Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro

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960 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
At Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, we know that great food begins with fresh, quality sourced ingredients. On our menu, you’ll find dishes that are familiar and steeped in tradition yet enhanced with bold new dashes of flavor and component combinations that may surprise and delight you.

Dancing Bear provides a premium lodging experience. We bring the same commitment to excellence to our restaurant. Whether enjoying a romantic dinner for two or bringing the extended family together for a celebratory meal, we want your night out in Townsend to be a very special experience. We will offer a refined assortment of regionally inspired dishes — all served among elegant surroundings and calming wooded vistas.
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New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service! Well stocked buffet. Nice fish selections and value if you like fish. Otherwise a bit expensive.

EK
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had friends in from out of town and wanted them to experience this wonderful atmosphere and food. Lovely as usual. Our waiter was attentive and Shelly created an amazing delicious meal.

KD
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second visit, and both times we have thoroughly enjoyed the food & service! Excellent meals & atmosphere.

S
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy the food, service and atmosphere at the Dancing Bear. This visit was no exception.

JP
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It's only been 2 days since we were there and I want to go back NOW! Best dinner I've ever had. Bacon wrapped diver scallops and a Baby beet salad. Hubby had the Fall Salad and a crusted Halibut. Luscious!

OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gem of a restaurant in Townsend, TN. The restaurant itself was warm and attractive. Food was unique and modern. They grow most of their own produce and the salads were fresh and delicious. The chief used herbs in a manner that made the flavors of the food interesting. We also had the burger and again, a unique flair. My French press coffee was outstanding. Our server was awesome. Helpful and friendly. This restaurant is a step above the rather ordinary food that one usually gets in this area. I do recommend this restaurant.

JL
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was ok but definitely not worth the high price.

K
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The brunch was nice, very relaxing ambiance. I would not say it was worth the cost only because of the food. Although the food was delicious, there were not many choices. There were no typical breakfast foods. If you are a picky eater, I would not recommend this place to you. Also, on the brunch page it says bottomless mimosas, but that is no longer the case. We were charged per drink.

DJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I wish the beer selection was more extensive. Kronenbourg 1664 blanc is a suggestion.

JC
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Lila for great service. The food was delicious!

MS
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service & food

DM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fall evening at Dancing Bear for dinner with visiting relatives. Our meals were excellent and the overall experience was super.

ER
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose this as our special treat as it was our last night in The Smoky Mountains. We were not disappointed. We arrived early before they opened. The staff was super accomodating and let us enjoy a glass (or two) of fabulous wine until the restaurant opened. Everything was outstanding. We highly recommend!

GT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We were promptly seated and then just sat there. Other tables were seated and their server came to their table. My wife had to get up and go ask twice for them to send a server. When he did show up it seems the hostess failed to tell anyone. Once we got started everything was great. it appears they have a high turnover of waitstaff as we heard several saying they were new or working with others. I don't know that I fault the restaurant as this is becoming a large issue at many of the area, just be prepared that it may not be the service level you would expect from a place like this. Overall the food was great and the service was good.

HH
E. Tennessee
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Probably very good for a food critic, but just not for me.

l
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is well worth the 30 minute scenic drive from Pigeon Forge to dine at The Dancing Bear. Upon arrival you know that it is going to be something special. First of all the architect, builder and designer all deserve awards because it looks as if there restaurant was always meant to be there, it is extremely welcoming when you walk in the door. As a builder of high end lake homes for years, it takes craftsmanship to impress me.

So on to dinner. The staff very professional, our server even brought us an extra appetizer to sample and the menu choices all looked delicious. Wine choices were very good. I had the Appalachian Hot Pot which was excellent. My trout was perfect and few people get it perfect. Everyone at the table thoroughly enjoyed their meal. After dinner we walked out to a large pavilion that is a perfect wedding venue and cooked smores around a stone fire pit.

I've dined extensively around the US and Europe. Dancing Bear is high in my list.

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I’ve had in the smokies

JE
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rachel was an excellent server. The owners were entertaining as well!

