The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge

4.8
401 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Dining at The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge is one of Blowing Rock's most elegant and relaxed experiences. The cuisine is a blend of fresh local ingredients artfully prepared by our award winning culinary team under the watchful eyes of Chef Hunter Womble. Dine Al-Fresco or in our intimate European styled dining room. Enjoy cocktails on the terrace, then dine, from a light evening meal to a special celebration. Appropriate for children over 12 with sophisticated palettes.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary European, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Saturday 6:00 - 9:00
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Phone number
(828) 295-3644
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Hunter Womble
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Private Lot and Valet available
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal on a lovely outdoor stone patio. A great evening!

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We’ve dined here many times but this time was disappointing as the server had to be asked continually for water and she never checked or asked if our dinners were prepared correctly.
The swordfish was dry although cooked medium rare.
We’ve found in the past that the dinners were not quite as good as they are when Chef Hunter.

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Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always! One of my most memorable meals ever was a few years ago literally dining on the Eastern Continental divide on a beautiful evening. Some earlier rain prevented that but Gideon Ridge can compete with any restaurant anywhere. One of the best!

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KS
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and nice wines, wonderful outdoor atmosphere with lovely view of mountains and birds singing. Knowledgeable, friendly waitstaff. A perfect dining experience for my wife’s birthday.

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GD
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing views and great experience all around. The chef makes a point to come out to every table to greet his guest and make sure the experience was enjoyable. I could not recommend this place more.

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Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Hunter Womble really knows how to make an exquisite meal from the local cheeses at the start to creme brûlée at the end. We will go back again. We felt like we were the only people in the restaurant. We dined on the porch. The view and the mountain breeze were perfect. The service was impeccable.

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JA
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed when we dine at the Restaurant at Gideon Ridge. Food is creative, excellent quality, and staff is personable and very helpful; the chef, Hunter, will often visit tables to make sure his patrons are satisfied. We try to have dinner there 1 or sometimes 2 nights during our visits to Blowing Rock. Be sure to reserve well in advance; it is a small place and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to have a meal here. Dinner service is Tuesday through Saturday. We dined at another restaurant in Banner Elk the following evening - it had excellent food, but we missed the friendliness of the Gideon restaurant staff.

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Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First-class Inn and Restaurant! Dinner on the terrace at sunset with magnificent mountaintop views was stunning. Most of the menu is locally sourced, so varies with the season. We started with enhanced Fried Green Tomatoes, then Roasted Red Pepper bisque and finished with Duck Breast, which was the best I've ever had. Excellent Wine list and an incredible and most friendly staff topped off this wonderful experience.

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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an excellent restaurant in every respect. Food was good and the cocktails were well prepared.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good early Father's Day dinner. Wonderful pate and mustard sauce with cherries; a beautiful seared scallop and a great farmhouse salad capped by a creme brulee made for a fine holiday meal.

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HB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of four dined at Gideon Ridge for a birthday celebration. We asked to be seated outside if weather permitted, and we had a table on a lower patio overlooking beautiful gardens, with views of the smoky mountains in front of us and behind. Service, food, and ambience all exceeded our expectations. We would definitely return for a special occasion in the future.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will definitely come back. Kristin and Emily were great servers. Excellent food and wonderful view outside on patio.

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Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, McKenzie was top notch as our server and the evening was beautiful. Coming back in September.

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g
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we did a very nice review on trip adviser this place is outstanding great waiter[ rob] food excellent
never had tuna med raw it was excellent would go back

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BD
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Perfect for that special occasion! Something to consider while in the Blowing Rock area!!

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RP
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef was very friendly, staff hospitable and knowledgeable , overall great experience.

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Charlotte
54 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time at this beautiful restaurant and Inn. Food was wonderful; beautifully presented, perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection. Wine list is a standout, well curated and the pricing is well below what one would expect to find at a restaurant of this caliber. Desserts are not to be missed. Staff was very friendly and professional. Even thought its a 2 hour drive, we'll be back!

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T
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the service with Rob our waiter was excellent. However, we were disappointed with the shishito pepper appetizer which only included a minimal amount of the named peppers and the other peppers had not been seeded. The escargot appetizer was delicious but one of the snails had small pebbles and we were lucky not to break a tooth. Nevertheless it was delicious and would order it again. Entrees were good, especially the pork loin. The Halibut dish was a tad overcooked but good nevertheless. The ambiance, setting, and service definitely offset the small flaws in the food. We would go again and recommend it.

