Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro

4.8
1329 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1329 people are saying
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4.7
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Alex
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service the food and the ambiance was very good. We had a wonderful evening sitting outside

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JayP
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed the Dancing Bear on several different occasions and have never been disappointed. The staff are friendly, professional and always courteous. We would recommend staying, dining and the Sunday brunch is fantastic.

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stellavol
E. Tennessee
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!! Thank you!

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KimC
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Loved the liquid appetizer and fudge to go components of the meal. The Mountain Gin Tuition drink was amazing. Our servers were outstanding! Loved the way things were set up for the concert.

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SybilH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy dining at Appalachian Bistro. The food is always good and the atmosphere is very relaxing. I think it is wonderful there is a restaurant of this caliber in Townsend.

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SukeyB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at the Bistro is mostly what brings us to Dancing Bear. It is always delicious and prepared beautifully. The outdoor dining was lovely and followed all the Covid rules.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for being a continued guest with us! We appreciate your kind review, and we look forward to serving you again.

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vipMargareteC
Charleston
34 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for our 40th anniversary. As always the food was wonderful and staff very welcoming. It is our favorite restaurant to enjoy a peaceful dinner. The staff are very thoughtful for COVID precautions and you feel very safe to be there. Patio is always wonderful. Another beautiful evening thanks to Dancing Bear.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for choosing the Bistro for such a special occasion! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your evening with us, and we look forward to serving you again soon.

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HSVNative
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food but a bit pricey. A special occasions type place.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your positive review! We appreciate your feedback and you choosing us for special occasions. We look forward to serving you again.

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Landon
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our new favorite restaurant. It is a great experience and the food is the BEST!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your kind review, Landon! We hope you have become a new Friend of the Bear, and we look forward to serving you again!

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BrooksC
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real dining experience, with awesome dishes and great atmosphere!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your kind review, Brooks! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Bistro experience, and we look forward to serving you again.

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DianeW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding dining experience! Pandemic protocols were seamlessly followed making the dinner safe and comfortable. Highly recommended!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review, Diane! We have been striving to make our guests feel as safe as possible while they dine, and we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to serving you again!

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KandiW
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Received this recommendation from an AirBnB host and it could not have been more amazing. Had the most tender 8 oz tenderloin that I've ever ate, the appetizers and drinks were on point, and the wait staff very knowledgeable in their food/drinks.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your kind review, Kandi! We are thrilled to hear you found us on the recommendation of your AirBnB. We hope our staff was able to make it a memorable experience, and we look forward to serving you again.

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vipKathiU
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Lovely restaurant in a very unique setting. Staff was friendly, but they were busy doing something else and service was not attentive, and it was slow. The food was really good, but our wait person neglected us, spending her time on another table. There was a very long wait for the main course, so that took away from the overall experience.
The setting and restaurant were so nice and the food so good, that we would give the restaurant another chance.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, Kathi. We appreciate your feedback. I apologize, as it sounds like we truly missed the mark with service during your meal. This is not indicative of the kind of service we provide, and I appreciate you giving us another opportunity to serve you. Please feel free to email me directly at emma@dancingbearlodge for your next reservation. I would be happy to help! Thank you again, and we look forward to serving you.

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MarcyJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside eating was lovely. Happily brought over a heater to our table when a cool breeze kicked up. Food was delicious (Rainbow Trout and oyster mushroom with Paparadelle house-made pasta). Libations tasty. Kids (11 & 14) able to roast s’mores. Highly recommend. Server was pleasant and friendly.

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MTBOR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner.

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MickeyL
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed dining at the bistro. It is a lovely setting and the food was delicious.

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SarahL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food took a very long time to come out. This was a three hour dinner despite the restaurant’s not being full. Servers did not know a lot about the food. Beautiful spot. Quite good food and likely the best in the area. About 15 wine bottles are half off on Wednesdays.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a magical Easter experience. The day was sunny and warm. We sat on the covered porch and could watch the activity outside. Everything was perfect from the napkin shaped into a bunny to the beautiful delicious meal.

Brunch is our favorite meal at Dancing Bear. Can’t wait until the buffet returns.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you for your kind review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed Easter Brunch. The weather was beautiful and it was the perfect day to enjoy a meal on the Landing. We hope our staff was able to make it memorable for you. We look forward to serving you again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Easter brunch with 5 star food!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on April 6, 2021

We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed Easter Brunch! Thank you for choosing the Bistro, and we look forward to serving you again.

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PacaR
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having eaten there four times over the past year and a half, it has become our favorite restaurant, even though it's an hour drive to get there. Food preparation and presentation has always been exceptionally good. And, we love the beauty and serenity of the patio seating. It makes for a truly memorable experience!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you for becoming a Friend of the Bear, Paca! We truly appreciate you making the drive to see us. We are thrilled to hear our staff has been able to make your experiences memorable, and we look forward to serving you again.

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RBailey
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Dancing Bear. Never a dissappointment in food or service!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you for being a Friend of the Bear! We look forward to serving you again soon.

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RobinP
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by Jack! Food was phenomenal and ambiance was perfect! Not too noisy, music was very nice as was the view of the outdoors and mountains.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 31, 2021

Thank you for choosing the Bistro for your birthday celebration, Robin, and thank you for the kind review! We are thrilled to hear our staff, and especially Jack, were able to make it memorable for you. We hope we have gained a new Friend of the Bear, and we look forward to serving you again!

