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Outdoor Dining - Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, Townsend, TN

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro

4.9
4.9
3214 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
At Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, we know that great food begins with fresh, quality sourced local ingredients. On our Modern Appalachian menu, Chef Jeff Carter and culinary team present seasonal and delicious 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 award-winning restaurant and full bar. 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 special experience. We offer a refined assortment of modern Appalachian cuisine — all served among elegant surroundings and calming wooded vistas.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Southern, Contemporary Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–12:45 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (865) 336-2138
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Jeff Carter
  • Private party facilities
    Our Lodge Event Center offers beautiful, indoor and al fresco spaces, while our farm-to-table restaurant, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, provides fresh, local and artistic cuisine. Our award winning Chef Jeff Carter prepares elevated Appalachian fare, guaranteed to please every palate.
  • Private party contact
    Anna Bartlett: (865) 448-6000 ext. 3
  • Neighborhood
    Knoxville
  • Cross street
    Apple Valley Way
  • Parking details
    Parking is available just outside the restaurant in most cases. During special events such as concerts or weddings, parking is just off Highway 321 at the entrance to Dancing Bear next to Apple Valley Country Store with buses running people up to the restaurant and lodge event center.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 3,214 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Tennessee

    Best Overall

  • East Tennessee

    Best Food

  • East Tennessee

    Best Service

  • East Tennessee

    Best Ambiance

  • East Tennessee

    Best Value

  • East Tennessee

    Innovative

  • East Tennessee

    Great for fine wines

  • East Tennessee

    Great for outdoor dining

  • East Tennessee

    Romantic

  • East Tennessee

    Great for scenic views

  • East Tennessee

    American

  • East Tennessee

    Most Booked

  • Knoxville

    Best Overall

  • Knoxville

    Best Food

  • Knoxville

    Best Service

  • Knoxville

    Best Ambiance

  • Knoxville

    Best Value

  • Knoxville

    Great for brunch

  • Knoxville

    Innovative

  • Knoxville

    Great for fine wines

  • Knoxville

    Romantic

  • Knoxville

    Good for special occasions

  • Knoxville

    American

  • Knoxville

    Most Booked

3,214 Reviews
  1. MeaganC

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our second visit and it was even better than the first ! Service and food is impeccable!

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  2. BonnieS

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Brad, was awesome!! We were all first time diners there and he was so helpful and answered all of our questions. He was super friendly and just so kind!! From the appetizer to the desserts, the food was amazing!! Definitely a treat like no other! The atmosphere was great and the entire dining experience was so memorable. We will definitely come back, and would love to see Brad again as our server. Thank you for perfect service and a perfect meal. Dennis and Bonnie Smith

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  3. Travelmom112

    Key West

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delightful celebration meal here on Saturday. The food, service, and ambiance were superb! We had the filet, grass fed burger, green goddess and Caesar salad, and rhubarb/strawberry tart with ice cream. They were all outstanding, highly recommend!

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  4. ShannonB

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our favorite restaurants ever! The food is amazing, the staff is professional and kind and the ambiance can't be beat. We go every time we are in the Townsend area.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had a great dinner here. The staff was so nice and friendly. The ambieance was great.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Dancing Bear and it was awesome! Great food and drinks and our server Jon was excellent!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Yosemite

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pork belly appetizer was amazing. Filet mignon, burger, and wine list was outstanding. Offers delicious food in a beautiful setting with great service.

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  8. MargareteC

    Charleston

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time we have gone for brunch. Was a lovey meal. Was nice with the bluegrass music and very relaxing time. Thank you !

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  9. gasherr

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dancing Bear is our favorite place to dine when in Townsend. The pork belly is delicious. The focaccia is outstanding. We have always been pleased with our meals. The ambiance is wonderful!

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  10. MikeN

    E. Tennessee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! We have been here before and have always had a great experience. Tonight the truffle filet Minon was the best I have ever had! Definitely need to keep this one on the menu! A+++ on the food and ambiance. Server was good but busy running the bar and tables.

