Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro

4.7
1265 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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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
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BriR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The overall setting was wonderful and romantic. Unfortunately, the food was okay. The appetizers and pear salad were our favorite! Though the dinner itself was simply okay, for the price range we expected better.
The server and wait staff was very kind and friendly.

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MattA
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinners we've enjoyed in the last year. My wife and I dine out 2-3 times a month around Knoxville and east Tennessee. We had heard good things about the Dancing Bear and finally got to try it. We had a terrific experince. The server was attentive and professional. Far above average. The atmosphere was comfortable with Chris Stapleton type music and subdued lighting. The food was outstanding in taste and presentation. It was was basically a casual dress setting with fine dining on the table.
We will absolutely be back.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded 17 hours ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a kind review, Matt. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your first Bistro experience. We hope our staff was able to make it memorable for you. We like to call our style "Cabin Casual", and we are glad you enjoyed it. We hope we have gained a new Friend of the Bear, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is a magical spot with fantastic food. I can’t wait to go back next time we are in the area!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on January 12, 2021

Thank you for leaving us such a kind review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your Bistro experience. We look forward to serving you again!

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BobB
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal! Wasn’t a large menu but enough variety to satisfy anyone.
Will be back!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you for your review, Bob. We want to note that our menu does change regularly to reflect seasonally available items so while it is not always extensive, we hope you will visit again to try something new next time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was top notch. Wouldn’t change a thing and can’t wait to return!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a kind review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the Bistro, and we look forward to serving you again.

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HappyDiner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Beautiful outdoor patio and excellent food! Would highly recommend their Brunch.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so glad you were able to enjoy your brunch on the patio. Be sure to follow us on social media or join our mailing list to learn about brunch events in the future.

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JamesS
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good, was disappointed that I could not get the
fried oysters, I know it was not on the New Year's menu.
The experience has always been outstanding.

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Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you for your kind review, James! We are sorry you were not able to enjoy the fried oysters on New Year's as we did have a set event menu. We hope you will visit us again when they are on the menu! Our Bistro hostesses are always happy to review the menu with you before your visit if there is a particular item you are hoping for. We look forward to serving you again!

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BrentB
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal as always, this time for New Years Brunch. Food is superb. Staff seemed Covid conscious.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you for your review, Brent. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Bistro experience and that our staff was able to make you feel secure with our COVID precautions. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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MollyB
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed the New Years Eve meal for the last 3 years. This year was by far the best! We were fortunate to have the bar manager whip up a last minute bourbon pairing for the gentlemen at the table. She knocked it out of the park.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on January 1, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, Molly! We are thrilled to hear you've been a repeat guest for our New Year's Eve dinner. Alejandra has been doing fantastic job creating new and tasty cocktails at the bar, so we are happy you were able to enjoy some of those. Thank you for dining with us, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Thesisters
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I went to celebrate New Years Eve. Everything about our dinner experience was superb! We did the wine paring with each course, which was a perfect addition to the delicious food. The presentation of the food was beautiful and perfect in every way. Our waitress was wonderful and sweet. The Manager stopped by our table to wish us a Happy New Year which added a very personal touch. This was more than a dinner it was an experience, one we will treasure for years to come. We look forward to returning soon!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you for your kind words. We are so happy to hear you and your sister enjoyed our Bistro experience, and that our staff was able to make it memorable for you. We hope we have gained a new Friend of the Bear, and relook forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipJenniferW
Savannah
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and very romantic! We enjoyed our dinner - the veal and elk were a hit. Service was very good.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on January 1, 2021

Thank you for your kind words, Jennifer. We hope we were able to make your Bistro experience memorable! We look forward to serving you again in the future.

