Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro

4.7
824 reviews
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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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E. Tennessee
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day was the perfect reason to celebrate with a fabulous meal! I’m not sure what was the best, the bottomless mimosas, the deviled egg trio, or the beef tenderloin...but the winner turned out to be the stuffed French Toast. The service and food were incredible.

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FB
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 5th stay at Dancing Bear. We love staying and enjoying the Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro.

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LW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was absolutely amazing! Service was over the top. Drinks we severely delayed but that was it. Prices are high but we got exceptional and unique food.

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LH
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. A great place with great atmosphere

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KC
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Brunch is great addition. Only suggestion some selections should be bigger servings. For example, Mountain Man needs to have another biscuit with more potatoes and sausage.

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FB
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere of Dancing Bear. Friendly staff, great service and amazing food. Looking forward to my next visit!

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ME
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a great evening. Adjusting the menu to accommodate "no bacon" and a great wine and dessert suggestion. We are never disappointed.

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w
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem! Excellent in every respect - great service, delicious, creative food, beautifully presented, reasonable portions. Delightful outdoor setting, nestled in the woods. Firepit with S'Mores bar for relaxing after dinner .

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AL
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, however it took two hours to eat dinner. Service from the kitchen was very slow.

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KC
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dancing Bear is one of our favorites! Every time amazing food and service. We just made another reservation for Cinco de Mayo. We both had Chef Special. Every course was perfection. Great bartenders as well!

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JK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and wonderful service. We loved the fire pit and s’mores. What a great place.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entrees were excellent. We will return next year for Easter.

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k
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful way to celebrate Easter - the fixed menu was perfect and gave enough options for all to enjoy. Can't wait to try one of your wine dinners and hopefully stay over in a cabin.

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BB
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to be the best food, drinks, service, and atmosphere in the region!

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Maggie was very good. Very attentive but not pesky. The food was so different, perfect seasoning and presentation. It was a lovely experience

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d
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place came highly recommended by some friends so I took my wife there for her birthday dinner. Beautiful secluded setting among lots of trees, flowers, etc. It was a rainy, cool day so they had a wood fire going in the big stone fireplace which added to the coziness factor. The food is excellent and beautifully presented. The wait staff are very friendly and attentive without being obstrusive. Overall excellent experience and we look forward to returning in the future.

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P
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding gem in the area! Truly unique and excellent food. Service was also outstanding. Absolutely the best meal we had on our trip, no question!

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

A beautiful spring dinner on the outdoor patio with family.

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S
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The setting is beautiful and the entrees were delicious but the service was very slow. We had to ask for silverware for our main course and salt and pepper because the salad had no flavor. It seemed there was some bread service but we never got any. The servers were nice but seemed very understaffed. For the prices charged, the service should be more attentive.

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J
E. Tennessee
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We asked another couple to join us at the Bistro, promising them a good meal and fun time.

I decided to order two “little meals” instead of one big meal. I had the Appalachian sampler board and bbq oysters. Both were outstanding. Really, more than I should have eaten. It was fun having a mini buffet delivered to the table. All items were delicious. My wife and one of our guests had the salmon special and both seemed to like it very much. My wife was disappointed in the heaviness of the added salt but it was tasty. The fourth diner ordered a salad and the bacon-wrapped scallops. She reported it was excellent.

Our evening began very nicely with our server. He was attentive and very pleasant. It became obvious, though, that as more customers arrived, he was being spread too thin and couldn’t keep up. I imagine they were short staffed for some reason but it really affected our enjoyment of that last half of our meal. Table cleanup and water filling were slow and coffee to finish of the evening was not delivered. Every time we saw our server, he was rushing something to another table, trying had to keep everyone happy. We appreciate his efforts and would love to have him again. I did mention my concerns to the manager as we left but his only response was, “Thank you for coming tonight”.

Again, the food was very, very good. The atmosphere was delightful on the covered porch.

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden Gem you need to go check out! Experience was 5 stars from start to finish. Great bar selection with lots of good bourbon that you typically cant find at other restaurants. Great atmosphere, courteous and friendly servers, excellent presentation of food we look forward to our next visit.

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JD
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dancing Bear is a favorite restaurant of ours as a special treat. We like to hop in the convertible and enjoy a beautiful 45 minute drive into Townsend. They make a wonderful vodka martini, although it is a little pricey. We shared an appetizer, followed by individual entrees. My husband enjoyed the Diver’s Scallops and I had the Appalachian Hot Pot. We sat outside because the restaurant was a little cool. Very nice evening all around.

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LR
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returning to Dancing Bear was even better than we remembered. Great service and food exemplary. Owner is actively engaged with guests. A jewel hidden in the Smoky Mountains!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our daughter’s 21st birthday. Everything was great!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely be

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DC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food there is excellent, almost like the kitchen was trying to make a statement about the food quality and how good and how detailed it can be in a wooden lodge resort up in the Tenn mountains. Our waiter was overwhelmed and was not able to give us much attention, but his ancillary staff, hostesses, managers, water fillers were all excellent and pulled much of the waiters weight to give us attention we needed to have an excellent meal. The gluten free short bread cookie on the crème brulee was an extra special treat. I would recommend Dancing Bear Bisto to anyone who enjoys fine dining. Try to ask for a table to dine outside if the weather is nice. It is worth the drive out of Knoxville to get there.

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I loved my food, but my husband's steak was not as good as it usually is. He was disappointed.

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MB
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and it did not disappoint! We had the evening Shef special- a Blood orange and honey glazed Salmon which was wonderful. My husband enjoyed the Pork Belly. We will be back again and again.

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OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice.
We hope to one day find a green salad on the menu in addition to the salad vegetables😉

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner! Great venue. I’m glad we went, and wish we had more days in town to go again. Maggie was great, all service was great.

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect setting for romantic dinner, great service, great food.

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GB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager made our 35th anniversary special with a tray of desserts.
The daily seafood special was outstanding, one of the best I have had.
The atmosphere is one of a kind in the woods and bonfire.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Chef

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RR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was a treat for ourselves. Enjoyed the food and venue.

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K
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat! We were in Gatlinburg for the weekend and had arrived early and wanted a great meal. Having dined at another of Shelly’s restaurants in the past we were looking forward to the meal, but the entire place did not disappoint. Definitely worth the drive!

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! Delicious food and great service!

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SS
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Dancing Bear never fails to deliver good food in a unique, comfortable setting.

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SH
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great!

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K
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appalachian Bistro was absolutely perfect. The food was delicious and the service was incredible. Everyone working there was so friendly and helpful. My boyfriend has quite a few food restrictions and they were so accommodating and helpful.

The ambiance was absolutely beautiful and so peaceful. A really fine dining experience all around the board. I really recommend this place to anyone, so if you are in the area make sure to make a reservation and get there!

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OT
E. Tennessee
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

On busy nights they need to bring out entrees faster than 2 hours. Our entree arrived 2 hours after we sat down. Food is very good, not the first time we felt left alone and had to ask for a status update from mgt

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