This pandemic has certainly brought on strange times and new dining protocols, however, we certainly don’t mind the side effect of an increasing number of restaurants offering more outdoor dining options now. Even as the weather begins to cool down for fall, there’s nothing like wearing cozy layers and enjoying a warm meal on an outdoor deck! We’ve compiled a list of the best restaurants with outdoor seating in the county and encourage you to #embraceunusual this season while you dine.
1. The Lakeside Bistro at The Terrace – Lake Junaluska
Pictured above, this newly opened lakeside restaurant offers unparalleled views of Lake Junaluska resting in her valley of mountains. Located in The Terrace Hotel, the Bistro serves a daily hot breakfast buffet for lodging guests and the general public. Enjoy breakfast on their patio overlooking the lake. Open daily, 7-10 a.m. (828) 454-6662
2. Bearwaters Brewing Creekside – Maggie Valley
Serving food by The Grey Eagle Taqueria, this Creekside porch will be a perfect add-on to your vacation activities. Bearwaters serves several of their award-winning beers on tap that will pair perfectly with soft shell tacos or even ceviche! Open Tues – Sun | 828-944-0009
2. Pin High Grille @ Maggie Valley Club – Maggie Valley
After golfing a round in the gorgeous rolling hills of Maggie Valley Country Club you’ll certainly want to refuel and soak in the mountainous views from their back deck. Not much of a golfer? No worries the Pin High Grille is open to the public, lunch service is first come first served but we do recommend reservations for their dinner service. Open Wed – Sun | 828-926-4848
3. Pop’s Butts on the Creek – Maggie Valley
You simply cannot visit the mountains of North Carolina and not feast upon some delicious BBQ. Butts on the Creek has exactly what you’re looking for with mouth-watering pulled pork beef brisket and smoked chicken. Enjoy their covered porch by the creek, this screened-in dining zone will protect you from the bugs and you may even catch glass blowing demonstrations! Open Tues – Sun | 828-926-7885
4. J. Arthur’s Restaurant – Maggie Valley
Did you know that Maggie Valley is the highest valley east of the Mississippi River? The Valley sits at an elevation of 3,018’. From the front patio of J. Arthur’s you can see the surrounding mountains that hug the valley on either side. Patio opens on weekends. Open Thurs – Sun | 828-0926-1817
6. Southern Porch – Canton
It’s right there in the name! Southern Porch’s large bricked patio and wrap-around porch will take you back to lazy Southern afternoons sipping tea and catching up on the town gossip. Their southern palette will fill you up and warm your soul just like a visit to grandma’s. Open Tues – Sat (828) 492-8006.
7. Bearwaters Brewing Riverside – Canton
This Canton location of Bearwaters features a variety of seating options along the Pigeon River as well as a cozy firepit! Or you can take your fare from The Grey Eagle Taqueria and an award-winning brew from Bearwaters out to their wooden deck that reaches out over the water. Open Tues – Sun | 828-944-0009
8. Los Amigos – Waynesville
Enjoy a dinner out on Los Amigos’ outdoor covered patio and explore their delicious Mexican cuisine and cocktails offered. Open 7 days a week | 828-456-7870
9. The Patio Bistro – Waynesville
Tucked on a side street in downtown Waynesville, this little bistro will satisfy your lunch cravings and features a wonderful brick patio that wraps around the side and back of the restaurant. Open Mon – Sat (828) 454-0070
10. Frog Level Brewing – Waynesville
Located in Waynesville’s “Frog Level District” their great food and craft beers makes this a popular spot especially among dog owners. Check out the creekside dining area behind the building which includes an outdoor stage where you will often find live music. Open 7 days a week | 828-454-5664
11. The 3rd Bay Filling Station – Waynesville
New to the Waynesville lunch scene but quickly making a name for themselves, the Filling Station makes savory lunch sandwiches and soups using ingredients from their neighbors at Corner Station Olive Co. Open Mon – Sat | 828-246-6868.
12. Boojum Brewing – Waynesville
Treat yourself to a craft beer and appetizer on Boojum’s back deck or make it a whole meal and try their “So Gouda Chicken” dinner. Their deck is pet-friendly but fills up fast so get there early. Open Wed – Mon | 828-246-0350
With so many options we have no doubt that you’ll be able to find what your taste buds are craving for the next meal. We’d love to see where you choose to dine so make sure to tag us with #haynow!