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About 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.


68 Seven Springs Dr.
P.O. Box 40
Balsam, NC 28707
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast:

Daily: 8:00am - 10:00am


Dinner:

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

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



Sunday Lunch served Noon until 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Old Balsam Depot Rd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 456-9498

Website:
http://www.balsammountaininn.net/dining

Executive Chef:
Philip Paige

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View

Balsam Mountain Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.2

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4.2

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4.2

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Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (24)
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Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Good for a Date (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Cozy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Casual (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Stayed at Inn. Restaurant was an unexpected surprise. Excellent food and service. Arrived late and did not have to leave the Inn for dinner.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent trout. Our group had 3 different ways and all were great.
Server was terrible. As soon as we sat down, she asked if we were ready to order. Didn’t ask if we would like drinks.
Kudos to chef though!

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Dining experience was great, but they didn't have our reservation. No worries, they weren't busy, but for an anniversary, it could have been a problem.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Always enjoy the peaceful mountain view from Balsam Mountain Inn porch while sipping our wine in the rocking chairs. Food was average this time, service also. Good price.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We love dining at this Inn! It is always special and we enjoy being able to talk without loud
music. If you enjoy experiencing "Simpler Times", this could be the perfect place for you.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Western NC)·Dined on May 19, 2017

This was a songwriter's night. It was fun and the buffet was delicious! We've been many times and Balsom Mtn is one of our all time favorites!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We were staying at the Balsam Mountain Inn (Groupon) and since the restaurant got good reviews we decided to try it. Nothing short of AMAZING! The food was fresh, cooked to perfection, and beautifully presented. It beat out my go-to high-end steak house in Winston Salem where I usually get my favorite salmon. Homemade rolls were to. die. for. Wow. Going back and taking friends. It is a different sort of experience - a bit of a homey, historical, slightly unusual setting but awesome. Dining area is small and intimate. One waiter, one waitress. You got the impression that there was one chef in the back doing all the cooking, but I don't know if that's true.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on April 6, 2017

We had always intended to stay and/or eat at the Balsam Mountain Inn for some time, before ultimately moving to western NC, but the timing had just never worked out. Finally, no pressure, we decided to go there on an impromptu, adventure whim for an Anniversary dinner. It was a very quiet, low key week-night visit, but turned out to be a very enjoyable, pleasant and memorable meal. The menu was not huge, but still wide ranging in choices, with excellent ingredients and a great touch by the Chef on our appetizer and entrees with his memorable wood fire cooking. The Wine list had many favorites and our choice set off our meal well. The final touch, to end an excellent meal before our drive back home, was excellent coffee along with an incredibly rich and creamy, best ever house-made Turtle Cheesecake. We will certainly be back again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch
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 (Western NC)·Dined on February 13, 2017

We have always gone to BMI but haven't been in a while. Glad to know it is still a great place
for dinner and relaxing. The meal was wonderful and at a very fair price. Marylee Teasley(owner) has always provided a wonderful place for food,music and fun.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 14, 2017

I had a friend in from Lynchburg, Tennessee and took her there and it was the first time she had ever had salmon and it was to die for!

Tags: Casual
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 (Pinehurst)·Dined on November 8, 2016

Pasta dishes were good. Salads had a bit of a sour aroma but appeared fresh.The inn itself is a treat to behold. Give it a try. Maybe more business would generate capital for better service and premium meats. The chef is knowledgeable and creative. The owner is beyond charming. Go!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 11, 2016

The food was wonderful . American thru and thru. The portion size was healthy but not over loaded. Seasoned well and presented nicely . The service was great the whole time we were there, friendly and helpful. Beautiful setting in the mountains with a dining patio and also private dining for large get together soon. One of the local politicians held a meeting there with a band the night we were there.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fun, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 22, 2016

We spent three nights at the Inn. Had breakfast and dinner there all three. The food was quite tasty and a good value.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 10, 2016

Best trout we ever had.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 3, 2016

Relaxing, beautiful and delicious. The Balsam Mountain Inn is tucked away in the trees off of the road between Waynesville & Sylva. It is charming and quaint. The food was delicious - they specialize in fresh trout fixed in several different ways. The service was prompt and attentive.

The only thing I wished we had was air-conditioning. It was a warm day and we're of "that" age where we need cool breezes.

Aside from that, I look forward to bringing family and guests back. When it's cooler.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on May 9, 2016

Very quiet and our waiter forgot how an order was to be prepared. He gave it complimentary though. I will go back.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 17, 2016

Everything is homemade and wonderfully delicious. Beautiful 108 yr old Inn has been preserved and makes for a great romantic evening. Great service and reasonable prices. Can't wait to go back.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 18, 2015

My whole family had some type of fish and it was all very good.

I decided to go with the NY strip, medium. It came out very well done, looking like cubed steak. I would have sent it back if our waiter would have ever come back. I'm reasonably sure it was the wrong cut of meat, and cooked to chewy. Very disappointing for $30. Maybe AVL has spoiled me.

Also, left my empty wine glass at the edge of the table for half an hour with only two other tables, and nobody offered to refill it. Frustrating dinner. Poor service.

Interesting place to go, though. Sort of fun to look around for a bit. Might be more fun to stay here.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 4, 2015

The inn is in a beautiful location near the bottom of Balsam Mountain. That's the good news. The food was average at best, the service was poor and the decor is incredibly dated. Their breakfast is good, but not lunch or, in this case, dinner.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on June 26, 2015

This is a beautiful old inn. The ambience is very nice, and the food was wonderful. The salmon special was well-prepared, and the accompanying vegetable were delicious. Service was excellent, very attentive without hovering.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 14, 2015

The Balsam was one of the very few taking reservations Valentines evening. Though we had a 50 minute drive to get there, and not having any real knowledge of the restaurant, we took the chance. We were not disappointed! We loved the rustic atmosphere, the friendly and cordial nature of the staff, and relaxing by one of the fireplaces before the ride back to our hotel. Had we thought of it, we would have booked our weekend stay there, too!

The seafood bisque was excellent for a cold night. My rack of lamb & scallops were tender and tasty, and my wife's fillet & mashed potatoes was one of the best in her book.

We will be back, and perhaps stay the weekend, too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on February 14, 2015

Made a reservation for Valentines night dining. We have been several times before and each time the food was delicious. This was no exception. My wife had the Pecan Encrusted Catfish with rice and I had one of the specials, Rack of Lamb and Scallops with a vegetable medley. Both were served hot and the vegetables of asparagus, green beans and carrots were perfectly prepared. My lamb was cooked to order and the sauce was just right to enhance the natural flavor of the lamb. The Zinfandel was very good and enhanced the meal. The servings were just the right size and left room for dessert; however, we had a special dessert waiting for us at home so we declined the enticing dessert menu. Because the weather was icy, the restaurant was not full at 6:00 pm which I am sure affected the noise level and helped us enjoy an intimate dinner with pleasant, quiet conversation. In the summertime you may dine outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery. It would have been nice to have had flood lights to light up the outside to enjoy the snow falling and beautiful mountainside. Instead you could only see your reflection in the windows. It turned out to be a perfect evening for us to enjoy good food and pleasant conversation in a relaxed atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 24, 2014

Our big family dined here Christmas Eve and the food was good, not great. There's not a lot of places open, but we definetly had all our needs met well. We had a wide menu with good food in a charming inn setting.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 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.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 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!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 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.

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