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The Tropical Grill

198 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777-2720
+1 828-765-0909
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  • Excellent87%
  • Very good9%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“plantains” (38 reviews)
“cuban sandwich” (30 reviews)
“flan” (15 reviews)
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American, Caribbean, Colombian, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
198 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine, NC 28777-2720
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was so surprised with this little jewel of a restaurant. I have Celiac's disease and the owner went out of her way to accommodate me and make sure I would not get sick. I have waited over two days now to write the review...More

Thank angelbearh
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had never been to Spruce Pine so we decided to drive through and look for a lunch spot. The reviews for the Tropical Grill were good but, really, this place is great in all the areas that count! The owners were friendly and informative...More

Thank 2mdoves
Reviewed 1 week ago

Here in Greenville, SC where I live, we have a lot of great food options... but nothing like Tropical Grill in Spruce Pine. It's over the top delicious and the owners treat us like family. I genuinely love those people. And that flan... I've had...More

Thank AlexDresko
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Menu has a great variety of dishes from Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico etc. excellent Cuban sandwich - something to do with their mustard recipe. Also had a asada Colombia and one the nicest tasting steaks. Highly recommend this place!!! Looks like the chef supports mission...More

Thank Traveller_AGB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A sweet lady who runs the general store in Little Switzerland asked us if we liked "unique" food then mentioned this gem. We were not disappointed. Friendly, efficient Columbian waitress, fun atmosphere, colorful boutique and terrific meal choices. I highly recommend the Mango Char broiled...More

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious Jerk Chicken, black beans, rice, yucca and plantains. Best Caribbean food we have had north of Miami! Great outdoor dining. Owner was super nice and extremely helpful. We will be back!

Thank Jenna G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife & I were told about this restaurant while enjoying a meal in TN ( we'll drive an hour for a great meal!). Having never heard of it, I looked it up on TripAdvisor and immediately decided to make it our mission to drive...More

Thank Mountainloverz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This little sidewalk restaurant was a suggestion by a fellow visitor to the area. We had an amazing dinner. I had the tilapia with rice, black beans and plantains. My husband had grilled chicken sandwich. The beautiful Colombian women working there gave us her suggestions...More

Thank tburton1113
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found this restaurant on TRIPADVISOR as I was visiting some family members in the area. This restaurant has an extensive menu with many, many choices with Jamaican, Guatemalan, Cuban etc.fixed many different ways. I had the Jamaican Jerk Chicken salad and several appetizers to share...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am a Burnsville local real estate broker and this place is somewhere I will suggest. Wonderful customer service. And the food was so so so delicious!!! I had the chicken panini and the lobster taco and I loved them!! So yummy. Chicken panini was...More

Thank bri49999
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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
11 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
16 October 2015|
Response from OreoDunk | Property representative |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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