aside from the charming feel of another era, the dining experience is top notch. The dinner menu offers a wide selection...for any palate. The fresh trout can be prepared many ways, however, I recommend the pecan crusted. The braised lamb shanks would also be high on my list. Full breakfast is also served and a fantastic way to start the day before exploring the amazing Smokies. Fryemont...a must stop for a complete dining experience in a vintage Inn. See you again soon!More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed October 30, 2020

We started staying at Fryemont in 1999 and stayed there until 2015. We left only because we could not get a long term deal and we now spend 4-5 months in Bryson City. We do return to Fryemont once or twice a year for dinner...as we love George's prime rib.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed October 10, 2020 via mobile

The food just wasn't very good. Couldn't eat my white lettuce-laden salad and fish was fresh but barely seasoned. Friendly staff but mask wearing was not enforced as customers strolled through restaurant without them and even some staff. Some just wore face shield without mask....They do sanitize and wipe menus and tables between customers. Outdated decor matched the outdated menu. Drinks were ok though. Not as nice of a dinner as I'd hoped but Everett Inn was fully booked.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 8, 2020

Decided to go out for dinner our last night in Bryson City, and called Freymont Inn after reading several reviews. Due to Covid restrictions they said they could try and work us in. We went a little early and ordered cocktails in the bar. There...was a vacant table in the bar, we were able to order and have dinner there. The bartender/waiter was terrific and was able to manage the bar and our dinner orders easily. We had the prime rib and pecan coated trout and both were wonderful. Really enjoyed our meal and the service.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 7, 2020

We came from out of state and of course had no reservations for being seated in their Dining Room. But they were so courteous for accommodating us at the bar, where we received the menu and ordered our dinner. The food was excellent too, very...delicious. Highly recommend this to others traveling to Bryson City!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Not sure. We’ve never been there on Thanksgiving, but the inn is probably our favorite place to eat.
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