The High Country features some of the best dining opportunities in North Carolina. In fact, our culinary association includes more than 20% of the state's certified chefs. Together they provide a comprehensive journey of the dining landscape. Fast food to fine dining, if you're on a budget or want to splurge, the High Country has it all.
Whether in search of traditional American fare, fresh mountain trout or something a bit more adventurous, you're sure to find the perfect spot. Keep in mind that casual dining is popular as well. The High Country offers many different dining options in its downtown's from Boone to Blowing Rock, as well as downtown Banner Elk and West Jefferson. Visitors flock to the Dan'l Boone Inn for home-cooked meals served family style. And of course your mountain experience wouldn't be complete without some good ol' Western North Carolina barbecue from one of our many dining choices.
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Eat Crow / 9872 Highway 105S / 828-963-8228 / Website
Whether a gourmet lunch, a delectable sweet treat, or custom catering, Eat Crow is your one stop shop for good food in the High Country.
Country Retreat Family Billiards & Grill / 9021 Highway 105S / 828-963-6260 / Website
Family Billiards is a family-owned pool room and grill. The grill is open all day with casual entrees and new specials every day of the week. This constant rotation of culinary offerings is one of the reasons why the lunch crowd frequents the establishment five times per week--even if they don't play pool.
Grandview Restaurant / 10575 NC Highway 105S, #1 / 828-963-4573 / Website
Grandview Restaurant, owned by Greg and Debbie Cairns, is located at 10751 Highway 105 South in Foscoe across from the entrance to Seven Devils. It is open seven days a week--from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast and lunch are served all day. CASH ONLY
Ham Shoppe / 2931 Broadstone Rd / 828-963-6310 / Website
Great sandwiches salads and soups served daily. Now in a new location with seating!
Basil's / 246 Wilson Dr. Suite K / 828-386-4066 / Website
Open, upbeat brewery tasting room and restaurant serving sandwiches and customizable pasta entrees.
Bella's Italian Restaurant / 190 Boone Heights Dr. / 828-286-6101 / Website
Cafe Portofino / 970 River's Street / 828-264-7772 / Website
A favorite of Boone locals, Cafe Portofino is located in a 100-year- old building on Rivers Street, once the original maintenance station for the historic, Tweetsie Railroad. Completely renovated, with a friendly, open kitchen and a cozy dining room, we offer 5-star dining in a casual atmosphere. The menu is an eclectic mix of sandwiches, pastas and steaks. Cafe Portofino features daily culinary specials and fresh seafood. For those looking for a new pasta dish, try the house specialty Spiced Sirloin over penne pasta with Portofino's signature arrabiatta sauce. The extraordinary wine list compliments the culinary experience and all ABC permits are offered.
Casa Rustica / 1348 Highway 105 / 828-406-7085 / Website
Casa Rustica is Boone"s authentic Italian restaurant since 1981.They offer a wide selection of entrees including fresh pastas, chicken, veal, seafood and steaks. Nightly specials complement our menu and our homemade desserts are not to be missed. Visit the La Bouca Lounge where the menu offers original sandwiches and flat-bread pizzas. Casa Rustica provides a cozy atmosphere in a log cabin setting. Come for romantic fireside dining or bring the whole family and enjoy our friendly and prompt service..Casa Rustica offers live music twice a week in season. Thursday night we feature live jazz with Todd Wright and Andy Page. Sunday nights bring the classical guitar sounds of Justin Butler. Come dine with us and enjoy the wonderful sounds these talented musicians have to offer.
COBO Sushi Bistro and Bar / 161W. Howard Street B./828-368-1201 / Website
Upscale-chic Japanese restaurant & full bar with sake and designer cocktails. Unique sushi selections, entrees appetizers and desserts.
Come Back Shack / 1521 Blowing Rock Rd / 828-264-2797 / Website
Counter-serving restaurant offering creative beef, turkey & veggie burgers, plus shakes & sides! Locally sourced beef from North Fork Farm, hand cut fries, homemade sauces and dressings, and hand-breaded chicken.
Coyote Kitchen / 200 Southgate Dr / 828-265-4041 / Website
Burgers, Boats, Burritos, Salads, Melts & more, Vegetarian & Vegan Entrees, Antibiotic & Hormone Free Meats, Microbrews, Wine, Sangria
Dan'l Boone Inn Restaurant / 130 Hardin Street / 828-264-8657 / Website
For over 50 years, Dan'l Boone Inn has been serving Boone and the high country delicious homecooked meals, just like you remember at grandma's house. Their family style meals begin with a salad in the summer and soup in the winter. Three meats and five vegetables are served along with biscuits, preserves, dessert and beverage. A full family style breakfast is served on Saturdays and Sundays.
