March 3, 2019

5 of the Best Restaurants in Waynesville, NC

Posted by: Carolyn G Giunta

5 of the Best Restaurants in Waynesville, NC

There’s nothing better than indulging in delicious local cuisine while on vacation. And when you visit the historic town of Waynesville, North Carolina, you’ll have the opportunity to take your taste buds on a culinary journey! Our quaint, little town has many eateries that offer everything from Southern comfort food to eclectic, gourmet fare. The next time you’re in town, satisfy your cravings at one of these fine restaurants in Waynesville, NC. You can thank us later!

Learn more about restaurants in Waynesville, NC when you check out our online travel guide. It’s full of information on great places to dine during your stay at Brookside Mountain Mist Inn & Cottages!

Our Top 5 Restaurant Picks:

1.  Chef's Table of Waynesville - (Dina and Carolyn's personal favorite for a great fine dining experience!)

Nestled unassumingly on a side street in downtown Waynesville, North Carolina, the legendary Chef’s Table restaurant is a celebration of the best wine country cuisine in the Great Smoky Mountains. The restaurant started with the concept of cooking with fresh, seasonal, local foods and produce - pairing these exceptional recipes with wines from around the world.

Today the restaurant continues this fresh/local philosophy and remains an icon of gourmet dining, with Executive Chef/Owner Josh Monroe continuing the high standards for cooking excellence that locals and guests alike enjoy. 

Wine Enthusiast magazine awarded The Chef’s Table restaurant their Restaurant Award of Unique Distinction, given to restaurants that surpass expectations by emphasizing the total dining experience and showing a special wine enthusiasm.

Chef Josh’s wine country cuisine has been developed specifically with wine pairing in mind. A wide variety of wine styles and prices are featured, including many half bottles, large-format bottles, and wines by the glass. 

2.  Frog Leap Public House - (Most eclectic menu and small plate selections)

FLPH is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Waynesville and in a prefect spot to take a break from leaf peeping to enjoy a local, farm fresh fine dining experience like no other. We have been a top rated restaurant in the area for eight years and this year we have the most exciting seasonal menu we have ever run filled with local Sunburst trout and Carolina bison, apples, bacon fried brussels sprouts, duck confit, hand made sweet potato ravioli with bourbon brown butter, prime wood grilled steak, creole shrimp & grits, house smoked local pork chops, wood fired flatbreads, sea scallops & butternut bacon hash, truffle fries, hand made seasonal cocktails, top shelf bourbon, scotch and rye, ice cold local craft beer on draft, fun and exciting fine wines from around the world and so much more. 

3. Haywood Smokehouse - (Dina and Carolyn's favorite for a more casual dining experience)

Haywood Smokehouse knows barbecue! We are proud to serve the best Texas-style barbecue outside of Texas. Not a boast, just the truth!

Our premium specialty meats; fresh, house-made sausages, house-made sauces and fall-off-the-bone ribs and smoked brisket will have you coming back again and again.  Or enjoy our melt-in-your-mouth smoked pork or turkey breast.

Our family-friendly place features daily lunch and dinner specials that will knock your socks off.

4.  The Sweet Onion - (Most extensive menu selections in town)

Nestled in the heart of beautiful Downtown Waynesville, The Sweet Onion Restaurant offers regional cuisine with contemporary flair. From our traditional favorites like southern fried chicken to our signature pastas, fresh mountain trout and scrumptious house-made desserts, we offer something for everyone in the family.

5.  Bourbon Barrel, Beef & Ale - (Great steaks and southwestern flair dishes)

The Bourbon Barrel Beef & Ale is located in the Hazelwood area of the beautiful town of Waynesville, NC. We specialize in hand-cut, all natural steaks from local farms, incredible burgers, and other classic american comfort foods that are made using only the finest local and sustainable ingredients available.  We also feature a great selection of microbrews and ales from local artisan brewers, and of course an extensive selection of small batch bourbons and whiskey.

The Barrel is a friendly and casual neighborhood dining experience where our guests can enjoy a great meal without breaking the bank.

Enjoy Delicious Meals at Brookside Mountain Mist Inn & Cottages!

Looking for more great ways to indulge? Book your stay at our Waynesville bed and breakfast! Our guests are treated to a delicious, homemade breakfast each day. Join us in the morning for fresh muffins and scones, fruit creations, and breakfast entrees that vary from sweet to savory. You can also order one of our Intimate Dinners for Two, including a bottle of wine from our wine cellar, all for only $125 per couple. Then drift off to sleep in one of our comfortable guest suites! View our accommodations to see what’s available and make your reservations today. We look forward to taking good care of you during your stay in the Waynesville area!

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