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Black Bear Cafe

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7621 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882
+1 865-448-8887
11:00 - 20:00
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for lunch at the Black Bear Cafe on the way out of Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The grouper fillet and fried okra were among the best I've ever had. Wonderful friendly service.

Thank Rob S
Greenville, Michigan, Usa
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We finished the Tuckaleechee cave and were very hungry. We stopped at the Black Bear Cafe and had an excellent experience. It is small, a minimum of seating and we had 8 in our group. We were quickly and efficiently seated, drink orders were taken immediately and then food orders followed and the food was excellent. We had 4 kids,... More 

1 Thank Cynthia P
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to this restaurant several times now when visiting TN, and it always impresses me! The waitresses are always so friendly and welcoming. My cup never sits empty. The food is always yummy, and the desserts are amazing! You'll be full from your meal, so get the dessert to go. It will not disappoint. Truly a hidden gem in... More 

1 Thank Stacey R
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I both had the grouper dinner. The fish was absolutely delicious cooked to perfection. My husband had their french fries and I had the baked potato. The serving of fries was huge and according to my husband quite tasty. Our waitress was Carla and she was so nice and very attentive. We didnt order any desert, but... More 

Thank Melanie B
DeLand, Florida
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110 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Black Bear Cafe had just opened for the season when we visited for lunch. There were six of us. The waitress did a good job. The food was fair, nothing spectacular, but decent food. The portions were good sized. It's a small place and it filled up quickly.

Thank peppermint50
Huntsville, Alabama
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519 reviews
390 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The six of us enjoyed our lunch at the Black Bear Cafe. The portions were excellent in both quality and quantity. The service was excellent without being overly pushy. The atmosphere befits the environment. The overall value was excellent.

1 Thank Helga H
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small but very good. We went in for lunch on Saturday. It was very crowded but good service. I had the grilled chicken sandwich that came on some kind of toast that was great.

1 Thank feebie77
Port Lavaca, Texas
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We thought this might be the place to have lunch when we saw all the cars outside. Even though it was 1:30, we got a table pretty quick, though others after us had a bit of a wait. Delicious sandwiches, include a very reasonably price rib eye sandwich, cooked to desired doneness from a whole steak. And as others have... More 

1 Thank David H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

I had a half sandwich and a bowl of potato soup. It was good, but the soup was not hot, only lukewarm... but still tasty. It was a busy place, but service was kind of slow. My feet were freezing the entire time we were there. Kind of drafty under the tables. I enjoyed the paintings of trees around the... More 

1 Thank meb2914
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The food was really good, especially the chicken salad sandwich they had on special. The fried okra was to die for. Loved the service. The kid's chicken fingers were a little over cooked. Otherwise, a great dining experience.

Thank Amfts

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7621 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Townsend
  • Phone Number: +1 865-448-8887

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?