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  11. Mark7

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always great! Wonderful restaurant! This is our third time visiting Townsend and we make it a point to have dinner at the Dancing Bear.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate here 5 times over a long weekend staying on the property and had exceptional food and service every time. Highly recommend.

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  13. MicheleH

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Easter Buffet was extraordinary. Everything was so delicious. The servers were courteous and attentive. The ambiance was more than I expected. We will be returning for dinner. The bill was a little pricey though.

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  14. JosephA

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our 5th Easter with Dancing Bear, and they never disappoint. The food was exceptional this year. The service was wonderful. We sat for over two hours and we never felt rushed. I would highly recommend Dancing Bear brunch!!!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had company for Easter and decided to go to Dancing Bear for brunch. The brunch menu never disappoints!!! Delicious as always. Our out of town company enjoyed the food as well as the ambiance. Highly recommend Sunday brunch.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter brunch was wonderful, Brad took great care of us and Tanner was as friendly as ever. Already made Mother's Day brunch reservations

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Their Easter brunch was

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and cooked to perfection! We will definitely be back to this restaurant when we are in the area.

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  19. JimW

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The place (which we’ve been to several times) was nice and the food was very, very good. But we waited too long for everything. Too long for a waiter, too long for a drink, too long for each course. Too long for a check. Too bad, because we won’t be back.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love coming to Dancing Bear every time we are in town … The food and service are always amazing ! Definitely recommend to all of our friends …

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  21. DavidnCrystal

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food in a beautiful and quiet setting. We sat outdoors on a nice night and enjoyed our entire experience from the drinks to the appetizer, entrees and dessert to the ambiance and service- it was a delightful evening!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is nothing short of a wonderful dining experience.

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  23. MargareteC

    Charleston

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite place to be. Celebrated our 43 anniversary. Could not have enjoyed ourselves more. Food wonderful as always and server was a pleasure. Lovely evening. Thank you Bear and friends!

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  24. JandD

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined at Dancing Bear last Thursday to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary and it was a romantic and spectacular evening. The grounds and bistro are natural and charming - and you can dine in or outdoors. The service was top notch. We started with the Crispy Glazed Pork Belly and the Charred Ceasar and both were unique and delicious! Our mains were the Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chop and the Truffled Filet Mignon. Both were fresh, tender, and flavorful. We finished with melt-in-your-mouth bread pudding and flourless chocolate cake. A special night indeed!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! We will be back! Great food and atmosphere!
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you! We look forward to serving you again!

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  26. BrendaA

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a large group. The service was amazing, the food wonderful and the evening out a huge success.
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you for choosing the Bistro, Brenda! We hope we have gained a new Friend of the Bear and we look forward to serving you again!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, service and staff. We absolutely loved the entire experience. Hands down the best meal from start to finish we’ve ever had! We will be back whenever we are in the area.
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you for your 5-star review! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your Bistro experience and we look forward to serving you on your next trip to Townsend!

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  28. jdhillia

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing little gem in the foothills! Beautiful food and cocktails.
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you for your kind review! We look forward to serving you again!

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  29. Diane

    Jackson Hole

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and portions. Wonderful service by waiter Jack. Absolutely no complaints. Will repeat! We had the pear salad and trout. Both excellent!
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you, Diane! We hope we can call you a Friend of the Bear and we look forward to serving you again!

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  30. GregV

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit at the Dancing Bear and it was absolutely wonderful. Service was 5 Stars with Jake. Best pork chop I have ever had, anywhere including home. Loved the overall experience.
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you for choosing the Bistro, Greg! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your first experience and we hope Jake was able to make it memorable. We look forward to serving you again as a Friend of the Bear!

