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“Very good food, great views, a very pleasant stop along the parkway”

Pisgah Inn Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 119 Restaurants in Waynesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $29
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
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Asheville, North Carolina
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24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very good food, great views, a very pleasant stop along the parkway”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Surprisingly good, considering it's a rest stop on a mountain-top. Can't go wrong; this is not a fast food joint. Pleasant surroundings, excellent server staff, a good meal (especially the onion soup), reasonable prices. Not fancy, but you'll come away with a memorable experience.

  • Visited November 2012
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Clyde, North Carolina, United States
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“beautiful”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

The Pisgah Inn Restaurant is in a spectacular location up on the Blue Ridge parkway. The menu is good and the food is very good, really an enjoyable place to eat. It does get very busy on beautiful summer weekends and sometimes people have to wait for a table. It's not open in the winter.

Visited August 2012
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Waynesville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“One of our favorites.”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Awesome views from high up! Good food. Very enjoyable place. A unique experience for the whole family.

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Atlanta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Overdue Review”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Trillion Dollar View
Million Dollar Service
Two Dollar Dining
We dined at the Inn twice this year, once in June and the last in September.
The drive up from Asheville is beautiful with little peeks of the mountains as you climb. Once at the top you can see it all. The restaurant at Mt Pisgah Inn truly has a Trillion Dollar view, on a clear day you can see for miles and you feel like you’re on top of the world.
The service was great, minimal wait times and seated in the time promised.
Great looking menu and a surprisingly good wine and beer list.
The let down both times was the food itself. Either over cooked or under seasoned.
The pot pie was bland and had a fish bone it it. The pork chop was a hard as shoe leather.
The fried green tomatoes this fall were really good... the second time the manager brought them out... too cold the first time.
Too bad the kitchen could not live up to the promise of the menu.
We were looking for a place to hold a medium sized reception for my parents who live in Asheville and love the Blue Ridge Mountains, While the food did not sell us on the Inn the staff did.
We talked with Barbara R and she suggested a wine and cheese reception with some hot appetizers that she promised she would check before they came out of the kitchen. The price for 30 people was reasonable and we will be contacting her in the spring to set it up.
So a great view and the manager Barbara sold us on the venue

  • Visited September 2012
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“Must-See Views, Good Food”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

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.

  • Visited October 2012
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