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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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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“burger” (110 reviews)
“fish tacos” (14 reviews)
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08:00 - 19:00All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
13077 Highway 19 W, @ Nantahala Outdoor Center, Bryson City, NC 28713-9165
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1 - 10 of 542 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten here several times now-we really go for the views, as we know the food is mediocre at best. HOWEVER, now we will NEVER return after what occurred a couple of days ago! I got to the restaurant about 30 minutes before my...More

Thank Jessehly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is my favorite place to eat at Nantahala. Great view. Great food. I just love this place for family, friends, or even by yourself. It has both outdoor and indoor dining. Lot of paddling items decorate the walls and ceiling. Check it out when...More

1  Thank Greg I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're at the NOC and are hungry for more than BBQ, this is your only option, but a great one. If you're not in a hurry, wait for a waterside table. You'll be able to enjoy watching the rafters and kayakers coming by while...More

Thank Vagabond2be
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great view of river and rafters. Tried the Sherpa rice with chicken, broccoli, mushrooms etc. it was delicious. Also got the salad. Service was great. Ashley was very nice and attentive. We ate outside on a very beautiful day. Highly recommend!

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to eat, great view and fun watching all the people going down the river. The food is good and prices are reasonable.

Thank Jeanne Peirolo P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had quite the wait for this restaurant, but the food was really good when it arrived. Burgers, sandwiches and pizza type menu. Great view & helpful staff.

Thank Suzanne L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful fresh salad and burgers. Pizza is best around. We enjoy ours to go sitting by the river. Great place for people watching, cold beer delicious fresh food

Thank Joey D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here, thinking that the prices would be really high because of the tourist area. We were pleasantly surprised at the prices, and the food was great! The Raven's Fork salad was huge and wonderful. Others at my table got the burgers, and our...More

Thank AnnBRogers
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is right on the Nantahala river. If you have a wait, put your name on a list and then grab one of their local taps and sit on the Adirondack chairs and watch the kayaker's go by or the kids and dogs playing in...More

Thank bemoores
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We sat outside so we could enjoy watching rafter and kayak paddlers coming down the river. Lots of activities and people watching. The food was also very good and waitress was quick and courteous.

Thank Debbie G
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
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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