Pigeon Forge Restaurants

13 Restaurants in Pigeon Forge TN You’ll Di(n)e For

Pigeon Forge Tennessee is a feast for the senses in the Great Smoky Mountains. Tucked into the hills and valleys of Eastern Tennessee, this lively city offers a smorgasbord of culinary treasures that are as impressive as the natural scenery.

Whether you crave comfort food classics, fresh seafood with an island twist, or innovative farm-to-table fare, the best restaurants in Pigeon Forge are ready to satisfy. Several locations are getting ranked among America’s best, but where do you start when choosing a place to eat?

If you’re tired of seeing the same restaurants mentioned over and over in your search for Pigeon Forge food, we’ve gone into the locals’ favorites and newest ranks to find the hidden gems among the legendary options.

Frizzle Chicken Cafe-Pigeon Forge
Frizzle Chicken Cafe | photo via timsbbqgriddle

Frizzle Chicken Cafe

2785 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Next to the Comedy Barn on the Parkway is one of the best restaurants in Pigeon Forge for breakfast, especially if you like your eggs with a side of animatronic chickens clucking songs across the room.

The breakfast and lunch menu brings basic options with a Pigeon Forge flair, but the vibe is extra and entertaining. This is a perfect place to start the day when the kids have a lot of energy. It’s helpful if you know the words to “Rocky Top.”

Cookie Dough Monster

2660 Teaster Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Ranking as one of the top Hidden Gems in the country by TripAdvisor in 2023, Cookie Dough Monster’s name also hides the full scope of the menu. Stating “We sell food, too!” has become part of the tagline, as this is a burger and shakes joint with incredible personality.

I still get the giggles from the receipt that listed Hennifer Lopez, Piggy Butt, Betty White, and Elvis Dumper.

Desserts range from cookie dough bites to floats to thick shakes in so many flavors that you should check the menu ahead of time.

TIP: Be prepared to explain Bofa Deez and Glory Hole to kids if you can’t keep a straight face while ordering.

Local Goat

2167 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Local Goat stands out in Pigeon Forge with scratch-made dishes boasting local flavors. It has even earned a spot on TripAdvisor’s Best Restaurants of 2023 for everyday eats.

This American craft-style restaurant goes beyond burgers and into wings, steaks, and salads. Even the appetizer menu is diverse — from fried green tomatoes to fancy fondue. Save space for a taste of the white chocolate bread pudding for dessert.

And, it’s not just food — local craft beers & cocktails elevate the experience. Family-friendly vibes with shuffleboard & mountain views set the mood. Stop by for lunch or dinner.

TIP: The portions are huge here. Order accordingly.

Local Goat-Pigeon Forge
Local Goat | photo via txdodgeman

West By God Pizza

137 E Wears Valley Rd Ste. 2, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

At a time when an axe-throwing business is about as common as a library in any community, Country Road Ace Co. raises the bar with high-tech targets and games, a wall of self-serve beer, and the unique pizza coming from the West by God Pizza kitchen.

This place is about to get a lot more popular after being featured in an early 2024 episode of America’s Best Restaurants. West By God Pizza provides the food inside Country Roads Axe Co.

The food is owned by a West Virginia (hence, the “West by God Virginia” hat tip) pizza specialty chef who trained in Italy after being inspired by Hartford Connecticut’s “apizza.” The secret here is the coal-fired technique, giving a crisp edge and tender center. Wings, burgers, and salads round out the menu.

TIP: As another bonus, this is a family-friendly place. But you don’t need to tell the kids that if you don’t want to.

Downtown Flavortown

2655 Teaster Ln Suite #100, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Saying that Guy Fieri’s name is on this massive entertainment center should be plenty, but we’re going to dig deeper into why this is one of the best family restaurants in Pigeon Forge.

Also featured on an America’s Favorite Restaurants episode, this venue serves Fieri’s award-winning Dragon’s Breath Chili Cheese Fries and a mix of sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, and waffles suitable for any meal of the day.

With 10,000 feet of arcade space and a bowling alley, Downtown Flavortown is a perfect rainy-day destination.

TIP: The Tiki Bar is a great adult escape with a special menu for food and drinks.

Anything With “Old Mill” in the Name

Old Mill Ave & Old Mill St, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

By Patriot Park sits a collection of stores and restaurants that are habitually ranked and reviewed as the best in Pigeon Forge.

The Old Mill Restaurant serves all three meals in the former home of a grist mill, set up with a welcoming Southern atmosphere. Hearty meals come with a heavy focus on Southern foods.

Around the corner, The Old Mill Pottery House Cafe brings a modern, upscale take on American cuisine with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Think gourmet burgers, pasta dishes, and delicious bread made with flour ground right at The Old Mill. The romantic setting, stone fireplace, and winter igloos make this a year-round favorite. It’s ideal for a more unique and reserved dining experience.

The Old Mill also offers a candy kitchen, creamery, and distillery on-site.

TIP: The restaurant doesn’t accept reservations, but the line moves quickly. Takeout is also available. The Pottery House Cafe offers a waitlist.

