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Rivers End Restaurant

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13077 Highway 19 W, @ Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
+1 828-488-7172
08:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:00
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The food here is fine. My only problem is with the cleanliness. Everything from the chairs and tables to the menus and floor look like there was a food fight. The plastic table cloths were sticky. The staff wipes them down with a grubby grey cloth. Food particles and sticky surfaces on chairs, the condiment tray and everywhere. The effort... More 

Thank Fezoj S
Lake Mary, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were there on a cold day, but were seated next to a window overlooking the Nantahala. No rafters as the water was too low, but the food was very good and fun place to eat.

Thank Jackie B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well pleased with the food service friendliness prices very reasonable excellent place to carry the whole family will recommend to family and friends will be going back again excellent job to the cooks servers and management well done sincerely Kevin and Vicki

Thank angel3006
Lawrenceville, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband & I were traveling & found this on Trip Advisor. It was exactly what were were looking for: outside on the water. I think the building shows it's age, & thought the hostess could have been a bit more welcoming. She seemed distracted & just wanted to seat us. But she definitely was not rude. The waitress was... More 

Thank Eileen108
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the trout with grits and the grits were some of the best I've ever had...trout was excellent also!! I got there at about 11 a.m. on Sunday and it was crowded but by the time I left it was. Service was great, Teala was my server, and lunch with water was $18.14...not bad. I would definitely go back... More 

Thank CRLoveToTravel
Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place definitely caters to the traveling & outdoorsy crowd, which is perfectly fine. Expect a loud and happy crowd and filling tasty food. We had excellent service and the place was bustling for a Sunday night.

Thank DLP29212
Anderson, South Carolina, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So I had the chicken Sherpa. It was the most tasteless meal I have ever eaten. I even put hot sauce and soy and it was still tasteless Ray had a trout sandwich and it was tough. The French fries were good so we shared those. Don't waste your money or your time.

Thank Kristina H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in on our way to Robbinsville. Had a great river view, staff was friendly. I had the beef chili and my husband had the pill steak special. Food was excellent, especially the chile ranch. Would definitely recommend this place!

Thank amorriso25
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I traveled through the Nantahala Gorge and stopped at the NOC to grab a bite on the go. The burger was extremely good. Meat quality was second to none and I got the burger within 15 minutes. Highly recommend.

Thank charlesf930
Bryson City, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

My wife and I have been here multiple times and always get a window seat. the burgers are always Perfect, hot and juicy , the fries are just perfect taste. The Tea is just right and the service is just as good as the food.

Thank jkamarata210

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Television
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
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
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?