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CC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th time to be here. Creative drinks, delicious food, nice enough wine by the glass list. We continue to think of this as the “go to “ special restaurant in Blowing Rock

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MM
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, exquisite view, romantic atmosphere....... What more could you ask for? A wonderful meal and evening!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always amazing. Just trust the chef. And the service is impeccable. Our waiter was superb - friendly, knowledgeable of the menu and made great recommendations. This is our favorite restaurant in NC and we’ve been around.

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MB
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do not ever doubt the opportunity to get a reservation at this special GEM of the BEAUTIFUL NC mountains. Worth every dollar for every memorable mountain moment.

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JH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and the presentation was unique. Our waiter was well informed and helpful.

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New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food!!! Friendly professional service. GREAT wines by the glass and lots of reasonably priced bottles of good wine available. Best meal I've had all year!

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DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge is an outstanding example of what a fine dining experience should be. It is a small, but accommadating dining room with great views. All of the staff were young, very friendly and professional. We felt welcomed and enjoyed a very pleasant evening. The dinner was unhurried, lasting about two hours. The first course was the highlight of the evening. The escargot were incredibly tender and the mushroom, cognac and cream sauce was beautiful. My fiancee had the pate offering. It was the finest that I have ever tasted. She barely allowed me a sampling. My duck breast arrived a little less-cooked than to my liking. The chef was in the room and made sure that it came back perfectly prepared. The monk fish was nicely fresh and cooked to perfection. It was accompanied by a lovely sauce. An in-between course was offered and consisted of a bisque or a salad. The fourth course was a gorgeous desert. The wine list included selections from many different price points. We are wine aficionados, ordered a modestly priced wine and were perfectly satisfied with the bottle. This restaurant came highly recommended and it lived up to its billing. What a great place for an evening meal.

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MS
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, it was a pure treat to dine at The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge. The atmosphere is lovely, intimate, and comfortable. The service is the best mix of professional, warm, friendly and relaxed. Alex was kind, informed, and gave marvelous recommendations. Chef Hunter popped by our table to check on us and introduce himself; then, he served our entrees himself. I just love when the chef and /or members of management stop by your table to check in with you. That is a personal touch that demonstrates ownership and genuine care about their product. Our meals were exceptional...I had the lamb shank, and it was melt in your mouth goodness. My guest had the scallops and said they were delicate and delicious. It was a grand dining experience. I will make time to do it again...in the meantime, I will encourage others to book a reservation wit this gem. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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BR
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When your server (Alexa) remembers the wine you had several months back.....you know you found a gem! Love this restaurant and the service is just as good as the food.....which is AMAZING!

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent as always..great prices on excellent wines

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LW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent , the atmosphere better and our server did a great job also. If possible try to eat outdoors. It has beautiful views but was to chilly this time. We will go back again!

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JR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef is absolutely amazing. One of my favorite restaurants of all time. Lamb and Pork dishes so special! Lamb shank and Lamb sirloin to die for.

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JR
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I both had the softshell crab and lamb. Such amazing dishes. Chef Hunter has a personal approach to both the meal and customers that Is marvelous. One of the finest meals and dining experiences we've ever had. Wonderful service as well. The Gideon Ridge Inn Restaurant has few equals.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. This place continues to be exceptional.

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's been awhile since our last visit but everything we love about Gideon Ridge is still there. The same wonderful selection of apps and entrees as well as the interesting wine list. To be sure, it's not that the menu doesn't change -- it does, fairly frequently -- but rather the quality selections and wide array of choices are always there. Also as usual, the service was outstanding and it was nice to have the opportunity to discuss some of the selections with Hunter, the executive chef, on several of his stops by our table. All in all it was a lovely experience that my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed. That's another thing that never changes about Gideon Ridge -- and that's what makes it consistently wonderful.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town and it was highly recommended. Did not disappoint

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MZ
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue, gorgeous place, wonderful food and exceptional service!!

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JG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Food was freshly prepared and presentation lovely. We enjoyed a salad, which was extremely fresh and flavorful, as well as mushroom jalapeno soup. For entrees, I selected the Shrimp & Grits, a southern fare. Shrimp were firm and delicious! My husband opted for the fresh Tuna, seared to medium rare. Also fabulous. Drinks were generous as well. Ambiance is excellent. Stone building with views of Grandfather mountain. This is a gem. We will return.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! Lovely setting with mountains as backdrop. Service and food were wonderful. A very romantic setting.

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JG
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful venue. Wide variety and excellent preparation.

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb from beginning to end....as always. Gideon is where we take our guests and where we always go for special occasions. Hunter and team NEVER disappoint.

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