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“I feel sorry for the folks who think this is a good restaurant--they have been deprived.”

Pepper's Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #32 of 149 Restaurants in Boone
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $15
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Takeout
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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259 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“I feel sorry for the folks who think this is a good restaurant--they have been deprived.”
Reviewed July 11, 2010

The best thing about Pepper's is that, even though it did move, it hasn't changed in what, 20-30 years?

Sadly, that's also the worst thing about Pepper's, because on its best day, it was never more than mediocre.

I guess some people will find charm in the atmosphere; I've seen worse, but not often. I suspect the decor was chosen, because it's impossible to tell if the restaurant is clean or dirty.

Service anywhere can be hit-or-miss, and Boone has its fair share of less-than-great servers. Service at Pepper's is consistently lacking. Busy, not busy....doesn't matter. Servers are aloof at best.

Pepper's has okay food. Just barely OK. Not an iota of thought, creativity or innovation evident in a single dish on the menu. Ho-hum, why-bother afterthought of a salad bar shouldn't even be there. Some of the worst chili I've ever eaten (not this summer, but last winter). Boring sandwiches made with off pre-packaged ingredients. You can definitely get as good (or better) a sandwich at the Harris Teeter deli a few steps away. Salads are OK too--though in my wildest dreams, there isn't a homemade dressing or sauce in this place.

Pricing for everything is just high for what it is. Since everything is "okay" on a good day, mediocre most of the time, and maybe truly awful on a bad day..."top of the market" pricing for this fare is not a good value for anyone.

My guess is that the shockingly high rating for this stunningly mediocre restaurant is that it's been heavily reviewed by tourists, who are famished by the time they arrive, and who are dazzled by the contrived-rustic dining room. Perhaps too, the Pepper family, long entrenched in the Boone community, has a lot of friends who can type. Every few months, a friend will want to go here; if I can't convince him to go elsewhere, I'll agree to give it another try, maybe it really isn't all that bad. But after two recent, unavoidable, visits, I maintain it would be hard to do worse for your money than this.

My hope would be that if people are spending time in the mountain area, voting with their dollars, that they would find a better candidate for their vote.

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Port Orange, Florida
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“Just ok, nothing special. Service less...”
Reviewed July 3, 2010

Just ok, nothing special. Service less than average. Staff ignored when we enteed.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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“Pepper's is pretty good if you stay away from the steak.”
Reviewed June 29, 2010

My family went to Pepper's on our last night of vacation in Boone, as everyone had recommended it as a nice place for families to eat. Everything was pretty good except that my husband ordered a ribeye, & for $22.95, he got a thin strip of a steak that looked like it was used to make steak sandwiches. I had the salad bar & baked potato, & both were good. The homemade croutons were excellent. The decor could use a bit of updating.

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North Carolina
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“Good Family Restaurant”
Reviewed June 6, 2010

Peppers is a good restaurant. It isn't great. I've had burgers and fish there and both were good. The dining are is loud, and the restaurant isn't a good place for people with food allergies.

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Boone
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“The best restaurant in Boone!”
Reviewed May 26, 2010

My husband and I have been eating at Pepper's restaurant for years. The food is awesome! and always consistent. The menu selection is great from incredible sandwiches to delicious entrees. I love their French onion soup, too, and their carrot cake is out of this world. Pepper's is even better now that they have added a bar. It is the coziest warm atmosphere with a superb wine selection and entertainment. If you visit the area, you have to try Pepper's...you will not be disappointed and will definitely be a regular, I assure you! Make sure you say hi to Jack and Lisa Pepper!

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