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ToddC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is perfect. Food, service, location, etc.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 31, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, Todd! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Bistro experience. We look forward to serving you again in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We go to dancin bear often. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is perfect. Only complaint is the service is consistently off. Last three times we were there (without us complaining at all) management has recognized the breakdown in service and given us free desserts (which we would never ever ask for) dinners take way too long to come out. We ordered coffee and dessert and my husband drank an entire French press (3 cups) before our dessert finally arrived. We were ready to go at that point and sent it back.
Wouldn't we tote this review except that this is the 3 rd time in a row the service has been off. Just something they really should work on. I have no problem paying $300 for dinner if the food and service are stellar but to pay that for subpar service is just not ok

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on January 5, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We cannot make improvements without feedback from our guests. While we are thrilled to hear you have enjoyed your meals and the atmosphere, we realize the level of service should have matched and it seems we missed the mark during your last few visits. I would love an opportunity to make it right. If you could, please email Ashley@dancingbearlodge so we can further assist you. Again, thank you for your review and patronage to the Bistro.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner! We will definitely stop again when we are in the mountains.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 30, 2020

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

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vipDiner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not as good as the last few times we have eaten at the Bistro. The menu was very limited this time and very heavy on red meat with only minimal fish/seafood and no fowl dishes. One of our party had the most expensive steak on the menu, at almost $50, and found it average at best.

Maybe Covid is taking a toll, but we ate there in June 2020 and it was outstanding.
Regardless, we will be back.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 30, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I apologize, as it seems we missed the mark during your Bistro visit this time. Our menu does change regularly to reflect seasonally available items, so we apologize if it wasn't as extensive as you expected during your visit. We would love to help you further, if you could email Ashley@dancingbearlodge with more details of your visit. Thank you for choosing the Bistro, and we hope we can make your next visit memorable.

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Debbls
East Texas
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dancing Bear Bistro is always special. During the holiday, they really make you feel warm and welcome. The menu was perfect for the occasion and well priced, with a wonderful selection of wines paired alongside. The Appalachian Bistro knows how to take the best of the season, and locale, and offer it well prepared, perfectly prepared.
So glad to spend the holidays there. Will return off season, never too often. I thank them for this experience.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 29, 2020

Thank you for your kind review. We are so happy to hear the Bistro met your expectations for the holidays. We look forward to seeing you again, and we hope you will consider us again for the holidays next year!

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FoodieFavorite
E. Tennessee
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve Dinner was SPECTACULAR!! The set menu & wine pairing was superb! Nikki was our server & was very attentive & knowledgeable. One of our favorite restaurants year round is now going to be our Christmas Eve Tradition!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 29, 2020

We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Christmas Even Dinner at the Bistro and that Nikki was able to make it a memorable experience for you. We look forward to being a part of your new tradition, and we are happy to hear we will be seeing you again.

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SteveS
E. Tennessee
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We always enjoy the Appalachian Bistro. This trip we were a little disappointed in the very limited menu. I will attribute this to the current environment we are in. The food was good..but not quite up to the standards we have enjoyed over the years. The roasted vegetable plate was VERY disappointing but our shrimp stuffed trout and over grits was excellent. We will definitely return and hope all of the turmoil will subside and we will be able to give a 5 star rating as we have in the past.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 29, 2020

Thank you for your detailed review, Steve. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed part of your meal, but we apologize for missing the mark on the vegetable plate. We would like to note that our menu changes regularly to reflect seasonally available items. We are happy to discuss that day's menu with you prior to your arrival. We appreciate you understanding this being a difficult year, and we look forward to serving you again and providing you with the Bistro experience you are accustomed to.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very comfortable with the COVID protocols and as always we had a most enjoyable evening! If you haven’t been yet....GO!!!!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 29, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a kind review. We are happy to hear we were able to make you feel safe and comfortable during your Bistro experience! Thank you again and we look forward to serving you in the future.

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TriciaP
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was terrific! Definitely recommend the exquisite atmosphere. We will be back!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 29, 2020

Thank you, Tricia! We appreciate your kind words and we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Bistro experience. We look forward to serving you again!