Makoto's Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar / 2124 Blowing Rock Road / 828-264-7976 / Website
Since 1981, Makoto's of Boone has been providing a facility for a unique dining experience. Makoto's offers a rare combination of exceptional food prepared by entertaining expert chefs in a relaxing atmosphere. Chefs perform their culinary magic at your table, or for more intimate dining enjoy the sushi bar. Named 2006 Small Business of the Year. Enjoy the experience of Makoto's.
Mellow Mushroom / 805 West King Street / 828-865-1515 / Website
Mellow Mushroom is more than just pizza and beer. They want to provide an experience filled with colorful art, eclectic music and food that comfort the soul.
Mint / 203 Boone Heights / 828-386-1441 / Website
Indian Cuisine offering menu items and daily buffet
Peddler Steak House / 1972 Blowing Rock Road / 828-264-4433 / Website
Offering quality cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere. Featuring gourmet soup, salad bar, lobster, crab legs, salmon, sword fish, tuna, chicken and, of course, steak. When only the best will do.
Pepper's / 240 Shadowline Drive, Unit 4 / 828-262-1250 / Website
Pepper's has served great food in the High Country since 1975. Sandwiches, homemade desserts, fresh seafood and steaks. Check out our menu on our web site. New bar with live entertainment now open.
River Street Ale House / 957 River St/828-246-8100 / Website
Burgers, Wings, Salads, Pizzas and more. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, multiple TVs and live music.
Saks Grill / 450 E King St / 828-264-3098 / Website
For a mouthwatering meal you're sure to love, Saks Grill in Boone is the place to be. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Saks has the grill going all day. All food cooked to order. The best burgers in Boone.
Stick Boy Bread Company / 345 Hardin Street/ 828-268-9900 / Website
Baked breads, steaming cappuccinos, delicious cinnamon rolls, and decadent chocolate tortes. The best part is that everything is made right here at the bakery using the best ingredients and methods. "This is the real thing. We promise - and we promise that you will be able to taste the difference.
The Cardinal / 1711 NC-105 / 828-355-9600 / Website
At The Cardinal, we are committed to providing classic American road good with the freshest ingredients available. Both our menu and cocktail list feature an eclectic mix of hand crafted food and beverages; all provided in house with an attention to taste and presentation. Our staff works hard to make sure that not only is your experience pleasurable, but that you have fun while you are with us.
The GameKeeper / 3005 Shulls Mill Road / 828-963-7400 / Website
Features modern mountain cuisine. Menu changes daily featuring freshest local produce and seasonal meats and fish. Outdoor dining with great view. All ABC permits on premises. Located on Shulls Mill Road across from the Yonahlossee Inn.
Best Cellar / 203 Sunset / 828-295-3466 / Website
The Best Cellar has been a favorite among locals and visitors with its award winning cuisine. They offer a southern inspired lunch including overstuffed meatloaf sandwich, fried green tomato BLT and oyster po boy. Our house made soups, salads and desserts make a nice accompaniment to our meals. For dinner they offer a seasonal variety of fresh seafood, aged beef, rack of lamb and roasted duckling. We also prepare several nightly specials to complement our menu. We offer an extensive wine list. Enjoy a private evening in our wine cellar for your intimate gathering. Inside by the fire, or outside overlooking the lush grounds, it's an experience you are sure to enjoy. Open year round. Valet service. Reservations requested.
Bistro Roco / 143 Wonderland Trail / 828-295-4008 / Website
Intelligent Choices for the Common Craving. A Landmark Casual Fine Dining Restaurant and Bar quaintly nestled off the beaten path near downtown Blowing Rock, North Carolina, high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Bistro Roca Restaurant in Blowing Rock NC features the only wood fired oven in the North Carolina High Country, created from bricks recovered from the landmark Antler's Bar. Bistro Roca Restaurant provides American Bistro fare, including unique salads, sandwiches and appetizers, homemade desserts and inspiring entrees. Specializing in hand tossed, wood-fired, Neapolitan style pizzas and French influenced comfort food, Bistro Roca has been serving the North Carolina High Country since 2004. Utilizing local farms around the Blowing Rock NC area for meats, cheeses and produce, Bistro Roca is supportive of the slow foods movement and offers a variety of vegetarian cuisine. Our restaurant is closed on Tuesdays, but serves Lunch and Dinner Wednesday through Monday with a Sunday Brunch menu.
