Balsam Mountain Inn
Balsam Mountain Inn

Balsam Mountain Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website:
  • Phone: (828) 456-9498
  • Hours of Operation:


    Daily: 8:00am - 10:00am


    Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

    Sunday Lunch served Noon until 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Philip Paige
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, BYO Liquor, Farm to Table, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Old Balsam Depot Rd.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Balsam Mountain Inn
At the end of the 19th century two outdoorsmen opened a boarding house in Balsam, NC, then home to eastern America’s highest passenger railway station. They led hunting and fishing excursions into the rugged surrounding mountains, and built a name for themselves by serving wonderful food.

In 1905 they began construction of a 100-room hotel, and opened our inn in 1908. The hotel’s corridors were built extra-wide to accommodate the steamer trunks of extended-stay summertime guests, almost all of whom arrived by rail. With its 100-foot porches, spectacular views and fresh, abundant cuisine, the inn soon came to be known as the “Grand Old Lady of Balsam”.

The Balsam Mountain Inn honors the tradition begun by Joseph Kenney and Walter Christy by offering hearty, carefully prepared regional dishes using the freshest possible ingredients.

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Balsam Mountain Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
2 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (2)romantic (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Sunday dinner at Balsam Inn
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    In and around Waynesville, NC there are very few places to have dinner on Sunday night. Balsam Inn was a perfect place, with excellent views and food. The entrees come with soup or salad, choice of starch, and vegetable. Not often do I get my steak prepared exactly as I asked, but it was this time. The host was also the server on Sunday as this appears to be a slow time. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food and would go back any time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only review submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3
    • Food3
    • Ambiance3
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 3 reviews are from the Balsam Mountain Inn reviews archive.
  • Refined Mountain Hotel Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Excellent food and service in a wonderful mountain setting. It's very close to a major road and only 35 miles west of Asheville, NC. Well worth the short drive. Overlooks trees and a mountain home plus the single-track of the winding Murphy Branch of the NS Railroad. Built to serve the highest altitude train station in the Eastern U.S., the Balsam Mountain Inn and Restaurant was built to serve the railroad passengers of a 100 years ago. Still providing superior hospitality and superb food in the 21st Century. Steaks and seafood equally top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very, very special!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The Balsam Mountain Inn is unlike most places to dine out-it has a feel of yester year, but food of today. We enjoyed the trout-pan seared and almondine. Very delicious. The homemade blue cheese dressing was thick and yummy!!! The sides were great! Dessert was wonderful!!!! The staff was very hospitable and friendly!!! Will hope to go there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs work
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Balsam Mt Restaurant is a lovely historic bed and breakfast with beautiful dining rooms. The menu is impressive. The service is very nice. However, the food is so so. We had a Walnut cheese appetizer which was delicious. The salads were OK, the greens were brown in areas & some of the cucumbers seemed to have been frozen. I had an artichoke & sun dried tomato pasta in a "cream sauce" - this turned out to be just butter. No cream at all. It had no flavor. My husband had the trout. He would not order it again. We split what was described as a "peach cobbler" with icecream. There were no peaches in it; maybe peaches mashed up in the crust? It was very sticky. With a good chef, this would be a fabulous destination.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet