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“Buckhorn Inn is a very positive time warp to U.S. 18th and 19th Century Inn dining.”
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Buckhorn Inn
Ranked #53 of 196 Restaurants in Gatlinburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $32
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Centerville, Ohio
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2,595 reviews
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“Buckhorn Inn is a very positive time warp to U.S. 18th and 19th Century Inn dining.”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Buckhorn Inn is perhaps one of the finest dining experiences in the Great Smokey Mountains. We perceive that some negative reviews originate from novices or those undereducated with 18th and 19th Century Inns.

We understand that in the 21st Century, many folks may not appreciate the Inn concept. Buckhorn Inn is a very positive time warp to U.S. 18th and 19th Century Inn dining.

First and foremost 18th and 19th Century Inns offered a defined menu each evening, and the menu is not the listing of a 21st restaurant; the menu is a Common Menu providing for all courses to be the very same for all dining guest. This is the paramount reason to reserve a table given the weekly menu. Saturday night’s menu varies from each weeknight’s menu, and please do not expect an Inn’s menu to adjust to your special requirements. Read the Buckhorn Inn’s website, and be prepared for last minute adjustments. These are the conditions and requirements of a 18th and 19th Century Inns. The mistress of the 18th and 19th Century Inn prepared one dinner for all guests. There are numerous alternatives in Sevier County, but nothing comparable to Buckhorn Inn.

Buckhorn Inn is first and foremost a sophisticated American Bed and Breakfast. Dinner and a prepared lunch emerged later. Understand that several guests shall be overnighting for special occasions. Do not ever consider jeans, shorts, tee shirts or other inappropriate dress unsuited for fine dining.

It is not uncommon for guests to be in suits and ties, or for women to dress in finery and gold and gems. Buckhorn Inn offers a reasonable priced dinner to time warp into the 18th and 19th Century Inn. We dearly appreciate this opportunity the numerous times we have visited the Great Smokey National Park for the past 45 years.

Quite honestly, the Buckhorn Inn website is mandatory to our night’s dinner decision. Expect a variety of menus during the week. As owners of three weeks of vacation condos in the Great Smokey Mountains, we do not overnight at Buckhorn Inn, but we are consistent Buckhorn Inn diners. In our view, Buckhorn Inn is an adult restaurant, which may require 2-3 hours to savor the experience. Children are welcome; however, most parents comprehend that children and teens may lack the patience to fully savor the experience of a fine dining experience. We advice young parents to arrange accommodations for children and teens in order to enjoy the company of each other for a very special evening.

Buckhorn Inn provides several nice tables for couples or lovers as well as for larger dining parities. Reservations are required for the single 7:00 PM seating. Arrive early to take advantage of drinks on the patio.

We recall the days of bring your own wine; however, now Buckhorn Inn offers a limited wine list. Do phone ahead IF special cocktails or wine is required, and Buckhorn Inn will accommodate.

We nearly always enjoy this fine dining experience that a fraction of the ten million visitors to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park experience. The tariff is appropriate for the fare.

  • Visited April 2013
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Longwood, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“BEST FOOD IN GATLINBURG & PIGEON FORGE”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

This is the best food-experience-atmosphere you will experience in the area! The quality of the food is top notch as a 4 to 5 star restaurant! EXCELLENT MEAL AND BEAUTIFUL VIEW!
We go here every year for the wonderful dinner experience:-)

  • Visited March 2013
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4 Thank Preston B
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Plano, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The best dinner meal my husband and I have had in many years!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and looking for a place that had really great food, as well as a nice atmosphere. This place not only met expectations, but exceeded them. The dinner was a four-course meal and every last one of them were delicious! The menu dinner is different everyday, so we won't experience the same item. Definitely was one of our top anniversary dinners to remember!

  • Visited March 2013
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5 Thank MyZoe0624
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Nashville, Tennessee
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Delightful meal away from the maddening crowd!”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

The Buckhorn Inn is a bit of a drive from the madness of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and well worth it. Escape from the themed, chain restaurants with lots of fun but mediocre food to a quiet, quaint inn and restaurant down Highway 321. They serve breakfast and dinner with dinner being a prix fixe menu. Reservations are required and daily menu is posted online. Check the menu before you make reservations, especially if you have dietary restrictions. The Inn is lovely with low ceilings with exposed beams, bookshelves, and a magnificent stone fireplace (no gas logs here!). The menu consists of 4 courses for $35/person. Wine is extra. Our food was well-prepared with attentive but unobtrusive service. Wonderful dining experience in stark contrast to the insanity that is often in this resort area. Totally nestled in the Smoky Mountains, take the drive. Your soul will thank you!

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank byates3789
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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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“Close but Far Away”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

The Buckhorn is 5 miles from the "Glitz" of Gatlinburg, but once you arrive it might as well be 100 miles. The grounds, the cabins, the hospitality and the the food are excellant. We were there for Christmas and enjoyed every minute. Seemed like most of the other guests were returns, some for many years, I can see why. All of the meals were well prepared, always hot and delicious. This place is a gem in the woods.

  • Visited December 2012
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3 Thank Mike P
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