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Rivers End Restaurant

13077 Highway 19 W, @ Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
+1 828-488-7172
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“fish tacos” (14 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 19:00All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
13077 Highway 19 W, @ Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to the this restaurant a bunch of times and it never disappoints. Great food, local craft beer and love eating outside with a view of the water. A trip to Nantahala has to include a meal at the Rivers End!

Thank Dariel L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The pictures online looked so pretty that my family decided to come here for our first lunch of the week. We were not disappointed. Since we got there right around 11 a.m., we were able to get a seat outside overlooking the river. The food...More

Thank KJ0hns
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great scenery and great servers. Could use more food that is eaten locally instead of fancy style food and selection is sorta limited but overall a good place to check out and watch the water and rafts to pass by.

Thank Brent P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a gorgeous day of rafting, we were starved. We decided to try this little place because it was convenient and had a pretty view. We're so happy we did. Our hostess found us a quiet table outdoors towards the back of the restaurant. The...More

Thank srham
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We eat here every trip to the Gorge! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Sherpa rice is a must try!!!!

Thank wesb3377
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was recommended to me by the owner of the cottage we stayed in while staying here for the week. We ordered Sherpa Chicken, a burger, cheese pizza, beef chili and black bean chili. The beef chili was brought to the table very cold,...More

Thank Jaime H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

2nd year in a row visiting the Bryson City area and we love eating at River's End. We are all endlessly entertained by the rafts and katana going by. View is stunning and the Sherpa rice and local beer is a top-notch combo.

Thank cassiejane77
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Do not leave Bryson City and miss out on this place. My recommendation is to do the white water rafting trip and after the rafting go get pizza at the Rivers End. We did the rafting trip 3 times so far and we eat here...More

Thank Lidija M
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Spent a week at NOC and ate here several times. Ordered a large extra cheese pizza with onions so I could have left overs for the next day. Pizza came out piping hot and everyone who looked at commented how delicious it looked, even the...More

Thank greg h
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Stopped at this restaurant after zip lining and LOVED it! Right next to the river, great beer and the pizza was spot on!!

Thank maugust1004
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18 August 2017|
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Response from ALsmom2013 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, beer and wine
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|
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Response from Terri G | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. But I know Bryson City is a pet friendly town.
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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
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
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
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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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