Fewer things are more conducive to romance than an intimate dinner for two in a beautiful setting. Add some ambient lighting, irresistible cuisine, and bottle of good wine, and your experience is complete.
If you’re already enjoying a relaxing getaway in Gatlinburg with your loved one, you’ll have plenty of fine dining establishments to choose from. There are two romantic places that we recommend, and we hope you’ll enjoy them as well when you come to visit.
Here’s our pick for 2 of the best fine dining romantic restaurants near Gatlinburg TN
In nearby Dandridge, Angelo’s likely has the most picturesque lake view of any restaurant in the area. Its location on an island in Douglas Lake and near Interstate 40 makes it an easy drive from anywhere. While boats and jet-skis skim across the water, you can enjoy a wide-ranging menu that includes brick-oven pizzas (the most popular item), grilled burgers, seafood appetizers, homemade soups, salads and hearty entrees. If the weather is cooperating, be sure to sit outside and enjoy the surroundings.
Angelo’s has a pleasantly sophisticated offering of fine wines, both on draft and bottled craft beers and other spirits. A reasonable priced brunch is served on Sundays between 11 AM and 3 PM, serving biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, fried chicken and biscuits, steak and eggs and Angelo’s special omelet, with plenty of sides. The restaurant is open every day, 3 PM to 11 PM on Mondays, 11 AM to 11 PM Tuesday through Sunday.
This is the quintessential romantic restaurant in Gatlinburg with, as its own website states, “fine dining with a feast for the eyes.” Resembling a rustic mountain retreat, the Buckberry Lodge sits on a hill that overlooks Mount LeConte and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With both indoor and outdoor seating, the dining room thrills its guests with unforgettable mountain and forest views that stretch off into the horizon.
Serving both breakfast and dinner with menus that change daily, Buckberry creates meals influenced by the seasons. A current offering includes pan-seared beef tenderloin or duck breast, rare coffee crusted tuna and sautéed sea bass, each with creative side dishes. The dinner menu changes in the winter to fixed five-course meal, and there is also a five-course chef’s tasting selection each night. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday in January to May, Monday to Saturday in June to September, seven days a week in October and Monday to Saturday in November and December. Reservations are recommended.
Of course, this short list doesn’t include all of the great romantic fine dining experiences around Gatlinburg.