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ChristianeW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Rustic atmosphere. Cuisine is good, however true foodies may be disappointed.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 29, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, Christiane. We apologize if the menu or your meal was not what you expected. We would love more details on your experience, as we cannot improve otherwise. Please email Ashley@dancingbearlodge so we can further assist you. Thank you!

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JaniceH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch on Sunday, December 20, 2020, and it was delicious!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 29, 2020

Janice, thank you for your review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our special Charles Dickens style brunch. We look forward to serving you again in the future!

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HenryL
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic. The food the presentation of the food the timing of the servings the staff were all exceptional. Would recommend to Everyone

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 22, 2020

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

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BetsyH
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my mom for their Charles Dicken’s brunch and we had an amazing time. The ambiance was so festive, the service was incredible and the food was delicious. Each course was my favorite! We got two different main courses so we could share and everything was above and beyond! Thank you Dancing Bear and I can’t wait to return soon.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 16, 2020

Hi Betsy, thank you so much for your kind words. We are thrilled to hear you and your mother enjoyed the Charles Dickens Brunch. We love that you each ordered a different entree so you could share. We are having another brunch this Sunday the 20th and would love for you to join us again. Otherwise, be sure to watch our social media to learn about other events. Thank you!

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Hiker
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Beautiful place but the food just wasn't that great and the green bloody Mary wasn't good at all.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 16, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so sorry to hear your meal wasn't what you expected during your Bistro visit. We would love an opportunity to make it right. If you could, please email Ashley@dancingbearlodge so we can further assist you. Thank you!

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BrianH
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Charles Dickens style Christmas brunch was phenomenal. We chose outside seating and it was perfect. Always a perfect time at Dancing Bear.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 15, 2020

Thank you for your kind words, Brian! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the Charles Dickens Brunch on Sunday. We hope you were able to see some of the Gingerbread Houses displayed inside as well - all created by our staff! Again, thank you for your review and we look forward to serving you again in the future.

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Alwayseatingout
E. Tennessee
19 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Normally a great place to dine but today the experience was very poor. To start, the server pouring our water spilled the majority of it as she was pouring and then just kicked the ice cubes to the side on the concrete floors. I had to warn my mother upon her return to the table so as not to fall. The 2nd server never took our drink order. We had to ask for drinks. I had to ask for coffee because it was never offered with our brunch even though coffee mugs were on the table. The waiter told us for the mimosas, there would be a cart brought to the table. Never happened. Our 3rd course arrived about 1 minute after our 1st course. We told the lady that we hadn’t even received our 2nd course yet. She took our food back and then returned with it saying the chef said “to just put it on their table”. Our 2nd course arrived a few minutes after the 3rd course arrived and while we were still eating the 1st course. Dishes were everywhere. After all the food arrived, our waiter did not return during the time I ate my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd course. When he did return, I asked for more coffee. There was more coffee in the saucer than in the mug. Overall a poor dining experience.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 16, 2020

Hi there - thank you for taking the time to leave us a detailed review of your experience. It seems we truly missed the mark during your visit, and I would love an opportunity to make it right. If you could, please email Ashley@dancingbearlodge so we can further assist you. We hope to show you what a true Bistro experience can be. Thank you.

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MimiR
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best meals we have ever had have been here. This restaurant has quality, delicious, unique and fun dishes for all to enjoy. We stay at the dancing bear lodge and eat all our meals at the bistro because there is definitely not a better option in the area. The staff are wonderful as well.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 15, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, Mimi. We are so thankful to have you as a Friend of the Bear. Thank you for your continued patronage of the Dancing Bear - we look forward to seeing you again!

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CarrieA
New England
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food wonderful escape place from hustle of Gatlinburg.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 15, 2020

Hi Carrie, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Bistro experience. We look forward to serving you again in the future!

