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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.
P.O. Box 40
Balsam, NC 28707
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
Old Balsam Depot Rd.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View
Balsam Mountain Inn Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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