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  31. RalphW

    Bristol

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, you can count on the absolute best culinary cuisine, outstanding service and an enjoyable environment at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro and tonight was no exception! We took our family there tonight including our three grandchildren and the experience was exceptional! Our grand kids enjoyed their meals, the fires including the s’mores and the bubbles provided by the staff! All in all, a wonderful evening!
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you for your kind review and Private Note, Ralph! It sounds like you have become a great Friend of the Bear and we appreciate you sharing the Bistro experience with your family. Thank you for choosing the Bistro and we look forward to serving you again!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was fantastic. Great drink selection
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you! We hope to serve you again soon!

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  33. MartinE

    Nashville

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed truffled Filet Mignon and sweet tea brined Pork Chop after a lovely cheese board appetizer and the Spring Sangria and an Old Fashioned. All of them could not have been better. We had a Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Our server, Delanie, was attentive and friendly. For the first time we could not finish the wine or order dessert were were so completely full. A great meal with great service!
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you for joining us again, Martin! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience and we hope Delanie was able to make it memorable. We look forward to serving you again as a Friend of the Bear!

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  34. EricS

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place - excellent service, outstanding food, spectacular atmosphere
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you, Eric! We hope we can call you a Friend of the Bear and we look forward to serving you again!

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  35. MaryT

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not enough accolades to express how wonderful this place is. From the atmosphere, superb staff, amazing cocktails and exceptional food! As global fine dining lovers, this one is on our top ten list for sure!
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you for your kind words, Mary! We are honored to be considered one of your top dining destinations. We hope you have become a Friend of the Bear and we look forward to serving you again!

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  36. SandyW

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the service was amazing. Had the fried oysters as an appetizer and the bistro burger. Both were delicious and our waiter was awesome
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you, Sandy! We hope we can call you a Friend of the Bear and we look forward to serving you again!

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  37. VoraciousDiner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food flavor and quality outstanding, but food temperature was tepid. Buffet food lagged behind demand resulting in customers standing and waiting. Unfortunate.
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us about your Brunch experience. We apologize for missing the mark during your visit. We have passed this on to our Bistro staff and hope you will return for the Bistro experience we are known and awarded for. Thank you!

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  38. ChandlerG

    West Palm Beach

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely divine. I really have no words other than YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED and you should go at sunset. My husband I both wiped our plates clean. The pork belly, filet mignon, and doughnut bread pudding were unreal. I loved the sangria and he loved the smoke and dagger drink. Worth every penny and then some. (edited to mention that we went again the following weekend while we were in town because it was THAT good)
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you for your kind review, Chandler! The Bistro at sunset is truly something to be seen and we are thrilled you were able to experience it! We hope we have gained some new Friends of the Bear and we look forward to serving you again!

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  39. SusanP

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Halibut was delicious and the pork belly dish was outstanding. One of the best cocktails I’ve ever had.
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 28, 2024
    Thank you for your kind review and Private Note, Susan! We hope you enjoyed your Bar at the Bear experience and we look forward to serving you again!

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  40. MaryT

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely top notch cooking in a casual atmosphere. Loved it all
    Dancing Bear Appalachian BistroResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thank you, Mary! We hope to serve you again soon!

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FAQs

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro is rated 4.9 stars by 3214 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
Google Map for Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro

7140 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Apple Valley Way
  • Neighborhood
    Knoxville
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–12:45 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Southern, Contemporary Southern
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking is available just outside the restaurant in most cases. During special events such as concerts or weddings, parking is just off Highway 321 at the entrance to Dancing Bear next to Apple Valley Country Store with buses running people up to the restaurant and lodge event center.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Jeff Carter
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (865) 336-2138
  • Private party facilities
    Our Lodge Event Center offers beautiful, indoor and al fresco spaces, while our farm-to-table restaurant, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, provides fresh, local and artistic cuisine. Our award winning Chef Jeff Carter prepares elevated Appalachian fare, guaranteed to please every palate.
  • Private party contact
    Anna Bartlett: (865) 448-6000 ext. 3
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