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Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro

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137 Apple Valley Way, at the Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN 37882-3818
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A menu consisting of inspired adaptation of southern standards makes this a special place to dine. Sit indoors or better still outside in its peaceful setting in the woods. Be sure to try the shareable cheese plate and assortment trays for starters. I enjoyed the bacon wrap scallops and tuna stake during two resent visits.

Thank Ken R
Knoxville, TN
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192 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit here. The menu is limited but we had some really good options. I had the steak and it was quite good. It was served with what I assume to be a homemade steak sauce and it was delicious. It is pricy and the menu is refined for sure but it was worth the visit and we... More 

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Seymour, Tennessee
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I have been wanting to get to eat here since he heard Chef Shelley Cooper on News Talk Radio (The Phil Williams Show). She has trained and created her craft all around the globe. There are not enough superlatives to describe our experience tonight! Our server, Rebecca, was knowledgeable, pleasant, professional, attentive, but she also gave us... More 

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Maryville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well this is a tough one. First, the menu is limited but the salads and entre's are well presented. We weren't that impressed with the salmon, having had better but the Halibut was good, but a bit peppery. There were no steak options on the menu, only short ribs. This was a weeknight so the menu may have been limited... More 

Thank Maryville425
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful atmosphere at this dining spot nestled in the woods, with a great view to boot. Service is very friendly, attentive, and informative. The menu has variety and the specials seem to always be creative and tasty. All-in-all a worthwhile experience!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Smoky Mountains are well known to have the ability to reduce blood pressure and alleviate anxiety. These effects are magnified with a beautiful setting for dining, attentive, friendly and responsive servers and wonderful food. The menu at Dancing Bear provides outstanding variety and some very creative dishes that make a meal an event, The food was perfectly prepared and... More 

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jerrico01, Public Relations Manager at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind feedback, and for taking the time to review us. We hope to see you again very soon! More 

Cosby, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are staying at the Dancing Bear Lodge for a charity event tonight at this restaurant. We decided to try their regular menu last night to see if we wanted to place this facility on our return list. We do. I made an Open Table reservation for 18:15 and we arrived at 18:05 to find the place about 15% full.... More 

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Edison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A little out of the way from commercial surroundings of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge; it was what we were looking for. Nestled in a wooded setting, the building was cozy. Our meal was served by an attentive staff, friendly and attentive. We enjoyed our meal very much: the Appalachian Lunchable appetizer delivered big flavor and innovative fare. The pork chop... More 

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jerrico01, Public Relations Manager at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, responded to this review

We thank you so much for taking the time to review us, and we are very happy to know that you enjoyed your dining experience with us! We look forward to the opportunity to serve you another lovely meal very soon! More 

Milan, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The experience was one to remember. I went there on a date with a very special woman ," my Lovely wife". The hostess met us at the door with a great smile and warm hello that was followed by instructions to our waitress. Our waitress greeted us at the table also with a smile and a small but tasty palette... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The variety and quality of the food for purchase at an outdoor concert venue competed strongly with the performers. The blackened catfish tacos with fennel & green apple slaw were amazing and steak nachos were satisfying! The key lime pie finished the night perfectly

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jerrico01, Public Relations Manager at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for attending the festival, and for your feedback! We hope you will return and join us for dinner soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $50
Vegetarian Friendly, American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 137 Apple Valley Way, at the Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN 37882-3818
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Townsend
  • Phone Number: 18653362138
Dancing Bear Lodge's full-service restaurant, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, is one of the finest Townsend, TN area restaurants. It 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 as well as couples seeking a romantic dinner for two surrounded by wooded views, are equally at home here.

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Louisville, Tennessee, United States
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?