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vipDave
Western NC
24 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service and ambiance were really good but the food was mediocre at best. The food here is always a risk. Sometimes we have found the food to be good but other times, like last night, very mediocre. Most likely my last trip there.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 9, 2020

Hi Dave, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate your feedback. I am sorry to hear we missed the mark during your last visit to the Bistro, and it sounds like we have been inconsistent for you in the past. We definitely don't want this to have been your last trip, and would love the opportunity to make it right. Please email Ashley@dancingbearlodge so we can assist you further. Again, thank you for your review and dining with us.

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tomk
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Food is always
Delicious no matter which dinner we pick, salads are very special.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 9, 2020

Thank you for the kind words, Tom! We are so happy to hear you always enjoy your meal at the Bistro. We look forward to serving you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were staying in Pigeon Forge and found this restaurant on open table in Townsend. It was definitely worth the drive there!! Loved it! We will definitely be going back the next time we visit.

Clay (our waiter) was great!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 1, 2020

We are thrilled to hear you found us while visiting Pigeon Forge! We know it can be a bit of a drive, but we are so glad you found it worth your time. We hope Clay was able to make your Bistro experience memorable, and we look forward to serving you again.

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FoodieFavorite
E. Tennessee
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food is always exceptional! I had the seafood pot & my husband had the elk - both were cooked to perfection & tasted amazing! He had the chocolate soufflé for dessert YUM! And I had the chocolate chess pie - I wouldn’t get this one again: it was a little tough & the sautéed pineapple that was served with it made a weird combination.
The menu is limited due to COVID & the serve was spread thin. But have no fear - the food will be beyond expectations!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 1, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! It sounds like you and your husband ordered two house favorites - we are happy you enjoyed them. Thank you for the notes on the Chocolate Chess Pie. We will be sure to pass this along. Please note, your server is always happy to replace an item or have it remade if it isn't to your standards or what you expected. Thank you again for dining with us, and we look forward to serving you again!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Server was immature and kept saying “alright sweet”

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 1, 2020

Hi there! While we are happy to hear your overall experience was worth 5 stars, we do apologize if the server missed the mark with their attitude. Please email ashley@dancingbearlodge to further discuss the issues you had with your service. We do hope you enjoyed your meal and Bistro experience otherwise. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a big menu,but something for distinguished palates..always plated beautifully. Service outstanding!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 1, 2020

Thank you for your kind review. While our menu is not always extensive, we do try and change it regularly so our guests are always able to try new things. We are happy 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 November 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Thanksgiving

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 3, 2020

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your Thanksgiving meal with us! We look forward to serving you again in the future!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was extraordinary with thoughtful, unobtrusive service. The wine list continues to improve and evolve as does the whole experience of dining at Dancing Bear. The ambience is rustically elegant, giving a nod to our beautiful smoky mountains and inspired by the Lord’s glorious creation. What a treat!

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 1, 2020

We appreciate your beautiful words about the Bistro! It sounds like you have dined with us several times, and we are so thankful to have you as a guest at the Bistro and a Friend of the Bear. We look forward to serving you again!

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MikeH
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinner experiences I have ever had. The service was outstanding, the overall appearance of the dining area is extremely great and the meal that both my wife and I were served was by far one that will be remembered by both of us for years to come. The beef tenderloin was fantastic! Selection of wines is huge. Selection of beers and ales was huge.
I could not compliment this place enough.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 1, 2020

Thank you for your kind review, Mike! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Bistro experience. We truly hope we were able to make it a memorable night for you. We look forward to serving you again in the future!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Great food, service, drinks.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on December 1, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your Bistro experience. We look forward to serving you again!

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Mike
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We try to dine here every time we come down. Elk chop was spectacular and the hot pot never fails to please. Worth the trip.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Responded on November 24, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, Mike, and for making the Bistro a consistent park of your Smoky Mountain visits. Our Elk Chop has been very popular this year, and the Appalachian Hot Pot is a Friend of the Bear favorite! We look forward to serving you again in the future, and thank you for your feedback.

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Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1265 OpenTable diners.

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