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Caro-Mi Dining Room

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3231 US 176 Hwy, Tryon, NC 28782
Wed - Fri 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Expected fresh well-prepared trout. Served dry, rather tasteless trout. De-boned table-side, which is a plus. Fried apples excellent, as well as unusual outstanding brined slaw. Service very good and setting beside stream is lovely. Rocking chairs on porch very relaxing. Park in lot or drive through covered bridge for parking. If the trout had been good, the value for price... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Every time we visit my parents in SC, we make the trip to Caro-Mi. It is a lovely atmospheric place. The staff is always very friendly. The prices are very reasonable. But the food is magnificent. It is family style with refillable bowl. (Other than the meat portion). The cabbage salad, biscuits, apples and macaroni salad are beyond describable. We... More 

Thank Tammy Z
Tryon, North Carolina
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

We love Caro-Mi. Slaw is the best, vinegar based but oh so good. Biscuits, cornbread, Slaw, macaroni salad to start served family style. Trout is boned right at your table, fried chicken is excellent and juicy. The chicken livers, ah the chicken livers are SUPERB! Dorothy, waitress, has been there 20+ years and is just the best. Nestled by flowing... More 

Thank GuntherGingiMom
Tryon, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

This restaurant has been operating for 50+ years and has become famous around the area for the quality of the meals. It is located in what was once a residence, which has been divided up into a number of dining rooms. My wife and I have been eating there since before we were married, and we've never had a bad... More 

Thank 880larry
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

Last night was our fifth time dining at Caro- Mi. Although we live in Greenville South Carolina, it is well worth the commute just to dine at this restaurant! If you're a lover of fish, the Almond trout is to die for!!! And the staff there is so lovely. You are really taking care of here. Can't wait to go... More 

Thank Gentry228
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

Very very very (did I say very?) few places here actually know what to do when it comes to cooking a fish. This place however, made the fish tasty and didn't dry it out. Saying that however, they could use some of the money they are making to upgrade the place. Although the location is scenic and calming, the table... More 

Thank SalindaSingh
Tryon, North Carolina
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

This place is known by most people in the Carolinas. Been here forever. Good country cookin at reasonable prices and served family style ... more fun if you have 4 or more. Warning: they do not take credit cards and they are not open every day. The setting is fantastic on a little creek and nestled in the base of... More 

Thank tripavisor83
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Great food and service. Perfect little mountain experience along the creek. Homey atmosphere makes it the perfect dining spot for any occasion.

Thank Ned W
Spartanburg, SC
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

Every year this is my birthday dinner and I look forward to it every year! I have never had anything bad here and the atmosphere is so inviting! The waitress we had last night was beyond great and I can't wait to go back!!!!

Thank hja21
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

A gem tucked away at the base of Saluda Mountain! Prompt service! Hot fresh food! Polite service! The steaks are grilled to perfection and so tender! The country ham is succulent and wonderful with a fresh made biscuit! The macaroni salad and Caro-Mi special slaw is to die for! I always save the cooked apples for dessert and use a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$14 - $20
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Cash Only, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3231 US 176 Hwy, Tryon, NC 28782
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Tryon
  • Phone Number: 18288595200
CARO-Mi Lodge was established in 1945 at Highway 25 and Greenville Street outside of Saluda, NC. The original owners, the Mehaffeys, opened CARO-Mi Lodge during the months of June, July, and August, and worked the remainder of the year for the Florida East Coast Railroad in Miami, FL. Hence, the name "CARO-Mi" comes from the words "Carolina" and "Miami." Due to the Tennessee Valley Authority condemning much of the area in Polk and Henderson counties around the original location, CARO-Mi opened at its current location in 1957. The Mehaffeys retired from the railroad company and operated CARO-Mi full time. The guest rooms and cabins were gone and CARO-Mi Lodge became CARO-Mi Dining Room. The Mehaffeys retired from CARO-Mi in 1963 and since then the restaurant has changed ownership three times. The Stafford family has owned and operated the restaurant since 1990. We strive for each and every guest to have an enjoyable and memorable experience and leave with all their hunger needs fully satisfied. We invite you to enjoy Mother Nature's ambiance of the Pacolet River while relaxing in a rocking chair on our covered porch. Whether it is our Carolina country ham (cut and processed in our kitchen), fried fresh chicken, or our delectable mountain trout, among many other options, we're sure you'll enjoy and can't wait to come back for another meal. CARO-Mi is located in the heart of the Pacolet Valley, 3 miles outside of Tryon, NC, at 3231 U.S. Highway 176, Tryon, NC 28782. Reservations are not required but are recommended.

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