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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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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“burger” (99 reviews)
“trout cakes” (22 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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13077 Highway 19 W, @ Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were here for a class. We stayed two nights. We had dinner here twice, breakfast once and lunch once. When I requested cheddar cheese on my hamburger, they only had cheddar cheese spread. UGH! The hamburger tasted like some other meat, not sure what...More

Thank mtnwen
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Great service, food was good and fresh, enjoyed the view of the river! Prices are average and we would go back again.

Thank cheryla765
Reviewed 22 April 2017

This place hangs out over the river. Great view from every table. Food was pretty good. My burger was average, but not bad. My wife got the Sherpa rice. It was fantastic. This place closes at 7:00pm. At least it did in April. Go early....More

Thank hdmarett
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Now, I 've been here at least five times now. However, this last visit was not my best. The pizza quality was not what it usually is. Way too much cheese and I actually was wondering if there was any sauce under all of that...More

Thank flnine300
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Excellent food, quick service as we were on the smokey mountain train ride out of bryson city. To go container is NOT Styrofoam was very impressed with that.

Thank Ronandmel1975
Reviewed 5 April 2017

We stopped there because my husband saw the online menu said they had trout and grits and it looked like a place with a beautiful view. When we were given our menus, it was different than the one online and were told the one online...More

Thank Tracie Z
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Had a giant cheeseburger and a side of fries here with a chaser of apple cobbler a la mode. Even for a hungry hiker it was a lot of food. Definitely a good place to refuel on the AT.

Thank Christina L
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

I had a burger which turned out to be the best in several years. The fries were very tasty, made with a light flavored coating. Split a bowl of chilli with my wife, who had a salad with chicken that had a tasty ginger soy...More

Thank FloridaNative1944
Reviewed 29 March 2017

We stop here at least once a year. I wish the menu had not changed but its still good for a quick bite to eat after a day on the water. You can't beat the view!

Thank travelingninjas411
Reviewed 28 March 2017

The place offers a great view of the river and anyone kayaking, rafting, or frolicking in the water. If you have older kids that don't have the patience to wait for their food they can go out on the bridge crossing the river and you...More

Thank Nawlins4LIFE
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Joyce c
If we are riding the train and there is a layover there, do we have enough time to order and eat before the train leaves? We were there once before and had to wait a long time for our food.
3 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
Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio? We have not been to Nantahala for years but used to love eating at Rivers End with our dog in tow.
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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Television
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View
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.