There is nothing better than enjoying a romantic date night meal during a mountain getaway in the Smokies! From steakhouses to rooftop bars, there are plenty of options for a delicious meal and a fun dining experience with your significant other. Take a look at some of the best restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for date night, some within a few short minutes from our hotel in Gatlinburg!
1. Cliff Top Restaurant
A great way to spend date night is by heading up to Anakeesta! You can soak in the natural beauty, walk among the treetops, experience the Astra Lumina night walk, and dine at one of their amazing restaurants. Cliff Top at Anakeesta is one of the best restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge because it has unbeatable panoramic mountain views as well as delicious food and drinks! There is both indoor and outdoor seating available, so you can enjoy the experience no matter when you visit.
2. Azul Cantina
Azul Cantina is located at the Moutain Mile Mall in Pigeon Forge, and they serve an incredible variety of Tex-Mex dishes and absolutely delicious cocktails. You will not regret ordering one of their margaritas, a massive plate of nachos, and the birria-style tacos! The bright and uplifting atmosphere, a rooftop bar with amazing mountain views, and unique and bold flavors make this spot an excellent choice for date night.
3. The Greenbrier
Another one of the best restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is a little off the beaten path, but well worth it! The Greenbrier restaurant’s seclusion and romantic mountain lodge setting make it the perfect date night restaurant! Plus, their fine dining menu and extensive alcohol menu are exceptional, with options like spicy fried oysters, seared duck served with smoked cheddar grits, and a cherry bourbon glaze, and Beef Wellington.
4. Puckett’s Restaurant
If you enjoy live music and entertainment during your meal, then we suggest going to Puckett’s in Pigeon Forge. Their menu has something for everyone, from burgers and hearty salads to Southern fried chicken and country-fried steak. We recommend one of their most popular dishes, the Piggy Mac, which is cherry wood-smoked pulled pork topped with white cheddar mac and cheese and biscuit crumbs!
5. The Peddler Steakhouse
The Peddler Steakhouse is one of Gatlinburg’s best-known date night restaurants, and for good reason! The salad bar is a highlight of the entire meal, and their steaks, chicken, and seafood are always cooked to perfection. Reservations are highly recommended, especially during busy seasons and holidays, which you can make two weeks in advance. And do not forget to save room for dessert! A few of our favorite dessert options include the hot blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream, the Peddler mud pie, and the New York cheesecake.
Now you know the best restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge to take your sweetheart for a romantic date night! Are you interested in more Smoky Mountain restaurant recommendations? Take a look at this list of the top places for lunch in Gatlinburg near our hotel!