Most Popular Restaurants in Hot Springs

April 14, 2018 Timmy Ribble

Recently selected as the winner in the best "Small Mountain Town" category of the readers poll from Blue Ridge Outdoors, Hot Springs is attracting visitors from near and far because of its wide variety of things to see and do. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of adventures, including rafting and kayaking on the French Broad River, hiking the Appalachian Trail (which goes through the downtown) and relaxing in the natural hot minteral springs. Hot Springs is also popular destination wedding location. There are many different types of accommodation available - from hotels to B&Bs to private cabins.
Things to do in Hot Springs

1. Smoky Mountain Diner

70 Lance Ave, Hot Springs, NC 28743-7702 Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 828-622-7571
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 283 reviews

Smoky Mountain Diner

Reviewed By Thea2 - Hickory, North Carolina

It was snowing and we really wanted some soup for lunch. Smoky Mountain Diner fixed us right up with a bowl of homemade cream of vegetable soup, although it wasn't on the menu. Served with warm cornbread, it really hit the spot. My husband added cherry cobbler for dessert. Total bill was under $9.00!

2. Unforgettable Dining at Mountain Magnolia Inn

204 Lawson St, See our sign at Post Office, Hot Springs, NC 28743-4504 Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast SGD 39 - SGD 79 +1 800-914-9306
Excellent
87%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 105 reviews

Unforgettable Dining at Mountain Magnolia Inn

(VISIT OUR WEB SITE FOR MENU)Unforgettable Dining is just that- unforgettable in both it's taste and presentation, and service. The setting, whether it be by fireside or on the front porch with mountain views is equally memorable. Dress is casual. Organic and locally grown foods.

Reviewed By ALWP - Asheville, North Carolina

As I mentioned in my review of the inn, I recommend that you do have supper there. My husband had driven from Tennessee years before just to dine, and again wasn't disappointed. For the menu size, there was an array of options: from ribeye to...MoreThanks for the nice review. I'm glad to hear it was worth the drive both times you came to dine with us. We look forward to your return. -Christina

3. The Iron Horse Restaurant and Tavern

24 S Andrews Ave, Hot Springs, NC 28743-9213 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 866-402-9377
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 503 reviews

The Iron Horse Restaurant and Tavern

Reviewed By Mark G - Dalton, Georgia, United States

Just down from our campground was the Iron Horse Station Restaurant. It was Thursday night and the special was the 10oz Prime Rib.

The atmosphere was nice. The waitress was attentive and answered our questions patiently.

The Prime Rib was ordered medium rare but arrived medium well. I wasn't upset at this because usually Prime Rib is prepared medium rare and in heating it back up, it cooks some more, so I didn't complain. Came with a Baked Sweet Potato and a salad. My wife and I shared this meal

All in all, for a it was a good experience and I felt the price was commensurate with what I received.

NOW.... the tavern upstairs is a better value than staying over at the Hot Springs Spa and Resort and was, in fact, about half the price on the weekdays, or roughly $90. Rooms looked good. There are about 14 of them upstairs from the Restaurant. The tavern part has a separate entrance from the restaurant for after hours, but there is no overnight attendant.

4. Spring Creek Tavern

145 Bridge St, Hot Springs, NC 28743-9231 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 13 +1 828-622-0187
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 309 reviews

Spring Creek Tavern

Located directly on the Appalachian Trail and overlooking Spring Creek in the center of historic Hot Springs, North Carolina, The Spring Creek Tavern offers hikers,rafters, and tourists a comfortable place to relax and enjoy one of the 12 special beers on tap, with indoor dining or outside on the covered "deck with a view". Lunch and dinner, featuring renowned burgers, wood fired pizza, wraps, and specials is available 365 days per year. And for the traveler in need of an overnight stay, private rooms are availble above the tavern!

Reviewed By Erik S - Asheville, North Carolina

Nice place for lunch and outdoor seating. It was a beautiful October day and we had a nice lunch and a few beers. Service was good. Recommended by a local.

5. Trust General Store & Cafe

14535 Nc 209 Hwy, Hot Springs, NC 28743-7201 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 828-622-7400
Excellent
34%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 44 reviews

Trust General Store & Cafe

Reviewed By ROADTRIPPER2018 - Greensboro, North Carolina

We were enjoying a drive along NC Scenic Byway #209 when we came upon a colorfully fall decorated cafe and general store! We sat outside on the patio overlooking a lovely stream and enjoyed a tasty southern lunch of pinto beans, cole slaw and sweet tea! I’m so glad we stopped. Look for the sign with the Trust general store sign with their pickup truck logo.

6. Dave's 209

13075 Highway 209, Hot Springs, NC 28743 Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 828-622-0001
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Dave's 209

Reviewed By coldmtn - dacula, ga

We stopped for lunch at Dave's 209 after an invigorating morning at Max Patch. My husband and I both had combos which included a burger, fries, and a drink for less than $9.00 each.
Our burgers were very good, as were the fries. The restaurant is casual and is housed in an old school building. We' ll go again the next time we are in the area.

7. The Take-Out Riverside Grill

The Hot Springs Store, Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Hot Springs, NC 28743 Breakfast, Lunch +1 828-622-7676
Excellent
40%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

The Take-Out Riverside Grill

Reviewed By Natalia1681 - Knoxville, TN

My boyfriend and I had stopped into town for a weekend. We'd been to Hot Springs before, but had never been to Take-Out. I actually saw the recommendation in a guest/comment book left in the house we were staying in. The food was amazing! Made fresh, right as I ordered it. So delicious. They were kind enough to pack it up for me to go. Amazing food! I'll always stop there when in town.

8. Mosaic Gourmet

159 Bridge St, Hot Springs, NC 28743-9231 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards French, American, Indian, Cajun & Creole, Asian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks SGD 5 - SGD 26 +1 828-779-2795
Excellent
60%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
20%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 5 reviews

Mosaic Gourmet

Casual scratch-made eatery and private event space with fresh and creative rotating daily menus utilizing local ingredients as much as possible...

Reviewed By Annisha F - Harrogate, Tennessee, United States

Stopped in today to give it a try. We were told to sit anywhere we wanted and we did. Then we never received service. After quiet a bit of time we just left. We understand it's new but we likely won't return.

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