CD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my boyfriend there for his birthday. I think it was one of his favorite gifts. We sat outside under the lights, the service and food was great. My favorites were the Appalachian lunchable and the pumpkin spice bread pudding, but we loved everything. We will definitely be back.

WJ
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perhaps the greatest bistro in Tennessee

DP
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dancing Bear Bistro is consistently the BEST place I know of to dine. I live 3 hours away in Nashville and look for every opportunity to visit. Dine outside if the weather permits. Best food, service and ambience in the Smokies! We love it!!! (P.S. Ian may be the best waiter ever!)

M
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

My husband and I always come to the area for our Anniversary and this is always the place we choose to have our Anniversary dinner. The setting and ambiance is magical, that’s the only way I know how to describe it. Our server could’ve been new, but she was not very helpful with the menu or offering suggestions for our dietary restrictions. Usually service is pretty good, she was just not up to par for this kind of nicer establishment. My Pork entree was not the best food I’ve had from here, but the Autumn salad was delicious and my husband enjoyed his Hot Pot. Overall, this is the BEST restaurant in the area and we will continue to return even though we had an off evening.

w
Birmingham
128 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boys night out/vacation dining. Superb food, drinks and service. This is a beautiful venue in a gorgeous location. Would advise anyone to enjoy this experience!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice for special occasions, even had a fire with “make your own” s’mores after dinner. Only negative is the signs out front made it hard to find the restaurant.

DF
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely hidden gem. The Sunday brunch was fantastic and a great way to celebrate my Dad's birthday with family. Will definitely be back.

c
E. Tennessee
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dancing Bear is a great brunch option, food was good and service great.

GH
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a Great evening, and was made even more special by our server “PIPER” ! Her excellent service was only surpassed by her personally!

MC
Charleston
26 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for birthday celebration for myself and my Mom. Was a lovely evening and such a relaxing meal. Could not have been better. Are inside/outside with the windows open. Loved it! Dancing bear never disappoints. Looking forward to next time!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. I had some dietary restriction that they graciously accommodated. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.

LC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Seated promptly. Staff very professional and knowledgeable. Great outdoor seating area. Excellent choices from menu. The mushroom toast appetizer was outstanding. We had the pork cushion, and the elk steak. The elk steak was cooked perfectly and had a nice BlackBerry sauce. The restaurant indicated this was the first time serving elk. I found the elk to be very tasty, but a little tough. First time trying elk, so you will have to decide. I still recommend the elk.

D
E. Tennessee
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice brunch, we will go again soon

CP
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous meal in a lovely setting with good friends from Townsend. I am always pleased by the food and service. From the appetizers to dessert, the meal was outstanding!

OT
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation was seated immediately on arrival. Great service. Ate outside pleasant atmosphere.

WE
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening with friends. Wonderful food and wine.

MD
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

LR
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Made reservations on a Saturday evening at 7:15p for four adults. The restaurant wasn't necessarily busy, particularly for a Saturday. Although there was a wedding and reception occurring in the outside venue. We sat on the patio which gave a nice ambiance. The location and decor was great! Unfortunately, that's where it went downhill. Drinks from the bar had undue delays and the waiter was scarce when needed. The food, also took along period of time to arrive and when it did so, some items failed to have been entered for preparation. Thus, we got most of our meal. The food was just OK. The manager arrived at the end of our meal and tried to rectify our displeasure with the forgotten food and last round of drinks by offering a free desert. Although none of us intended of ordering desert we felt obliged to except. Again, we had to wait a long period of time which made the gesture a moot point. I suggest if your going to have entrees priced in the 30-$50 range you should expect a higher level of service. I would recommend a visit if in the area but wouldn't make a regular stop.

OT
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef shelly always exceeds all expectations. Her passion and creativity are above any one ive ever seen. Dan the manager is most attentive to your every need. Very impresssive staff.

P
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ideal for special occasions. Excellent food and service. Menu has plenty of variety for selection of food option.

MZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for special occasions! Food is always amazing.

SC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dancing Bear is frequent destination for birthday and anniversary celebrations. Great food and environment in a laid back casual atmosphere.

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