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Glowe
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Every dish was superb. Especially like the ambrosia salad. Highly recommend.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you for your kind review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Bistro experience and we look forward to serving you again!

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KathyT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails! Nice wine selection at reasonable prices. Great service.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you for your review, Kathy! It sounds like you enjoyed our new Bar at the Bear and the drink menu they have curated. We look forward to serving you again!

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KaitlynP
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and great atmosphere! Perfect for a date

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you for your review, Kaitlyn! We are happy we were able to make date night memorable for you, and we look forward to serving you again.

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vipTimC
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We never miss an opportunity to eat at The Dancing Bear when we’re in East Tennessee. It is one of our all time favorite restaurants. The menu changes frequently and never disappoints. We love the ambiance for a romantic evening, as well as an intimate dinner with friends.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you for your kind review, Tim! We are thrilled to hear you have become a Friend of the Bear, and we look forward to serving you again!

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vipJayC
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food at an amazing venue. The only place we go for celebrations.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you for choosing Dancing Bear for your special occasions, Jay, and thank you for the kind review. We look forward to serving you again!

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DavidP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We started with a cheese plate and cocktails by the outdoor fire For dinner we had the elk and a mixed seafood dish. Both were very good with appropriate portion sizes. The menu is very short and would benefit by having at least one more entree.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, David! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your time at the Bistro. Please note, we do change our menu frequently so our guests can enjoy new things when they visit. We look forward to serving you again!

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ElaineL
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner in Townsend ! We eat here every time we are in Townsend !!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 25, 2021

Thank you for your kind review, Elaine! We appreciate you being a Friend of the Bear, and we look forward to serving you again!

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Steph
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. Great ambiance, friendly staff, and great food. It’s expensive, but well worth it if you are looking for some place unique.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you for your kind review, Steph! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Bistro experience, and we look forward to serving you again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and staff! We love this place for a nice dinner!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you for your kind review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your Bistro experience, and we look forward to serving you again!

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Cate
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dancing Bear was a fabulous experience! Every single detail was great, from the friendly hostess (with excellent Covid precautions, including temperature checks and care to maintain 6 feet distance from everyone while walking to our table) to the attentive wait staff and excellent food and great cocktails. This was our first trip, but we are already planning our next.
We ate outdoors on the covered patio, with a heat lamp (it was a bit chilly outside, but our table was comfortable enough we could remove our coats). After being seated by the host we were greeted by our server, and then the person filling water outside, then another server stopped to make sure we were being waited on.
I can’t recommend this place enough - it was a great special occasion dinner!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful review, Cate! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your first Bistro experience and that our staff was able to make it safe and memorable for you. We look forward to your next visit and we hope we have gained a new Friend of the Bear!

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SteveS
E. Tennessee
18 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The St. Patrick's Day Irish 3 course specials were excellent. Well prepared and delicious! Dancing Bear is one of our favorite dining spots. Wonderful food in a charming setting.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you for joining us on St. Patrick's Day and taking the time to leave us a review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Bistro experience and we look forward to serving you again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday and St. Patrick’s day

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 19, 2021

Thank you for choosing the Bistro for your special occasion! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience, and we look forward to serving you again.

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CindyH
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a wonderful evening and the food was delicious for a special event.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you for choosing us for your special event, Cindy! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Bistro experience. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, and we look forward to serving you again.

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LorianneM
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! The challenging cuts of elk were cooked to perfection, the service was impeccable, and the atmosphere was quaint.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you for your kind review, Lorianne! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and Bistro experience. We look forward to serving you again!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing !

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 16, 2021

Thank you for your kind review! We look forward to serving you again.

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JulieF
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! Beautiful setting, wonderful service and absolutely amazing food! The menu had some great offerings, I highly recommend the Appalachian Hot Pot and the lemon pound cake...so delicious! Will definitely go back if we visit the area again.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you for the kind review, Julie! The Appalachian Hot Pot is a Friend of the Bear favorite, and we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed it as well. Thank you for choosing Dancing Bear, and we look forward to serving you again.

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CapP
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We had the filet with a cheese plate appetizer. The piped in music was very soothing and the only issue we had was with the desert. We had the strawberry shortcake and the biscuit was very good but it had very little strawberries. They corrected the problem and all in all we had a great time.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 16, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your Bistro experience. We apologize for the mistake on dessert, but I am glad our staff was able to make it right. We appreciate your feedback, and we look forward to serving you again.

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JamesB
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DBAB has been our family’s restaurant for special occasions or to occasionally treat ourselves. My wife retired from the military after 25+ years and this is where we choose to end the evening with dinner.

She had the stuffed trout, I had the elk chop, and my 11 y.o. had the burger. All was cooked to perfection. The elk was tender and delicious. Don’t be afraid to try it, they do a great job of preparing it to reduce the game taste. We were so full that we skipped desert but I did try the Tailgate Brewing Orange Belgium (Nashville); it was excellent with just the right amount of citrus to make it refreshing. Great local brewery draft selection supporting Tennessee artisans.

Loved it as always, see you soon DBAB.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on March 16, 2021

James, thank you for being a long-time patron of our's. We are thrilled to hear our staff has made your experiences with us memorable. It sounds like you tried some of our favorites - the burger and the elk chop - and we are glad you enjoyed them. Again, thank you for choosing Dancing Bear and we look forward to serving you again.

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