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Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro

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137 Apple Valley Way, at the Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN 37882-3818
Wed - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed drinks at the bar one evening and dinner the next. The bar has a very good wine selection and a great craft cocktails. Beer was also available- two on tap, plus bottles. The restaurant menu had a nice selection of starters, salads, and entrees. The portions were nice and service was excellent. The food and dining experience was... More 

Thank MTKtravels
Mark O, Owner at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, responded to this review

Wow - we are humbled by the comparison as Canoe is one of our favorites when we are in Atlanta! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved this Restaurant at the Dancing Bear. The food and service was fabulous and probably the best in Townsend. I recommend the Halibut or Salmon. Ours was excellent. The ambiance was first class. Worth the money for sure.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I celebrated my birthday in this restaurant that is at once cozy, rustic, and romantic. The effect of wood and stone is softened by subtle lighting inside and out. The ambience contributes to a relaxed, elegant-feeling experience. And the food is memorable. We began with an appetizer of barbecued oysters that were as good as one would... More 

Thank Herb S
Mark O, Owner at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, responded to this review

Herb - thank you for choosing Dancing Bear to celebrate your birthday! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a guest of the lodge, I of course wanted to experience the lodge's upscale dining experience. Was not disappointed! It was an icy winter night so the crowd was rather small, but I was dining alone and found that to be more comfortable for my own situation. The staff were all highly welcoming and took great care of me.... More 

Thank Gary A
Mark O, Owner at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, responded to this review

Wow - you're putting us in great company on the steak! We're humbled! More 

Hendersonville, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Dancing Bear Bistro is part of the Dancing Bear properties including the Dancing Bear Lodge and Apple Valley Restaurant and Store. We ate here twice as part of our stay at the Dancing Bear Lodge. A bonus was that it was within walking distance of our cabin. The ambiance and quality of food was very unexpected for Townsend and... More 

Thank tangell68
Mark O, Owner at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the visit! Hope we will see you again for a special occasion or just to enjoy Saturday music and cocktails! More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

My hubby and i love Dancing Bear!!! The food here is impeccable and service is great as well. The restaurant and patio area is so relaxing and laid back. This is our go to for a romantic dinner.

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Mark O, Owner at Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit! Hope you will join us again soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

My daughter and her family visited my husband and me over Christmas, all the way from Los Angeles. She surprised us with a meal after Christmas at the Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro. Amazingly, she learned of the restaurant via the internet, and she had no idea that this is one of our favorite restaurants in all the world. We live... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We really enjoyed our two dinners at the Appalachian Bistro. The first evening, we both had the wildfire relief dinner of chicken pot pie and a very crisp salad. This was a most perfect comfort food meal for a very cold evening. Our second dinner included the cast iron beef tenderloin, potatoes and wonderful roasted vegetables. The steak was perfectly... More 

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Maryville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

A very special night requires a very special venue and Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro was by far the perfect choice. Full disclosure: I didn't recognize nor can I remember anything on the special New Year's Eve menu except "bananas". There were offerings that I never heard of, nor could I pronounce - much to my "sophisticated" wife's amusement. Maybe because... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We began our meal with a sideboard of small bites of half a dozen items. Our favorite was the Benny Bacon. So tasty!!! We both had a salad. The Caesar was unique in content and presentation and delicious as was the beet salad. For entrees we chose the pistachio crusted Halibut and bacon wrapped scallops. Both excellent but we were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 137 Apple Valley Way, at the Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN 37882-3818
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Townsend
  • Phone Number: 18653362138
Dancing Bear Lodge's full-service restaurant, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, is one of the finest Townsend, TN area restaurants. It offers casually elegant, regional cuisine. Enjoy simple fare from a menu that is refined, but not fussy. Family and friends gathering for a fun meal as well as couples seeking a romantic dinner for two surrounded by wooded views, are equally at home here.

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