We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Rivers End Restaurant

13077 Highway 19 W, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
+1 828-488-7172
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (58 reviews)
“fish tacos” (12 reviews)
Closed Now
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
13077 Highway 19 W, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (567)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 564 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere. We were cold when we got there and the staff was quick to respond turning the heat up. We had the staff special, pasta, chefs salad and sole. Pasta was the best. Fish needed a bit more seasoning. The beet salad was great!...More

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited here off-season (I can imagine going in the summer would be quite different). Superb beer selection, very good food (I had the veggie burger and it was tasty). But the view is perfect. With a window seat you are right next to the...More

Thank Simon900
Reviewed 29 January 2018

I stop here often for breakfast and lunch. Not fancy but good food and you can't get a better view of the river! We enjoy watching the rafters while relaxing!

Thank Michelle T
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Out with friends. Had lunch and watched the kayakers. Good food, nice environment. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable of menu and drinks. Will be back.

Thank Steve K
Reviewed 5 December 2017

Delicious food, friendly service and one heck of a view! The wine and beer lists were great too -- a little bit of everything with reasonable prices. We were there around 3PM on a Sunday and it was fairly busy. I imagine it's packed in...More

1  Thank ecbronze
Reviewed 1 December 2017

Awesome food and view of the Nantahala River. Chili is great as well as Sherpa rice. Service was perfect - good beer and wine. View is so good we come back every year.

Thank regrider
Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

I took trip advisor's advise and tried this place. The restaurant is located on the river and you can sit and watch the kayaking. They come to the river from all over the place to train. Then you can watch the ducks swim around. The...More

Thank barnett202
Reviewed 14 November 2017

atmosphere is cozy and friendly staff. Food was good, standard, and offered vegan options. Momentos and information on walls tell of the place and it's history.

Thank Gitte S
Reviewed 14 November 2017

I enjoyed lunch here. The location is designed so everyone gets a great view of the water. Prices are extremely reasonable. Will definitely stop by again if I am in the area.

Thank KRoman4
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Rivers End has great food in a casual atmosphere. The restaurant overlooks the Nantahala River and you can watch rafters and kayakers float by while you eat. It's a very relaxing place to have a nice meal, especially after you have gone rafting!

Thank SteveandBobbie
Nearby HotelsSee all 10 hotels in Bryson City
Lakeview at Fontana
237 reviews
8.40 km away
Scenic View Motel
56 reviews
15.48 km away
Riverbend Lodging
38 reviews
16.12 km away
Ridge Top Motel & Campground
143 reviews
16.40 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Pizza By the River
54 reviews
2.38 km away
Big Wesser Brew & BBQ
79 reviews
.05 km away
Village Bistro
72 reviews
4.57 km away
Nearby Attractions
Otter Creek Trout Farm
13 reviews
7.97 km away
Bryson City Gem Mine
30 reviews
1.16 km away
Nantahala Rafting with Adventurous Fast Rivers
684 reviews
2.27 km away
Rolling Thunder River Company
289 reviews
3.58 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
18 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from flnine300 | Reviewed this property |
They sure do.
Joyce c
4 August 2015|
Response from Judy H | Reviewed this property |
I have ridden the train many times to the NOC and there really isn't enough time to eat there. It is best to eat at one of the kiosks on the train side of the river. That way, you still have a bit of time to walk around and... More
Keri H h
11 February 2015|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Terri G | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. But I know Bryson City is a pet friendly town.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13077 Highway 19 W, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Bryson City
  • Phone Number: +1 828-488-7172
  • E-mail
Located at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and the Nantahala River, River's End Restaurant has been serving hikers, paddlers and everyone in between since 1972. From delicious trout cakes and New York style pizza to hand-pattied veggie burgers and the infamous sherpas, River's End Restaurant has a dish for everyone. The Nantahala River provides beautiful views and plenty of entertainment while dining from riverside seats at River's End Restaurant.Serving breakfast (March-October), lunch, and dinner. Open year round.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing
Looking for a great restaurant?
Our global travel community is ready to help.
Join TripAdvisor