The Pisgah Inn Restaurant on the Blue Ridge Parkway is only open between May and the end of October. It has a rustic theme featuring metal rhododendron chandeliers and walls of glass which offer sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. It is an older, simpler construction--nothing fancy. This is a special place where locals usually go at least once during its open season, especially if they have guests from out of town. The dress code is casual. There is a gift shop next to the restaurant where you can browse while waiting featuring Biltmore Estate wines, locally made crafts such as pottery and jewelry, books, toys, sweatshirts and t-shirts, stained glass items, and postcards, etc.
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner due to being part of the Pisgah Inn. We have had lunch and dinner there but not breakfast. The restaurant does not take reservations. If you arrive at 5 pm for dinner, you can expect to wait in a crowd of people for quite awhile until the dining room fills up. There is a small deck outside the restaurant where a cash bar is set up with limited selections of beer and wine if you'd like some while you wait. Service is SLOW, so don't go there when you're in a hurry or have any deadlines to meet. You will most likely not see your server often, so be sure to ask for whatever you need when you do see him.
Thankfully, the food is good. Our favorites include the Fried Green Tomato appetizer, Parmesan Peppercorn salad dressing, mountain trout, Pisgah Pasta, and French silk pie. We have also had a key lime pie there with a macadamia nut crust that is really good. The apple dumpling and coffee are disappointing. The coffee is bitter and way too strong. I don't mean Starbucks strong, I mean that it is just bad.
By the way, the elevation at Mt. Pisgah is higher than the surrounding areas in Waynesville, Brevard, Hendersonville, and Asheville, so that means it can be chilly or cold there even in the summer in the mornings or evenings. Be sure to take a warm jacket even if it's warm before you go.
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