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The Tropical Grill

) #1 of 28 Restaurants in Spruce Pine €€ - €€€ Caribbean, , Latin
198 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777-2720
+1 828-765-0909
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  • Excellent86%
  • Very good10%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:30 - 15:00All hours
Caribbean, Colombian, Latin, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
198 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777-2720
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Where is the ten star button! Honestly the best food I have had in my 46 years on earth thus far! If you are within 100 miles or more of here. Just come, I promise you will not be disappointed. Now back to savoring this...More

Thank Tarheelroots
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We come from a neighboring county to Spruce Pine about once a month and although we have driven by this place several times we have never stopped. On the recommendations of some friends we finally did. It was amazing! I had the Hawaiian BBQ and...More

1  Thank Jake P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here twice while visiting Spruce Pine. The food is GREAT and authentic! The owners are awesome! We were running late for dinner and barely going to make it by closing. We called ahead and they were glad to accommodate us. It is a...More

1  Thank 113lesliem
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of best restaurants I have ever eat at. The food is totally amazing. The owners are the most kind hearted people I have ever met in my life. Thank you so much we loved the food. Thanks also for taking the time...More

1  Thank averycountyman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a day trip over to Spruce Pine. We had lunch here and the food was SO delicious. Outside dining is available which is nice, because we travel with our dog. The lady who owns it was so friendly and nice.

Thank MaryAlice V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for my first visit at the recommendation of a friend. This restaurant was definitely worth the trip. We had the tropical nachos, asada Colombiano platter, and Philly cheesesteak. Not one complaint. Amazing food, excellent service, and great prices....what more can you ask for!!! Will...More

1  Thank Dani O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was fantastic! Cool atmosphere, and excellent staff. The empanadas were amazing, and my tropi chopi pork was so flavorful!

1  Thank Jordan L
Reviewed 17 June 2017

We were camping nearby and it was raining. With a strong propensity to laziness, we decided to eat out. We almost passed this place up because I never thought you could get good Caribbean food in the mountains of NC. Thank goodness Trip Advisor steered...More

2  Thank RichTeresa H
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Amazing experience! Charming cozy restaurant with some outdoor seating. A one couple operation. Husband (the cook) and Claudia who takes care of front. Claudia is absolutely delightful and helpful. Large choice on menu. Food was generous and very good with complex favors . I had...More

1  Thank PoodlesFlorida
Reviewed 8 June 2017

We have been house-hunting in the area and came into town to check it out. What a nice surprise in this little mountain town! True authentic flavors!!

Thank jclw
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Questions & Answers
2 April 2017|
Response from Sam R |
Yes. We did for someone today as a matter of fact.
Eileen H
10 June 2016|
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Response from Jeffs1126 | Reviewed this property |
I do not recall seeing gluten free items on the menu but the owner seems like she would be accommodating. I bet if you call beforehand and tell her what you need, she would help.
Heather W
15 October 2015|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:30 - 15:00
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11:30 - 15:00
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11:30 - 15:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 198 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777-2720
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Spruce Pine
  • Phone Number: +1 828-765-0909
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Found high up on the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains, "The Tropical Grill" is here to give you an unexpected dining experience. As you exit off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Spruce Pine, NC, go to "Upper Street" in downtown Spruce Pine, across from the Wells Fargo Bank. Tropical Dishes from around the world... Not found anywhere in the mountains and in some cases nowhere else in the Continental United States, unique and original. Dishes from Central America, Colombia, Cuba, the Caribbean, Asia and of course all your favorite Country Style American Home Cookin'. Lunch and dinner includes a full deli and grill with our Philly cheese steak, ruebens, burgers, paninis, Cuban sandwiches and our famous "Riveria". Tropical selections for lunch and dinner include: Fish Tacos, a complete vegetarian and gluten free selection, our famous Tropi-chop platter, Pollo ala Plancha, Steak Argentina and our popular Quesadillas. We have a full line of salads, including our Caribbean salad, our Asian salad and our Greek Salad. Our Quatro Leche dessert cake is to die for! Dine in or take out. Catering is our specialty. PURCHASE OUR GUATEMALAN IMPORT PRODUCTS TO HELP SEND PROCEEDS TO THE MISSIONS IN GUATEMALA. By purchasing our Import products, you are helping the Guatemalan people in many ways. First you help put monies into the Mayan economy. This provides economic opportunities for entire villages that otherwise have very little hope. Secondly, proceeds from your purchase go back to the missions in Guatemala that provide a much needed medical service and supply. But most important, understand it is our primary task to reach each Guatemalan with the "Good News" of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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