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.
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