Outback Steakhouse / 8280 Valley Boulevard / 828-295-6283 / Website
With every meal, every dish, and every bite you'll taste two uncompromising ingredients: big bold flavor and awesome quality. Fresh, never frozen chicken, fish and USDA Choice, grain-fed beef, aged to perfection. Our delicious croutons are handmade and take two hours to prepare. We do all this because quality made-from-scratch meals rule at Outback. We live it every day. Call Ahead Seating is available.
Savannah's Oyster House / 155 Sunset Blvd / 828-414-9354 / Website
Bringing the Low Country to the High Country. Seafood, Steam pots, Salads and Sandwiches. Serves Lunch & Dinner
Twigs / 7956 Valley Blvd. / 828-295-5050 / Website
Fine dining in a cozy mountain atmosphere. Specializing in an array of dishes of the highest quality including crab cakes, filet mignon, duck breast and mountain trout. The bar area features a fireplace and wooden bar stools. Bar also serves dinner nightly and hosts bands every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Extensive wine list and all ABC permits. Owned and operated by brothers David and Doug Beach. Reservations suggested.
Woodland's Barbeque / 8304 Valley Blvd / 828-295-3651 / Website
Featuring chopped and sliced beef, pork, ribs and chicken. Wide selection of sandwiches and Mexican daily specials. All ABC permits, wide-screen TV. Carry-out service and catering available. Kitchen closes at 9pm Sunday thru Thursday, 10 PM on Friday and Saturday. Live entertainment.
Artisanal Restaraunt / 1200 Dobbins Road / 828-898-5395 / Website
Contemporary American Fine Dining in a rustic yet elegant environment. Innovative and progressive thinking in a farm to table approach, only working with the highest quality ingredients. This warm environment offers the best food and wine with excellent service. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Private dining room adjacent to the wine cellar available for events.
Bayou Smokehouse and Grill & Bayou Store / 130 Main Street East / 828-898-8952 / Website
Banner Elk's most unique dining! Shop, play, wine and dine all under one roof! Authentic Cajun and Texas cuisine. Play pool and FREE National Trivia! Hot sauces, Louisiana coffee, NC wines and "Mix Your Six" from 90+ beers in the general store. We are located in the Village Shops in the heart of downtown Banner Elk.
Bella's / 3585 Tynecastle Hwy / 828-898-9022 / Website
A great neighborhood Italian restaurant located across from Sugar Mountain in the Food Lion Shopping Center serving authentic Italian cuisine. Try our chicken Marcella or homemade lasagna. We have wonderful pizzas, strombolis and calzones. We serve up the largest "pie in the sky." We also offer catering and a private banquet room.
Puerto Neuvo Mexican and Seafood Restaurant / 2120 Tynecastle Highway / 828-898-3332 / Website
Pride is taken in serving each customer with Authentic Mexican Dishes made fresh daily. That's why their Salsa, Chips, Guacamole and Pico de Gallo are incomparable. Remember, Puerto Nuevo has all ABC permits, so they can not only provide for the best beers from around the world, but some of the best Cerveza.
Sorrento's Bistro / 140 Azalea Circle / 828-898-5214 / Website
This upscale Italian Bistro is a combination of a visual and culinary celebration. Although the menu is Regional Italian, the sky's the limit for special events and private parties.
Stonewalls / 344 Shawneehaw Ave Banner Elk / 828-898-5550 / Website
Located in the heart of Banner Elk, StoneWalls restaurant has a tradition of serving the best Prime Rib, Steaks and Seafood in the High Country. Dinner is served daily from 5pm in a casual atmosphere. We offer an extensive Salad Bar included with all entrees as well as a Children's Menu.
The Painted Fish / 2941 Tynecastle Highway / 828-898-6800 / Website
Step inside the Painted Fish Cafe and Beer Bar and discover something truly unique in North Carolina: recognizable dishes with a twist. We offer an upscale experience in a relaxed, casual ambience where you can indulge in great food, fun beers and superb wines all at surprisingly reasonable prices. Outdoor dining overlooking Sugar Mountain is just one of many inspirations.