Sawyer’s Farmhouse Restaurant | photo via skotty_2_hotty

Sawyer’s Farmhouse Restaurant

2831 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Breakfast is an art form in the Smokies, and Sawyer’s Farmhouse ranks among the best. We love that it doesn’t specialize in one thing — it excels at everything from creative pancake and waffle combos to “Mountain Man” sized plates and even crepes. You can even turn any omelet into a burrito.

From fluffy pancake towers to decadent chicken and waffles, the kitchen satisfies sweet and savory cravings. And while Sawyer’s is open for lunch, breakfast is served all day. Generous portions fuel your Pigeon Forge adventures, while homemade syrups add a special touch.

TIP: Don’t worry about the line. It’s almost expected for everyone to say, “It was worth the wait” on the way out.

Gaucho Urbano

111 Valley Dr, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

One of the newest restaurants in Pigeon Forge brings a Brazilian twist to Appalachia. If you aren’t familiar with this style of service, one price pays for access to the sidebar buffet and an assortment of skewered meats that are sliced tableside.

The full Gaucho Experience means 15 types of meat are at your beck and call, while access to the Harvest bar and Chef’s Table is self-self served. Brazilian dining in Pigeon Forge can be an intimate date night or a family event, and kids get discounted prices.

TIP: Two words — Meat Sweats. Vegan options are available at the Chef’s Table.

Pirate’s Voyage Dinner Show

2713 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Pigeon Forge takes dining to a new level with dinner shows. Pirate’s Voyage is under the Dolly Parton Company, so you know it’s bound to be good. A four-course meal is served while the pirate adventure onstage tackles land and sea battles. Feasts can be selected based on dietary restrictions and preferences.

Before the show, kids can mix and mingle with the cast to get mermaid and pirate makeovers. Overall, this show brings humor, stunts, a hidden lagoon, a variety of animals, and an engaging experience.

TIP: Dolly Parton’s Stampede and Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud are two other great options. However, the Comedy Barn does not serve dinner as part of the show.

Bennett’s BBQ-Pigeon Forge
Bennett’s BBQ | photo via quintero25

Bennett’s BBQ

2910 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Bennett’s BBQ isn’t just one of the best restaurants in Pigeon Forge — It has been repeatedly ranked as one of the best barbecue spots in the Smokies.

It has mastered the art of barbecue with creative additions like deep-fried deviled eggs and hog legs. Catfish, burgers, and chili round out the Southern classics. If you like Philly cheese steaks, try the spicy brisket Philly.

Eat in or take it to go. All sauces come on the side. Whether you want a full meal for four or food by the gallon, Bennet’s BBQ has some of the best food and service in Appalachia.

TIP: Bennett’s BBQ has a second location in Gatlinburg at 714 River Road.

Mama’s Farmhouse

208 Pickel St, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

This family-style staple is all-you-can-eat while you stay in your seat. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner await hungry diners with big appetites. Pick from meats, sides, and desserts, and they’ll be brought to the table just like grandma used to do.

If you return the next day, you’ll find new specials, or time your trip according to the menu special posted online. The biscuits, fried chicken, and banana pudding are all award-winning dishes.

TIP: A play area for the kids and rocking chairs for adults await outside before or after your meal.

Huck Finn’s Catfish

3330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

This casual eatery serves some of the best fried, blackened, and grilled catfish in the area — cooked to perfection. The meat and vittles (side dishes) are offered all-you-can-eat, or choose a Riverboat Dinner to keep to yourself.

The creative appetizer menu includes country-fried bacon, gator tail, and the Acadian classic poutine. A menu section is dedicated to “Nashville Hot” entrees too. Eat inside, on the patio facing the Parkway, or get it to go.

TIP: You must call them vittles, not sides.

Pigeon Forge Deli

159 E Wears Valley Rd #13, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
In the corner of the 2 buildings

Some of the best restaurants in Pigeon Forge are hidden in plain sight, but Pigeon Forge Deli is hidden behind two buildings. But, don’t let being unable to see it from the parking lot deter you.

Whether you’re packing a picnic for a trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park or don’t want to cook at the cabin, Pigeon Forge Deli is a sandwich force to be reckoned with.

While the traditional sub items are offered on the one-page menu, adding pretzel dough bread and any of the several flavors of pretzels makes the deli great as a snack stop, too.

I can’t even count how many reviews call this the “best sandwich I ever had.” Locals love this spot, and that’s a sure sign it’s one of the best in the Smokies.

TIP: Check the Facebook page daily for fluctuating hours. And, you can buy fresh bread rolls if you want to save them for later.

Pigeon Forge Deli-Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge Deli | photo via abraham.delgado

Food for Thought When Choosing a Pigeon Forge Restaurant

Consider a few things before diving into any of the best restaurants in Pigeon Forge. First, lines are to be expected. Don’t let them keep you away. Lines move quickly here — it’s down to a science like Disney World.

Second, be patient with servers if there’s a large crowd and a short staff. Hiring can be one of the biggest challenges in tourism communities. Everyone wants you to have an amazing experience, though, and staff members will go out of their way to make you happy.

Finally, plan your meals to work with your activities, not against them. For example, riding a mountain coaster might not be a great idea right after a Mama’s Farmhouse breakfast.

Now, tell us which restaurants we missed. We love hearing your feedback, and you can help our readers who are visiting for the first time.

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