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“Unexpectedly Great”

Rivers End Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 54 Restaurants in Bryson City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
Description: 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.
HILTON HEAD
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“Unexpectedly Great”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

After a day of touring the great mountain roads, we were looking for a local restaurant with a somewhat of a river view. Checked the online reviews and thought we would try Rivers End, not expecting much. It turned out to be a wonderful experience. Could be located in a more picturesque location on the river and the food was surprisingly well done. We had the local trout and a steak and both were much better than average.

  • Visited September 2012
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Canton, Ohio
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“Good pizza, burgers, salads”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Food was excellent. Loved the baked granola at breakfast. If in the area would stop there again to eat.

Visited September 2012
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Crystal River, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“delicious and great local beer (Golden Girl)”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

Liked view, service, clean bathrooms, food, drink.......the whole rafting atmosphere is a breath of fresh air.....

Visited September 2012
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“Great place to eat!”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

The food, the service, the views, all we're great! The trout was absolutely delicious. Not sure I've ever had better. Would highly recomend if in Nantahala.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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“Lovely Scenery and Terriffic Food--But Check Charge Purchases Closely!!”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

After a day of whitewater rafting in Byson City, my husband and I rode down to Nantahala Outdoor Center to take in the sights and have a late lunch/early dinner. From the menus of the various restaurants on sight, we chose the fantastic Rivers End, taking a seat on the great riverside porch. The menu at Rivers End is varied from super appetizers to sandwiches to fried fish...take your pick and it is here. Servers were a bit "off" during the 4 pm lull between lunch and dinner, but the super food offered made up for a lack of enthusiasm in our waitress.
My husband chose the locally caught Trout Cake Sandwich, seasoned to perfection, served with home cut fries and delicious cole slaw. I went for the tempting Sherpas, ditching the meat variety for more of the sensational veggies...which was a super choice. Our meal was delicious and filling, with both of us sharing a bit of one another's dishes and taking home some of the generous helping of Sherpa for a late snack. The view was beautiful, the sound of the rushing water relaxing, and the food great. Prices were reasonable with our bill rounding out to around $30, including a 20% tip. However, we were a bit disappointed that, without advising us of such, this establishment did charge us a 20% Visa Gift Card useage fee (around $5 extra), which negated the value of a friend's $100 gift towards our special trip. I did find this practice rude and totally unacceptable, especially since we were not advised of such a charge at all. However, we would return to Rivers End the next time we visit the area, but will use cash to pay for our meal and complain to the manager in regards to both the previous less than 100% service and the Visa "incident." DO go to Rivers End, but PLEASE remember to pay in cash...less you increase your bill 20% from the word, "Go." Great food and atmosphere!!

  • Visited August 2012
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