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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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  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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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 1 week ago

Delicious food, friendly service and one heck of a view! The wine and beer lists were great too -- a little bit of everything with reasonable prices. We were there around 3PM on a Sunday and it was fairly busy. I imagine it's packed in...More

Thank ecbronze
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome food and view of the Nantahala River. Chili is great as well as Sherpa rice. Service was perfect - good beer and wine. View is so good we come back every year.

Thank regrider
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took trip advisor's advise and tried this place. The restaurant is located on the river and you can sit and watch the kayaking. They come to the river from all over the place to train. Then you can watch the ducks swim around. The...More

Thank barnett202
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

atmosphere is cozy and friendly staff. Food was good, standard, and offered vegan options. Momentos and information on walls tell of the place and it's history.

Thank Gitte S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed lunch here. The location is designed so everyone gets a great view of the water. Prices are extremely reasonable. Will definitely stop by again if I am in the area.

Thank KRoman4
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Rivers End has great food in a casual atmosphere. The restaurant overlooks the Nantahala River and you can watch rafters and kayakers float by while you eat. It's a very relaxing place to have a nice meal, especially after you have gone rafting!

Thank SteveandBobbie
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Great hand made burgers. Wings, pizza along side the Nantahala River. Watch the rafters and kayakers while you dine.

Thank annonline
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Great food! Amazing view! We asked for recommendations on stuff to do with dogs and the waitress came and gave us turn by turn directions and even wrote them down for us! Great service!

Thank Kelly F
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

The food was Okay. The service was Okay. Over all it was laid back and just... okay. Nice to sit by the river and eat. It was close to where we were staying for the night; I definitely wouldn’t drive out of the way for...More

Thank TamaraPaints
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Good food. Friendly, helpful staff. The view of the Nantahala River is great fun. Quiet, October Wednesday evening. No problem getting a table overlooking the River. Mid-summer? Better plan ahead. She had the chicken Sherpa - rice, lentils, veggies and chicken. He had the chili...More

Thank Skip H
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18 August 2017|
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Response from flnine300 | Reviewed this property |
They sure do.
Joyce c
4 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
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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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.
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